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Stop me when this sounds familiar: one of your colleagues or clients comes up with an idea that sounds mildly intriguing. But, the plan they put together is based on assumptions, the offer they’re making isn’t compelling to customers, or the whole thing just seems destined to go nowhere. From your vantage point, it’s obvious the idea isn’t ever going to bear fruit.
Here at Kayak, we are big believers in the value of content creation and advanced CMS’s like HubSpot. We talk about them enthusiastically, and share the results we see from our own campaigns as well as the ones we deploy for our clients. That, in turn, gets other marketers excited about them. Business owners and marketers who come to us after reading our blogs and snapping u ...
As the principle of a web-based marketing company, I’m no stranger to the concept of change. My industry is driven and defined by new ideas, to the point that my colleagues and I are reinventing ourselves on a continual basis. When you’re trying to do things like manage search rankings, paid ads, content marketing and inbound lead generation, there are always new trends and pr ...
Most of us dream of writing a novel at some time or another. Who wouldn’t love the thought of sipping a latte, crafting a few words in a chapter of their novel, telling stories, and soaking up a healthy combination of royalty checks and public praise for the effort? But, as a marketer you'll need to put those daydreams aside for a moment.
Most business owners and and a few of us online marketers as well – who are concerned about search engine optimization and inbound lead generation – will obsess over the titles, keywords, and internal links used in their blog posts And yet, many never stop to think about a critical conversion element that immediately draws attention and sets the mood: the image that accompanies the post itself.
We've received some feedback from users lately that it's not super clear which features come with which particular tier of HubSpot Marketing. I can't say I'm too surprised by this feedback. After all, HubSpot does have 5 different tiers of the product (Free, Starter, Basic, Pro, Enterprise). So please allow us to clear the air :) The best way I can think to differentiate our ...
Recently, I found myself in the midst of an online debate about the search engine optimization value of GooglePlus content. Some of my colleagues insisted links from the platform worked their way into Google’s algorithm and content; others were adamant that G+ listings – and perhaps all social content – was irrelevant from a pure SEO and ranking standpoint.
The length of a landing page is a bit like the recipe for a good chilli: everyone has their own ideas about what should go in, and some passionate reasons why their version is superior to all others. Unfortunately, the opinions you often hear about landing page length are just those – opinions. They tend to be based on personal experience, rather than rigorous A/B testing.
How many blog subscribers do you have? What kind of conversion ratios are you achieving? How much money did you make from that offer? These are questions most of us might not want to answer publicly. They bring up the kinds of vulnerabilities or exposures we’d rather not have… much less admit to. As a result, we may be inclined to stretch the truth a little bit when asked about them.
Stop and think for a moment about how often you’ve seen something advertised on TV, or the Internet, and thought to yourself: “who would be stupid enough to buy that?” The implication, of course, is that other people could be tricked or swayed by transparently flimsy logic, but that you yourself are too savvy to fall for such simple-minded tricks.
Think back to the last great thing that happened in your business. Remember all the good work you put into making it happen, and smart decisions you made that led to the triumph. Now, reach into your memory to find a time when the new project or expansion didn’t work out. What was the reason? Without knowing the specifics, I’m guessing you can blame industry news, dishonest co ...
Your website isn’t just a marketing item – it’s a potential hub of information, relationship-building, and sales activity. It’s also the most visible component of your marketing plan. Do you get the sense it's under performing? Let's check on a few of the most common and telltale signs... #1 Your Website Isn’t Attracting Qualified Leads You wouldn’t hire a sales professional wh ...
One of the interesting things I've learned studying behaviour and unconscious bias in marketing is that most people tend to think of themselves as being average when it suits them, but extraordinary when it helps their self-esteem. And, because all of this happens on a subconscious level, we do it without even realizing it.
At some point or another, someone in your life – like a parent or spouse – probably reminded you that you aren’t indeed the centre of the universe. That’s something we all come to learn eventually, even if we don’t necessarily like it. On a psychological level, we tend to think deep down that we just might be integral to everything going on around us.
If you are in the business of producing blog posts, videos, and social content to improve your bottom line, then you’re probably used to watching these key metrics: visits, conversions, and sales. It’s always smart to know which way the numbers are pointing, of course, but it’s also easy to get so focused on these details that you miss the bigger picture.
Who is the one expert you trust more than any other in the world? If you’re like most people, you probably thought of a scientist, a mentor, friend, or even a religious leader. And just like the rest, you wound be completely wrong. Every one of us has a single authority that we believe in more than any other, and he or she lives in between your ears.
I’ve come across a wide range of apps promising private communications, from Confide and WhatsApp to SnapChat and even Tor Browsers. I posted news of one of these apps to Facebook and got a very quick response from Shawn Freeman of TWT telling me the apps were pretty much useless. That made me pause.
Admit it. It’s so easy for your social media feed to descend into random tweets and personal gripes. It's one of the reasons my team and I advocate in favour of establishing an editorial calendar. That lets you plan the bulk of your activity ahead of time so you're never left wondering what to blog or post about… which leaves you less tempted to use your business profiles as a ...
Very recently, the future of net neutrality became a hot topic. The assumption in many circles is that the governing powers in Washington are doing away with the rules that prevent Internet service providers from giving preferential treatment to one internet entity or another. The real-world effect of removing our beloved net neutrality means becoming a system in which many bu ...
No doubt you've heard of Simon Sinek's Start With Why TedX talks or his books, but did you know that the origins of The 9 Whys are the work of Dr. Gary Sanchez of the Why Institute? In the slim chance you haven't heard of either speaker, its a construct of 9 motivations that most people identify with as their primary 'purpose' in life.