Marketing vs. Advertising: How to Maximize Your Acquisition Efforts

In the beginning of my marketing career, I remember being confused that I was tasked with writing ads or creating ad materials. Since I fell into this industry accidentally (as one does), I didn’t study marketing in school. I wasn’t aware that advertising and marketing work together and aren’t mutually exclusive. Now, as a marketing professional, you understand that. But that doesn’t mean that you’ve never been unsure about how these two industries interact. In fact, marketing and advertising have a lot in common. They even have the same goal: increase awareness of your company and products, and then make…

The Most Annoying Types of Ads & What to Do Instead [New Data]

A 2019 Edelman study found that three out of four consumers avoid ads. In fact, 47% said they have changed their media habits to see fewer ads while others use ad blockers to prevent them altogether. The reasons why vary. Personally, I hate repetitive ads. For about a month straight, every time I would watch a YouTube video, I would see the same ad and it got more irritating every time. Mostly because I wasn’t interested in the brand or its services. But the incessant nature of the ad led to me develop a negative association with the company. So,…

The 11 Best Live Webinar Software of 2021

If you’re looking to attract highly engaged leads, interact with your audience, get real-time feedback, and capitalize on exciting guest speakers, the live webinar format is for you. In a blind test run by the team at Business2Community it was discovered that a live webinar not only got 2.3x the number of registrants than an on-demand video, but the live webinar’s attendance also exceeded that of its on-demand counterpart by 23%. The live attendants were also more … well … attentive. Participants viewed an average of 80% of the live webinar content, whereas the on-demand version captured 35%. To take…

19 Best Practices for Webinars or Webcasts

Webinars are a highly effective tool for moving prospects along the sales funnel. After you’ve loaded them with product and industry knowledge, your prospects become warm leads who can then have fruitful conversations with your sales team. But here’s the thing: the content and execution of the webinar affect prospects’ experience and will impact the quality of the leads you generate. If the information is misaligned with your prospects’ needs, you risk deterring them from doing further business with you. If the webinar is boring or too long, you may lose prospects before you deliver your final product pitch at…

How to Get a YouTube Community Tab [+ How to Use It]

With nine in 10 marketers planning to use YouTube in their 2021 marketing strategy, it’s more important than ever to capture your audience’s attention. One of the best ways to do this is by creating a connection with your viewers through fostering community. YouTube’s own creator academy says it best: “A loyal community of viewers can help promote your videos to new viewers through their own social networks, and give you instant feedback on what they do and don’t like.” While building these relationships doesn’t happen overnight, it’s rewarding to see your channel grow. The community tab is one important…

4 Ways Brands Can Gain Awareness on Clubhouse [+Examples]

If you’ve been on social media, marketing news sites, or the HubSpot Blog lately, you might have heard about Clubhouse. The nearly one-year-old social media platform which allows users to drop into audio-only chat rooms has grown from 600,000 to 10 million active users in just a few short months.  Although the app is invite-only, more and more people are gaining access and tuning into discussions related to their industry, hobbies, and other interests each day. Users also love Clubhouse for its entertainment factor. When surfing through Clubhouse, you might find celebrities, like Joe Rogan, chatting with fellow influencers; audio-only…

YouTube Algorithm: The Constantly Updated Guide to YouTube’s Updates & Changes

Since marketers are at the mercy of algorithms on nearly every publishing channel, knowing how each of these unique algorithms work is crucial to attracting and maintaining an audience. Luckily, while some channels are rather reserved about the secrets of their algorithms, YouTube, which boasts over 2 billion users, has been remarkably transparent. It launched a course for creators about getting discovered, walking them through the nitty-gritty details of increasing their visibility on the platform. Naturally, we took the course to help you understand exactly how to boost your rankings on the video platform. Read on to learn what we…

Announcing Our Investment in OneSignal

A widening set of engagement channels are leveling the playing field for businesses of all sizes to bring customers back to their products. This is particularly true for modern software companies. Their products are increasingly reliant on non-product communication channels to drive awareness, engagement and customer success. For data-driven teams, this is particularly powerful: increases in personalization, content optimization, and customized deliveries have become a force multiplier in a company’s ability to reach and maintain a loyal audience of customers. Some of the world’s best brands have taken notice, differentiating through an integrated messaging approach that reaches users across devices…