12 Reasons to Integrate Visual Content Into Your Marketing Campaigns [IG]

12 Reasons to Integrate Visual Content Into Your Marketing Campaigns [IG]

With some 1.7 billion websites worldwide, it’s fair to say the web of 2020 is a cluttered place. Plus, there are over 2 million new blog posts published daily. To help stand out from the crowd, it’s vital publishers create compelling and engaging content. But how do you go about creating attractive, engaging, and memorable content? The key is to make it visually appealing. The human brain processes visual content 60,000 times faster than text. That’s a huge disparity and goes a long way to explaining why images and videos are so key to driving engagement on social channels like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Simply put, visual elements are […]

34 Free Online Marketing Classes to Take This Year

34 Free Online Marketing Classes to Take This Year

I don’t know about you, but I miss taking classes. I miss taking notes, studying, and most of all, learning a ton of new skills. That’s not to say I don’t learn a lot on the job here at HubSpot — because I absolutely do. But sometimes, there’s nothing quite like listening to a lecture, taking notes, and doing homework. Given the frequency at which new technologies and software are developed, it can be overwhelming to try to keep up your knowledge by only reading blog posts and ebooks. That’s where self-paced online learning comes in. I’ve taken a few awesome courses and certifications through HubSpot Academy, including an inbound […]

19 Ways to Spend Your Marketing Budget Next Quarter

19 Ways to Spend Your Marketing Budget Next Quarter

The tough part is over — your budget’s been approved for the next quarter. But now, another challenge looms how to spend that money. You might be a little lost about how best to allocate your budget. Consider the resources and tools your team needs to do their jobs well. Additionally, leave a little room for celebrating your team for their wins — both big and small. So, how do you accurately plan out that perfectly balanced budget? Whether you have “use-it-or-lose-it” funds left over from the quarter, or are putting together a budget for the first time, here are some guidelines for allocating that money effectively. 1. Test new […]

Predictive SEO: How HubSpot Saves Traffic We Haven’t Lost Yet

Predictive SEO: How HubSpot Saves Traffic We Haven’t Lost Yet

This post is a part of Made @ HubSpot, an internal thought series through which we extract lessons from experiments conducted by our very own HubSpotters. Have you ever tried to bring your clean laundry upstairs by hand, and things keep falling out of the giant blob of clothing you’re carrying? This is a lot like trying to grow organic website traffic. Your content calendar is loaded with fresh ideas, but with every web page published, an older page drops in search engine ranking. Getting SEO traffic is hard, but keeping SEO traffic is a whole other ball game. Content tends to “decay” over time due to new content created […]

What I Learned From Counting Every Marketing Agency in America [4 Takeways]

What I Learned From Counting Every Marketing Agency in America [4 Takeways]

It’s a defining human impulse — the desire to quantify the world around us. And given the pending 2020 U.S. Census, it seems a fitting time to contribute. Recently, my team did just that: Like our astronomic ancestors under ancient skies, we looked outward and began to count. What did we count? Every marketing agency in America. Sort of. Truth be told, it would be foolish to declare an exact tally. Our source was online listings, so there’s plenty of margin for error. Some agencies get gobbled up by competitors two weeks after you count them. Others shutter in the real world but endure online. And some never existed; they […]

Where and How Often Do Consumers Watch Live Video? [New Data]

Where and How Often Do Consumers Watch Live Video? [New Data]

By 2027, the live video market is expected to surpass $184 billion. And brands are taking notice. By the end of 2018, marketers were using live video as part of their social media strategy. Since then, this number has likely grown as brands continue to use a number of online platforms to stream virtual events, Q&As, and other content that their audiences will value. Although brands are jumping on the live video bandwagon, you might still wonder if live video is really worth investing in. After all, creating any video costs your company time and money. Additionally, measuring the ROI of a live video can be tricky. Before you decide […]

10 Content Marketing Analytics Tools That Finally Do What You Need

10 Content Marketing Analytics Tools That Finally Do What You Need

70% of companies are actively investing in content marketing, and 60% regard it as an important part of overall strategic planning. These points emphasize the need for a strong content marketing strategy. A strategy is only as good as its tools. If you have a winning strategy, but unreliable resources to pull it all together, your plan might fall apart at the execution level. The challenge isn’t creating a strategy, but rather, finding the perfect tools to help you manage and work through your plan. You need tools to provide accurate metrics, the insights that will inform better decisions, and come ready with the customization options that will make your […]

7 Steps to (Effectively) Branding Your Business on a Budget

7 Steps to (Effectively) Branding Your Business on a Budget

In marketing, it seems like the word “brand” is used a lot — the leading brand, off-brand, personal brand … you get the picture. But there’s often confusion around its meaning in business. What does it entail? Should you hire an expert? Most of all — branding is expensive, right? Not exactly. As it turns out, there are some creative ways to brand your business effectively without a ton of cash. And while it can require an investment of time, the ROI won’t go unnoticed — in some cases, it can actually help you save money, while also growing your business. Building your brand is a crucial part of developing […]

8 Engaging Examples of Interactive Storytelling in Content Marketing

8 Engaging Examples of Interactive Storytelling in Content Marketing

As inbound marketers, content plays an important role in attracting attention and building trust with prospects. Our content can come in many different formats, and the format we choose can speak volumes about the research and ideas within. Interactive content has become increasingly more popular as brands try to cut through the noise and keep prospects’ attention long enough to deliver a message. What Is Interactive Content? Interactive content is a type of content created not just for consumption but also engagement. It’s designed to prompt action and participation from the audience. The benefit being a higher likelihood of harnessing the audience’s ever-decreasing attention span by publishing stories with interactive elements […]

The Ins and Outs of Writing Long-Form Content

The Ins and Outs of Writing Long-Form Content

Let’s talk about content. More specifically, long-form content. Not only that, but why it’s a good idea to have on your website. Let’s say you’re looking for a resource about how to start an online business. You want a full rundown, concrete information, and actionable tips that will assist you begin a successful company. You’re probably going to want a lengthy resource that’s valuable, right? This is the glory of long-form writing. It gives you a chance to provide highly motivated readers with a ton of value and context. Long-form content generally has a word count of more than 1,000 words — so, it’s not the shortest read. That doesn’t […]