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5 Essential Skills for Digital Marketing Consultants

Lee Odden on Dec 8th, 2014     Digital Marketing

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Much of today’s digital marketing consulting is about data: goals, KPIs and performance metrics. Processes and technology also play a big part, serving as a point of differentiation for many digital marketing agencies and consultants.

The consulting business can be a tricky one because not all business marketing problems are clearly defined and even fewer require simple cause and effect or linear solutions. There are almost always contextual differences between various stakeholders and multiple dependencies, outside forces and differing agendas to deal with as well. Sounds like a fun career, doesn’t it?

The fast pace and increasing complexity of the digital marketing consulting world requires more than functional expertise, best practices and the ability to analyze and optimize data. All too often, the soft skills of consulting are omitted or inconsistent causing misinterpretation, ineffective insight and unmet expectations.

Brooke Furry

Burn Out or Burn Bright? 3 Essential Tips for Digital Marketers

Brooke Furry on Sep 30th, 2014     Digital Marketing

Digital Marketing Burnout

Come Autumn, there’s nothing better than a good ‘ol campfire. It’s the season for crackly leaves, chilly Fall air, and marshmallows on a stick.

A hot, well-tended fire during the chill is a joy indeed – and if you’ve ever sat around a bonfire, you probably know that it takes some skill to keep a good fire going. Fires don’t tend themselves. They need oxygen and fuel to survive. Someone has to actively feed the flames with new wood and stoke the embers when the flames start to die out.

In other words, fire isn’t self-sustaining.

As digital marketers, our “fire” is the passion and energy that keeps us going. Just like physical fires, our inner flame takes some tending to keep it bright and strong.

Lee Odden

Digital Marketing – What Does It Really Mean? Insights from 9 Brand Digital Marketers

Lee Odden on Jul 16th, 2014     B2B, B2C, Digital Marketing

Digital Marketing

Have you noticed the phrase “digital marketing” being bounced around a lot more lately? Me too.

I admit that I’m one of the sources of that bouncing. With the rate of change occurring in the marketing world, I think describing what we do is something that isn’t really satisfied by just one phrase.  Content, Search, Inbound, Multi-Channel, Integrated, all seem to have their place, but “Digital” seems to express what most companies are creating in their marketing right now.

As much as people toss around “digital marketing”, I get the impression that we’re not all on the same page in terms of what it actually means. Just a few weeks ago, we posted a digital marketing predictions post that now has nearly 8,000 social shares. Both the answers and the feedback were quite varied.

Eliza Steely

Where Search Fits in the Digital Marketing Mix – 12 Lessons from Lee Odden Keynote at MnSummit

Eliza Steely on Jun 30th, 2014     Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing

Be the Best Answer - Lee Odden Keynote

I am one of the last generations that will be able to remember what it’s like to not have technology in school.

We didn’t text. We passed notes. Our really crappy handwriting scrawled across lined paper that was folded so small we were convinced the teacher couldn’t see it as we threw or passed it back and forth. Rumors, quizzes, and small talk would whiz around the room until class was done. Then, the written conversation was over until tomorrow.

If we wanted to research something we did one of three things: asked someone else or begged our parents to tell us so we wouldn’t have to do option number three—look it up in the dictionary or the library.

Lee Odden

Disruption in Digital Marketing and Communications – Insights from 19 Major B2C and B2B Brands

Lee Odden on Jun 5th, 2014     Content Marketing, Integrated Marketing, Online Marketing, Social Media

Digital Convergence Marketing PR

I recently had the pleasure of presenting at an Integrated Marketing Communications conference called INTEGRATE with an audience of Master’s Degree students and faculty at West Virginia University.

It was an impressive conference because of the passionate and talented faculty presenting but especially the students – most of whom work full time jobs as they earn their Master’s Degree in IMC.

Here is the presentation I gave: Digital Convergence: The Integrated Marketing and Public Relations Imperative – Disruption in the digital media world has reached every aspect of marketing and communications. Brands compete with publishers and consumers are empowered to publish and influence like never before. The convergence of marketing and PR creates all new opportunities for brands to build authority and grow business while competitors continue to work in silos.

Lee Odden

Top 50 People Most ReTweeted by Digital Marketers – What Does It Mean?

Lee Odden on Jun 2nd, 2014     Digital Marketing, Influencer Marketing

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When identifying influencers as part of your social media and content marketing program, topic match and popularity are not enough to qualify an influencer as “effective”.

By effective, I mean the ability and likelihood that a person can actually inspire action amongst a community.

To determine the effectiveness dimension, it’s important to use tools that look at other criteria such as the extent to which people respond and take action in response to a person. When it comes to Twitter, things like ReTweets and sharing of links are signals worth looking at.

To shine a light on the digital marketing category, Leadtail and Punchtab have published a new report (h/t SocialFresh) “How Digital Marketers Engage on Twitter” that includes a list of publishers and people that are the most often mentioned and ReTweeted by digital marketers.

