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How We’re Building a Content Marketing Dream Team

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:30:35 +0000

As the digital landscape continues to grow and shift, digital marketing — particularly content marketing — has a majority stake in most brands’ marketing strategies these days. After all, nearly half of the world’s population now uses the internet, and we want our content to meet people where they are and when they’re searching. As a [...]

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3 Mouth-Watering Content Marketing Case Studies That Bring Home the Bacon

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:30:35 +0000

If you’ve ever been pregnant, lived with a woman who’s pregnant or even just been around a pregnant woman, you can guess it is not smart to lie to a woman who’s pregnant about food. Well that’s how I felt today. 6 months along and in arrives a marketing email with the subject line: “[Infographic] [...]

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How to Choose Dynamic Images for Your Blog Posts

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:30:29 +0000

I’m a content writer, not a graphic designer. My job is to make the words dance, to convey useful information in an entertaining way. As such, for a long time visuals were just an afterthought for me. Yeah, a blog needs a header image. So after I’m done writing I’ll slap something on there, check [...]

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How to Make the Switch to Content-Driven SEO #MNBlogCon

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:30:05 +0000

TopRank Marketing’s Joshua Nite made his debut on the speaker circuit this past weekend at the 8th annual Minnesota Blogger Conference held at Concordia University in St. Paul. Charming the crowd with his unique brand of wit, creativity, mad content marketing expertise, and numerous “cats with hats” references, Josh delivered a The Good Place-themed presentation [...]

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Digital Marketing News: Twitter Happening Now, Snapchat Context Cards, LinkedIn Video Ads

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:00:40 +0000

Video Ads Are Finally Coming to LinkedIn (client) – When LinkedIn began allowing users to upload videos in August, video ads seemed like an inevitability, and they are now one step closer. LinkedIn announced today that it is running a closed beta test of video for sponsored content “with a limited number of advertisers.”  AdWeek Twitter [...]

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Will More Tweet Space Equal More Value for Your Twitter Audience?

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 10:30:21 +0000

Last month, Twitter made big headlines after announcing it was in the midst of testing 280-character tweets as a way to give users more room to “express” themselves. The announcement came a little more than a year after Twitter stopped including links and photos in character counts. “We want every person around the world to [...]

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Making B2B Marketing Gold: A Look Back at MarketingProfs B2B Marketing Forum #MPB2B

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 10:30:32 +0000

To open up the 2017 MarketingProfs B2B Marketing Forum, Chief Content Officer Ann Handley shared a challenge for attendees to keep top of mind while at the conference (in addition to tap dancing, but more about that later): #1 – Find Your Squad This has been a running theme for the B2B Marketing Forum for [...]

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Content Marketing Platform BuzzSumo Acquired by Brandwatch

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 21:42:13 +0000

It’s no mystery that I’m a big fan of BuzzSumo. I’ve been a customer since they launched and have advocated for the platform in blog posts, interviews and marketing presentations all over the world – including keynoting at the BuzzSumo ContentSEO conference in New York. I’ve also been a fan of Brandwatch after my pal [...]

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Learn How to Connect Actions to Results Using Marketing Attribution

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 16:11:42 +0000

We’ve all been there. The big marketing campaign you spent months on just ended, it was a smashing success! Champagne was popped, there were pats on the back all around, life was good. But when the dust finally settles, you’re left staring a mountain of data square in there eyes, wondering if the marketing attribution [...]

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Everything You Need to Build a LinkedIn Marketing Tactical Plan

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 10:30:41 +0000

Over the last five years, we’ve seen an evolution in the way B2B marketers are talking about and using social media. We’ve evolved from asking “Should we be doing it?” to “Is what we are doing worth it?” to now “How do I make this really effective channel even more effective?”. According to a recent [...]

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If You Only Had $1k to Invest in Content Marketing, How Would You Spend it?

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 15:09:53 +0000

Budget is always top of mind for content marketers, but especially this time of year. In order to get even close to the budget that you want or need, you have to justify the spend. Unfortunately, we’ve been ineffective at content for a while. But the question is, can we change the narrative? In his [...]

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Why to ROI: Proving the Value of B2B Influencer Marketing with Lee Odden

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 10:30:16 +0000

Last week at Marketing Profs B2B Forum it was pretty clear B2B marketers are more interested in influencer marketing than ever before. Lee Odden’s session – Why to ROI: B2B Marketing Case Studies for Success– promises to deliver not only why influencer marketing is something we should all be talking about, but also how to [...]

