Joshua Nite

How Blackberry is Activating Employees as Brand Ambassadors with Content Marketing

Joshua Nite on Sep 14th, 2015     Content Marketing, Content Marketing World


One of the most important audiences for content–the people who can make or break the success of your organization–is also the toughest audience to impress. They know your company inside and out. They have highly evolved B.S. detectors. They are the ones who decide whether what you say about your brand is true.

This crucial audience is your organization’s own employees. Enthusiastic and engaged employees can boost revenue, increase job creation, even increase the appreciation of your stock. Are your employees passionately bringing your story to life?

Type A Communications President Carla Johnson and BlackBerry’s Senior Vice President of Marketing Mark Wilson took the stage at Content Marketing World last week to discuss how we can bring the skills and strengths we have as marketers to address our internal audience. Mark used examples from BlackBerry’s internal marketing program to illustrate how to turn employees into brand ambassadors.

Joshua Nite

John Cleese: Creativity, Imagination & Tortoise Enclosures #CMWorld

Joshua Nite on Sep 11th, 2015     Content Marketing, Content Marketing World


The incisor growth rate of an average beaver is 32 feet per year.

The hatchet fish is the only creature with eyes on its wrists.

And now for something completely different…

John Cleese–actor, comedian, and 1/5th of Monty Python–started his presentation with the preceding two useful facts. Having armed the audience with knowledge, he proceeded to disarm us with his wit and wisdom.

“If you listen to what I’m going to say,” he began in earnest, “I guarantee by the end of this you will be more creative than you are now.” It was a bold statement, but entirely believable (far more so than the hatchet fish claim) from the man who gave the world the Ministry for Silly Walks and the Dead Parrot Sketch.

Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News: A More Goal-Friendly Facebook, AdWords Gets Structured, Instagram Adds More Ads

Ben Brausen on Sep 11th, 2015     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Google Algorithm Updates

Google Algorithm Updates – 2003 to 2015 [Infographic] – Having trouble staying up with Google’s algorithm updates? Not sure if you’re dealing with Pandas or Penguins – or even Hummingbirds, for that matter? No idea what I’m talking about? Have a look at this infographic to see what’s happened and where we’ve been. OnCrawl

New Study: Data Reveals 67% of Consumers are Influenced by Online Reviews – A new study revealed that online reviews impact 67.7% of respondents’ purchasing decisions. More than half of the respondents (54.7%) admitted that online reviews are fairly, very, or absolutely an important part of their decision-making process. Moz

Instagram Ad Rollout Will Make It the Top Media Buy: New Research – Instagram just began offering paid advertising opportunities through select developer partners. In the coming months the platform is expected to create a Facebook-like self-serve option for any budget. Social Media Examiner

Alexis Hall

Creating a Content Galaxy: How to Save Time and Improve Quality with Repurposing from Amy Higgins #CMWorld

Alexis Hall on Sep 10th, 2015     Content Marketing, Content Marketing World, Online Marketing

Amy Higgins ImageOn the second day of Content Marketing World, it is apparent that one of the huge pain points of this industry is the struggle between quality and quantity of content. We all seem to feel the need to create more content and publish more often, in order to be seen. However, we also feel the squeeze of resource and time constraints.

Given this struggle, it is no surprise, that the room is packed front to back for 101 Ways to Repurpose Content, a session from Amy Higgins, Senior Manager of Social Media for Zendesk.

Amy opens by assuring the room that with proper planning you can have it all, quantity and quality of content. She shares three primary ways to gain efficiency to ramp up volume and create better content.

Ashley Zeckman

Incorporate Participation Marketing for More Scalable Content Marketing – Lee Odden #CMWorld

Ashley Zeckman on Sep 10th, 2015     Content Marketing, Content Marketing World, Online Marketing


“The best should win, but creating the best is a challenge.” – Lee Odden

Yesterday at Content Marketing World, TopRank Marketing CEO Lee Odden delighted a packed room of marketers by providing inspiring and actionable advice on how to successfully approach participation marketing. Lee assured marketers that if they wanted to produce quality and scalable content, without having to scale marketing budgets, this was the place to be.

So, how can we get some relief from all of the hard work it takes to create a truly impactful participation marketing program?

Among the many things covered in his session were:

  • A methodical approach for deconstructing and repurposing marketing to make it more useful.
  • How to integrate influencers, social and SEO into your content plan.
Joshua Nite

Michael Brenner’s Tips, Tools, and Templates to Build Your Content Marketing Strategy #CMWorld

Joshua Nite on Sep 10th, 2015     Content Marketing, Content Marketing World


“The world has changed. Most content stinks. Attract people through stories they love.” –Michael Brenner

NewsCred Head of Strategy Michael Brenner knows the challenges facing content marketers. Consumers no longer accept that content has to be ad supported. They–or, rather, we, since we’re all consumers–no longer tolerate interruptions. Not only that, but the best content we as marketers create still has to compete for attention with pictures of babies and puppies.

Michael’s solution? Create content your customers will love. Talk to them, understand their questions, and leverage the intelligence your organization already has. Michael estimates that “50% of the content you need is already present in your organization.” Auditing your existing content, and tapping your knowledgeable co-workers, can get your content hub off to a roaring start.

