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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

List of Minnesota Marketing & PR Associations, Organizations, & Groups

Lee Odden on Mar 5th, 2012     Interactive Marketing, Marketing & PR Industry, Online Marketing

Minnesota Marketing AssociationsSometimes it feels like I spend more time on the road than in Minnesota, but the Twin Cities has a fine digital marketing community that includes advertising, direct marketing, interactive, B2B, search, PR and communications groups that serve the needs of marketing and communications professionals in the region.

Networking locally can be incredibly important if you’re new to the area, want to connect with other professionals in your field or are in search of professional development and job opportunities. Below are a list of Minnesota (primarily Minneapolis & St. Paul) marketing and communications organizations that offer a range of opportunities for networking, education and industry involvement.

Jolina Pettice

SEO Considerations in a Connected Consumer World

Jolina Pettice on May 20th, 2011     Google, MIMA Seminars, Online Marketing, Search Engines, SEO

Mike Grehan On a sunny, warm day in Minneapolis, marketers gathered near one of the city’s best attractions – LakeCalhoun – to learn about “Search and the Connected Consumer”, a view of how people retrieve information online and what that means for the future online and search engine marketing.

Hosted by MIMA, the event featured Mike Grehan, Global VP Content, Search Engine Watch, ClickZ & Search Engine Strategies.

Mike started by educating the audience on the history of the World Wide Web and the Internet (note: they are not one in the same).

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5 Tips for Creating an Effective Content Marketing Strategy

TopRank Online Marketing on Oct 15th, 2009     Blog Marketing, Blogging, Marketing PR Conferences, MIMA Seminars, Online Marketing

It’s difficult to find much value in content with no strategy behind it. Without a content strategy plan, your intended audience is unlikely to find your copy, let alone read it.

During the MIMA Summit last week, the importance of a content marketing strategy was the topic of a session presented by Rachel Lovinger of Razorfish.

For this week’s 5 Tips post, I’ve translated some of Rachel’s valuable points into actionable steps for creating an effective content marketing strategy.

Content Strategy: Discover1. Discover
In a nutshell, do your homework:

  • Research competitors’ content. Whether you’re launching a blog, website or email campaign, determine what information is already out there and how it’s presented. How can you distinguish yourself?
Jolina Pettice

Storytelling, Advertising and Content – Rebecca Lieb at MIMA

Jolina Pettice on Oct 1st, 2008     Interactive Marketing, MIMA Summit, Online Marketing

Rebecca Lieb Keynote MIMA Summit

The annual MIMA (Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association) event kicked off this morning with Rebecca Lieb as the opening keynote.

In a nutshell, the sessio

n was funny, insightful and not without the inevitable internet issues which seem to plague all search conferences (ironic, yes?).

Rebecca got Minnesota online marketers thinking about the following 3 items:
1. Informative (be the content)
2. Entertaining (let people play)
3. Viral (make something people want to share)

From Jerry Seinfeld to French maids to Sarah Silverman’s video about Obama, everything Rebecca shared with the audience centered on the above 3 items.

The first is be the content. It isn’t enough, and hasn’t been for awhile, to publish product or service content. Rather, content that is compelling to your audience needs to be created for them.
No one wants to read standard brochure information. No one.

Lee Odden

MiNterview: Enterprise Social Media Interview with Jim Cuene and Douglas Pollei

Lee Odden on May 14th, 2008     Interactive Marketing, MIMA Seminars, Online Marketing, Social Media, Social Media Smarts

Tonight interactive gurus from General Mills, Best Buy, Target, Fingerhut and Gage will convene at an event hosted by MIMA to discuss: Duality Reality: Who Controls Social Media in the Enterprise?

As a preview, I reached out to Douglas Pollei (left) of Social Media Club Minneapolis and VP of Internet Strategy and Corporate Development for IKANO Communications who helped get the panel created and panelist Jim Cuene (right), who is Director of Interactive at General Mills. to ask a few questions about tonight’s topic.

This dual interview offers everyman definitions of social media, common challenges in large organizations as well as tips and resources for companies trying to figure out how to get their arms around social media in their organizations. We also have reason for new nicknames: “Twitter Jim” and “Wiki Douglas”. Read on.

Lee Odden

Poll: Your top reason for attending marketing conferences?

