Archives for September 2008

Interview with John Jantsch of Duct Tape Marketing

john jantsch If you’ve been marketing online for any length of time, you’ve no doubt seen the brand “Duct Tape Marketing“. John Jantsch, the guy behind that brand is a true, “marketer’s marketer” as you’ll see in the interview below. Because of John early in my blogging experience, I was able to pick up a lot of great insights and secured blogging gigs with Business Blog Consulting and AllBusiness.com which lead to a number of media opportunities and consulting engagements.

In this interview, John talks about getting started, branding, blogging, SEO, outsourcing marketing and tips, getting referrals, specialization and a few of his favorite tools and technologies.

You’re well known, heck you’re famous, for many things related to small business marketing. Tell us about yourself. How did you get started blogging and where did the idea for Duct Tape Marketing begin?

MIMA Summit 2008

On Wednesday October 1st, about ten of TopRank’s finest will be making the trek from the Western suburbs to downtown Minneapolis for the Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association’s (MIMA) “sold out” Summit.

As in years past, MIMA Summit will take place at The Depot with a new focus on the subject of “mutualism”. Mutualism centers on the open use of material in the online world, in which web marketers and users alike participate with one another and share information together. In that spirit, I’m going to take the information provided by MIMA about the Summit and share with our readers.

MiNterview with Gary Koelling from Best Buy on Social Media


Gary Koelling at a MIMA Event

It’s social media interview week here at Online Marketing Blog and we have another excellent interview with a social media sage just for you.

Gary Koelling is a blogger, Twitterati, public speaker and a social media pathfinder. He’s also Senior Manager, Social Technology at Best Buy. Best Buy is undoubtedly one of the “best” known brands in retail and in particular with many of the gadget-geeky readers of Online Marketing Blog. After seeing Gary speak at a MIMA event (pictured above) I thought it would be interesting to get a few of his insights as a social media evangelist within a large company as well as advice for others.

Thank You to VISI Web Hosting – Best in Minnesota

Online Marketing Blog readers may remember a while back that our blog was shut down by a previous host with no warning because of too much load on the shared server. When they did finally respond/contact us it was to sell an upgrade while web requests for our site returned a 404 not found message.

VISI Web Hosting

We turned to a local web hosting company, VISI, for a dedicated server and things have been running smoothly ever since. Our experience with VISI is documented on this post, “VISI – A Web Hosting Company That Rocks“.  We’ve been hosting with VISI for over 1 1/2 years and we’ve had very rare if any reason to contact them. When it comes to hosting, that’s a very GOOD thing.

Scott Monty Interview – Tips on Social Media for Large Companies

Blogs are undoubtedly a big part of the social media world and that’s why the topic of social media was approached at Blog World Expo from many different angles from monetization and marketing to social media and blogs in corporate public relations.

This interview with Ford’s head of social media, Scott Monty touches on a few things large companies (or any size company for that matter) should be thinking about when evaluating social media as a communications, marketing and community building channel.

[googlevideo]http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7593148891752653939[/googlevideo]

You can read plenty more of Scott Monty’s insights on his blog, The Social Media Marketing Blog and on Twitter at @scottmonty.

Jason Falls Interview: Waking Up the PR Industry to Social Media

The Blog World Expo conference has brought together an amazing mix of marketing, social media and public relations voices making someone like myself feel very much at home discussing the convergence of these three disciplines. Jason Falls, Director of Social Media for ad agency Doe-Anderson, is one of those people who really “gets” the social web and what that means for marketing and PR.

Check out this interview with Jason after the “Blogs and PR” session we both sat on talking more about how to get the PR industry to wake up to the social web.

[googlevideo]http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1584896019605948009[/googlevideo]

As you can see, Jason has a lot to say and he’s both insightful and entertaining. Read more of Jason’s social media smarts over on his blog at Social Media Explorer and I would also highly recommend that you connect with him on Twitter: @jasonfalls.

Blog World Expo Photo Roundup 1

Blog World Expo in Las Vegas this weekend is by far the most social, friendly and generally “buzzing” conference I’ve been to in a while. Bloggers are opinionated, natural networkers. Many bloggers might not be as open in other situations, but here amongst several thousand other like-minded individuals, people open up. Plus, it’s Vegas baby.

