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How to Tell Google Not to Index a Page in Search
Digital Marketing, digital mkt, Internet marketing, Online Marketing, Technical SEO

How to Tell Google Not to Index a Page in Search

Indexing as many pages on your website as possible can be very tempting for marketers who are trying to boost their search engine authority.But, while it’s true that publishing more pages that are relevant for a particular keyword (assuming they’re also high quality) will improve your ranking for that keyword, sometimes there’s actually more value in keeping certain pages on your website out of a search engine’s index. ... Say what?! Stay with us, folks. This post will walk you through why you might want to remove certain webpages from the SERPs (search engine results pages), and exactly how to go about doing it.De-Indexing a Page from Google There are a few occasions where you may want to exclude a webpage — or a portion of a webpage — from search engine crawling and indexing like:...
Everything You Need to Know About Emojis in Your Subject Line
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Everything You Need to Know About Emojis in Your Subject Line

By Sean Tinney October 12, 2021 Should you be using emojis in your subject line? How can you tell? Get the answers to these questions along with best practices for using emojis in subject lines.Emojis are such a common part of our digital lives, that it’s hard to believe there was a day when I used to have to say I’m happy, sad, or angry — with words 😳. Today, it’s commonplace in text and social media to simply give a thumbs up 👍 and people understand what I’m saying.But what’s the impact of using emojis in the subject line of an email? I see it everyday — more and more businesses are using emojis. Just look at these examples from my inbox on Tuesday.So let’s take a deeper dive into the world of emojis in subject lines.Shou...
The 8 Most Effective Words to Use in Email
Digital Marketing, digital mkt, email content, email list, Email Marketing, email outreach, email writing, Internet marketing, Online Marketing

The 8 Most Effective Words to Use in Email

By Liz Willits October 7, 2021 These everyday words can have a huge impact on your email engagement. (Spoiler: We just used one of them.) There’s a simple way to transform your email copy from passable to powerful — choose the right words. Effective words will inspire your subscribers to open, click, and buy.Choosing the wrong words in your next email, on the other hand,  could damage your email engagement and even annoy or insult your audience. By learning a few key tips, you can avoid these common mistakes and write emails your subscribers will love.In this article we’ll talk about:8 Power Words for effective emailsThese 8 everyday words can have a huge impact on your email engagement. (Spoiler: We just used one of them.)You might be surp...
Salary Forecasts for Marketing, Content, and PR
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Salary Forecasts for Marketing, Content, and PR

The median starting salary for a corporate chief marketing officer in the United States is expected to be $170,000 in 2022, according to recent research from Robert Half. The report was based on data from staffing and recruiting professionals who make thousands of full-time, temporary, and project placements at brands and agencies each year. The researchers determined projected 2022 salary ranges for marketing, advertising, and public relations positions in the United States based on starting pay only; bonuses, incentives, and other forms of compensation were not taken into account. The projections were broken down into three percentiles: 25th (new to the type of role, still acquiring relevant skills), 50th/median (average experience, has most of the necessary sk...
Apple iOS 15 Mail Privacy Protection Open Rate Trends
Deliverability, Digital Marketing, digital mkt, Email Deliverability, email outreach, email statistics, increase opens, Internet marketing, Online Marketing

Apple iOS 15 Mail Privacy Protection Open Rate Trends

By Tom Kulzer October 1, 2021 Apple’s Mail Privacy Protection (MPP) rollout in iOS 15 has Apple’s Mail Privacy Protection (MPP) rollout in iOS 15 has caused fascinating changes in open rate metrics. The most interesting of which is the change in behavior of when we see opens being detected.Let’s dive into a few charts using data from hundreds of millions of delivered messages.Apple Mail opens by a percentage of total mail sentBelow you’ll see the raw volume trends of user opens as Apple iOS 15 is adopted on an hourly basis.Raw opens by hour as Apple iOS 15 is adopted.More Night Time Readers?Look closely and you’ll see the peaks and valleys are different on older iOS versions vs. Apple’s new MPP proxy in iOS 15. Putting prox...
AI-Driven Predictive Analytics in B2B
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AI-Driven Predictive Analytics in B2B

In Part 1 of this two-part series, we talked about how mission-critical intelligence is often right under our noses but we don't know how to find it. We went through the types of signals contained in such intent data, and how B2B sellers and marketers can work to collect them. But like the Allied codebreakers in World War II, we understand that collecting those signals is only the first step. To actually do anything with them, we need to decode them. In World War II, the critical break came in the form of technology—the Colossus computer. And in B2B, it's technology to the rescue again. B2B's Colossus: Decoding Intent Intent data without predictive analytics is like those mountains of signals the Allied forces gathered but couldn't understand without a computer t...
The Ultimate Guide to Brand Awareness
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The Ultimate Guide to Brand Awareness

Have you ever heard people refer to themselves as “Apple people,” “Nike people,” or “Trader Joe’s” people? This is what brand awareness can do for a brand: embed itself into consumer lifestyles and purchase habits so that they don’t have to think twice before becoming a customer — time and time again. (more…)
How to Monetize Your Blog: A Comprehensive Guide
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How to Monetize Your Blog: A Comprehensive Guide

By Sean Tinney September 27, 2021 Earning money as a blogger is a very realistic option. Learn how to set yourself up for success and the different ways you can be earning a living as a blogger. These days, the opportunities for making money online are seemingly endless. One of the most tried-and-true methods for generating an online income, however, is that of monetizing your blog. Whether you’re looking to earn a healthy side income or could see yourself blogging for a living, there are plenty of opportunities worth exploring.So, just how much money can you make as a blogger—and how do you make money blogging, anyway? This comprehensive guide will explain:How Much Money Can Bloggers Make?The amount of money you can bring in with a blog will...
Intent Data Signals in B2B
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Intent Data Signals in B2B

Sometimes the information we need to make the best decisions is hidden in plain sight. But without the ability to first gather that information, and then to decipher it, it's useless to us. That was true during World War II, when the top-secret German information that the Allied Forces needed to prevent imminent attacks was being transmitted across the airwaves. With teams of people intercepting those messages and tipsters providing additional signals, Allied forces had no shortage of valuable data at their fingertips. The problem was that Germany had encrypted its signals with a seemingly unbreakable code, dubbed Enigma, making it unintelligible and unusable to anyone who didn't have the key to decode it. So, even though the Allies were able to amass mountains o...
How to Repurpose Email Content for Social Media
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How to Repurpose Email Content for Social Media

By Ovi Negrean September 21, 2021 Don’t do the same work twice — supercharge your social media strategy with your email content, while also growing your list in the process. When creating daily content, regularly coming up with new ideas and implementing them on every marketing channel can become hard at times. But there’s good news: most people prefer to hear from you on one channel only. That means you can repurpose content, and get a big bang for your content buck.  Let’s take email and social media for example. If you’re an advocate who has build a large email list, you may also find yourself considering social media. But does that leave you wondering how much time it’ll take to create new content? In this blog post, we’ll cover repurposing co...
Web Developer Uses AWeber + Thrive To Increase Clients
Digital Marketing, Digital Marketing Agency, digital mkt, Email Marketing, email outreach, Internet marketing, Online Marketing, Success

Web Developer Uses AWeber + Thrive To Increase Clients

By Kelsey Johnson September 16, 2021 Learn how to collect leads, follow-up, and make a sale like Mark Brinker, who gets more business with AWeber and Thrive Suite. Mark operates a successful web design & digital marketing agency in the Detroit area. He built his first website in 1999 and he’s used digital marketing strategies to generate business for himself and his clients ever since.For Mark, his success is based largely on math. Make an educated guess. Take action. Test, tweak, optimize, and automate. Do more of what works and eliminate what doesn’t. Rinse and repeat.Two tools at the center of Mark’s lead generation process are AWeber (since 2008) and Thrive Suite (since 2015).Want to know Mark’s process? Here’s what he does, beginning to e...
2021 YouTube Ad Specs
Digital Marketing, digital mkt, Internet marketing, Online Marketing, Youtube Advertising

