Caitlin Burgess

Snapchat for B2B: Examples of Brands in Action, Best Practices & Tips

Caitlin Burgess on Jul 13th, 2016     B2B Marketing, Content Marketing, Social Media

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From its beginnings as a disappearing photo app to adding interactive—often hilarious—filter options and storytelling capabilities, Snapchat has come a long way in it’s nearly 5 years of existence. In fact, the social media platform has seen tremendous user growth, boasting 150 million daily active users, which is more than Twitter, according to Bloomberg.

While Snapchat is a major hit among pre-teens and teenagers, usage of the platform is growing among adults—especially Millennials. According to a BI Intelligence report, 45% of adult Snapchat users are 18-24, with another 26% between 25-34 in age. And recently there’s been a big uptick in users over the age of 35.

Joshua Nite

New Short Story: How GREAT Marketers Win at Digital Advertising

Joshua Nite on Jul 12th, 2016     Digital Marketing, Online Advertising, Online Marketing

Great Marketers Win at Digital Advertising

How can you help your brand knock out the competition and win customers’ attention?

Sometimes great content and a solid content marketing strategy aren’t enough to achieve the results you hoped and planned for. Despite all your training and drilling on tactics, you enter the ring and end up hitting the mat face-first.

It’s nice to think that people would be magnetically drawn to your content. That every search for a relevant term would return your brand at the top of the SERP. That word-of-mouth or a couple of posts on social media would create a stampede of partygoers to your site. But a strictly organic approach can lead to lukewarm and limited engagement.

Michael Bak

PPC + SEO = A Winning Team for Search Marketing Success

Michael Bak on Jul 11th, 2016     Online Advertising, SEO

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A winning team requires the proper line-up, teamwork and the ability to fill-in the performance gaps. A winning team for search requires the proper line-up of Paid and Organic strategies to ensure increased visibility and growth. Many B2B companies pigeonhole PPC as strictly a lead gen or a sales tactic but now is the time to go from tunnel vision to full spectrum search.

Why do we all need to start paying attention to organic and paid search integration? With the recent changes to Google’s SERP results page, many companies are starting to see organic visibility slide along with organic traffic as paid advertisers are garnering more real estate on the page. Google continues to push more algorithm updates and while they many not all be as impactful as RankBrain, Panda, or Penguin, SEO and organic rank is becoming increasingly difficult to manage.

Tiffani Allen

Online Marketing News: Beer, Blogs, Snapchat Memories and B2B Content Struggle

Tiffani Allen on Jul 8th, 2016     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

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If Your Blog Were a Beer, What Kind Would It Be?
At first glance, beer and blogs don’t seem to have a whole lot in common. But, like the diverse beverage, blogs have many different flavors and origins of their own. We even consume blogs and beers at roughly the same rate. This infographic, complete with a silly and delicious metaphor, breaks down the hierarchy of blog types and beer types leading to one solid conclusion, be original and substantial in your blog. Visual.ly

Joshua Nite

Learn How to Take Your Digital Advertising Strategy Mobile

Joshua Nite on Jul 7th, 2016     Online Advertising, Online Marketing

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How many times a day do you pick up your smartphone? If you’re the average iPhone user, Apple says you slide to unlock around 80 times in a 24-hour period. Android users unlock their phones around 85 times a day—no word on what those extra five unlocks are.

80 times a day. If the average person sleeps around 7 hours a night, they get 17 hours of waking time per day. That means we’re picking up our phones over 4 times an hour. That’s more than every fifteen minutes. Should I even bother putting it back in my pocket? Or just graft it onto my hand?

So marketers, riddle me this: Odds are the people you want to reach have a screen on their person that they look at 80 times a day. They fill every idle moment of their day consuming content on that screen.

Caitlin Burgess

What Marketers Can Learn from Fortune 500 Companies Mastering Instagram

Caitlin Burgess on Jul 6th, 2016     Online Marketing, Social Media

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With more than 500 million monthly active users and counting, Instagram is growing fast and showing no signs of slowing down. According to eMarketer, Instagram usage is expected to grow 15.1% this year, compared to the 3.1% growth expected for the social network sector as a whole. In addition, eMarketer said the platform will add 26.9 million new users over the next four years.

What does this mean for marketers? It means that now is the time to explore the platform’s potential for your brand. And looking to some of America’s biggest brands—the Fortune 500—can give you some great insights and inspiration for building your own Instagram strategy.

Lee Odden

9 Social Media Marketing Trends That Could Make or Break Your Business in 2017

Lee Odden on Jul 5th, 2016     Social Media

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Social media is always evolving, so what’s next?

That’s the question I was asked in an interview recently. This kind of question can be really easy since there are so many easy candidates – IoT, VR, and just about anything to do with Facebook.

