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15 Ways to Supercharge Your Digital Marketing

Posted on Aug 9th, 2017
Written by Lee Odden
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    15 Ways Supercharge Digital Marketing

    Good marketing programs involve strategy, goals, target audience, tactics and measurement. Great marketing programs often include a special ingredient to really supercharge the engine of leads and sales.

    To help you supercharge your marketing success, I’ve reached out to some of the most trusted voices in the digital marketing world speaking at the upcoming Digital Marketing Summit Minneapolis conference for their quotable advice. Marketers from companies like 3M, Thomson Reuters, IBM, The Economist Group, BMC Software, Pandora, Salesforce, Adestra, Schwinn Bicycles, SEMRush and our own agency, TopRank Marketing have joined experts including Seth Godin and Ann Handley to share their pithy tips on a variety of digital marketing topics.

    What topics you ask? How about: Content Marketing, Influence, Social Storytelling, Artificial Intelligence, Email Marketing, Social Customer Service, Purposeful Marketing, Reputation Management, Thought Leadership, Audio Marketing, Creative Content & Promotion, SEO, Design Thinking and Marketing with Micro-influencers.

    Check out the interactive infographic here.

    Supercharge Digital Marketing Infographic

    Or read the full text of our experts’ inspiring quotes and tips below:

    The Misfit Advantage – Tweet This
    “You’re more powerful than you imagine. In our new connection economy, it’s the misfit who has an advantage. The artist that we seek out, the maker of ruckuses.

    What we need are your generosity, hubris and insight. The true voice that you’ve been hiding… the world is ready for it now.”

    Seth Godin
    Seth Godin
    Best Selling Author
    Digital Summit Presentation: Opening Keynote

    Less is Better – Tweet This
    “What’s one thing marketers can do to supercharge how they approach content for marketing?

    Supercharge your marketing by (ironically) doing less.

    Why? “”Well, less is more, Lucrezia: I am judged,” wrote poet Robert Browning a century and a half ago.

    In modern marketing parlance (probably an idea Browning couldn’t fathom!), Less Is More means you focus on creating less content that will have greater impact.

    Better content.

    Content that has real value for your audience.

    Content they will love.

    And content that will sustain your organization, and (importantly) that you can be proud of.

    Sounds like too lofty a goal? Too high a bar? Not in my view. (And that’s what I’ll be talking about in Minneapolis!)”

    Ann Handley
    Ann Handley
    Chief Content Officer, MarketingProfs
    Digital Summit Presentation: Lunch Keynote – Good Content vs. Good Enough Content: A Sight for Sore Eyes

    Co-Create to be Great – Tweet This
    “When buyers are overwhelmed with information and distrustful of advertising, marketers can improve reach, trust and engagement by co-creating content with peers, experts and influencers. If you want content to be great, ask your brand’s community to participate!”

    Lee Odden
    Lee Odden
    CEO, TopRank Marketing
    Digital Summit Presentation: Closing Keynote – Supercharge Your Content with Influencer Marketing

    Engage Where They Live – Tweet This
    “While every brand is facing the same challenge: where should we spend our time? Stop debating the platforms and which one is better (ex: Instagram vs. Snapchat) and start placing a higher emphasis on engaging your community, including prospective customers, on the platforms where they live through content that’s fun, creative, or educational. Storytelling is the new content marketing.”

    Carlos Gil
    Carlos Gil
    Head of Global Social Media, BMC Software
    Digital Summit Presentation: Snapchat Strategies for Marketing Your Business

    Clean Data = Smarter Insight – Tweet This
    “When experimenting with new machine learning applications from technology vendors, make sure you have LOTS of good data (clean and comprehensive) or the machine output of analysis, content or recommendations may be of low confidence, or worse – wrong or inconsistent with your brand.”

    Loren McDonald
    Loren McDonald
    Marketing Evangelist, IBM Watson Marketing
    Digital Summit Presentation: AI and Machine Learning Technologies: What They Mean for Marketers Today and in the Future

    First-Person Marketing – Tweet This
    “Become a First-Person Marketer, someone who looks at a list of email addresses and sees people, with needs, interests, goals and attitudes, not just records in a database. They use email addresses to identify customers across channels and incorporate data to sharpen their targeting and messaging. The more marketers who do this, the better off we all will be.”

    Ryan Phelan
    Ryan Phelan
    VP Marketing Insights, Adestra
    Digital Summit Presentation: First Person Marketing: Using Data to Drive Higher Email Results

    Engage with Purpose – Tweet This
    “Be proactive in your social listening and then engage with a purpose. Remember that you’re a human writing to other humans – be real, be transparent, and take your time with one-on-one interactions. People don’t want to hear from a lofty brand figurehead, they want to hear from a person. Be a person.”