Here are a few of my favorite photos so far from Blog World Expo:

Blog World Expo Audience
The audience during the “Blogs and PR” panel I was volunteered to join at the last minute. Fun!

Rick Calvert & Dave Taylor
Blog World Expo Founder Rick Calvert and Programming Chair Dave Taylor

Valerie Combs and Brian Solis
Beautiful people blog too: Valerie Combs and Brian Solis

Chris Brogan and Lee Odden
Chris Brogan aka ‘Jones Soda Famous” and moi

Geoff Livingston and David Berkowitz
Woot Woot for the Blog Team! Geoff Livingston and David Berkowitz

41 Internet Marketing Tactics – Take the Poll

We live in some interesting times with the economy, the war, natural disasters and the uncertainty that comes with a Presidential election. It’s enough to keep marketers on their toes that consumer online behaviors and technology change so often, but economic uncertainty makes it even more “interesting“.

The interactive marketing show will go on but in what forms?  Marketing budgets are often the first cut during a recession. Yet many online marketers have reported increases in client spending. Factors such as the health of the company and market, as well as tactics need to be considered.

There are many, many ways to market online, giving companies a highly measurable, high impact and low cost option to expensive and often unaccountable traditional advertising.  Which leads me to the following Reader Poll:

Free Pass Winners to DPAC II NYC

There’s a pretty big agenda in store for the upcoming Digital Publishing and Advertising Conference in New York also known as “DPAC II“.  Topics, people and conversations around media, marketing, publishing, and technology will all come together to help the digital content and advertising industry understand what’s next and what’s right for them. Anyone in the digital media industry, especially on the East coast would do well to attend this event.

Thanks to the organizers at DPAC II, Online Marketing Blog has 2 free passes to give away ($695 each value) to our readers.  Over the past two weeks we’ve watched comments made on our weekly BIGLIST Updates of SEO blog reviews where the opportunity to win a free pass to DPAC II was announced.

Publishers Learn to Monetize Digital Assets at OMMA Global

OMMA Global New York

TopRank has been asked to speak at the upcoming OMMA Global conference in New York on the topic of, “Digital Asset Optimization.” While TopRank has helped pioneer and promote DAO as a holistic content optimization model for improving online lead generation and sales, this session is geared specifically towards online publishers.

Online publishers are in a prime position to take advantage of advanced search engine optimization strategies like digital asset optimization because creating, publishing and promoting various media formats are what makes them unique compared to corporate or ecommerce web sites.

OMMA Global New York, “Platform Wars” will be held at the Marriott New York Marquis September 18-19, 2008 and features a prestigious line up of speakers including:

Spotlight on Search: Interview with Rebecca Lieb

One of the fun things we get to do on Online Marketing Blog is interview interesting people we meet and get to know by being involved with the industry. This interview is with Rebecca Lieb, Editorial Consultant to ClickZ and former Editor for the past 7 years. In addition to previously offering sage advice on getting more out of marketing conferences here on OMB, Rebecca works as a consultant, is writing a book on search marketing and is often retained as a speaker for industry events.

In this interview Rebecca shares tips on selecting interactive marketing vendors, shares her insights into upcoming marketing strategies and talks briefly about her upcoming book on search marketing as well as the MIMA Summit here in Minneapolis where she’s the keynote speaker.

Your journalism and editorial background has taken you many places topically and geographically. What are some of your favorites?

Shiny New Google Chrome

There’s already a ton of buzz on this but it’s potentially a big change for the web as John Battelle called it, “This Is Web OS, Make No Mistake“. Google’s release plans (in comic book form) for their new web browser were first posted by Phillip Lenssen with follow up by Google Blog and many others including Google’s Matt Cutts.

Outside of a better browser that is to run faster and more securely, the search engine marketing side of this story is that Microsoft’s new browser MISE 8 is to have functionality capable of blocking text ads, such as Google ads.

According to a story on Google Chrome and implications related to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer by AP: