Ashley Zeckman

Reflecting on 2015 & Gearing Up For Digital Marketing Innovation in 2016

Ashley Zeckman     Online Marketing, TopRank Agency News

2015-TopRank-Marketing-Reflections

This year brought many opportunities for innovation, creativity and growth for the team at TopRank Marketing.

On a personal note, I was beyond excited to re-join the team and dive head first into my new role as Director of Agency Marketing. In this role, part of my responsibilities include ensuring that our team provides creative, engaging, actionable and innovative content for our blog readers each week.

In 2015, our team published nearly 300 blog posts and amassed over 1.4 million unique pageviews for our blog content alone. Keeping the content engine running is an essential part of what we do at TopRank Marketing and I’m pleased to report the numbers above. Nearly a million of the pageviews above were generated from Organic Search which means that our strategy to optimize customers and search engines has led people to our content.

Ashley Zeckman

The TopRank Marketing Team Gives Thanks

Ashley Zeckman     Online Marketing, TopRank Agency News

Thanksgiving-Word-Cloud

Before you dig into the turkey, mashed potatoes and my personal favorite, stuffing, the team at TopRank Marketing would like to take a moment to give thanks.

In the word cloud above, you get a glimpse into what many of our team members are thankful for. We would also like to thank you our readers for consuming and sharing the content that we work hard to create. Also, a huge thanks to our awesome clients for entrusting us with their digital marketing strategy.

In addition to asking our team members what they are thankful for personally, I also wanted to shine a light on who has inspired them or they are thankful for on our own team, below are some of their responses:

Ashley Zeckman

4 Signs That You Belong at a Digital Marketing Agency

Ashley Zeckman     Digital Marketing, TopRank Agency News

digital marketing agency career

Think back to when you were a child, teenager or young adult. When someone asked you “What do you want to be?”, how did you respond? Scientist, superhero, actor or rockstar may come to mind for many of you.

When I was younger, I always knew that I wanted to do something creative. As a child I drove my parents crazy coming up with new ways to create art, often out of things that weren’t art supplies. It didn’t matter if I was sewing clothes for my dolls or painting a “masterpiece”, I loved art.

Ashley Zeckman

Success Story: Jolina Pettice Promoted to TopRank Marketing Vice President

Ashley Zeckman     Interviews, TopRank Agency News

Jolina Pettice

Note from Lee: My partner Susan Misukanis and I are thrilled to announce that Jolina Pettice has been promoted to Vice President at TopRank Online Marketing!

For nearly 10 years Jolina has helped TopRank Marketing clients and her consulting team achieve success through her fearless leadership, passion for digital marketing and an uncanny ability to “get sh*t done”. Few things are more satisfying to me than seeing smart, creative and results-focused professionals rewarded for their contributions and empowered to grow even more.

TopRank Marketing is on the cusp of some of the most exciting growth we’ve ever experienced in our 14 years in business and I am proud to see Jolina leading the way. Congratulations Jolina!  To learn more about Jolina, read on for Ashley’s interview with her:

Lee Odden

It’s 2015 – Happy New Year from @TopRank Online Marketing

Lee Odden     TopRank Agency News

Happy New Year

From all of us at TopRank Online Marketing, we wish you a new year of great health, rich relationships and abundant success!

We’ve experienced incredible growth ourselves this past year, doubling our staff, adding and renewing record numbers of clients and growing our industry footprint.

2015 has even more expansion in store and we would like to thank you for being a part of our community! We appreciate your time, engagement and look forward to an even more exciting year in 2015.

Here’s to a fantastic 2015!

Photo: Shutterstock

Lee Odden

Happy Holidays 2014 from @TopRank Online Marketing

Lee Odden     TopRank Agency News

Happy Holidays TopRank

From all of us at TopRank Online Marketing, we wish our community the Merriest Christmas, the Happiest Hanukah and the most wonderful Holiday Season!

Click the image below to see this year’s Holiday card:

Happy Holidays from TopRank Online Marketing

 

 

 

Lee Odden

We’re Hiring! Content Marketing Manager for TopRank® Online Marketing

Lee Odden     TopRank Agency News

TopRank Online Marketing Lake Minnetonka

It’s an exciting time to be in the digital marketing world, especially when there is so much opportunity to learn, be creative and achieve amazing business outcomes.

