Over the past few decades, companies, marketing departments, and c-suites have used the term “community” to refer to a smorgasbord of ideas, from wide-ranging organizational investments — such as neighborhood events or charity partnerships — to online forums and even simple email lists. These ideas aim to create some sense of the collective belonging people used to feel, long before our now-record isolation and loneliness. But most (and sometimes all) of these community-building measures are superficial, or even irrelevant, to what constitutes real community. We call the resulting so-called communities mirage communities: groups that organizations may label as communities, but…

Reach and Delight (The Right) Customers with Cooperative Marketing

Let’s say you’re buying a new phone. You probably also have to buy a screen protector and case. But, never fear — The phone store has an array of both from different companies. They are bundled with the phone for a lower price. A phone store that bundles their products with complementary ones is an example of cooperative marketing. This offer takes advantage of products you’d already need to invest in when buying a phone, and uses that to entice you into purchasing. That way, instead of spending time and money to make a campaign about the phones a screen…

How To Get Leadership to Buy Into a New Website

One of the more popular recurring items online are images where different people see different things (like that blue-or-green-dress). In your organization, your entire website might be like that. You see something clunky, outdated, hard-to-use, and that no longer represents your brand. You see a website in need of an upgrade. But leadership? They see an expensive project. That can be a problem. You recognize a need, but leadership only sees the cost. They see the expenses and time that go into redoing the website and aren’t sure if it is worth it. But you know that to stay competitive…

How Often Should You (or Your Company) Blog? [New Data]

Starting a blog is tough. Thinking about what to post and how to promote it requires strategic planning. And will your content resonate with and delight your customers? We haven’t even covered how often companies should post — a factor that can make or break even the greatest of content. You might be surprised to know that even though there’s a surplus of hard data about why blog posts are integral to marketing, there’s not much on the frequency of posting. This is because, well, it depends. If ambiguity gets your heart racing, fear not. Here, we’ll offer suggestions and…

26 Companies With Really Catchy Slogans & Brand Taglines

Keep it simple, stupid. We don’t mean to offend you — this is just an example of a great slogan that also bears the truth of the power of succinctness in advertising. It’s incredibly difficult to be succinct, and it’s especially difficult to express a complex emotional concept in just a couple of words — which is exactly what slogans and taglines do. That’s why we have a lot of respect for the brands that have done it right. The ones that have figured out how to convey their value proposition to their buyer persona in just one, short sentence…

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…