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Emily Bacheller

5 Reasons Why We Can’t Wait for Social Media Marketing World 2014 #SMMW14

Emily Bacheller on Mar 5th, 2014     Marketing & PR Industry, Social Media Marketing World

Social Media Marketing World 2014

Most businesses are aware of the importance of social media marketing, but the number of companies really succeeding at it represent just a drop in the ocean.

When you think about it, the world of social media is a lot like the ocean actually – constantly moving and evolving due to trends and feature updates. Those who really want to to succeed at social media marketing are like expert surfers, continuously swimming in the seas of change, riding the waves of trends, finding the best tools to keep their boards working well and keeping a close eye on the horizon for new best practices.

Lee Odden

Where Can UK Marketers Learn Paid, Earned, Owned & Integrated Marketing? #SESLon

Lee Odden on Jan 23rd, 2014     Marketing PR Conferences, Search Engine Strategies

SES London 2014

I’m a traveling kind of guy and in just a few weeks I’ll be traveling to a meeting of the marketing minds (aka SES London) in the very heart of Westminster.

And what will these marketing minds be focused on? The future of digital marketing of course.

And the topics? Owned, Earned, Paid and Integrated Marketing – each represented in presentations and workshops over four days.

And who will be dispelling these buckets of knowledge? Some of the top digital marketers in the UK, Europe and abroad.

After workshops covering Web Analytics, SoLoMo, PPC and SEO, the regular conference kicks off with a keynote from Bruce Daisley @brucedaisley, UK Managing Director at Twitter.  Then the next 3 days of breakout sessions are segmented into Paid Media, Owned/Earned Media, Business Intelligence and Integrated Marketing.

Eliza Steely

7 Reasons We’re Excited for NMX BlogWorld Las Vegas and Why You Should Be Too!

Eliza Steely on Dec 12th, 2013     BlogWorld NMX, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing

NMX Las VegasMinnesotans are used to the freezing cold, the slippery snow, and the driving obstacles that come with Winter. Like many Northerners who get to experience Minnesnowta Ice, we often daydream about going somewhere warmer like California, Florida, or even Las Vegas.

Well, I don’t have to daydream about warmer anymore.

Along with my TopRank Online Marketing teammates Ben and Nick, I’m going to NMX in Las Vegas!  With attendees from over 50 countries, NMX aka Blogworld, offers everything from blogging, podcasting, business, and video sessions to lots of power networking and some much needed warmth.

But that’s not the only reason we’re excited to attend NMX with 4 tracks of content ranging from podcasting to web TV. Here are 7 more reasons we can’t wait to board our plane and head off to the city that literally never sleeps:

Lee Odden

B2B Social Media Marketing Trends & Tips for 2014

Lee Odden on Nov 18th, 2013     B2B, Social Media

B2B social media marketingAre you a B2B Marketer that’s not fully on board with being social with your marketing? Have you started and you’re looking for a little inspiration?

Here’s a short presentation I’ll be giving this week in Moscow (in addition to a 3 1/2 hour social media marketing workshop).

While there are flavorings towards a Russian audience, (Yandex, Vkontakte, Odnoklassniki) there’s also plenty of good advice for any B2B company that hasn’t fully embraced opportunities on the social web.

In particular, I think newer B2B marketers will appreciate the Social Media Marketing Maturity Model that outlines various stages that companies will experience as they gain more experience and confidence with social media.

Lee Odden

New Mobile Assisted Shopper Study on Showrooming & How Mobile Can Work For Brick and Mortar Retailers

Lee Odden on Oct 17th, 2013     B2C, Integrated Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences

ShowroomingOn the one hand, the speaker lineup and list of brands participating at the Pivot conference in New York this week was one of the most impressive I’ve seen for a niche event.

From our clients LinkedIn and Dell to a cornucopia of brands including Walmart, MTV, Intel, Kraft, Monster, NBC, General Electric, Yahoo, Adobe, Salesforce, SouthWest Airlines, General Motors, IBM, Ben & Jerry’s and many more – there was plenty of brand star power in the room.

On the other hand, the format and venue made this the most difficult liveblogging experience I’ve ever had. I’ll spare you the details, but I suspect things will be changed up for next year.

Of course the networking was excellent as were many of the interviews and presentations that I was able to see and hear.

Lee Odden

The Future of Content on the Search and Social Web

Lee Odden on Aug 19th, 2013     Content Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing

Future of ContentIf you had to bet your job on it, do you feel you could predict the future of content for your organization in the next 12 months? How about in the next 3 years?

The technologies behind the search and social web along with consumer behaviors are changing so fast, it’s a real challenge to anticipate with certainty what exact form content will take in the future. But one thing is certain, the importance of content for brands will be more important, more pervasive and decidedly more competitive.

So what questions can we answer about content over the next 1 to 3 years? I think one of the most important starting points is a consensus within your organization’s leadership as to what content really is, why it matters to customers and the role content will play in advancing business goals.

Lee Odden

36 Content Marketers Who Rock – Content Marketing World eBook #CMWorld

Lee Odden on Aug 15th, 2013     Content Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences
Content Marketing Rocks eBook

Content Marketing Rocks!