2021 YouTube Ad Specs

Did you know that over 500 hours of content is uploaded to YouTube every minute, and the platform has more than 2 billion users? I don't know if it's just me, but I didn't know YouTube had that much content published every day. Since many businesses use YouTube as a marketing tool for their campaigns, it's important to stay up to date on the ad specifications.In this post, we'll give a quick overview of the ad formats and ad requirements for YouTube.YouTube Ad Specs YouTube Display Ad Specs Display ads appear to the top right of a video, right above the video suggestions. Specs:300 x 250 px for the larger view 300 x 60 px for the smaller view Recommended video dimensions are: 426 x 240 (240p), 640 x 360 (360p), 854 x 480 (480p),1280 x 720 (720p), 1920 x 1080 (1080p), 2560 x 1440 (...
Create Your Own Email Template to Use Over and Over Again
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Create Your Own Email Template to Use Over and Over Again

By Jeni McGuigan September 13, 2021 With the right tools — and a dash of creativity — you can create an email template that makes sending email quick and easy. Sometimes, simply getting started is the hardest part. Especially when you don’t feel like you have the skills or creativity needed to design a beautiful email — it’s often pushed off to the last minute or you end up sending out text based emails. Email templates can help you get started quickly and easily — while creating a brand consistency across your marketing that your readers identify instantly. Why should you use an email template?There are a number of reasons to use an email template, but here are the top concerns that email templates help you address. ConsistencyEmail temp...
Compelling Brand Storytelling for Marketers
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Compelling Brand Storytelling for Marketers

In recent years, it's become fashionable for marketers to describe themselves as "storytellers" for their brand. But many brand narratives are deadly dull. That's because they lack the one element that every good writer uses: conflict. Every great story, whether a novel, play, film, or TV series, is based on a dramatic conflict—a protagonist's struggle to get what he or she wants in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. That tension is what gets us interested and keeps us hooked: We want to know whether our hero will succeed or fail. Without that element of jeopardy, a story can be flat, predictable, boring. Sadly, much of branded content and brand storytelling is all of those things. The characters and setting are nice, lest they reflect badly on the o...
Your Guide to Creating a Successful Email Marketing Campaign
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Your Guide to Creating a Successful Email Marketing Campaign

By Kelly Forst September 2, 2021 Want a successful email marketing campaign? Then you need to do more than send random emails to your audience. Did you know people send 306 billion emails each day? That number will likely hit 361 billion by 2024. It may seem like a saturated field, but marketers report that email marketing is their leading method for acquisition and retention.Email marketing is a powerful tool when used correctly.But, if you don’t follow email campaign best practices, it is easy to get lost in the shuffle of emails people receive every day. Your goal should be to stand out in an inbox full of offers and provoke a response from your audience.What is an email marketing campaign?An email marketing campaign is a series of time-bo...
How to Improve Organizational Skills at Work
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How to Improve Organizational Skills at Work

When you're working at a new job or trying to get a promotion, you need to be organized. While you might list organizational skills on your resume, putting that skill into action is a little harder. Having organizational skills means that you can meet deadlines and be efficient in your workflow management. In fact, organizational skills can be synonymous with energy and time management in most cases.All of these skills are very important in the workplace and potential employers want to make sure you can stay on top of things. In this post, we'll dive deep into what organizational skills are, specific examples of what they look like in action, and how to develop organizational skills in the workplace. What are organizational skills? Organizational skil...
Buy and Connect a Custom Domain for Your Landing Page
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Buy and Connect a Custom Domain for Your Landing Page

By Kelsey Johnson August 30, 2021 A custom domain makes your landing pages professional. Buy one now from your AWeber account. Setting up a landing page is one of the fastest ways to create a web presence. All you have to do is pick a pre-designed template, then add your logo, business details, and contact information. Click publish and your page is live!But the URL of your page will look like this:https://yourname.aweb.page/p/4a6e75a4-cb74-4202…It’s not the most shareable or professional link to use for your business.But there’s good news: You can now buy a custom domain — like examplebusiness.com — directly from your AWeber dashboard! Then, the domain will be immediately available for you to use on one or all of your landing pages.Do you...
The Ultimate Guide to Service-Level Agreements (SLAs)
Digital Marketing, digital mkt, email outreach, Internet marketing, Marketing Alignment with Sales, Online Marketing

The Ultimate Guide to Service-Level Agreements (SLAs)

60% of global respondents in a LinkedIn survey believed that misalignment between sales and marketing could damage financial performance (LinkedIn 2020), yet there are a number of disconnects between the teams from strategy to process. At many companies, it can feel as if there are 100 miles between sales and marketing. (more…)
Accept Payments in 100+ Currencies with AWeber Ecommerce
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Accept Payments in 100+ Currencies with AWeber Ecommerce

By Kelsey Johnson August 25, 2021 We’re constantly looking for ways to make it easier for you to achieve your sales goals. At AWeber, we’re proud to be an international company helping customers connect with their audiences around the world. So we’re excited to announce that you can now accept payments on your landing pages in over 100 currencies.Why did we add 100+ currencies?This is one of the most requested features since we launched our ecommerce landing page builder earlier this year. We are so glad we can now offer full payment options to business owners around the globe.Dealing with conversion rates can result in lost money and time. With 100+ currencies now available, businesses outside of the United States can save time spent with less co...
How to Get Started With Email Automation
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How to Get Started With Email Automation

By Kelly Forst August 20, 2021 Here’s everything you need to get started with email automation: from tools to workflows to content tips. Email automation: everybody’s doing it.Ninety-one percent of marketers say automation is critical to their success. Companies using automation see 53 percent higher conversion rates than those not using automation. Seventy-eight percent of marketers say that automation makes them money.I haven’t even mentioned all of the time-saving, trust-building, subscriber-educating benefits, but I think you get the point. Email automation gets results.So why haven’t you tried it yet?Maybe you thought that automation was for bigger, more established businesses. Maybe you think you don’t have the time. Or maybe you just ha...
A Beginner’s Guide to Generating Business Leads the Inbound Way
Digital Marketing, digital mkt, email outreach, Internet marketing, Lead Generation, Online Marketing, PPC

A Beginner’s Guide to Generating Business Leads the Inbound Way

Let’s set the stage: I’m about to dig into the best darn pile of spaghetti and meatballs I’ve ever seen. Just as I twist my fork in the pasta, spear a mouth-watering meatball, and go in for my first savory bite...the phone rings. "May I speak to Lindsay Kow-low-witch?" asks the telemarketer on the other end. "This is an important message regarding your oven preferences." This frustrating interruption is why we’re here to discuss inbound lead generation — a solution that can save your business or organization from being that annoying, disruptive cold caller that is ruined by spaghetti night. (more…)
10 Free Email Marketing Tools for Success and Time-Savings
Digital Marketing, digital mkt, email list, Email Marketing, email marketing beginners, email marketing tips, email outreach, Internet marketing, Learn, Online Marketing

10 Free Email Marketing Tools for Success and Time-Savings

By Kelsey Johnson August 13, 2021 Anyone who sends emails can benefit from these free tools that will level-up your marketing. There’s a lot that goes into creating a good email marketing campaign. You need an engaged audience, a message that resonates with them, and a beautiful design to back it up. Plus, it’s important to get the result you want — whether it’s better open rates, selling products or creating positive brand sentiment.Well, good news! It’s easier and cheaper than ever to create good design, messaging, and tracking for your audience — with this arsenal of free tools.When you wrote your first email, did you think it would require so many skill sets? Creating catchy headlines and beautiful images isn’t as easy as it seems.Here...
9 Best Practices for Writing Emails
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9 Best Practices for Writing Emails

By Kelly Forst August 10, 2021 Want to get noticed (and not ignored)? Then you need to follow these 9 best practices for writing emails. Email is one of the best tools you have for convincing and converting your leads.But, if you aren’t following best practices for writing emails, you can quickly find your content is considered spam and largely ignored.Think about your own inbox.How many emails are you giving a second glance because of a creative subject line?How many unsolicited brand emails are you opening?What is driving you to open them?More than likely, it all comes down to the value you think you will get from them.The average click-to-open rate for emails in the US is 15.71%.You can get people interested in your copy by followi...
Track the Right Metrics With Holistic Analytics
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Track the Right Metrics With Holistic Analytics