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Digital Marketing News: The Perfect Sales Page, YouTube Changes & Instagram Polls

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 10:30:02 +0000

How to Write a Persuasive Sales Page (Even If You Hate Selling) [Infographic]
Selling doesn't have to be 'sleazy' -- it can be helpful, timely and informative. This infographic shows exactly how to perfect your website's sales page to be informative, helpful, and not at all creepy to your intended buyers. MarketingProfs

YouTube Changes Rules Regarding Videos With External Links
YouTube is restricting which accounts are able to add external links at the end of videos. The new requirements are that the user is a member of the YouTube Partner Program and your channel must have 10,000 total public views (or more). Search Engine Journal

Instagram Adds Polls in Stories, New Creative Tools
Instagram is adding a new way for users to conduct polls using a sticker option that allows users to ask a question within their Instagram Stories and see results from followers as they engage with the polls. Social Media Today

Google releases a variety of Accelerated Mobile Pages Project (AMP) updates
This week, Google announced several AMP technical updates. Updates include scrolling animations, responsive sidebar, native video analytics and support, improved client ID information and fluid-ad support for publishers. Search Engine Land

YouTube Advertising: New Research and Insights for Marketers
Considering advertising on YouTube but unsure of best practices and next steps? This roundup of news and insights from Social Media Examiner shows four key insights and takeaways to help you get started or optimize your current program. Social Media Examiner

LinkedIn to launch Talent Insights, a new analytics tool, as it dives deeper into data
TechCrunch reports: "LinkedIn Talent Insights, a self-service, big data analytics product that will let recruiters make deeper queries into statistics for hiring and employment, based on LinkedIn data. Talent Insights is being announced in a closed beta today at the company’s Talent Connect event, with a full launch in 2018." TechCrunch

Snapchat rolls out Sponsored 3D World Lenses, bringing its AR format to advertisers
Snapchat has released its latest AR ad format. Now advertisers can create their own versions of Snapchat's 3D World Lenses. This will allow users to augment videos shot with their device's rear facing cameras with animated 3D objects. Marketing Land

80% of Instagram Users Voluntarily Connect With a Brand on the Platform
According to Instagram's COO, Marne Levine, 80% of users connect to a business voluntarily. She said: "Shrinking the distance between businesses and customers and bringing you closer to the things that matter to you is really something that we’re focused on.” AdWeek

What were your top digital marketing news stories this week?

We'll be back next week with more news! Have something to share? Tweet to @toprank or @Tiffani_Allen, or shoot a message over to the newsroom.

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The Netflix Experience: Create Binge-Worthy B2B Content with Ardath Albee #MPB2B

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 10:30:25 +0000

73% of Americans have binged on content. If you’re like me, you’re probably thinking of those rainy Sundays spent on a Netflix bender. Netflix, Hulu, HBOGo make it so easy to continue the binge. One more episode, you think, as the next installment automatically queues up. Finished Stranger Things in one weekend? Here are 6 [...]

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Must-See Sessions & Top Tips for Finding Your Squad at #MPB2B

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 09:30:46 +0000

For some people the happiest place on earth is Disneyland, for me, it’s the annual MarketingProfs B2B Marketing Forum in Boston. Last week, I ran a poll on Twitter to see what people were looking forward to most at the B2B Marketing Forum, and while many are interested in learning new B2B tactics and meeting [...]

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50 Top B2B Marketing Influencers 2017

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 10:06:11 +0000

It’s October and you know what that means? Its B2B Marketing influencer speaker list time again. One of my all-time favorite conferences is MarketingProfs B2B Forum in Boston and for the past few years I’ve had some fun listing out a top list of speakers ranked by influence around the topic of “B2B marketing”. As [...]

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2018 B2B Content Marketing Report Indicates Marketers are Finding Content Marketing Success

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 10:30:33 +0000

As a community, content marketers have experienced some significant ups and downs over the years. For every step forward we take toward content success, it sometimes seems like we take a couple backwards. But perhaps, this will be the year that changes. Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs just released their annual report–The 2018 B2B Content [...]

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Digital Marketing News: LinkedIn Top Content, Twitter Gets Character & Apple Goes Google

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 10:30:32 +0000

The Content Preferences of LinkedIn Members [Infographic]
What kinds of content do LinkedIn users prefer? A new infographic shows that LinkedIn users prefer content that's informative, educational and relevant. MarketingProfs

Giving you more characters to express yourself
Twitter recently announced they're giving us an additional 140 characters with which to convey our deepest, Tweetiest thoughts by upping their character count to 280. They believe this will encourage more active posting on their platform. Twitter

Apple switches from Bing to Google for Siri web search results on iOS and Spotlight on Mac
Apple has finally made the plunge with Google - when you search with Siri on your iOS device or Mac, you'll be shown search results from Google. In other news, none of that would have made any sense 20 years ago (according to Josh Nite). TechCrunch

Adding LinkedIn’s Profile Card on Office 365 Offers a Simple Way to Build a Professional Relationship
LinkedIn and Microsoft have made it official recently with the anticipated rollout of the ability to integrate your personal LinkedIn profile card with your Office 365 profile. Full details and how-to's are available, and the release will happen over the next couple of weeks. LinkedIn

Know Their Intention, Get Their Attention: New Ways to Connect and Measure on YouTube
Google has announced four new tools to help brands and users "capture the attention of your audience on YouTube." These tools include Custom Affinity Audiences, Video Ad Sequencing and more. Inside AdWords

Instagram Hits 800 Million Monthly Users, Adding 100 Million in Just 5 Months
AdWeek reports: "After announcing this morning that Instagram has 2 million advertisers, the Facebook-owned app also says that it has 800 million monthly users, up from 700 million in April." AdWeek

Report: The future of paid-search marketing is machine learning and AI
"Machine learning-optimized campaigns saw 71 percent better conversion rates and lower CPCs than those not using it." At least, that's what Search Engine Land makes of the recent report from Acquisio. Search Engine Land

Only A Third Of Ad Execs Trust Their Audience Data, Measurements
According to a recent survey, only 33% of advertising executives consider their data to be completely trustworthy. Only 29% said they felt their audience analytics/measurement was completely accurate. MediaPost

What were your top digital marketing news stories this week?

