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How SEO Fits Into An Inbound Marketing Strategy

How SEO Fits Into An Inbound Marketing Strategy

This is a guest post by Brenda Berg

To many marketers, SEO has always been considered a bit of a mystery. No matter how many tactics, techniques and methods you know and use, the fact that the rules and algorithms are constantly changing mean that you have to always be on your toes.

When trying to make the connection between this continuously evolving entity and your inbound marketing strategy, the link is not always clear. However, as time goes on, the more important this link is becoming.

In fact, it looks like SEO may become one of the most important aspects to consider when it comes to inbound marketing.

Today, we’ll explore the ins and outs of SEO and how it directly correlates with your inbound strategy, enabling you to take back control of your marketing efforts.

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How To Measure The Success Of Your Brand Building Campaigns

How To Measure The Success Of Your Brand Building Campaigns

Building a successful company is hard, really hard. There is a reason that nine out of ten startups fail.

The holy grail for all companies should be to start generation traction. After all, traction is the best way to improve your chances of startup success. Traction is a sign that something is working. If you charge for a product, it means that customers are buying. If your product is free, it means your user base is growing.

Traction is powerful. Any problem you might be facing as a company is easier to tackle when you got traction.

In other words, traction trumps everything.

And while it is easy to measure more people buying your product, it is a different story if you want to measure your brand awareness is growing. How the traction of your brand is happening.

In previous posts we talked about the different building blocks of a brand, we talked about finding your ideal customers, we talked about creating your brand story, we talked about finding a name and a logo for your company, building a visual brand and your brand voice. But all of these different building blocks of your brand have been mostly untested for now; they are still assumptions.

If you want to grow the awareness around brand you need to start running tests and validating the different building blocks of your brand. Eric Ries coined the term “validated learning” in his book the lean startup:

Progress in manufacturing is measured by the production of high-quality goods. The unit of progress for Lean Startups is validated learning, a rigorous method for demonstrating progress when one is embedded in the soil of extreme uncertainty.” – Eric Ries

When building a lean brand, we need these same principles to measure our success. After all, a high equity brand gives you many advantages.

In addition to the obvious benefit of driving market share, a strong brand can command a price premium, augment customer relationships, ensure successful line extensions, and help an organisation attract talent to name a few.

In this post, we’ll discuss the importance of building brand awareness and how to measure it, so that you can add structure and success to your brand building efforts.

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8 Facebook Hacks You Should Be Using To Expand Your Reach

8 Facebook Hacks You Should Be Using To Expand Your Reach

This is a guest post by Eric Gordon

As a business owner or manager, you understandably are looking for a direct and affordable method to communicate with your target audience. Social media marketing, such as through Facebook, is a popular and effective option that you may already be using in your own business to a moderate degree.

Facebook currently has about 2 billion active monthly users, even more than YouTube which has 1.5 billion, and those numbers aren’t going down anytime soon. Many people use Facebook for personal and business purposes alike.

Because it appeals to a wide range of users with various demographic backgrounds around the world, it may be the ideal way for your business to expand its marketing reach.

While many business owners and managers are using Facebook for social media marketing purposes, some of these professionals are not taking full advantage of the many benefits that it can provide.

In some cases, users may need to revise their content or overall marketing approach to generate better results. However, most users may also be able to take advantage of several relatively unknown Facebook hacks to more fully benefit from all that Facebook offers.

If you have been looking for an exceptional way to improve your use or results of Facebook for social media marketing while also saving time and energy in the process, consider how these effective hacks could be adopted for your benefit.

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How To Create A Cold Email Campaign That Gets Results

How To Create A Cold Email Campaign That Gets Results

Have you ever tried cold-emailing the CEO of a big company? Sending the right cold email can land you your next client, employee or job. It can be one of the most effective channels of lead generation. Unlike Google Ads, or even content marketing, cold emailing allows you to narrow down your focus and not reach a broad set of people, but only a selected individual with a highly targeted message.

But when was the last time you send one? How did that go?

You probably spend hours finding the correct email address of the person you want to email. You spend even more time creating the best email you’ve ever written in your entire life, more beautiful than the first love letter you wrote to that one special person. You hit that sent button…

And then what?

You wait, and you wait, but nothing, no reply. You never hear anything back anymore from that one person that you thought would be the perfect fit for your company. You thought it was a great email, with an even greater offer, but the receiver probably thought different.

Cold emailing is more difficult than most forms of communication for two reasons; You have no prior relationship with the person on the other end yet, and you lack the ability to look at all the non-verbal feedback so you can’t modify your approach in real time.

The result? Most cold emails fail.

In this post, this is going to change as we’re going to show you the steps needed to create those great cold emails that convert and will land you new clients.

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How to Build A Massive Email List From Scratch

How to Build A Massive Email List From Scratch

If you want to grow the traffic to your business, if you want to grow your business, you need to be constantly growing your email marketing list.

The number one rule for building your online business is that you should always be building your email marketing lists AND your relationships with your list.

Think about it… What other channels can you launch something and drive sales immediately?

Your social media fans can be taken away because a drop in organic reach, your search engine rankings can go away. But no one can take your list away.

Don’t believe us? Listen to Michael Hyatt, talking about his email list of 115,000:

I have literally built a multi-million dollar business on the strength of my email list. Ninety percent of my income comes from it. Even today, my email list is still my number one business priority—and asset.

Or Douglas Karr, writing on the Marketing Tech Blog, about his list of over 100,000:

Without a doubt, our email list is the best investment we’ve ever made.

