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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

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.

Alexis Hall

An Interactive Marketing Evening on the Future of Content: Tips, Team Building & Upcoming Trends

Alexis Hall on Apr 18th, 2013     Content Marketing, MIMA Seminars, Online Marketing

The Future of Content - Lee Odden, MIMAOn Wednesday evening in downtown Minneapolis, marketers gathered to hear the answer to a burning question: #whatthefoc? (AKA what is the future of content?)

The Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association (MIMA) hosted the sold-out Future of Content event, with speaker Lee Odden, TopRank Online Marketing CEO and the author of Optimize, aiming to point attendees in the right direction.

Marketers know content is important; in fact, 78% of CMOs think custom media represents the future of marketing. How has content changed how we view marketing today and more importantly, how can we prepare for the future? These highlights from The Future of Content with Lee Odden should shed some light on the issue:

Ask yourself 3 questions about your existing content strategy.

Odden instructed the audience to ask themselves three questions about their business:

Lee Odden

Content Marketing & Optimization 6 Ways – Upcoming @TopRank Speaking Events

Lee Odden on Apr 2nd, 2013     Content Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, TopRank Agency News

content optimizationWhen there’s a good story to tell, it doesn’t matter what else is going on. You have to tell it. That’s where I’m at with the intersection of search, social and content marketing.

For the past few years I’ve been giving presentations all over the world to educate marketers on the importance of an attract, engage and convert approach to content marketing. During an upcoming stretch of 30 days or so, it turns out that I’ll be giving 6 different presentations on the topic from 6 different angles.

This content marketing and optimization “6 Ways” tour starts out in San Diego next week with a presentation on how to use blogging to inspire action at the inaugural Social Media Marketing World conference.

Miranda Miller

Online Marketing News: Top CEOs in Social, Facebook to Solve Attribution Problem with Atlas

Miranda Miller on Mar 1st, 2013     Online Marketing News

The Tweets from the Top - CEOs in Social Media

Oprah, Rupert Murdoch Most Influential CEOs in Social Media (or Infographics: This Is How You Do It)

In a brilliant display of content marketing prowess, TopManagementDegrees.com has released a caricature infographic illustrating the 40 CEOs most influential in social media. Oprah tops the list with a Klout score of 92, followed closely by Rupert Murdoch at 91, which just goes to show that social influence is not a popularity contest.

Virgin’s Richard Branson, HDNet’s Mark Cuban, and Jack Dorsey of Square round out the top 5. The top 40 is rife with the usual suspects; tech and marketing CEOs from Twitter, Salesforce, Foursquare, Dell, LinkedIn, etc. One surprising find: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg failed to break the top 50.

Miranda Miller

Lee Odden’s War of Words: Myth-Busting Social, Content Marketing & SEO at NMX

Miranda Miller on Jan 9th, 2013     BlogWorld NMX, Content Marketing, Online Marketing, SEO, Social Media

Lee Odden answers audience questions about content marketing, social media and SEO.Our CEO at TopRank Online Marketing, Lee Odden (@leeodden), shared his War of Words: Myth-Busting Social, Content Marketing and SEO yesterday at NMX Las Vegas.

The premise of Lee’s presentation was actually crowdsourced; the title War of Words comes from H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds, which was turned into a radio program by Orson Wells and spawned a mass fear that Mars aliens were on their way to take over Earth. There is much misinformation in content marketing, social media and SEO that the hype spreads much like the alien myths of days gone by, says Lee.

Alexis Hall

TopRank Heads to the Windy City for SES Chicago 2012 #SESCHI

Alexis Hall on Nov 6th, 2012     Marketing Industry News, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing

Chicago BeanOn Tuesday November 14th  we will be heading south for SES Chicago.  This will be my second SES event and I am looking forward to attending sessions to continue to educate myself in online marketing, and share it with our readers, all while hanging out in the city of Chicago.  I will be live blogging along with fellow TopRank-ers – Jolina Pettice, Evan Prokop, Thom Craver and Miranda Miller.

