The Content Marketing Juggling Act: How to Consistently Create Quality, Engaging Content

The Content Marketing Juggling Act: How to Consistently Create Quality, Engaging Content

The secret to juggling is to always have one of your chainsaws in the air. Simple, right? You have one more chainsaw than you have hands, so don’t try and hold all three at the same time. Simply, always be throwing and catching at least one. Ready to rev up your chainsaws and try it? Raise your hand… if you have one left. As anyone in the industry knows, content marketing is a lot like juggling chainsaws. It’s easy, we’re told: You just have to … [Read more...]

Year In Review: 6 Platform Changes That Shook Up Social Media Marketing in 2017

Year In Review: 6 Platform Changes That Shook Up Social Media Marketing in 2017

With 2018 on the horizon, we’re all in a state of reflection, looking back on all the good, the bad and the ugly 2017 brought us. When it comes to social media, it’s hard not to think about the latter two. With all the political turmoil and uptick in trolling, even Facebook recently admitted that its digging deep to turn the tide and bring well-being principles into the social experience. But while there’s little doubt that 2017 surfaced new … [Read more...]

Innovative Marketers Must Not Just Face, But Embrace, Their Fears

Innovative Marketers Must Not Just Face, But Embrace, Their Fears

How can you confidently pour your heart and soul into a non-traditional marketing strategy, knowing it could either take flight or fizzle? It’s a dilemma that outside-the-box marketers must wrestle with if they truly wish to innovate and transform their industry. The idea of experimenting with methods that haven’t been substantiated through successful practice is both exhilarating and terrifying. When facing tight budgets, client expectations, … [Read more...]

Digital Marketing News: Google Best Answer, Twitter Threads, Most Viral on Facebook

Digital Marketing News: Google Best Answer, Twitter Threads, Most Viral on Facebook

How Predictive Analytics Can Help Your Business See the Future. Now more than ever, predictive analytics are becoming available to small businesses looking to get ahead of the competition by mining their data and generating meaningful intelligence. From mapping customer purchase trends to optimizing product campaigns, predictive analytics can be the digital marketing solution your company needs. An investment in predictive analytics may give your … [Read more...]

Content Conversations: Content Marketing Predictions for 2018

Content Conversations: Content Marketing Predictions for 2018

Last year around this time, we asked reached out to a series of content experts (many of which are included in this post), to ask them for their top content prediction for 2017. By and large, the explosion of video content was a top prediction and rang true this year. We also received predictions related to the mistrust of news sources (#FakeNews anyone?), the need for restructure within marketing departments as content marketing roles become … [Read more...]

4 Search Trends That Made Waves in 2017

4 Search Trends That Made Waves in 2017

For the past two decades, the pinnacle of search sophistication was talking to a search engine like you’re Tarzan. “What are the best hiking boots for men?” became “best hiking boots men.” “How many ounces are there in a pound?” became “number ounces pound.” Question words, articles, adjectives, or any such linguistical fanciness would confuse the humble algorithms. But search is finally getting smarter. Search engines can parse whole phrases, … [Read more...]

5 Purpose-Driven Companies Making an Inspiring Splash on Social Media

5 Purpose-Driven Companies Making an Inspiring Splash on Social Media

As our world becomes increasingly connected through the internet, social media and mobile technologies, consumer awareness and engagement around local and global social, economic, political and environmental challenges are soaring to new heights. As a result, people desperately want to invest their time and money where their hearts are by supporting and working for companies that are making a positive and meaningful impact. And many companies are … [Read more...]

3 Unusual Content Marketing Approaches That Actually Work

3 Unusual Content Marketing Approaches That Actually Work

My favorite brand on social media is Denny’s. The diner chain eschews pretty much every marketing convention, and that’s exactly why its efforts stand out so much. The company’s online personality has been compared to that of a “chill teenager.” Its Twitter feed is filled with juvenile humor, rarely promoting the restaurant’s actual food in any serious way. I doubt many people find the image of a pancake in a shoe appetizing. The Denny’s … [Read more...]

Digital Marketing News: Mobile Beats Desktop, YouTube Stories, Facebook for Kids?

Digital Marketing News: Mobile Beats Desktop, YouTube Stories, Facebook for Kids?

TopRank Marketing has partnered with Onalytica for the Women in Tech: Hot Topics and Influencers List for 2018. The list features influencers in the categories of Artificial Intelligence, FinTech, Blockchain, BigData, IoT, EdTech, MarTech, InsurTech, Virtual Reality, and Cyber Security. Onalytica Blog Study: 80% Of Brands Plan To Boost Video Spending In 2018. Of course Facebook and Google dominate video advertising with Facebook accounting for … [Read more...]

How Employee Engagement Helps Drive the Success of Your Marketing Efforts

How Employee Engagement Helps Drive the Success of Your Marketing Efforts

As our world becomes increasingly driven by digital technologies and the workforce experiences generational shifts, employee engagement is rising as a top focus area for many companies. After all, according to Gallup’s 2017 State of the American Workplace study, just 16% of the American workforce is “actively” engaged. Of course, when employees aren’t engaged, they’re a flight risk. In fact, Gallup’s research also revealed that 51% of employees … [Read more...]

Digital Marketing News: F500 Are Visual, LinkedIn on Top, Business of Color

Digital Marketing News: F500 Are Visual, LinkedIn on Top, Business of Color

From golden arches to red bulls, color is fundamental to our recognition of familiar brands and color affects the way people react when they first encounter a company. Vistaprint worked with Dr. Sally Augustin of Design With Color to develop recommendations for the design of places, objects, and services that support desired cognitive, emotional, and physical experiences. Vistaprint Study: Social Media and Blog Usage by Fortune 500 Companies in … [Read more...]

Content Marketing Lessons from 4 Holiday Ad Fails

Content Marketing Lessons from 4 Holiday Ad Fails

Making a great holiday ad should be simple. Start with a heartwarming message about love, peace, and goodwill. Add twinkling lights and evergreen trees and families getting warm by a fire. Then add your brand’s logo discreetly toward the bottom right. There you have it – a holiday ad that won’t offend, creep out, or annoy anyone. It’s an easy formula, but one that a surprising number of brands mess up every year. Fortunately for us, they mess up … [Read more...]

Content Conversations: How to Hit the Ground Running in 2018

Content Conversations: How to Hit the Ground Running in 2018

We are in the final stretch of 2017 which means 2018 will be here before we know it. And unfortunately, Q2 will be here in the blink of an eye. All too often we spend weeks or even months creating a content strategy, and quickly find that by the middle of March, we’ve already abandon our best laid plans. Instead, we should be spending our efforts developing a plan that is tied to a core group of objectives that we can reference as soon as it … [Read more...]

12 Industry-Specific Opportunities for Boosting Social Media Engagement

12 Industry-Specific Opportunities for Boosting Social Media Engagement

In the ever-changing social media landscape, we marketers are often on the prowl for meaningful data and insights to understand what works, what doesn’t and where our opportunities may lie. As a result, we often turn to industry research and studies, which often feature benchmarks that help us better internalize our own metrics and understand how we stack up to the competition. While most studies offer incredibly insightful and useful … [Read more...]