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Lee Odden

The Difference Between Brandividuals & Influencers – Why You Need Both

Lee Odden on Mar 16th, 2015     Influencer Marketing

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From creating advocacy programs to the content co-creation we specialize in at our agency, working with influencers presents a number of challenges, especially when it comes to effectively identifying, qualifying and recruiting.

In fact, according to a study by Augure, 61% of companies say finding “true” influencers is a top challenge.

Everyone is influential about something, but the ability to influence varies greatly across individuals, between different audiences and even at different moments in time.

Defining Influence. As Sam Fiorella, Co-Author of Influence Marketing says, “Influence is the swaying of beliefs, behaviors or actions.” Therefore, it stands to reason that identifying influencers must take into account their ability and willingness to affect action – not just achievement of high fan, friend and follower counts.


Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News: Facebook Gets Topical, Instagram Gets On The Carousel, AdWords Gets Dynamic

Ben Brausen on Mar 13th, 2015     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

More Reviews More ROI

Social Media Reviews Drive E-commerce Conversion [Infographic] - E-commerce is a booming market, and its growth is closely tied to social media engagement. This engagement from users is often in the form of posting to their networks about positive or negative experiences, or by posting reviews to ecommerce sites. An infographic from Bazaarvoice highlights how reviews can impact sales and return on social media investment. SocialTimes

Google Webmaster Tools Now Shows When Images, CSS, or JavaScript Are Being Blocked - When Google crawls your site, ideally you want it to be able to see your site as a regular users would. If linked image, CSS, or JavaScript files are being blocked from crawling then Google is not able to properly render your site. Search Engine Journal


Lee Odden

BADASS Book Review: The Content Code by Mark Schaefer

Lee Odden on Mar 12th, 2015     Book Reviews, Content Marketing

The Content Code

The Content Code: Six essential strategies to ignite your content, your marketing, and your business is the latest book from Mark Schaefer and like The Tao of Twitter and Social Media Explained, it’s a must read.

I’ve known and admired Mark for several years. He is a very generous person and that generosity extends to the knowledge he shares in the content and conversations he’s a part of.

Mark has a valuable ability to take the complexity out of marketing and draw attention to the things you really need to know – and in a way that just makes sense. Let’s face it: marketers are definitely living in an age of increased complexity and information overload. The sheer volume of content now being produced has no chance of being consumed, ala “Content Shock” and businesses are hard pressed to find ways to stand out.


Nick Ehrenberg

How to Make Free Stock Images Work for Content Marketing

Nick Ehrenberg on Mar 11th, 2015     Content Marketing, Visual Marketing

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Visual content is king, but what happens if you don’t have a massive library of brand images to use for your online content? Do you try a simple Google image search and grab something that might be approved for commercial use? Or, do you simply go image-less and rely on your copy to carry the weight?

If you’re pillaging images from Google’s regular search, stop right now. Google might tell you that it’s approved for commercial use, but there are other resources that provide greater assurances (and more relief for your legal team).

In this post I’ll show you where to find (truly) free stock images, and how to use those images for the best visual impact on your content marketing.


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

Content Marketing Bundle of Awesome – 12 eBooks for Better Content Performance in 2015

Lee Odden on Mar 9th, 2015     Content Marketing

Content Marketing Bundle of Awesome

The missing piece of the content marketing puzzle for most marketers is a documented strategy according to CMI/MarketingProfs research.

But the problem with most content marketing efforts isn’t just a documented strategy, it’s the lack of thinking strategically about content. The challenge of creating more, engaging content often blurs the importance of answering “why”, “for who” and “to what end”?

Solving the strategic thinking issue is essential for creating a strategy and one way to do that is to tap into industry thought leadership to identify trends, best practices and examples of what content marketing success looks like. Reconciling those observations and insights with your own marketing goals, target audience and expectations for content are the key to making your content marketing investments pay off.


Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News: Yahoo! Turns 20, Google+ Splits, Twitter Ads Everywhere

Ben Brausen on Mar 6th, 2015     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Most Valuable Search Traffic

Which Sites Have The Most Valuable Search Engine Traffic? [INFOGRAPHIC] - If you’ve ever used the tool SEMRush before, you’ve likely noticed how it assigns a dollar amount to your organic traffic. This value is based on the amount of money people are bidding to rank for the keywords you’re getting traffic from organically. Check about the above infographic to see which site generates the biggest organic bucks. Search Engine Journal

Twitter Is Rolling Out Swipe To Dismiss Images - Twitter appears to be rolling out a big change to how you get get out of viewing images on the service once you’re done. The Next Web

92% of B2B Marketers Use Social Media to Share Content - More than nine in 10 business to business (B2B) marketing executives use social networking sites to distribute content, but just one third rely on mobile, reveals a new study. SocialTimes


Alexis Hall

5 Tips for Digital Marketing Newbies to Survive and Thrive

Alexis Hall on Mar 5th, 2015     Digital Marketing

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Nearly 5 years ago, I walked into the TopRank Online Marketing offices eager to start my first day. To say I was nervous would be an understatement. I was sure that the team could all tell that I was a total digital marketing newbie.

Those first 8 hours were both exhilarating and overwhelming. Lingo that I had never heard of was flying fast around me (what did a Panda have to do with marketing and what was a MQL?). I felt both intimidated and impressed by the smarts, expertise and experience of those around me. And I remember thinking, would this ever be me?

Since then, TopRank Marketing has changed and grown in many ways, just like I have. In fact, TopRank has doubled in size in the past year and will soon be moving to a larger office space.


James Anderson

Video Content Marketing: Pros, Cons, Examples and Best Practices

James Anderson on Mar 4th, 2015     Content Marketing, Video

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For many B2B marketers video content is the biggest step in a content marketing plan, the one thing that is tackled last because it takes more resources to produce. That mode of thinking is changing, however, as more marketers lean on video content as an effective way to cut through the crowded content marketing landscape. In a recent CMI / Marketing Profs study, 76% of B2B marketers said that they plan to use video as a content marketing tactic in 2015.

Creating video and hosting it on your company site or sending it out on social media is a way to show that your brand is video and technologically savvy but don’t just produce video for the sake of saying you’ve done it. Video has to be done right to be effective. This post will explore the pros and cons of video as a content marketing tactic and will offer examples and best practices that digital marketers can look to for support in their own video content marketing.


James Anderson

20 B2B Content Marketing Examples and Case Studies for 2015

James Anderson on Mar 4th, 2015     B2B Marketing, Content Marketing

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We know that 93% of B2B marketers were using content marketing in 2014. That number is up just a tick from 2013 and will likely climb again in 2015. But what does this slow trend mean for content marketers in the B2B world?

It means that it’s time to step up their content game. It’s no longer enough to simply produce “more” content. Now is the time to produce killer content that knocks the competition out of the water.

If you’re looking for great B2B content marketing case studies, we’ve published 11 killer content examples here and 12 more here. We’ve also collected 20 more B2B content marketing examples from the 2015 B2B Content2Conversion conference. Below you will find a brief example from each winning entry including one for TopRank Online Marketing. I think you’ll find some great ideas and inspiration, just like I did.


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?


Lee Odden

Content and SEO Beyond Marketing – Optimized Digital Communications

Lee Odden on Mar 2nd, 2015     Content Marketing, SEO

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Content is the reason search began in the first place.

In the days before Google, directories, lists and forums were the way to discover new content on the fast-growing world wide web.

During those early days, the web was as much about the experience of discovery, aka “surfing”, as it was about finding specific answers.

Answers to what? Many marketers would have you believe the only content that exists is the information created in support of buyers to discover, consume and transact.

But there’s far more to the web than demand generation and advertising. Content is created by companies to serve a variety of business functions from customer service to corporate social responsibility to talent acquisition.


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