Influencer Marketing Is A $5-$10 Billion Dollar Global Market

Instagram Case Study: How Target Reached 2.6M In 2 Weeks

Subscribe to our industry digest for the latest news and trends on top Instagrammers, YouTubers, bloggers, & Snapchatters! Before the rise of social media platforms like Instagram, retailers leveraged colorful print ads and television commercials to showcase their products to consumers, expand brand awareness, and drive purchases. Today, eMarketer estimates that 92% of all global retail brands are on Instagram, making the …

7 Reasons Why Influencer Marketing will Explode in 2017

7 Reasons Why Influencer Marketing will Explode in 2017

Influencer Marketing is a new term for a practice that has been part of marketing for a very long time. From celebrity and professional endorsements, through to sponsorship deals with sports stars and teams, not forgetting embedded marketing in the form of product placement in movies and TV shows. The premise was – and still is, to some degree – …

Influence 2.0: The customer-centric future of influencer marketing

Influence 2.0: The customer-centric future of influencer marketing

A new report has been released evaluating the current state of influencer marketing, predicting ways in which the practice can strategically evolve for customer centricity. Influencer relationship management software Traackr partnered with TopRank Marketing and Altimeter principal analyst Brian Solis to globally survey 102 enterprise brand strategists and marketers on current and future investments and executions in the field, demonstrating …

Here's How Facebook Has Reduced the Need to Pay PR

Here’s How Facebook Has Reduced the Need to Pay PR

Talk to any public relations (PR) professional and they’ll admit that the advent of digital marketing and social media has changed their industry. Some will say they’ve adapted. And I truly believe that some have. But not all. Some still don’t fully understand this new form of marketing, in particular Facebook as a social media and advertising platform, from the client’s perspective. Without understanding …

Rethinking Buyer Personas In An Era Of Digital Transformation

Rethinking Buyer Personas In An Era Of Digital Transformation

In the past five years, we have seen exponential disruption each year in multiple markets.  Digital technologies and resulting transformation turning markets literally inside out.  Fundamentally reshaping markets in five years’ time compared to the fifty to seventy years it may have taken to build up a market. Take for instance the iconic yellow cab, a fixture in New York …

Marketers Begin To View Influencer Relationships As Strategic

Marketers Begin To View Influencer Relationships As Strategic

Influencer marketing gained substantial momentum among marketers in 2016. But for all its potential, there are also significant challenges. With pure pay-to-play and one-off campaign practices distracting marketers from finding the true value of influencer relationships, misconceptions remain.  My content marketing agency, TopRank Marketing, along with influencer relationship management software company Traackr, teamed to investigate how the practice of influencer …

How to Make Your Digital Marketing Strategy Relevant for 2017

How to Make Your Digital Marketing Strategy Relevant for 2017

As marketers kick off the new year, they can expect some trends from last year to carry over, as well as for new ones to emerge. Having started in digital marketing in 1999, I’m familiar with shifts in how consumers use the internet, and what tactics marketers use to reach them. A seismic shift is occurring: As mobile use increases, …

How to Get Your Content Published on Forbes and Huffington Post

How to Get Your Content Published on Forbes and Huffington Post

Israeli-American psychologist Daniel Kahneman is an expert in the psychology of judgment and decision, and his research has challenged assumptions of human rationality as a driver in economic decision-making. He has said, “Your first impression of a thing sets up your subsequent beliefs. If the company looks inept to you, you may assume everything else they do is inept.” No …

5 Ways to Stand Out from Other Salespeople

5 Ways to Stand Out from Other Salespeople

Your job is to sell, right? Your product is pretty good, maybe even great… right? This should be easy, right? Competition is fierce. No great idea goes uncopied. No decent company is in the game to lose, and it is blatantly obvious who the most valuable buyers are. That’s why most of them will do almost anything to avoid clueless, …

How to Use Social Listening to Find Qualified Sales Leads

How to Use Social Listening to Find Qualified Sales Leads

Social media is great for branding and customer service, but don’t overlook its value for lead generation as well. One of the best ways to find and generate leads is through social listening. The great thing about using social media is it gives you the ability to find qualified sales leads, not just random people who might be interested in what …