People are living in a digital world at home, at work and everywhere in between. Their “always on” lifestyle offers businesses a chance to connect with their customers 24/7. For digital marketing professionals, especially those practicing content marketing, the issue lies in when and how to target these consumers.Read More
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Topics: content marketing
Businesses that practice inbound marketing attract a lot of attention. I don’t mean that people point and gasp at their building. I mean they get a lot of visitors to their website, and their inbound strategy converts that anonymous website traffic into sales leads. But it’s not without effort, intelligence and technology.
The challenge is that most new leads from inbound marketing are not yet ready to buy. Most website visitors are likely just searching the Internet for information that helps them answer a question or solve a problem. They probably did a Google search and happened upon a helpful blog. Perhaps then, they filled out a web form to download an informative eBook.Read More
With the close of Q1 2015, companies are busy reviewing the numbers and evaluating their sales and marketing goals. If your marketing plan consists mostly of advertising, like billboards, broadcast and print, it’s hard to tell which of these activities really contribute to business growth. I mean, can you point to your billboard and say with certainty exactly how many new customers it produced?Read More
As a marketer, you work hard to execute your content marketing plan. You diligently monitor your business website, write your company blogs and post to your social media company pages. You measure website visits, conversion rates, leads generated by channel, engagement on social media platforms, blog post shares, email click-through rates…the list goes on and on. But when the time comes to present the impact of your marketing efforts to your boss, you struggle to justify the money you spend on marketing.Read More
The other night was pizza night. I was on my way home from work and searched for a local pizzeria on my iPhone. What appeared was the business’s website which was intended for viewing on a desktop computer, only the text, pictures and links were shrunk to miniature size and crammed on my mobile screen. It’s annoying isn’t it? Google thinks so too.
We’re a society that’s always on the go. Gone are the days of being tied to a clunky computer, or even a laptop. Half of all Internet users browse the web primarily on their mobile device. In fact, mobile web surfing is predicted to overtake desktop usage this year.Read More
Once upon a time – 1998 to be exact – two Ph.D. students out of Stanford put their brains together to work on a dissertation theme. The idea was to understand the mathematical properties behind the Web, the algorithms that connected one source of information with the next. They called it the “web crawler” because it linked information with back pages of other information that already existed on the web. Slowly, they compiled data. Then the data grew. They soon realized the need for some sort of center engine, a search engine of sorts, to put all of the information in one place. Hence, Google was born – the name a mathematical term “googol” meaning ten billion zeros.
The possibilities were endless. Before long, Google had expanded beyond just being a search engine – it included email accounts (Gmail), a totally digital storage service online (Google drive), and a virtual office space (Google Docs). Today Google covers everything from Smartphones and tablets to earphones, music players, drones and self-drive cars. The possibilities continue to be endless.Read More
Topics: Google Plus marketing
Well, another Super Bowl is in the books. Booyah! The Monday-morning quarterbacking of ads has come and gone, too – happy Friday! – making it the perfect time to chime in with my two cents.Read More
Recently, I got on my teenager for not setting up voice mail on her newly minted cell phone. I needed to reach her ASAP, but instead I got ring…ring…ring. I defaulted to texting, to which she replied right away.Read More
It’s a simple equation: more web pages = more visitors = more leads and sales opportunities. Every page on your website is an opportunity to be found in a search engine result. According to research in our eBook, “Marketing Benchmarks from 7000+ Businesses,” company websites with 51 to 100 pages generate 48% more traffic than those with fewer than 50 pages.
The practice of producing online content in order to attract website visitors and convert them into leads and customers is fundamental to the inbound marketing methodology. But for some marketers, the prospect of producing frequent content may seem daunting. After all, “who wants to read about their boring industry,” they say to themselves. Or, “where will I find the time to write so much?”
The fact is you probably already create more content than you think. With a little revision much of it would make great website fodder. Here are 4 things you can do to jump-start your inbound marketing content creation.Read More
A lot of companies have jumped onto the inevitable content marketing bandwagon – where instead of throwing offers and deals and flashy brands in the faces of customers, companies can instead create and distribute relevant content that engages the audience by educating them on the brand. The field has exploded recently, with almost every company now marketing their content not their new deals.
But even though content marketing and inbound marketing has brought a lot of companies success by helping them create a channel of information to pass along to potential customers, buyers and other companies, many aren’t seeing the numbers they’d like to online. Or for some, web traffic may be good, but it’s no longer growing. Your company is still getting Facebook likes and re-Tweets on Twitter, but the audience is at a stagnant standstill. Although most companies know how to promote their content, they aren’t able to catch the audiences they want. So, many have turned to paid social promotions to get the word across. And results have been pretty positive for those who are joining the world of paid advertising.Read More