What is a Business Plan? Definition, Tips, and Templates

What is a Business Plan? Definition, Tips, and Templates

The business plan is an undeniably critical component to getting any company off the ground. It’s key to securing financing, documenting your business model, outlining your financial projections, and turning that nugget of a business idea into a reality. In an era where more than 50% of small enterprises fail in their first year, having a clear, defined, and well thought-out business plan is a crucial first step for setting up a business for long-term success. Business plans are a required tool for all entrepreneurs, business owners, business acquirers, and even business school students. But … what exactly is a business plan? In this post, we’ll explain what a business […]

How to Develop a Successful Marketing Mix Strategy [+ Templates]

How to Develop a Successful Marketing Mix Strategy [+ Templates]

One of the first things you’re taught in your Introduction to Marketing class is that marketing can be best explained using the marketing mix — also known as the four P’s. They are — and say ’em with me, because if you took that class, you know these four words by heart: Product Price Place Promotion One of the first things you’re taught in your first marketing internship or job, however, is that marketing entails so much more than can be simplified in a four-section marketing mix matrix. Still, there’s an undeniable benefit of marketing teams organizing their work into the marketing mix framework. When you stray too far away […]

How to Create a Social Media Report [Free Template]

How to Create a Social Media Report [Free Template]

Social media is an undeniably powerful channel for marketing in 2020. In fact, social networks are the biggest source of inspiration for consumer purchases, with 37% of consumers finding purchase inspiration through social channels. However, if you’re using social media as a tool for organic exposure and brand awareness, rather than just a channel for paid ads, it can be difficult to track the success of your efforts. As any social media manager knows, successful implementation of a social media strategy is contingent on countless factors — and all companies prioritize different channels, metrics, and criteria for success. For example, is paid more important than organic to your business, and […]

12 Essential Media Planning Tools

12 Essential Media Planning Tools

Your customers are consuming messages in more ways than ever before — online, in publications, on TV, the radio, and on their phones…to name a few. Companies that invest effort in choosing the right platforms for the sake of customer acquisition and retention — and the right messages to promote on them — are engaging in media planning, which has become a requirement for organizations hoping to reach their audiences across multiple channels. The process of media planning is ongoing — one that requires diligence, an understanding of your audience, and knowledge of the various outlets where you can spread the word of your company. However, it’s almost impossible to […]

How to Create a Product Launch Email [Outlines + Templates]

How to Create a Product Launch Email [Outlines + Templates]

There are few times more exciting in a company than during a product launch. Anticipation brews and a sense of optimism emerges around the prospect of a growth in market share. Still, a question always arises when a new product launches: do enough people know about this product launch for it to be successful? There are multiple avenues to communicate through during a product launch — ads, social media, PR, and blog promotion, to name a few. Yet one of the most underrated and effective communication methods to alert internal and external stakeholders is a product launch email. Not only can product launch emails be used for raising awareness of […]

How Long Should Blog Posts Be in 2020? [New Data]

How Long Should Blog Posts Be in 2020? [New Data]

If you’re a blogger, you’ve probably asked your editor “how long should this blog post be” more times than you’d care to admit. And most of the time, you’ll hear an answer that sounds something like this: “However long it needs to be.” There’s certainly a nugget of truth in there — you shouldn’t beholden yourself to a character count that’s either too low or too high. However, any experienced blogger will tell you that there is an ideal length or range for how long your blog posts should be, especially when you take certain criteria into account like your audience, the topic, the structure of the post, and what […]

50 Bright Ideas for Promoting Content to Drive Leads

50 Bright Ideas for Promoting Content to Drive Leads

There’s nothing quite as euphoric as launching a new piece of content. You’ve put in days, weeks, or even months’ worth of work into it, and nothing can express your excitement to get in front of the eyes of your customers, leads, and website visitors. All that said, there’s nothing quite as soul-crushing (on a professional level, at least) as having no one interact with your content. Content is being created, published, and refreshed every second of every day. In 2019, more than four million blog posts were published on a daily basis — not to mention the abundance of ebooks, templates, podcast episodes, infographics, and videos that go live […]

50 Bright Ideas for Promoting Content to Drive Leads

50 Bright Ideas for Promoting Content to Drive Leads

There’s nothing quite as euphoric as launching a new piece of content. You’ve put in days, weeks, or even months’ worth of work into it, and nothing can express your excitement to get in front of the eyes of your customers, leads, and website visitors. All that said, there’s nothing quite as soul-crushing (on a professional level, at least) as having no one interact with your content. Content is being created, published, and refreshed every second of every day. In 2019, more than four million blog posts were published on a daily basis — not to mention the abundance of ebooks, templates, podcast episodes, infographics, and videos that go live […]

How to Make an Ad: A 10-Step Guide

How to Make an Ad: A 10-Step Guide

Advertising is changing — in fact, in 2020, companies will spend more than $250 billion on media advertising for the first time in U.S. history. More companies are spending money on advertising than ever before. As a result, there are now innumerable platforms you can use to promote your product, service, or business. But how do you choose the right medium to promote your platform? And once you decide, how do you actually make the ad? There’s a lot that goes into making an advertisement — from market research, to choosing the right medium, to developing creative assets. To simplify the process for you, we’ve outlined the necessary steps you’ll […]