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Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News: Google Boosts Encryption, Facebook On Schedule, Presence Isn’t Enough

Ben Brausen on Aug 8th, 2014     Online Marketing

A Google Minute

What Happens In A Google Minute? [Infographic] - What takes place on the worlds largest search engine in just 60 seconds?  The above infographic shows what goes down in a single minute on the busiest site on the net.  Click the image to checkout the full-sized version. SocialTimes

Twitter’s Latest Experiment: Self-Explaining Hashtags - Twitter brought hashtags to the attention of the cultural masses, and it feels like hardly an hour passes now without seeing a hashtag plastered across a billboard, movie trailer or TV commercial. AllTwitter

Pinterest Adds to Its Functionality With Icebergs Acquisition - Pinterest has purchased Icebergs, a company that allows creatives to collaborate on projects online. This acquisition, along with a number of new features Pinterest has launched lately, will change how content is curated and utilized within the platform, say industry participants. ClickZ


Lee Odden

Content Marketing Interview with Brian Kardon CMO of Lattice Engines – Strategy to ROI

Lee Odden on Aug 7th, 2014     Content Marketing, Content Marketing World, Interviews

Brian Kardon interview

What if you could tap the mind of a CMO who’s led marketing organizations at companies like Eloqua and Forrester Research to capture insights about content marketing strategy and ROI? That’s a big “what if”.

Well my marketing friends, today is your content marketing birthday because today we have with us Brian Kardon, CMO at Lattice Engines. Brian was formerly CMO at both Eloqua and Forrester Research as well as SVP of Marketing at Reed Business Information – one heck of a marketing pedigree.

As part of our series of #CMWorld Content Marketing Interviews, we’re talking with a few select speakers from Content Marketing World about content marketing strategy, audience development, the role of visual content, content ROI and of course, marketing lessons learned from favorite childhood stories.

Let’s dig in:


Lee Odden

Content Marketing Strategy Infographic – 12 Tips from SAP, Boeing, CAT, Progressive, John Deere, charity: water

Lee Odden on Aug 6th, 2014     Content Marketing, Content Marketing World, Marketing & PR Industry

Content Marketing Infographic

Status quo is not a strategy.  For example, wandering around the world of content marketing like Alice wandering in Wonderland is hardly the way to succeed. And yet that’s how many marketers are approaching content and that lack of planning and direction brings costs in the form of fewer leads, lower revenue and little market differentiation.

“Only a few find the way, some don’t recognize it when they do – some don’t ever want to.” – The Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland

Content Marketers with a plan are more successful.  According to CMI and MarketingProfs, 66% of the most effective marketers have a documented content marketing strategy. But how do you apply this thinking in a practical way?


Lee Odden

We’re Hiring! Content Marketing Manager for TopRank® Online Marketing

Lee Odden on Aug 5th, 2014     TopRank Agency News

TopRank Online Marketing Lake Minnetonka

It’s an exciting time to be in the digital marketing world, especially when there is so much opportunity to learn, be creative and achieve amazing business outcomes.

I’d like to think we’re in the thick of that opportunity at our agency TopRank Online Marketing. Not only have we been advocating the value of editorial marketing aka content marketing for many years, but we practice what we preach.

When it Comes to Content, TopRank is on Top - For example, TopRank’s Online Marketing blog is the only blog that has been rated the #1 content marketing blog three times by Content Marketing Institute.

Experiment, Learn, Optimize – We also get to implement what we learn from our own social media and content marketing “experiments” for clients like Dell, LinkedIn, Concur, Capella University and even industry conferences that teach content marketing like Content Marketing World, MarketingProfs B2B Forum, and Social Media Marketing World.


Lee Odden

How to Build A Content Marketing Strategy eBook

Lee Odden on Aug 4th, 2014     Content Marketing, Content Marketing World

Content Marketing Strategy eBook

“One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree.
‘Which road do I take?’ she asked.
‘Where do you want to go?’ was his response.
‘I don’t know’, Alice answered.
‘Then’, said the cat, ‘it doesn’t matter.’”
— Alice in Wonderland

Does finding your way with content marketing feel like you’re living a personal version of Content Marketing in Wonderland?

Consider this: Over 90% of B2B and B2C marketers are on the content marketing path in 2014 according to Content Marketing Institute’s annual study. But did you know, only 44% of B2B marketers have a documented content strategy? Less than half have it documented where and how “they want to go”.


Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News: LinkedIn Makes You Good Looking, More Money More Traffic for Facebook, Organic Is Still King

Ben Brausen on Aug 1st, 2014     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

2014 Digital Spending Trends

The 2014 Digital Dollar Shift [Infographic] - 58% of business to business (B2B) marketers are spending more on social media this year, with just one in fifty decreasing their spend in this area in 2014, reveals a new study. Find out all about the current state of digital spending trends in the infographic above. AllTwitter

Introducing the Internet.org App - Over 85% of the world’s population lives in areas with existing cellular coverage, yet only about 30% of the total population accesses the internet. Affordability and awareness are significant barriers to internet adoption for many and today we are introducing the Internet.org app to make the internet accessible to more people by providing a set of free basic services. Facebook


Lee Odden

Content Marketing Interview with Jascha Kaykas-Wolff CMO of BitTorrent

Lee Odden on Jul 31st, 2014     Content Marketing, Content Marketing World, Interviews

Jascha Kaykas-Wolff interview

The power of storytelling in content marketing is unmistakable. But what is there beyond storytelling? That’s a key question being asked and answered at the upcoming Content Marketing World conference Sept 8-11th in Cleveland.

