5 Tips on Crowdsourcing Your Brand’s Influence #NMX

Content Marketing, Crowdsourcing, Dino DoganLeveraging your audience for blog post ideas is common practice in content marketing and it can generate unique ideas from a customer-side perspective. But what does it take to use crowdsourcing as a tool for generating influence? Brands frequently target thought leaders to help amplify their content, but what is the best way to collect these resources?

Dino Dogan, founder of influencer marketing service Triberr, proclaimed a new age of crowdsourcing influence at his NMX content marketing super session. Dogan summarized his perspective with a simple question for brands: If your customers doesn’t know the brand, why would they trust its assessment of itself?

10 Marketing Lessons from 10 Years of Blogging @LeeOdden Keynote at #NMX 2014

Lee Odden Keynote NMX

Over the past 10 years of blogging, TopRank Online Marketing’s Lee Odden (@leeodden) has learned a lot. In his New Media Expo 2014 keynote address to full room with standing room only, Lee talked about the 10 lessons he learned in 10 years and over 3,500 blog posts.

1. Stand For Something Specific

If you’re trying to be all things to all people, you’re competing with all companies in all spaces and yourself. That’s a lot to try to outrank! Ask yourself: what is the one thing I want to be known for? Be specific and make it easy for others to understand what you’re all about.

Each of the things you want to be known for can have it’s own spoke, own content plans, and each their own channels for distribution. After all, specificity rules when it comes to search and social!

Online Marketing News: Ultimate Guide to Instagram Marketing, Social Media Resolutions & Predictions

Ultimate Guide To Instagram Marketing – If you believe the buzz, Instagram is the leader in photo sharing social networks. Lee certainly thinks so! Instagram offers marketers a great chance to connect with their target audience and tell their story in a visual way. If you want to get up to speed with Instagram quickly, here is an excellent guide promising the ultimate in the insights you need to get started and stand out. Ross Simmonds

6 Predictions for Social Media in 2014 – It’s time to start thinking about what the next big thing is going to be across the social media world. Here are new areas and trends that will be the focus of social media in 2014. Business2Community

Online Marketing News: Twitter Engagement Explodes, Yahoo Falls Behind Facebook, Mobile Drives Paid Search Clicks

Increasing Twitter Engagement

How To Increase Twitter Engagement By 324% – This infographic from Quicksprout has an absolute wealth of statistics and tips on how to generate a better ROI on Twitter – implement some of these suggestions into your strategy and watch those engagement rates climb. MediaBistro

62% Of Marketers Say Local Search Is Getting Harder – Read the opinions of hundreds of search agencies, consultants and business owners who logged in during a recent InsideLocal webinar. Search Engine Land

14 Stats to Inform Your 2014 Social Marketing Strategy – While no single industry statistic should stand alone in informing future plans and strategies, a broader snapshot of social network trends, social consumer behaviors and brand social media results can help reveal the big picture of social as we head into 2014. Social Media Today

Online Marketing News: Holiday Stats, Content Marketing Predictions, Hummingbird Impacts Local, Facebook’s New News Feed

47 Stats to Supercharge Your Holiday Marketing – Gain some insight into a number of intriguing statistics about holiday marketing. It may be too late for you to shift marketing dollars now, but it always pays to plan early for next year. Hubspot

50 Content Marketing Predictions for 2014 – Part of the fun of getting to the end of 2013 is predicting the trends for 2014. Find out what Joe Pulizzi and 50 other content marketing thought leaders see ahead. Content Marketing Institute

Advertisers to Spend $5.60 Billion on YouTube in 2013 Worldwide – YouTube takes home $1.96 billion in net global digital ad revenues and a 20.5% share of US video ad market. eMarketer

Online Marketing News: Groupon Catapults, Best Ads of 2013, Google+ Ads, Digital Geek Gifts

Nevermind Amazon’s Drones, Groupon Has Catapults – Groupon is reaching back to the days of King Arthur for its latest innovation: catapults. If you see one in 2014, don’t assume that you’re about to get hit with a flaming bale of hay or a cauldron of oil. It may just be that package you ordered. Can you say ‘newsjacking?’ Mashable

Heyday App is a Journal of Your Life That Writes Itself – This iPhone app automatically creates really nice montages of batches of photos that were taken at the same time in an attempt to record the user’s life. AllThingsD

Online Marketing News: Mastering StumbleUpon, Is Your Content Ethical?, Twitter’s New Design, Must See Mobile

