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Recycle Old Blog Content for New Inbound Marketing Campaigns

Posted by Sarah Wai on May 23, 2017 4:02:00 PM

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If your company has been blogging for years, you have likely had many campaigns that have inspired blogs posts. But now that those campaigns have ended, you may be wondering: “What purpose do these posts serve now that my campaigns are over?”

Besides the obvious SEO benefit of blog posts, there is another benefit to keeping them in your repertoire: You can recycle them.

Here are a few ways to repurpose your old content to drive user engagement and traffic to new campaigns.

Ask These Questions in Your Buyer Persona Interviews

Posted by Sarah Wai on May 18, 2017 9:22:00 AM

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We talk a lot about Buyer Personas at Tribute Media because they're a critical factor in effective Inbound Marketing. But many of you may be asking: "How do I start researching and creating these personas from scratch?"

It all begins with asking the right questions. From there, you create your buyer personas, then you ask more questions and refine your personas.

Read on for the questions we recommend you ask in your initial interviews, as well as additional questions to refine your personas later, and finally, tips on how to utilize your personas.

3 Super Simple Ideas to Align Sales and Marketing

Posted by Lindsey Bowshier on May 16, 2017 7:00:00 AM

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When I first started hearing about this idea of sales and marketing being a strained relationship, I didn't really understand. At that point, I think I had just been very lucky that all my experiences with marketing and sales alignment were positive. It was just a big ol' love fest over here at Tribute Media.

But I've seen the data. I've watched some of our clients struggle. And ultimately, the proof is in the numbers in the State of Inbound report.

Only 22% of respondents reported that their teams are tightly aligned. Forty-four percent report they are generally aligned, which isn't a bad place to be.

However, for as many people who feel tightly aligned (22%), there are even more (25%) who report some contention in the relationship between sales and marketing (either that they are rarely aligned or misaligned).

For those looking to improve the relationship, alignment and general understanding between these two departments, here are a few super simple ideas to get you started.

How Email Marketing Beats Social Media in Lead Generation

Posted by Sarah Wai on May 15, 2017 8:53:00 AM

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Email marketing and social media may serve different purposes in your overall marketing strategy, but when it comes to lead generation, one comes out on top: Email marketing.

Both are beneficial and critical to any marketing campaign, but once you get a grip on the differences, you’ll get a better feel for how you should be utilizing email and social media in your campaigns to gain a higher ROI.

What’s the Deal with Duplicate Content?

Posted by Nikki Wardle on May 10, 2017 4:40:00 PM

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When people talk about duplicate website content, they're referring to when the same content shows up on more than one page of your website or when you use content on your website that can be found on other sites on the web. This includes, but is not limited to:

How to Market Your Veterinary Clinic

Posted by Lindsey Bowshier on May 8, 2017 2:33:22 PM

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To earn business, veterinary clinics have to do more than just put up a sign. Pet owners have many options--other veterinary clinics or simply choosing to not be proactive in their pet's health--so to engage pet owners in your community, you have to offer valuable information and educational opportunities.

We've seen, first hand, veterinary clinics earn new business by hosting in-clinic events and seminars, as well as offering helpful content on their websites such as eBooks and guides.

Once you've organized an event or created a great piece of content, then use the following elements to create your supporting collateral.

Buyer Persona + Buyer's Journey = Highly Targeted Content

Posted by Ben Schultz on May 1, 2017 4:14:00 PM

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If you've ever tried talking with someone who doesn't seem to listen to you, you know how annoying it can be. You try to make a point, but they just run over it like a steamroller and talk about something that interests them.

Why is this so frustrating? Because, even if they don't mean to, these people send the message, "I only care about me. I don't care about you. You don't matter."

No one likes hearing this. Especially not potential clients--after all, why give money to someone who doesn't respect you? That's why it's so important to understand buyer personas and the buyer's journey--it helps you create content that tells customers, "We understand you, we value you and we have what you need."

Website Content: What Google Cares about

Posted by Nikki Wardle on Apr 28, 2017 9:52:00 AM

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You and Google have something in common: you both love fresh, quality content that is full of substance, easily digestible and relevant. Content that is relatable, thought-provoking and maybe elicits a bit of emotion. Content that speaks to the reader, not at the reader.

Sadly, a majority of the content companies produce on a daily basis is just not the quality content people will engage with. It’s dull, with very little substance and has a very me-me-me focus. It's no wonder fake news sites easily captured the majority of readers' attention. But that issue is another blog altogether.

Why Create Exclusionary or Negative Buyer Personas?

Posted by Ben Schultz on Apr 24, 2017 9:31:00 AM

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Have you ever thought of the parallels between marketing your business and dating? They are more similar than you might think. Trying to find the right prospects to invest your marketing and sales efforts into can be a lot like finding love. And when you're looking for love (or creating buyer personas for your business), it's just as important to know your deal breakers as it is to know the characteristics you are attracted to. Let's break it down.

They're Just Not That Into You

Think back to your dating days (or, if you're still single, think about the current dating pool). You might have run into this one particular type of guy/girl. They had something that you really liked, but it always came with waaaaay too many red flags. Perhaps you even worked out a kind of checklist for this type: