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What Are Pillar Pages?

Posted by Tabitha Young on May 14, 2019

Pillar pages and organic search rankings

Pillar pages are not a particularly new idea, but they've recently gotten more attention. Do you understand why pillar pages are a big deal today and how to use them to improve your organic ranking in Google results? 

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, SEO

Do I Really Need a Marketing Agency?

Posted by Mary Ann Hegvold on April 3, 2019

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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?

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, Marketing ROI, Marketing Strategy

Free Marketing Tools To Grow Your Business

Posted by Mary Ann Hegvold on March 29, 2019

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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 because, well, we've all been there. 

But, free online marketing tools really exist and they're pretty useful. Fair warning: Since they're not made by a charity there are additional things you can add on and pay for. But the basic tool is very functional for certain purposes, free, and you could stay on the free version for as long as you'd like. There are many options out there, but there are three free marketing tools that we recommend to get you started.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, Sales

5 Steps to Develop a Killer Facebook Ad Strategy: A Personal Journey

Posted by Tabitha Young on February 27, 2019

How to develop a winning Facebook Ads strategyDid you know that 66% of ALL Americans use Facebook? Not only are they using it, but they're using it a lot. The average American spends 58 minutes per day on Facebook. From a marketing standpoint, Facebook is a goldmine. It's filled to the brim with active users (a.k.a your future customers), and those users are engaged. To add a cherry on top, Facebook has a robust ad campaign creation tool that lets you get hyper-granular and personalized with your marketing campaigns.

Unfortunately, Facebook isn't only saturated in users; it's also filled with your competitors. In fact, over 93% of marketers use Facebook as part of their daily social media marketing strategy, including both paid and organic posts. So, finding a way to reach your prospects in all of that digital noise can be tough.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, Social Media

3 Ways to Create Videos That Look Great and Cost Almost Nothing

Posted by Lindsey Gutierrez on January 15, 2019

 

It's no secret that using video is a critical component in just about every business' marketing strategy. With viewers retaining 95% of a video's message compared to 10% retention if they read the same message in text, it's absolutely the way to go. Great! So now what? How do you get good videos, that people will watch without literally breaking the bank?

While there is a time and a place for highly produced videos, it's not always necessary.  Some messages can be delivered from your desk or with attractive stock video footage, dramatically reducing the cost of production.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, Video

10 Things to Know Before Starting an Inbound Marketing Program

Posted by Mary Ann Hegvold on August 18, 2017

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It's no secret that most businesses are trying to grow, and you do that through sales. But getting qualified sales leads can be the toughest part of the process. What if the leads came to you? What if you didn't have to work so hard to pull in leads? Enter inbound marketing. With inbound marketing you'll create content and marketing processes that draw in more visitors who (hopefully) want to become a lead based on what they see and learn while on your website.

But is an inbound marketing strategy right for everyone? Is your business ready? Here are 10  indicators that inbound marketing is a good fit for you.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, SEO

5 Ways Healthcare B2B Marketing Can Influence Software Selection

Posted by Mary Ann Hegvold on April 13, 2017

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Is it possible to get a healthcare facility to switch to using a new software system, especially the one they use everyday for electronic health record management? It seems a little bit daunting when you consider that this type of change would affect every patient and every employee at a healthcare facility.

It does happen, and often. Especially when you consider that many facilities hastily picked EHR software a few years ago to meet the government requirement that one be in place.  Now these facilities are starting to realize the good and the bad about their selection. Not every EHR is good for every medical facility. And if they chose one that's not giving them what they need to function properly and ensure that billing goes smoothly, they're likely to start looking around. What can you do as a healthcare B2B marketer to be sure your software is one being considered?

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, Website Lead Generation, B2B Healthcare Marketing

How to Produce More Engaging Healthcare B2B Marketing Content

Posted by Mary Ann Hegvold on September 28, 2016

healthcare-b2b-target-marketing.jpegHIMSS recently published the State of Content Marketing 2016 report with data from healthcare B2B marketers across the U.S. There were some surprising results in that report, including:

  • 85% of healthcare B2B marketers have a content marketing strategy, but
  • Only 4% of them said their content marketing programs are extremely effective.

This is a bit worrisome since 58% of respondents said that they use content marketing to achieve lead generation. Do you see the disconnect?

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, Lead Generation, B2B Healthcare Marketing

How to Use Inbound Marketing for Software Companies to Close More Deals

Posted by Mary Ann Hegvold on September 20, 2016

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In Hubspot's recent report, The State of Inbound 2016, we were able to get a glimpse into what companies are most interested in accomplishing over the next year. 
Click to download Hubspot's full report: The State of Inbound 2016. 

Overwhelmingly in the software industry, and in the other 10 industries interviewed, the #1 top sales priority is "closing more deals." Makes sense, right? That's how you make more money. But there's a lot that goes into "closing more deals." How do you get to that point, especially when:

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Topics: Inbound Marketing

4 Problems Solved by Inbound Marketing

Posted by Mary Ann Hegvold on July 5, 2016

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Using an inbound marketing strategy solves marketing problems that many people often face. Here are four ways inbound marketing will help you overcome some of the biggest problems with growing your online presence and leads generated from the web:

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Topics: Inbound Marketing