How Can Marketers Create Stronger Customer Bonds? Focus on Convenience, According to Shep Hyken

Savvy digital marketers have their ears to the ground and eyes to the sky, striving to be on the cutting edge of the latest and greatest trends, tactics, strategies, and tools. After all, change comes hard and fast in this industry—especially when it comes to evolving buyer demands and expectations. However, innovation doesn’t have to […]

Use It or Lose It: 8 Ways to Make the Most of Your Digital Marketing Budget Surplus

For all marketing leaders, effectively managing your digital marketing budget is a delicate balancing act. Spend too much too early, and you’re running ultra-lean for the balance of the year and risk falling short of your goals. Spend too little, and you’ll likely lose those dollars at year’s end—and perhaps put yourself in a position […]

How to Build a Resilient Evergreen Content Marketing Forest

Evergreen trees are a symbol of life and renewal because they never lose their leaves; they stay green year-round. Tell that to anyone who has dragged a Christmas tree to the garbage on New Year’s Day. The truth is, evergreen trees are part of an ecosystem. When they’re rooted and cared for, they thrive and […]

Trust in Marketing is at Risk. These CMOs and Marketing Influencers Share How to Fix

The average tenure of a CMO is under 4 years representing a crisis in confidence amongst business leadership when it comes to marketing. Expectations for marketing are higher than ever amongst business leaders and customers alike. To advance the valuable contributions marketing can make from boosting short term sales to growing long term market share, […]

Becoming a Better Marketer by Embracing Your Passions Outside the Office

In the first post I ever wrote for the TopRank Marketing Blog, I reflected on the marketing lessons I’d picked up through my baseball blogging hobby. Helping build an online community at Twins Daily has instilled many important fundamentals that, I feel, make me better at my day job. I’m always fascinated by this interplay. […]

How to Rally Around ROI & Prioritize Your Digital Marketing Efforts in the Face of Budget Cuts

Ask any marketer if they’ve ever had to contend with the shrinking or deep cutting of their budgets, odds are you’ll get a deep sigh and a “more than once” response. Organizations are always looking for efficiencies and ways to tighten their financial belt, and marketing departments are among the first to be placed on […]

A Non-Agency Guy Reflects on His First Year at TopRank Marketing

Liking where you work is not an optional luxury. At least it sure shouldn’t be. Spending 40 hours of every week at a place you dread is a tough way to go through any stretch of life. I’ve been there and I’m sure many of you have as well — especially if you work in […]

To Gate, or Not to Gate? Answers to an Age-Old Digital Marketing Question

Modern marketers understand that quality, engaging and relevant content is at the core of any integrated digital marketing strategy. After all, in a world where consumers are increasingly self-directed in researching their options to make purchasing decisions, that quality, engaging and relevant content aids their journey and decision-making. But let’s face it. While marketers want […]

Better Together: Why Your Content Marketing Campaigns & Always-On Programs Should Work in Harmony

Regardless of industry or niche, nearly all B2B marketers—91% to be exact—are focused on leveraging content marketing to reach, resonate and inspire audience action. But budget and resource constraints and lofty lead generation goals—not to mention increasing buyer numbness to marketing messages and the extinction of organic visibility on social media—means you have to get […]

54 Artificial Intelligence Powered Marketing Tools

The expression, “Marketers are data rich and insight poor” is more true today than ever. Marketers all over the world are working to optimize marketing operations and effectiveness using their abundance of data. Many are turning to tools and platforms powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning. AI promises to make sense of all the […]