Caitlin Burgess

SEO Checklist for Content Marketers: 21 Common Mistakes to Avoid

Caitlin Burgess on Feb 7th, 2017     SEO, SEO Tips

SEO Checklist to Avoid Mistakes

With so much content being created, published and promoted online every second—as well as consumers becoming increasingly self-directed in their quest for answers—competition to capture your audience’s attention has never been more fierce.

As a result, quality and strategic SEO has probably never been more important for helping you be the best answer whenever and wherever your audience is searching.

But as seasoned marketers know, SEO has gone through a tremendous evolution since its early days of keyword-focused content. With more than 2 trillion searches happening on Google every year, today’s SEO is about finding the perfect balance between user-centric content and convincing search engine crawlers that your content is supreme.

Ashley Zeckman

Social Media Touchdown: How 20 Smart Brands Won the Biggest Content Game of the Year

Ashley Zeckman on Feb 6th, 2017     Content Marketing, Online Marketing, Social Media

Yesterday was a huge day for sports fans and brands across the nation. Diehard football fans wait all year for this special game and hope that their team (or at least a team they support) hits the turf for the big game.

Let me preface my next statement by saying I mean absolutely no offense to the amazing athletes that played their hearts out yesterday. But if you’re like me, the day is really about the cheesy/gooey/delicious food, the Puppy Bowl and of course, the ads.

On this day, brands hope that their creative and entertaining ads will reach an engaged and attentive audience as they’re glued to the television. In fact, the average commercial costs approximately $5 Million for a mere 30 seconds of airtime during the Super Bowl. That is some serious cheddar!

Tiffani Allen

Online Marketing News: Visual Content Trends, Snapchat QR Codes & LinkedIn Buzzwords

Tiffani Allen on Feb 3rd, 2017     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

10 Trends Driving Visual Content Marketing in 2017 (Infographic)
AdWeek reports: “53 percent of survey participants said that between 91 and 100 percent of their published content contained visual material, and more than 90 percent are using visual content in at least one-half of their posts.” AdWeek

Snapchat QR Codes Can Now Deep Link to Websites
Yes, you read that right — QR codes are back! Snapchat is now allowing users to send ‘Snapcodes’ to other users, and outside of the Snapchat network, that lead to whichever web page they’d like. With Instagram overtaking some of Snapchat’s user base with their live stories, this is definitely a level up move for the media platform. Snapchat

Lee Odden

Digital Summit Phoenix – Supercharge Your Content with Influencer Marketing

Lee Odden on Feb 2nd, 2017     Content Marketing, Influencer Marketing

influencer marketing

Let’s just get this first bit out there: Later this month I will be the closing keynote at a conference where Beverly Jackson from MGM is the opening keynote. BAM! Seriously, Beverly is the epitome of “supercharged” and is a can’t miss speaker.

On top of that, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak will be keynoting as well.

I feel pretty lucky. In fact, I feel supercharged! Maybe after reading this post, you will too.

Digital Summit Phoenix

Of course I’m talking about Digital Summit Phoenix, February 22-23. This is my first time speaking at Digital Summit and I’m really looking forward to it for a few reasons:

Joshua Nite

New Benchmarks from Marketo: How Does Your Organization Measure Up?

Joshua Nite on Feb 1st, 2017     B2B Marketing, B2C Marketing, Digital Marketing

Digital Marketing Benchmark ReportIf digital marketing were a competitive sport, it would be freestyle swimming. We’re all in our respective lanes, each with different audiences to reach. We all have our own unique set of strategies, and our own budget limitations to work with. We’re all trying to get to our finish line as fast as we can. And we all could benefit from the occasional glance sideways to see what everyone else is doing.

This half-competitive, half-isolated feeling is why marketing benchmarks are so valuable. Benchmarks help us determine if our strategies, investments and results are comparable to our peers. They can reinforce what we’re already doing and provide a road map for the future.

This year, there’s a new player in the benchmark reporting game: The brilliant minds at Marketo. They just released their 2017 Marketing Benchmark Report for North America, and it’s a doozy.

Joshua Nite

The New Face of LinkedIn: What You Need to Know About the Redesign

Joshua Nite on Jan 31st, 2017     LinkedIn, Social Media

 Even the most starched-shirt professional can use a new look every now and then. Skinny and wide neckties go in and out of fashion. Hemlines trend up and down. You can be fashionable and professional at the same time.

All of which to say, LinkedIn has started to roll out a substantial redesign. Not everyone has it yet, but it’s coming soon for everyone, and it’s definitely a bid to keep up with the cutting edge of web design.

The redesign cleans up the interface substantially, fully committing to the card-based look the site has been flirting with for the past two years. Icons are simplified and are a closer match to the mobile experience. And some features that were hard to find before are now front-and-center.

