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by Mary Ann Hegvold on June 2, 2020

What to Include in Your 2020 Marketing Budget: COVID Edition

Whatever you had planned for your 2020 marketing budget, odds are good you're re-evaluating all of it. What's really the most important marketing activities for your company right now? And, your sales team is probably looking to you for answers on how to bring in leads in the year of "cancelled...

Topics: Inbound Marketing, Marketing ROI, Marketing Strategy

by Mary Ann Hegvold on May 22, 2020

Five Ways to Create Original Inbound Marketing Content

It's easy to fall in love with the idea of inbound marketing. The entire concept makes so much sense-- who doesn't want to attract their own customers through their content? The process behind it sounds simple, too. It's as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Create unique, engaging content to draw visitors to...

Topics: Inbound Marketing, Marketing ROI, Website Lead Generation

by Mary Ann Hegvold on May 1, 2020

How to Prove the ROI of Marketing

As if marketing budgets weren't tight enough already, the economic downturn of 2020 is going to push marketers to prove their efforts are producing tangible results more than ever. And probably not just to keep your budget for next year... but to keep your job, or maybe the whole marketing...

Topics: Inbound Marketing, Marketing ROI, Website Lead Generation

by Erin Good on March 30, 2020

4 Ways to Get Online Users to Do What You Want

In 2020, online marketing is an essential part of doing business, and this trend isn't going away any time soon. However, with the unprecedented growth in online businesses and a surge in marketing communications in recent years, online users are more swamped than ever with crowded email inboxes...

Topics: Inbound Marketing, Website Lead Generation

by Tabitha Young on March 10, 2020

Inbound Marketing 101: Setting SMART Goals for Paid Search Ads

PPC campaigns can be tricky. You share information, pay money, and hope for the best.

What? How did the word "hope" crawl into your perfectly planned marketing campaign?

There is much more to pay-per-click ads than emptying your wallet and wishing for a good outcome. They could be eating up your...

Topics: Inbound Marketing, Paid Search

by Tabitha Young on January 30, 2020

How to Optimize Your Website for Local SEO

Whether you own a brick and mortar store or work on the web and cater to a specific region, local SEO matters. When somebody Googles "divorce attorney near Dallas" or "auto mechanics in Miami," they are counting on the businesses that show up in the results to yield the local results they are...

Topics: Inbound Marketing, SEO

by Tabitha Young on January 29, 2020

Easy Tips for SEO Optimizing Your Website Content

Every organization, regardless of industry, should optimize the digital content that they release. If you fail to optimize the content you put out, you're losing valuable members of your audience before they've even had a chance to find you. It's essential that you make your content accessible...

Topics: Inbound Marketing, SEO

by Tabitha Young on January 7, 2020

Live Chat vs. Bots: Which Should You Use?

Live chat and bots are becoming an essential part of a website. And, you may find yourself asking, "Should I use a live chat feature or bots? Are either really necessary? What's the difference between a bot and live chat?"  Not to worry, many other businesses with an online presence are...

Topics: Inbound Marketing, Customer Service

by Tabitha Young on December 31, 2019

You Need to Have Downloadable Content on Your Website

Downloadable content is typically a booklet (like this "25 Website Must-Haves" ebook), a checklist, an infographic, or another type of content that can be downloaded from your website that is educational in nature.

Topics: Inbound Marketing, Marketing Strategy

by Tabitha Young on October 25, 2019

Social Media Vanity Metrics and Why They Don't Matter

Social media is a valuable - and necessary - part of any team's inbound marketing strategy. With more online social media platforms than ever, it's easy to get caught up tracking metrics on every network. With all the options available to your audience, it's easy for you to get discouraged while...

Topics: Inbound Marketing, Social Media

by Tabitha Young on September 11, 2019

What Is Inbound Marketing and Can It Work for Your Business?

Marketing has changed a lot in the past two decades. For one thing, there's the internet, and with it came business websites, search engines and social media. 

For another, emerging technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and marketing automation have given marketers new tools to do their...

Topics: Inbound Marketing, SEO, Landing Page Strategy

by Tabitha Young on August 27, 2019

Topic Clusters: What You Need to Know About This SEO Content Strategy

Remember back in the earlier days of SEO when the main goal was to fill a webpage with a keyword or two that you wanted to rank for in search results? Sometimes it would even seemed a little ridiculous when you were reading "SEO'd" content because you'd read the same key phrase over and over in...

Topics: Inbound Marketing, SEO