I won’t lecture you on the importance of incorporating virtual reality (VR) into your marketing strategy. What I will do, however, is share a few fun facts about VR and show you nine examples of this technology used for marketing a product or a brand. This year, the economic impact of virtual and augmented reality is predicted to reach $29.5 billion. By the end of 2017, the number of shipped units of VR software and hardware from Sony, Oculus, HTC, and others totaled $2.4 million, up from $1.7 million in 2016. By the end of 2020, the number of VR…

Third-party vs. In-house Delivery: A Guide to Informed Choice

Posted by MiriamEllisImage credit: Robert Couse-Baker Before all else, gratitude to every delivery person, whether in-house or third party, doing the essential work of keeping households safer and supplied in these times. I’m dedicating today’s column to the manager of a nearby Sprouts grocery store who personally drove my order to my door when an Instacart driver just couldn’t get the job done. If your business or clients are weighing whether to fulfill delivery in-house or partner with a third party, my small experience is an apt footnote to the huge, emergent debate over last-mile fulfillment options. I’d searched all…

Does your Website Make the Grade in 2020?

A while ago (as in 12 years ago) we created the first Website Grader. The goal was simple: help anyone with a website evaluate its effectiveness at attracting an audience of interested and relevant buyers. We founded HubSpot in 2006 and created Website Grader in 2008 because we believed that the inbound methodology — building meaningful, lasting relationships with prospects and customers — was not only a more effective way to grow a business, it was the right way to grow a business. And we knew how important it was for people to leverage their websites to attract visitors and…

20 Mobile Apps to Create Stunning Social Media Visuals

Ultimately, most of us find it much easier to remember content we’ve seen when it’s accompanied by visuals — which is why visuals are so widely used in marketing. For instance, nowadays, 80% of marketers use visual assets in their social media marketing content. But creating and adding visuals isn’t always easy, especially if you don’t have access to a designer or animator. Fortunately, there are plenty of apps you can use to create visual content on-the-go from your mobile device. Whether you want to tell your story through spacial photography, animated videos, or multi-image posts — you’ll find an…

The Tactics HubSpot Used to Rank #1 for More Than 34,000 Keywords

People are hungry for immediate answers. Luckily, it has never been easier to find the information you’re seeking via search. A lot of marketers want to know: how does HubSpot optimize for search? I talked to our blogging team to find out, and put together a series of insider tips we’re eager to share with you. Check out the tactics below, and start maximizing organic traffic to your own blog. 1. Embrace complex clusters. Search algorithms are ever-evolving, and in 2020 they’re as smart as ever. Search engines are now capable of recognizing connections across search queries. This has big…

Is Google E-A-T Actually a Ranking Factor? – Whiteboard Friday

Posted by Cyrus-ShepardMany SEOs agree that showing expertise, authority, and trustworthiness in your site content is important to ranking well. But why is that, exactly? Is it because Google E-A-T is an actual ranking factor, or is it something else? In this episode of Whiteboard Friday, Cyrus Shepard explores whether it can be considered a true ranking factor, making your E-A-T goals SMART, and how to communicate it all to curious stakeholders. Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high-resolution version in a new tab! Video Transcription Howdy, Moz fans. Welcome to another edition of Whiteboard Friday, coming to…

A Beginner’s Guide to SSL: What It is & Why It Makes Your Website More Secure

Have you ever noticed that some URLs start with “http://”, while others start with “https://”? Maybe you noticed that extra “s” when you were browsing websites that require giving over sensitive information, like when you were paying bills online. But where’d that extra “s” come from, and what does it mean? To put it simply, the extra “s” means your connection to that website is secure and encrypted; Any data you enter is safely shared with that website. The technology that powers that little “s” is called SSL, which stands for “Secure Sockets Layer.” As a consumer, you always want…

6 Easy Ways to Help Reduce Your Website’s Page Load Time

The adage “patience is a virtue” doesn’t apply online. Even a one-second delay can drastically reduce pageviews, customer satisfaction and drop conversions. The speed of your site even affects your organic search rankings. So what’s the biggest factor contributing to your page speed? Size. It takes browsers time to download the code that makes up your page. It has to download your HTML, your stylesheets, your scripts and your images. It can take a while to download all that data. As web users expect more engaging site designs, the size of a site’s resource files will continue to grow. Each…

Preparing E-Commerce for the Post-COVID Bounce Back

Posted by MrLukeCarthyCOVID-19 has switched up life as we know it, and it’s unlikely to stop doing so for some time. E-commerce shopping is a perfect example of how things have changed, and in a number of ways. If you feel like Shopify has been dropping huge, disruptive news bombs practically each week now, you’re right! And who’d have guessed that in the UK, the exclusively online supermarket, Ocado, is now worth more than brick-and-mortar grocers Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, and Marks and Spencer combined. The speed of transformation in e-commerce since the COVID-19 outbreak (an already fast-paced industry) has been savage….