One of my favorite movies is “School of Rock,” which also happens to be one of 2003’s best films. In the movie, Jack Black poses as a substitute teacher at a private school, and, after noticing the students are musically talented, he turns the 10-year-olds into a fully-fledged rock band. When assigning roles to the students, such as “lead singer,” “lead guitarist,” and “keyboardist,” he approaches the class president and deems her band manager because she had the organization skills needed to help the band run smoothly. “Summer,” he says, “You’re in charge of the whole thing.” I think of…

5 Common Objections to SEO (& How to Respond) – Best of Whiteboard Friday

Posted by KameronJenkinsWith marketing budgets taking a hit under the economic strain of COVID-19, advocating for the value SEO can bring to a struggling business is a new take on an old battle. This popular Whiteboard Friday episode by Kameron Jenkins covers five common objections you’ll hear to SEO and how to counter them with smart, researched, fact-based responses — an important skill to brush up on now more than ever. Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high-resolution version in a new tab! Video Transcription Hey, everybody. Welcome to this week’s edition of Whiteboard Friday. My name is Kameron…

Why HubSpot’s Director of Analytics Wants You to Make Data More Human

Reporting and attribution have revolutionized marketing in every industry. Marketing data allows businesses to make more informed decisions about their audiences’ needs, challenges, and interests.For years, demographic reporting has done wonders for marketers. Data points such as age, ethnicity, gender, location, education, and employment have informed marketing teams and heightened the impact of campaigns across the board.Unfortunately, there’s only so much that demographic data can tell us about the people searching for and purchasing our products and services.2020 is the time to make data more human. Key Takeaways & Expert Insights Humanizing a historically inhuman component of marketing (such as…

The MozCon Virtual 2020 Initial Agenda

Posted by cheryldraperIt’s the question that’s been on plenty of people’s minds: What’s up with MozCon this year? We’re happy to report that 2020’s MozCon is on like Donkey Kong, and as you can tell from its brand-new name, the format this year is just a tad bit different. MozCon 2020 is now MozCon Virtual, an online conference experience delivering every ounce of digital marketing expertise you expect in-person with the safety and security of social distancing at home. Today, we’re here to tell you all about it — changes, challenges, nitty-gritty details, who’s speaking and what you’ll learn, and…

24 Data-Backed Reasons to Personalize Your Marketing

When Larry Drebes, CEO of Janrain, set out to study online consumer experiences earlier this summer, he knew that relevant content would be at the forefront of consumer minds. We’ve seen for years that emails which are personalized to the recipient do better than their generic counterparts. But perhaps what he could not have anticipated was just how much consumers have come to expect personalization at every stage in their buying process. In truth, nearly three-fourths of respondents in the national poll expressed frustration at content that does not recognize them and adapt to their interests. “These results [indicate] that…

In 2016, I thought I had the perfect plan. My Georgetown graduate students desperately needed to get away from books and learn about start-ups through real world experience. And Washington, D.C. was booming with startups. So I figured — why not launch a podcast called “Students vs. Startups … Showdown on the Potomac?” In hindsight, “Students vs. Startups” encountered a perfect storm, and I steered right into it. Ultimately, the podcast’s failure boiled down to five major factors. Here, let’s dive into the five factors that led to the failure of my first podcast, and what you can learn from…

Deal Pipelines Gain Positive Momentum in Mid-May [COVID-19 Benchmark Data]

For the last few months, businesses around the world have had to rapidly adapt to the impact of COVID-19. In a time where it seems like things change every day, it can be difficult to gauge whether the challenges your business is facing are widespread. That’s why we’re publishing week-over-week benchmark data for core business metrics like website traffic, email send and open rates, sales engagements, close rates, and more. These core metrics are split by region, company size, and industry cuts, so you can explore data for companies most similar to yours. You can find the data, and more…

In December 2018, Netflix viewers were introduced to the platform’s first interactive film, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. Bandersnatch followed a character named Stefan, a tormented game developer who was forced to make a number of simple and tough decisions to release a video game. Each time Stefan had to make a decision — such as eating Sugar Puffs or Frosties for breakfast — two options would appear on the screen. Stefan’s fate was then in the Netflix viewers’ hands as they could choose what happened next. The choose-your-own-adventure film — which allowed viewers to go down one of nearly one trillion…

How to Write Great Headlines: 21 Creative Headline Examples

Scan. Dismiss. Scan. Dismiss. Scan …click! This is what your audience is doing today. This is what we’re all doing today. In our inbox, on social media and on blogs, we scan through headlines, dismissing most and clicking a few. Winning that click depends on the headline, more than anything else. It’s impossible to overstate their importance. We are all judged instantly and ruthlessly by this short set of words. The average person sees 1,300+ headlines each day and dismisses 99.7% of them.* *Totally fabricated, but a great headline. Even if you do everything else right, blogging your fingers to…