Are people around you constantly extolling the benefits of metrics and analytics? Web analytics, digital analytics, social media analytics, the list goes on. Yes, we get it. Metrics and ROI are important. But, are you feeling overwhelmed? Are you unsure about where to start, or which metrics to analyze in relation to your specific business context? The problem lies in the misconception that analytics begins with metrics. In reality, analytics should start with a systemic or holistic examination of, first, the organizational situation (problem) that precipitated the need for analytics, and, second, your own subjective role within the analytics process.To learn about how to do so, especially in the context of social media, please read on. Analytic...
Top 10 Benefits of Email Marketing
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Top 10 Benefits of Email Marketing

By Kelly Forst August 6, 2021 Explore some key benefits of email marketing and consider how these could elevate your next marketing campaign. Looking to accomplish more with your marketing budget? It may be time to throw an email marketing campaign into the mix. Email marketing has tons of benefits and offers an impressive return on investment (ROI) while being quick and easy to deploy—even if you don’t have a lot of experience.Still not convinced? Explore some key benefits of email marketing and consider how these could elevate your next marketing campaign.1. Build relationships with customersYour existing email list presents an amazing opportunity to build relationships with people who are already interested in your business. After all, thes...
5 B2B Video Marketing Tips to Boost Sales
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5 B2B Video Marketing Tips to Boost Sales

Analysts and researchers have been saying it for years: Video is the future of B2B content marketing. And in 2021, that projection still holds up. Marketers across all segments are realizing the potential of video. A substantial 71% of B2B marketers use video in their content strategies, 2020 research from MarketingProfs and Content Marketing Institute found. That number can only be expected to rise as businesses and their customers migrate toward video as their preferred form of content for entertainment and information alike. Benefits of B2B Video Marketing Video is quickly becoming B2B marketers' content of choice for plenty of reasons. A recent study by Wyzowl found that video has a vast range of benefits in 2021: Above-average ROISignificantly higher engagement rat...
20 of the Best Product Page Design Examples We’ve Ever Seen
Digital Marketing, digital mkt, email outreach, Internet marketing, Online Marketing, Website Design Examples

20 of the Best Product Page Design Examples We’ve Ever Seen

If you compare how product pages take shape across different companies, it's clear they run the gamut. Some go for the direct approach, displaying an image of a product and explaining why someone should buy it. Other companies create elaborate pages with moving parts and fancy, interactive elements. (more…)
New Features Help You Sell and Upsell Easily
Digital Marketing, digital mkt, Internet marketing, Online Marketing, Updates

New Features Help You Sell and Upsell Easily

By Kelsey Johnson July 30, 2021 Our newest features help you make money and save time with just a couple clicks. You made a sale! That’s amazing. It’s time to sit back and congratulate yourself, right?Well, you could do that. Or, you could use the opportunity to further engage your new customer — upsell products, ask for a review, send your newsletter, etc.Now in AWeber ecommerce you can do just that — by redirecting every buyer after purchase. Plus, connect your domain in seconds, copy our new recurring payments template, archive used tags and more.These feature updates are dedicated to making your life easier and streamlining your sales and marketing.Redirect buyers to premium content or an upsell thank-you pageI’m going to make an obvio...
Building Your Email Newsletter Strategy
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Building Your Email Newsletter Strategy

The competition for awareness is at an all-time high. From social media to television to our inboxes, we're constantly barraged with bids for our attention. The days of sitting down to read the newspaper are long gone. People are now more likely to consume relevant content if it's delivered somewhere they're already spending time—like their email inboxes. And that's showing in the marketplace: A new email newsletter seems to pop up every 15 minutes, and new tools have empowered their creators to reach readers faster and more efficiently than ever. So it's no surprise many marketers are jumping at the opportunity to grow their email audiences, either as a core strategy of the business or just to re-engage their customers. To remind newcomers and incumbents alike in the n...
A Short & Sweet Guide
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A Short & Sweet Guide

If your website is like a house, then your website’s URL is like that house’s address. It defines where your website lives online, similar to how your home address determines where you live in a neighborhood, helping your visitors easily find your site. URLs also help Google understand what your website's pages are about. (more…)
Not Sure When to Send Emails? The Answer is Simpler Than You Think
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Not Sure When to Send Emails? The Answer is Simpler Than You Think

By Kelly Forst July 27, 2021 Discover the best time to send emails to your subscribers. Use this knowledge to boost open rates and drive results. You may have heard it a million times before. But it’s true: There’s no one best time to send email.That’s because at its core, email is communication. And communication requires two parts: the sender and receiver.And every email has a unique group of receivers. Every audience is different.Plus, if the receiver isn’t in the right frame of mind to process your message, you might as well be talking to yourself. Like any form of communication, your emails are going to have more of an impact if you use timing to your advantage.  In this post, we’ll take a closer look at how email send times can impact y...
Content Repurposing – Here’s How to Do It
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Content Repurposing – Here’s How to Do It

Content repurposing is like insurance. Call it "marketing insurance," if you want. It's there to pick up the slack on the days or weeks when you just don't have the time to create marketing collateral and other content. Content repurposing is taking a piece of marketing content and turning it into something else—for example, taking an article you published in a trade magazine and turning into a series of blog posts for your company website. Simple, right? Why repurpose content? Two reasons. First, it saves you time because you won't always be scrambling to create content from scratch. Second, repurposing content helps you promote and amplify that piece of content further. It gives your content more mileage because you're using different forms to get it in front of mor...
5 Steps to Promote and Sell Online Courses
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5 Steps to Promote and Sell Online Courses

By Kelly Forst July 23, 2021 Discover the benefits of creating and selling an online course, as well as practical tips for successfully promoting your course to boost sales. As a business owner, you’ve probably accumulated a lot of valuable industry knowledge over the years. What you might not realize is that people are often willing to pay good money for that type of knowledge. Have you ever thought about creating and selling an online course to share your expertise with the world? If not, then you could be missing out not only on some profits — but on the opportunity to become an industry leader as well.Benefits of selling an online courseThere are many benefits to creating and selling an online course, regardless of the industry in which your b...
5 B2B Influencer Marketing Strategies
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5 B2B Influencer Marketing Strategies

B2B brands worldwide are embracing influencer marketing as one of the most cost-effective and time-efficient, yet still impactful, marketing strategies. Although influencer marketing was once considered a B2C play, B2B brands can also achieve heightened brand awareness and an uptick in revenue growth by running influencer marketing campaigns. In fact, 92% of consumers trust influencer marketing over traditional advertising, according to Nielsen's Consumer Trust Index. So. how can B2B marketers associate with influencers to deliver a dramatic boost to the credibility and authority of their brand in the eyes of the buyer? This article provides five guidelines for planning a B2B influencer marketing campaign. 1. Understand how B2B brands can benefit from influencer marke...
Dogecoin Marketing Lessons | MarketingProfs
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Dogecoin Marketing Lessons | MarketingProfs

I used to be a fan of Doge when it was still a good Internet meme. Wow.Dogecoin, the dog-themed satirical cryptocurrency that had soared nearly 16,000% year-to-date (YTD) at one point in 2021 (in mid-July, it stands at more than 4,000% growth YTD), holds some interesting lessons on trending marketing tactics and channels. Dogecoin was created as a joke on Dec. 6, 2013, after two hours of development by an engineer and an entrepreneur. It could be easily mined, and it cost mere fractions of a cent to buy at the time.So how can we explain the recent Dogecoin frenzy? From the perspective of marketing, what turned a joke into the fifth-largest cryptocurrency by market cap? 1. Memes and Entropy in Your Content Strategy Are you struggling to improve engagem...
Grow Your Income with Subscriptions & Payment Plans
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Grow Your Income with Subscriptions & Payment Plans

