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Why Context-Aware Email Marketing is the Key to Mobile Success

5 Ways to Convert More Customers with Context-Aware Emails

When was the last time you were excited to open up your email? If you’re a little bit like most people, you probably don’t look forward to opening your email inbox; it’s exploded with all the newsletters you at one point subscribed to, all the emails from the different social networks where you’re a part of, etc.

And let’s be honest with ourselves: most emails indeed are a bit annoying. According to research done by IDC in 2013 (full research available here), social media seems to evoke “excitement” as the prevailing sentiment.

80% of the 18-44-year-olds check their smartphone straight after waking up, and that is not to check on email. The word that comes to mind when talking about email? Productivity. Emails are a chore.

Of course, using great subject lines, you might make people interested in opening up your emails, but the excitement mostly quickly gets away as soon as the email is opened.

Still, email marketing is still one of the most efficient ways of communicating with your customer, but email marketing campaigns have stayed mostly the same over the last couple of years. Many brands are simply not trying anything new.

In here, lies a significant opportunity for you and your brand.

What if you could make your emails more interesting? And what if, by making them more attractive, you could increase opens, click-throughs, and conversions?

In this article, we’re going to look into different tactics that can make that happen for you and your brand.

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Translating Your Content Marketing Goals To Kpis How To Get Started

Content Marketing KPI's: How To Get Started

Everybody it seems is doing Content Marketing nowadays. Or at least thinking about doing Content Marketing. Whether it is through one of their social channels, or via their owned properties like their website. Content Marketing is  🔥

As a Content Marketer, though, it’s simply not enough to simply do research, write, publish, and then repeat the circle again. You must measure the impact that your Content Marketing is having on your business. This holds true when you’re just starting with your Content Marketing or just periodically. You need to ask yourself three important questions:

  1. What is the desired or anticipated outcome?
  2. What data can and will be collected?
  3. What are the indicators of failure or success?

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How to Come Up with Great Blog Post Ideas Consistently

How To Come Up With Great Blog Post Ideas Consistently

If you’ve been following our blog for some time now, you should know that content marketing is a powerful way to market your company online. It’s a way to demonstrate your expertise and increase your online following, all in all, to help you gain more leads for your company and help you sell more.

But how many times has this happened to you? You sit down to write a blog post and… nothing.

You’ve been writing for some time now; you see the traffic coming in every day. But no matter how long you sit and stare at your screen, it’s still just… nothing.

Coming up with a constant flow of ideas to write about for your audience can be hard. How do you keep the ideas and creativity constantly flowing to ensure consistent traffic, leads, and conversions?

Here’s the good news, however: Everyone gets stuck sometimes, but there’s a much better way to come up with content ideas than just staring at your screen and waiting for a miracle.

But before we give you specific topics and ways to generate blog topics, there are two key principles you need to keep in mind:

  1. Write about your niche, not your product. Even more so when you’re just starting out, and nobody heard about you yet, people don’t search for your product name or categories. Most people search because they’ve got a problem and they are searching for information or a solution to their problem. Content that is relevant to the life of your audience is way more valuable than content just hammering out product specs. Think of it like this, what would you rather click on: “Content Services $150” or “How to Promote Your Content”?
  2. Deliver value. Content marketing should deliver entertainment and/or educational value to your audience. Always make sure that your target audience will be interested, be intrigued, is having fun, or will learn, the next time that they are engaging with your content. Practising Customer Development is not only to learn about whether or not your product or services are solving the problems of your potential audience, but by doing customer development you can also learn and discover topics of value for your audience.

By keeping these two items in mind, let’s dive into different ways on how you can come up with ideas for your content machine.

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SEO Strategies To Get Your Startup Off The Ground

SEO Strategies To Get Your Startup Off The GroundThis is a guest post by Nate Vickery.

Startups are very fragile. In fact, they are so fragile that the vast majority of them doesn’t make it past year 2 or 3. There are innumerable reasons as to why this happens and among those reasons is that they often simply do not find enough customers to become financially viable. And when a startup has difficulties doing this, the support of investors also tends to weaken.

In today’s world, startups are just as likely to find customers online as they are offline. In fact, for many of them, the customers will almost exclusively exist and do business online. Some of them will not even exist outside the web.

As a result, it becomes quite obvious that a startup needs to be as visible as possible online if it is to survive and as we all know it, no one (or at least almost no one) is visible online without a bit of Search Engine Optimisation (SEO).

In short, a startup simply has to do SEO if it is to survive.

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7 Industry Experts Share Their Best Kept Social Media Secrets

Industry Experts Share Their Best Kept Social Media Secrets

Every company is different; every social media network has its quirks.

If you’re a startup, it can be difficult to get started with your marketing efforts on social media. How did other companies deal with these struggles?

Are you looking to step up your social media marketing game?

Wondering what tools and tactics the pros are using?

We asked some top social media experts to share us their tools and tactics. The question we asked all of them was:

If you are starting out with your company, maybe you’re in the pre-launch phase or your just launched the first version of your product. How do you build your social media following when no-one ever heard about you yet?

How did you build engagement with your new followers and how did you attract them in the first place? What networks did you use?

Can you describe your ultimate growth technique for building and launching your company on social media and how can people implement that for their companies?

