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James Anderson

5 Lessons From Our Top Social Media Marketing Posts of 2014

James Anderson on Dec 29th, 2014     Social Media

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Wherever your specialty lies in the the digital marketing world, social media will continue to grow in importance in 2015. In fact, 92% of content marketers use social networks for content publishing. (CMI/MarketingProfs)

Earlier this month, Lee Odden put together a list of our most popular blog posts on social media marketing throughout 2014. From that list, we see contributions from a mix of TopRank Marketing team members, each with a unique perspective.

To provide some context behind these social media marketing posts that have attracted tens of thousands of page views and social shares, I’ve reached out to our team members to understand the lessons learned.

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Nick Ehrenberg @NickEhrenberg


Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News: Bing Dinged, Billions-o-Bots, Trending Tube

Ben Brausen on Dec 26th, 2014     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

The Evolution Of SEO

The Evolution Of SEO - Long before Google Penguin came along, there have been many changes in the world of search.  What once worked for ranking no longer does. Take a look back at search and optimization with a look at the evolution of SEO. Digital Information World

Bing Dinged: Facebook Search Results Will No Longer Include Microsoft’s Search Engine - The update to Facebook’s search functionality announced last week, which will allow users to search posts that have been shared with them, claimed a victim in Bing, the search engine from Microsoft, as the social network confirmed that it will no longer include results from Bing in its search results. AllFacebook


Lee Odden

Happy Holidays 2014 from @TopRank Online Marketing

Lee Odden on Dec 25th, 2014     TopRank Agency News

Happy Holidays TopRank

From all of us at TopRank Online Marketing, we wish our community the Merriest Christmas, the Happiest Hanukah and the most wonderful Holiday Season!

Click the image below to see this year’s Holiday card:

Happy Holidays from TopRank Online Marketing

 

 

 


Lee Odden

The Gift of “Give to Get” in Social Media and Content Marketing

Lee Odden on Dec 24th, 2014     Content Marketing, Social Networking
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Me, Nazli & Konnie from Dell & Mark Schaefer at Dell World

“Pay it forward”, “Good karma”, “Give to get”.

There are many ways to express the notion of creating value for others before expecting something in return, but in the marketing world, such a perspective is contrary to the norm.

Many marketers still gravitate towards another expression, “What’s in it for me?”, that guides much of their approach to marketing with social networks. The image of a child stomping their feet in an entitled fit of frustration about not getting what they want for Christmas comes to mind.

Whether it’s pressure to revive falling sales or simply viewing social networks as another channel for pushing the brand agenda, the drive to monetize without creating mutual or long term value on social networks is an empty chase.


Lee Odden

Marketing Prediction Overload: 200 Plus Digital Marketing Predictions for 2015

Lee Odden on Dec 23rd, 2014     Digital Marketing

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What’s around the corner for digital marketing in 2015?

Answers to that question seems to be in abundance as we close out 2014 and look for affirmations of plans for the coming year. From social media to mobile to big data and predictive analytics, there are preparations, pontifications and predictions being advocated everywhere you look.

I think more than a few marketing executives are wondering right now how much they should pursue “what’s next” vs. performance optimization of their existing marketing. Tentativeness is easy to understand since SEO has been “dead” and it’s been the year of mobile for the past 5 years.

Shifts in technology and changes in consumer behaviors are relevant areas of focus for both “what’s next” and for optimization of current marketing performance.


James Anderson

3 Reasons Why Your Content Marketing May Have Failed In 2014

James Anderson on Dec 22nd, 2014     Content Marketing

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Content marketing is a tactic that requires research, testing and then a strategy on how to proceed. A lot of businesses tried content marketing for the first time in 2014. Those who didn’t see the results they were looking for shouldn’t rush to throw in the towel.

A Google search for the words ‘content marketing’ pulls up some 355 million results. Narrow that search down to just the past year and the results are around 311 million. That’s a lot of new information out there for people who are just getting started in content marketing.

Even if you include the exact phrase “Content Marketing” (not just one word or the other) you’ll find about 4.2 million results over the past year alone.


Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News: Google Responds To Responsive, A Twitter Minute, Facebook Offers

Ben Brausen on Dec 19th, 2014     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Twitter Minute

A Twitter Minute - A minute isn’t that long, is it?  What can take place in just 1 minute?  Find out what goes down on Twitter in just 60 seconds. WhoIsHostingThis?

