Julia Ramos

3 SEO-Changing RankBrain Tips Marketers Can’t Ignore

Julia Ramos on Jun 27th, 2016     Digital Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences

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The way that marketers think about, talk about and implement SEO is constantly evolving. Blackhat SEO tactics that once were incredibly successful, no longer garner the results that they once did. Both search engines and online audiences have become much more sophisticated, forcing marketers to ditch the slimy SEO tactics and focus instead on providing real value.

According to TNW News, 47% of digital marketers name SEO as one of their most effective tactics, but 39% also identify it as one of the most difficult.

Leila De La Fuente

Must-Have Tips & Best Practices for More Effective Remarketing

Leila De La Fuente on Jun 27th, 2016     Digital Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences

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Over the past few years, online remarketing has transitioned into a no brainer practice in digital advertising; and for good reason. Typically associated with lower cost-per-lead and higher return on ad spend, remarketing has caught the eye of businesses and agencies alike.

At last week’s 2016 MNSearch Summit, Director of Paid Search at CommerceHub Elizabeth Marsten presented her session titled “Make Your Remarketing More than an Echo,” to a packed room of marketing professionals looking to learn how to make the most of their remarketing efforts.

In her quick-witted and authentically expert presentation, she blazed through the history of remarketing and best practices for Google and Facebook remarketing (almost faster than I could type!).

Kevin Cotch

What You Need to Know About the Voice Search Revolution From Microsoft’s Purna Virji #MNSummit

Kevin Cotch on Jun 24th, 2016     Marketing PR Conferences, SEO

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We may not already notice the change, but voice search is all around us. Voice search can help us complete tasks when we are occupied or busy multitasking. We unconsciously change the way we search on a computer or a text search compared to when we search with our voices. With the growing interest of voice search and digital personal assistants growing, we must ask ourselves as marketers how is voice search going to change the world for advertisers?

In her presentation at MNSearch Summit, Purna Virji from Microsoft stated that by 2020, 50% of search will come from voice (comScore). She outlined the steps to get prepared for voice search for paid and organic search queries. Since the growth of voice search is growing, now is the time to get ready for voice search and to become an early adopter.

Tiffani Allen

Online Marketing News: Perfect Headlines, Lonely Tweets and Virtual Reality

Tiffani Allen on Jun 24th, 2016     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

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Creating the Perfect Headline [Infographic]
80% of readers never get past the headline, it’s important to make it count. So, how do you create the perfect headline? There are a handful of rules, keep it short, be interesting, and use numbers to name a few. This infographic has the formula to make a great headline, and some helpful explanations along the way. Social Media Today

59% Of Content Shared On Twitter Will Never Be Clicked
According to a recent study by Columbia University and the French National Institute, 59% of Tweets are never clicked. That’s not great news for marketers, especially those who rely on Twitter as an integral part of their marketing strategy. The good news? There are types of content that encourage engagement on Twitter, like using a helpful and interesting headline. To do well, make the most important point of your story be your headline. Search Engine Journal

Leila De La Fuente

Search Marketing at its Finest: A Preview to #MNSummit 2016

Leila De La Fuente on Jun 23rd, 2016     Marketing PR Conferences

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“There is no black magic to successfully attracting customers via the web.”
– Rand Fishkin, Wizard of Moz

For digital marketers, this quote rings all too true. For this reason, successful digital marketing requires constant self and team education and a willingness to experiment with groundbreaking tactics. In our quest to grow online ranking, traffic and leads, conferences like the 2016 MNSearch Summit help to guide us to these goals.

Friday’s conference is a digital marketer’s dream. In-person lessons on analytics, search and digital marketing from experts at Google, Microsoft, Moz and more. For four lucky members of the TopRank Marketing team, that dream will be a reality when we attend this sold out event in downtown Minneapolis.

Ashley Zeckman

8 Smart Social Media Platform Marketers Creating Awesome Content

Ashley Zeckman on Jun 22nd, 2016     Online Marketing, Social Media, Social Media Tool

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There is an art to planning and executing on a successful social media marketing strategy. Social algorithms are constantly evolving, new networks popping up and users are adapting the way that they use social platforms.

Keeping up with a steady and quality publishing schedule and engagement strategy for social media is no easy undertaking. To find relief, marketers have begun taking advantage of the many social media monitoring and publishing tools available on the market today. These tools help with everything from scheduling and publishing social posts, to providing insights into content performance and audience segmentation.