In this article, we’re going to look at their answers, and you’ll discover seven ways you can start and stay ahead of your competitors on the social media curve. This is who they are, from William Harris (Elumynt) to Sujan Patel (Web Profits) and all the brilliant minds in between.

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6 Email Subject Line Strategies That Will Increase Your Open Rates

Subject Line Strategies Guaranteed to Increase Your Open RatesEverybody knows the importance of email marketing. More than 34% of the people worldwide use email. But if you look at your inbox, how many unread emails do you’ve got? 400? 900? Or maybe, if you’re like us and are subscribed to countless different mailing list, 6.702 emails? And that is only in our inbox (not counting every email that is automatically sorted out using rules in our Gmail).

Everyone gets tonnes of emails every day, and a lot of them are never opened. The chances of your email being ignored are pretty high. No matter what you might think, people do judge emails by their subject lines.

According to research done by Convince and Convert, 33% of email recipients decide if they are going to open your email or not based on only the subject line and 69% of email recipients also report email as spam based solely on the subject line.

Knowing this you might start to rethink your subject lines. After all, you do want your email to get open-end, read, and clicked right? Knowing that it all start with the subject line, let’s dive into some tips actionable tips you can start implementing straight away.

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Branding Essentials: Finding Your Brand’s Voice

Branding Essentials: Finding Your Brands' Voice

If there was no logo or no company name next to your posts on social media or your blog items. Do you sound different, unique—like yourself? Or do you sound like everyone else… including your competitors?

Would someone who is viewing your content on different channels know it all came from the same brand? Could your potential target audience identify the content as coming from your brand?

In a previous post, we already talked about How to Create an Authentic Brand Story and 5 Easy Steps For Building A Great Visual Brand as part of the process of building your brand. And just as you took the time to think off, create and test your brand story and the visuals elements that make for your brand, if you don’t pay attention, you can end up with a scattered and non-consistent tone of voice in the content you produce across your entire marketing ecosystem. A non-consistent tone of voice that doesn’t provide a consistent picture of your brand.

This inconsistent brand experience becomes even harder to keep under control when your organisation grows. You start hiring freelancers, or more people to help produce content, and how do you keep it consistent when you’re not the only one anymore who creates your company’s content?

You may ask yourself, why a brand voice matters. Isn’t it enough to make your brand sound more human? The tone of voice of your brand, though, isn’t about sounding more human. It’s about being consistent with the voice you’re creating. Being recognisable for the people reading your content, ranging from social media posts to newsletters, to “What’s New” messages in the app store.

Making sure that even if you forgot to include your logo or name in one of your writings, people would still know it is about you.

Just like creating your Brand Story and your brand visual template, you need to create a Brand Voice Template to have something to fall back to. Here at Inbound Rocket we got you covered though and outlined a seven-step guide to establish, create, and maintain your brand’s tone of voice to drive consistency in your content marketing efforts.

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How to Create a Social Media Marketing Strategy From Scratch

From Zero To Social Media Hero In Just Eleven Steps

For many businesses, the thought of starting on Social Media can be overwhelming. After all, there are so many networks available, and all of these networks are always adding new features. New features, that you’ve got to learn about and integrate into your plans.

As a startup or small business, you don’t have a full-time team or even a person available for you to do all this work. Therefore, the success of you and your company on Social Media depends on you creating a straightforward and actionable strategy that fits with the people you’ve got available and with your goals.

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How to (Ethically) Steal Content to Build Your Business

Content Creation: How to Steal Your Way to Successful Content

This is a guest post by Janice Kersh.

Today, we will explore one of the seven deadly sins of marketing – stealing content. But, wait… isn’t that a black hat tactic? Why are we discussing theft in a place like this? Well, it is time for a revelation. In truth, there is one way to steal content in a purely white hat fashion: steal it from yourself.

All of us have published interesting infographics, blog posts, videos, and emails that stand out from the rest and receive significant engagement (we secretly wish all of our content could bless us this way). If only we could reuse the content that shines a little brighter, without negatively affecting SEO… Well, we can, and here is how.

Why Wouldn’t We Want to Reuse Content?

Before we begin “repurposing” our online content, we need to understand what can go wrong. Duplicate content can have a detrimental effect on SEO. Even if we copy content from ourselves, this can appear deceptive in the eyes of search engines. Though it won’t get our content banned, having duplicate or very similar information at more than one URL will force Google to choose only one page to index. If the search engine happens to pick an externally-hosted piece, our websites can lose page rank. Losing our page rank position is what we want to avoid at all costs.

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6 Ways to Highly Effective Holiday Marketing Strategies

6 Ways to Highly Effective Holiday Marketing Strategies

If you look around you at this time of the year, you will notice lots of happy faces and people getting excited about the upcoming holidays. Us humans, we love the holidays, festivities and any special occasion on which we can celebrate. It’s the time of the year where you can dress up a bit more fancy, get festive, be surrounded by family, friends and loved ones and do fun things.

Whether your startup is a B2B or B2C, with your marketing efforts throughout the year you’re promoting your products and services to someone, to people. In today’s article, we will be looking into why and how you with your company can join the holiday party, delight the right customers and boost your business’s product or service at the same time.

Why should your marketing include events and holidays?

Holidays are the perfect time to connect with your company’s prospects and celebrate those feelings of companionship and gratitude. As a marketer, you can leverage these feelings to have a deeper connection with your customers on an emotional level. This will help build trust and credibility.

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