But if you don’t want to rely on the cliches of future social technology, it can be a challenge to pick out what will matter and why. I suppose this post is somewhere in the middle and I hope it helps you think about where the substance breaks away from the shiny social media objects.

Ashley Zeckman

Celebrate Your Freedom From These 4 Tired Content Marketing Tactics

Ashley Zeckman on Jul 4th, 2016     Content Marketing, Online Marketing

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Freedom is an expression that you’ll hear a lot this week as we celebrate America’s independence. Our forefathers had a vision for a country that provided citizens with certain rights and responsibilities for themselves and their neighbors.

Marketers today have a unique opportunity to sign their own declaration of independence to free themselves of tired content marketing tactics. This is a declaration that removes antiquated approaches to content marketing and instead focuses on creating value for their customers in a way that builds a better future.

Recent research has found that over 80% of marketers are creating content,which means that the competition for customer attention is becoming increasingly difficult. Now is the time for marketers to break free of tired content tactics and begin creating more memorable interactions with customers. As you continue to execute and refine your approach to content marketing, make sure that you avoid making the following mistakes. 

Tiffani Allen

Online Marketing News: Best Times for Social, Pinterest Shopping Bag, Twitter’s New Dashboard

Tiffani Allen on Jul 1st, 2016     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

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The Complete Social Media Guide: How and When to Post on Social Media [Infographic]
One of the biggest tenants of social marketing is to meet your audience in the right place at the right time. But that right time varies by channel, network, and a variety of other factors. What’s a marketer to do? This helpful infographic spells out the when and what of social media posting. StartABlog123.com

Pinterest Launches Shopping Bag, Buyable Pins for Desktop
Pinterest has long been a destination for shoppers who are looking for ideas for anything from clothes to groceries. Recently, the social media platform took a big step in the way of making the journey from pin to purchase easier for users. According to Pinterest’s Tim Weingarten: “With your new shopping bag, you can throw in any buyable pin that catches your eye, whether you’re shopping on your Android or the web (iOS to come!). When you’re ready to check out, everything you’ve added to your bag will be right there waiting for you.” SocialTimes

Joshua Nite

How to Turn Undervalued Content into Content Marketing Gold (The Trick is Repurposing)

Joshua Nite on Jun 30th, 2016     Content Marketing

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Have you ever lost hours watching Antiques Roadshow marathons? Or do you lead a substantially more exciting life than I do?

I can’t help it; there’s something so compelling about finding treasures in your attic. That ashtray is really a Civil War-era candy dish! That punch bowl is really a 12th-Century chamber pot (we sincerely hope you washed it first)! Even though the most exciting thing I ever found in my attic is a dead squirrel, it’s fun to dream.

Think of your existing content library as one big, overstuffed attic. All the great stuff your team has written is still there. It may occasionally attract a visitor or two, but for the most part it’s just collecting virtual dust. So why are we in a constant mad dash to create new content? For most organizations, there is plenty of value left in the old stuff. With the right repurposing, content that proved valuable to your audience once can attract a new wave of traffic.

Caitlin Burgess

6 Things Brands & Publishers Need to Know About Native Advertising

Caitlin Burgess on Jun 29th, 2016     Online Advertising, Online Marketing

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As brands look to create deeper connections with their audience and publishers search for new ways to generate revenue, native advertising as re-emerged as a tactic that both can take advantage of.

For those who aren’t familiar, native advertising, also referred to as sponsored content or advertorials, has taken on many forms over the years—from advertorials in newspapers in the 1940s to infomercials and paid programming spots on television. Today, native advertising is a content marketing tactic that typically involves publishing informational and educational articles and videos (with an underlying advertising message) in print or digital publications and blogs.

For publishers, native advertising allows them to generate revenue by not only lending advertisers their platform, but also offering their editorial expertise, brand reputation and audience. For brands, native advertising allows them to create valuable content and another touchpoint within in the buyer’s journey as they work toward being the best answer for their audience.

Caitlin Burgess

4 Pieces of Sage Healthcare Marketing Advice from Healthcare Marketers

Caitlin Burgess on Jun 28th, 2016     Digital Marketing, Online Marketing

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Healthcare marketers are intensely aware of the changing industry landscape. From new regulations and technologies to the rise of consumerism, many find themselves retooling their strategies and looking for valuable advice along the way.

On Wednesday, June 29, 2016 TopRank Marketing and Medicom Health Interactive are partnering for a free webinar to offer that advice and help healthcare marketers navigate, adapt and thrive in the new environment.

The event will feature a deep dive into the four-must have components of an integrated digital marketing strategy outlined in our recent eBook: Patient-First Marketing: Understanding the Anatomy of a Successful Strategy.

To whet your appetite, we’ve tapped into the expertise of four awesome healthcare marketers (who also appeared in our recent eBook) to share their biggest piece of advice for other healthcare marketers.