Anne Leuman

5 Ingredients to Master the Perfect Content Marketing Recipe

Anne Leuman on Aug 15th, 2017     Digital Marketing, Digital Summit

Creating content day in and day out is exhausting. Constantly coming up with creative ideas and pushing yourself to come up with things you’ve never thought of is incredibly hard. But luckily, TopRank Marketing’s Executive Content Chef, Ashley Zeckman, was in the kitchen to help us cook up strategies for content creation at Digital Summit Minneapolis.

To help set the stage for her session, Ashley asked: who is fried on content marketing? To no one’s surprise, nearly every marketer in the room raised their hands.

As Ashley shared, there are four reasons why content creation and strategy fries our brains:

  • Consumers are overloaded
  • Audiences are becoming more sophisticated and demanding
  • Teams aren’t strategic with their content
  • Brands can’t keep up with demand
Ashley Zeckman

12 Must-See Speakers at Digital Marketing Summit Minneapolis #DSMPLS

Ashley Zeckman on Aug 14th, 2017     Digital Summit, Marketing PR Conferences

As marketers, our jobs require that we prioritize ongoing education and learning in order to remain relevant and competitive. Fortunately for us, there are a plethora of ways to gain this knowledge.

One of the most effective (and my personal favorite) ways to keep learning is to attend industry conferences. Not only do these events provide a ton of information, but they also allow you to surround yourself with other like-minded marketers that you can connect with and learn from.

Not everyone can attend multiple conferences throughout the year so it’s essential to make those that you do go to, count. I know from experience that it can be incredibly overwhelming to decide which sessions to attend  So don’t get caught working out your itinerary between sessions, because you may kick yourself later for missing something important.

Nick Nelson

Digital Marketing News: VR is Growing, AI is Watching & 3 Billion are on Social Media

Nick Nelson on Aug 11th, 2017     Digital Marketing, Online Marketing News

Global Social Media User Base Reaches 3 Billion
A new report compiled by HootSuite and We Are Social found that the total number of social media users has now exceeded 3 billion, accounting for about 40 percent of the global population. Truly an incredible number, and one that speaks to the contemporary ubiquity of these networks. Mashable

AI is Analyzing You on Social Media for Marketing Research
With so many people using social media, there are no shortage of habits and behaviors to monitor and aggregate. AI marketing solutions company Ayzenberg is using machine-learning algorithms to analyze social speech and create actionable data for segmenting and profiling customers. The Next Web

Caitlin Burgess

Behind the Marketing Curtain: An Interview With Comedian, Marketer Tim Washer

Caitlin Burgess on Aug 10th, 2017     Content Marketing, Video

As we marketers long to make meaningful connections with our audience, we often look deep into our figurative crystal balls in hopes of finding a way to lay an irresistible field of content that will trap their attention. Unfortunately, we can end up putting our audience to sleep—leaving the door open for more colorful characters to swoop in and carry them away.

So, how can we take to the sky and get our audience to surrender to our content? By crafting a  narrative that has empathy, humility and wit. And there’s certainly no better person to look to for inspiration than comedic treasure Tim Washer, Creative Director of Marketing for the Service Provider Division for Cisco.

Lee Odden

15 Ways to Supercharge Your Digital Marketing

Lee Odden on Aug 9th, 2017     Digital Marketing

15 Ways Supercharge Digital Marketing

Good marketing programs involve strategy, goals, target audience, tactics and measurement. Great marketing programs often include a special ingredient to really supercharge the engine of leads and sales.

To help you supercharge your marketing success, I’ve reached out to some of the most trusted voices in the digital marketing world speaking at the upcoming Digital Marketing Summit Minneapolis conference for their quotable advice. Marketers from companies like 3M, Thomson Reuters, IBM, The Economist Group, BMC Software, Pandora, Salesforce, Adestra, Schwinn Bicycles, SEMRush and our own agency, TopRank Marketing have joined experts including Seth Godin and Ann Handley to share their pithy tips on a variety of digital marketing topics.

What topics you ask? How about: Content Marketing, Influence, Social Storytelling, Artificial Intelligence, Email Marketing, Social Customer Service, Purposeful Marketing, Reputation Management, Thought Leadership, Audio Marketing, Creative Content & Promotion, SEO, Design Thinking and Marketing with Micro-influencers.

Nick Nelson

A Marketer’s Guide to Minneapolis: Gearing Up for #DSMPLS + Exclusive Event Invite

Nick Nelson on Aug 8th, 2017     Digital Marketing, Digital Summit, Online Marketing

Next week, Digital Summit will arrive in Minneapolis, drawing in distinguished speakers and attendees from far and wide while placing our hometown at the center of the marketing world for a few days.

Whether you’re coming into town to join the festivities, or simply curious to learn more about the Twin Cities and why TopRank Marketing is proud to be planted here, let this post serve as your guide to the Mini Apple and beyond.

