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Lee Odden

5 Must Read Perspectives on Social Media Marketing Strategy

Lee Odden on Mar 24th, 2014     Online Marketing, Social Media

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The eternal debate in marketing: Strategy before tactics vs. Tactics to develop strategy.

So many companies have become comfortable reacting to industry trends and competitors with tactics, that they end up with wasted effort, poor performance and plenty of frustration. This is especially true in the world of social media marketing as companies roll out social media tactics only to be left wondering in 6 months what the ROI is.

Answering Why, for Who and with What tactics is essential for any marketing initiative. A confident and clear sense of purpose is highly motivating and inspires more meaningful and effective marketing.

Lee Odden

3 Ways to Raise the Bar on Your Social Media and Content Marketing Strategy

Lee Odden on Feb 6th, 2014     Content Marketing, Online Marketing, Social Media

Unlock Social Media SuccessWhen marketers approach Content Marketing and Social Media as a symbiotic relationship, there’s no limit to the business goals you can achieve.

To make that happen, marketers really need to start raising the bar on their approach.

It’s far too easy to get caught up in the distractions of the latest social media and content marketing tactics. Unlocking success with social media and content marketing means developing a solid strategy: A thoughtful, data-informed approach with goals, defined target audience and measurable outcomes that you monitor and optimize for.

This post outlines 3 simple ideas that can help you break free of the crowded marketplace of content and social media du jour to stand out with those that matter most to your business.

Lee Odden

Rock & Roll Social Media & Content Marketing Interview with Jason Miller of LinkedIn

Lee Odden on Jan 20th, 2014     Content Marketing, Interviews, Social Media

Jason MillerAs Senior Manager, Content Marketing & Social Media at LinkedIn, Jason Miller is responsible for leading the content and social media marketing efforts for LinkedIn Marketing Solutions. (Disclosure: LinkedIn is a TopRank client)

Not only is Jason an avid fan of 80’s rock and roll, but he’s a marketing rockstar by any definition – with a digital marketing “catalog” that would make any marketer envious.

I can’t count how many times I’ve had discussions with industry thought leaders about creative content and high impact social where Jason’s name was volunteered to me as a go-to resource for best practices in action. But that’s no surprise, as our history with Jason goes way back.

Lee Odden

Content Plus Social is A Sweet Song to Sing – Interview with Amy Higgins of Concur

Lee Odden on Jan 15th, 2014     Content Marketing, Interviews, Online Marketing, Social Media

Amy Higgins ConcurOne of the truly great things about working at TopRank Marketing are our clients. On a daily basis we get to connect with and solve marketing problems with some of the smartest marketers on the web.

Take for example, Amy Higgins, an ex-Googler that is now the Content and Social Media Manager for Concur SMB. Concur is an automated expense tracking solution that is growing by leaps and bounds. Amy is super smart, goal and customer focused, very nice to work with and highly networked.

While I could talk about the successful engagement we’re having with Amy and Concur, this interview will instead focus on Amy and her unique and valuable insights as an accomplished content and social media marketer. We need more Amys in our world!

Nick Ehrenberg

How to Get Thousands of Facebook Fans in 6 Months #NMX

Nick Ehrenberg on Jan 7th, 2014     BlogWorld NMX, Online Marketing, Social Media

Social Marketing, Andrea Vahl, NMXWhen I first wrote this headline, it almost sounded too good to be true. Sure, you can generate Facebook fans via random followings, scattered postings, and local word-of-mouth. Eventually, you’ll run out of steam – and your company page will run out of influence. There is a better way to handle social marketing on Facebook – and it can bring thousands of active people into your community.

Social media consultant Andrea Vahl presented such a plan at NMX, focusing on the harmonious relationship between content strategy and efficient Facebook page design. You won’t even need to raid the company budget much – Vahl emphasized that these tips are made for businesses with little room for additional social marketing funding.

Here are Vahl’s 5 easy steps to skyrocket your Facebook brand page:

Lee Odden

Winning Habits of Successful Social Media Influencers and Brands

Lee Odden on Jan 2nd, 2014     Online Marketing, Social Media
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“O” is for “Optimized” Social Media Habits – Lion Door Knocker in Madrid, Spain

To be effective as a modern digital marketer, it’s important to develop certain habits. These are tendencies or even routines that often result in desired and positive outcomes – over and over again.

Information overload and fast changing technology make social media a perfect candidate for developing productive habits. Otherwise it can all become a blur of noise without meaning.  I’m pretty sure everyone reading this has felt overwhelmed at some point or another.

At the same time, structure and routine are good but not too much though, or you won’t be adaptable. Being able to recognize real-time opportunities is equally important as having a plan and optimized social media best practices to follow.