When planning any trip, one of the first things I do is map out the stops which are a MUST SEE. Conferences are no different.  We follow online marketing best practices, and always have a game plan to ensure we can get the most out of the time spent at conferences.

Ashley Zeckman

Online Marketing News: The Olympics Get Social, Twitter Co-Founder’s New Publishing Platform, Which Tablet Reigns Supreme, #SESSF

Ashley Zeckman on Aug 17th, 2012     Online Marketing

London Calling: Mobility & The Olympic Games

Sadly the 2012 Olympics came to an end this past week.  These Olympic Games were by far the most socially shared to date.  This infographic from Acme Packet shared some very interesting information on everything from estimates for viewership and devices used, to predictions for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Twitter Co-Founders Preview Medium, A New Publishing Tool
Evan Williams a co-founder of Twitter describes Medium as “re-imagining publishing in an attempt to make an evolutionary leap.”  Medium takes submitted content like photos or text and organizes items that are similar into collections that multiple users and view, and add to.  Via Cnet.

Alexis Hall

Optimize B2B Content Across the Sales Cycle – Lee Odden #SESSF

Alexis Hall on Aug 16th, 2012     Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies

On the second day of SES San Francisco, I headed to Lee Odden’s session Optimize B2B Content Across the Sales Cycle. Lee kicked off the presentation by polling the audience on how engaged they were in SEO, social media and content marketing. Hands raised all over the room.  When he asked how many were focused on content marketing across the sales cycle, it was striking that there relatively few hands raised.  As focused as we all are on conversions and purchases, we are not all capitalizing on the opportunity to attract and engage with our customer at every point in the buying cycle, and as a result, customers can slip away.

Lee Odden

GeekBeat.TV Interview: Optimizing the Customer to Content Connection

Lee Odden on Jun 25th, 2012     Blogging, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, Video Interviews

At BlogWorld New Media Expo in New York, John P. and Cali Lewis had me on their GeekBeat.tv show where we talked about a mix of digital marketing topics including “walk the talk” marketing consulting, the power of word of mouth, the value of influence, common marketing challenges for companies, ROI vs. the promise of ROI, budget limitations vs. culture, the “must do” of getting started with social media.

Those companies that take the time to understand who their audiences and influencers are can dig into optimal means of information discovery, what target audience preferences are for media type and format, and how to inspire action whether it’s a referral or a sale.  With that insight, marketers can work to develop a plan to continuously optimize the brand’s effectivenss at connecting content with customers all across the lifecycle: awareness, interest, consideration, purchase, retention, advocacy.

Ashley Zeckman

What Did We Learn? Key Highlights & Buzz: #BWENY From The Perspective of the Audience

Ashley Zeckman on Jun 12th, 2012     Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, Social Media

Finding Beauty in NYC is All About Perspective & Vantage Point

Many of you might know that Lee Odden (@leeodden) and I attended BlogWorld in New York last week.  I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to interview many of the speakers that were presenting, and sit in on some really great sessions.

That being said, many of you have already seen the conference from my point of view.  So I thought it would be nice to share some of the feedback and highlights from attendees as a means to share:

  • Valuable takeaways from many of the most buzzed about sessions.
  • Places where you can find additional highlights on specific presentations.
Ashley Zeckman

Customer Centric Content Optimization (Say That 3 Times Fast) – Presented by Lee Odden

Ashley Zeckman on Mar 27th, 2012     Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies

The final day of SES New York wrapped up with a series of the top rated sessions from other SES conferences. One of those sessions was a presentation on “Content & Customer Optimization” by my boss TopRank Online Marketing CEO Lee Odden (@leeodden).

I for one was impressed that on the final day of the conference and the last session of the day the room was packed and people were ready to learn.

Lee began by polling the audience to see what mix online marketing expertise was present in the room.  There were a smattering of SEO practitioners, copywriters, agency marketers (like myself), and those working client side.  Below I’ve included what I considered to be some of the highlights from Lee’s presentation.

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