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Marketing / July 29, 2016 A Step-by-Step Guide to Advertising on Instagram
A Step-by-Step Guide to Advertising on Instagram

By Ellen Bartolino

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With 500 million active monthly users, Instagram offers a unique opportunity for marketers to reach their target audiences through ad campaigns.

The other perk of advertising on Instagram? The ads can look almost no different than regular posts, making them much less invasive than other ad types.

But setting up ads on any platform requires a lot of thought: What should your target audience look like? What should your copy say? What image should you use? Not to mention, the more technical aspects like what size your image needs to be or how long your ad ... Read More

Marketing / July 29, 2016 How to Deliver Negative Feedback & Why It Matters [Infographic]
How to Deliver Negative Feedback & Why It Matters [Infographic]

By Lindsay Kolowich

Most managers dread giving negative feedback almost as much as employees dread hearing it. It's uncomfortable to tell someone they're not performing well at something.

But the truth is, your employees want to learn and grow -- and they'll only learn and grow when the work and skills that need improvement are given some course correction.

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Marketing / July 29, 2016 4 Warning Signs Your Prospect Isn't Ready to Invest in Marketing
4 Warning Signs Your Prospect Isn't Ready to Invest in Marketing

By James Soto

Imagine yourself sitting across the table from a prospective client's CEO at a coffee shop. She’s engaged, ready to listen, and apparently in a positive state of mind. This is a marketer's dream situation; you feel that any question is fair game and honest answers will be forthcoming. If you could ask her just one question to qualify her business for your services, what would it be?

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Marketing / July 28, 2016 7 AdWords Features You Didn't Know Existed
7 AdWords Features You Didn't Know Existed

By Samantha Shannon

Over the years Google AdWords has evolved into a marketing tool that helps businesses drive leads and outrank their competitors. But what if I told you that the majority of business owners, marketers, and strategists weren’t taking full advantage of all AdWords has to offer? Queue the motivation for this article. Check out these 7n AdWords features you didn’t know existed to help elevate your campaigns to the next level.

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Marketing / July 28, 2016 9 Companies Using Live Website Chat in a Creative Way
9 Companies Using Live Website Chat in a Creative Way

By Molly Wojcik


Live chat technology has been around for a while. And while customers increasingly demand immediate attention, businesses have been relatively slow to adopt a live chat strategy - particularly in the SMB space, where deals are still built on relationships.

Live chat is often solely thought of as a customer support tool and tends to be overlooked from a sales and conversion perspective.

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Marketing / July 28, 2016 21 Things Recruiters Absolutely Hate About Your Resume
21 Things Recruiters Absolutely Hate About Your Resume

By Lindsay Kolowich

I'll never forget one of my first job interviews out of college.

I was applying for a marketing position at a technology company. (No, not HubSpot.) Because my college major had nothing to do with marketing or technology, I'd written "Relevant coursework: Statistics" in the education section of my resume in an effort to draw a connection.

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Marketing / July 28, 2016 A Simple Guide to Keyboard Shortcuts for Facebook, Twitter & More [Infographic]
A Simple Guide to Keyboard Shortcuts for Facebook, Twitter & More [Infographic]

By Lindsay Kolowich

We're all aware that we spend a lot of time on social media these days. Many would even say we're spending too much time -- not stopping to smell the roses, so to speak. After all, the average American checks their Facebook, Twitter, and other social media accounts 17 times a day, which means at least once every waking hour.

But when browsing and posting on social is your job, it's not like we can resolve to block Facebook during working hours.

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Marketing / July 28, 2016 101 Marketing Ideas to Help You Generate More Business [Free Ebook]
101 Marketing Ideas to Help You Generate More Business [Free Ebook]

By Ellen Bartolino

Planning, organizing, and executing a full-blown marketing strategy is no easy feat. However, there are tons of creative ways to generate more business for your company without overhauling your entire marketing strategy.

By focusing on smaller aspects of your marketing at a time, making changes to your marketing strategy is much more realistic.

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Marketing / July 28, 2016 7 Common Mistakes That Make Clients Ignore Your Emails
7 Common Mistakes That Make Clients Ignore Your Emails

By Jami Oetting

Every day, 112.4 billion business emails fly around the world. That's 122 emails sent and received every day per person. Despite the growth of other online communication channels, email continues to multiply. Which means people (including client-type people) are searching for reasons to ignore emails that don't need their attention so they can focus on messages and tasks that do.

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Marketing / July 27, 2016 How to Become a More Productive Writer: 7 Helpful Tips
How to Become a More Productive Writer: 7 Helpful Tips

By Adam Rogers

The simple dream of most writers is being able to write more. And it’s not only writing more, it’s writing effortlessly.