More Than Meets the Eye

If you’ve seen the movie Fargo or other representations in pop culture, you might be led to believe we Minnesotans are a bunch of hot-dish devouring, “OHHH-kay den” saying, lutefisk loving northerners.

Anne Leuman

How 6 B2B Brands Climbed to New Heights with Content Marketing

Anne Leuman on Aug 7th, 2017     Online Marketing

Eighty percent of the fastest growing B2B companies employ content marketing, according to data from Mattermark and Drift.com. But not all B2B marketers are seeing fast results.

In fact, the Content Marketing Institute surveyed B2B marketers and found that only 34% of them believe their content marketing strategies were effective or extremely effective. The remaining 66% of B2B marketers feel their content marketing efforts are unsuccessful.

If you’re among those 66 percent-ers, it’s okay. After all, failure is just a stepping stone on the path to success. To help you recalibrate your content strategy for high-flying results, we’ve highlighted how six B2B brands use content marketing to fuel their business and what you can learn from each one.

#1 – Cisco

Tiffani Allen

Digital Marketing News: Social Video, Google Consumer Confidence & Content’s Influence

Tiffani Allen on Aug 4th, 2017     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Everything You Need to Know About Using Video in Social Marketing [Infographic]
We often hear how engaging videos are on social media – but there’s certainly a trick to getting it right for your audience. This infographic shows highlights from a recent study from Animoto, where 1,000 consumers sounded off on what they wanted to see. MarketingProfs

2017 Google Consumer Confidence Report
Digital Examiner recently conducted a survey to determine how much consumers trust the information they are served in Google search results. The trust for Google remains high despite recent commentary surrounding alleged biases, with 72% of consumers saying they trust search results. Digital Examiner

Caitlin Burgess

New Report: 5 Statistics You Need to Know on How Content Influences Purchases

Caitlin Burgess on Aug 3rd, 2017     B2B Marketing, Content Marketing

These days there’s no question that great content is a foundational element of any marketing strategy—especially in B2B. In fact, according to Content Marketing Institute’s (CMI) 2017 benchmarking report, 89% of B2B marketers use content marketing to “attract and retain a clearly defined audience—and, ultimately, to drive profitable customer action.”

And thanks to yet another insightful report from CMI—the latter objective is our focus today.

Last week, CMI and SmartBrief released their How Content Influences the Purchasing Process report, featuring data and insights collected from 1,200 SmartBrief subscribers. The aim of the report was to dig into the minds of those who are actually consuming content, and uncover what types of content are most influential, how decision-makers perceive vendor content, and more.

Joshua Nite

20 Jokes Only a B2B Marketer Will Get

Joshua Nite on Aug 2nd, 2017     Online Marketing

Lately, there’s been a big push for adding humor and personality into B2B marketing. I’m all for it—not only does it play into my natural strengths, it means that B2B marketers can bring more creativity and fun into their day-to-day.

It may be hard to cast off the idea that we on the B2B side have to be buttoned-down, professional, and above all, inoffensively bland. But if our content is going to stand out in the crowd, we’ve got to get in touch with our funny bones.

With that in mind, here are 20 brand-new jokes that only a B2B marketer could love. As I said in my last funny post, there’s nothing like a good joke: And these are, believe me, nothing like a good joke.

Elizabeth Williams

Cows to Content: 6 Marketing Agency Culture Lessons I Learned on the Farm

Elizabeth Williams on Aug 1st, 2017     Digital Marketing

[Editor’s Note: Please join me in welcoming another new author to TopRankBlog.com, Elizabeth Williams. Elizabeth is an Account Manager that has been with the TopRank Marketing team for almost a year and spends her time managing the needs of our awesome clients! Welcome Elizabeth!]

From my first day of preschool, everything I’ve encountered in life, I’ve compared to my experiences growing up on a dairy farm. So, when I had the opportunity to create a post for the TopRank Marketing blog, I immediately knew the theme: dairy farming.

What does dairy farming have to do with marketing agency culture? You’re about to find out.

Ashley Zeckman

[Infographic] The In-Flight Guide to Content Marketing

Ashley Zeckman on Jul 31st, 2017     Content Marketing, Content Marketing World, Online Marketing

Marketers who plan appropriately significantly increase their likelihood of success. Seems like a novel concept right?

You’d think so, but unfortunately the day-to-day grind can cause many marketers to lose sight of what’s important and essential for content marketing success. In today’s competitive landscape, everything from your strategy to the actual content experience and the way that you amplify content that is created (or co-created) are key factors in the success of your content program.

To help you take your content to new heights, we have topped into some of the top B2B and B2C marketing minds that will be speaking at this year’s Content Marketing World conference in September. Over the past months we have published a series of eBooks that take a deep dive into the content skills and tactics necessary to meet the needs of the modern customer.