Fun fact: nobody likes writing- not even writers. Writing can be creatively rewarding, but it can also be a constant struggle of trying to produce consistent, quality content for your digital marketing strategies. But the good news is that you can fake it till you make it. Here are 5 content writing hacks that will guide you how to write a blog … [Read more...] about 5 Blog Content Writing Hacks for Digital Marketing
Finding your perfect customer is crucial to your marketing and website. But how do you find them? The answer is by mapping out your customer journey. This is the path that your ideal customer takes from lead all the way to sale. This allows you to know exactly where your customer is searching online and how to create content to answer their … [Read more...] about How to Create a Customer Journey Map [Free Template]
Traditional web design is broken. The struggle with traditional design is that almost immediately after a site is launched, the design and content begins to grow stale. The internet is an ever-evolving beast, and when your site doesn't evolve along with it, it ages quickly. A whopping 94% of visitors reported they closed out of a website or didn't … [Read more...] about What Is Growth-Driven Web Design? (And Why You Should Care)
SEO is a complex, extensive and tricky process. Experts constantly have to stay on top of the latest research to successfully rank online. As of 2021, there are a few core rules to follow for SEO to give your website the best chance at ranking online. Give these 12 tips a try and give your website a boost in traffic. 1. Understand Search … [Read more...] about 12 Must-Follow SEO Tips for Your Digital Marketing
Great online advertising drives leads and allows you to reach all your goals. Ads are a good tool for building short term traffic, getting the word out on events, sales and promos...but they also come with a price tag. How to run a successful ad campaign and balance your spending budget with ROI is a challenging task. Use these tips to run a … [Read more...] about How to Run a Successful Ad Campaign for Digital Marketing
We’re all bombarded with so many words a day that they all blur together into a shapeless mush. It takes some truly special content to stand out from the rest. How can you make your online marketing efforts reach the most people? Make it epic. Stories unite us. They define us. There’s a reason why stories like the Iliad and Paradise Lost are still … [Read more...] about How to Write Epic Content
How do customers find you online? For most, it starts with a search in Google. For that reason, it’s critical to ensure that your information in Google is up-to-date and accurate. One of the best ways to do this is by using Google My Business. What Is Google My Business? If you’ve spent any time online, you’ve probably stumbled across Google My … [Read more...] about What is Google My Business?
I was going to start out this blog post with a question, and then I realized it's ironic of me to ask our audience a question when we have comments disabled on our blog. But why do we disable comments when other blogs enable them? The debate of enabling/disabling comments is one that perpetually plagues the digital marketing world. Some … [Read more...] about Do Blog Comments Help SEO and Digital Marketing?
Many manufacturing companies struggle with digital marketing. It's difficult to draw in business when you're not selling a product someone can buy directly from your website and when your sales process is long. Additionally, it can be hard to stand out among the crowd when all your competitors are doing the same thing. For manufacturers, inbound … [Read more...] about The Beginner’s Guide to Inbound Marketing for Manufacturers
What makes a good social media post? Today we're slicing open some successful social media posts to see how they're built. For our purposes today, I'm defining "successful" as any of the following:Reached at least 20% of followers Received 5% engagement compared to total number of people reached Received comments and/or sharesThese … [Read more...] about The Anatomy of a Successful Social Media Post
What makes an email "successful?" What gets your audience to take action? What gets them to click? What creates an impression in their mind? That's what we'll look at in this blog. For our purposes today, I'm defining "successful" as achieving one of the below:Open Rate above industry averages Click Rate above industry averages The main … [Read more...] about The Anatomy of a Successful Email
Social media marketing is a critical part of every digital marketing strategy. Unfortunately, it's also a time-consuming one. Social media is often an area of marketing that gets left by the wayside when business is busy. One way you can prevent your social media activity from grinding to a halt is by setting up social media automation. These … [Read more...] about How to Automate Your Social Media
With fame comes jealousy, and that's true even on Google. Ranking on search engines is such a competitive game that some will go to drastic lengths to achieve it. While most companies are content to compete with each other above board, inevitably some will stoop to scammy and slimy tactics to get ahead. Negative SEO (search engine optimization) is … [Read more...] about What is Negative SEO? (And How Defend Against It)
You can hack a phone, you can hack a website, you can even hack a planet...But what about hacking growth? Growth hacking has become a buzzword in entrepreneurial circles. But what does it mean exactly? And how do you go about doing it? This article will explain the fundamentals of growth hacking, how to get started and tactics you can use to hack … [Read more...] about The Best Growth Hacks for 2021
Digital marketing and inbound marketing are frequently mentioned online - but what do they actually mean? And what's the difference between the two? What is Digital Marketing? Digital marketing is a broad term for any marketing done online. This includes search engine optimization (SEO), content marketing, pay-per-click advertising (PPC), social … [Read more...] about What’s the Difference Between Digital Marketing and Inbound Marketing?
"How do you rank on Google?" is the million-dollar question that fuels every business with a website. It's also one that has a million-word-long explanation behind it. The short answer: You rank on Google with Search Engine Optimization (SEO) The long answer: It's complicated No one knows exactly how Google's algorithm works except Google … [Read more...] about How to Create SEO Content
Video has exploded in popularity in recent years, but some businesses still avoid video because of outdated myths. Some think video is just too expensive while others think it doesn't offer much value. The truth is that 88% of video marketers reported that video gives them a positive ROI. If you haven't seriously considered video marketing, now is … [Read more...] about Busting Video Marketing Myths
LinkedIn is an unusual social media network. Content that goes viral on Facebook or Twitter may fizzle on LinkedIn. As the preferred place for business and networking online, LinkedIn has its own culture and own guidelines for what performs best. If you're looking to increase your engagement on LinkedIn, try these 5 tips to inspire more … [Read more...] about How to Get More Engagement on LinkedIn
Learning how to create and bid for ads online is a daunting process - which is why so many business owners rely on marketing companies to create their online ads for them. But it's also useful to peek behind the curtain and understand how to create an online ad bidding strategy. Today we'll cover the two most popular online ad platforms - Facebook … [Read more...] about Tips for Creating an Online Ad Bidding Strategy
Conversions - can't live with them, can't live without them. Conversions are form fills, phone calls, product purchases - any tangible action someone takes on your website that sets them on the path of becoming a customer. However, conversions are also a tricky beast to master. This is where conversion rate optimization comes into play. What is a … [Read more...] about What is Conversion Rate Optimization?
