Lane Ellis

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Digital Marketing News: Facebook’s Video Creation Kit, New Mary Meeker & Adobe Trends Reports, Google Buys Looker, & AV Studies

Lane Ellis on Jun 14th, 2019     Online Marketing News

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Mary Meeker’s Annual Tech Report Outlines Coming Shifts in Social Media and Digital Marketing
The highly-anticipated Internet Trends report for 2019 has been released, including data of interest to digital marketers. For more than 21 years venture capitalist Mary Meeker, partner at Kleiner Perkins, has researched and put out the report, this year weighing in at 333 pages. Social Media Today

Voice Search Study: Factors Influencing Search Engine Rankings in 2019
20 percent of Android Google App searches now come from voice, and a new SEMrush study examines ranking factors including the importance of first-page placement and other facets of voice search. SEMrush

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5 Examples of Remarkable Content Marketing in Action

Lane Ellis on Jun 12th, 2019     Content Marketing

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Remarkable content marketing is able to inspire us to reach out and try for newfound levels of success, through powerful storytelling and the kind of compelling and relevant information that provides best-answer results.

Here are five recent examples of how this kind of remarkable content marketing wins minds, hearts, and wallets — utilizing tactics that are memorable, well-targeted, and helpful.

#1 — Sigstr’s Customer-Fueled E-book

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Email marketing platform Sigstr prominently incorporated some of its brand customers into a fashion-styled e-book for a recent campaign, a unique twist on a tried-and-true format that garnered the campaign the first-ever B2B Choice Award at B2B Marketing Exchange’s eighth-annual Killer Content Awards — The Finnys — in addition to the event’s customer lifecycle marketing award.

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Digital Marketing News: B2B Content Consumption Habits, Video Captions Boost Brands, Google’s How-To Structured Data & More

Lane Ellis on Jun 7th, 2019     Online Marketing News

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Social Media Moves Down the Funnel as Commerce Opportunity Arises
Social media is used to research products (42 percent) and discover brands (24 percent), and new eMarketer survey data takes a look at social’s power to influence purchase decisions among U.S. companies. eMarketer

LinkedIn Acquires Data Personalization Platform Drawbridge to Improve Ad Targeting
LinkedIn (client) has announced that it is acquiring data analytics firm Drawbridge, and will incorporate its advanced machine learning features to better refine the platform’s ad targeting options. Social Media Today

Behavioral Ad Targeting Not Paying Off for Publishers, Study Suggests
A new study on how behaviorally-targeted advertising affects online publishers’ revenue shows only modest gains around 4 percent over traditional tactics, and the Wall Street Journal takes a close look at the recently-released data. Wall Street Journal

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10 Smart Question Research Tools for B2B Marketers

Lane Ellis on Jun 4th, 2019     Search Marketing

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Getting to the heart of the questions most important to your potential audience is an unbeatable path to providing best-answer solutions.

Let’s look also at why question research is such an important facet in marketing, and some of the primary ways to uncover precisely what people are using search engines and other search technology to ask and learn more about.

In 2017 our Senior Content Marketing Manager Caitlin Burgess looked at this topic, in “Beyond Google Keyword Planner: 7 Easy-to-Use SEO Research Tools for Generating Content Ideas,” and in the interim new tools have become available, and new features have been added to several.

Let’s look at 10 smart tools and tactics to help uncover the questions your audience is asking.

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New B2B Marketing Research, LinkedIn Sales Navigator & Ad Transparency Updates, Using AI Wisely, & US Digital Ads Top $100B

Lane Ellis on May 31st, 2019     Online Marketing News

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Digital Ads Are Raking In More Cash Than Ever
A new Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) report shows that 2018 was the first year U.S. digital advertising earnings topped the $100 billion mark, hitting $107.5 billion, up from 2017’s $88.3 billion, led primarily by the strength of mobile and video. Users also spent 22 percent more time on social media properties in 2018 than during 2017, the report details. Adweek

eMarketer Reduces US Time Spent Estimates for Facebook and Snapchat
U.S. adults are using Instagram more than ever, at an average of 27 minutes daily and expected to increase through 2020, while Facebook and Snapchat have both seen a drop in the average number of minutes of use per day, according to new forecast data from consultancy eMarketer. eMarketer

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Digital Marketing News: YouTube’s Longer Ads, Facebook’s Clear History Ad Impact, Google’s SEO Factors, & Landing Page Habit Study

Lane Ellis on May 24th, 2019     Online Marketing News

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YouTube Ads Are Getting Longer
The ads marketers run on YouTube are getting longer, with the number of 30-second ads rising from 19 percent in January 2018 to 24 percent in January 2019, bucking the notion that shorter is always better with video, one of several video trends shown in a new MediaRadar report. MediaPost

Survey Report: Landing Page Habits of Marketers
30 percent of marketers expect average landing page conversion rates of 10 percent or less, and more than half expect a rate of 20 percent or less, according to new survey data on landing pages and their lead generation performance. SmartBrief

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80+ New Social Media Marketing Statistics for B2B Marketers

Lane Ellis on May 23rd, 2019     B2B Marketing, Social Media

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Social media marketing’s near-universal popularity and the break-neck speed at which it changes sometimes makes it difficult to keep up with — for B2B and B2C marketers alike. However, if we use the latest statistical data, it’s possible to gain many helpful new insights.