But it's not just authors or professional writers who dream of this. These days, a lot of marketing roles will require you to dust off your writing skills at one point or another. And there’s nothing worse than simply not being able to write -- especially when the pressure of a deadline is looming over your head.

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Marketing / July 26, 2016 It's Not About The Release Anymore. PR is Now Social PR.
It's Not About The Release Anymore. PR is Now Social PR.

By Jennifer Smiga

Ten years ago my answer to the cocktail party question, “What do you do?” was as easy as two letters: PR.

These days that answer is: I help companies in the design and build industry connect with their targets through social media, content marketing, public relations and strategic partnerships. (Say that after two cocktails.)

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Marketing / July 26, 2016 Blog SEO: How to Search Engine Optimize Your Blog Content
Blog SEO: How to Search Engine Optimize Your Blog Content

By Lindsay Kolowich

Search engine optimization is incredibly important for marketers. When you optimize your web pages -- including your blog posts -- you're making your website more visible to people who are looking for keywords associated with your brand, product, or service via search engines like Google.

But it can be a pretty tricky tactic to master with Google's copious algorithm updates.

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Marketing / July 26, 2016 The Essential Cheat Sheet of Cover Photo Dimensions for Facebook, Twitter & More [Templates]
The Essential Cheat Sheet of Cover Photo Dimensions for Facebook, Twitter & More [Templates]

By Lindsay Kolowich

Having a social media profile without a cover photo is like having a brick-and-mortar business without a store sign. Although brands could technically do without either, I wouldn't recommend it.

Social media cover photos are great for communicating brand values, highlighting a current campaign, or conveying what your company has to offer.

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Marketing / July 25, 2016 28 of the Best Instagrams to Follow for Design Inspiration
28 of the Best Instagrams to Follow for Design Inspiration

By Lindsay Kolowich

What if I told you you could visit an art gallery ... from the comfort of your own home? Or from a bus seat on your commute to work? Or while you're taking a break for lunch?

If you follow the right people, that's what Instagram can do for you. There are a lot of really talented artists and designers out there who use Instagram as a sort of mini art gallery -- a social portfolio, if you will.

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Marketing / July 25, 2016 10 Handy Gmail Tips That'll Help You Stay Organized & Productive [Infographic]
10 Handy Gmail Tips That'll Help You Stay Organized & Productive [Infographic]

By Lindsay Kolowich

Gmail is one of the most popular email clients for webmail right now -- and with good reason. It's one of the most powerful and reliable email clients available, and makes checking and organizing email easy. (And dare I say fun?)

But there are a whole lot of cool things you can do in Gmail that not a lot of people know about.

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Marketing / July 22, 2016 What's the Deal With Ad Blocking? 11 Stats You Need to Know
What's the Deal With Ad Blocking? 11 Stats You Need to Know

By Mimi An

It's no secret that internet users are no strangers to seeking out the information they need online -- in fact, Google now processes over 40,000 search queries every second.

And as the volume of search queries continues to climb, advertisers are recognizing an opportunity to introduce a number of different types of ads. (Think: pop-up ads, autoplaying video ads, and the dreaded mobile ad that takes up the entire phone screen.)

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Marketing / July 21, 2016 How to Say 'No' To Your Boss
How to Say 'No' To Your Boss

By Lindsay Kolowich

Technically, your boss owns your professional time. That means it's perfectly within her rights to reprioritize what you're working on if she thinks doing so is the best thing for the team.

But even good bosses can have a hard time understanding what's being sacrificed when they assign new tasks and projects.

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Marketing / July 20, 2016 The Role of Emotions in Shareable Content: An Analysis of 100 Viral Reddit Images
The Role of Emotions in Shareable Content: An Analysis of 100 Viral Reddit Images

By Andrea Lehr

These days, we’re inundated with digital noise from the moment we wake up. Once we silence the alarm on our phone, we’ll spend the next few minutes on various apps and sites, dodging unwanted ads and unappealing headlines along the way.

However, you’ll find that some posts are simply unavoidable -- who could forget "The Dress" debate of 2015?

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Marketing / July 19, 2016 Using Noindex, Nofollow HTML Metatags: How to Tell Google Not to Index a Page in Search
Using Noindex, Nofollow HTML Metatags: How to Tell Google Not to Index a Page in Search

By Lindsay Kolowich

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.

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Marketing / July 19, 2016 Are Ads Worth the Investment? [Free ROI Calculator]
Are Ads Worth the Investment? [Free ROI Calculator]

By Marcus Andrews

Marketers considering ads always ask me the same thing: “How much should I spend?”

It’s a good question -- an important question -- but it’s the wrong question. The right question is: “For every dollar I spend on ads, how much will I get back?”

