5 Noteworthy Examples of Corporate Social Media Policies

As a marketer, social media is undeniably important – in fact, in 2020, three-quarters (74%) of all global marketers now invest in social media marketing. Social media can help you engage with new audiences, increase brand awareness, handle customer service inquiries, and even increase sales. (As an avid Instagram user, I can’t count the amount of times I’ve “Swiped Up to Purchase” on a link from a popular influencer.) But there’s plenty of risk involved with social media, as well. Among other things, a bad social media post could spiral into a full-blown PR crisis or get your business into…

How HubSpot’s Report-Based Acquisition Campaign Hit 150% of Our Lead Goal in 30 Days

Acquisition marketing campaigns are critical to bring in new customers and revenue. At HubSpot, we run these campaigns quarterly. Despite the rapid cadence, every quarter we work to create new, remarkable ways of reaching, informing, and converting our audience. I wrote this post to share with you how we crafted our latest acquisition campaign to hit and exceed our acquisition targets. Establishing the Campaign The beginning of our Q1 2020 Acquisition Campaign started with a blinking cursor. As we brainstormed how to start our research, we had a few inputs to work with. First, we knew our target audience consisted…

Deal Creation Bounces Back After Early April Lows [COVID-19 Benchmark Data, Updated Weekly]

The economic impact of COVID-19 is undeniable. Businesses all across the globe are learning how to adapt to these new circumstances and we’re all learning how to operate in a “new normal” that’s constantly changing. That’s why we’ll be publishing week-over-week trend data for core business metrics like website traffic, email send and open rates, sales engagements, close rates and more. We hope to establish useful benchmarks to measure your business against, and serve as an early indicator of when short- or long-term adjustments may be needed in your strategy. While this post focuses on the highlights of last week,…

Announcing: The Keyword Research Master Guide [New for 2020]

Posted by Cyrus-ShepardWhy a new guide? Often in SEO, we get so preoccupied with technical SEO (pagination, site speed, the latest Python course, etc.) that we forget the basis of winning SEO begins and ends with keywords. Not choosing keywords before you start with SEO means shooting in the dark — a likely losing gamble if your content will succeed or not.Choosing the wrong keywords means wasting your time and budget on content that will never gain visibility in search results.Conversely, choosing smart, targeted keywords can help carve out and dominate a traffic niche that raises you above the competition.No…

How Responsive Web Design Works

It’s no secret that more and more people are accessing the internet using their mobile devices in addition to or in place of desktop computers. In fact, there are almost 7 billion mobile users worldwide. (For reference, the world population is currently 7.7 billion. That’s a lot of mobile activity.) But what they’re doing on those mobile devices is even more compelling for marketers like us. 40% of consumers use their mobile device to conduct research prior to making an in-person purchase. More than half routinely make purchases using their smartphones, and 55% of shoppers make mobile purchases after finding…

How Google SERP Layouts Affect Searching Behavior

Posted by Stephen_JobThere are several studies (and lots of data) out there about how people use Google SERPs, what they ignore, and what they focus on. An example is Moz’s recent experiment testing whether SEOs should continue optimizing for featured snippets or not (especially now that Google has announced that if you have a featured snippet, you no longer appear elsewhere in the search results). Two things I have never seen tested are the actual user reactions to and behavior with SERPs. My team and I set out to test these ourselves, and this is where biometric technology comes into…

Gen Z enters adulthood and gains more and more purchasing power, it’s apparent that the age group is more hyper-connected to the internet than past generations. At this point, smart marketers have begun to discover how Gen Z’s technological influence makes them different from older age groups. They’re also noticing key generational behaviors that could change the way brands market to younger audiences. For example, Gen Z is more frugal than millennials, chooses practicality over customer experience, has less brand loyalty than past generations, and — oddly enough — prefers real-life conversation to social media chatter. Aside from the differences…

Let me ask you a question. If you could learn any skill in one hour, what would it be? When you’re looking to learn something new, there are plenty of online courses that can help you improve your skills. HubSpot Academy (HubSpot’s training division) is one of those online providers that offers entirely free education. If you’re hoping to learn new skills related to professional development, career, or business, then HubSpot Academy is a great place to start. Side note: If you’re looking to improve your virtual golf game, you may want to look elsewhere. In the HubSpot Academy courses…

5 Benefits of Educating Prospects With Free Content

In the marketing world, the infamous free content debate seems to be everlasting.  “If we give away free content and information about the challenges our paid products and services resolve, then who will pay for what we’re selling?” It’s easy to understand why you might think about free content this way — after all, the goal of any business is to make a profit, so giving away free goodies would be crazy, right? Wrong. In fact, offering free content to your target audience and prospective customers can actually do the opposite. Providing education on the topics related to and about…