Lee Odden

Overview of Today’s Digital Marketing Landscape – Lauren Vaccarello #czlny

Lee Odden on Apr 1st, 2014     Digital Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences, Search Engine Strategies

Lauren Vaccarello

It’s April Fools day today but there was no fooling attendees of the first ClickZ Live conference in New York who attended the pre-keynote presentation offering an overview of the current digital marketing landscape given by Lauren Vaccarello, VP of Marketing of AdRoll.

A surprising number of attendees showed up at 8am for this preview of digital marketing and Lauren did a great job giving introductory information on everything from Paid Search to Email to Retargeting. If you’re not sure whether mobile makes sense or what retargeting is, read on.

Looking back on the history of digital marketing from the first clickable ad in 1993 to the founding of Google in 1998 to the start of Facebook in 2004, few people could have guessed how big and influential they would turn out to be. And who would have predicted the popularity of  Snapchat or What’sApp being purchased for $19 billion?

Lee Odden

5 Most Popular Digital Marketing and Public Relations Presentations of 2013

Lee Odden on Dec 30th, 2013     Integrated Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing
Lee Odden

Photo Credit: Adamson Studios Photography

In 2013, I had the good fortune to share insights on the integration of digital marketing and PR at over 25 events online and off.

From San Francisco to New York to London, Madrid and Moscow, marketers all over the world are in search of answers on how to plan, integrate, implement and measure coordinated marketing messaging across multiple channels. I’d like to think TopRank Online Marketing helped move some people in the right direction.

Growing tactical expertise is essential, but understanding the customer universe and their buying experience is even more important in today’s always on, always connected, digital world. The power of influence no longer belongs to the few as social technologies and networks have begun to democratize the ability to publish, engage and inspire.

Lee Odden

Beyond Content Marketing Basics: Optimize & Socialize Your Digital Marketing for 2014

Lee Odden on Nov 27th, 2013     Online Marketing, Optimize Book

optimize socialize integrateFigure out what your customers want, and give it to them. Monitor what works and what doesn’t. Adapt and optimize performance.

This would appear to be common sense marketing and yet, when you examine a lot of what gets published in the name of content marketing, social media and SEO, the “makes sense” doesn’t seem so common.

Over the past 3 weeks I’ve given presentations to audiences in the U.S., Spain, Russia and the UK.  For just about every audience, there is a common language everyone seems to understand and if you can connect with that, it’s amazing what progress you can make.

Nicolette Beard

How to Use Email Marketing to Engage & Convert Customers

Nicolette Beard on Sep 17th, 2013     Email Marketing, Integrated Marketing, Online Marketing

Email Marketing Customer Life CycleEmail marketing is one of the most effective marketing tools for many businesses. According to a study by ExactTarget, 77% of consumers prefer to receive permission-based marketing communications through email.

Email Marketing is also a way to reinforce relationships through special offers or bonus content and to keep your product or service top-of-mind.

Email client service providers have worked diligently over the years to minimize spam and spam complaints by establishing best practices that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) can trust because they are inundated with so much unsolicited email. Depending on your inbox provider and/or your email solution provider, your newsletter may not even make it into your customer’s inbox.

Lee Odden

Keynote Presentation: Digital Convergence of Public Relations & Marketing

Lee Odden on May 8th, 2013     Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, Public Relations

Integrated Marketing Public RelationsToday I’m giving a keynote at the sold-out Communicator’s Conference in Portland, Oregon to 270 or so PR and Communications professionals.

The colliding or collaborating (depending on your situation) worlds of digital marketing and PR have left a lot of ambiguity about roles, goals and responsibilities between these 2 very important groups.

In this presentation I outline why PR should care about marketing, 3 big trends to watch for and 3 of the most common questions brand PR and corporate communicators have (I polled my LinkedIn network) about integrating PR and marketing. I finish things off with a plan for how PR and communications can tap into digital marketing expertise and contribute messaging and storytelling for more meaningful and impactful marketing / PR performance.

Lee Odden

Digital Marketing Growth Opportunity is Knocking: Are You Answering?

Lee Odden on Jan 28th, 2013     Online Marketing

opportunity knocks for our online marketing agencySince 2001 our “practice what we preach”, digital marketing and PR agency at TopRank has experienced growth every year. Like many frugal and efficiency focused businesses, we’ve been conservative about business operations, taking on zero debt and running pretty lean.

All of our marketing (and most PR) is inbound. We do not employ dedicated sales people or spend on advertising. This approach has kept us small but extremely efficient with exceptional project management, account management and consulting capabilities that exceed those of agencies many times our size.

Staying healthy during lean economic times is smart, but growth is in our future.  Our focus on moving TopRank Online Marketing even further forward as a leading digital marketing agency also offers insights of use for companies. Here are 7 considerations:

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