Lee Odden

11 Must Read eBooks to Get Content Marketing Smart for 2014

Lee Odden on Dec 16th, 2013     Content Marketing, Online Marketing

Content Marketing SmartOver the past 12 months there have been a wide variety of eBooks published about every topic in the digital marketing mix from the newest mobile marketing strategies to better use of big data to the standards like content marketing, social media, online advertising, email marketing and digital public relations.

As 2013 winds down, it can be really useful to review some of the better in-depth resources on best practices and thought leadership. This post will highlight 11 of the eBooks and reports that I’ve been involved with that I think you’ll find useful.  As our content marketing business continues to grow, the body of resources and projects we get to work with is growing as well – why not share?

Lee Odden

What Do You Get With A Social Media Audit?

Lee Odden on Dec 4th, 2013     Online Marketing, Social Media

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In Optimize, I include guidelines for doing a number of different audits to establish a basis for determining the gap between a company’s current situation and where they need to be in order to succeed.

One of those audits is a type that has gained a tremendous amount of popularity given the dramatic increase in attention and budget towards the area. Of course I’m talking about a Social Media Audit.

Why do an audit? If you don’t know where you’re starting from, a lot of time and resources can be wasted improving things that don’t need it and neglecting things that really need your attention.

Lee Odden

12 Killer Social Media & Content Marketing Blog Posts from 2013

Lee Odden on Dec 2nd, 2013     Content Marketing, Integrated Marketing, Online Marketing, Social Media
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Metro statue from a recent trip to Moscow

This post marks number 3,401 on Online Marketing Blog. Did you know? December is our 10 year blog birthday month!

We’ve covered a variety of topics in depth over those thousands of posts, especially the integration of search, social media and content with marketing and public relations.

TopRank’s Online Marketing Blog has been a top ranked marketing blog on AdAge 150 from day one and is the only blog to have been named the #1 content marketing blog 3 times by Junta42 (Content Marketing Institute).

Reflecting back over the past year there have been more changes in the digital marketing industry than seems reasonable to track best practices on. To help with that, I thought it would be handy to have a list of our top social media and content marketing posts based on traffic, shares and engagement.

Lee Odden

It’s Not the Moment, It’s the Story – A Bigger Picture View of Personal Social Media Participation

Lee Odden on Nov 13th, 2013     Social Media
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My favorite personal socnet: Instagram!

Social media technologies and platforms are now everywhere internet connectivity exists: desktop, tablet, smartphones and even kitchen appliances, cars and wearable devices.

While social technology usage has matured significantly, there are many business professionals who either haven’t started or aren’t comfortable with the behavior of public sharing.

One of the most common criticisms or objections I hear is that an individual Tweet, Facebook post or image on Instagram isn’t going to make a difference amongst the stream of social noise published every second. In fact, it can seem pretty overwhelming to executives my age, because expectations of their position are generally high and so is their own uncertainty about the impact of social media participation.

Eliza Steely

#SMBMSP59: What You Need to Know about Location-Based Social Media for Business

Eliza Steely on Oct 31st, 2013     Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, Social Media

@toprank #smbmsp59On Halloween you expect to see costumes, candy, spooky decorations and….bacon?! Yes you read that correctly. At this morning’s Minneapolis and St. Paul Social Media Breakfast there was bacon. And bacon costumes. Several of the TopRank team opted for their own unique costumes like Gumby, Wayne (from Wayne’s World), a hunter, and Steve Jobs.

With the surge in apps with location-enabled features—Foursquare, Facebook, Yelp, Instagram, and Twitter to name a few—it’s no surprise that this month’s breakfast delved into best practices for incorporating location-based (or location-aware) apps a part of your social media strategy. Presenter Christopher Lower of Sterling Cross Communications used case studies & success stories to offer advice to attendees. Here are 16 key takeaways our team gleaned from the presentation:

Brian Larson:

Lee Odden

Customer Empathy Plus Brand Leadership FTW at Social Brand Forum

Lee Odden on Oct 24th, 2013     Integrated Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences, Social Media

integrated online marketing“Win More, Suck Less – How to Optimize Your Social, Search, & Content Marketing”

That’s the title of a presentation I’ll be giving today in Coralville, Iowa at Social Brand Forum a conference run by Nick Westergaard.

Other speakers include Jay Baer, Gini Dietrich, DJ Waldow, Marcus Sheridan, Laura Fitton and more.

The cool thing about my presentation title is, I didn’t decide what it would be. Our Facebook community did. I’ve also run a survey of our community to share their smarts in other ways. Some of that will end up in the presentation too.

That’s the beauty of social networks:  The ability to connect with a group of like minded people in an ongoing transfer of knowledge, ideas and feedback.

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