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Infographic: Know YOUR Audience: The Basics of A/B Testing

April 23, 2015 Most engineers and scientists swear by testing, testing, and more testing. And marketers are the same. In fact, Steelhouse proved that “using correct targeting and testing methods can increase conversion rates up to 300 percent.” A/B testing is one of the best – and most used - techniques to learn what content performs best with your audience, but it can be hard to know how to start the process and choose the right elements. With A/B testing, you create two or more versions of one marketing element, such as a subject line of an email or CTA button, then put it in front of two randomly selected audiences to see which performs better. The best part of A/B testing is that you are testing two segments of your audience, not relying on industry standards. Your contacts are the judges, and the outcome can significantly affect your conversion rates and, ultimately, your bottom line. The Importance of A/B Testing Marketers still struggle to prove the ROI of digital marketing, inbound marketing and content marketing. A/B testing is the simplest and easiest way to find out whether marketing efforts work or not.

The Plain and the Glamorous

At least once a year, someone somewhere in the marketing world declares that email is dead. Usually this is followed by exposition on the new technology that has overtaken email. It’s a catchy phrase, for sure, and there are many sexy technologies out there that are more fun to play with. The fact remains, however, that email has been and will remain the workhorse of marketing – no matter what new technology pops up on the horizon.   Here's a look at the history of email. 

5 Signs that You Need Marketing Automation

You've probably heard about marketing automation, but you might not be sure your business needs it. In order to determine if you should make the investment, we should clear up what marketing automation is and is not.

Creating a Workflow: a How-to Guide

You want to create a workflow, so you open up your marketing automation tool, navigate to the workflows section, and start plugging in actions. But wait- if you haven’t taken the time to set a goal, carefully choose an audience and frame out strategy, your workflow can quickly go off the rails. Workflows are an advanced feature of marketing automation and can be intimidating. However, if you follow these 7 steps, you’ll soon find yourself with a well thought-out workflow that works for you.

Introducing: The HubSpot Service Hub

Today, HubSpot released the HubSpot Service Hub, a tool designed to help companies manage customer relations and keep conversations with a contact from marketing, sales and customer support all in one place.

15 Tips To Demystify Product Naming

So you’ve developed a new product for your technical industry - spent hundreds of hours and undergone multiple rounds of revisions and beta tests, figured out your pricing and distribution model – and now it’s time to bring it to market.

6 New HubSpot Sales and Marketing Features to Know and Use

It’s no secret that we at TREW are fans of HubSpot. For more than 5 years, we’ve been a HubSpot partner and have used the tool for customers and ourselves. If you use HubSpot at all, you’ve likely noticed it evolve over time to keep up with inbound marketing and sales practices and to better serve the needs of its customers. As the tool evolves, so should your use of it to best maximize your investment.  The first quarter of 2018 brought many changes across HubSpot Sales and Marketing Automation. Below, we outline the top 6 changes that your company should understand and employ.

5 Proven Tactics to Reach Engineers

At TREW Marketing, we work everyday to help deeply technical companies effectively market to engineers and scientists. Based on years of researching engineers' search, content and buying preferences, and working with companies across North America in industries from automotive to IIOT to implement content and inbound marketing programs to drive awareness and demand, we have put together this list of five proven best practices to follow. 

10 Keys to Success as a Technical Marketing Manager

To be a successful technical marketing manager, you need to understand how to apply marketing best practices in the context of a nuanced technical audience.  If you’ve hired a technical marketing manager, pass along this information to help your new staff member understand the breadth and depth of technical marketing. Or, if you’ve just been hired as a new technical marketing manager, congratulations! Here's a jumpstart to your job: research from hundreds of engineers that shows how they search for information and how they want to interact with marketing and sales. These 10 keys – which focus on brand, positioning, website plans, content marketing strategy, and awareness and loyalty campaigns – will strengthen the skills and knowledge you need to be a successful marketing manager in a technical, B2B company:

Using Data to Guide Strategy: HubSpot Marketing Dashboard

One of the great benefits of a marketing automation tool like HubSpot is the wealth of data you get about your marketing and sales efforts. At the same time, one of the drawbacks is the sometimes overwhelming amount of data you have. How do you sift through all the information at your disposal to focus on the metrics that really matter and use them to guide strategy? HubSpot metrics can be broken into four sections: Marketing dashboard Analytics tools Reports  Tactic-specific metrics Today, we’re focusing on the marketing dashboard, covering the most impactful reports and how you can use the data in these reports to guide your strategy.