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A Dynamic Duo: Digital Media + Inbound Marketing

You heard right! Digital media is a great partner to inbound marketing. Now I know what you’re thinking, digital media (any paid media) is disruptive and Inbound marketing is not. And for a while, inbound marketers were told “forget media, no one wants to be interrupted and sold to.” 
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Author: Mary Jo Preston

Pro Tips and "A-HA!” Moments From an SEO Expert: Q&A with SEMrush's Paul Klebanov

Paul Klebanov of SEMrush acquired more entrepreneurial experience and success before 30 years old than most people attain in a lifetime. As an ambitious youth, Paul got a job right out of high school as a web admin, which later progressed into a web developer position where he learned converting interest to sales is the ultimate gateway. He continued to learn everything about marketing he possibly could including inbound marketing, SEO, sales psychology, paid traffic, content marketing, social media and more. Paul’s experience and knowledge obtained as a web developer gave him the confidence to put his true entrepreneur heart forward and soon become one of the youngest people to build a leading American e-commerce retail business.

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Author: Steve James

Q&A: Sam Mallikarjunan of HubSpot Talks Breaking Stereotypes, Building Prospects' Trust & Cheeseheads

This post was originally published on the Weidert Group Marketing & Sales Blog.

HubSpot is arguably the global leader in inbound marketing. Their all-in-one software platform helps companies create a web presence, convert online traffic into leads that can be tracked and nurtured, execute email campaigns and analyze business metrics. Starting with only three clients in 2006, it now serves more than 23,000 customers in 90 countries worldwide.

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Author: Tammy Borden

What Makes or Breaks Digital Content: Q&A Video with Andy Crestodina of Orbit Media Studios

Andy Crestodina established one of Chicago's premier web design and development agencies fifteen years ago, Orbit Media Studios, but admits that there is some brand confusion around the company’s services provided and practices preached. As the author of “Content Chemistry” and founder of Content Jam in Chicago, so much of Andy’s expertise revolves around educating marketers about content marketing.

He says that his team takes the approach of “building cars AND teaching drivers ed.” While his company focuses on web design, they understand the importance of providing education to marketers that goes deeper into SEO, analytic conversion, content strategy and much more.

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Author: Jeff Coon

The Land of Moz — Q&A with Britney Muller, SEO & Content Architect

This post was originally shared by Weidert Group on April 26, 2017.

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Author: Tammy Borden

Top 12 Midwest Advertising & Marketing Conferences in 2017

Looking for a little marketing spice in your life? Our team here at Stream Creative has put together a full cabinet of information and opportunities. We’ve created a list of the top 11 Midwest marketing conferences assured to put the pep in your step and leave you feeling like the marketing wiz you are.
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Author: Stephanie Santoro

Weekly Flashback: Increase Facebook Live Video Reach & 21 LinkedIn Hacks

Are you an expert LinkedIn user or someone who simply clicks “accept” when you receive a connection notice? If you’d like to boost your LinkedIn knowledge and learn how others are networking and building their businesses, you’ll want to read “Are You Curious What Others Are Doing on LinkedIn” by Wayne Breitbarth and “21 Hidden LinkedIn Hacks” – both on this week’s Weekly Flashback list. Additionally, this week’s posts include tips to improve your presence on Google, increasing Facebook Live video reach, and when to stop worrying about conversion rate. Take a look at my favorite posts from this past week:

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Author: Steve James

Weekly Flashback: Evolution of Live Streaming & An Internal Linking Cheat Sheet

Have you noticed the prominent role live streaming has taken in the media during the past few weeks? If so, you’ll want to read “The Evolution of Live Streaming Could Change the Way You Consume Media” on this week’s Weekly Flashback list. Additionally, this week’s posts include tips to create efficiencies for busy social media marketers, acronyms every marketer should know, why automation is the future of content creation and a cheat sheet for internal linking strategy. Take a look at my favorite posts from this past week:

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Author: Steve James

3 Big Struggles Nearly All Marketing Managers Face

As a marketing manager, you have a lot of balls in the air and some worrisome hurdles to overcome on a daily basis. Such as… will that new campaign show positive ROI? Will your clients respond well to your design and messaging? Is this new social media platform worth investing time in, or is it a short-lived trend?

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Author: Andrea Meyers

Weekly Flashback: Write Clickable Search Ad Copy & 103 Marketing Thought Leaders to Follow

Are you looking to freshen up your marketing podcast list to find more thought leaders who can help grow your business? If so, you’ll definitely want to check out “103 Genuine Marketing Thought Leaders To Follow” on this week’s Weekly Flashback list. Additionally, this week’s posts include tips on discovering new Facebook groups, how to write attention-grabbing search ad copy, everything you need to know about beacons, and social media SEO strategy. Take a look at my favorite posts from this past week:

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Author: Steve James