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I Launched My Website, Now What?

Data-Driven Web Design and 7 Key Metrics You Should Track You’ve spent months redesigning your website and it’s finally live. While it may be tempting to just launch it and leave it on autopilot and return to your regular marketing routine, the real ROI comes from your ability to make your website work for you over the long term. If your website is the valuable, 24-hour-a-day employee in your marketing organization, you can’t just let it perform on autopilot.

3 Inbound Marketing Proof Points

You may be tired of hearing us preach the importance of inbound marketing when it comes to reaching B2B technical audiences. Or maybe you think developing content and maintaining a website is too much work. Whether you doubt the inbound marketing methodology or believe it's too time-consuming to implement, here are some data points that may serve as a catalyst to spark your interest in implementing an inbound marketing approach for your business. 

How-to Keep Your Gated Content Out of Search Engines

A few weeks ago, we covered whether or not to gate your high-value content, including what types of content you should be gating with a form. Gating a content resource involves setting up a landing page with a form that a contact must complete in order to access the resource. We’ve discussed the optimal number of form fields in the past (between 3 and 5 fields), along with the form fields engineers are most likely to complete according to research. Today, we’re going to talk about an oft-overlooked but critical step in publishing gated content: blocking robots from crawling and indexing that gated content piece.   

4 Tips for Achieving a Strong Market Positioning Statement

What is Market Positioning?

The Leadership Chemicals: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Some Don't

What makes some teams pull together, while others totally fall apart? According to Simon Sinek it all comes down to instinctive human behavior. As leaders, we can all learn from this to create environments that draw out the best in our teams.

Want to Market Against Your Competitors? Proceed Carefully

Remember when you were young, and there was that kid who spent more time dissing you or others than making something of themselves? Maybe you wanted to let them have it, but you knew (or maybe your parents gave you some advice) that it was best to take the high road and focus on your strengths and success. There is some wisdom in this childhood scenario for grownups running businesses, product lines, and service areas, who are competing for awareness, customers, and marketshare. In every market, every town, every application space, you are going to face competition. And that's a good thing - for companies and consumers. But maybe you are considering making a move to directly market against your competitor. Is this a good idea? The answer is, maybe, but be careful. Let's look at a a recent example to help illustrate some upsides and downsides for consideration: Microsoft's recent ad campaign against Google in the mainstream business press. Here is one of their ads: Microsoft ad, Text to the right

Brand Positioning: Questions to Ask

Simply put, brand positioning is the process of getting your target audience to know your brand and associate it with specific characteristics and attributes. One of the first steps to brand positioning is to create a company positioning statement that describes what you do, who you do it for, and what differentiates you from others in the market.

Make Content King of Your Marketing Strategy

Smart, well-developed content is key when coming up with your company’s marketing strategy, but what qualifies as quality content? Quality content is targeted towards your key personas, has relevant themes, and engages your target audiences through a consistent cadence of content development.

Create Target Personas—Define Who, and Who Not, to Target

In Rebecca Geier’s book, Smart Marketing for Engineers: An Inbound Marketing Guide to Reaching Technical Audiences, she explains how to customize your marketing approach by creating buyer personas. Creating personas is a straightforward process and will allow you to customize your messaging and marketing to your target customers’ specific concerns and needs. 

Track Campaign Data with HubSpot's Campaign Analytics Tool

This is part two in a series about campaigns in HubSpot.  In a previous post we went over how to create a successful campaign through HubSpot.  Now that you’ve created a campaign it is important to track the data that will contribute to your content strategy.  HubSpot makes it easy to gather and compare data from your most recent campaign to others you have done in the past. 

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