By Kelsey Johnson June 30, 2021 Get more customers without doing more work when you offer monthly fees and payment plans — now available through AWeber Ecommerce. As an expert, you shouldn’t lower your prices in order to make more money. That’s simply the wrong direction to go in.First of all, the cost of what you offer is worth the value (otherwise no one would have bought it). Plus, you have profits to make — that’s the point of having a business.But what happens when you price out people who need, want, and deserve what you sell, just because they don’t have the cash immediately?Let’s look at an example. Jen has a high-value, expert-level marketing course. It’s 28 hours of content over 10 videos. The people who take it have 100% satisfaction in...
Dynamic Backlink Management
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Dynamic Backlink Management

Backlink-building is huge for SEO. As one of the top-ranking factors in Google's algorithm, building the right backlinks can make or break your online visibility and, in turn, your website's organic traffic. So how can you strengthen your efforts to build and manage links for long-term success? Employ a more dynamic backlink management strategy. What is dynamic backlink management? Dynamic backlink management means taking a holistic approach to link-building.Rather than building links only one month at a time, you can operate a strategy that promotes constant growth and prioritizes healthy links over cheap ones. By doing that, you'll keep your SEO strong for the long run. Here are four tips that can help you be more dynamic with your backlinks. 1. Kno...
How HubSpot Helps Users Prepare for Google’s Core Web Vitals
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How HubSpot Helps Users Prepare for Google’s Core Web Vitals

It's no secret that poor user experience (UX) isn’t going to keep your customers and target audience coming back to your website. Poor UX also negatively impacts your ability to rank on Google's search engine results page (SERP).To ensure your website has delightful UX for your visitors as well as one that meets Google's standards for ranking, you'll want to focus on Core Web Vitals. (more…)
How to Grow Your Email List with Instagram
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How to Grow Your Email List with Instagram

By Kelly Forst July 6, 2021 Discover the value of Instagram for your business, not just as a social media marketing tool, but a platform for growing your email list. As a small business owner, you already understand the importance of optimizing your marketing budget. And while there’s no denying that Instagram and other social media sites can be excellent platforms for marketing your small business, what many business owners don’t realize is that they can actually use these tools to grow their email lists as well.So, what are some of the advantages of Instagram as a marketing tool and how can you harness its power to grow your email list? We’ve got you covered with some marketing tips and tricks geared specifically towards small business owners like you....
Intent Data is the Future of B2B Marketing
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Intent Data is the Future of B2B Marketing

In 1999, Seth Godin started a movement. His premise was simple: People hate to be interrupted, but that's exactly how traditional marketing operates. TV commercials, magazine ads, pop ups, banners, and even billboards work primarily by first interrupting someone, and second (hopefully) holding their attention. Here's the problem: People want to listen to their favorite songs—not ads. They want to watch their favorite shows—not commercials. They want to see the blue sky—not billboards. ...and don't even get me started on the tragedy that is the modern recipe site. In the traditional "interruption-marketing model," we begin with annoying our prospects and then trying to win their favor back. Seth proposed a ...
What is Brand Salience? [+How Do You Measure It?]
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What is Brand Salience? [+How Do You Measure It?]

While branding can feel like a vague concept, it's one of the most important elements of a marketing strategy. Did you know that presenting a brand consistently across all platforms can increase revenue by up to 23%? Plus, consistently presented brands are 3.5 times more likely to have excellent brand visibility than those with inconsistent branding.In fact, 82% of investors say name recognition is an important factor guiding them in their investment decisions. So, what does all this mean? Well, consistent branding leads to increased brand awareness which can then help gain investors and drive revenue to your business. Needless to say, branding is important for your business to succeed. In this post, let's review what brand salience is, how you can increase your brand visibility, and ...
Ecommerce Pricing and Web Push Welcome Notifications
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Ecommerce Pricing and Web Push Welcome Notifications

By Kelsey Johnson June 30, 2021 We’re constantly looking for ways to make it easier for you to achieve your goals with less work. We have three new features that are extremely quick to set up, but could mean significant growth and new revenue streams for your business.The first two have been added to your ecommerce options in our Landing Page builder: Subscriptions and Payment Plans. Now, in addition to offering a one-time payment, you can set up a subscription service or payment plan for your customers.Read on to learn more:SubscriptionsYou can now set up a subscription payment service directly on your landing pages. Subscriptions, also known as recurring payments, are incredibly beneficial for all businesses. Here’s why:You have a d...
In-House Marketing vs. Agency – Which is Right for Your Business?
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In-House Marketing vs. Agency – Which is Right for Your Business?

Determining when to invest in a new employee can be difficult, especially if your business is eager to grow but needs to be strategic with spend. As an entrepreneur, I've had to make decisions about when to hire, when to outsource, and when to contract with freelancers. As a marketing professional, I advise prospects and clients about which marketing resources make the most sense for their current situation and ultimate goals. The decision to go with in-house marketing vs. an agency (or both—I've seen plenty of that, too) depends on several factors, including your current strengths, short- and long-term goals, and availability of resources. When to Use an Internal Resource 1. Your marketing efforts are working If you've got tons of website traffic and you manage to keep...
20 of the Best Infographic Examples to Inspire Your Next Design
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20 of the Best Infographic Examples to Inspire Your Next Design

There's a lot to like about well-designed infographics — whether it’s the beautiful typography, concise messaging, clever layouts, or bold graphics. Not to mention that people retain 65% of information passed along with an image compared to only 10% when they listen to the same piece of information. (more…)
Hiring a Marketing Agency: How to Build a Relationship
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Hiring a Marketing Agency: How to Build a Relationship

If you're a marketing leader in the process of hiring a marketing agency, but you're not sure what kind of contract you'd like to sign, consider the points in this article before you make your choice. Marketing leaders spend too much time wondering whether they are getting burned by their marketing agency. But as someone who has worked in agencies for 13 years, I can tell you that marketing leaders are the ones with the most influence over that. It comes down to communication. Business relationships usually fail because of a lack of communication, not a lack of results. So even if you select a creative agency with a shining reputation that can churn out exactly what you're looking for on deadline, that doesn't always translate into a great working relationship. If you t...
How to Build Marketing Funnels with Email
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How to Build Marketing Funnels with Email

By Kelly Forst June 23, 2021 Understanding the marketing funnel will help you transform prospects into loyal customers — who will then refer you to their friends. You could spend hours designing and writing a compelling email series that explains the amazing benefits of your product. But if you don’t have a start-to-finish plan for connecting with your subscribers at every stage of their customer journey, you’re wasting your time. Thankfully, there’s a marketing tool that can help you figure out how to communicate with your prospects and customers whether they’ve just joined your list, or they’ve been long-time customers. It’s called the marketing funnel.What is the Marketing Funnel?The marketing funnel is a tool that helps you visualize t...
Traditional vs. Digital Marketing Mindset
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Traditional vs. Digital Marketing Mindset

The digital marketing industry contains two types of people: experienced marketing professionals with a traditional approach who start by tapping into the psyche of their target audiences; and a newer generation of marketers who have trained in a digital-first era and familiarized themselves on a practical level with the various channels and platforms involved. But are there enough people who combine both skill sets? In keeping up with ever-changing digital channels and techniques, are we forgetting the who, what, why, and when—the fundamentals—of traditional marketing? Are digital skills wasted without a true understanding of marketing principles? A discussion has begun in recent years about the digital skills gap—a concern that technology is advancing quicker than the...
A Complete Guide to Color Wheels & Color Schemes
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A Complete Guide to Color Wheels & Color Schemes

When you're sifting through your News Feed, what tends to catch your attention? More likely than not, it's YouTube videos, pictures, animated GIFs, and other visual content, right? While text-based content is always important when seeking answers to a question, creating visuals such as infographics, charts, graphs, animated GIFs, and other shareable images can do wonders for catching your readers' attention and enhancing your article or report.I know what you might be thinking: "I don't know how to design awesome visuals. I'm not creative." Hi. I'm Bethany, and I will be the first to tell you that I'm not naturally artistic. And yet, I found a strength in data visualization at HubSpot, where I've spent most of my days creating infographics and other visuals for blog posts. So, while I...
Upselling and Cross-Selling Online After the Sale
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Upselling and Cross-Selling Online After the Sale

