Lee Odden

Winning With Authority Rainmaker – 15 Marketing Influencers Define Authority for Marketing Success

Lee Odden on Mar 23rd, 2015     Integrated Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences

Winning Authority Rainmaker

“I fight authority and authority always wins”

So says the song by John Mellencamp.

In the digital marketing world, why fight authority when you can become authoritative yourself?

Today there are more tools and resources than ever for individuals, startups and even nimble divisions within large organizations to become an authority in their industry.

In the context of business and marketing, I like to think of authority as “being the best answer” wherever customers are looking. Ubiquitous in presence, contextually relevant, useful above all others and a focus on something specific – all of these traits combine in a meaningful way to create authority.

Authority that wins.

But how do you create authority? What are the practical integrated marketing steps needed when it comes to design, content, traffic and conversion?

Lee Odden

A Fascinating Interview with Sally Hogshead on Authority, Marketing Success and Personal Brand #authority2015

Sally Hogshead

Energetic, enthusiastic, smart, funny – fascinating. Those are the words I would use to describe Sally Hogshead. You know, Sally Hogshead, the best-selling author, hall of fame speaker and CEO of Facsinate Inc?

Sally is one of the keynote speakers at the upcoming conference in May from our friends at Copyblogger Media: Authority Rainmaker.

As a preview to her presentation and in between flights, she agreed to answer a few questions about influence, authority and a brand she finds most fascinating. Sally also reveals why we should spend less on marketing and why consumers will spend a LOT more. Her answers are insightful, entertaining and some of them definitely involve fascination.

Much of your work focuses on how individuals can use ‘fascination’ to help gain trust, respect and influence. How do brands benefit from ‘fascination’?

Lee Odden

Brand Storytelling in a Digital World – Alix Hart, Acting CMO at Symantec

Lee Odden on Mar 18th, 2015     Content Marketing, MIMA Seminars

Momentum Marketing

Creating demand with content that is relevant to your target audience in real-time is both a challenge and an opportunity for digital marketers. But that is exactly what Alix Hart, Acting CMO at Symantec, is doing with what she calls “Momentum Marketing”.

This post is a liveblog of a presentation Alix gave today on building Marketing Momentum at a MIMA event in Minneapolis.

The official description: As digital expands into every facet of a consumer’s life, marketing strategy and brand storytelling must shift its focus to create content driven by consumer conversations and needs. So how do brands get there? How can a brand leverage the momentum of conversations consumers are already having? Alix and her team at Symantec are taking a new approach to deliver useful and relevant information relating to what consumers are already seeking out. Join us to hear her three-step plan to capitalize on what she calls “momentum marketing”, and find out what’s next in the space.

Lee Odden

Interview: Daniel Pink on Winning with Authority, Influence and Inspiration #authority2015

Lee Odden on Mar 10th, 2015     Interviews, Marketing PR Conferences

Daniel Pink Interview

Creating authority and winning at business are things Daniel Pink knows a lot about. As a TV show host and c0-producer, popular public speaker and bestselling author of 5 books including To Sell is Human, he’s the opening keynote at the Authority Rainmaker conference in Denver May 13-15.

As a preview to his presentation, Dan was kind enough to do an interview with us where he talks about building authority, motivation to achieve success, that one “most important skill”, his own influences and what he really thinks of Facebook, Twitter and social networks that are “too cool”.

You are widely considered to be an authority on many topics, such as sales, marketing and motivation. What do you think are the most important things you’ve done that have contributed to that perception?

Lee Odden

Interview: Sonia Simone of @Copyblogger Media #authority2015

Lee Odden on Mar 3rd, 2015     Digital Marketing, Interviews, Marketing PR Conferences

Sonia Simone Interview
I am very happy to post the first in our series of interviews with featured speakers at the upcoming Authority Rainmaker conference (May 13-15 in Denver) with none other than Sonia Simone of Copyblogger Media.

Sonia is the co-founder and Chief Content Officer at Copyblogger, where she writes about marketing, entrepreneurship, and how to create better relationships with customers. At the Authority Rainmaker conference, you’ll be able to see her presentation, “Dr. Evil’s Guide to Landing Page Design”.

In this interview, Sonia shares what authority means to her, examples of authoritative brands and advice for marketers and business owners on how to create their own authority.

As Chief Content Officer of Copyblogger Media you are clearly an authority on content and content strategy. Was that a conscious decision or is it a consequence of your professional interests and career?

James Anderson

The Most Important Thing Missing From Your B2B Content: Forrester’s @LauraRamos Tells All #C2C15

James Anderson on Feb 19th, 2015     B2B Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences

Laura-Ramos-Forrester-Research

A lot of presentations at this week’s Content2Conversion Conference touched on theories and tactics related to creating customer focused narratives in B2B content. While some marketers might think of incorporating storytelling in their B2B content marketing as a gamble, Laura Ramos of Forrester Research says it’s time to make that gamble. According to Laura, it’s time to double down on the one key element missing in most B2B content: Storytelling.

B2B Marketing lacks enthusiasm and capability to use storytelling to connect with buyers, Laura said. It’s time to tell stories and it’s time to understand the power that storytelling has on your audience.

James Anderson

Build Your Own Brand Marketing Social Newsroom: Tips From SAP at #C2C15

James Anderson on Feb 18th, 2015     Brand Journalism, Marketing PR Conferences, Social Media
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SAP’s Celia Brown and Amy Hatch pose for a photo after their session at Content2Conversion

Celia Brown and Amy Hatch came to brand journalism from different directions: One marketing and the other journalism. It’s the perfect mix for setting up a social newsroom, as the two have demonstrated at SAP. 

At the Content2Conversion Conference, the duo offered three T’s of winning the marketing moment by establishing a social newsroom:

Talent

The two skill sets that each woman brought to SAP’s Social Newsroom dovetail perfectly. Amy, who sees the reporter side, said reporters love to get the big scoop. With a reporter on staff in the marketing department, content began to offer a transparency that wasn’t always evident, Amy said, in marketing content.

James Anderson

Lee Odden on How to Co-Create B2B Marketing Content With Influencers at #C2C15

James Anderson on Feb 17th, 2015     B2B Marketing, Influencer Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences

Lee-Odden-C2C15

At the Content2Conversion conference in Scottsdale, there were a lot of hands up when Lee Odden asked how many in the audience had been tasked with developing substantially more content for 2015.

The hands in the air were far, far fewer when Lee asked how many in the audience had been allocated an equal amount of resources for the development of that additional content.

82% of senior executives are say more content is a significant driver in their buying decisions according to a report from Deman Gen Report. As more buyers are consuming more content, Odden says “you gotta fish where the fish are.”

James Anderson

Our Liveblogging Schedule for B2B C2C Content2Conversion Conference 2015 #C2C15

James Anderson on Feb 17th, 2015     B2B Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences

C2C15

Today through Thursday of this week, you’ll see posts on TopRank Blog from the B2B Content to Conversion Conference in sunny Scottsdale, Arizona.

I’ll be live-blogging a few sessions from the conference, including our CEO Lee Odden’s talk “How to Create a Competitive Advantage by Crowdsourcing Marketing Content with Influencers.” Lee is speaking at 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday. If you have any questions on his presentation, be sure to let us know.

For many of us in the Midwest, as well as our friends out on the East Coast, it’s a darn good time to be heading to Scottsdale. Areas like Boston have seen some of the worst snow on record and back home in Minnesota it has been consistently below freezing for days on end.

James Anderson

B2B Channel Marketing Strategies: 12 Data and Content Takeaways from #BMAMN

James Anderson on Feb 4th, 2015     B2B Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences
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Panelists, from left, Heather Anfang, John Peters, Barbara Merwin and Chris Hawver discuss channel marketing strategies at Tuesday’s BMAMN event.

What do marketing professionals from industries as diverse as food service, laboratory supply manufacturing, data storage and financial services all have in common? Each of them see consumer data and content management as keys to the future of channel marketing in their respective industry.

Panelists at Business Marketing Association Minnesota‘s February event, “Strategies to Win: The Evolution of Channel Marketing” all agreed that the level at which their company leverages data in its marketing channels has increased significantly in recent years. Marketers are leveraging consumer data to identify trends and better craft B2B buyer personas. Increasingly, these personas are targeted with inbound content marketing tactics to bring them along to a purchase decision.

Lee Odden

Events for Learning B2B Content & Influencer Marketing Best Practices in Q1 2015

Lee Odden on Jan 8th, 2015     Marketing PR Conferences

b2b influencer content marketing

A tremendous amount of awareness and interest was created this past year for content marketing, influencer marketing and an integrated approach to creating digital experiences across channels.

There are over 700k search results for “content marketing” on Google News alone and over 90% of B2B and B2C marketers are using content marketing tactics according to the annual studies from CMI/MarketingProfs.

To help satisfy the thirst and hunger for best practices in these areas, we publish articles, interviews, liveblogs and tool reviews. We also give presentations at industry events.

Here are a few upcoming events in the first quarter of 2015 where you can learn more about the intersection of content and influencer marketing and how it all rolls up to a new trend we’re seeing: participation marketing.

Lee Odden

Your Content Marketing Silver Bullet: Liveblogging Events

Lee Odden on Dec 30th, 2014     Content Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences

Liveblogging Events

Do you attend industry conferences? Would you like to create a greater diversity of content on a regular basis without a big jump in budget? Imagine these two scenarios:

Dan looks forward to industry conferences because they provide time away from the office and give him a chance to be inspired by industry thought leaders. He also gets to network amongst peers in the industry and depending on the event city and venue, maybe he has a little fun too.

Sandy plans her conference attendance according to topics and speakers. She identifies specific speaker presentations to attend and even liveblogs them for her company blog. Sandy networks with other professionals at the event and virtually through the conference hashtag and smartphone app. She compares each day’s efforts to her plan to ensure she’s effectively learning, getting inspired and networking – all while having fun.