Here are 83 of the latest relevant social media marketing statistics to trick out and inform your marketing efforts, with a particular focus on certain fascinating new B2B-specific data.

We’ll look at statistics taken from five recent reports and several additional sources, starting with general social media marketing overview figures. Then we’ll look individually at Facebook, LinkedIn*, Twitter, Instagram, and a group of other social platforms.

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Digital Marketing News: Google Ad Auction Changes, Instagram’s Chronological Likes, & 3 New Marketing Studies

Lane Ellis on May 17th, 2019     Online Marketing News

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Google shares details on how first price auctions in Google Ad Manager will work
Display and video ads sold with Google Ad Manager, Google’s ad server and publisher exchange, will get additional auction functionality aimed at removing Google’s “last look” outbidding advantage, while also bringing new minimum pricing strategies and rules, the search giant recently announced. Marketing Land

Instagram Separates New Likes on Posts, Adds Unfollower Stats for Creator Accounts
Instagram has tested showing most recent post likes first, along with adding unfollower statistics to Instagram Creator analytics data, features that could prove useful to digital marketers when eventually rolled out. Social Media Today

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6 Ways to Bring More Boom! & Less Boring to Your B2B

Lane Ellis on May 7th, 2019     B2B Marketing

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Is your B2B marketing on the boring side? Here’s how you can ignite a powder-keg of inspiration and burst forth with new content marketing energy to bring more boom and less boring to future B2B marketing efforts.

We have six boom-including content marketing antidotes to replace the status quo with inspiration, joy, laughter, energy, enchantment and other powerful marketing elixirs that can help you create relevant, informative, and — above all — memorable content.

#1 — Get An Inspiration Infusion From Experts

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  • Oftentimes you don’t have far to go to find inspiration for your B2B content marketing.
  • Inspiration abounds if you look to your heroes, past mentors, and the industry influencers and business associates whose work you admire the most.
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Digital Marketing News: Brand Trust, B2B Content, LinkedIn’s Rising Engagement, Digital Video Ad Spend Growth, & More

Lane Ellis on May 3rd, 2019     Online Marketing News

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B2B marketers acknowledge the need for quality content
72 percent of B2B marketers intend to create more social content over the next 12 months, and 98 percent see the performance of content marketing as justifying its cost — two of many insights containing in newly-released report data. CMO.com

LinkedIn Engagement Continues to Rise, According to Latest Update from Microsoft
LinkedIn (client) saw revenue growth of 27 percent for the quarter, a 24 percent increase in on-platform sessions, and record engagement and job posting levels, according to recently-released report data from parent company Microsoft. Social Media Today

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Why Digital Asset Management Matters in B2B Marketing

Lane Ellis on Apr 30th, 2019     B2B Marketing

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You’ve probably heard of digital asset management, with its amusing DAM abbreviation, but do you know precisely what it is? Did you know that it can be revolutionary to any business in either the B2B or B2C landscape?

DAM technology helps organizations and individuals increase efficiency, save time, and future-proof their work. Let’s look at the world of DAM, how it works — what it offers, who some of the major players are, and how you can find the right software match for your business.

Just What is Digital Asset Management, Anyhow?

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Digital assets are simply any computer files, stored anywhere — whether on your phone, tablet, desktop, network, or in the cloud:

  • Images
  • Videos
  • Text files
  • Multimedia files such as PDFs and PowerPoints
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Digital Marketing News: Twitter’s Hidden Replies, LinkedIn’s Reactions, Google’s Image Increase, & Facebook’s Ad Manager Refresh

Lane Ellis on Apr 26th, 2019     Online Marketing News

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Twitter to launch a ‘hide replies’ feature, plus other changes to its reporting process
In June Twitter plans to launch an experimental feature to hide certain replies, and a handful of other new changes the firm says are designed to help make conversations on the platform more productive. TechCrunch

Facebook gives Ads Manager a design refresh and launches new cost cap bidding strategy
Facebook advertisers and users of the firm’s Business Manager platform will see new layout changes and features, including streamlined Ads Manager navigation and tools to improve new client on-boarding, Facebook recently announced. Marketing Land

LinkedIn Is a Newcomer to the Reactions Game, With 4 Options Joining Its Like Thumbs-Up
Over the coming months LinkedIn (client) will roll out a slew of new user content reaction options to the professional platform, including expressions of curiosity, love, and celebration, the firm recently announced. Adweek