By Kelly Forst June 18, 2021 The selling process shouldn’t stop when someone purchases from you. In fact, it’s only just beginning. The selling process doesn’t end when the initial sale is made.Otherwise, you’re missing out on a huge opportunity for additional income. That’s because of a principle called the Pareto Principle — or the 80/20 rule — saying 80% of a business’s revenue comes from 20% of its customers.And while your numbers may not match this exactly, there’s some truth to it. Most of your revenue likely comes from a small set of loyal customers.While loyalty is an important factor contributing to that 80% of revenue, it’s not the only factor. Applying smart selling principles online can make a big impact on your bottom line. Tw...
Why Social Media Should Leave Your Marketing Department
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Why Social Media Should Leave Your Marketing Department

Before becoming a pre-eminent customer experience thought leader and expert, Augie Ray was a leader in social media marketing and customer experience insights for brands, such as American Express and Prudential. Frustrated by what he thought was Marketing's persistent belief in social media as an effective marketing tool whereas evidence indicated the opposite, in a 2014 blog post he invoked Upton Sinclair for help in understanding why: "It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it." Marketers have biases. Strong ones. Sinclair's aphorism and Augie's recognition about social media marketing are still true today. In 2021, things need to change. For various reasons, my marketing firm rarely offers social media ...
You Don’t Have an Email Marketing Strategy: Here’s How to Make One
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You Don’t Have an Email Marketing Strategy: Here’s How to Make One

Email Marketing is a pillar of digital marketing. Not only is it one of the oldest forms of digital marketing, it has also proven to be the most effective in terms of converting views into revenue. As a marketing professional and/or successful business owner, you probably know this.Even so, do you really appreciate how valuable email marketing can be for your business? With appreciation comes dedication and a commitment to the time, money, and development necessary to create a strategy that not only delivers results, but also seamlessly integrates with your overall marketing plan.I’ll give you an incentive to develop your own email marketing strategy. I’ll tell you a story of how a free email newsletter turned into $27 million. It’s the story of The Hustle.The $27 Millio...
How to create a landing page in 8 steps
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How to create a landing page in 8 steps

By Kelsey Johnson June 11, 2021 Getting more sales doesn’t have to be rocket science. Learn the 8 steps to build a landing page in under an hour. Creating a landing page is easier than ever these days, but it can still be intimidating to get started. Like most entrepreneurs, you may be concerned about time.“How long is this going to take? Will it even be worth it?”Answers: It can take less than an hour. And yes, it’s worth it.But let’s start with why you want a landing page in the first place. High consumer expectations and increased competition makes sales hard. Larger companies have been using targeted marketing for years now, changing how your customers expect to be treated.In fact, “80% of consumers are more likely to make a purchase w...
Content Marketing Metrics to Measure Results
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Content Marketing Metrics to Measure Results

Most marketers seem to be taking it on faith that their work is effective: Only 35% of marketers say they think it's "very important" to know the return on marketing investment (ROMI), according to a survey from HubSpot. But that same survey found that 91% of marketers are confident that their campaigns are influencing revenue. If marketers don't understand the ROI of their marketing efforts, they can't possibly know that those efforts are benefiting the bottom line. That's especially true with content marketing, which is inherently a long-term investment: A single piece of content doesn't necessarily lead directly to an increase in sales, which means there's no simple formula for determining content ROI. But just because measuring content marketing ROI isn't always ea...
Your Annual Target Audience Check-Up
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Your Annual Target Audience Check-Up

If you know marketing, then you know: it is absolutely crucial that you are hitting your target audience right in the bullseye, every time. And if you don’t know marketing we are so glad you are here to learn! In this article, we are going to teach you how to do a quick “check-up” on your current target audience to make sure your advertising is being pointed in the right direction! Skeptical about the need to reassess your target audience? Maybe you have more followers on Facebook than all of your competitors combined! Pretty impressive, right?Well, maybe. A high follower count can play into a common misconception that Alexandrea Harrelson, CEO of Harrelson Media, dubbed “the follower fallacy” which is the idea that the number of followers you have determines your influe...
Build, Grow & Scale a Direct-Sales Business with Social Media
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Build, Grow & Scale a Direct-Sales Business with Social Media

By Kelly Forst June 7, 2021 How this entrepreneur bloomed into a thriving coach helping others live their dreams. It used to be about long commutes, stressful corporate jobs and constant anxiety.Not anymore.Now, Brenda Ster runs a thriving coaching business helping online entrepreneurs and direct sellers create authentic relationships online.Oozing energy and passion on the latest episode of The FWD: Thinking Show, Brenda speaks about finding your ideal client, knowing where your community exists and connecting authentically with people online.Take me to the episode nowFinding your zone of geniusCreating content on social media is about more than understanding your audience. It’s more than being everywhere at once. It’s about doing...
4 Effective Email Marketing Strategies Post-Covid
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4 Effective Email Marketing Strategies Post-Covid

Email has been around for 50 years now, and it's still a viable marketing strategy—provided you know how to pique the interest of your prospects. When the pandemic and economic uncertainty of 2020 changed the business world, many marketers redoubled their email efforts, focusing on a channel they could control. About 36% more marketing emails than usual were sent during the stay-at-home summer, HubSpot reported. Considering that substantial increase, you might think that audiences grew tired of full inboxes. But the same HubSpot report found that marketing email open rates remained at 10-20% above average. Marketers will undoubtedly continue to capitalize on the current success of email campaigns. Moreover, increasing investments in tools such as Outreach, SalesLoft, an...
How to Use Snapchat to Grow Your Ecommerce Revenue
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How to Use Snapchat to Grow Your Ecommerce Revenue

Hungry for more marketing channels to add to your strategy?We can definitely be friends.Marketers are living their best life right now with the number of platforms available. We can tap into so many audiences to find our customer avatars making an omnichannel presence easier than ever before.Savannah Sanchez, the founder of Social Savannah, has become an expert at helping her ecommerce clients market on Snapchat spending $50k-$2M per month on social ads. “Snapchat has robust prospecting and retargeting abilities so ecommerce brands should be taking full advantage of the ease of campaign set up.”Not to mention the platform has 280 million daily active users and is up 22% YoY.Count us in.We’re bringing you Savannah’s expert take on Snapchat marketing so you can...
Get More Sign Ups with 2-Step Landing Pages
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Get More Sign Ups with 2-Step Landing Pages

By Kelly Forst May 28, 2021 A jam packed landing page can scare off visitors. Control how you display your sign up forms with a 2-step landing page. To sign up, or not to sign up?That is the question that everyone who visits your landing page will ask themselves.And a few things will make or break their decision.One thing that can scare them off? An overwhelming amount of information on your landing page. It’s a fine line to walk. Too much, and your visitors could feel overwhelmed. Too disorganized, and they won’t understand what you offer them. Too little, and you may not state your case well enough to encourage the sign up.Finding the right balance of content on your landing page is a crucial step to get more sign ups. And with 2-step la...
Google Analytics 4 Is Here
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Google Analytics 4 Is Here

The complexity of the modern Web user's experience has made it critical for marketers to track users across mobile and desktop environments—together. Since 2013, when Google released the third version of Google Analytics, AKA Universal Analytics, it has provided great results for users. But its limitations have become evident, especially in the past two or three years. Enter Google Analytics 4, the much-anticipated update within the Google Analytics product, announced in October 2020. With the proliferation of new platforms, such as mobile apps and IoT devices, a massive influx of new data sources has been created; and as powerful as Universal Analytics was, it simply wasn't up to the task. So Google went back to the drawing board.This article will ex...
How Marketers are Staying Up-to-Date in the Era of the iOS 14 Update
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How Marketers are Staying Up-to-Date in the Era of the iOS 14 Update

Ever since Apple CEO Tim Cook officially announced the new privacy features included with the iOS 14 update in December of 2020, the marketing world has been plotting our adjustments and strategies for operating under these new guidelines. We had time to prepare, and we did. But now iOS 14 is active, so we get to observe real-life examples of how familiar brands are evolving under the iOS 14 update marketing impact. Just a quick refresher on iOS 14 developments: Apple announced a new privacy initiative last year that gives users the option to opt-out of IDFAs. IDFAs (Identifiers For Advertisers) are third-party trackers that report data about user activity back to the advertisers. The operative effect of this change is a much smaller population of iOS users who will be susceptib...
New Menu Navigation Makes AWeber Easier and Faster
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New Menu Navigation Makes AWeber Easier and Faster

By Meghan Nesta May 25, 2021 Give the new menu navigation a whirl and zip around your AWeber account with ease. We are updating navigation menus in AWeber. Plus, the majority of AWeber is now fully mobile responsive so you have a great experience whether you use a computer, tablet or mobile phone.You have a busy business to run, and marketing your business is just one small part of your day.We are making these changes to give you an even better marketing experience with AWeber, so you can get back to focusing on your business.Some of our customers have already been trying out this new menu across different devices and browser types and have had great things to say.“I like that it sticks to the side, I can switch to something else without ...
Adapt Your Marketing to Gen Z
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Adapt Your Marketing to Gen Z

Diversity is Gen Z's norm. They are the first digital natives. They are shrewd consumers. They're politically progressive. COVID is their defining historical moment. The list of their core characteristics goes on and on. There's so much media hype about marketing to Gen Z—the 68 million Americans who are 6-24 years old—and about Gen Z's impact on our business world, that it can be difficult to sort through it all, especially for marketers. At CBX, we set out to discover for ourselves what drives Gen Z consumers. We engaged in qualitative research with our cohorts across the United States, and augmented our findings with a global quantitative study of 600 Gen Zers—the latter conducted in conjunction with our partners at Lonsdale in Paris and Cowan in Shanghai. The takeaw...
How to Create a Profitable Amazon Marketing Strategy for 2020
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How to Create a Profitable Amazon Marketing Strategy for 2020

Amazon is everywhere. There’s no getting around it: From small sellers to large enterprises, getting your products noticed — and purchased — means you need a marketing strategy that lets you make the best use of this online ecommerce behemoth. (more…)
3 Strategies For Creating Long-Term Relationships with Influencers
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3 Strategies For Creating Long-Term Relationships with Influencers

Marketing is just a fancy way of saying that you’re great at building relationships with people.You’re used to creating campaigns that drive awareness and conversions (hello Customer Value Journey!). Sometimes it’s challenging to create these relationships, but for the most part, you’re able to get the job done.As a marketer, we know you’ve peered over at the influencer side of digital marketing and wondered—“Should I be doing that?”That question always leads to… but how? You’re used to building relationships with your customer avatar. What you’re not used to is creating them with influencers. That’s an entirely different ball game, especially if you want to create a long-term relationship.This is where Jamie Lieberman, founder of Hashtag-Legal lends us her marke...
Improve Your Product Content Strategy
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Improve Your Product Content Strategy

Many companies are struggling to produce high-quality product content and deliver it to customers at the right time. "Today's customers demand more digital content than ever before, and organizations are struggling to keep up," according to a Forrester Consulting study commissioned by Widen. What's holding brands back from delivering product content that aligns with their customers' needs? Their content strategies—especially their approaches to integrating content tools and processes. Sound familiar? We thought so, too. Companies have been wrestling with these problems for years, and now the challenges are magnified by the drastically increased demand for digital experiences. So we decided to seek out new and relevant data to better understand how to approach today's ev...
The Ultimate Guide to Infographics
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The Ultimate Guide to Infographics

Did you know that people retain 65% of the information they see, but only 10% of the information they hear? Also, people follow directions 323% better with a combination of text and illustration than instructions without illustrations. That's why, as a marketer, it's important to display information in a combination of visual and text, in an easy-to-consume way.A great way to do that is through infographics. If you've wanted to create and publish an infographic, you've come to the right place. I know you might be thinking, "I'm not a graphic designer" or "I've never made an infographic before." But you're not alone. And that doesn't mean it can't be easy for you to learn. In this post, we'll take you through everything you need to know about infographics, from what they are to what ki...
It’s Just Marketing: You Can Stop Using the Word “Digital” Now
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It’s Just Marketing: You Can Stop Using the Word “Digital” Now

Imagine your marketing efforts led to a $3 billion contract for your company. What would that campaign look like? Would it be full of Super Bowl ads, massive postcard mailing campaigns, TV commercials, billboards, and magazine spreads?Would the message be conceived by a genius of marketing methodology, a pillar of the advertising industry who crafted a message so perfect, so undeniably inventive and clever that no decision maker could refute it?OR… would it be some goofy engineer with a twitter account, a genuine interest in his company’s objectives, an aggressive and highly public development strategy, and a willingness to share information (both good and bad) with the world?To the consternation of every old-school marketer in the business, it’s the latter.SpaceX, f...
Summer GIF Guide — New GIFs for 2021!
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Summer GIF Guide — New GIFs for 2021!

By Kelly Forst May 5, 2021 Free for our favorite blog readers! Download your favorites and use them in your summer email promotions. One quick way to increase your email marketing results: Add a GIF to your message.GIFs can increase click-through rates by 42 percent and conversion rates by 103 percent, according to data from Marketing Sherpa. (Plus, they’re fun to send and receive!)Unfortunately, it can be expensive to buy creative, high-quality GIFs, and creating your own animated images can be frustrating and time consuming.That’s why we wanted to make it super simple for you. Our AWeber designers made these brand new, FREE summer GIFs. Download one, two, or all of them, and use them in your summer email promotions.You may remember some of ...
How to Sell B2B: Ways a Marketing Team Can Profit
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How to Sell B2B: Ways a Marketing Team Can Profit

Even as B2B marketers breathe a sigh of relief from the peak of the pandemic's early disruption, for many, their work to recover and readjust is just beginning. Buyers are coming back, according to data released late last year from Google; in even better news, more than half of B2B buyers report COVID-19 won't have any influence over their software purchasing decisions. The picture isn't completely rosy, however. Although B2B buyers seem willing and eager to spend, marketers are struggling to keep up in the altered marketplace. Nearly half (45%) of marketers surveyed said their first foray into digital advertising happened during COVID-19—not exactly a simple time to launch untested campaigns into unproven channels.And though buyers may have spending p...
25 of the Best Free WordPress Themes for Bloggers in 2021
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25 of the Best Free WordPress Themes for Bloggers in 2021

As a blogger, you want your website to reflect your unique voice and style. You also want visitors to have a positive experience navigating your site — that is, reading posts with ease, searching for topics of interest, and discovering other content that makes them excited to return. A WordPress blogging theme can help you achieve the exact look, feel, design, and layout you envision, without the need for coding. (more…)
Keep Your Site and Marketing Safe: Five Monitoring Routines to Set Up
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Keep Your Site and Marketing Safe: Five Monitoring Routines to Set Up

Are you concerned about your site’s security and safety?I hope your answer is yes because online presence is more fragile than many people may think.Websites struggle with malicious attacks, unethical competitive tactics and sudden loss of traffic on a daily basis, and those threats are diverse and plentiful.Setting up a solid monitoring routine will give you peace of mind and make your marketing strategy better informed and more predictable.Here are five monitoring routines to set up:1. Get Alerted When Your Site is DownEvery site however big or small will be down at some point, and there’s no way around it. Even Google and Twitter go broken at times!What matters is how fast a brand is there to fix things and update their customers.This is why monito...
Everything You Need to Know About Starting a Blog
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Everything You Need to Know About Starting a Blog

By Kelly Forst May 3, 2021 Don’t let blogging intimidate you. Get started in a few easy steps. Whether you love writing — or hate it — blogging can be a powerful growth engine for your business.But if you’ve never had a blog before, starting can feel overwhelming. There’s so much to think about: writing, SEO, keywords, site maps, web hosting — the list goes on.That’s why I wanted to speak to Ben Cummings — Founder and Creator of Blog with Ben — on the latest episode of The FWD: Thinking Show. Ben breaks down blogging and makes it easy for small businesses and bloggers to make a living blogging online. Plus, Ben reassures listeners that starting a blog isn’t as overwhelming as you might think. Let’s get into the conversation. Listen to the ...
The Ultimate Content Marketing Funnel Guide
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The Ultimate Content Marketing Funnel Guide

Most of the content we interact with online is intended to make us take an action, such as following a link, upvoting a post, downloading a study, signing up for a trial, etc. However, those who interact with marketing content are not always too eager to respond on a whim; therefore, it's key to treat conversion as a part of a larger customer journey and create our content marketing touchpoints accordingly. To guide the potential customer in the right direction, you need a well-thought-out content marketing funnel in which each piece of content plays its allotted part. Semrush has done a great deal of research to find out how content marketers build their funnels in 2021, what content formats they use, and what challenges they face. Below, you'll find insights from our ...
What is Social Listening? | DigitalMarketer
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What is Social Listening? | DigitalMarketer

Social listening is the new “authentic.” It’s hard to find marketing experts who haven’t said or written the word “social listening” as part of their 2021 strategy. Like authentic content was the marketing term of all terms a few years ago, social listening is now the marketing term of the year.Social listening has risen to so much fame because it’s an absolute necessity in 2021 and beyond. Marketers have been using their social channels to survey their audience for years, asking them what content they want to see or what products they need. Social listening is taking that surveyship to the next level.With social listening, brands can listen for more than content and product ideas. They can figure out what their customer avatar is thinking and talking about.And that’...
Split Test Subject Lines to Maximize Open Rates
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Split Test Subject Lines to Maximize Open Rates

By Kelly Forst April 20, 2021 Morning Brew reached 1,000,000 opens with this split testing strategy. Plus, learn how you can do it in AWeber. Stuck between two subject line ideas?It’s impossible to know which will yield the best results without running a split test — commonly called an A/B test. A split test gives you real feedback on which subject line your audience was more drawn to opening.This is how the most successful marketers optimize their open rates. Take Morning Brew, for example. Morning Brew is a popular newsletter with more than 2.5 million subscribers. Their daily newsletter includes business and tech news of the day written for a business-minded millennial audience. In August 2020, Morning Brew hit a major milestone — 1,000,000...
In 2021, Business Agility Is the New Norm
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In 2021, Business Agility Is the New Norm

A year ago, when we talked about agility, we were market-focused: Is our company agile enough to handle new privacy regulations? The death of cookies? The shift in retail habits? Now, market needs have clearly changed. It's not just about privacy legislation and cookie-less advertising—there's been a global shift in priorities. Supply chains have flattened; people have lost jobs; some borders are closed—then reopened, and closed again, then again reopened. How has all that affected your business—and your clients' businesses? How agile are your product plans?Has your team been able to react quickly and confidently to the market's needs while keeping your company's end goal in sight? When the pandemic ends or becomes endemic, and we adjust to live with i...
6 Ways to Actually Track Social Media ROI| DigitalMarketer
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6 Ways to Actually Track Social Media ROI| DigitalMarketer

Despite how great the latest marketing tech stack gets, it always feels like there’s room for attribution improvement.We’d know exactly how someone went from finding out about your brand to becoming a happy customer in a perfect world. But it’s not that easy. You know this by now, having realized that tracking social media ROI can be really difficult.Can you confidently say that you know your social ROI?If you said no, you’re with the majority of marketers trying to figure it out (including us!). Here’s what we’re doing to track social media ROI and *attempt* to get the right attribution.#1: Clicks to Website by SourceLet’s start with the basics of website visitors. When someone clicks on your website, they’ve engaged with your brand. They’ve shown a clear intere...
2 Steps to Get Repeat Sales with an Etsy Newsletter
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2 Steps to Get Repeat Sales with an Etsy Newsletter

By Jessica Snavely April 16, 2021 Building an email list and staying in touch with past customers can be the key to unlocking more repeat sales. Over the past year, the number of sellers on Etsy grew 61%. Whether you are a part of that 61% — or have been an Etsy seller for years — there’s now a lot more competition for customers’ attention on Etsy.That’s why building your own audience outside of the platform is so important.But it can be hard to find the time. After all, as an Etsy seller, you wear a lot of hats.From building product pages that get found, to all the nuance that comes with running a successful ecommerce business, it’s hard to find the time to engage with your existing customers.But if you don’t, you’re leaving money on the ...
Trust-Based Marketing: Why Honesty and Integrity Pay
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Trust-Based Marketing: Why Honesty and Integrity Pay

Customer trust in business is eroding: 69% of customers do not trust advertisements, and 71% do not trust sponsored ads on social media, according to a nationwide poll. Customers used to trust salespeople and advertisements to guide them in their buying decisions. No longer: today, we trust colleagues, friends, family, and third-party reviewers. It may sound impossible at first, but certain practices can restore the glaring lack of customers' trust in sales and marketing. Let the Seller Beware A business concept called caveat emptor—"let the buyer beware"—states that it is the buyer's responsibility to perform due diligence. However, it is the seller's responsibility—caveat venditor, or "let the seller beware"—to provide full disclosure to the buyer by not lying, concea...
Everything You Ever Needed to Know About Social Media Marketing
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Everything You Ever Needed to Know About Social Media Marketing

Companies are making big money on social media.And you can too.The trick to social media marketing is knowing the foundations of what makes it work so well. Making money for your business is a huge pro (and what might be your goal on paper), but social gives companies an opportunity that was harder to come by before smartphones became our best friends.With social media, you can develop a relationship with your audience in a way that wasn’t possible before Facebook went viral. We get to use social media to talk to our audience and show them we really know our stuff. The right social media marketing strategy speaks to your cold, warm, and hot leads on one platform.And that’s what leads to revenue.When people see you as more than a company with a fancy logo and more...
Ad Tech 2021 Innovator Interviews
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Ad Tech 2021 Innovator Interviews

Although the ad tech industry wasn't hit the hardest by the pandemic, it still felt ripples of the crisis from other businesses. Advertising growth was stalled: Predicted media ad spend for 2021 dropped from $758B to $738B as a result. Apart from the global recession that benefited some technologies and disrupted others, ad tech went through local disruptions that prompted industry leaders to think outside the box. The death of cookies and IDFA, new privacy regulations, ad format popularity shifts, and the arrival of new technologies all contributed to a sense of uncertainty. To shed some light on what we can expect in ad tech for 2021, we spoke to eight innovators of ad tech from Google, LiveRamp, Epom, and others. Which 2020 events affected ad tech the most, and how c...
A Marketer’s Quick Guide to Dynamic Ads
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A Marketer’s Quick Guide to Dynamic Ads

Remember when you'd go to the mall, see something you liked, but then leave without it? Then you’d leave the mall and think about it the whole drive home, wondering if you made the right decision until you forgot about it. That was until you saw someone else with the exact item we wanted. Ah, the good ol’ days. (more…)
7 Steps to Create Your First Online Challenge
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7 Steps to Create Your First Online Challenge

Have you seen someone running an online challenge and used your marketing brain to realize they were strategically growing their audience and getting customers?That happened to us a few months ago, so we ran our own challenge to see what the fuss was about. Let’s just say things went really well. Our challenge brought in 8 figures in revenue and we realized you needed to be using them too.Online challenges work because they align with why digital marketing exists in the first place. Digital marketing helps you acquire new customers, build lists, and position your brand. It also helps your customer avatars consume your content and actually get results (before they even hire you or buy your products!). We love digital marketing because it creates highly engaged and super l...
8 Top Brainstorming Techniques to Help You Write Killer Emails
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8 Top Brainstorming Techniques to Help You Write Killer Emails