We'll be back next week with more digital marketing news! If you have something to share, pass it along to the newsroom or Tweet me @Tiffani_Allen or @toprank.

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Funny Content, Serious Business: How to Use Humor in Content Marketing

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 10:30:47 +0000

Everyone likes a good joke. Everyone wants to be entertained. But when it comes to using humor in content marketing, people still hesitate. We are, after all, not here purely to entertain. Our content needs to serve a business purpose, inspire action, and rack up the sweet, sweet conversions. Can potential buyers really take your [...]

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Beyond Google Keyword Planner: 7 Easy-to-Use SEO Research Tools for Generating Content Ideas

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 10:30:31 +0000

As a content marketer, you know that your target audience needs to be at the center of your content strategy. After all, modern content marketing was born to help you create valuable content that satisfies your audience’s quest for answers throughout their customer journey. However, as the digital landscape becomes increasingly crowded with content — [...]

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Benefits of Using Instagram

13 Jun 2013 01:47:31 Z

Many business owners are unfamiliar with the benefits of using Instagram. This mobile social platform makes it easy to share photos of everything related to a company. It can be used to showcase products, company events, employees, and behind-the-scenes activities....

How to Segregate Personal from Business Social Media Accounts

18 May 2013 01:20:25 Z

There is much confusion about how to segregate personal from business social media accounts. Much of the uncertainty stems around setting up Facebook pages, but many people also use social venues such as LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. There are many...

Creating a Bullet Proof Marketing Strategy with OMDNA

13 May 2013 04:42:53 Z

Creating a bullet proof marketing strategy is essential for every business owner. In order to attract and retain customers, companies must develop a plan that aligns with their demographic market. To accomplish this necessitates having an understanding of the company's...

Understanding Lifetime Value of Customers

10 May 2013 03:20:37 Z

An essential aspect of marketing is understanding lifetime value of customers. Owners who take time to develop and maintain strong relationships can take their business to new heights with minimal expense. One of the greatest benefits of understanding lifetime value...

Why Video is Still Getting 70 Percent of All Internet Traffic

06 May 2013 23:42:03 Z

The topic of why video is still getting 70 percent of all Internet traffic was brought up in a recent mastermind meeting. Most people thought it was due to the popularity of YouTube, but videos can be published through many...

Hiring the Right SEO Company for Your Business

06 May 2013 22:19:01 Z

There is little doubt that hiring the right SEO company for your business can pay off handsomely. Skilled professionals can assess which online marketing strategies are best suited for your industry and overall goals. They can implement proven techniques to...

Building an Opt-In Email List

06 May 2013 22:01:13 Z

When it comes to building an opt-in email list, business owners ought to spend time developing a plan to ensure they maximize their efforts. As with all marketing endeavors there are some do's and don'ts that should be followed. One...

3 Cross Channel Marketing Tips

30 Apr 2013 00:02:36 Z

Cross channel marketing is one of the most powerful strategies business owners can use to maximize their online presence. Utilizing a variety of ad platforms, companies can tap into a larger base of consumers and expand brand recognition. Getting started...

How to Use Pinterest

24 Apr 2013 23:49:08 Z

Recently, there's been a lot of talk about how to use Pinterest to market a business. Many owners are uncertain of how this virtual bulletin board can be used to strengthen brand recognition or boost website traffic. Those who are...

LinkedIn Social Media Marketing

22 Feb 2013 06:12:45 Z

Regrettably, most business professionals aren't using LinkedIn social media marketing to the fullest. People tend to create their business profile, connect with colleagues, and leave it at that, but those who take the bull by the horns can reap many...

Twitter Vine

20 Feb 2013 21:13:14 Z

There's been a lot of talk about the launch of Twitter Vine mobile service that makes use of abbreviated videos. Just as Twitter abbreviates tweets, now users can integrate six second videos to showcase products and special events. Learning how...

Online Marketing Content

14 Jan 2013 23:52:41 Z

Everyone knows online marketing content is a necessary part of conducting business via the Internet. After all, search engines are designed to deliver websites containing the information searchers are looking for. Learning how to capitalize with online marketing content will...

Social Video Marketing

10 Jan 2013 20:58:22 Z

Business owners who take advantage of social video marketing can create a tremendous amount of brand buzz as long as videos are high quality and enjoyable to watch. Learning how to produce video ads and promote them in social networks...

Facebook Email Test

09 Jan 2013 21:24:39 Z

There is a lot of talk about the Facebook email test which was unveiled the end of December 2012. The experiment is aimed at generating new revenue for the popular social networking group by assessing a $1 fee to send...

Roofer Facebook Business Fanpage

04 Dec 2012 06:48:43 Z

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