For most businesses, organic search traffic is one of the most important sources for sales leads. However, competition is fierce for high-value search terms and it can seem like an almost impossible task to complete with competitors already well-established within your market. Fear not as with a well-structured content strategy there is usually lots of room to target niche search terms that pull potential customers towards your content that can produce almost immediate results.
By Mike McMinn
Posted Feb 22, 2017
Putting your budget on the line for a new platform can be nerve-wracking, but it doesn't have to be. Whether you're searching for the perfect email automation platform, social media management tool or cloud-based content calendar, the guiding principles leading up to the decision are the same. Here are seven ways to navigate the options like a pro while keeping your sanity in check:
By Chris Gomersall
Posted Feb 15, 2017
What do you know about the content currently living on your website? Do freelancers create it or is it produced in-house? Who handles its management? Who edits and proofreads the content? A content audit is the answer to all these questions.
By Lavanya Loomba
Posted Feb 08, 2017
In a survey conducted by top B2B marketing authority Pardot, 59% consumers said that the authenticity of a brand's content influences them to follow the brand. Marketers across industries are focused on creating more authentic brand messaging to connect with their target markets. Micro-influencers have an important role to play in the process.
By Disha Dinesh
Posted Feb 03, 2017
There's a fine balance you'll have to find, when you're trying to create content that readers will love, and that will appease the search engines. While it may be tempting to stuff as many keywords as possible into your content to up your rankings in search engine results, if your content isn't of any value to the reader, you'll find that whatever clicks you receive won't be worth much. Here are six vital steps to take when creating well-balanced online content.
By Gloria Kopp
Posted Jan 20, 2017
This year marks the 10-year anniversary of Google Trends, which provides up-to-the-minute data on popular search terms. Given the trillions of searches performed through Google every year, Google Trends provides unique insight into what is on people's minds. No wonder many brands have started using it for their content marketing. Used correctly, Google Trends can help you generate content ideas, strengthen your keyword research, and much more. However, it is important to note the tool has its limitations. Here's everything you need to know about Google Trends, as well as the dos and don'ts of using it in your content marketing.
By Andrew Lovasz
Posted Jan 13, 2017
Push notifications can be a great help in your everyday marketing, but there is one important limit. Your contact will receive it only if he agrees to it. That's why your push notifications must be well-designed, strategized, and, most importantly, personalized.
By Hanna Baster
Posted Jan 11, 2017
Adults in the U.S. spend an average of 5.5 hours watching digital video content every day. With so much video content viewed on a daily basis, brands need to start thinking differently about their marketing approach. Here are five key considerations for financial marketers looking to harness the power of video and stand out from the crowd.
By John Piontkowski
Posted Jan 09, 2017
To unlock the full value of all enterprise digital assets, companies need a new approach to traditional Enterprise Content Management (ECM) - one that manages digital content, in all its forms, to meet today's requirements for massive scale and sophisticated digital asset management. New digital asset strategies require hyperscale management of digital assets to drive revenue across the entire business, embedding content into organizational processes with high performance, efficiency and security.
By Eric Barroca
Posted Jan 04, 2017
For marketers, 2016 was a year of innovation and change. But some of the most prominent challenges and trends were familiar, while new ones kept emerging. Here's a look at five of the most critical from the past year.
By Daniel Brzezinski
Posted Jan 02, 2017
It's high time for brands to think about video content strategy, to create compelling content for their audience and efficiency for their business. Easier said than done. Over 300 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube every minute. Globally, more than half of YouTube views come from mobile devices. Brands need a video content strategy, and here are five actionable steps to creating one.
By Emily Johnson
Posted Dec 21, 2016
Cass Sapir, customer success director at HapYak, talked to Gilbane Digital Content Conference goers about how he believes you can use interactive video to boost your video marketing techniques.
Posted Dec 16, 2016
There are many different stages to the content marketing funnel, with a variety of tools and services specializing in each one. But while focus and expertise are always valuable, it is the connection and synergy between the different stages that creates marketing magic.
By Neal Sinno
Posted Dec 16, 2016
In marketing, we've reached an inflection point where the volume of data and processes required to run personalization initiatives at scale have outstripped human capability (even highly skilled ones). The micro-targeted customer experience is simply unsustainable with a traditional technology stack leveraging manual data modeling and human-curated, rules-based decisioning.
