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The fact is, Google ranking directly impacts businesses' ability to attract customers and make money - that's real. According to a 2014 Advanced Web Ranking study, more than 71 percent of searched lead to an organic click for sites on Google's first page of search results. That was only true for 5.59 percent of searches on the second and third results pages. Additionally, and even more compelling, the first five results on a search page account for more than 67 percent of all clicks. That's even more real.Here's the good news. Even sites behind on mobile-optimization will have an opportunity to take action and make the necessary upgrades without any permanent damage. There are five things Vokal recommends that you do right now to navigate the changes and improve your site's performance. Read on to learn more...,
Posted May 15, 2015
Content marketing is quickly becoming a cornerstone of corporate marketing programs. In fact, 70% of B2B marketers are creating more content this year than the previous year, and 77% of B2C marketers have implemented a content marketing strategy. A marketing outsider who has deep expertise in the subjects that interest your customers can be a significant asset to a content team, even if they don't have any experience in the marketing, sales, or communications fields. Outsiders are often the very best people to turn to when you need to communicate without selling.
Posted May 14, 2015
Animoto, an online video creation application that empowers users to create and share extraordinary videos, reported new survey results that detail the continuing evolution and growth of video marketing. The Animoto Online and Social Video Marketing Study surveyed 1,051 U.S. consumers and revealed that fourtimes as many consumers would rather watch a video about a product than read about it.
Posted May 11, 2015
Right now, the last thing I want to be reminded of are early twenty-somethings. I know I sound like a curmudgeon, but I'm sick of young Millenials. It's not that I have anything against them in particular; it's just that I am so tired of thinking about them, and more specifically, how to engage with them, and I can't be the only one. It seems that for years the biggest question in boardrooms, conferences, and department meetings throughout the media industry has been: how do we connect with the Millenial generation? It's exhausting.
Posted May 07, 2015
Having helped Digiday launch its Content Studio, Deanna Zammit knows better than anyone what it takes to create a successful native advertising department. After starting her career in journalism--complete with a stint at Adweek--and a turn at freelancing, Zammit happened to see a post on Facebook that announced Digiday was looking to find someone to head up its new Content Studio and said, "I can do that!"
Posted May 06, 2015
But the concept of "Europe" is so frequently bandied about that it bears closer scrutiny. In an age when companies and brands are promoting themselves globally, it's a significant issue. Is there such a thing as "Europe?" Of course, European countries are united by many ?cultural norms and practices. At the same time, there are clear, practical distinctions that challenge cross-European campaigns. Content that works in one national market will not necessarily have the same impact in a different country.
Posted May 05, 2015
Content Marketing Institute's 2015 "Small Business Marketing Trends-North America" study, sponsored by Copyblogger Media's Rainmaker platform, focuses on how small business marketers are changing their marketing practices. It also points to some potential opportunities for these small businesses and others to better leverage the value that content marketing can provide. Chief among the keys to content marketing success is having a strategy.
Posted Apr 27, 2015
Freelancer.com, a freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace, announced the release of Showcase -- a cross-platform design gallery of millions of portfolio items in a browsable format, allowing freelancers to show off their work to employers.
Posted Apr 23, 2015
Brand communities are making a comeback. Where companies once relied on their own message boards and communities to get their messages out, social media sites took over to a great degree--but now the tide is slowly turning the other way. According to Forrester's "Predictions 2015: Marketing Leaders Mix Data, Content, and Insight To Craft Brand Experiences," written by Luca S. Paderni and Shar VanBoskirk, branded communities will enjoy a resurgence in 2015.
Posted Apr 15, 2015
Even brands that have a ready supply of customer advocates sometimes fail to make the most of them. Sales people are connecting with prospects, and prospects are connecting with each other in more ways than ever, so marketing teams must provide advocacy and reference content to best showcase the customer and their successes. Ready to shake up your customer advocacy programs? Here are 10 new rules that every marketer should follow.
Posted Apr 09, 2015
Content Marketing is not about production. High level executives hell bent on production over substance constantly ask, "What else are we doing?" Then they want you to draw up some elaborate content calendar that "says" that you are going to do something every day. This is wrong and should stop.
Posted Mar 19, 2015
The latest research from Constant Contact, Inc. says it has identified the ideal number of images and lines of text small businesses should include in email marketing campaigns to optimize click-through rates. Compiled from the analysis of over 2.1 million Constant Contact customer emails sent to more than 100 recipients over the course of 13 weeks, the research finds that-with some industry-specific exceptions-emails with three or fewer images and approximately 20 lines of text result in the highest click-through rates from email subscribers.
Posted Mar 05, 2015
You hay have heard that Apple turned its homepage into a showcase for photography this week--a brilliant content marketing move. In the World Gallery Apple featured photos taken with the iPhone 6 across the globe. Not only did the company reward its notoriously loyal users, it took a swipe at competitors (like the Galaxy S6 which launched on the same day) that claim to have better cameras, and drew in photography buffs who may or may not care about iPhone cameras.
