Caitlin Burgess

8 Important Questions Your Social Media Marketing Strategy Must Answer

Caitlin Burgess on Mar 8th, 2017     Digital Marketing, Social Media

Social media has become a necessary and important marketing tactic for nearly every business, helping brands and marketers build brand awareness, share and interact with customers and prospects, and create another vital touch point in the evolving customer journey.

But as the social media landscape continues to evolve, competition for audience attention is stiff. In fact, 40% of marketers say social media marketing has become more difficult for them in the last year, according to Social Media Examiner’s 2016 Industry Report. As a result, many brands and marketers feel their social media marketing strategy needs to incorporate a little bit of everything to compete.

Lee Odden

Evolve or Die: The Role of Purpose & Authenticity in Marketing

Lee Odden on Mar 7th, 2017     Digital Marketing

Mack Fogelson DSPHX

In a world where the average U.S. consumer is confronted with 64GB of data per day, I think it’s safe to say that marketing requires a very different approach.

Marketers all over the world are searching hard for silver bullets and ways to differentiate. And I think a lot of companies are wondering what it will take to realize substantial growth.

It will certainly take more than being “the best answer” at every touchpoint or simply outspending the competition. Who can really afford that?

Growing in today’s world of digital information overload will require something special: Building from purpose and authenticity.

It was purpose and authenticity that was the focus of a presentation I heard at Digital Summit from Mackenzie (Mack) Fogelson recently. Did you know?

Ashley Zeckman

5 Digital Marketing Brain Training Exercises to Keep You Sharp

Ashley Zeckman on Mar 6th, 2017     Digital Marketing

Over the years, we’ve all developed some bad habits as marketers. Some may be a result of our environment, while others have been self inflicted. As more and more bad habits enter our digital marketing routine, there is less room for healthy exercises to keep us strong.

The most recent CMO Survey uncovered that CMOs consistently rate the level of their staff’s marketing knowledge as average. So while marketing spend and production are increasing, the level of marketing knowledge isn’t following suit.

Avoid a marketing rut by beginning a digital marketing training routine to build strength and endurance over time. To give you a kickstart, we’ve provided the 5 brain training exercises below that will help you down the path to building your marketing muscles.

Tiffani Allen

Online Marketing News: 139 Instagram Stats, Overweight Online Ads and Content Insights

Tiffani Allen on Mar 3rd, 2017     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

139 Stats and Facts About Instagram [Infographic]
A new infographic has highlighted 139 fun facts and stats about Instagram. Notably, the network brought in an estimated $1.53 billion in advertising revenue and accounted for 8.4% of Facebook’s total advertising revenue. Another fun tidbit – if Selena Gomez were a country, and her followers were a population, she’d be the 12th most populous country in the world. MarketingProfs

40% of Online Ads Are Found to Be Overweight and Slow Sites
A recent report showed that 40% of online ads are ‘overweight’ and are slow to load, causing advertisers’ content to not show up to users. Publishers like Business Insider have taken measures to notify their advertisers that their ads need to be within a certain size to guarantee visibility. Ad Age

Ashley Zeckman

Agency Life: My Top Tips for Thriving at a Bustling Digital Marketing Agency

Ashley Zeckman on Mar 2nd, 2017     Digital Marketing

When I tell people that I work for a digital marketing agency, I’m sure they envision a version of the scenarios below:

Photo Credit: The Hotel Marketing Blog

Perception of what you do, versus what you actually do are two completely different things. For most of us, our time isn’t spent sipping martinis and developing large-scale ad campaigns for major B2C brands. Realistically, we’re all juggling many tasks and clients, trying to do the best work that we can.

While working for a top tier agency like TopRank Marketing is hard work, it also offers some incredibly rewarding opportunities. As someone that has been fully ingrained in agency life for many years, I’d like to shed a light on five lessons I’ve learned that have helped me not only survive but thrive in an agency environment.

Joshua Nite

7 Interactive Content Tools to Delight Your Audience

Joshua Nite on Mar 1st, 2017     Content Marketing, Visual Marketing

Your audience is reading your content on a device that is capable of wonders. Whether they’re using a smartphone, tablet, or laptop, it can do much more than display text. What’s more, they’re connected to the internet, with limitless potential for communication and conversation.

In this context, interactive content makes a whole lot of sense. Why serve up nothing but plain text if, with just a little more effort, you can offer engaging experiences?

Interactive content might seem gimmicky, especially to B2B marketers. And I’ll be the first to admit: It is gimmicky. It’s absolutely designed to grab attention. But if your content provides value—if it’s worth paying attention to—interactive elements can help you bring in an audience. Interactivity isn’t a substitute for quality, just a supplement.