By Dr. Olly Downs
Posted Dec 12, 2016
Tim Lewis, producer of digital content at Continuum Management Services talked to Gilbane Digital Content Conference audiences about using videos to increase leads. See the video here.
Posted Dec 09, 2016
Transcreation changes are afoot. Here's what to expect in the next 1-2 years.
By Sergio Arboledas
Posted Dec 07, 2016
Working with multiple SSPs can be a challenge. Therefore many publishers decide to focus on one unified platform. The vast number of platforms in the market makes it hard to choose which one is the right one for them. How should publishers evaluate the different platforms? Well, it seems that the best ones out there have a few things in common.
By Asaf Reuveni
Posted Nov 30, 2016
An analysis of nearly 350 content marketing campaigns based on data-driven visualizations by Fractl revealed even traditionally dull industries can leverage visual assets, and that more interesting verticals could add some creativity to their content to boost engagement. Here are the four primary data visualizations big brands and publishers alike have leveraged for engagement in niche verticals, and some takeaways for marketers trying to get into this growing trend.
By Ashley Carlisle
Posted Nov 18, 2016
Being proactive in SEO is perhaps the most abstract of the 5 Pillars of SEO. It is also perhaps the most important. The simplest way to think about proactiveness and how it relates to SEO is to always be informed and prepared. Sandra Wallace not only needs to understand her own niche in the RC hobby industry, but she needs to develop an understanding of the SEO industry as well.
By Maxx Minick
Posted Nov 16, 2016
There is no one way to establish a brand newsroom. Small and medium-sized companies can follow larger enterprise examples, but will likely see the most success if they tailor their own newsroom to accommodate their goals.
By Ilana Plumer
Posted Oct 31, 2016
Visitors are three times as likely to convert on your LinkedIn page as they are on your Facebook or Twitter pages. So building a strong presence on LinkedIn can be beneficial for your business. Fortunately, the apps that are available cover a multitude of functions, allowing you to organize and streamline your LinkedIn marketing efforts.
By Jessica Davis
Posted Oct 28, 2016
Many marketers are working with digital agencies to create effective global marketing programs. While creative agencies can help to design campaigns that reach customers across a wide array of digital and traditional channels, they often lack localization and translation expertise to ensure that campaigns resonate from region to region. But savvy digital marketing agencies are partnering with language service providers and localization experts to further expand their capabilities.
By Arnold Koh
Posted Oct 26, 2016
Snapchat offers some obvious routes for a brand to gain exposure, and some are already mainstream: sponsored lenses, sponsored Geofilters, and Snap ads getting you in front of Snapchat's millions of users. If you're a smaller brand or interested in reaching Snapchat users in less conventional ways, we're ready to shine light on some corners of Snapchat you might not have considered in your marketing approach.
By Corbett Drummey
Posted Oct 21, 2016
The SEO industry is constantly changing. It is important that Sandra Wallace and her business, Wally's Hobbies, keep up to date with all these changes. Where should she be doing her research?
By Maxx Minick
Posted Oct 19, 2016
Mobile-first strategy is a must, but an often overlooked part of that is Local SEO. Learn why and how you should incorporate local searches into your strategy.
By Matt Banner
Posted Oct 12, 2016
Gilbane 2016 presenter Bruno Herrmann gave us a preview of the many lessons he will be sharing in his workshop on content globalization. You can now sign-in to see the webinar on-demand.
Posted Oct 10, 2016
As reflected in the mega popularity of products like Instagram and Snapchat, today's users want to feel immersed in a visual experience. As they scroll through timelines and feeds brushing past photo after photo, consumers are forgoing language and pervasive sales pitches in favor of witnessing a brand interact with Facebook fans and Twitter followers. Localization is how you stand out, and visual content marketing is making it more achievable than ever before.
By Michael Peggs
Posted Oct 05, 2016
Even as global readership rate increase across the digital news sector, UK publishers are struggling to adapt to the industry's shift from print to online media: PwC's latest Entertainment and Media report covering 2013-2017 projects that the UK's B2B publishers, newspapers, and consumer magazines will see a net fall in revenues over the next four years. With 22% of UK adults now using ad blocking software, native content is proving to be a smarter way for publishers to replace print ad revenue than banner ads and popups.
