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5 Most Popular Digital Marketing and Public Relations Presentations of 2013

Lee Odden on Dec 30th, 2013     Integrated Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing
Lee Odden

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In 2013, I had the good fortune to share insights on the integration of digital marketing and PR at over 25 events online and off.

From San Francisco to New York to London, Madrid and Moscow, marketers all over the world are in search of answers on how to plan, integrate, implement and measure coordinated marketing messaging across multiple channels. I’d like to think TopRank Online Marketing helped move some people in the right direction.

Growing tactical expertise is essential, but understanding the customer universe and their buying experience is even more important in today’s always on, always connected, digital world. The power of influence no longer belongs to the few as social technologies and networks have begun to democratize the ability to publish, engage and inspire.

Eliza Steely

TopRank Liveblogging Schedule for NMX BlogWorld 2014

Eliza Steely on Dec 17th, 2013     BlogWorld NMX, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing

Conference AudienceIt’s official—we’re breaking one of the cardinal rules of Las Vegas. You know the one, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas”. But at TopRank Online Marketing,  just can’t bring ourselves to do that.

This year’s NMX conference is taking the city (and the New Year) by storm. Full of bloggers, digital marketers, and industry experts this new media conference promises to deliver so much information we just won’t be able to keep it to ourselves! Which is why I’m joining Nick Ehrenberg and Ben Brausen to jet off to soak up as much as we can, and share it with our readers (even if it means breaking the rules).

Along with liveblogging, our own Lee Odden will also be at NMX giving one of the keynote presentations along with Scott Stratten, Amy Porterfield and several other top blogging pros.

Eliza Steely

7 Reasons We’re Excited for NMX BlogWorld Las Vegas and Why You Should Be Too!

Eliza Steely on Dec 12th, 2013     BlogWorld NMX, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing

NMX Las VegasMinnesotans are used to the freezing cold, the slippery snow, and the driving obstacles that come with Winter. Like many Northerners who get to experience Minnesnowta Ice, we often daydream about going somewhere warmer like California, Florida, or even Las Vegas.

Well, I don’t have to daydream about warmer anymore.

Along with my TopRank Online Marketing teammates Ben and Nick, I’m going to NMX in Las Vegas!  With attendees from over 50 countries, NMX aka Blogworld, offers everything from blogging, podcasting, business, and video sessions to lots of power networking and some much needed warmth.

But that’s not the only reason we’re excited to attend NMX with 4 tracks of content ranging from podcasting to web TV. Here are 7 more reasons we can’t wait to board our plane and head off to the city that literally never sleeps:

Lee Odden

Social Media Workshops & Training – A Journey, Not a Destination

Lee Odden on Nov 14th, 2013     Online Marketing, Other Events, Social Media

AudienceIn a past life during my career in the business world, I was a corporate trainer. Interestingly, I received training on becoming an instructor from the Army (Reserves) and the corporate world at the same time. Many of the core principles were very similar (understand your audience, clear learning objectives, inform and interact, evaluate for competence), although the subject matter was clearly different.

One of the key lessons I learned after developing various training programs and running hundreds of people through them is that skills development is never finished for a company. The temptation to create a certification program and then consider your staff “trained” is simply not realistic. This is especially true when it comes to the multi-dimensional aspects of social media and what it means for improving business.

Eliza Steely

SES Chicago 2013 Marketing Conference Wrap-Up #SESCHI

Eliza Steely on Nov 8th, 2013     Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing

The Bean #SESCHIIt’s official: SES Chicago blew us away. Get it? Blew away – windy city? Well, we thought it was clever.

After flying through the clouds and getting to watch the sunrise from the plane, and (very, very slowly) navigating rush hour traffic I arrived at the downtown Chicago Marriott ready to learn all I could about paid, earned, and owned search with TopRank Account Manager Brian Larson.

There were dozens of incredible speakers throughout the three-day conference. Some gave presentations that inspired, motivated and engaged, while others relied on facts, tools, and statistics to inform their audience of emerging trends in marketing and search. The networking was great and gave us the opportunity to meet people from around the world (London accents are so cool!) and connect with a few of the speakers that blew us away.

Eliza Steely

Targeting Your Mobile Audience with Aggregate Data #SESCHI

Eliza Steely on Nov 7th, 2013     Marketing PR Conferences, Mobile, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies

Mobile Targeting Presentation #SESCHIOver a billion smartphones enter the market every year. They’re everywhere, and users are finding new ways to leverage them every day. Mine is rarely more than 3 feet away from me, and I use it for everything from research, social “creeping”, and shopping to email, an alarm clock, and my camera. One of my biggest pet peeves is when things aren’t mobile compatible. As it turns out, I’m far from alone.

When it comes to websites, 61% of users won’t return to a site if they have a negative experience and 40% will go to a competitor’s site instead. Add on to that the statistic that 90% of all purchasing decisions begin with online research, and it’s understandable why appealing to mobile audiences has become so important. But doing so is very different than appealing to traditional web users.