To help you keep abreast of the latest social news, I’ve uncovered 8 awesome content creators that work for some of today’s top social media monitoring platforms. In this post you’ll find information about these social media mavens as well as insight into some of their killer content.

Caitlin Burgess

12 Powerful Tips for Hosting a Successful Twitter Chat

Caitlin Burgess on Jun 21st, 2016     Social Media

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Brands are always looking for new and interesting ways to connect with their audience, build awareness and showcase what they have to offer. Over the past couple years, Twitter chats have emerged as a marketing tactic that allows brands to do just that and more.

Twitter chats are public Twitter conversations that take place surrounding a specific hashtag at a predetermined date and time. The hashtag often provides some context for the topic or theme of the chat, and allows people to easily find the conversation and participate. Most often, Twitter chats are not one-off discussions, but rather recurring events.

Lee Odden

5 Dangerous Myths About Influencer Marketing – Busted!

Lee Odden on Jun 20th, 2016     Influencer Marketing

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The popularity of influencer marketing has made the field ripe for opportunists to capitalize. That’s what happens when new trends emerge into mainstream marketing: advice and experts start popping up everywhere.

Some of that advice is good, some is suspect and plenty is just pure mythology. Like a dragon – just as mythical but also potentially dangerous to your marketing.

Fantastic tales of fame and success ala the latest marketing tactic du jour rarely lead marketers to business success. Realizing the potential negative effects of alluring speculation and misinformation to marketers, I decided to take the pulse of our community on what the most common and dangerous myths about influencer marketing are.

Tiffani Allen

Online Marketing News: Marketing Excellence Journey, YouTube Director and Emoji Targeting

Tiffani Allen on Jun 17th, 2016     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

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How to Make Progress on Your Marketing Excellence Journey [Infographic]
Successful marketing comes down to a simple concept: Being able to measure what people want, and being able to deliver it. This inforgraphic shows how to make progress toward successful marketing. According to MarketingProfs, “the hard lesson here is that marketing organizations that want to earn or keep their seat at the corporate leadership table must focus on both sides of the analytics coin: data and metrics.” MarketingProfs

Kevin Cotch

SEO Cheat Sheet for Better Content Marketing

Kevin Cotch on Jun 16th, 2016     Content Marketing, Online Marketing, SEO

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It is our job as marketers to provide our customers with quality experiences. One way we can provide a quality experience is by implementing a customer focused content marketing program. Content marketing comes in all shapes and sizes, including blog posts, infographics, email, podcasts, and many other content types. Every online channel provides a unique way for us to reach our audience. With that idea in mind, we need to optimize each content asset to make it easier for people to find.

Competition for your audience’s attention has never been higher and many marketers are finding it challenging to get their content in front of the right audience. This challenge will continue to become more difficult with about 91% of B2B marketers claiming that they are already using content marketing. Although that number is high, many have the opportunity to better optimize the content that is already being created.

Caitlin Burgess

[Free Webinar] Patient-First Marketing: 4 Steps for a More Effective Strategy

Caitlin Burgess on Jun 15th, 2016     Content Marketing, Digital Marketing

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The healthcare industry is changing and creating new requirements that leave many healthcare marketers searching for a viable solution.

Changing reimbursement models and new policies, regulations, technologies are some of the most talked-about changes. But the rise of consumerism is one of the biggest drivers of change as consumers become increasingly empowered and interested in taking an active role in managing their health. In fact, Google reports that 1 in 20 searches are for health-related information.

To help healthcare marketers not only adapt, but thrive under these new changes, TopRank Marketing and Medicom Health Interactive have partnered to bring you a free webinar that will dive deep into each component with real-life stories, advice and tactical suggestions from three marketing professionals.

Caitlin Burgess

Is Your Brand Likable? 7 B2B Technology Brands Taking a Creative Approach on Facebook

Caitlin Burgess on Jun 14th, 2016     Facebook, Online Marketing, Social Media

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Between Facebook constantly tweaking features to improve user experience and the saturation of posts from every other brand out there, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for B2B brands to reach their audience by utilizing Facebook marketing tactics. According to the Content Marketing Institute & MarketingProfs’ B2B Content Marketing: 2016 Benchmarks, Budgets and Trends—North America report, 84% of B2B marketers said they used Facebook as a content marketing tactic, but just 30% said their efforts were effective.

But this doesn’t mean it’s time to abandon the Facebook ship. It’s just time to reset your course and put some wind back in your sails. It’s time to get creative.