I’d like to think we’re in the thick of that opportunity at our agency TopRank Online Marketing. Not only have we been advocating the value of editorial marketing aka content marketing for many years, but we practice what we preach.

When it Comes to Content, TopRank is on Top – For example, TopRank’s Online Marketing blog is the only blog that has been rated the #1 content marketing blog three times by Content Marketing Institute.

Experiment, Learn, Optimize – We also get to implement what we learn from our own social media and content marketing “experiments” for clients like Dell, LinkedIn, Concur, Capella University and even industry conferences that teach content marketing like Content Marketing World, MarketingProfs B2B Forum, and Social Media Marketing World.

Lee Odden

Where to Learn About B2B Social Media, Influencer Content Marketing, Future of Digital PR & SEO

TopRank Speaking Events Q2 2014

During the first 3 months of 2014, I’ve had a great opportunity to connect with marketers from London to Las Vegas sharing best practices and learning what’s on the mind of the marketing and PR community.

Those experiences have helped me take the temperature of what marketers questions are so I can apply those insights in our consulting and for future presentations. Topics that seemed to be high in demand include working with influencers in combination with content marketing and social media.  

As popular as content and social media marketing are in terms of increasing budgets and implementations, many marketers are still wondering about best practices and how to get the most from their investments. This was clear from all the questions and follow up engagement I received from recent events like ClickZ Live in New York and the Marketo Marketing Nation Summit in San Francisco.

Lee Odden

Happy Holidays from @TopRank Online Marketing

Happy Holidays 2013 Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones from TopRank Online Marketing!

It’s been an incredible year for us with new faces, new clients, improved services mix and the continued growth of our digital marketing consulting practice.

This year we’ve added some amazing talent to the TopRank team and I am very thankful for their contributions! Ours is a very dynamic industry and mutual client and company success calls for our team members to be adaptable, passionate about the work and solution oriented.

I am happy to report that they’ve answered the call impressively. We’ve taken on 20 new clients, renewed more client engagements than ever and have grown numerous programs to include an integrated mix of content, social media, SEO and online PR.

Lee Odden

Thank you! Happy 10 Years of Blogging @TopRank Online Marketing Blog

Happy 10th Birthday TopRank BlogCan you believe it? On this day in 2003 our first “hello world” blog post for TopRank’s Online Marketing Blog was published.  1,328,500 of my own words plus tens of thousands more from our team later, it’s amazing to think it has been 10 years already.

Wow, how time flies!

A HUGE THANK YOU goes out to you, our readers, who have engaged, shared and interacted with us over the years. Your feedback and interactions have inspired us with ideas that we’ve been able spread all over the world.

In fact, I’ll be sharing the top 10 lessons I’ve learned from 10 years of blogging as one of the opening keynote presenters at NMX BlogWorld the first week in January.  As I reflect on the awesome contributions from our team and our community to the success of  TopRank’s Online Marketing Blog, I’ll share a few of those lessons here.

Lee Odden

Remembering Brian Larson

Lee Odden     TopRank Agency News

Brian Larson

It is with the greatest of sorrow that I am sharing our admired TopRank Marketing team member, Brian Larson, has passed away unexpectedly this weekend. Our condolences to Brian’s wife Erin and his family for such a tragic loss.

Brian started with TopRank about 3 years ago after having worked for over 6 years with PR Newswire. As Account Manager of Strategic Accounts at TopRank, Brian was one of the most humble, giving and professional people I’ve ever worked with. We will miss him dearly.

I can’t count how many times clients would approach me at industry conferences to say what a great guy he was to work with. He really cared about his team, clients and doing great work.

Ashley Meuser

How College Grads Can Find Career Success in Digital Marketing

digital marketing jobsRecent 2013 college graduates have received their diplomas and spent the past few summer months relaxing, celebrating and continuing their job search.

Many students, particularly in the Journalism, Communication or Marketing fields are pursuing positions in the fast growing digital marketing industry to launch their careers. Fortunately, digital marketing budgets are expected to increase by 9% this year and there are many agencies seeking talent.

However, upper management like the President of tech company, PubMatic, Kirk McDonald in this WSJ article, take the perspective of, “…the right skills are very hard to find. And I’m sorry to say it, dear graduates, but you probably don’t have them.”

Despite demand for talent, college graduates often don’t qualify for the digital marketing positions available. Agencies want employees with experience, but as college grads, there’s a common feeling that you can’t gain “real-world” experience until someone gives you that opportunity.