Lee Odden on Mar 10th, 2008     Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, Reader Polls

reader poll

With the changes last year in the search marketing conference industry there has been disappointing side-taking and rumor mongering but also a healthy dose of optimism about what more competition will do for attendees. I would think the sustainability and success of any conference is in large part dependent upon attendees needs being met. Whether your primary business is interactive marketing, public relations, advertising or SEM, online marketing and PR oriented conferences offer a variety of benefits.

Because of Online Marketing Blog readers’ varied marketing and PR related interests, this week’s Poll aims to identify the top motivations for readers to attend marketing industry conferences:

Why do you attend marketing industry conferences?

  • Maintain knowledge - stay current (36%, 63 Votes)
  • Networking (34%, 60 Votes)

Lee Odden

MIMA Interactive Marketing Blog

Lee Odden on Oct 6th, 2006     Interactive Marketing, MIMA Summit, Online Marketing

MIMA Blog

The local interactive marketing association I’m involved with here in Minneapolis, MIMA, has launched a new interactive marketing blog that covers some industry news and particularly the good things happening in the midwest interactive marketing space.

Yesterday we had the annual MIMA Summit which went off very well. There were great speakers, a sold out venue, great networking, the best bag of schwag I’ve seen at any conference-anywhere, super food, tons of giveaways from companies like Target and of course some drinking, a bit of electronic-performance art from Popular Front, more networking and libations. A good time was had by all and the feedback has been excellent.

Next year it may need to be a two day event and will certainly need to move to a larger venue. If you’re a marketer working in the midwest, I highly recommend checking out MIMA.

Lee Odden

MIMA Summit Starts Today

Lee Odden on Oct 4th, 2006     Interactive Marketing, Marketing Industry News, Marketing PR Conferences, MIMA Summit, Online Marketing, Other Events

The Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association annual Summit starts in about an hour. This year’s event is sold out and there’s an excellent mix if speakers. With lots of sponsors this year, there are a ton of giveaways as well.

One of our pr firm clients, The Web Marketing Association and Web Award will have their CEO, William Rice start things off with the morning keynote presentation. Bill has run the Web Award competition for 10 years and the program has reviewed over 9,000 web sites in that time. His presentation will offer insight into what makes an award winning web site and he’ll also present industry vertical data compiled over the past 10 years.

Lee Odden

MIMA Summit 2006

Lee Odden on Sep 21st, 2006     Marketing Industry News, Marketing PR Conferences, MIMA Summit, Online Marketing

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That time of year is here again and the annual event held by the Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association called “The Summit” promises to be even bigger and better.

There’s a fantastic lineup of speakers and sessions including two keynote presentations: One from William Rice of the Web Marketing Association and Michelle Collins, a blogger for VH1‚Äôs, Best Week Ever. Other sessions include:

  • Web Writing
  • Web Analytics
  • Brawny Academy
  • Making the Grade
  • Ask the Email Experts
  • E-Commerce Opportunities
  • Site Architecture
  • Consumer Generated Media
  • Paid Search
  • Online Advertising
  • Internet Marketing Toolbox
  • Can Web 2.0 Change the World?

I would link to the session details, but the promo page was done entirely in Flash with one movie. It’s a very cool sitelet, but not too link or search engine friendly.

Lee Odden

SEO Nostalgia: I-Search Discussion List

Lee Odden on Sep 11th, 2006     Online Marketing, Search Marketing, SEO

If you’ve been around the SEO game long enough to remember the I-Search discussion list, then you know how useful a resource discussion lists or groups can be. Several of the moderators and people involved with the I-Search list have gone off and started their own SEO and SEM discussion threads over the years.

In this age of blogs, RSS and social media, these lists can still be a very useful tool for staying current with the industry. Actually most, if not all are now RSS-enabled.¬† Below is a list of some of the SEO and online marketing discussion lists and their moderators that I’ve found to be useful:

Lee Odden

Paid Search Can Be A Bitch

Lee Odden on Jun 8th, 2006     AdWords, Google, Marketing Industry News, Microsoft Bing, MIMA Seminars, Online Marketing, Search Marketing, Yahoo

Yes dear friends, I’ve said it. Paid search can be a pain in the rear. But no worries, search engine marketing guru Andrew Goodman of Traffick and Page Zero Media promises to shed some light on the subject in conjunction with a Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association (MIMA) seminar next week.

Goodman’s presentation, “IT’S NOT JUST YOU: PAY-PER-CLICK CAN BE A REAL BEAST” will cover examples of Google AdWords and Yahoo Search Marketing challenges, SEM relations, click fraud, CPOs vs. market share growth, data privacy, auctions and more.

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