By Hugo Vint
Posted Sep 28, 2016
Take a deep dive into the third pillar of SEO: Thinking Outside of the Box. From link-building to newsjacking, this is everything you need to know about getting creative with your SEO.
By Maxx Minick
Posted Sep 27, 2016
There is no doubt that programmatic has revolutionized online media buying and that it offers significant benefits, but this road to opportunity is ridden with obstacles such as viewability and traffic fraud. Mobile programmatic advertising can be challenging in many ways but when done thoughtfully and strategically, the ROI can outweigh the challenges.
By Tanvi Kapoor
Posted Sep 23, 2016
Video is taking over the web--especially the social web. Facebook continues to evolve its offerings while LinkedIn is just finally hopping on the video wagon. Here we discuss the differences that are pertinent to marketers.
By Gemma Baker
Posted Sep 21, 2016
The programmatic ecosystem has evolved significantly over the past several years, and personalized retargeting as one of many programmatic solutions has become more and more prevalent. Today, it is obvious that using a single retargeter is not always optimal. In fact, running two to three retargeting campaigns with different providers can bring much better results without any additional cost. Here's why it works.
By Daniel Surmacz
Posted Aug 29, 2016
Self-learning systems have been adopted in various fields, ranging from self-driving cars to robotics. Google, the world's most popular search engine has now integrated its own machine learning system as a part of its search algorithm. In this article we will delve into exactly how you can create and optimize your content for Google's RankBrain.
By Chris Flores
Posted Aug 26, 2016
Whether you're with Clinton's campaign or on Trump's campaign, it's impossible to ignore the fact that the 2016 presidential race is a game-changer, in more ways than one. And it's not just because of the candidates--it's about how these candidates are connecting with their audiences. Email marketing is, once again, playing a big role.
By Ross Andrew
Posted Aug 17, 2016
As Olympic athletes and spectators unite, representing more than 200 countries and speaking 180+ languages, the games become more than an athletic competition--they are a celebration of the world's cultures and heritages. This can create challenges for Olympic brands and marketers alike who must create and distribute content that resonates equally with an incredibly diverse audience. As a result, brands are looking to translation strategies and solutions to help facilitate unity at the summer games and create camaraderie and shared experiences around this special event.
By Sergio Restrepo
Posted Aug 12, 2016
What do Uber, ipsy, and Fitbit have in common? Content marketing has worked wonders for each brand's reputation and reach. My team and I analyzed each company's approach in a recent project to examine the impact of a smart content strategy. Even if your business isn't mega successful, content marketing creates an even playing field by leveraging your potential reach. Here's what we found.
By Jennifer Johnson
Posted Aug 10, 2016
With a tidal wave of young users, live streaming video has become the hot new property for social media companies. Facebook put its full weight into Facebook Live. Twitter acquired Periscope. Google is even reportedly building a future Facebook and Periscope competitor called YouTube Connect. But a big question has been whether anyone can make a profit off of live streaming. One of the top competitors, Meerkat, is already bowing out and looking at other opportunities.
By Daniele Calabrese
Posted Aug 08, 2016
Understanding your niche is a foundation for any marketing campaign, SEO or otherwise. Businesses need to know who they are appealing to, what attracts an audience, and even better, why potential customers are attracted to particular pieces of content or use certain keywords in their online searches.
By Maxx Minick
Posted Aug 03, 2016
In today's digital economy, companies see the revenue potential offered by data monetization and are striving to capitalize on it--preferably before their competitors do. This is particularly evident in the publishing industry, where some companies are already achieving incremental success by leveraging existing data about their consumers to generate new revenue streams. However, the majority of companies still need to determine how they want their organizations to leverage consumer data. More importantly, they need to consider how to synergize data trends emerging around both their existing base of consumers and a target demographic that may present new revenue opportunities, all of which is going through a degree of disruption in the market.
By Tim Burke
Posted Jul 29, 2016
The proliferation of digital channels opens up new opportunities for businesses that want to deepen relationships with existing clients and attract new customers. Social media platforms and the widespread use of mobile devices provide an affordable way to push out a steady stream of content to always-connected consumers and generate new business. However, many companies that are making the change from print-centric communication to digital content are finding that the transition isn't simple. The processes that are in place for creating, approving, publishing, distributing and tracking print-centric content don't scale when faced with omni-channel digital content.
