The SEO Elevator Pitch – Best of Whiteboard Friday

Posted by KameronJenkinsThis week, we’re revisiting an important topic for SEOs everywhere: how to show your value. In the wake of everything that’s happened recently with COVID-19, being able to describe your worth to potential clients or stakeholders is an integral skill. In this favorite episode of Whiteboard Friday, Kameron Jenkins shares how to effectively and succinctly build an SEO elevator pitch that highlights the value you bring to a business and three warnings on what not to do. Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high-resolution version in a new tab! Video Transcription Hey guys, welcome to this…

What Is Quora? A Marketer’s Guide to the Most Underrated Platform of 2020

Part of a social media manager’s job is to filter through which platforms are or aren’t relevant to their industry — or, more importantly, their audience. But there’s more to choose from than Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Snapchat, and Instagram. Believe it or not, Quora is one such platform you might want to add to your marketing portfolio. Quora entered the social marketplace about eight years ago, and it has since become a website worthy of a marketer’s attention. Before we get into why, let’s talk about what exactly Quora is.  So, why is this website compelling to marketers? A handful…

Most marketers think being data-driven means using web metrics to inform every decision they make. But that’s not actually being data-driven. That’s being Google Analytics-driven. To truly be data-driven, we must remind ourselves of the actual definition of data — all types of information. One of the most insightful types of information is qualitative data or unstructured data. It can reveal your customers’ true opinions and feelings toward your brand, which is challenging to extract from quantitative data or structured data. Even Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, is a passionate proponent of using qualitative data to drive strategy. “The…

How Your Local Business Can Be a Helper

Posted by MiriamEllis “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.” — Fred Rogers This quote is one I find myself turning to frequently these days as a local SEO. It calls to mind my irreplaceable neighborhood grocer. On my last…

Life is full of big decisions. And, nine times out of ten, they’re not ones you want to jump into without a little thought or pre-planning. The same can be said about your business and its marketing activities. You’re not executing campaigns just for the sake of it, and you’ll struggle to justify your spend without real thought behind what you want to get back from it. You’re working towards something. You’re working towards a goal. You perhaps just haven’t defined what that looks like — yet. According to an industry survey of more than 3,200 marketers, those who set…

How to Get the Most out of Your Ecommerce Marketing Strategy

What do a Hand Forged 1060 High Carbon Black Steel Blade Full Tang Samurai Katana Sword and a 7,541-Piece Lego Millennium Falcon™ Replica have in common? Well, first and foremost, they’re both awesome. Second, if you have kids under the age of three, you probably don’t want them playing with either — one is a choking hazard and one is a katana. And third, you can buy both through the magic of something called ecommerce — the sale of products or services online. Ecommerce is becoming a staple of companies’ sales and marketing operations across virtually every industry. Here, we’ll…

7 Marketing Alternatives to Tracking Cookies

At some point your life, you’ve probably had a run-in with ads generated by third-party cookies. Think about it. Have you ever browsed an online store, then gone on to a social media network just to see a pop-up advertisement for the exact products you just looked at? Unless you’ve given your email to the ecommerce store you visited, this ad was likely generated with third-party cookie data. When you visit a site that generates third-party cookies, the site places a tracking code — or cookie — on your browser. The code then allows that website to learn about the…

Benchmark Data: How COVID-19 Is Impacting Sales and Marketing Performance [Updated Weekly]

The economic impact of COVID-19 is undeniable. In the face of closures and shifting consumer behavior, businesses across the world have had to adapt to rapidly changing economic circumstances. At HubSpot, we’re asking ourselves the same questions many of you are: What now? What should we change about our strategy, and what can go on, business as usual? If we have to make changes, where should we invest our resources and focus? It can be hard to get a clear picture of how the market is changing in real time. There’s a plethora of headlines about the state of business…

Like a tree falling in the woods, if you launch a product without spreading the word — will anyone use it? Will anyone even want it? Probably not. Whether you’re launching something huge, something small, or you’re updating a current offering, you’ll want to start your preparation well in advance of the launch date. This includes nailing down your positioning and messaging, sharing that with key teams and stakeholders, listing out all the launch activities, creating assets and content, prepping everyone involved in the launch, and so on. Because there are so many moving parts in this process, bringing your…