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    Blogging Tips for Small Business Owners

    If you are looking for new customers, you might want to consider blogging. When most people start looking online for information, they often find different blogs. If yours are filled with useful information, you just might find some new customers!...

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    The Importance of Predictable Inbound Marketing Content

    When most people talk about inbound marketing, the primary emphasis is either on SEO keywords which are very customer-centered or on thought-leadership which is very content-centered. These are both important aspects of inbound marketing, it's true. Of course you want your content to both organically generate helpful SEO and provide a real thought-provoking and educating service to your leads but in the dozens of inbound marketing articles we've read (and written) in the past several months, it should be noted that a single key element is hardly ever mentioned - Consistency....

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    8 Steps to Optimize Your Emails for Inbound Marketing Success

    Building an inbound marketing strategy for your business has to be comprehensive. You need to make sure that you have the right lead magnets, and use social media in the right way for your unique audience. But just as social media and search engine optimization matters, so does email....

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    5 Advanced Tips that Go Beyond the Basics of Inbound Marketing

    Frequent readers of this space know about the importance of inbound marketing for any business. Through tactics like social media and SEO, you attract your target audience to your website organically. While there, they convert to leads, which you can nurture towards becoming customers. It's a natural process that flows better, and is better integrated with your audience's preferences, than its traditional 'push' marketing alternatives....

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    Forming a Customer Profile to Tailor Your Online Presence to Your Customer’s Needs

    If you run a small business, you can grow your customer base by coming up with a digital marketing campaign. There are many options open to you, from email marketing to inbound marketing....

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    Laying the Foundation for an Inbound Marketing Campaign

    There are a few things you can do for an inbound marketing campaign before you actually plan a strategy or talk to a consultant. Think of it like doing some basic mobility work and eating well before you start training for a marathon. If you lay a solid foundation with the following tips, you'll have a much smoother start to your campaign:  ...

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    Email Marketing Is Still Relevant To Inbound Marketing

    You are forgiven if you think that email marketing has gone the way of the fax machine. 20 years ago, email was a novelty instead of an *ahem* appliance. Inboxes require maintenance. Constantly having to check overflowing inboxes stresses people out. Email used to be an efficient way for person-to-person contact, whether intraoffice communication between colleagues or personal messaging with friends and family. Somewhere along the way to 2018 email has become a pain in the neck due to the sheer volume of superfluous messages received in a day.  However, as a business, you are missing golden opportunities by ignoring email as part of your inbound marketing mix. Email is no longer tied to a computer where a person has to sit down, boot up, and sort through an inbox to decide which messages are important enough to open. Service providers had to implement the spam filter to separate the wheat from the chaff. Your marketing emails need to be the wheat....

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    Effective Inbound Marketing: Look Before You Leap!

    Sometimes perspective is the very thing that illuminates truth. Like this, if a company produced an awful product but marketed that product perfectly, they would find success - at least for a while. If you doubt that just remember the last time you bought something that you quickly discovered was poorly made, constructed or conceived.  How did that product even get to market, find the shelves of any store? The answer is marketing. Statistics like the ones from a recent article only provide more confirmation:...

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    How to Write Inbound Marketing Content for Your SEO Keywords

    In the modern online business environment, search engine optimization is one of the post powerful factors you can work with. Because your goal is to bring as many potential customers to your website and doorstep as possible, you have a variety of keywords to work with, all derived from the kinds of things your target audience searches for when they are almost ready to buy whatever it is you have to offer them. With enough keyword integration, visitors, and successful conversions, Google will eventually elevate you to the top of all the search results you care about. The only question is how to get there....

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    A Practical Approach to Inbound Marketing

    Inbound marketing is the act of organically attracting traffic to your website. How is this accomplished? It's a bit trickier than outbound marketing because you are relying on the clues, signs, and indicators that you have so cleverly and carefully created to lead visitors to your website. So what is inbound marketing? Is there anything it can be compared to that will help us understand its concepts?...

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    5 Trends That Will Shape Inbound Marketing in 2018 and Beyond

      Inbound marketing is officially 11 years old. Congratulations! But rather than resting on its laurels, this marketing philosophy is evolving constantly. The same underlying principles remain true, as it seeks to pull in potential customers with value and relevance rather than pushing promotional messages onto them....

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    4 Questions to Determine if You Need To Update Your Website

      How long has it been since you last updated your website? The saying 'if it's not broken, don't fix it' doesn't apply to web pages. The internet moves fast, and the strategies that were in style a few years ago can make your business look dated now. It's wise to update your website regularly, whether it's in the form of fresh blog content, landing page revisions, or complete design facelifts (which most marketers recommend every one or two years).  If it's been a while since you've updated your site, ask yourself these four questions. They will help you determine if you're overdue for a website refresh:   ...

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    Inbound vs. Outbound Marketing: Which is Better?

      Are you familiar with the distinction between inbound and outbound marketing? These are terms that everyone talks about these days, but many people aren't clear about the difference. It's actually an important distinction and one that can significantly impact your results. While you can succeed with either type of marketing, one of them has some clear advantages. Let's explore the differences between inbound and outbound marketing and try to determine which is better.   ...

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    Why Knowing the Buyer's Journey Is Critical to Your Success

        Over the last 9 weeks we have discussed the four stages of the buyer's journey, Attract, Convert, Close and Delight.Today's blog is the conclusion of our Buyer's Journey blog series and we will discuss again the importance of the four stages and how you can use the buyer's journey to take your business to the next level....

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    The Buyer's Journey Part 8: Top 5 Ways to Delight Your Customers and Grow Your Sales

        In today's blog we will talk about the last step in the buyer's journey; keeping customers happy and coming back time and time again. The lifetime value of a customer is something that every business should be thinking about and always looking for ways to turn happy customers into ambassadors for your brand....

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    5 Email Marketing Statistics That Prove Its Importance

        If you are like many businesses, you probably have a decent email marketing strategy in place and if not, you are looking to implement one. Unless you are a digital marketing guru, it can be difficult to fully grasp the concept of email marketing and be up-to-date on the constantly evolving tactics used with email marketing, and effectively develop new strategies to attract more customers....

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    The Buyer's Journey Part 7: The Importance Of Delighting Customers

        In today's blog we will talk about the last step in the buyer's journey; keeping customers happy and coming back time and time again. The lifetime value of a customer is something that every business should be thinking about and always looking for ways to turn happy customers into ambassadors for your brand....

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    3 Powerful Ways to Improve Your Email Marketing Strategy

        No matter how well a product is designed or how skilled a person is at something, there is always room for improvement. That is especially true when talking about marketing, particularly email marketing. Even the best email marketing strategy in the world would benefit from regular review and analysis, fine-tuning, and other improvements. After all, anyone who is using email marketing understandably wants their efforts to be as powerful as possible. ...

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    The Buyer's Journey Part 6: How Closed-Loop Reporting Will Help You Close More Customers

      Last week's blog was all about closing more leads and converting them into loyal paying customers. It's a great feeling to know that your marketing efforts are finally paying off, but do you know exactly which one of your tactics is giving you the best ROI and which ones need to be modified? ...

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    Stop With the Stock: The Power of Using Original Photography on Your Website

        Your online presence needs to be visual. Given the plethora of studies and statistics available on the subject, it's clear that information presented in the form of videos, infographics, and photographs grab your audience's attention better, and are more persuasive in the process....

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