By Kaleigh Moore March 30, 2021 Never waste time trying to think of a topic when you should be writing! I can’t think of anything to write.Sound familiar? Of course it does. It’s one of the top reasons our customers give us for letting their email marketing flatline. They just run out of ideas or topics to write about.Even pro writers come up with major email block. Ann Handley, co-founder of Marketing Profs and the popular book “Everybody Writes,” only sent two emails to her subscribers in 2017. (In fact, the lack of communication was her catalyst behind revamping her entire newsletter strategy.)But when your emails stall, you can’t make connections with your subscribers. You can’t sell. You can’t gather feedback from your audience. You’re leavin...
Great Presentations – What Not to Do
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Great Presentations – What Not to Do

I just watched a webinar offering little-known secrets to powerful presentations. At least I tried to. After nearly 15 minutes of introductions, pitches for future webinars, a poll about attendees' interests, and citations of the speakers' qualifications, no one had said a word about presentations. Or secrets. As for powerful... not in the least. If presenters forget that they're likely to benefit only if their presentation benefits viewers, they'll always seem weak. Maybe it's a symptom of the free model: If we're not going to pay for something, we have to accept what we're given (though that's not really true). Even pay to play is often not on our termsIf you've ever purchased a VHS tape or a DVD of a movie, you're compelled to sit through trailers f...
How to Overcome Email Marketing Fatigue
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How to Overcome Email Marketing Fatigue

Email fatigue is a real thing, especially with the continuing pandemic.Email marketing is far from dead, but it is getting harder and harder to get your branded emails opened and clicked.What is Email Fatigue?As the name suggests, email fatigue is when a person doesn’t want to read emails and feels more willing to delete, unsubscribe or send emails to spam.Email fatigue is something just about anyone feels from time to time.Gone are the days when people would diligently click each and every unread email in their inbox to read what is inside.Gone are the days when people would actually be looking forward to receiving a new email.These days a full inbox is nothing new or exciting. And it has been getting worse.Back in 2017, two thirds of Americans felt ...
Landing Page Duplication: Share Success With Your Audience
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Landing Page Duplication: Share Success With Your Audience

By Jessica Snavely March 26, 2021 People trust those who share their secret to success. Make your landing page shareable to grow your audience and become the go-to expert in your industry. Do you have an envy-worthy landing page design others love? Want to share it with other small businesses to help them get up and running as quickly as possible?Or, do you want to become the trusted expert in your industry, willing to hand over secrets to help others grow their own businesses?With AWeber, you can.Introducing AWeber’s new Landing Page Duplication feature! With the simple click of a button, you can share your best performing landing pages with your audience.Why you should make your landing pages shareableShareable landing pages can save ...
Community-Based Marketing (CBM) in 2021
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Community-Based Marketing (CBM) in 2021

It would be easy to blame struggling B2B marketing efforts on the pandemic or the reduced budgets that have resulted from it, but the uncomfortable truth is that traditional marketing tactics are becoming stale and ineffective, and they need refreshing. If every B2B marketer is following the same playbook, it's time to develop a new play. Community-based marketing (CBM) can be that play. Digital communities have undergone a resurgence in recent months, and so introducing CBM into your strategy can help you gain the attention, action, and loyalty of prospects and clients. What is community-based marketing, and why is now the right time for it? By now, we're all well versed in the concept of account-based marketing (ABM), so where does CBM fit in?Communit...
Increase Impressions, Engagement, and Clicks on Your LinkedIn Company Page
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Increase Impressions, Engagement, and Clicks on Your LinkedIn Company Page

You’ve heard LinkedIn is an engagement gold mine.Maybe Gary Vee convinced you it was a good idea, or you heard a few too many people talk about how LinkedIn was their number one source for finding B2B clients.LinkedIn is talked about as an underrated platform. Like TikTok, LinkedIn posts can actually go viral (take the hint Facebook and Instagram). The thing is, you’re not going viral on a platform with all types of users.You’re going viral on a platform where everyone is there to talk about business. Hence, the goldmine.As a B2B business, we can’t ignore the potential of LinkedIn. DigitalMarketer’s Senior Social Media Manager, Shannon Goodell, has been strategizing and implementing on LinkedIn. Recently, she stumbled on some serious success.Over two million impr...
Digital Marketing Stats to Inform Your Strategy in 2021
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Digital Marketing Stats to Inform Your Strategy in 2021

By Kelly Forst March 17, 2021 Data is a powerful tool, but finding it can be a pain. So we did the work for you. How do you know if you’re doing the right things to market and grow your business? Answer: reference digital marketing stats to inform your own strategy.But, it can be difficult — and quite honestly, annoying — to try to find the answers you need. Especially when you have a busy business to run!So, to help you cut through the clutter, we compiled tons of helpful digital marketing stats in one place.FREE REPORT: AWeber’s 2021 Digital Marketing Report for Small Businesses and EntrepreneursEmail Marketing StatisticsEmail marketing is the most commonly used digital marketing strategy among small businesses and entrepreneurs to prom...
Thought Leadership and Content Marketing
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Thought Leadership and Content Marketing

Content marketing is a well-established discipline for generating inbound leads through keyword targeting and other methods. And since you're reading this on MarketingProfs, you probably don't need me to tell you what content marketing does and what it's good for. But what about thought leadership? To some, the term sets off an instant buzzword alarm. Others assume thought leadership and content marketing are the same thing, which isn't the case—although the two can be used together to good effect. In this article, I'd like to provide a little bit of clarity about these two powerful forms of marketing, including how they're alike and how they're different. Content marketing offers value in return for businessContent marketing works in large part by crea...
34 of the Best Office Pranks & Practical Jokes to Use at Work
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34 of the Best Office Pranks & Practical Jokes to Use at Work

If you've watched the TV show "The Office" as religiously as I have, the classic "stapler in Jell-O" trick surely sounds familiar. It's pretty much what the name describes: Simply make a batch of Jell-O, but make sure your colleague's stapler is hidden inside the mold. It's a classic prank. But what other, less conventional pranks are out there to add some kicks to an otherwise average day at the office? (more…)
How to Host a Wildly Successful Weekly Marketing Call
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How to Host a Wildly Successful Weekly Marketing Call

One of the most valuable things you can do as a marketer is to lead the department through a weekly marketing call. If done well, this call can rally the team together, identify potential issues before they explode, and build a deeper relationship with one another. This in turn can transform your marketing department from scattered fire fighters to calm, successful, and effective marketers.The first process you need to inspect in your marketing department is:Is the Marketing Department Doing Too Many Things?I can’t think of any organization I’ve consulted with as a fractional CMO where the marketing department was doing too few campaigns. Instead, every organization seems to be committed to completing a year’s worth of marketing campaigns “as soon as possible.” This may ...
Why You Should Clean Your Email List (and How to Do It)
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Why You Should Clean Your Email List (and How to Do It)

By Kelly Forst March 9, 2021 Want to run a successful marketing campaign? Then it’s time to clean house. You built up your list of subscribers. Now it’s time to remove a bunch of them. Because a clean email list can work wonders. In fact, cleaning your email list can improve three key metrics: deliverability, open rates and click rates. The better these metrics, the more successful your email marketing campaign will be.That’s because a smaller list of engaged subscribers — people who actively read and interact with your content and brand — are more valuable than a larger list of subscribers who never open your content.In fact, lists with numerous inactive email addresses typically have higher rates of bounces, spam complaints and unsubscribes than...
Brand Positioning and Competitors’ Positioning
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Brand Positioning and Competitors’ Positioning

When was the last time you did an assessment of how your competitors are positioned relative to your product or company? If you haven't done a competitor positioning assessment recently, you're not alone. It's an element of competitive analysis that is often overlooked. "Too many companies embark on marketing and advertising as if the competitor's position did not exist. They advertise their products in a vacuum and are disappointed when their messages fail to get through," observe Al Ries and Jack Trout in their marketing classic Positioning: The Battle for your Mind. Claiming your own unique position can make a big difference in the effectiveness of your marketing and the success of your sales efforts. The decision-making portion of the brain seeks evidence to make a ...