By Gavin Drake
Posted Jul 27, 2016
Two of the biggest challenges in designing and delivering organizational learning are determining what content your learners most need and want, and deciding what courses to develop and offer based on learner preferences and organizational needs. Get these two challenges right, and your organization wins with engaged learners who can move the company forward. Get them wrong, and you've wasted money and effort while alienating your learners.
By Blake Beus
Posted Jul 26, 2016
By doing some quick math, it becomes clear that by speaking just one language, organizations are only reaching about a quarter of online users. To expand reach and engage with a wider audience, global businesses must adopt multilingual communications. Otherwise, they risk abandoning potential customers who will instead turn to competitors who communicate with them on a local level.
By Kirsty Waller
Posted Jul 22, 2016
Our world is increasingly connected, and the impact of globalization reaches organizations in all market sectors. It's easier than ever for companies across industries to operate in any country throughout the world, opening up new market opportunities and chances for high returns. But organizations face a significant barrier to entry when expanding into new markets: language. Today's global economy does not operate under a single language, and organizations must be able to translate content and key materials with efficiency to comply with global regulations and effectively engage with local customers in new markets.
By Mark Aiello
Posted Jul 21, 2016
Understanding the difference between promoting a brand and selling it is critical to your company's success. Blog posts and articles that stagnate on your Facebook page will not entice the consumer to look in more detail at the services you provide. Even worse, once you get a reputation for low engagement, social media will start to restrict your audience, creating a vicious cycle that is hard to break.
By Joseph Hedges
Posted Jul 15, 2016
Converting the five pillars of SEO into actionable strategies can be complex and difficult. Each pillar represents an abstract philosophy or ideal. However, within these guiding principles you can derive actionable techniques. Relevance may be the most important pillar as it impacts all aspects of SEO. Beginning with relevance, we discuss how strategies are put into practice, with examples of how a company can become and remain relevant within their market and their desired target audience.
By Maxx Minick
Posted Jul 13, 2016
In the early days of influencer marketing, PR owned the space and its relationships. Agencies and their practitioners negotiated compensation and campaigns directly with individual influencers. But as technology evolved, so did influencer marketing. Today marketers are tapping into influencer programs that are equally, if not more, accountable than traditional media buys. By running a program that activates multiple influencers for a price that previously afforded a single individual, brands and marketers are able to reach their targeted audiences using trusted sources without breaking the bank.
By Maria Sipka
Posted Jul 06, 2016
What is the value of a social media follower? This question has been asked countless times and the answer keeps getting smaller and smaller. With an explosion of branded content being pushed on social channels, individuals are receiving too much noise. Even though you may have a large list of Followers fewer people may be seeing your content than ever before.
By Wes Finley
Posted Jul 01, 2016
It is a mistake to assume that content development is an assumed talent, or that it can be an afterthought in the digital marketing realm. Content strategy is more than writing for the web. There is a science and strategy behind developing quality content for web pages, blogs, advertisements and social media. And although every successful copywriter must have a foundation of basics writing skills, such as subject matter expertise, an engaging style and tone, and basic grammar usage, there is much more to being a content king.
By Brittany J. Maroney
Posted Jun 29, 2016
The divide between the physical and digital world is diminishing very quickly. Consumers are constantly mobile and have various devices to cater to a "live-in-the-moment" type of world. As people become more mobile, the channels and ways of interactions are multiplying quickly. E-commerce capabilities available on third-party platforms such as Snapchat, Google, Pinterest and more allow brands to more easily have conversations in the consumers' own environment. It is no surprise that social platforms have become common marketing tools to reach the connected customer. But, not all social media platforms are alike, and neither should the marketing campaigns be that utilize them.
By Abhijit Shome
Posted Jun 24, 2016
There are a few aspects of SEO that over the years have solidified themselves as the foundation of any campaign. This is because Google's changes are at their core about trying to provide the best user experience. Therefore, if you align your SEO efforts to improving user experience (and searcher intent), then you can rest relatively sure that your work is future safe, no matter how Google alters their algorithm. Here are the five rules that always have an impact on your SEO campaign.
By Maxx Minick
Posted Jun 01, 2016