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by Mary Ann Hegvold on September 13, 2019

INBOUND 19 Takeaways You Can Put Into Action Today

What a whirlwind it was! Mark, Tabitha, Erin, Aaron and I spent last week in Boston at the annual INBOUND conference by HubSpot. This is a solid four days of inspiration, ideas, new product announcements, networking, food truck lunch selections, and miles and miles of walking. We'd like to share...

Topics: Video, Sales, Marketing Strategy

by Mary Ann Hegvold on August 26, 2019

Start Blogging With a Purpose and Increase Your Website Leads

It's probably nothing new when you hear that you need to blog. "What's it gonna do for me," you ask? Well... it can mean all the difference in the number of good leads that you bring in through your website. And that should help you increase sales.

We often hear, "Blogging takes time and it uses...

Topics: Lead Generation, SEO, Marketing Strategy

by Mary Ann Hegvold on August 13, 2019

How Much Should You Spend on Digital Marketing?

How Much of Your Marketing Should Be Digital?

Before you decide on a budget, you should consider what you're trying to achieve. Remember: 70% of a purchase decision is made before someone talks to a sales representative. Because of this, a heavy online marketing presence plays a big part in the...

Topics: Inbound Marketing, Marketing ROI, Lead Generation

by Mary Ann Hegvold on August 9, 2019

Six Things to Include in Your 2020 Marketing Budget

Whether you're looking for a way to spend marketing budget left for this fiscal year or you're organizing the next full year's marketing plan, we have six recommendations that can help you bring in more leads and nurture relationships with your existing customers.  

Maybe you can't afford to...

Topics: Inbound Marketing, Marketing ROI, Marketing Strategy

by Mary Ann Hegvold on July 3, 2019

The Marketing Flywheel Model: Turning Customers into Business Drivers

Which of these two terms better describes the impact that customers have on your business: outcomes or drivers?

Sales people and marketers from 20 or 30 years ago would likely say "outcomes" without a second thought. After all, their jobs revolved around moving prospective customers down the...

Topics: Inbound Marketing, Lead Generation, Sales

by Mary Ann Hegvold on June 10, 2019

Why Organic Search Results & Leads Aren't Actually Free

There is a misperception out there that building a new website will automatically draw in more leads. The first step, before you get more leads, is getting your website to appear at the top of the organic search results. Although the term is "organic results," it's not as simple as planting a...

Topics: Inbound Marketing, Marketing ROI, SEO

by Mary Ann Hegvold on April 3, 2019

Do I Really Need a Marketing Agency?

Countless members of senior management across companies both large and small, find themselves asking the same question: why do we need to hire a marketing agency when we have dedicated marketing staff?

Topics: Inbound Marketing, Marketing ROI, Marketing Strategy

by Mary Ann Hegvold on March 29, 2019

Free Marketing Tools To Grow Your Business

Whether you have a big marketing budget or a small one, it's always good to hear the word "free."  But are free marketing services really and truly free? Or are they stripped of most of their features so you pretty much have to upgrade? Those are the questions that run through a marketer's mind...

Topics: Inbound Marketing, Sales

by Mary Ann Hegvold on February 13, 2019

Social Media Marketing For Businesses in 2019: Which Platform Is Best?

As the popularity of sharing just about anything and everything on social media sites continues to skyrocket, according to at least one elite source, the "slow and painful death of print" is comically referred to as how "Internet Killed the Newspaper Star." Back in the day when they actually...

Topics: Social Media

by Mary Ann Hegvold on January 23, 2019

Four Website Design Tips That Will Change How Your Website Sells

If we've heard it once, we've heard it a thousand times: Don't judge a book by its cover. But honestly, that really only works with people. And maybe books. When it comes to judging the quality of a company and its products, one of the first things people will do is assess how the website...

Topics: Website Design, Video

by Mary Ann Hegvold on January 10, 2019

Website Pop-Ups in 2019 – Love 'em or Lose 'em?

Pop-ups can, and do, work when done right. But what is that happy medium? Do they hurt your SEO? How can you get positive results versus simply annoying the visitor?  

Topics: SEO, Website Design

by Mary Ann Hegvold on January 4, 2019

How HubSpot CRM Won Our Hearts: A Comparison to Salesforce

Using a CRM (customer relationship management) system for managing leads and customers is something that just about every business needs. With all of the advances of the free HubSpot CRM, we're often asked if it can be a good alternative to Salesforce.

When HubSpot introduced the first version...

Topics: Sales