Report: U.S. Mobile Search Spend Expected To Overtake Desktop Next Year - eMarketer’s lastest estimates encompass PPC and SEO spending on smartphones and tablets. Search Engine Land

Yahoo Will Pass Twitter for Mobile Ad Revenue Share in 2015 - Twitter is expected to carve out a 3.56 percent share of the U.S. mobile ad revenue space in 2014, rising to 3.69 percent next year. AllTwitter

Google: Responsive Design Does Not Rank Better Than Other Mobile Designs - Even though we covered this a couple times, most recently in September, saying responsive design is not a ranking signal, I wanted to cite a different Googler who said Google does not rank responsive design sites better than other mobile configures web sites that comply with their guidelines. Search Engine Roundtable


Lee Odden

Global Content Marketing – Book Review

Lee Odden on Dec 18th, 2014     Book Reviews, Content Marketing

Review - Global Content Marketing

The opportunity to attract, engage and persuade  buyers through useful content extends to markets on a global scale. But the same rules about content that work at home may not work abroad. Nor the processes and team structures that many content marketing departments are used to.

That’s why resources around content marketing from a global perspective are essential for international companies. Luckily, I know of just such a resource to point you in the right direction.

I first met Pam Didner when liveblogging one her presentations at Content Marketing World. She was at Intel and I had just given a presentation at Intel’s first internal Social Media conference.


James Anderson

Social Media Content: Pros, Cons, Examples and Best Practices

James Anderson on Dec 17th, 2014     Content Marketing, Social Media

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Aside from your company website, social media content may be one of the most visible forms of content marketing that a brand can produce. When potential customers are seeking out information about your industry and your brand, they are most likely first visiting your website, then checking out your social channels.

Content on social media allows you to open up a direct line of communication with customers, prospects and industry leaders in way that traditional media placements simply do not. Carefully crafted and curated social content can tell a customer what your brand is about, what kind of services you offer and even what kind of people work for your company.


James Anderson

A Marketer and a Journalist Walk Into a Bar: 5 Definitions of Brand Journalism

James Anderson on Dec 16th, 2014     Brand Journalism, Content Marketing

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So … a marketer and a journalist walk into a bar.

That could either be the start to a joke meant for somewhere other than this blog, or the beginning of a definition of the term ‘brand journalism.’

Let’s go with the latter. You may have heard the phrase ‘brand journalism’ tossed around, but what does it mean to marketers?

A simple definition of a brand journalist is this: A marketer and a journalist. They can walk into a bar or walk where ever they want. The point is that they walk in the same shoes, as the same persona with the same mission: Telling and sharing great stories. Brand journalists are essentially marketers who approach the promotion of their brand with the eyes, insight and delivery of a reporter.


Lee Odden

25 Women Who Rock Social Media – 2014

Lee Odden on Dec 15th, 2014     Social Media

25 Women Who Rock Social Media 2014

Today we’re celebrating the 5th and final version of the 25 Women Who Rock Social Media – 2014 edition from TopRank Online Marketing.

Nearly 100 women have been recognized over the past 4 years and the feedback I’ve received has been amazing – just like the women featured on the lists. Publishing these posts has also introduced me to some incredible individuals that are accomplishing amazing things – creating impact and making a difference – through social networking and social media content.

women rock social mediaThis year nominations were invited from all past honorees. We used Traackr for some additional discovery and a lot of the sorting and filtering of nominations down to a much smaller group. After considering the nominating source, the nomination itself, social network reach and resonance, we narrowed the list down to this year’s group of 25 social media rockstars.


Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News: Disney Is Tops, Slingshot Re-slung, Tumblr Gets Growing

Ben Brausen on Dec 12th, 2014     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Twitter vs Facebook Preference

SURVEY: If Users Are Forced to Choose Between Facebook and Twitter, Twitter Loses - The good news for Facebook in a recent survey by survey creator Survata is that if regular users of both social network were hypothetically forced to choose between keeping only Facebook or Twitter, every age group but one chose Facebook. The bad news: The one age group that opted for Twitter, albeit by the slimmest of margins, was 13 through 17. AllFacebook

Facebook Updates Trending - People gather on Facebook to talk about what’s happening in the world. In January, we introduced Trending to help people discover timely and relevant conversations about the news that they care about. This week, Facebook brings Trending to mobile and making it easy for people to explore stories from different sources. Facebook


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