Inbound Marketing Blog

Use HubSpot Free Marketing Software to Track & Nurture Leads  

Posted by Sarah Wai on Nov 15, 2017 9:04:00 AM

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If you’re a data nerd like me, then you know that one of the most frustrating things in marketing is to *not know information about the users browsing your site content.* Sure, you could sift through all the information that Google Analytics provide, but there’s got to be an easier way to get some quick insights about leads and users…

Cue Lionel Richie singing “Hello, is it me you’re looking for?” as a Hubspot Free Marketing Software banner pops up on your screen.

What’s this? Hubspot has software that does this? And it’s FREE?

Why Working Remotely is Harder than You Think

Posted by Corey Smith on Nov 3, 2017 3:20:41 PM

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Last year we tested, and then made official, Office Free Friday. It's been a very cool thing for us as a company because it's provided us some much-needed focus time each week where our customers expect us to be a little less available.

If you aren't interested in clicking through to that announcement link, I'll give you the simple gist here. On Fridays, we officially close our office and our phones go directly to voicemail. It's still a working day, but because the office is closed, our employees have an option to work wherever they want.

Tips for Creating Assets for Inbound Marketing Campaigns

Posted by Lindsey Bowshier on Oct 10, 2017 3:46:11 PM

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You've pored over buyer personas and invested in understanding your audience. You've concocted a compelling offer, a valuable piece of content, a meaningful event. You've got what they want. You've got what they need. You're a marketing genius. 

The goal of any inbound marketing campaign is to convert your audience, your contacts, your leads, your prospects, into paying customers and raving fans of your business. And when you create an offer or an event, you are engaging that audience and showing them you've got what it takes to earn their business. You are building a relationship and earning trust and proving that your company can best serve their needs or that your product will solve their problems.

The best part is that people will just know you've done all that work and will just find your offer. 

Oh, wait. That's not right.

This is where your campaign collateral comes in. These assets are the big flashing arrows pointing people to your offer. They are placed where your audience already spends time online and create a path to your offer.

Below, we've listed a few of the major assets associated with pretty much every inbound marketing campaign and provided best practices to increase conversions. Keep these in mind when creating collateral for your next campaign. 

How to Use Hashtags for Marketing on Social Media

Posted by Sarah Wai on Sep 12, 2017 11:05:00 AM

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Social media is a crucial tool in web marketing for businesses. Many business owners understand the power of embracing technology and what it can do for their company, but there  is still some reluctance to embrace social media. Most of this reluctance comes because most businesses simply don't understand how it all works. In this blog, we're going to focus on the importance and usage of the hashtag(#) on social media in order to further educate those of you who may be confused or need some direction. 

3 Make it or Break it Principles of Web Usability

Posted by Wendy Dessler on Aug 29, 2017 8:58:47 AM

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This may not sound encouraging, but research shows us that the average online user will stay on a website for less than one minute. So you obviously have to make a strong impression with visitors to keep them coming back for more. Since you only have less than a minute to do this, it’s best to learn web usability principles to improve your chances for success.

Facebook News Feed Algorithm Updates August 2017: How They Affect You

Posted by Sarah Wai on Aug 23, 2017 4:14:53 PM

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Facebook, like every other social media platform, is always evolving. Most recently (rolled out in summer 2017), they updated some key components in their news feed algorithm. If you’re one of the millions that noticed a recent change in your Facebook News Feed, you may have had the initial reaction I did, which was annoyance.

“I’ve seen all of these already… days ago, because they’re a WEEK old. Why am I seeing them again?”

Okay, I know that sounds petty when it’s written out, but isn’t that how social media has wired us now? We want to see the most recent news, not week-old news.

After doing more research, I realized that Facebook actually did something right.

Are You Guilty of These Social Media Taboos?

Posted by Sarah Wai on Aug 14, 2017 7:00:00 AM

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Social media is an incredible tool that allows you to connect instantaneously with users all over the world in the blink of the eye. Increasingly, businesses are utilizing social media as a way to connect with clients and prospects. However, what many professionals don't realize is: it’s all too easy to commit social media taboos and not even know it!

Why does this matter? Because, believe it or not, you can be penalized, or receive flak or kickback from these, and you definitely want to avoid that. Read on to discover six of the most common taboos we've identified that can harm you.

How to Calculate the ROI of Your Company Blog

Posted by Sarah Wai on Aug 11, 2017 9:02:00 AM

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Let’s be honest - if you aren’t blogging, then you need to be; and if you are blogging but don’t see the benefit, then it’s time to re-evaluate your blogging strategy.

There are a number of ways to determine the ROI of your blog, and those ultimately depend on your goals. However, we’ve determined one way that may help you in determining if you are getting the ROI you need and what’s included in that calculation.

See, here’s the thing: if you are only blogging for blogging sake, then you are going to see a minimal return on investment. Read on to learn about what it takes to get a maximum ROI for blogging.

Getting Started on Pinterest

Posted by Sarah Wai on Aug 3, 2017 7:02:00 PM

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It is no longer an option for businesses to ignore social media platforms. Each platform has a unique audience of users, and with each audience you may get different levels of engagement - so don't assume that failing to reach one audience means you'll fail to reach any audience on social. We use several social media platforms at Tribute Media. They are all used for different reasons and they all have their own culture while still maintaining our brand. The trick to using it successfully is to know who your target audience is and how they are using each platform. 

Pinterest is a stand-alone visual social network built around engaging visual content. Users share images from the web by “pinning” them on to a series of virtual boards. These images then (when clicked on) lead to a web page away from Pinterest. That's where it becomes beneficial for your company. If you can catch a lead from Pinterest through an image, title, and short description - you've got the opportunity to direct them to your website.