StumbleUpon Marketing: How to Drive More Traffic to Your Content – In this podcast, Michael Stelzner interviews Nick Robinson, co-author of StumbleUpon for Dummies. Nick shares how StumbleUpon works and why it’s different than other platforms, how to discover shareable content and the type of content that works. Social Media Examiner

How to Use LinkedIn to Promote Your Professional Services – Build a routine, deepen your network, and share. These practices have worked for decades in helping professionals earn new clients and matters. Now this same process can be done online, on LinkedIn. It would be a shame to waste the opportunity. MarketingProfs

Ethical Content Curation: A 10-Step Checklist – Curation iContent Curation Checklists nothing new, but many content curators are still unsure about what constitutes ethical content curation. Use this 10-step checklist as a guide. Content Marketing Institute

Online Marketing News: 15 Eye Popping Social Shopping Stats, Thanksgiving Social Media Facts, Killing Content Marketing Myths

Tips From Women Who Have Broken the Glass Ceiling – Barri Rafferty, Senior Partner and CEO, Ketchum North America, kicks off the ‘Real Women Fostering Women’s Leadership’ now in its fifth year. Hear the most dynamic women in the digital marketing world discuss overcoming obstacles. Women rock at TopRank! CommPro

Just 71% of Companies Test Their Websites – Companies whose conversion rates have improved carry out 50% more tests on their websites than companies whose conversion didn’t improve. However, 7% are testing nothing at all. eConsultancy

Digital Marketing Tactics for 2014 – This article examines a few trends that must be taken into consideration for any digital marketing endeavor in 2014, including visual content, Google+ and SlideShare and 3D printing. Social Media Today

6 Cleverly Creative Marketing Campaigns of 2013

Online MarketingWe all have friends. One thing that makes us friends is that we have things in common, and what we have in common are our personalities and our interests. We interact with others based on those things—and with the social atmosphere so crucial to a brand’s persona, they want to be our “friends” too.

2013 has been a great year for content marketing. Savvy marketers have come up with new, unique ways to create bonds with their audiences, encouraging interaction and ultimately intent to purchase. Viral has become a buzzword that many strive for, yet few achieve. But regardless of how frequently online marketing changes, one thing will remain the same: brands will continue to use stories, interaction, and creativity to attract customers.

5 Tips You Should Be Leveraging for Event-Based Content Creation

Event-Based Content CreationCreating event-based content can be tricky. The room is full of extremely smart people. And they’re all talking. Loudly. You find a chair in front between two people you don’t know, but who smile and offer a handshake and a name. Looking around, everyone is working on a laptop. Or a smartphone. Or both.

A hush falls over the crowd. A speaker stands up at the microphone, offers an introduction, and launches into a mind-blowing presentation full of statistics, facts, tips and tools. There are dozens of keys being typed, tweets being sent, and people whispering.

And you have to make sure you catch it all.

Online Marketing News: Creating Knockout Infographics, Must Have Google+ Tools, Facebook Star Ratings, Real Time Social Monitoring

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7 Super Tips for Creating Powerful Infographics – What better way to demonstrate the power of the infographic than with an infographic! Follow these steps to consider when planning, creating and sharing infographics that get shared and drive traffic on the visual web. Create knockout infographics that can give your marketing a visual flair. Entrepreneur

How Facebook is Building a Global Marketing Ecosystem Around its Products – Facebook’s Preferred Marketing Developer (PMD) network has been around in its current form since April 2012. The aim of the group is to help connect brands and advertisers with developers who can make their marketing campaigns more engaging and comprehensive. Read the interview with Mike Randall, new global head of PMD, to learn what changes we can expect from this program next year. TheNextWeb

Online Marketing News: 21 New Content Marketing Rules, 10 Free Monitoring Tools, 150 Million Instagram Users, 5 Ways Facebook Pages Get Festive

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Findability: 21 New Rules of Content Marketing – While the foundations of building a site are still in play, it’s the content that’s now successfully driving the success to companies investing in great marketing strategies. Many companies who invested heavily in search engine optimization have seen those investments lost; but companies who continued to push for relevant, frequent and recent content that provide value to their audience continue to see the rewards. Are you ready for a new world of search engine optimization, social media, and content marketing? Marketing Tech Blog

59% of Businesses Say Conversion Rate Optimization is Crucial to Their Digital Strategy – This highlights the growing focus on CRO in an increasingly competitive online marketplace, fuelled in part by more advanced targeting and personalisation technologies. Read the new report based on a survey of almost 1,000 client-side and agency digital marketers. eConsultancy