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Eliza Steely

15 Snippets of Digital Marketing Advice from #MNSummit

Eliza Steely on Jun 27th, 2014     Online Marketing, Other Events

#mnsummit @toprank

HOOOOOOOOONK.

That’s how our morning started—honking cars as we inched our way through the rush hour traffic moving towards downtown Minneapolis. The gorgeous peach-colored sunrise coupled with the intoxicating smell of coffee helped us relax despite the stress of a morning commute.

Today’s drive was different than the rest. Instead of driving to our offices with views of Lake Minnetonka and the occasional deer, we headed into the bustle of the University of St. Thomas to attend the inaugural Minnesota Search Summit— an event focused on search, social media and digital marketing.

Fourteen of my TopRank coworkers and I are spending the day hearing advice from local experts, gleaning insights from industry thought leaders, and networking with some of Minneapolis’s savvy online marketers.

Nicolette Beard

Content Marketing With Microsites: Pros, Con, Examples & Best Practices

Nicolette Beard on Nov 19th, 2013     Content Marketing, Online Marketing

Microsites exampleIn the past, the term microsites had often been used interchangeably with mini-sites, those one page stand-alone Web pages used by direct marketers in the 90s. Mini-sites became popular with the introduction of Google’s revolutionary (at the time) pay-per-click business model.

Microsites are perfectly acceptable to serve as landing pages or hubs for search engine advertising. This is one main reason for creating microsites – to create a hyper-focused website that meets the needs of a specific search query – and to satisfy Google’s Quality Score criteria.

B2B lead generation is another prime example for why marketers create microsites; they don’t want their prime prospects to get lost on the parent website and thus lose a lead. In TopRank’s experience with Marketo, optimized landing pages improved conversion rates by as high as 200%.

Jolina Pettice

Are Bad Directions Leaving Web Visitors Stranded? Optimize For Outcomes to Improve Experience & Conversions

Jolina Pettice on Apr 23rd, 2013     Conversion Optimization, Online Marketing, Search Engines

At some point, most of us have been lost. We know our ultimate destination, but either through a wrong turn or poor directions we find ourselves in the wrong place and likely very frustrated.

Without landing page optimization, your visitors may have this same lost feeling when they arrive on your website. Whether the content was written 10 days or 10 months ago, it’s easy to make assumptions about your website visitors and assume the directions (read: content and calls to action) you are providing make sense.

If anyone has ever given you directions based on landmarks (turn right at the gas station) you can understand this feeling. And ultimately you are unsure and have questions such as: what gas station, what if there is more than 1 and good grief why didn’t you just give me the street name?

Brian Larson

Landing Page Tips to Increase Conversions – #SESNY

Brian Larson on Mar 22nd, 2012     Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies

Landing Page Optimization PanelIf you’re a marketer with business objectives tied to online conversions, landing pages are likely part of your marketing mix. While landing pages have a proven track record of serving as a lead generation funnel and producing solid ROI, not all landing pages are created equal. Enter the process of testing and refining your landing page in order to deliver maximum result – aka landing page optimization.

With so many variables, such as: traffic source, imagery, language and CTA; there is a lot to consider when optimizing a landing page for optimal performance. So how does one develop, implement and refine a process for testing all these elements to produce an effective landing page?

The ‘Landing Page Optimization’ session on day 2 of SES NY, moderated by Bryan Eisenberg (@thegrok) is designed to provide some answers and helpful tips to address that exact question…and more.

Lee Odden

Landing Page Optimization Deep Dive: Interview with Tim Ash

Lee Odden on Apr 6th, 2010     Interviews, Online Marketing, Spotlight on Search

Tim Ash is a marketing machine. He writes a blog, contributes to Search Engine Watch, hosts a weekly show on WebmasterRadio.fm, is author of the book “Landing Page Optimization”, speaks at numerous conferences and is the chair of the upcoming Conversion Conference in May.

Oh, and he also runs SiteTuners, a successful landing page optimization consulting business and has launched a new tool called AttentionWizard that offers eye tracking “without the eyes”.

Tim has worked with American Express, Sony Music, American Honda, Coach, COMP USA and many other major brands.

“Landing page testing is the best accelerator of your business that you have available.”

Tim is a very smart and very nice guy who took a few rare moments of time to answer a few questions about measuring social media ROI, budgets for testing, common mistakes, tips, tools and how he stays current in such a fast paced and changing field.

