Use the Blank Sheet of Paper Test to Optimize for Natural Language Processing

Posted by Evan_HallIf you handed someone a blank sheet of paper and the only thing written on it was the page’s title, would they understand what the title meant? Would they have a clear idea of what the actual document might be about? If so, then congratulations! You just passed the Blank Sheet of Paper Test for page titles because your title was descriptive. The Blank Sheet of Paper Test (BSoPT) is an idea Ian Lurie has talked about a lot over the years, and recently on his new website. It’s a test to see if what you’ve written has…

Social Media Marketing Examples of What to Stop, Start, and Keep Doing in 2020

Social media is always shifting and changing, so if you are still running on the same strategy as you have in years past, now is the time to start thinking differently. The social media landscape today is incredibly different than it was in 2019. Primarily, the global pandemic of 2020 has meant that more people than ever are online. More people than ever are on social media, and additionally, they’re paying attention in ways that are unprecedented, as suggested by an April 2020 Statista report, which showed that global social media usage has increased by a whopping 44%. This means…

The Ultimate Guide to Conversion Optimization for Low Traffic Websites

When your company is growing, there are many areas of the business that require attention, effort and investment. A/B testing and conversion optimization are typically seen as something that requires a significant investment of money, time and energy to implement. If you are a startup, small company or newer website, then it seems like a bit of a “Catch-22” because: The higher your conversion rate is, the easier it is to afford bringing visitors to your site…. ….but the lower your traffic is, the harder it is to improve your conversion rate You may have heard that it’s only worth…

13 Email Marketing Mistakes to Avoid for Better Engagement

With an average ROI of 3,800% and 3.7 billion global users worldwide, which is predicted to grow to 4.1 billion by 2021, email seems to hold a position within the top three most influential sources of information for quite some time. Great news for email marketers, isn’t it? But here’s the problem: As email remains an essential component of marketers’ strategy for 95% of business organizations, the battle for customer engagement takes place for dear life. Competition is high, and it’s so easy to get lost in rules, trends, and experiments in email marketing. Aimed at creating and implementing the…

9 Ways You Can Improve Your Ecommerce Website Design

The other day I was shopping online for a Nintendo Switch, a popular handheld gaming console. The popularity of the console has made it extremely difficult to find one — stores like Best Buy and Target were out of stock. This meant that I had to reach outside of my comfort zone when browsing. I scoured Google to find an ecommerce option that carried the Switch. Even though I was desperate to reach my goal, I was very selective about where to shop. As a consumer, website design is one of the biggest factors I take into consideration when choosing…

How to Stay Creative With an SEO-Driven Content Strategy

Posted by Caroline-ForseyWhen I first joined HubSpot’s blogging team in January 2018, I loved our writing process. Once a month, we all met in a conference room with a list of ideas on Google Docs which were pitched one-by-one (intricate, I know). The process was extremely creative, iterative, and collaborative. Of course, it was also often a matter of guess-and-check. Plus, brainstorming can be a bit of a selfish process. The ideas I pitched in those meetings, I pitched in part because I wanted to write them and because I was interested in them as a reader. I could only…

A Content Marketing Playbook for Times of Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has sent businesses scrambling to pause plans, edit emails, and cancel campaigns. And while everybody seems to know what not to publish these days, many marketers are asking: what should we put out into a world in the throes of a crisis? It’s a conundrum facing countless creators across the globe. They’re wondering how to be empathetic without being disingenuous. How to offer value without seeming opportunistic. And how to be there for their audience without adding to the noise. These are important questions to ask at a time like this. Essential, in fact. But underpinning all…

45 Slack Tricks to Boost Productivity & Improve Collaboration

Slack is an undeniably popular messaging channel for businesses — it’s used by over 12 million people worldwide, and 87% of its users say Slack improves communication and collaboration. As a daily Slack user myself, I can attest that it’s an incredibly helpful tool for sending quick questions to your manager, organizing meet-up times with colleagues, or even sharing the occasional dog photo in the company’s #dog-channel. However, despite using Slack daily for the past two years, I had no idea that I could star important messages (which essentially “bookmarks” them), set up reminders within Slack to respond to messages…

Admit it: Launching a new website is stressful — even for the most seasoned digital marketers. Websites are complex. There are so many things that are easily overlooked, like a broken link or a misspelled word.  And of course, a handful of things could go very, very wrong. Like what if you forget to test an important data capture form and then lose out on generating a bunch of new leads? Or worse, what if you forget to properly set up site redirects, and those valuable search engine visitors get a page not found message? Instead of worrying about the what ifs,…