Lee Odden

5 Ways Influencer Marketing Can Grow Your B2B Company in 2016

Lee Odden on Jan 11th, 2016     B2B Marketing, Influencer Marketing

B2B Influencer MarketingInfluencer Marketing programs for B2B companies tend to focus on a handful of marketing objectives. The thing is, like many marketing focused investments, influencer marketing can yield many more benefits than the simple act of a famous person in your industry saying nice things about your product or brand.

When B2B companies focus on influencer marketing solely from a campaign perspective, they miss out on the need to maintain relationships. There’s a lot of competition for well known influencers and relationships can keep the connection strong in your brand’s favor.

The future of influencer marketing is bright and with business to business marketers, it’s even more important to include influencers in ongoing marketing because buyers are so self directed in the sales process and they trust experts more than brands (Nielsen).

Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News: Amazing Amazon Ad Growth, Pinterest Drops The Price, Verified Video Streaming For All

Ben Brausen on Jan 8th, 2016     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Twitter New Years Resolutions

Top New Years Resolutions Of 2015 – The numbers are in and the people have spoken. People have been tweeting their New Years resolutions and Twitter has measured them with the hashtag #NewYearsResolution See the results above. Twitter

Amazon: Adoption Of Sponsored Products Ads Grew By 100 Percent in 2015 – Amazon released a flurry of performance stats for 2015 on Tuesday, including updates on just how popular sponsored product advertisements have become on the e-commerce platform. The company says global adoption of Sponsored Products grew by 100 percent among Amazon sellers in 2015. Marketing Land

U.S. Ad Spending Falls 3.9% in Third Quarter – Ad spending in the U.S. fell 3.9% in the third quarter compared with last year, totaling $36.4 billion, according to Kantar Media’s latest figures released today. Ad Age

Joshua Nite

5 Digital Marketing Tactics to Help Your Brand Stand out in 2016

Joshua Nite on Jan 7th, 2016     Content Marketing, Digital Marketing

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It’s tempting to think of your brand as a beautiful and unique flower. You believe in the work you do, you take pains to know your audience and craft messages that should resonate with them. So you bring your exquisite rose to the world—only to find they’re standing waist-deep in a flower garden.

In the crowded content market, it’s entirely possible to do everything right and still struggle to capture attention. Knowing your audience, doing the research, and making great content are the new table stakes. To really get noticed, you must be exceptional.

Here are five digital marketing tactics that can get your brand noticed, with examples from brands that are doing it right.

Ashley Zeckman

How An Integrated Approach Can Help You Become Content Marketing Royalty in 2016

Ashley Zeckman on Jan 6th, 2016     Content Marketing

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The stories that we are told as children are largely focused around kings, queens, princes and princesses. These characters are beautiful, intelligent and live a life that others can only dream of.

Today’s royalty take somewhat of a different form. They are marketers that inevitably stand out from the crowd due to their digital marketing creativity, smarts and success. But what is it that makes these marketers royalty?

The key to becoming content royalty in 2016 is taking an integrated approach to content marketing, or a “content plus” model. This approach shows a level of content marketing maturity and looks beyond content as a singular element, and combines it with other digital marketing services and best practices.

Caitlin Burgess

7 Ways to Optimize Your Web Content for Humans & Search Engines

Caitlin Burgess on Jan 5th, 2016     Content Marketing, Online Marketing, SEO, SEO Tips

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In case you haven’t heard, Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is not dead. In fact, SEO is an absolute must for successful content marketing, but gone are the days where the first two words dictate how you execute the third.

Ever since Google dropped its Penguin update in 2012, user experience has become the primary focus of good SEO. Yes. Today’s SEO is about finding the perfect balance between user-centric content and convincing search engine crawlers that your content is supreme.

Now, I’m pretty confident that everything I just said isn’t news to you. However, actually accomplishing that perfect balance may be something you’re still working on. And that’s where I aim to help.

Below are some best practices and tips for optimizing your on-page content for human users and search engines:

Ashley Zeckman

16 Digital Marketing Resolutions to Make & Keep in 2016

Ashley Zeckman on Jan 4th, 2016     Digital Marketing

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Ah, the dreaded New Year’s resolutions. Every year, just like clockwork we spend time putting together a list of things that we’ll do better or differently in the coming year. And just like clockwork, that list is soon forgotten.

When it comes to your digital marketing, you can’t afford to fall into the same bad habits that you may have in previous years due to the increasingly competitive landscape. Marketers today are getting increasingly savvy and motivated to beat the competition.

