Actionable Content Marketing – Interview with Heidi Cohen

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Whether you’ve been in the digital and content marketing game for just a few years, or since before the expression “content marketing” was popular, the tools exist for bright minds to create a brand and communicate their thought leadership. Powered with experience, great ideas and a passion for knowledge attainment and sharing, people like Heidi Cohen have walked the talk with content marketing by using content to advance their position in the digital marketing world. As the President of Riverside Marketing Strategies and the Chief Content Officer of the Actionable Marketing Guide, Heidi Cohen‘… Read Entire Story

5 Ways to Optimize Your Content Marketing World Experience

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Content Marketing World is here! Over 2,500 attendees from over 50 countries have invaded Cleveland for the biggest, baddest and best content marketing conference on the planet. With nearly 200 speakers, including a keynote from famed actor, director and producer Kevin Spacey, there’s a lot to look forward to. Multiple tracks of sessions to attend, networking events and the exhibit hall can all seem a bit overwhelming. But here’s the thing about events: If you think you’re getting your money’s worth just by sitting in on a few sessions and mingling on the tradeshow floor, you’ve just touched the tip of the iceberg. We’ve been… Read Entire Story

Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content – Interview with Ann Handley

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The bell has rung and class is in session. The topic? Creating content. In particular, ridiculously good content. Your professor for this essential business skill is none other than Ann Handley, Chief Content Officer of MarketingProfs, the largest marketing community on the web. During the incredibly busy week that was Content Marketing World, Ann took the time to exceed my expectations (once again) and shine her bright light of wisdom on the power of good writing. In business and in life, writing is an essential part of communications – no matter how digital, virtual and science fiction we get in our communications. That’s why Ann’s new book launching today, Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content, is so timely.  From Twitter to White … Read Entire Story

3 Events on the Future of B2B Marketing, Digital Public Relations & Social Media

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As we enter the 4th quarter of 2014, many marketers will be focusing on what’s next for the coming year. While most marketing planning for 2014 has “officially” occurred by now, let’s face it: things change fast in the digital marketing and PR world. Interest in the topics like the future of B2B marketing, Digital PR and Social Media will only grow as the year finishes out and into the next. To satisfy that interest, we’ve already started publishing marketing predictions for next year and with over 9,000 social shares, the future is definitely on every marketer’s mind. Besides posting predictions, I’m also going to be giving presentations at 3 different events in the coming months about what’s next in B2B, PR … Read Entire Story

31 Predictions on the Future of B2B Marketing

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Precognitive Marketing, neural interfaces to marketing dashboards, Google cranial implants – is this science fiction or is it the future of B2B marketing? Maybe a bit of both! These and many more insights (of the predictive and practical kind) can be found in our latest eBook, The Future of B2B Marketing as part of our promotions for MarketingProfs B2B Forum. With a conference theme of “Marketing for What Comes Next” we’ve connected with 31 of the top B2… Read Entire Story

B2B Marketing Convergence: Disappearing Silos, B2C to B2B Mind-Meld, Inbound Outbound Mastery

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My first experience with B2B Marketing in the digital marketing industry started as the worlds of Public Relations and SEO started to collide early in 2001. Our tiny agency won a media relations account for a $1 billion company in the high tech industry. What set us apart from all the other big PR shops was how we used SEO with PR content to attract incoming media opportunities on top of outbound media pitching and brand content creation. As time went on and content as the key player, other disciplines converged in our B2B marketing practice. Since then, the coming together of marketing/communications disciplines in the B2B world has accelerated. Why? Changes in technology and buyer behaviors for sure (like prospects… Read Entire Story

The B’s in B2B Are People Too – A More Human Approach to Business Marketing

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Answering any question about what’s next in B2B marketing must involve the increasing attention on buyers as people vs. simply “business to business”. The human element of business marketing has attracted a lot of play in the B2B marketing conversation and rightly so. While there are many changes and trends to consider to stay ahead in the B2B marketing game (paid, earned, owned and shared media for example) the thing that unites departments, tactics and technologies is common ground and common goals. … Read Entire Story

6 Essential Questions & Answers About Content Marketing for 2013

For every social media, SEO or content marketing “expert” there are hundreds, if not thousands of smart business people that do not possess advanced knowledge in those areas. That’s not unreasonable, since running a business involves more than keeping up with the latest internet marketing best practices. On this blog we often include the basics of search, social and content marketing because that’s where a lot of people need confidence and affirmation that they’re on the right track.  To support that approach, here are a series of questions my co-worker Miranda Miller shared with me as prep for an online radio show. Hopefully, if you’re responsible for attracting, … Read Entire Story

Scaling Social Media Selling – 7 Steps to Building Trust & Credibility

Interest in scaling social media sales has increased significantly over the past year and in 2013 it be even more so.  Organizations of all types and sizes are coming to terms with the need to better monetize their investments and one of the most compelling opportunities to do so is through helping sales leadership develop their personal brands online. It’s understandable why: A recent study reported on by eMarketer indicates that 67% of BtoC marketers and 44% of B2B… Read Entire Story

Top UK Online Marketing Influencers & Bloggers in 2013

For the past 2 years we’ve been publishing a list of the top UK focused internet marketing blogs in advance of speaking at events. This year I’ll be presenting on Creative Content Marketing at SES London February 19th. Since bloggers do more than just write posts, I’ve shifted the focus of this list from blogs to individuals. With the increasing importance of authorship and personal brands, I think it’s important to consider individual bloggers and the content they share whether its tweets, status updates, or other useful information… Read Entire Story

Digital Marketing Growth Opportunity is Knocking: Are You Answering?

Since 2001 our “practice what we preach”, digital marketing and PR agency at TopRank has experienced growth every year. Like many frugal and efficiency focused businesses, we’ve been conservative about business operations, taking on zero debt and running pretty lean. All of our marketing (and most PR) is inbound. We do not employ dedicated sales people or spend on advertising. This approach has kept us small but extremely efficient with exceptional project management, account management and consulting capabilities that exceed those of agencies many times our size. Staying healthy during lean economic times is smart, but growth is in our future. … Read Entire Story

The Incredibly Useful Value of Links Beyond SEO by Dixon Jones

Whether it was at SES London or one of the many other search marketing conferences in the U.S., I’ve always been able to count on Dixon Jones for great advice on link building. Dixon was recently recognized for his content contributions to the online marketing world in our Top UK Online Marketing Influencers and Bloggers list. Working with Majestic SEO as their Director of Marketing, (TopRank has used Majestic for years) Dixon has been a fountain of smarts when it comes to the value of of links for SEO, but also for many other purposes. Links are the connective tissue of the web. Before Google and … Read Entire Story