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Lessons From 15 Years: Sustaining & Growing A Marketing/PR Agency Requires Perseverance To Adapt & Overcome

March 12,2020 | BY: Kristin Jones

Ask young marketing or PR professionals about their long-term dreams for their careers, and they will likely describe how they want to own their own agencies. Work for themselves. Have complete creative freedom.

Many of them may one day do just that. Starting your own agency is easy—hang out a shingle (aka create a website), take a current connection with you, and bingo! You’re in business.

Starting is easy. Sustaining an independent marketing and PR agency is hard.

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Topics: Marketing Lessons

How To Reach Healthcare IT Customers (video)

March 06,2020 | BY: Kristin Jones

Healthcare, especially working with IT companies that serve the healthcare industry, has been one of my specialty fields for years. Through more than decade of experience working with a variety of businesses that serve healthcare providers and organizations, we’ve learned a few things about how to reach the unique target audiences within healthcare.

In particular, healthcare IT companies need to understand the decision-making process of CIOs, as well as how IT impacts multiple aspects of healthcare, from patient outcomes to revenue streams.

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Topics: Healthcare Marketing

Give Editors The Right Reasons To Accept Your Contributed Articles

March 04,2020 | BY: Scott Muff

With the realms of marketing and public relations continually meeting, meshing and intertwining, using contributed articles as part of an integrated campaign is the perfect way to reach thousands of prospects with top-of-the-funnel content that establishes you brand as an industry authority.

But you aren’t the only one seeking editorial space from related blogs and industry media. As PointVisible points out in this infographic, many editors get at least 6-10 pitches every day, and 20 percent of those editors say 9 out of 10 pitches are so bad, they don’t even bother to read them properly.

Ouch.

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Topics: Public Relations, Bylined Articles

Plan A Year’s Worth Of Marketing Campaigns (free template)

February 27,2020 | BY: Kristin Jones

As I recently reviewed our website, blog and lead generation metrics, it was interesting to note how most of our most popular downloads from the Inbound Marketing Learning Library are templates. It’s easy to see that our readers are looking for tools that can make their marketing and PR tasks simpler, and I’m glad we are able to provide those tools.

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Topics: Strategy, Campaign Planning

How To Use Our Lead Nurturing Workflow Template (free download)

February 20,2020 | BY: Kristin Jones

 

I know that lead nurturing is something a lot of marketers are trying to figure out and perfect. That’s why the #2 download from our Inbound Marketing Learning Library is our Lead Nurturing Workflow Template. (See the rest of the top 10 here.)

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Topics: Lead Nurturing, Strategy, emails

Give Your Images An SEO Makeover

February 19,2020 | BY: Kristin Jones

It’s easy when thinking about SEO to focus on the text — putting keywords into headlines, writing copy that lends itself to rich snippets and featured answers at the top of the search engine results page. And the infrastructure-minded members of your team — web designers and app-builders — have page loading speed, 404 errors and mobile compatibility at the top of their priority lists.

It can be easy to overlook the role of images in SEO, but 10.1 of all Google traffic is for images.google.com. (Source)

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Topics: SEO

Social Media Quick Tip: Create Content For Holidays

February 17,2020 | BY: Kristin Jones

Today is Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. That means that here in the U.S., it is also Presidents Day, which always falls on the third Monday of February. Aside from being a great time for retailers to offer sales on bath towels and bedding, appliances and mattresses, it is one of dozens of holiday’s listed in a downloadable calendar offered by our friends over at HubSpot.

The calendar lists both official holidays like Presidents Day, and less official but more Instagram-worthy options for small businesses to jump on board with such as Star Wars Day (May the Fourth, of course) and National Sunglasses Day.

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Topics: Social Media, Content Creation

An Inside Look At Our Lead Generation Superstars

February 13,2020 | BY: Kristin Jones

In marketing, as with almost any endeavor, there is theory and there is reality. Just ask any veteran of a given profession who has recently had a conversation with a freshly-graduated newcomer full of ideas about “how it works” that come from classes and books.

Those classes and books are great, and should be very close to what happens on the ground and in the trenches, but real-world results can also be much different. Which is why it pays to take time to review your actual results and see how they compare to what you would have expected based on best practices and industry averages.

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Topics: Lead Nurturing, Lead Generation, Landing Pages, Content, Analytics

How To Plan Complete Integrated Marketing & PR Campaigns (video)

February 07,2020 | BY: Kristin Jones

 

Effective marketing and PR strategies need to be designed, from the beginning, to reach prospects and customers at every point along the buyers’ journey. If you miss stages along the way, you’ll know it because conversion rates will suffer.

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Topics: Campaigns, Content Strategy

Why Video IS The Future Of Marketing

February 05,2020 | BY: Kristin Jones

 

Yes, video is everywhere. As pointed out by Omnicore in this infographic, nearly 9 in 10 businesses are using video in their marketing in some, and more than three-fourths of consumers say a video has convinced them to download an app or buy software.

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Topics: Video

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