There’s no doubt that technology has simplified the way we carry out our day-to-day routines. Computers help us do things faster, emails and text messages let us always be in touch, and the internet makes it easy to find the answer to any question with just a quick Google search. While being constantly plugged in can make us feel safe, connected, and in-the-know — both at work and at home — it also means we never really clock out. It’s one thing to pull a long day every once in a while to finish a project or deal with a crisis, but it’s another to routinely stay late at…

The Surround Sound Series: A Behind-the-Scenes Look into HubSpot’s Newest Content Marketing Strategy (Part 1 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. How do customers discover new products nowadays? Despite there being many ways of becoming aware of a product, there is a simple route to considering it for purchase. If you’re like me, you do it every time you’re looking to buy or try something new: You turn to your friends (and in many cases, Google) and ask, “What are the best X products?” If you’re using Google, your query looks something like this:…

To understand what the term “trading up” means, let’s start with a scenario. You wake up early and jog to the Starbucks on the corner of your street. There, you wait in line to order a pumpkin-spiced latte, as you skim emails on your iPhone. Afterwards, you return home, put on your new Lululemon workout apparel, and hop on your Peloton for an at-home workout. In this scenario, you’ve “traded up” in a variety of consumer categories: including coffee, technology, clothing, and even workout gear. Why, for instance, did you feel the need to head to Starbucks and pay $6…

What makes a blog post bad? There are lots of reasons a blog post could be less-than-perfect. Poor formatting. Poor grammar. Poor word choice. Poor shareability.  The most pervasive problem? Poor flow. The post jumps from one idea to the next to the next and then circles around again for a split second to the first idea, then back to the fourth, and so on. Or the post reads like a stream of consciousness — but it wasn’t a stylistic choice.  Luckily, you have a simple solution. Before diving headfirst into writing your post, you can create an outline.  I’m not talking…

As marketers, we all want to climb the career ladder as quickly as possible. But if you’re going to become a marketing manager one day, you first need to learn what the role demands. Moving up in ranks means becoming more involved in the marketing process, and eventually becoming the principal implementor. As a marketing manager, you’d be in charge of a team. Employees will look up to you as you once looked up to your manager. However, accepting this position comes with increased responsibility. It can feel rewarding to watch your strategies come to life, but it’s important to understand…

3 Digital PR Tenets for Excellent Outreach

Posted by amandamilliganContent creation and promotion is our bread and butter at Fractl, but most of the questions we get are tied to the promotions side of the process. People ask us: How are you able to secure media coverage on sites like CNBC, USA Today, and more? It’s not easy, I’ll tell you that. It takes a lot of time and resources, and over the years we’ve established a set of tenets that guide our digital PR process. I hope sharing them with you will help you refine your own strategy. 1. Research and relevancy are non-negotiable When we…

What’s Sprite to Coca Cola? An Exploration of Brand Portfolios

Do you know how you have siblings, cousins, aunts, and uncles? Well, brands kind of do too — only their fellow brands probably don’t get way too aggressive about the conspiracy theories they believe in while everyone’s just trying to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner like somebody’s Uncle Gary does every year. While brands don’t go through that kind of situation that totally doesn’t apply to me, they’re still generally related — falling under umbrellas set by larger, overarching firms. And if we’re running with the whole family analogy, the family trees those umbrellas set are known as brand portfolios. Here, we’ll…

When I go to bed every night, I have to set about five alarms for the morning. I’m just the type of person that needs a lot of reminders to wake up on time. In a similar vein, marketers use reminder advertising to stay top-of-mind with potential customers. And it makes sense. In the world of sales, 80% of sales require 5 follow-up calls after a meeting. For marketers, it’s no different. Essentially, you have to nurture and continuously remind your audience who you are to convert leads. In fact, companies excelling at lead nurturing generate 50% more sales-ready leads…

How to Create an Editorial Calendar in Google Calendar [Free Templates]

One of the most frequent questions we get from aspiring and current inbound marketers is, “How do you manage all of that content?” When we tell them we use an editorial calendar, the next question is often, “Oh, how much does that cost?” Nothing. Because, for the most part, we use Google Calendar. Surprised? There are a lot of great calendar tools out there you can choose from. (In fact, for those of you who are HubSpot customers, there’s a marketing calendar built right into HubSpot’s software.) But after trying a ton of other solutions, our team found that we…