Ashley Zeckman

5 Common Challenges All Digital Marketers Face & How to Own Them

Ashley Zeckman on Jan 30th, 2017     Digital Marketing

Big or small, B2B or B2C there are a core set of challenges that all marketers face. The extremity of these challenges will vary from brand to brand and person to person but undoubtedly exist within every organization.

Within the last few years alone, it now takes 52% more touches to close a deal than it did in the years prior. Yikes! Those aren’t the best odds, and now that marketing is becoming even more responsible for sales (not that that’s a bad thing), the modern marketer is stressed out.

But don’t fret, you’re not alone. The first step to overcoming your obstacles is identifying what they are. Once you know what’s in front of you, it’s much easier to tackle them one piece at a time.

Tiffani Allen

Online Marketing News: The New Influence, Facebook Trend Overhaul, Snapchat TV Style

Tiffani Allen on Jan 27th, 2017     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

The Future of Influencer Marketing Research Report 2017
TopRank Marketing and Traackr, in partnership with Altimeter, released a brand new report this week. The goal of this report was to clarify the definition and meaning of influencer marketing and provide solid future direction to influencer marketing programs through research. For example, 71% of marketers said their influencer marketing programs are strategic or highly strategic, but account for less than 10% of total marketing budget. As Lee said in his blog post: “Clearly, enterprise companies need to put their money where their strategy is.” Online Marketing Blog.

Facebook Overhauls Trending and Will Now Show the Same Topics to Everyone
Facebook announced on Wednesday that it won’t be personalizing their list of trending topics going forward, meaning that everybody will see the same stories in Facebook’s Trending section without consideration given to location. This is done in an effort to help users avoid missing important news. Entrepreneur

Lee Odden

Influence 2.0 – The Future of Influencer Marketing Research Report 2017

Lee Odden on Jan 26th, 2017     Influencer Marketing

influencer marketing 2.0
What does “influencer marketing” mean to you?

Are you thinking of celebrities posting product photos to Instagram? Or having a famous YouTuber run a contest for a meet and greet at an event? Why not send products to bloggers in the hopes that they’ll do a review and say nice things?

Surely that’s not all enterprise marketers think of when it comes to the possible outcomes with influencer relationships.

The promise of brands collaborating or outright paying influential individuals to create content that lifts the brand’s credibility and reach to sell more products is something that companies of all sizes have been hot on – especially in the past 12 months.

With a groundswell of interest, there are many divergent interpretations of what influencer marketing really means.

Joshua Nite

How to Create Best Answer Content: 6 Inspiring Examples

Joshua Nite on Jan 25th, 2017     Content Marketing, Online Marketing, SEO

Undoubtedly you’ve heard the expression “content shock,” coined by marketing expert Mark Schaefer.

With immense respect, I have to admit: I don’t believe in it.

The idea that there’s so much content out there, people are tired of content altogether? That no one’s giving new content a chance? That it’s too hard to get new content seen?

Not buying it.

I think what’s happening is simply this: People don’t want “content.”

They want answers to questions. They want a few minutes of entertainment. They want to learn something new. They want what they were searching for in the first place.

To reach our audience, we need to stop creating content and start producing the best answer to their queries.  Companies that adopt this content marketing strategy tend to top search engine rankings (Top…rankings…there’s an agency name in there somewhere, I can feel it).

Caitlin Burgess

The B2B Buying Disconnect: 5 Opportunities for Increasing Influence with Technology Buyers

Caitlin Burgess on Jan 24th, 2017     B2B Marketing

Thanks to the internet, social media and mobile technologies, buyer’s are more self-directed than ever before, using these tools to conduct independent research that informs important purchasing decisions for themselves and the companies they work for.

However when it comes to B2B buyers, specifically those looking to purchase tools and software from technology vendors, while independent research is a major trend, 60% say their vendor is an influential part of the purchasing process, according to TrustRadius’ new report, The B2B Buying Disconnect.

Of course, that’s not the whole story. While technology vendors—namely their marketing and sales teams—play an undeniably important role in the purchasing process, they may be missing the mark or leaving opportunities on the table by focusing on the wrong things. And that’s precisely what TrustRadius’ study aimed to uncover.

Ashley Zeckman

10 B2C Brands Crushing it with Instagram Video Content in 2017

Ashley Zeckman on Jan 23rd, 2017     Online Marketing, Social Media, Video

The writing on the wall became very apparent last year: 2017 would be the year of video. In almost every marketing predictions post for 2017, video was highlighted as an area that marketers need to incorporate in order to remain competitive.

Video offers a great format for telling your story (or more importantly, the story of your customers) and connecting with your target audience. In 2016, eMarketer found that over 60% of brands planned on investing more in video in the next 12 months.

That means, competition for audience eyes will only get more competitive as brands begin to figure out what video mix works best for their marketing. Unfortunately, finding the right style and type of video for your brand can often be the toughest step.