Inbound Marketing Blog

Why a Human Presence is Crucial to Web Marketing

Posted by Wally Narwhal on Jun 26, 2017 10:30:00 AM

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Imagine, if you will, an office where everything is gray; the chairs, the walls, the floor. The employees are all similarly dressed in gray tones as well. There are no expressions on their faces and their voices are monotone. It’s cold and robotic. 

Now think about the last time you were on a business’s social media page or reading one of their blogs. Was it fun and personable or was it drab and gray? It is surprising how many businesses are still following this no-personality, all-business persona. Maybe it's because they are afraid they'll be perceived as unprofessional, or maybe they just don't have the right person managing their web marketing and social media accounts, either way, they are failing to engage their audience.

If you are one of these businesses, then it is definitely time to rethink your company’s image.

Organizing Your PPC Campaign & Setting Budgets

Posted by Nikki Wardle on Jun 23, 2017 11:38:00 AM

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If you have had experience running a Pay Per Click campaign using Google’s platform AdWords, then you know how important it is to organize your campaign properly and allocate the right amount of your ad spend budget to each campaign. The execution and overall success of your advertising campaign will depend on each campaign's targeted locations, demographics, keywords, landing pages, and how all of those relate to each adgroup and overall campaign.

Blog Commenting is NOT Dead

Posted by Sarah Wai on Jun 16, 2017 11:16:00 AM

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Confession: I am obsessed with research. I will spend hours poring over information to ensure that I have all the facts and angles figured out.

I also happen to be very skeptical when doing research, wondering: Who’s credible? Is what I’m reading just a ploy to convince me of something or are there others who agree?

That said, I am a huge believer in reading reviews, Googling additional information, and… checking the comments section.

Tribute Media Hires Sloane Bellante as Director of Sales

Posted by Wally Narwhal on Jun 14, 2017 3:40:00 PM

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For Immediate Release:

MERIDIAN, Idaho—

The Meridian-based web marketing agency, Tribute Media, has hired Sloane Bellante as its Director of Sales. In addition to conducting client consultations and representing Tribute Media at networking and community events, Bellante will be responsible for leading and growing the sales department.

Bellante has more than 15 years of sales and management experience, which includes positions with numerous businesses in the medical device industry. In October 2006, Bellante co-founded the Connecticut-based business Sleep Solutions, a company offering treatment and medical supplies to people suffering from sleep-related breathing disorders.

There is Not ONE "First Page" of Google

Posted by Nikki Wardle on Jun 8, 2017 9:04:00 AM

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Would you believe me if I told you that the first page of search results for "SEO Services" is different for John Doe in downtown Seattle using a laptop as opposed to someone sitting three miles away searching the same term using a phone? It's true.

That's why I want to smack some sense into any web marketing agency that claims they can get any website on the first page of search engine results. It's a very misleading statement, and simply too vague to be credible.

Does My Website Suck? Find Out with a Web Marketing Checkup!

Posted by Lindsey Bowshier on Jun 2, 2017 3:32:00 PM

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In 2015, when we started planning our first  Web Marketing Checkup Clinic, I wrote the original version of this blog post. Now that we've hosted a few of these checkup clinics, as well as conducted countless one-on-one checkups for clients and non-clients alike, I thought I would revisit how it all began and why this exercise is so important to us.

Hopefully, you've had the opportunity to have a web marketing checkup or have joined us for another workshop or event, here at the Tribute Media office. If you have, you know two things:

1) They are always fun and educational

2) Corey cooks some mean BBQ

But other than food and fun, why do we do it? Why do we lend our time and expertise to businesses... FOR FREE?

In short: Because we love building businesses.

Tribute Media Launches Strategic Partnership with The Marketing Minds

Posted by Wally Narwhal on May 31, 2017 11:02:39 AM

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MERIDIAN, Idaho--

Tribute Media is growing and launching a strategic partnership with The Marketing Minds.

Joining Forces

The Marketing Minds is a marketing company co-owned by Tribute Media's development manager, Norm Schurdell. After hiring Schurdell in August 2016, partnership talks began. With the alignment of The Marketing Minds and Tribute Media's goals, purpose and agile, consultative approach to marketing, the logical next step was to combine resources to the benefit of both businesses and their clients.

"We all thrive on great products and services in our continued pursuit to help build businesses around the world through effective & integrated marketing," Schurdell says of the partnership between the two agencies.

Understanding Conversion Rate Optimization

Posted by Corey Smith on May 26, 2017 2:12:00 PM

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For as long as business owners have had a location to hang their sign, they have tried to find more and more ways to get more and more people to buy from them.

What usually happens is that businesses (even experienced marketers) will simply create a punchlist of tactics that they think are important to do — if they do they’ll get sales.

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.