Lane Ellis

Lane Ellis

Dare to Be Different: 5 Fresh Examples of Innovative B2B Content Marketing

Lane Ellis on Apr 24th, 2019     B2B Marketing

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In a sea of the same old boring black B2B umbrellas, some marketers have unfurled their rainbow parasols and risen above the content marketing crowd. Read on to find and learn from five fresh examples of how daring to be different can lead to innovative and award-winning B2B content marketing.

Using a wide variety of savvy marketing elements including interactive digital storytelling, expert insight, micro-sites, quiz tools, personalized data, psychometric research, artificial intelligence (AI), video, online collaboration, live events, corporate social responsibility (CSR), influencer marketing and more, these campaigns show how B2B firms are successfully using tactics traditionally associated more with B2C.

Savvy B2B marketers know creating campaigns that stand out in today’s rapid-fire barrage of digital messages is more challenging than ever, yet as we’ll see from the stellar content marketing examples below, when done well the results can be outstanding.

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Digital Marketing News: Influencers Try Escapex, Gating B2B Content, YouTube’s Quality Watch Time, & Pinterest Conversions

Lane Ellis on Apr 19th, 2019     Online Marketing News

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Google-Backed Study Finds People Willing To Trade Sensitive Data For Personalized Media
More than a quarter of U.S. and U.K. consumers are willing to share some location, purchase history, and banking information with smart voice assistants, while 46 percent are also willing to share their media usage history, according to new survey data from Google and the National Research Group (NRG). MediaPost

Using Trust as the Driving Force Behind Marketing Strategies
61 percent of millennials are concerned about global conditions and feel personally responsible for making a difference, one of several signals of increasing opportunities for greater trust and brand integrity in marketing, and Adweek takes a close look. Adweek

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Why Twitter Lists Are Still a Great Tool for B2B Marketers

Lane Ellis on Apr 17th, 2019     Twitter

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B2B marketers can benefit in numerous ways by taking full advantage of the power of Twitter lists. Whether it’s showing respect for and nurturing prospective clients, engaging current clients and fans, or helping to build trust in marketing, smartly putting Twitter’s many list features to use offers potentially large and oftentimes overlook advantages.

Twitter By the Tape

Why should B2B marketers care about using Twitter? Here are some recent statistics:

  • With over 321 million monthly active users worldwide including 66 million is the U.S., Twitter is among the top tier of social media platforms (Statista)
  • Twitter’s fourth-quarter 2018 revenue reached $909 million
  • Advertising revenue climbed to $791 million, a 23% increase for the quarter
  • 85% of B2B marketers use Twitter to distribute content (Statusbrew)
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LinkedIn’s List of 24 B2B Marketers You Need to Know

Lane Ellis on Apr 15th, 2019     B2B Marketing, Online Marketing, Social Media

LinkedIn’s 24 B2B Marketers You Need to Know

In honor of it’s fifth anniversary, LinkedIn has released a revamped edition of The Sophisticated Marketer’s Guide to LinkedIn. The eBook features a powerful array of digital marketing smarties, each who shared their insights and practical advice on how to get the most out of LinkedIn—from optimizing your profile to expanding your network.  The TopRank Marketing team was privileged to work with LinkedIn team to identify, engage, and gather fresh insights from these brightest marketing minds.

If you’re anywhere near the B2B marketing world, social selling or recruiting, getting to know LinkedIn is more essential today than ever. Why? Check out these statistics:

  • With over 610 million members in over 200 countries and territories, more than 1 out of every 3 professionals worldwide is on LinkedIn.
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Digital Marketing News: B2B’s AI Questions, Marketers Struggle with Personalization, Nielsen’s Neuroscience, & Brands Try Twitch

Lane Ellis on Apr 12th, 2019     Online Marketing News

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Corporate America can’t afford to ignore Gen Z
U.S. Gen Z members tend to spend their money with businesses that align with their values, respond positively to autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) advertising, and prefer online subscription and customization, according to new research survey data of interest to digital marketers. BNN Bloomberg

Why More and More Brands Are Getting Into the Streaming Game on Twitch
Twitch, which Amazon acquired in 2014 for $970 million, has seen increasing numbers of brands advertising on the streaming platform, and recently some have been moving from traditional ad formats to the in-game action itself, a new area of opportunity for digital marketers. Adweek

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20 Podcasts To Elevate Your B2B Marketing

Lane Ellis on Apr 10th, 2019     B2B Marketing

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Gaining insight, advice, and new perspectives from top B2B marketing industry leaders is an incredible way to help scale your marketing skills and efforts to new heights. And podcasts, which are exploding in availability and popularity, can be a fantastic medium for getting access to those talented and seasoned industry leaders.

From the emerging B2B marketing trends to heartfelt stories of life’s great successes and bitter failures, there is so much we can learn by listening to people who have persevered and thrived. And lucky for you, we’ve compiled 20 of the best podcasts for B2B marketers right here.

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Digital Marketing News: Online Ad Spend’s Speedy Growth, Google’s Podcast Transcriptions, & Adobe’s LinkedIn Push

Lane Ellis on Apr 5th, 2019     Online Marketing News

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Adobe, Microsoft to take on Salesforce’s marketing software, with LinkedIn as a weapon
Adobe* and Microsoft have joined forces to better compete against Salesforce.com in the sales and marketing software arena, with the LinkedIn* platform’s recently-expanded targeted audience advertising featuring heavily in the new alliance. Reuters

What CMOs Are Focusing On in 2019 [Infographic]
74 percent of CMOs plan to encourage peer engagement and the transfer of knowledge among talent, while improving digital marketing capabilities and boosting go-to-market processes are the most important agenda items for 2019, according to newly-released research data from the CMO Council. MarketingProfs

What the Numbers Say About Mobile’s Place in B2B Marketing
The opportunity for more mobile-friendly B2B content is ripe for progressive B2B marketers, especially those working to offer greater trust and understanding, according to research of interest to digital marketers from MarTech Advisor. MarTech Advisor

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Digital Marketing News: LinkedIn’s Lookalike Launch, B2B’s Social Responsibility, & Twitter’s B2B Crackdown

Lane Ellis on Mar 29th, 2019     Online Marketing News

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LinkedIn Announces New Data Partnership with Adobe to Improve Ad Targeting
LinkedIn announced a new partnership with Adobe that will bring a greater selection of LinkedIn’s (client) account-based marketing features to users of Adobe Experience Cloud, and expand ad targeting with Marketo Engage and Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales. Social Media Today

The Colossal Amount of Time Spent Consuming Media May Finally Be Flatlining, According to Nielsen Report
U.S. adults are still spending an average of 10 and a half hours consuming media — the same as in 2017 and 2018 — a signal that consumption time has plateaued, according to newly-released report data from Nielsen. Adweek

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Unconventional B2B Marketing: 5 Of The Most Woke Marketers

Lane Ellis on Mar 27th, 2019     B2B Marketing

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Five of the most unconventional marketers are infusing a punk rock ethos and energy into their marketing efforts—and B2B marketers and brands should take notice.

The examples we’ve lined up here skirt the marketing norms and represent unconventional marketers who shoot for the moon and win. Using wit, humor, bold actions, and tales of death-defying feats, lessons from these marketers may just inspire you to push beyond boring and into breathtaking territory.

With messaging and tactics that might seem more at home in the mosh pit than the corporate boardroom, these marketing revolutionaries are dead set on breaking free of boring by replacing stodgy campaigns or yawny white papers with marketing messages that would have made Joey Ramone wail a speedy “Hey! Ho! Let’s Go!” and “Gabba Gabba Hey!”

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Digital Marketing News: B2B Content Effectiveness Study, Modern Marketing Skills, & Influencer Social Benchmarks

Lane Ellis on Mar 22nd, 2019     Online Marketing News

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When Content Tanks: Brands Lack Faith In Their Efforts, Study Shows [B2B study]
B2B marketers’ content effectiveness has faced struggling confidence, with just 4.7 percent extremely confident in their content’s pertinence, a significant decrease from 2017, according to a newly released B2B marketing study data. MediaPost

Facebook testing features that let Pages archive and share Stories
Facebook has tested optional methods allowing business pages to archive and share Facebook Stories, potentially paving the way for increased exposure beyond the current reach of Facebook Page fans, the social media giant recently noted. Marketing Land

2019 Social Media Influencer Benchmarks
Social media influencer benchmarks are examined in a recently released report from Trust Insights that looked at some 50,000 influencers on each of the major three social influencer platforms. Trust Insights

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The Top 50 Social Media Marketing Influencers in 2019

Lane Ellis on Mar 19th, 2019     Social Media

2019 TopRank Marketing Social Media Marketing Influencers

It’s that time of year, marketers. Once again, we’re absolutely thrilled to present our annual list of 50 influential leaders who are engaging on social networks around the topic of social media marketing.

The goal of this annual list? To showcase the top 50 influential voices in the marketing industry we can all learn from and follow.

List Methodology:

Influencer Relationship Management (IRM) Platform Assisted: Ranking of the people in this list leverages data and algorithms from Traackr, which is an influencer relationship marketing platform. Unlike the vast majority of lists like this that are published online, this list considers many more data sources than just Twitter. To provide a better sample across the web, Traackr rankings can include citations and links from data sources such as blogs, publications, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Digital Marketing News: Influencer & Data-Driven Marketing Stats, B2B Social Usage, & Twitter’s New Video Analytics

Lane Ellis on Mar 15th, 2019     Online Marketing News

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Marketers less concerned about data tech, IAB annual report finds
Digital marketers and publishers increased data-related spending in 2018, and 78 percent plan to spend more next year, one of several findings in the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s newly-released annual report. MarTech Today

Podcast Growth Is Popping in the U.S., Survey Shows
The number of U.S. podcast listeners grew at the fastest rate since Edison Research began tracking statistics in 2006, and with young listeners also on the rise, podcasts may have reached a tipping point, which the New York Times explores. New York Times

Twitter debuts new analytics tools for publishers focused on improving video engagement
Twitter has released a slew of updated and new analytics tools, with Media Studio additions aimed at helping digital marketers achieve better video engagement rates by examining more data, the firm announced. TechCrunch