How 5 Brands Use WhatsApp For Marketing

How 5 Brands Use WhatsApp For Marketing

In 2019, WhatsApp reached 2 billion global users and solidified itself as the most popular mobile messaging app worldwide. When the app launched in 2009, it was just a basic SMS platform that allowed you to log on, text message friends, send photos or videos, and make voice calls globally using Wi-Fi. The app became popular as an alternative to paying costly phone bills to communicate with loved ones around the world. As one of WhatsApp’s earlier adopters, I discovered the app when studying abroad in Ireland. After blowing up my U.S. cell phone bill with roaming fees and spending countless euros just to text my roommate on pay-as-you-go Irish […]

What Is Twitch? How Do Brands Use It?

What Is Twitch? How Do Brands Use It?

I am an avid player of The Sims video games. For over a decade, I’ve been a dedicated fan, buying each new release and playing them over and over again. Eventually, my interest in the simulation game led me to find a community of others who feel the same way. So, I started watching YouTube videos of people playing the Sims. Most of the YouTubers promoted their Twitch accounts, where they would broadcast live play-throughs. I didn’t pay attention to Twitch at first, but eventually, curiosity got the best of me and I decided to check it out one day. Warning: Twitch can get highly addicting. The first time I […]

Email Analytics: The 8 Email Marketing Metrics & KPIs You Should Be Tracking

Email Analytics: The 8 Email Marketing Metrics & KPIs You Should Be Tracking

There’s a lot to say when it comes to how to do email marketing well. We could talk for days about the most critical components of an optimized email, common email marketing mistakes you might be making, and examples of brilliant email marketing that will inspire you. But at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how optimized your emails are if you can’t see the results of your efforts — not to mention measure whether email is helping you hit your goals. So before sending your next email, pause for a few minutes and ask yourself: What is the goal of my email marketing? Is it to grow my subscriber […]

Are Amazon ‘Sponsored Products’ Ads Worth It?

Are Amazon ‘Sponsored Products’ Ads Worth It?

Say you’re in the market for a new pair of headphones or a new guitar tuner. Where would you start your search? Google, right? Not so fast. Amazon came away with nearly 40% of the US ecommerce market in 2018. Google still remains the top search tool for B2B purchases and services and informational queries that lead to purchases, but Amazon is the dominant front runner in ecommerce. Need help getting started with inbound ads on Amazon, Google, LinkedIn, or Facebook? Book a free meeting with The Center for Inbound Advertising here. So what does this mean for you? When you’re thinking about your online advertising strategy, you want 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 […]

Why HubSpot’s Director of Web Strategy Says Your Website Isn’t About You

Why HubSpot’s Director of Web Strategy Says Your Website Isn’t About You

Welcome to 2020. In a recent survey conducted by HubSpot Research, 63% of marketers responded that they are looking to make a website upgrade this year. Are you? The discussion of web strategy can take many directions, from copywriting to conversion paths. When we consider website optimization and overall web strategy, accessibility should be one of your main objectives in 2020 and onward. Accessibility is a broad term, but there are a few main things I will focus on in this article: a continuous monumental shift to mobile devices, transparency and disclosure of information, and properly interpreting user intent. In 2020, build your web strategy around your audience’s needs first. […]

How AI Tools Dropped One Agency’s Reporting Time by 97%

How AI Tools Dropped One Agency’s Reporting Time by 97%

As marketers in 2020, there’s one major thing that we have in common: We’re driven by data. Regardless of whether we’re copywriters, social media managers, videographers, or web designers, data is key to helping us determine which projects are successful, which strategies might require more of a budget, and which tactics we need to leave behind. But those who thrive on data also know its one major downfall: it can take hours to collect and organize. Even if you have an analytics software that tracks a campaign’s traffic, engagements, ROI, and other KPIs, you’ll likely still need to take time to organize these numbers, analyze them, and come up with […]

Remote Smarketing 101: How to Align Distributed Marketing and Sales Teams

Remote Smarketing 101: How to Align Distributed Marketing and Sales Teams

To create the optimal customer experience, it’s undeniably critical your sales and marketing teams are well-aligned. If you don’t, your prospects will suffer. For instance, imagine this: your prospect has been researching a new video conferencing tool for weeks. She’s finally found one company she’s extremely interested in — yours. Before calling a sales rep, your prospect decides to read numerous blog posts on your website. She also downloads an ebook, watches your company’s YouTube videos, and even chats in a few of your community forums. Once your marketing materials have convinced her your product could be a good fit, she decides to call one of your company’s sales rep. […]

9 Ways Healthcare Marketers Should Utilize Social Media

9 Ways Healthcare Marketers Should Utilize Social Media

Social media is no longer a marketing afterthought for companies and organizations. Every major brand is present across the major social media platforms, and they are actively planning strategic campaigns around social activity. Companies from every industry have made the leap into social media, but healthcare lagged behind. In fact, a survey by Greystone in 2015 reported that most healthcare marketers considered their efforts behind the curve compared to other industries. The good news is that there has since been a large adoption of social media since this report with 96% of respondents (up from 80%) showing an active Facebook account at the very least. Why so late, though, when […]

6 Amazing Ways to Use Facebook Local Awareness Ads

6 Amazing Ways to Use Facebook Local Awareness Ads

I love learning, and recently, I’ve been pondering taking an online course or two at a local college, just to sharpen my marketing and communications skills. When I started doing some research, like typing in local colleges and looking at courses, I took a break periodically to check social media. Surprisingly, as I was perusing Facebook, I noticed I had a brand new Reach Ad on my news feed: I knew this was a Reach Ad by the way it’s designed. The copy is short, but it provides actionable language and was shown to me as a response to my recent search queries. Ultimately, the ad is incredibly effective. My […]