16 Awesome Email Marketing Campaigns & How to Run Your Own

Consumers love connecting with brands via email, and it’s a channel that continues to provide ROI. In fact, for every $1 spent on email marketing, marketers receive an average of $42 in return (HubSpot State of Marketing 2020).  Not only is email not dead, but 78% of marketers have seen an increase in engagement on this channel over the course of the last year. As we strive to connect with our prospects and customers and provide them with value, our email marketing campaigns must resonate. What Is an Email Marketing Campaign? An email marketing campaign is a series of emails…

The great thing about the internet is that it’s full of brilliant marketers sharing great information — all for free. Social media is no exception. If you have some extra time in your week to add more blogs to your reading list, we recommend you consider subscribing to some of these 33 blogs specifically about social media marketing. 33 of the Best Social Media Blogs 1. HubSpot Marketing Blog On the HubSpot Marketing blog, we strive to cover every topic that a modern-day marketer would need to know about. This includes social media. Not only can you find general posts…

Everything You Need to Know About Starting a Podcast in 2020

I’ve become a morning walking companion to people I may never meet. How is this possible? They take me along in their earbuds as they stream my podcast, Build a Better Agency It’s a wonderful sign of things to come for marketers willing to venture into the podcasting universe. Once a fringe platform, podcasts are now surprisingly mainstream. According to Nielsen, six out of 10 people understand what they are, and 112 million Americans — 40 percent of the nation’s population — have listened to at least one. Though podcast listeners lean male, it isn’t by much: 56 percent are…

38 Free Online Marketing Classes to Take This Year

I don’t know about you, but I miss taking classes. I miss taking notes, studying, and most of all, learning a ton of new skills. That’s not to say I don’t learn a lot on the job here at HubSpot — because I absolutely do. But sometimes, there’s nothing quite like listening to a lecture, taking notes, and doing homework. Given the frequency at which new technologies and software are developed, it can be overwhelming to try to keep up your knowledge by only reading blog posts and ebooks. That’s where self-paced online learning comes in. I’ve taken a few…

6 Stats that Prove the Importance of Product Videos for Ecommerce

Producing quality videos for your ecommerce site is hard, we know. Equipment is expensive, and specialists who know how to use that equipment cost even more. For that very reason, many ecommerce businesses will settle for photos and graphics just to get the job done. These video marketing statistics show that video might just be an investment worth making. Sure, you’ll have to dig a little deeper into those pockets at first, but the results will return more than you dreamed. Product Video Stats Marketers Need to Know 1. Video is the #1 content type used by marketers to sell products…

16 Important Ways to Use Case Studies in Your Marketing

When you’re thinking about investing in a product or service, what’s the first thing you do? Usually, it’s one or both of the following: You’ll likely ask your friends whether they’ve tried the product or service, and if they have, whether they would recommend it. You’ll also probably do some online research to see what others are saying about said product or service. Nowadays, 90% of consumers used the internet to find a local business in the last year, and 82% of consumers read online reviews. This shows that the majority of people are looking to peers to make a purchasing decision.Most customers know…

What Do Dolphins Eat? Lessons from How Kids Search — Best of Whiteboard Friday

Posted by willcritchlowWe’re bringing back this slightly different-from-the-norm Whiteboard Friday, in which the fantastic Will Critchlow shares lessons from how kids search. Kids may search differently than adults, but there are some interesting insights from how they use Google that can help deepen our understanding of searchers in general. Comfort levels with particular search strategies, reading only the bold words, taking search suggestions and related searches as answers — there’s a lot to dig into.  Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high-resolution version in a new tab! Video Transcription Hi, everyone. I’m Will Critchlow, founder and CEO of Distilled,…

A Brief History of Productivity: How Getting Stuff Done Became an Industry

Anyone who’s ever been a teenager is likely familiar with the question, “Why aren’t you doing something productive?” If only I knew, as an angsty 15-year-old, what I know after conducting the research for this article. If only I could respond to my parents with the brilliant retort, “You know, the idea of productivity actually dates back to before the 1800s.” If only I could ask, “Do you mean ‘productive’ in an economic or modern context?” Back then, I would have been sent to my room for “acting smart.” But today, I’m a nerdy adult who is curious to know…

From Coffee Shops to Cat Videos: 13 Unexpected Productivity Hacks That Actually Work

Recently, a friend of mine asked me how my day was. “Busy, but productive,” I replied. But what did that even mean? I suppose what I’d really meant was that all I did was work: I got to work early, worked through lunch, broke for dinner, and then proceeded to sign back online to wrap a few things up after that. And now that I think about it, I barely even moved.  Many of us have this distorted idea of productivity where the more hours you put in, the more work you put out. The less you socialize during the day, the more…

Find All Your Branded Keywords In Seconds (Plus 13 Tips for Brand Query SEO)

Googled your company lately? Probably not. When do you, you’re searching for a “branded keyphrase.” Marketers and SEOs usually ignore these phrases. Why? Because they assume that they rank #1 and there’s nothing to gain. Or they just never look up what branded phrases their audience is using. But it’s crazy to ignore the people who are looking for you. Branded keyphrases are the world’s fastest win for SEO. And they’re a secret weapon for content strategists. These keyphrases provide powerful insights. In seconds you can: Learn what your audience knows about you Find reputation issues Discover your top competitors…