The Surround Sound Series: How We Created A New Content Marketing Program & Improved SERP Visibility Beyond SEO (Part 2 of 3)

This post is a part of Made @ HubSpot, an internal thought leadership series through which we extract lessons from experiments conducted by our very own HubSpotters. The way people shop has radically changed. Back in the day, going shopping meant visiting a few shops — maybe some with brands you knew you liked. Now, customers have a wealth of options available online 24/7. They can compare features and prices, read recent reviews, or even get suggestions from influencers and magazines. They can go back and forth between their best options, until they find what suits them best. In this…

How to Turn a Case Study into a Customer Success Story

Expression, passion, style, persuasion, authenticity. These five elements encompass a customer success story — a transformation from a regular case study to an enticing piece of content that encourages a reader to explore what your company has to offer. When people think about writing a case study, they might feel a daunting rise of tediousness, or perhaps writer’s block. This article omits both by showing you exactly how to turn a case study into a customer success story through an authentic writing style. Case studies are more than proving your company’s achievements. Through eloquence and thoughtfulness, you can demonstrate your…

13 Examples of Facebook Ads That Actually Work (And Why)

On average, Facebook is home to 3 billion users — from CEOs to students to consumers. And while the community is clearly there, connecting with them from a marketing standpoint isn’t always easy. For brands, posting on Facebook alone isn’t enough anymore — especially for ones just starting out. Sure, you can throw money at your efforts to drive people to your Facebook Page and send them to your website, but that only works if you’re smart about it. One way to do just that is to create optimized Facebook Ads targeted at the right audience. Optimized ads can help you spend your…

17 of the Most Creative ‘Meet the Team’ Pages We’ve Ever Seen

To a prospect seeking out a new service provider, it can all be a little overwhelming. It’s easy to wonder: Who are the real people behind all the smoke and mirrors? Adding a “Meet the Team” page or section to your website is an easy, effective way to give your business a accessible face. It gives prospects an idea of who exactly they’ll be working with, and shows potential employees that you’re proud of the people on your team. For some inspiration, see how these companies introduce visitors to their most important creative assets: their people. 1. Yokel Local Yokel Local…

How to Create a Useful and Well-Optimized FAQ Page

Posted by AnnSmartyThe golden rule of marketing has always been: Don’t leave your customer wondering, or you’ll lose them. This rule also applies very well to SEO: Unless Google can find an answer — and quickly — they’ll pick and feature your competitor. One way to make sure that doesn’t happen is having a well set-up, well-optimized FAQ page. Your FAQ is the key to providing your customers and search engines with all the answers they might need about your brand. Why create an FAQ page? Decrease your customer support team’s workload. If you do it right, your FAQ page…

How To Optimize Your TikTok Bio 5 Easy Steps [+ Examples]

TikTok is quickly becoming the next big thing in social media, both for individuals and for brands. Fortunately, the dance and lip-sync app can be a lot more than that if your brand uses it strategically. And the first place to start with that strategy is in your TikTok bio. As it is on any social media platform, your bio is your chance to introduce yourself and your brand to every potential follower. You don’t have the time to re-introduce yourself in every video you create, so your bio gives you the chance to do just that. This is your…

Four-night trip to New Orleans, flight and hotel included, for $499? Awesome! Buy now! …It wants my login information? I’ve never even been on this site before. Oh, apparently I have, and I set up a username and password. Well, I don’t remember them, so I’ll just check out as a guest. There’s no guest checkout? I just want to go to New Orleans! Whatever, I probably can’t get off work that week anyway. Does this sound familiar? If so, you’ve been the victim of a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad online checkout experience. We’ve written about how to…

I like to think of marketing and sales as the leads in a buddy cop movie.  Sales is the grizzled veteran on the force who keeps reiterating that they’re “too old for this” whenever some zany misadventure gets started. And marketing is the hot-headed rookie with a chip on their shoulder looking to prove to everyone that they have what it takes to become the department’s first-ever bow-legged sergeant or something. There’s a lot of potential for a pretty compelling story if the two of them get along, but let’s imagine a movie where they don’t. In this film, the…

SEO Is Not an On/Off Switch — Whiteboard Friday

Posted by Dr-PeteWhen business is struggling, budgets are tight, and resources limited, your company might be tempted to cut back or cut off SEO efforts to save time and money until things stabilize. But halting SEO altogether — even for a short time — is actually a bad idea, as it means more work for you and your business in the long run.  Dr. Pete is here with a brand new Whiteboard Friday to tell you why SEO should not be treated like an on/off switch, and provide some suggestions on what to do instead.  Click on the whiteboard image above to open…

As marketers, we’re often tasked with designing, producing, and creating a variety of content to use across social channels, blog posts, and email. This often includes the use of a wide variety of design tools — including Adobe Photoshop, Canva, and even Getty Images. And yet, we often don’t pause to consider: Can I actually use this software for business purposes? More than likely, your team has already ensured you have a commercial license to use the products you design for business purposes. But, despite it being a legal term, it’s still critical your familiar with the concept of “commercial…