Alexis Hall

5 Step Algorithm Hack to Achieve Greater Social Visibility from Erin Monday #CMWorld

Alexis Hall on Sep 9th, 2015     Content Marketing World, Online Marketing


I would consider myself an excellent Googler. As a consumer and a digital marketer, I have believed that you can find almost anything with a few quick keystrokes into the search engine.

However, recently I found myself querying “healthy smoothie recipes”. Millions of results, but the first page of results were mostly mass produced round ups, not what I was looking for. I opened Instagram on my phone and searched again “healthy smoothie recipes”.  Bingo. Hundreds of beautiful foodie images appeared. I become a follower, consumer of content and a prospect of at least 5 new brands.

User behavior, like mine, is evolving. Whether social media provides better results or is just more convenient because you’re already on the app, more people are using social media to research and discover than ever before. According to Twitter, there are 19 billion searches on Twitter every month.

Joshua Nite

Ian Cleary Discusses Essential Tools to Optimize Your Content Marketing #CMWorld

Joshua Nite on Sep 9th, 2015     Content Marketing World


RazorSocial Founder Ian Cleary is passionate about using tools to make content marketing better. At RazorSocial, he trains companies to use technology to increase their reach, search ranking, and audience relevance.

Ian took us on a whirlwind tour through 15 common content marketing problems and the tools he uses to solve them. Here are my picks for the top five:

Problem #1: Blog Posts Don’t Get Ongoing Organic Traffic

After the initial post-launch spike, you may find your traffic results dwindling. In most cases, organic traffic dies off completely.

Solution: Create Content Designed for Continued Visibility

Use a tool like InboundWriter to see what topics will be more successful in the long term, and what keywords to use that will keep your content visible to search traffic.

Ashley Zeckman

Cleveland Rocks! TopRank Marketing Kicks off Content Marketing World – #CMWorld

Ashley Zeckman on Sep 9th, 2015     Content Marketing World, Online Marketing


It’s fitting that the kickoff for Content Marketing World is at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This year’s speakers and workshop leaders are rock stars of the industry. Each one has a solid back catalog of hits; together, they’re a content marketing supergroup.

So for those about to rock, we salute you. Team TopRank (Alexis, Ashley, and Josh) will be bringing you highlights, insights, and takeaways throughout the event. Keep an eye on the blog if you can’t make it to the big show, and if you’re here, please seek us out.

Here are just a few of the presentations we’re excited to attend over the next few days:

15 Essential Tools to Optimize Your Content Marketing

Joshua Nite

Break These 6 Bad Content Marketing Habits to Set Your Content Free

Joshua Nite on Sep 8th, 2015     Content Marketing


It’s a feeling that all content marketers have experienced, and it’s not a pleasant one. You research your audience, you create content that speaks directly to their needs, and you say “Fly and be free!” as you release it into the world.

And then it falls flat on its metaphorical face. If this has happened to you, you’re not alone: Over half of marketers say they struggle with making their content effective.

There are chains that keep content marketing from soaring. They’re bad habits that you might not even know you’ve developed. Let’s shine a light on these chains and break them—with light? Special chain-breaking lights? Maybe lasers. Lasers break chains, right?

We’ll address the perils of mixed metaphors in another post. For now, let’s focus on breaking six bad content marketing habits to help your content soar.

Ashley Zeckman

The TopRank Marketing 7 Point Email Marketing Engagement Cheat Sheet

Ashley Zeckman on Sep 7th, 2015     Email Marketing

email marketing engagement

Email marketing presents a whole host of opportunities (and challenges) for companies that want to engage prospects and customers on an ongoing basis. You may have found that creating quality email content on a consistent basis can seem like a lot of work. Which leads you to question if it’s really worth the effort.

In 2014 eMarketer found that email marketing was cited as the most effective digital marketing channel for customer retention in the United States. With research like that backing up the usefulness of email marketing, it’s a tactic you can’t afford to ignore.

If you’re tired of seeing your unsubscribe and spam rates increase at a steady pace, incorporate these 7 steps to connect with your email audience on a more engaging level.

Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News: LinkedIn & Instagram Get The Message, 1 Billion Facebook, Google Penalizes Pop-Ups

Ben Brausen on Sep 4th, 2015     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Emojis By State

United States Of Emoji – The Most Popular Emoji in Each State [Infographic] – Which emoji does each state use more than others? SwiftKey put together an interactive infographic that allows you to see which emojis are used more or less in each state and compare your state to any other. SwiftKey

Instagram Direct Messaging Features Get Significant Update – Facebook’s focus on messaging has trickled down to Instagram, which announced several enhancements to the Instagram Direct messaging features it introduced in December 2013. SocialTimes

Top 100 B-to-B Advertisers Spent $4.8 Billion on B-to-B Ads – The 100 largest business-to-business advertisers spent an estimated $4.8 billion on U.S. b-to-b ads last year, up 0.9% from 2013, according to Ad Age Datacenter’s analysis of measured-media spending from Kantar Media. Ad Age