Caitlin Burgess

Social Media Marketing Checklist: 16 Common Mistakes to Avoid

Caitlin Burgess on Feb 28th, 2017     Social Media

It’s no secret that social media has become an important and necessary tactic within most digital marketing strategies. Social media helps build brand awareness, and also provides a space for brands to engage their audience outside of their company website or brick and mortar facilities. In fact, 92% of companies consider social media an important part of their business.

Of course, with nearly every brand using social—as well as frequent tweaks to platform algorithms—the competition to stand out in news feeds has never been more fierce, with brands fighting for visibility and engagement.

As a result, many brands and marketers are looking for creative ways to up their social media marketing efforts. But while being creative is a must, some opportunities may be right in front of you.

Lee Odden

The No BS Approach to Influencer Marketing

Lee Odden on Feb 27th, 2017     Influencer Marketing

No BS Influencer Marketing
Since I’ve been monitoring the topic of “influencer marketing” through BuzzSumo Alerts, the number of articles surfaced has gone from a few per week to 5 or 10 per day.

Out of that rising wave of expression from industry websites and blogs is a mix of news, tips, trends and 100% pure B.S.

Rising popularity makes things shiny and as influencer marketing enters the shiny object phase, it’s more important than ever to separate the facts from the fake.

Whether it’s practices that will get you in hot water with the FTC or the waste of a perfectly good budget on micro-influencer wannabes promising viral hits galore, there are plenty of distractions from realizing true influencer marketing ROI.

Tiffani Allen

Online Marketing News: Mobile Email Stats, YouTube Kills 30-Second Ads and Execs on IoT

Tiffani Allen on Feb 24th, 2017     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News


Your Guide to Email-Open Statistics on Mobiles [Infographic]
Well over half of all email users are opening their email on mobile devices. It’s important that marketing emails are mobile friendly, because although a majority of emails are being opened on mobile, most conversions are coming from desktop. MarketingProfs

YouTube Kills 30-Second Unskippable Mobile Ads for Shorter and More Interactive Formats
Beginning on January 1, 2018, YouTube will kill the unskippable 30-second ads users see on mobile videos. Brands can still buy 20-second and 6-second bumper ads. YouTube has reportedly made this change as part of their ‘commitment to providing better ad experience’. AdWeek

Kevin Cotch

The QuickStart Guide to Using Google Search Console to Increase SEO Visibility

Kevin Cotch on Feb 23rd, 2017     Online Marketing, SEO

There are many powerful SEO tools in today’s marketing world. Most SEO tools can be highly beneficial, but often come with a cost associated with it. However, there are some tools that smart marketers can leverage to assist with the variety of tasks needed on a given day.

One tool that smart marketers can leverage for SEO is Google Search Console. This free tool provided by Google is a great way to gain insights about your site in one main platform. Google Search Console is often underutilized by search marketing teams. To help you get the most benefit from Google Search Console, we outlined the four main areas within the tool to help you reach your search marketing objectives. Before we get into the four main areas within Google Search Console, let’s discuss what the tool even is.

Joshua Nite

Three Crucial Truths for Engaging Your Audience on Mobile

Joshua Nite on Feb 22nd, 2017     Mobile Marketing, Online Marketing

My eight-year-old son recently asked me why the icons for “phone” look so weird. None of these images look like a phone to him:

 

 

 

 

 

Smartphones have already killed payphones and landlines. Now they’re poised to do the same to desktops and laptops. Google is already reporting more mobile searches than desktop searches. Desktop internet use has stagnated while mobile eats up an ever bigger share of our internet time.

It’s clear that the future of content consumption will increasingly be on mobile devices. There’s definitely still value in long-form content for users to settle in with on desktops. But your content strategy should include a healthy dose of mobile optimized content.

Caitlin Burgess

5 Ways to Level Up Your Content Marketing Maturity

Caitlin Burgess on Feb 21st, 2017     Content Marketing, Digital Marketing

Large or small. Growing or dwindling resources. New or experienced in the content marketing realm. Every organization is at a different stage in their content marketing maturity, looking for innovative and even practical ways to bring their efforts to the next level.

But as the old adage goes, you have to walk before you run—and that couldn’t be more true when it comes to growing your content marketing maturity.

Simply put. In order to grow your content marketing maturity, you have to understand where you’re at and create a strategy to get to the next step.

Using TopRank Marketing’s own content marketing maturity model—developed by CEO Lee Odden—below we offer insights to help you determine your current level of maturity, as well as tips to help you move on to the next.