Posted Mar 04, 2015
Nielsen data supports what most already know: apps are in. In fact, their research indicates that, in the U.S., Android and iPhone users 18 and older spend 65 percent more time on apps today than they did just two years ago. How much time? On average, it adds up to 30 hours and 15 minutes a month. That fact hasn't missed the attention of CMOs around the country.
Posted Feb 25, 2015
Jimmy Fallon, host of The Tonight Show, did something recently that I never thought I would see again in my lifetime. This moment gave me such joy that it was almost embarrassing. What made this magical eight minutes of late night TV so amazing was that Jimmy Fallon made a dream come true for all of us kids who were glued to every episode of Saved By the Bell in the late 80's and early 90's. Fallon, who is notorious for his YouTube gems, amazed and fascinated me. I watched the video three or four times.
Posted Feb 19, 2015
Virtual reality isn't a new concept, but it is quickly becoming a new reality. Just under five years after the release of the Microsoft Kinect, and amidst growing buzz around Oculus Rift, Microsoft announced the release of the HoloLens in conjunction with Windows 10. While HoloLens, Google Glass, Oculus Rift, and other wearable technologies are often discussed in the context of gaming and social media, it's important for marketers to consider these devices and their implications customers and on content strategy.
Posted Feb 12, 2015
If you were one of the record 114.4 million viewers who tuned in to the Super Bowl earlier this month, you were likely inundated with ads, each of which cost a cool $4.5 million. But while you may have chuckled at spots like Esurance's featuring Lindsey Lohan poking fun at her DUI-checkered reputation or Budweiser's lost puppy tug-on-the-heartstrings pitch, ask yourself: How motivated were you to act on those ads and purchase these products/services, and, if you were that company, could your ad dollars have been better spent in other channels, including digital?
Posted Feb 06, 2015
Opentopic, the content marketing platform that enables companies to engage and acquire customers through curated content, announced the launch of Opentopic Enterprise Workflow & Collaboration. Opentopic Enterprise Workflow & Collaboration says it streamlines content marketing for large organizations, or any organization that aims to support their content marketing initiatives through a simple, collaborative, and customizable process.
Posted Feb 05, 2015
Today, content marketing is a thriving industry showing no signs of slowing. However, Pulizzi--widely considered a leading expert on content marketing--notes that while "almost 90% of marketers are using some sort of content marketing approach, according to our latest content marketing research, just 38% of those marketers are effective."
Posted Feb 02, 2015
For Dummies, a Wiley brand, now offers custom digital products as part of its line of Dummies B2B services for businesses. Partnering with Dummies B2B services allows businesses to leverage the recognition of the For Dummies brand to achieve their marketing and communications goals. In addition to custom print content, adverting, sponsorships, and brand licensing, businesses can now also take advantage of a range of digital products from Dummies B2B including: videos, infographics, and mobile applications.
Posted Jan 29, 2015
Gone are the days of the Mad Men of Madison Avenue. Sad as it is, not only is the midday drinking and smoking gone for good (mostly anyway), but the ads of old are gone as well. Advertising in 1950, 1960, and beyond, was about a cheesy, geo-blanketed, retail-heavy message. And that is where the paradigm shift comes into play. Smart advertisers are now focusing on a different form of advertising. And it looks a lot like its marketing brother from another mother, content marketing.
Posted Jan 22, 2015
There's an all too familiar pattern many businesses, especially startups, face when they are trying to get their content out there - they spend hours and hours working on high-quality videos, or online advertisements, and yet, the following just isn't coming in the way they want. It doesn't matter how many times you Facebook post or Tweet your new video; the following remains at a frustrating standstill.
Posted Jan 19, 2015
Adobe announced the new Digital Publishing Suite for Sales Enablement solution, which allows companies to produce and deploy sales apps quicker using a set of sales enablement features in Digital Publishing Suite (DPS). The solution includes the expertise of Adobe Consulting to help companies swiftly build engaging apps from start to finish-using trusted, enterprise-grade technology that has been field-proven by some of the largest enterprises in the world.
Posted Jan 15, 2015
Marketing to busy audiences is increasingly complex. It requires strategies to engage multiple stakeholders throughout multi-stage sales cycles, conducting an intelligent dialogue, and making a well-reasoned case for engagement. Successful marketers take a comprehensive view of their customer by considering their changing industries, job roles, jargon, challenges, threats, pain points, aspirations, and opportunities. What remains eternally true throughout the marketing process is that the customer is at the heart of every business' success.
Posted Jan 15, 2015
Finally, 2014 is officially over. The ball has dropped, and it's time to turn our sights to the year ahead. If you are anything like me, you've already had your fill of "New Year, New You" mottos being blasted around social media. So in the spirit of the New Year, I've decided to reexamine 2014 and what I've learned.
Posted Jan 08, 2015