Brian Larson

Tips for Pictures That Generate Breakthrough Results in Social #SESCHI

Brian Larson on Nov 7th, 2013     Facebook, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies, Social Media, Social Media Smarts, Social Networking, User Generated Content

Visuals in Social #SECHI

What picture of your brand are you painting in social? I don’t mean metaphorically, I mean what visuals are you using to represent what you do and what your audience cares about? Study and after study indicates that visual content is far more impactful in social than its text-only counterpart, and yet a majority of brands interacting in social aren’t adjusting their content mix accordingly.

Cliches are Cliches Cause They Work

“A picture is worth a thousand words.” We’ve all heard the phrase, and for good reason. Especially when it comes to engaging your audience in social. Laura Roth, of Incisive Media, moderates today’s session focused on ‘harnessing the power of visuals’ in social.

Eliza Steely

How IBM Turned B2B Social into a Lead Gen Machine & How You Can Too #SESCHI

Eliza Steely on Nov 7th, 2013     B2B, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies, Social Media

B2B Lead Generation

IBM is famous—there’s no doubt about that. They’ve been known for everything from innovative products to impressive profits. But at SES Chicago, they’re known for their ability to generate leads from social—something B2B companies don’t necessarily always do well.

90% of brands say they measure social engagement, but only 15% of CMOs say they can quantify social ROI. Clearly, there’s some sort of disconnect that needs to be addressed. Michelle Killebrew and John Lee bridged the gap in their presentation with an IBM case study on how B2B companies can leverage social media for lead gen.

What IBM Did

Killebrew shared a case study that serves as a powerful example of how IBM used social to take their website and social to the next level:

Brian Larson

Linkbuilding the Right Way #SESCHI

Brian Larson on Nov 6th, 2013     Link Building, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies, SEO, SEO Tips, SEO Tools

Linkbuilding Panel at #SESCHI

In late July, Google updated it’s stated policy on what ‘linkbuilding’ activities now constitute link schemes. While the update was clear  - heavy hyperlinking in press releases, advertorials and large scale guest-blogging are now considered link schemes – the repercussions of the update and it’s lasting impact on SEO have been far more murky.

Nobody likes murky. Not in a drink and especially not when real business outcomes are associated with search visibility and the traffic it generates.

With the session promise of sharing how to linkuild the right way, Jennifer Slegg introduces Chuck Price, Founder of Measurable SEO. Jumping off the stage to begin his presentation, Price’s goal is clearly to dispel the notions that links ‘no longer matter.’ He starts with humor and honesty, “[l]inkbuilding is NOT sexy! Nor is it fun.” But, Price asserts, links are still the number 1 factor influencing search ranking. Two thing are certain, Matt Cutts has said as recently as July in an interview with Eric Enge, that links still matter and not all linkbuilding is bad.

Eliza Steely

Navigating a Website Migration like Indiana Jones: Ensuring a Smooth SEO Transition #SESCHI

Eliza Steely on Nov 6th, 2013     Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies, SEO, SEO Tips

Website Migration Presentation #SESCHILet’s face it— at one point in your life you’ve probably wanted to be James Bond, Indiana Jones, Wonder Woman, or any other number of superheroes. Personally, I’ve wanted to be all of them…more than once. For some odd, and inexplicable, reason Indiana Jones was always my favorite.

If you’re like me, you gave up that life of dodging sink holes and escaping life-threatening situations in creatively unrealistic ways to work in digital marketing. But, Simon Heseltine from AOL and Dave Rohrer from Covario are giving us the chance to be channel our inner superhero again—by navigating the sinkholes created by website migrations.

In their SES session (moderated by Jim Hedger who couldn’t resist a photo-op with the speakers) these two experts addressed the sinkholes created by different migrations, as well as the ways to avoid the potential traffic decreases and reduced ROIs.

Eliza Steely

What You Need to Know about Enhanced Adwords Campaigns #SESCHI

Eliza Steely on Nov 6th, 2013     AdWords, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies

Enhanced Adwords Campaigns Session at #SESCHIIf there’s one thing I’ve heard non-stop lately it’s that digital marketing is becoming more customized and tailored to the wants and needs of consumers. Those creepy Eye See You Mannequins, facial monitoring at gas stations, and those social ads that somehow know that I was shopping for a watch yesterday are all proof that brands are able to cater their advertisements to appeal to something we’re actually going to be motivated to buy.

This has created a unique opportunity for marketers: enhanced Google AdWords campaigns which were launched on July 22nd of this year.

In their SES Chicago session, Michael Griffin and Lisa Raehsler reviewed what those campaigns are and how to design, segment, and optimize one. Here are some of the key takeaways from their session:

Brian Larson

New SEO Best Practices with Schema Markup #SESCHI

Brian Larson on Nov 5th, 2013     Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies, SEO

SEO Schema Markup

Web Developers often faint at the mere mention of ‘schema’. The mysterious term conjures up thoughts of impossible code to implement with benefits that seem difficult to pinpoint. At least, those were some of the perceptions surrounding schema markup.

Anne F. Kennedy, the sessions first speaker and member of the SES Advisory Board, wants to reduce that fear among the SEO community surrounding schema markup and explain the benefits derived from their usage. Kennedy polls the office and asks ‘how many currently use schema markup?’ With what appears to be a little over half raising their hands, a little step back is needed.

So Kennedy starts us with the basics: What is a ‘schema’ anyways?

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