    Alennah Westlund
    Alennah Westlund
    Content Specialist, 3M
    Digital Summit Presentation: Branded Social Care: Protecting and Amplifying Reputation Through Strategic Engagement

    Optimize Experience with Authenticity – Tweet This
    “Purpose and authenticity are the connective tissue between brands and customers. Create that connection by speaking with ideal customers face-to-face. Organize insights from conversations into their questions, feelings, and actions so you can fully optimize the customer experience.”

    Mack Fogelson
    Mack Fogelson
    Founder & CEO, Genuinely
    Digital Summit Presentation: Evolve to Survive: How Purpose and Authenticity is the Future of Brands

    Audit Your Reputation – Tweet This
    “To understand how your customers experience your products and brand online, run a search for your flagship products on all the social networks. If you don’t understand and like everything you see, you need to work on digital reputation management, starting with a detailed audit of the existing accounts.”

    Casey Hall
    Casey Hall
    Manager Social Media Business Communications, Thomson Reuters
    Digital Summit Presentation: Digital Reputation Management and Social Media

    Help Audiences Get Smarter – Tweet This
    “Thought leadership is about solving, not selling. People wake up thinking about their problems, not your product. In our research, Thought Leadership Disrupted, only 28% of marketers cited helping their audience become more knowledgeable as a primary objective. True thought leaders don’t push product; they understand their audience and share ideas to help them tackle issues.”

    Mina Seetharaman
    Mina Seetharaman
    SVP, Global Managing Director, Marketing Solutions, The Economist Group
    Digital Summit Presentation: Thought Leadership Disrupted

    When Voice Replaces Touch – Tweet This
    “Consider the future importance of Audio. When Voice replaces Touch as the way we communicate using screen-less connected devices, marketers will need new strategies to build their brands. Audio is the one medium which reaches consumers across any device, any time, to deliver true cross-platform messaging.”

    Gabe Tartaglia
    Gabe Tartaglia
    VP Sales, Pandora
    Digital Summit Presentation: Engaging in A Connected World Through the Power of Audio

    Supercharge Content Reach – Tweet This
    “When content promotion is treated as an afterthought, it’s like putting water in your gas tank. To supercharge content reach, take the time to create an amplification strategy that is creative, optimized and focused on the customer experience.”

    Ashley Zeckman
    Ashley Zeckman
    Director of Agency Marketing, TopRank Marketing
    Digital Summit Presentation: Mastering the Perfect Content Recipe

    Focus on the Now of Search – Tweet This
    “Be relevant in the moment! Use Google Analytics and Search Console to find the top pages driving non-brand, organic traffic and conversion. Improve engagement on page by adding or updating the content to focus on the now. Build internal links to those pages from new or existing content that supports that topic.”

    Jacob Hagberg
    Jacob Hagberg
    Digital Marketing Strategist, SEMRush
    Digital Summit Presentation: Real-World SEO Examples Every Digital Marketer Can Learn From

    Design Sprints FTW – Tweet This
    “Design thinking compels marketers to leverage the creativity of those around them. To make your next campaign truly innovative and deeply relevant, brainstorm—or better yet, do a “design sprint”—with colleagues in other departments that interact with your customers differently than you.”

    Cliff Seal
    Cliff Seal
    UX Lead Salesforce, Pardot
    Digital Summit Presentation: Death to Boring B2B Marketing: Driving Innovation with Design Thinking

    Human Influence – Tweet This
    “Be human – influencers do not want to work with a brand that treats them like a commodity. Invest a bit of yourself and humanize your brand. This dedication and compassion will keep your influencers active, loyal, and engaged, even when the contract is complete.”

    Samantha Hersil
    Samantha Hersil
    Associate Marketing Manager Schwinn Bicycles
    Digital Summit Presentation: How Brands Can Work with Microinfluencers

    Don’t forget, if you’re attending Digital Summit Minneapolis, you won’t want to miss the closing keynote on Tuesday at 4:05pm: Supercharge Your Content with Influencer Marketing.

    Supercharge Digital Marketing

    Here’s the abstract for the presentation so you can get an idea of what it’s about:

    Content is both king and kingdom in the marketing world but what good is great content if no one sees it? Confronted by information overload, distrust in advertising and the growth of ad blocking, successful companies are adding an essential ingredient to their content marketing mix: influencers. By co-creating content with trusted experts that have active networks, brands increase both quality and quantity of credible content that is trusted by customers and stands out from the competition.This presentation will outline a framework, best practices, tools and examples for integrating influencers with content marketing that will help marketers attract, engage and convert more customers.