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Implementation: Where Most Marketing Plans Go to Die

Mar 5, 2019 / by Meghan Hultquist posted in marketing, strategy

One key trait that identifies all high achievers is that they take action. They don't just talk about ideas; they do. Winning teams practice the art of implementation relentlessly. 

It's not particularly surprising, then, that successful implementation of a strategic marketing plan is one of the biggest challenges consistently facing marketing teams. 

Failed implementation is a stressful situation for any member of your marketing team, but it's marketing leaders that end up taking the brunt of the blame when a marketing plan fails to launch. Organizations regularly cite failure to execute a strategic plan as their primary reason for firing a CMO. 

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Advanced Metrics, Formulas, and KPIs Every SaaS Marketer Should Know

Feb 20, 2019 / by Lex Hultquist posted in marketing, analytics, strategy

Smart marketers know that basic marketing metrics (traffic and engagement) on their own provide a narrow view, and only small piece of the puzzle. While useful for optimizing campaigns, they are not necessarily tied to larger business goals and objectives.

Analytics that matter to organization leaders and boards go beyond the basic number of leads generated per quarter or increases in lead conversions. Leads, opportunities, and customers are easy and obvious numbers to focus on, but more important are the metrics that allow companies to track, project and predict growth. This is particularly true when it comes to SaaS (and IaaS, PaaS, FaaS) companies and others with a subscription-based pricing model.

Chances are, you're already familiar with Monthly Recurring Revenue (MRR). This is a number that investors care about, which means it is a number that companies care about, which means it is a number that marketers care about. MRR, however, is just scratching the surface of revenue metrics that matter and must be measured.

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Data Privacy Laws + Marketing: A Layperson's Guide

Jan 30, 2019 / by Meghan Hultquist posted in marketing

Data privacy is quickly becoming a business focus around the world, and it's only the beginning. Technology has reshaped our privacy expectations, and there is increasing backlash, as well as legal and regulatory action, that has been generated in response. This rapidly evolving landscape will fundamentally change how business is transacted online.

Huge data privacy scandals are making headlines, and conglomerates like Facebook and Google are being hit with significant financial penalties under applicable laws. As a result of the shifting legal landscape, consumers' expectations around privacy are once again shifting, too.

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7 Psychology Principles to Influence User and Customer Behavior

Jan 16, 2019 / by Meghan Hultquist posted in marketing, lead generation, customer acquisition

The ultimate goal of any marketing campaign is to influence human behavior. That’s why the most successful marketing campaigns incorporate and leverage certain principles of human psychology. 

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Chatbots: A Primer for Marketing Teams

Jan 9, 2019 / by Meghan Hultquist posted in technology, marketing, customer acquisition

If you’ve spent any time online over the last two years, you’ve more likely than not encountered chatbots. And if you haven’t, you will soon. Chatbots, often referred to simply as “bots,” are heralded by many as the next must-have-technology for marketing and sales.

Businesses of all shapes and sizes are adopting chatbots rapidly, and there are many powerful applications within any given company. More and more big brands, from Nike to Whole Foods, have already embraced bot technology, and now chatbots are quickly becoming mainstream. Research from Forrester showed that in 2016, just 5% of companies worldwide were using chatbots regularly. Compare that to a recent survey by Oracle, which found that 80% of senior marketing and sales professionals expect to be using chatbots for customer interactions by 2020.

Chatbots are an excellent reminder that the digital revolution is far from over. We’re actually right in the midst of it. As more and more companies join in, marketers need to get a good grasp on how to use this powerful technology for the good of their brand.

So, let’s explore this emerging technology, what it means for marketing teams, and how to leverage it successfully for your brand.

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HubSpot Pop-Up Forms: Convert Leads with this Simple Tool

Dec 18, 2018 / by Meghan Hultquist posted in marketing, HubSpot, lead conversion, lead generation

Pop-Up Forms, formerly known as "Lead Flows," are a great and easy tool inside of the HubSpot growth stack that lets any website add a conversion point (form) to any website page, without any coding knowledge at all.

Pop-up forms are simple three-step forms for gathering customer information that can be set to appear on any page on your website. 

Here's how to use them effectively to generate leads.

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How to Create Content That Search Engines Love

Nov 15, 2018 / by Meghan Hultquist posted in marketing, content, content development, inbound marketing, SEO

Improving SEO and growing organic traffic is a top priority for many marketing teams. Yet, few teams excel when it comes to creating content that regularly earns favorable attention from search engines.

Creating content that search engines love means following a set of best practices to earn positive attention. Stick to these best practices, and you'll see dramatic uptick in organic website traffic and leads, along with a marked return on your content marketing investment.

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12 Free Marketing Tools to Make Your Team Even More Amazing

Oct 16, 2018 / by Meghan Hultquist posted in technology, marketing

Today's best marketing teams have an innovative mindset - constantly testing, integrating, and optimizing new technologies into their marketing tech stacks for continually better results over time. 

Indeed, the right marketing technology tools can be the difference between lackluster and amazing results. Fortunately, having an awesome tech stack doesn't have to cost a fortune. In fact, there are hundreds of tools that can make you a more amazing marketer without costing you a penny.

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The Ultimate Glossary of Inbound Marketing Terms

Oct 9, 2018 / by Meghan Hultquist posted in marketing, inbound marketing

Whether you're new to inbound marketing or just brushing up your skills, it can feel a bit like learning a new language at times. There are quite a few vocabulary terms that are extremely helpful to understand in order to leverage inbound marketing most effectively.

We've put together this comprehensive glossary of inbound marketing terms to help you learn to speak the language of inbound fluently.

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4 Tips in 5 Minutes: Influence Visitor Behavior on Your Website

Oct 3, 2018 / by Meghan Hultquist posted in marketing, websites, optimization

Successful digital marketing demands more than just attracting interested users to your website. You need to get website visitors to take one or more desired actions, or exhibit certain behaviors on your site, in order to actually accomplish your marketing and sales goals. 

The actions or behaviors desired of your website visitors will vary from company to company and from page to page on any given website. Desired actions include things like submitting a form, clicking through to an additional page, starting a free trial, or completing a purchase.

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