Only email has the kind of power to keep on engaging and reaching your fans, your customers. The biggest challenge though for startups and for small businesses, is that you don’t have a list yet and or is it too small to see any benefits from email.

After this post, that is all going to change. Imagine if you could make some simple tweaks to your website and see an instant boost in email subscribers?

Keep on reading to find out what you can do today, so you can start growing your list. While you start growing your list, don’t forget the other part of the coin though. Your relationship with your list is as important as the size of your list.

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12 Surefire Tips to Increase Your Profits by Increasing Productivity

12 Surefire Tips to Increase Your Profits by Increasing Productivity

This is a guest post by Chloe Smith

One of the most important aspects of the business world is to keep productivity going and meet the demands of the market.

But a time comes when you want to start increasing your profits and take your business to the next level. This means increased productivity to cover the growing demand, but if not done right and properly this business step can cost a company more than just money, but its reputation and place on the market, too.

So in this post, we’re going to show you 12 tips to help you successfully improve productivity and make your business even more profitable.

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Building A Winning Email Marketing Strategy For Your Business

From Zero To Email Marketing Hero In Just Nine Steps

We’ve written about email marketing already a couple of times before, and by now you should know the importance of email marketing for your organisation. Email is the unsung hero of the marketing world. It is the most important marketing channel you and your organisation should focus on.

Why?

Well, let’s look at alternative channels like your Social Media profiles. How many followers do you have on the Facebook of your organisation? And when you post something how many people see that post organically, without you spending advertising budget on it?

Sure there are ways to get better engagement with your audience on Facebook, but in the end having even 10% or 20% of your fans engaged with your content without spending a dime on it, is impossible nowadays.

Facebook, Twitter and all the other they want to limit people to go to your website organically. Because if they do, they are losing money. They want you to pay to play on their network with their rules. And these rules are being changed on a regular basis. Imagine running a business like that, where they modify the rules every week!

There is no better scalable way to start communicating with your customers besides email (okay maybe text messages, with an open rate of almost a 100%). Old school Direct Marketing Mail is too expensive, having an entire sales team to go door to door or doing phone calls all day is too much overhead.

Even getting organic traffic from Google and other search engines is always on the perils of changes in search algorithms.

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Activate Your Brand Advocates Today And Skyrocket Your Inbound Results

Activate Your Brand Advocates Today And Skyrocket Your Inbound Results

This is a guest post by Koen Stevens

Today’s brands exist in a digital era and, by default, they are most concerned (or should be) with the question of interactivity, connectivity, and immediacy, especially as it relates to marketing. Brands invest a lot of money into making sure that their customers can easily find and connect with them, and they do that through inbound marketing.

Why inbound marketing?

Well, because inbound outperforms everything else in that hefty bags of marketing tricks. There are many reasons why brands made a substantial shift from traditional marketing methods but here are a few that paint the picture most vividly:

  • Inbound yields 3X more leads per dollar than traditional marketing methods. Not spending your money where it does most good would (in the words of Guy Kawasaki) just prove that you have more money than brains.
  • Close to 70% of online buyers spend time reading branded content before deciding to purchase. When was the last time you made a substantial purchase without consulting Google first? Hotel bookings, electronics, furniture, kitchen tiles – you name it, we’ve all googled it.
  • 94% of B2B buyers research online before committing to purchase. Your industry is no longer an excuse – inbound is relevant in every single one. If you’re not doing it, you’re leaving money on the table.

Like we said, all these iron-clad reasons are difficult to pick apart.

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Increasing Conversions By Creating High Converting 404 Error Pages

Increasing Conversions By Creating High Converting 404 Error Pages

One of the first things on everybody’s mind when they start a new website is to produce as much content as possible. After all, we want to get those backlinks, and we want to get a consistent stream of visitors to your website right?

Months go by, and you start to see more and more traffic coming it, this is a good indicator that you’re on the right track solving the same problems that your product is solving through the media you’re creating and promoting.

But did you know that the average lifespan of a webpage is around 100 days? According to Brewster Kahle, digital librarian at the Internet Archive in San Francisco, links tend to go bad over time due to moved or deleted content or changes in permalink structure.

So this means, that the beautiful, interesting experience your visitor is expecting can turn sideways when they are greeted with the dreaded 404, or “page not found” message.

One error page can kill all your hard work.

And what will the visitor do? They will hit that back button in their browser and go straight back to the search result page, trying to find a website that CAN help them with their problems.

Your first opportunity to impress a new lead and you just blew it, outdated and permanently moved web pages will leave your leads hanging without you giving them the opportunity to start a loving relationship.

No wonder that according to a 2010 study by Firefox, the back button was the most used navigational feature in their browser.

Although there is no formal estimate of the amount of lost sales and opportunities caused by people landing on a “page not found” page, we’re pretty sure every lost sale opportunity is one to money.

It isn’t all bad news though because 404 pages also represent opportunities if done well. If someone lands on your 404 page, you have their attention. How you use that attention is directly related to how successful your site will be in converting visitors.

This article will focus on turning those 404 error pages, into revenue, leads and sales.

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Getting More Leads By Creating The Perfect Contact Page

Getting More Leads By Creating The Perfect Contact Page

How many interested customers or clients reach out to you via your contact form?

Next, to your About Us page, your Contact page is one of the most important pages on your entire site. This is especially true if you’re offering a service based business that relies on people reaching out to you to work together with you.

Think about it for a second, people consume your content, they read more about your company and why you would be the perfect fit for them, next step they end up on your contact page.

Now what?

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