How 3 HubSpot Managers Found Strong Co-Marketing Partnerships [+How You Can, Too]

How 3 HubSpot Managers Found Strong Co-Marketing Partnerships [+How You Can, Too]

A solid co-marketing partnership is one of the better ways to reach a previously untapped audience, generate positive publicity, and create a wealth of valuable marketing collateral. When done right, it’s a mutually beneficial, thoroughly productive way to boost your marketing efforts as a whole. Aligning yourself with an industry peer can pay off in spades, but these kinds of relationships aren’t easy to start and sustain. Your partner’s interests and qualities need to complement yours, and the companies you work with have to be reliable enough to consistently pull their weight. Finding a company that fits that bill is hard in its own right, but once you’ve identified one […]

How to A/B Test CTAs Like HubSpot Experts

How to A/B Test CTAs Like HubSpot Experts

The call to action is a put up or shut up moment that can turn curiosity into a legitimate business opportunity. It’s the bridge between visitors and leads — a point of entry that allows you to capitalize on the web traffic you generate. Despite its potentially massive business implications, your average CTA is generally pretty small and unassuming — maybe a button or a line of text. It might seem like the blog post or product page the CTA is placed on is all that matters when it comes to how many leads it ultimately generates It’s easy to think that the copy, color, or placement of a call […]

Optimize or Advertise? Comparing Organic vs. Paid Social Media

Optimize or Advertise? Comparing Organic vs. Paid Social Media

They say, “The best things in life are free.” Which I never thought was necessarily true. I mean some of the best things are free — love, sunshine, fireflies, and whatnot. But there are a lot of awesome things that cost money — nunchucks, BMX bikes, DVDs of the movie Kung Fu Panda 3. So the line is kind of muddled when it comes to establishing whether free stuff is better than things that come at a cost — and the case of social media marketing is no exception. The debate between organic vs. paid social media isn’t exactly cut and dry. Both options have their strengths and weaknesses. Here, […]

The 4 Snackable Content Formats Every Marketer Should Understand

The 4 Snackable Content Formats Every Marketer Should Understand

Let’s imagine a world where I just started my own lifestyle brand called Lightning on Fire Inc. You’re probably thinking, “Wow, that name rules! But what do you sell?” We sell a lifestyle. Now, you’re probably wondering, “Wow, that sounds like it rules! But what does that mean?” Well … we don’t actually know yet. What we do know is that we want to create some content to get our marketing efforts off the ground. But our staff isn’t great with long-form articles, and Lightning on Fire’s target audience is looking for content they can consume quickly and share consistently. In this case, we would try to produce what’s known […]

5 Common Integrated Marketing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

5 Common Integrated Marketing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Say there’s a mattress company that’s just designed a revolutionary new waterbed. Upon the model’s release, sales are less than stellar, and the business is struggling to make headway in the unforgiving, dog-eat-dog world known more commonly as the waterbed industry. The company decides it needs to make a concentrated effort to stand out and looks to its marketing department for answers. The marketers at the company decide to promote a contest — one where consumers submit videos of themselves drinking individual glasses of water in creative ways. Whoever submits the video deemed most creative wins a free waterbed and an all-expense-paid trip to Water Country — the preeminent waterpark […]

The Evolution of Content Marketing: How It’s Changed and Where It’s Going in the Next Decade

The Evolution of Content Marketing: How It’s Changed and Where It’s Going in the Next Decade

A sound content marketing strategy is one of the better ways a business can help shape its brand identity, garner interest from prospects, and retain an engaged audience. It lets you establish authority in your space, project legitimacy, and build trust between you and who you’re trying to reach. As you can assume, it’s well worth understanding. But that’s easier said than done. Content marketing isn’t static. The landscape of the practice is constantly changing. It doesn’t look the same now as it did ten years ago, and in ten years it won’t look the same as it does now. It’s a difficult topic to pin down — one with […]

How to Get the Most out of Your Ecommerce Marketing Strategy

How to Get the Most out of Your Ecommerce Marketing Strategy

What do a Hand Forged 1060 High Carbon Black Steel Blade Full Tang Samurai Katana Sword and a 7,541-Piece Lego Millennium Falcon™ Replica have in common? Well, first and foremost, they’re both awesome. Second, if you have kids under the age of three, you probably don’t want them playing with either — one is a choking hazard and one is a katana. And third, you can buy both through the magic of something called ecommerce — the sale of products or services online. Ecommerce is becoming a staple of companies’ sales and marketing operations across virtually every industry. Here, we’ll examine some ecommerce marketing strategies your business can employ to […]

Local Lead Generation: The Tips, Tricks, and Tools to Do It Right

Local Lead Generation: The Tips, Tricks, and Tools to Do It Right

Let’s imagine you manage a balloon animal artist collective in Omaha, Nebraska. You notice your company’s growth is plateauing. You mostly serve a strange crop of repeat customers who throw a lot of parties and really like balloon animals, but they can only do so much for you. You realize you need new business and decide a base of interested contacts would be a great place to start. In other words, you need to generate new leads, but you’re not sure what you’re supposed to do. Your company isn’t some multinational balloon animal conglomerate — it’s just a collective that features three of the top ten most celebrated balloon animal […]

The 2020 Guide to Instagram Ad Costs

The 2020 Guide to Instagram Ad Costs

Do you remember in 2012 when Mark Zuckerberg bought Instagram for $1 billion? It was a gamble. At the time of the acquisition, the platform was valued at half the purchase price, had 30 million users, and wasn’t generating revenue. But as it turns out, Zuckerberg absolutely nailed it. Instagram blew up, and six years after the acquisition, Bloomberg estimated it was worth roughly $100 billion. The application’s 100-fold increase in value was paralleled by an equally meteoric rise in popularity. Today, the platform has over 1 billion active users worldwide. People of almost every background and walk of life are represented on Instagram — making it prime territory for […]

Starting a Freelance Business: A Step-by-Step Guide

Starting a Freelance Business: A Step-by-Step Guide

So, you’re in the business of starting a business. You’re looking for the freedom and flexibility that comes with only answering to yourself. You’re planning to take life by the reins and your industry by storm. In other words, you want to get your own freelance business going.   Starting a freelance business is an exciting prospect. Perks like setting your own hours and pursuing your passion are certainly attractive — but a lot of effort, strategy, and planning goes into earning those benefits. It’s a tough road with a lot of confusing twists and turns, so it helps to have a map. Let’s explore some key points you’ll have […]