Inbound Marketing Blog

Why Track Competitor Pay-Per-Click (PPC) Campaigns?

Posted by Nikki Wardle on Apr 19, 2017 8:43:00 AM

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Have you ever wanted to be a fly on the wall at your top competitor’s office when they plan their PPC (Pay-per-click) strategies? I know I have!

You should always be knowledgeable about what your online competitors are doing. But if you're not into espionage, there are other effective ways to keep your eye on your competitor's strategies. And here is something else to consider: your offline competitors are not always your online competitors. 

What skills do you need to build a website?

Posted by Corey Smith on Apr 17, 2017 8:22:00 AM

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I had a neighbor ask to pick my brain about what it takes to move into the web design and development field. She is starting her degree program and still has a couple of years but is wise to start working toward her career now. I was originally just going to respond to her directly but I figured I’d write a blog post because I think it might be helpful to others, too.

One thing to note: the answers I give here are based on how we do things at Tribute Media but we are a little unique… mostly in how we work with our employees. Our office is closed on Fridays and we encourage our employees to work remotely every Friday. Most agencies/companies will expect their employees to work on site but allow contractors to work wherever. There is something positive creatively about working on-site with your team that you can’t get remotely.

Oh, and a little, not-so-humble brag here.

Why Tribute Media is THE Best Place to Work in Idaho

Posted by Lindsey Bowshier on Apr 14, 2017 11:18:55 AM

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Best Places to Work in Idaho 2016

Last year, Jillian and I attended the Best Places to Work in Idaho ceremony for the first time. We felt proud to be surrounded by so many incredible local employers, and we were buzzing with anticipation (and maybe a little wine).

Autumn Kersey of Treasure Valley Children's Theater began calling up winners from our category. Believe me, we were so honored to be there, we would have been thrilled to be called up first to accept the 10th place award. With each winner that wasn't us, our eyes grew wider. 10th, 9th, 8th, 7th--and these were amazing companies we respect and admire! We couldn't believe it when Autumn announced her "friends in downtown Meridian, Tribute Media" for 5th place.

Avoid the Pitfalls of Marketing Myopia

Posted by Lindsey Bowshier on Apr 12, 2017 2:05:00 PM

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What is marketing myopia? Simply put: it's tunnel vision. More specifically, it's what occurs when a business becomes complacent in its marketing efforts, and either focuses too much on the products they sell and not enough on the benefits it provides the user, or focuses far too much on one marketing channel and ignores others.

How to Plan Inbound Marketing Campaign Emails

Posted by Sarah Wai on Apr 11, 2017 8:27:00 AM

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A few weeks ago, we covered the basic Elements of an Inbound Marketing Campaign, where we provided:

  • A checklist for the technical aspects, including landing pages, thank you pages, follow-up emails and workflows.
  • Ways to drive traffic to your offers via additional forms of content such as blog and social media posts, as well as emails.
  • The kind of skill sets you’ll need to make it all happen, including a designer, web developer, writer and a Google or SEO specialist.

With all of those basics laid out, we want to delve deeper. Although many businesses (maybe even yours) dismiss email, it is actually a powerful tool that too many miss out on.

The Best Ideas to Use Your Website as a PR Tool

Posted by Wendy Dessler on Mar 28, 2017 8:34:00 AM

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The public relations business is always changing and evolving.

Not that long ago, experienced PR firms focused their efforts on television and print media. Using websites to reach a broader audience was barely a thought when the Internet was in its infancy.

Things have changed dramatically. Print media is on a downward trend – although it’s still a valuable PR tool – and reaching a wider audience through social and digital media has taken off like a rocket.

Unfortunately, just having a website to promote your brand isn’t going to be enough. Across the world, there are millions of companies vying to gain online attention, and possibly thousands of companies directly competing against you in your industry or an adjacent one.

How do you turn your website into an effective PR tool?

Elements of an Inbound Marketing Campaign

Posted by Lindsey Bowshier on Mar 24, 2017 11:49:58 AM

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While developing one of the latest tools we'll be offering on our website—a nifty campaign planning tool and webinar—I thought I'd whip up a truncated, tactical guide to planning an inbound marketing campaign. Of course, seeing as we'll need a webinar AND a workbook to take you through what it takes to plan and manage a campaign, this post is only meant to guide you through at a very high level. 

Register for the Webinar!

Here is a quick look at the many elements of an inbound marketing campaign—a TL;DR version, if you will…

SEO vs. PPC - The showdown

Posted by Nikki Wardle on Mar 15, 2017 2:38:27 PM

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 "Should my business be using Pay-Per-Click (PPC) ads or an organic Search Engine Optimization (SEO) strategy?" I get that question all the time. And of course, my answer is, "It depends. What are your goals?

What? You mean it's not a straight "yes" or "no." Of course not. The answer is significantly dependent on what your company goals are. Are you selling a new product or service? Is there a great deal of education involved in purchasing your product or service? Is there a large barrier to entry for your product? Are you well-known in your industry? These are just a few of the questions you need to answer before looking at PPC or SEO.