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Secured Buy-in for an Inbound Program? 7 Tactics to Train Your Team

Posted by Janice Dombrowski on Oct 20, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Congratulations! You’ve successfully secured the green light to pursue your inbound marketing campaign dreams. But the biggest challenge you’ll face as an inbound marketer is yet to come and it’s not at all what you might expect.

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Topics: Content, Inbound Marketing, Content Marketing, HubSpot, Training

5 Ways Churning Out Content Is An Inbound Marketing Balancing Act

Posted by Andrea Meyers on Oct 13, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Successful inbound marketers understand the link between campaign development, content marketing and branding, and the power it holds to staying competitive while boosting ROI. In fact, according to HubSpot’s State of Inbound 2015 Report, companies are three times more likely to see a higher ROI on inbound marketing campaigns than outbound. With the right mix of content contributors and promotion of content, businesses will experience more traffic, engagement, lead generation and sales.

According to HubSpot’s report, organizations that saw the largest increase in ROI from 2014 to 2015, expanded their content creation strategies by employing and including contributions from not only staff writers, but also guest contributors and freelancer / third party writers. Companies that called on fewer guest and staff contributors experienced a definitively lower ROI for the year. What this tells us is that successful inbound content creation, takes as much balance as walking a tight rope.

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Topics: Content, Content Creation, Inbound Marketing, Content Marketing, HubSpot

The Secret Formula To Make Your Content Highly Sharable

Posted by Janice Dombrowski on Oct 1, 2015 1:08:22 PM

secret formula to create highly sharable contentInbound marketing success starts and ends with the creation, amplification and distribution of unique and valuable content. Great content can inspire, solve a problem, answer a question and build the foundation for consumer trust every brand seeks. So it is no surprise that business both big and small are writing, posting, tweeting and sharing more content than ever before. In a single 24-hour period there are 2 million new blog posts published, 294 billion emails sent, 864 thousand hours of video added to YouTube and 400 million posted tweets.

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Topics: Content, Content Creation

HubSpot’s New Ads Add-on Tracks Conversions, Not Clicks

Posted by Steve James on Sep 15, 2015 9:30:00 AM

For years, inbound marketing pioneer, HubSpot, revealed insightful and successful tactics that helped businesses grow while decreasing, or altogether eliminating traditional advertising from their marketing budgets. One exception has been the use of pay-per-click (PPC) and promoted social ads. As an agency, we have experienced that these types of digital ads can be an essential element of both B2C and B2B campaigns. At last week’s 2015 Inbound Conference, HubSpot representatives reiterated the benefits this type of advertising provides when implemented in a way that is measureable. In fact, 53% of customers have tried ads this year. As our team sat in the audience and listened to HubSpot co-founder, Dharmesh Shah, announce the release of the new Ads Add-On feature, we were all in agreement that this new enhancement will provide even more value for many of our clients.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, Marketing Campaign, HubSpot, Digital Media, HubSpot Ads, Inbound 2015

4 Ways To Nurture Your Leads With Predictive Lead Score

Posted by Andrea Meyers on Sep 9, 2015 3:30:00 PM

Qualifying prospective customers is an essential function for many companies that want to nurture and convert the best prospects. It is also an important factor in analyzing information about less qualified leads and determining factors that could be used to increase their level of qualification. A valuable resource that has allowed HubSpot users to establish a scoring system that assigns point values to contacts based on individual contact properties, form submissions and list memberships is called Custom Lead Scoring. Its benefits include:

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Topics: Lead Nurturing, Inbound Marketing, HubSpot, Predictive Lead Score, Inbound 2015, Custom Lead Score

How To: Use Trending News To Create An Exciting Content Calendar

Posted by Andrea Meyers on Jul 15, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Calendar_ResizedBloggers and content producers often feel like they carry the weight of the world on their shoulders. Between managing stakeholder requests and begging for team content contributions, creating fresh topics can be a constant struggle in the quest to engage readers and drive website traffic.

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Topics: Content, Content Creation, Newsjacking, Industry Trends, Trending News

Experience Inbound 2015 Sales and Marketing Conference Recap

Posted by Steve James on Jun 9, 2015 3:27:22 PM

sc-inbound-wisco-imageLast week we collaborated with Weidert Group of Appleton, WI to host an amazing 2-day conference called Experience Inbound. The event was held at two of the states most iconic sports venues including Wednesday at Miller Park in Milwaukee and Thursday at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. Over the course of the two days, 240 attendees came together to meet, share expertise and throw down some serious sales and inbound marketing knowledge. We can’t thank these dynamic speakers enough for their time and participation in our event.

Additionally, we’d like to extend a big thank you to our event sponsors:

Take a look at what our attendees and speakers had to say about the event throughout the day!

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, Google, HubSpot, milwaukee brewers, Experience Inbound, Sales, Wistia

Hit A Social Engagement Home Run With Tips From Caitlin Moyer of The Milwaukee Brewers

Posted by Steve James on May 29, 2015 1:08:00 PM

Caitlin-Moyer_headshotPersonalization and engagement does not come naturally for every business or brand in regard to communication across various social channels. Developing meaningful and relevant conversations with customers, followers and fans drives deeper interaction and long-term loyalty. In addition to truly listening to your network, it takes a dedicated team, time and commitment to establish a high level of personalization across social channels.

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Topics: Brand Loyalty, social media marketing, milwaukee brewers, Social Media Engagement, Experience Inbound

Prepare For Your Next Conference With 9 Key Networking Tips

Posted by Janice Dombrowski on May 26, 2015 3:42:52 PM

networking-blogIf you are looking for an opportunity to rub elbows with key influencers in your industry and build a networking community of like-minded, bright professionals, consider attending an industry conference, prepared, the right way. This doesn’t mean stocking up on new pens and stationary; this means doing your research, preparing your objectives and updating your contact information and online touch points. Attending a conference without proper preparation is a missed networking opportunity. 

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Topics: Networking

Humanizing Your Business with Video Content: Q&A with Elise Ramsay of Wistia

Posted by Steve James on May 15, 2015 2:55:00 PM

Elise_headshotMore and more businesses are discovering the value of using visual content and video as an inbound marketing tool to help generate leads and create loyalty. It is now apparent that marketers do not need to be turned off by the common misconception that video should be produced in a costly way. The reality is, video has an important place in your marketing workflows and it can be quite easy to do – not to mention fun. By far, it is one of the easiest tools you can use to build an emotional connection with your website visitors, prospects and customers.

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Topics: video marketing, Content Creation, Content Marketing, Video, Experience Inbound


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