The important part of making digital marketing resolutions is that they are things that you can reasonably accomplish. You could spend time putting together a list of all the of things that you dream to do in 2016, but may not have the time, funds or resources to get them accomplished. That is a surefire way to find your digital marketing resolutions in the wastebasket.

Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News: Greatest Googles, Best Branded, Year Of YouTube

Ben Brausen on Jan 1st, 2016     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

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[Note from Ashley: Greetings readers! On behalf of the team at TopRank Marketing I would like to wish you all a happy, healthy and safe start to 2016.]

18 Types of Backlinks Violating Google’s Guidelines [Infographic] – When doing SEO for your website, it’s vital to know what are the backlinks that are violating Google’s webmaster guidelines. Here’s a look at 18 types of backlinks that go against the Google guidelines. Monitor Backlinks

Google Shopping Policies Changing In February 2016 – Google posted a help document that discloses the upcoming changes to the Google Shopping Policy Center including changes to their shopping policies. Search Engine Roundtable

Ashley Zeckman

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

Ashley Zeckman on Dec 31st, 2015     Online Marketing, TopRank Agency News

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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

TopRank Marketing’s 2016 Influencer Marketing Predictions

Ashley Zeckman on Dec 30th, 2015     B2B Marketing, Influencer Marketing

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This year, headlines throughout the marketing blogosphere proclaimed that influencer marketing is “the next big thing.”

At TopRank Marketing, we have been refining our influencer marketing strategy for nearly a decade. It’s our past, present, and next big thing. When done well, influencer marketing can boost brand credibility, provide valuable exposure for the brand and the influencer and create killer content your audience will love.

Now that influencer marketing has officially arrived, how will it evolve in 2016? We asked our in-house experts, and some of our favorite marketers outside the TopRank Marketing team, for their opinion. Here are the influencer marketing predictions for 2016.

Steve Rayson

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Director, BuzzSumo
@steverayson

Caitlin Burgess

Content Marketing Tactics: Earned Media Pros, Cons, Examples & Best Practices

Caitlin Burgess on Dec 29th, 2015     Content Marketing, Online Marketing

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For any brand, reputation is everything—and reputations are often built (or torn down) with earned media. From a glowing news article about one of your products to that horrific Yelp review, every brand experiences the benefits and drawbacks of earned media.

And in today’s socially connected world, marketers are increasing their use of earned media as a contact marketing tactic as it continues to be a crucial factor in consumer decision making.

In fact, a study by Nielsen and InPowered shows that expert content—credible, third-party articles and reviews—is the most effective source of information in impacting consumers along all stages of the purchase process across product categories. The study also showed that earned media is 88 percent more effective than owned media content alone.

Lee Odden

12 Content Marketing Lessons Learned in 12 Years of Blogging

Lee Odden on Dec 28th, 2015     Blogging, Content Marketing

Content Marketing Lessons LearnedHappy 12th Birthday to TopRank Marketing’s Online Marketing Blog!

In Malcom Gladwell’s book, Outliers: The Story of Success, he mentions the “10,000-Hour Rule”, which describes the key to achieving world class expertise in any skill as a matter of practicing for a total of 10,000 hours or so.

By many definitions, this humble marketing blog has involved many more than 10,000 hours of practice. While we’ve achieved many milestones from being the only blog ranked the #1 content marketing blog three times by CMI to helping our boutique digital marketing agency reach a worldwide audience, it continues to be a work in progress.

There are multiple dimensions for evaluating a blog’s impact. Here is some statistical trivia about TopRank’s Marketing Blog (thanks to BuzzSumo) representing some of this “practice makes expert” effort.

Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News: Bing’s Biggest, Google Goals Get Smarter, Twitter Signals State-Sponsored

Ben Brausen on Dec 25th, 2015     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Guide to 2016 Content Marketing Trends

A Complete Guide to 2016 Content Marketing Trends [Infographic] – Take a look at this infographic, which reveals their expectations for content marketing budgets, benchmarks and the key trends for 2016. Social Media Today

Bing Reveals The Top US and UK Searches of 2015 – Bing says we’re done collating stuff in 2015, and now’s the time to rank it all in order. What else are you going to do in December? Work? Yeah, that’s what I thought. Search Engine Watch

Why Sponsored Social Is One Of 2015’s Most Effective Marketing Tactics [Study] – Digital marketing is everywhere, but new research shows that sponsored social posts are actually getting noticed, explaining their growing popularity. ClickZ