The Ultimate Guide to Pinterest Marketing

When I open up Pinterest, I’m in trouble. That’s because I know I could potentially sit there for hours on end browsing pictures and videos beautiful decor for my apartment, fun new workouts to try, outfits I want to buy, and much more. In the past, I’ve purchased items directly from Pinterest. I’ve also pinned content to my boards so I can refer to them in the future, use them as inspiration, or share them with my friends. Marketers target Pinterest users by sharing content that’s too irresistible for us to pass up. And with over 250 million people on…

In the marketing industry, setting objectives can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, constantly raising the bar can incentivize your team to sustain your growth rate over long periods of time. On the other hand, it can incentivize your team to prioritize your company’s needs over your customers’ needs. Contrary to popular belief, solely focusing on the results doesn’t actually produce results. Focusing on serving your customers is what produces results. Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, is famous for sparking this customer-centric movement. In 2015, he spoke at Goldman Sach’s Technology and Internet Conference in San Francisco, and a…

19 of the Best Landing Page Design Examples You Need to See in 2020

How do you convince your visitors to take the plunge on your website? There are so many elements that a top-notch landing page needs, and making those elements the “best” they can be often depends on what your landing page goals are. Take form length, for example. It’s just one of the many components you need to optimize, but best practices will tell you that both short and long forms perform well — it all depends on whether you want to generate a lot of (potentially) lower-quality form submissions, or a smaller number of higher-quality submissions. So if you’re looking…

What Is a CMS and Why Should You Care?

There are a lot of acronyms in the business world to keep straight. SEO, CRM, SERP, CTR, and CMS are just a few important ones. CMS is particularly important, considering that more than half of all websites are built with one. So what is it? CMS stands for content management system. It also may be the solution you’re looking for to quickly make a website with limited technical knowledge and resources. In this post, we’ll define what a CMS is and how it works. Then we’ll look at how you can use a CMS to handle the infrastructure of your…

Everything You Need to Know About Employer Branding

When a job seeker begins their search, their queries might look like this: “Top companies to work for in 2019” or, alternatively, “Top companies in X industry.” It makes sense — nowadays, a company’s reputation matters more than ever. In fact, 86% of workers would not apply for, or continue to work for, a company that has a bad reputation with former employees or the general public. Ultimately, you spend plenty of time creating a compelling, incentivizing brand story surrounding your products or services. But how long do you spend cultivating a powerful employer brand to ensure you attract and…

The Major SEO Trends of 2020, According to HubSpot’s Director of Acquisition

In SEO, everything is anchored in user experience. And that experience hinges on providing the information that a person searches for, in a way that search engines can identify. That’s how search engines provide relevant information to users. Search engines are getting better and better at understanding search intent, which means they are providing  more unique and granular search results that better address the user’s specific ask. The content on your website needs to provide a solution to a user’s problem, whether it’s a long-form article or a one-word answer. In the most recent HubSpot Research survey, 64% of marketers…

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…