In just a few weeks one of the hottest conferences in the digital marketing industry will be coming to the hometown of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. What better theme than Rock and Roll?

Music is powerful because it motivates us to imagine, to feel, to get up and move. There’s a harmonious parallel between music that inspires action and effective content marketing.

In order to extend that connection, TopRank® Online Marketing has partnered with Content Marketing Institute and the Content Marketing World conference to create a whole “songbook” of practical content marketing advice.  With plenty of rock and roll metaphors included, this eBook offers chart topping content marketing tips from major BtoC and BtoB brands presenting at #CMWorld September 9-12, 2013 including:

Lee Odden

SES New York – 3 Big Reasons to Go 360 Degrees with Your Online Marketing in 2013

Lee Odden on Mar 4th, 2013     Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies

SES New YorkSES New York is coming up in just a few weeks and I really can’t wait.  New York is easily one of my favorite cities in the world and I’m looking forward to joining thousands of marketers who feel the same March 25-28.

Today’s online marketing draws us in many directions and with the ever changing landscape of search, social media and technology, the demands on marketers to view their world from 360 degrees is more important now than ever.

At this year’s SES New York event, I’ll be giving a brand new presentation, Creative Content Marketing: Winning the Hearts, Minds and Wallets of Today’s Distracted Consumer on Thursday March 28th at 9:30am, which digs down into why, for who and how of tapping into ongoing creative ideas for content marketing that actually works.

Lee Odden

Where Content & Community Meet: Interview with Rick Calvert & Dave Cynkin of NMX

Lee Odden on Dec 17th, 2012     Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing
Dave Cynkin & Rick Calvert NMX

Dave Cynkin & Rick Calvert Photo Credit: New Media Expo (NMX)

In college I had a diverse group of friends, people that represented different interests and common experiences which made my time during those years a lot more fulfilling. Even better was that these different groups all came together fairly regularly for a themed event at a local watering hole. Connecting with diverse interests in a meaningful way has been a tremendous business advantage to this day.

When I attended my first BlogWorld conference in 2008, it was a similar experience in that there was a convergence of different groups: from new media/bloggers to public relations, to internet marketers to brands and business owners.  The common experience of using blogs and digital content as a communication platform has brought a lot of people together in a way like few conferences have. I’ve made some of the most meaningful connections for my business and personal growth through BlogWorld, now known as NMX.

Ashley Zeckman

SES Chicago 2012 Conference Wrap Up – TopRank Takes #SESCHI By Storm

Ashley Zeckman on Nov 20th, 2012     Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies

Audience at SES ChicagoPhew! What a whirlwind week at SES Chicago.  While my TopRank Online Marketing teammates were taking SES Chicago by storm, I was holding down the homefront manning the blog, monitoring Twitter feeds, and helping in any way that I could.

We were fortunate to have an army of TopRank  staff speaking, attending, live blogging, and interacting for the entire conference including:

Lee Odden: CEO
Jolina Pettice:  Director of Client Accounts
Thom Craver: Senior Technical SEO Manager
Alexis Hall: Account Manager
Evan Prokop: Associate Account Manager
Miranda Miller: Content Marketing Manager

In this wrap up I’ve provided you with a 360 view of the conference which includes links to our live blogs, tweets, a video with keynote presenter Avinash Kaushik, and photos from the conference.  Enjoy!

Ashley Zeckman

Grab Your Jacket – The Windy City Blows In Big Talent For SES Chicago 2011

Ashley Zeckman on Nov 1st, 2011     Blogging, Content Marketing, Search Engine Strategies, SEO, Social Media

With over 70 sessions SES Chicago running November 14-18, 2011 is a virtual smorgasbord of information for Marketing and SEO professionals alike.  Many topics will be covered including: PPC, keyword research, SEO, social media, local marketing, mobile marketing, link building, content, optimization, usability, and so much more.  With so many sessions to choose from where should you begin?  Below are a list of ‘must see’ sessions that I will be sure to check out while I’m there.

#1 – Winning! Measuring Social Media Success

While I doubt that Eli Goodman and Tami Dalley will be channelling Charlie Sheen I am still very interested to hear their take on measuring the success of social campaigns.  I would recommend having your social media metrics handy if possible ( I know I will), so that you can apply the speakers instruction on estimating the value of your fans and followers in real time.  Who knows, we may find that we score better than anticipated.

Ashley Zeckman

#MIMASummit: Avinash Kaushik Keynote on Improving Engagement Through Innovation

Ashley Zeckman on Oct 13th, 2011     Content Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences, MIMA Summit, Mobile, Online Marketing, Search Engines, Web Analytics
Avinash Kaushik

Photo from our interview with Avinash at SES Hong Kong

The morning keynote speaker for the 2011 MIMA Summit was none other than Avinash Kaushik co-Founder of Market Motive Inc and the Digital Marketing Evangelist for Google.  Avinash was a very funny and engaging speaker.  Nothing was off limits during his keynote.  Caught in the crosshairs of Avinash’s presentations were what he called “small” local companies (General Mills, 3M, etc) that dared to provide a “less than ideal” user experience.

Innovation was the topic of the morning’s keynote, ranging from which companies are a good (and bad) example of implementing innovation to proper metrics to show success.

What Are the 3 Definitions of Innovation?

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