Inbound marketing success is not guaranteed by following a one-size fits all formula. A certain level of trial and inevitable error is necessary to find the right fit for each company, as well as remain agile when there are updates and ranking changes. But there are still some common mistakes that companies make when they first begin inbound … [Read more...] about 5 Inbound Marketing Mistakes You’re Probably Making
Do you pour hours into your marketing, only for it to fall flat? Does your content get a lot of views, but very few conversions (if any)? Final question: are you using marketing personas? If you aren't using personas (or are using inaccurate personas) there's a good chance that's the reason behind your lackluster marketing results. Marketing … [Read more...] about 5 Pre-Made Personas to Kickstart Your Digital Marketing
When we talk social media, we usually talk about impressions and reach. To the uninitiated, these terms sound interchangeable, but in the social media sphere there's a world of difference between them. So what are they exactly, and which one is more important? What are Impressions? Social media impressions are the total number of times your content … [Read more...] about Social Media Impressions vs. Reach: Which Matters More?
Struggling to rank for key terms in Minneapolis among your competition? Don't write off digital marketing - you just may not be using the right tactics. Inbound marketing helps your content stand out and improve your shot at ranking in Minneapolis. What is Inbound Marketing? Inbound marketing is customer-oriented and … [Read more...] about How to Rank in Minneapolis with HubSpot Inbound Marketing
Let's pretend for a moment that you own a sandwich shop. Which sounds like the better option for attracting new customers?A. Standing in front of your shop and shouting about how incredible your sandwiches are at any passers-by. B. Standing in front of your shop and offering food samples to passers-by.Most of us would choose option B. But … [Read more...] about What is Inbound Marketing? [Free eBook]
Do you have a clear picture of who your ideal customer is? Do you know what they like? What they do in their free time? How many children they have? If not, it's time to start building buyer personas for your business. What is a Buyer Persona? Buyer personas are fictional, generalized representations of your ideal customers. They have a name, an … [Read more...] about What is a Buyer Persona? (And How Do I Make One?)
It seems like no matter where you look, someone is giving a webinar on something. From digital marketing to Hygge, there's a webinar for everything. If you want to try your hand at hosting a webinar, this guide is everything you need to start presenting. Choose Your Subject Before you start, it's important that you create your … [Read more...] about The Ultimate Guide to Hosting a Webinar
The leaves are falling, the air has a definitive snap in it and Minnesotans are taking their snowblowers out of storage - that can only mean one thing. Winter is right around the corner, and with winter comes an abundance of holidays. Now is the time to start planning your holiday marketing strategy. Here's how to get started. Make a Plan Holiday … [Read more...] about How to Plan a Holiday Marketing Strategy
Summer is the time for pool parties, outdoor grilling and watching the clock until the end of the work day. It's hard to stay motivated through the summer when business typically slows and your mind is elsewhere. But it's important to keep your momentum going through the summer, instead of falling into the dreaded summer slump. HubSpot asked three … [Read more...] about Avoid the Summer Slump: Grow Your Marketing with Growth-Driven Design
Instagram is the land of selfies and food pics, but is there a place for B2B? It may seem like Instagram is only useful for consumer-oriented brands to post cute photos of their products, but B2B brands can also utilize Instagram to generate more business. HubSpot's team at their B2B Marketing Lab created a simple-to-follow guide on how to use … [Read more...] about How to Use Instagram for B2B Marketing
Anyone can slap together an inbound marketing campaign. But a campaign that actually works? One that consistently brings in high-quality leads? That's a challenge. Creating inbound marketing campaigns that convert requires more planning and maintenance than just throwing everything on the wall and seeing what sticks. But high-converting marketing … [Read more...] about How to Create Inbound Marketing Campaigns that Convert
Landing pages are the bread-and-butter of inbound marketing. But most landing pages are a burnt piece of toast. It's easy to create landing pages, but creating landing pages that convert is much more of a challenge. There are some basic mistakes that sabotage your landing pages before they ever have a chance to be successful. If your landing pages … [Read more...] about 5 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Landing Pages
In the days of print marketing, marketing efforts were broad paint strokes. You sent your fliers to as many mailboxes as you could, knowing a small percentage would actually reach out to you. Marketing wasn't tailored to different buyers, it was general to appeal to as many people as possible. Today's consumers expect a different kind of process. … [Read more...] about Walking the Buyer’s Journey
It pays to be smart - SMART about your goals, anyway. If your current marketing goals are just "I want to make money," it's time to sit down and come up with some tangible goals. Defining goals is the best way to track your marketing success and get the most bang for your buck. And the best type of goals are SMART goals. What Are SMART … [Read more...] about How to Set SMART Marketing Goals in 5 Steps
Are you ready to get started with inbound marketing, but aren't sure what your first step should be? It's ok - take my hand. Follow me through this easy checklist of what you need, and you'll have your first inbound marketing campaign off the ground in no time. What Is Inbound Marketing? Inbound marketing is customer-oriented and … [Read more...] about The Only Inbound Marketing Campaign Checklist You’ll Ever Need