TopRank Online Marketing

SES San Jose: Landing Page Utopia Expert Roundtable

TopRank Online Marketing on Aug 20th, 2008     Search Engine Strategies, Search Marketing, SEO

Segmented Landing Page: Landing Page Utopia

Continuing the day’s trend, I attended another landing page-related session to round out Day Two of SES San Jose. The Expert Roundtable brought together four ‘knights’ of landing page optimization, armed with their tips and tricks to achieving the ‘holy grail’ of pay per click ads: Landing Page Utopia.

Moderator Ron Belanger, Vice President of Agency Development at Yahoo! Search Marketing, helmed this team of experts. Each speaker had their own unique ideas as to what achieves the most effective landing pages, and I’ve highlighted some of their original ideas and basic tips.

Scott Brinker, President and Chief Technology Officer at Ion Interactive, began the session with a challenge to the typical landing page format. “Landing pages look the same today as they did five years ago,” he observed. Scott offered three ways marketers can move beyond the standard with their landing pages:

TopRank Online Marketing

SES San Jose: Landing Page Testing & Tuning

TopRank Online Marketing on Aug 19th, 2008     Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies, Search Marketing

Landing Page Testing

If pay-per-click ads are the welcome mat to the house of your business, landing pages are the entryway. The welcome mat may get people in the door, but the entryway convinces them to stay. The look and feel of your ‘entryway’ needs to be inviting and interesting to get your visitors to move forward in their relationship with your business. A good, engaging landing page is critical to gaining the conversions that are the meat of your pay per click ad, whether your defined conversion metric is driving traffic to your site, selling a product or gaining prospect contact information.

Sage Lewis of Search Engine Watch Expert and President of SageRock.com introduced this SES session on landing page optimization. Speaker Tim Ash, president of Site Tuners and landing page expert, brought his enthusiasm for his topic and his practical advice to this session of useful tips.

TopRank Online Marketing

SES Session: Landing Page Optimization Clinic

TopRank Online Marketing on Dec 6th, 2007     Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies, Search Marketing

Landing Page Optimization Clinic at SES Chicago

Focus is a tricky thing. Especially when describing a product that has so much too it. How can you possibly explain a detailed product, like a customized laptop, for instance – in just a few bullet points? The ideal prospect will want to read about every last feature – that’s simply their demeanor.

Let’s take a different, broader product. Pizza, for example. It’s absolutely fantastic that major pizza chains allow you to order pizza online using landing pages, and I truly hope that the best pizza in the Twin Cities will not only begin doing so soon – but call TopRank Online Marketing immediately to provide their site with the treatment their pie deserves.

Lee Odden

Raise Conversions By 55% Or More

Lee Odden on Nov 5th, 2007     Online Marketing, Search Marketing, SEO, SEO Tools, Web Analytics

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Raise conversions by 55% you say? That’s what Marketing Sherpa says in the promo copy for their new Landing Page Handbook. One of the most popular posts we’ve ever had on Online Marketing Blog was the 10 Landing Page Tips by Jon Miller of Marketo. That’s why I think this new report from Marketing Sherpa may be of interest.

You can spend a lot of time testing and fine tuning landing pages on your own from scratch, but in many cases, it makes a lot of sense to get a bit of a head start. This guide is about both the art and science of landing page creation and optimization.

Lee Odden

SEO Developments, Challenges and Tactics

Lee Odden on Sep 27th, 2007     Business of SEO, SEO, SEO Tips

UK based e-consultancy holds periodic round tables meetings with agency and client side search marketers to discuss issues in the industry with a report published afterwards. The most recent September report, which highlights a number of search engine industry developments, SEO challenges and tactics motivated me to write this post. Many of the issues in the report are on the minds of in-house and agency marketers world wide.

Here are a few of the issues discussed and my own thoughts as they relate to each with a nice little rant at the end:

Lee Odden

Ten Tips for Lead Generation Landing Pages

Lee Odden on Sep 27th, 2007     Guest Posts, Online Marketing, Search Marketing

Editor’s Note: The next in our series of guest posts from SEM professionals comes from Jon Miller, VP of Marketing at Marketo. Marketo is a client of TopRank Online Marketing and provides B2B marketing automation software in the form of pay per click management, landing page optimization and integration with salesforce.com.

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With Jon’s B2B software marketing expertise, excellent work both on his blog Modern B2B Marketing and as a contributor on Search Engine Land, I asked if he could write up a guide for search marketers that would provide actionable advice for readers on the topic of landing pages.

Perhaps the largest difference between business-to-consumer (B2C) and business-to-business (B2B) pay-per-click is that the post-click goal for most B2B marketers is to capture a lead, not make a sale. This means that B2B companies must focus on converting clicks into leads as much as they focus on getting clicks in the first place.

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