To offer insights into the advancing world of Content Marketing, CMI and TopRank Online Marketing have collaborated for the 3rd year in a row on a conference eBook project highlighting strategic and practical content marketing advice from select #CMWorld speakers. As an extension of the conference storytelling theme, this year’s project is a series of eBooks using a theme from one of the most imaginative stories of all time: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. We’re calling this series of eBooks, “Content Marketing in Wonderland”.


Lee Odden

The Power of Empathy for More Customer Focused Content Marketing

Lee Odden on Jul 28th, 2014     Content Marketing

Customer Empathy

Marketers are really jumping on the content bandwagon while the definition of what “content marketing” really means varies greatly between the SEO, PR, advertising and custom publishing industries.

For example, I recently read a very clever post about content marketing on a popular SEO website providing an impressive array of content types, tactics, tips and shortcuts for content to be created and used as a marketing asset. But not once were “customer journey”, “buying cycle”, “customer insight” or related concepts mentioned.

The focus on tactical execution without insight into a targeted audience that the content is intended to reach, engage and inspire – seems pointless. At best, it’s a speculative exercise in “seeing what sticks”.  The same thing often happens with social media marketers curating content from influential publishers in the hopes of sticky engagement.


Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News: Google+ Lets You Fake It, Facebook Saves, Microsoft Overtakes Yahoo

Ben Brausen on Jul 25th, 2014     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

How Social Signals SEO

How do Social Signals Impact SEO? [Infographic] - How is social tied to SEO?  Click the graphic above to checkout how social signals can impact your SEO. SocialTimes

Twitter and Pinterest Lead Mobile Sharing Growth as Desktop Declines - In Q2 of 2014, shares from smartphones and tablets increased by approximately 31 percent, while desktop shares declined by 6 percent. Twitter and Pinterest were the biggest drivers of mobile sharing growth. ClickZ

Study: Only 22 Percent Of Top 200 Apps Using Deep Links - Among the top 200 mobile apps only 22 percent are using “deep links” from their websites into their mobile apps. This is according to an analysis by URX. Marketing Land


Lee Odden

Influencer Marketing and Content FTW! 7 Steps to Co-Created Awesome

Lee Odden on Jul 24th, 2014     Influencer Marketing

Influencer Marketing

What’s a faster way to connect with a target audience than building thought leadership from scratch? Working with influencers that already have authority and credibility with the target audience you want to reach.

Why so many companies focus only on buying their way into new markets and audiences I may never know. Working with industry influencers through networking, interviews co-created content has been an instrumental approach for our boutique and specialized agency. By connecting with influencers and working with them to achieve mutually beneficial goals, we’ve grown our business substantially.

This post is an in-depth look at how your business can tap into the power of influencers and co-created content through 7 steps that go from planning to implementation to measurement.


Lee Odden

What Marketers at Dell, IBM, Optum, General Mills and Bank of America Think About the Future of Search Marketing

Lee Odden on Jul 23rd, 2014     Digital Marketing, Search Marketing

Future of Search Marketing in Digital

As the search marketing industry continues to feel the sting of Google narrowing down what passes as acceptable search marketing practices, more practitioners find themselves having to defend the channel. This is more true with SEO than Search Advertising, but for many, search marketing isn’t exactly the poster child it once was.

But that’s not how the panel of digital marketers we polled from major corporations including Optum, General Mills, Bank of America, Carlson, Dell, IBM and AOL see it. Their view is far more optimistic.

As companies begin to plan their strategic marketing initiatives, it can be tough sorting through the “propaganda” from search engines and search marketers alike. I’m a fan of going to the source whenever possible for clarity on marketing trends and besides your own data, what better source than companies making choices about marketing budgets, developing strategy, implementing tactics and defending marketing performance on a daily basis?


Lee Odden

Learn, Network, Create – Upcoming Digital Marketing and PR Conferences in 2014

Lee Odden on Jul 21st, 2014     Marketing & PR Industry, Marketing PR Conferences

TopRank Marketing Events 2014

Continuous learning is the key to stay ahead in the digital marketing and PR world. Besides learning from your own experiments, connecting with other industry subject matter experts and peers can be a great way to expand your knowledge network. You ARE building a knowledge network, right?

Events are a big part of how I stay connected in the industry and create content. I also get to learn a lot from the awesome people I meet at conferences – both offline and online.

In fact, I must REALLY like learning and building my network because over the next 3 months at least 8 events are in store and unlike the top photo from a recent event in London, all are in the U.S.!


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