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…

Why and How to Bring Empathy Into Your Content

Posted by DaisyQCreating content can feel incredibly difficult right now. If you’re like me, you’ve spent the last few weeks oscillating between a can-do approach and hours of staring into space. Here’s how to tap into those very real emotions and channel them into more impactful content. What empathy is and isn’t We commonly confuse sympathy with empathy. Sympathy is understanding and perhaps feeling bad for the struggles that someone may be experiencing. Empathy means understanding the person’s feelings and thoughts from their point of view. Sympathy is when you feel compassion, sorrow, or pity for what the other person…

Why do people really quit their jobs? Before you say “salary,” “benefits,” or “workload,” take a second to think about the worst boss you’ve ever had. Were they bad at giving feedback, not helpful, or just plain mean? Did they have you feeling unmotivated, too nervous to offer ideas, or fearing that you’d lose your job with the slightest miss-step? Once you let those memories sink in, you probably won’t second guess the statement: “People quit their managers, not their jobs.” Over the years, this fact hasn’t changed. Study after study has emphasized that companies need good managers to retain…

What is Banner Blindness? How Can You Avoid It?

My morning routine is generally pretty straightforward: I wake up, do yoga, shower and get ready for work, then visit my favorite music websites to get my daily fix on the latest news. Usually, when I sign onto these sites, I start scrolling as soon as the webpage loads. Not because I want to check to see if my trackpad is working, but because I know that to get to the content, I need to scroll a little. This routine has led me to mostly ignore what’s usually right underneath the navigation bar: a banner ad. Source I don’t purposely…