If you know the answer to that question, or at least have an educated guess, it matters less how much or little you can spend.

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Marketing / July 18, 2016 7 Steps to Creating an Operating System for Your Agency
7 Steps to Creating an Operating System for Your Agency

By Andrew Dymski

In 1955, a middle-aged milkshake machine salesmen came upon something odd.

At a time when his industry was taking a dive, one restaurant ordered enough machines to make 40 milkshakes at once. He was so curious that he bought a plane ticket and flew from Illinois to California to see what kind of restaurant would make such a purchase.

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Marketing / July 15, 2016 How & When People Use Their Favorite Devices [Infographic]
How & When People Use Their Favorite Devices [Infographic]

By Lindsay Kolowich

I know, I know. It's little depressing to think about how much time we spend staring at screens on a daily basis. Turns out the average person spends just under seven hours looking at a device screen every day -- whether it's their smartphone, tablet, laptop, or TV.

As discouraging as that is, it's important for marketers to understand how people are using all of their favorite devices to read, watch, and interact with content on the web.

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Marketing / July 14, 2016 What Does the Future of Facebook Advertising Look Like? [New Data]
What Does the Future of Facebook Advertising Look Like? [New Data]

By Ellen Bartolino

While the content your business creates is important, delivering it to the right people is easily half the battle. Using Facebook’s paid tools to expand your reach might be a no-brainer, but leveraging them to their full potential is another question entirely.

Facebook's advertising platform allows marketers to effectively target a specific audience, which makes it far easier to deliver content to the people that actually want to see it -- resulting in higher engagement.

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Marketing / July 14, 2016 7 Phrases That Undermine Client Relationships (And What to Say Instead)
7 Phrases That Undermine Client Relationships (And What to Say Instead)

By Karla Cook

A firm handshake, a friendly tone of voice, a patient nod -- all of these things can help make your client feel comfortable and understood in a face-to-face setting.

But how do you nurture positive client relationships when face-to-face contact is more often than not replaced by inbox-to-inbox exchanges?

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Marketing / July 13, 2016 75 Marketing & Business Acronyms & Abbreviations Every Industry Pro Should Know
75 Marketing & Business Acronyms & Abbreviations Every Industry Pro Should Know

By Lindsay Kolowich

Have you ever heard an acronym but you didn't know what it meant? It can really throw you off your game in a conversation. I usually try to write it down discreetly or, if I have a laptop, look it up online without anyone seeing.

But industry-specific acronyms can have multiple meanings, and sometimes Wikipedia doesn't do them justice.

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Marketing / July 13, 2016 How to Design an Employee Mentorship Program That Doesn’t Suck
How to Design an Employee Mentorship Program That Doesn’t Suck

By Jami Oetting

Whether you’ve worked in the industry for 25 years or two years, it can be difficult to navigate the complexities of a career. This includes figuring out the internal politics, processes, and opportunities that drive growth within a company and the small steps and education that lead to defining the different stages of a person’s professional career.

Making decisions about both of these paths benefit from having a mentor: someone who can be a guide, a motivator, and an advocate. And it's a smart investment for companies to make: According to a study by Jerry Wilbur, mentoring is a significant predictor of career success. Mentees earn more money and experience more satisfaction in their work.

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Marketing / July 12, 2016 The Art of Scannable Content: How to Write for Today's Online Readers
The Art of Scannable Content: How to Write for Today's Online Readers

By Eddie Shleyner

Here's the truth: There's no guarantee that anyone will actually read your writing online. You have to compel them to do that. And one way to do so is to create writing that’s effortless to consume.

Not sure where to start? That’s okay. This article will teach you the fundamentals. You'll learn how to drive audiences to read every word you write.

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Marketing / July 12, 2016 Are Display Ads Worth Your Time? [Flowchart]
Are Display Ads Worth Your Time? [Flowchart]

By Marcus Andrews

There are a lot of reasons to avoid display ads. In recent years search, social, and video ads have cruised past display as the go-to ad format for digital marketers looking to give their campaigns a boost -- and for good reason. There’s not much to love when you look at display ad performance in aggregate. People don’t generally click on them or trust them, and many are actively blocking them.

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Marketing / July 12, 2016 From Proposal Requests to Getting Approvals: 6 Email Templates to Make Agency Communication Easier
From Proposal Requests to Getting Approvals: 6 Email Templates to Make Agency Communication Easier

By Jami Oetting

When you've got an important email to write, it can seemingly take hours. You write, revise, delete, and agonize over every word, link, and even your email signature

And if you are selling your staff's time in the form of the billable hour, this can be a huge waste of resources. 

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Marketing / July 11, 2016 What 3,000+ Job Postings Taught Us About Today's Content Marketers
What 3,000+ Job Postings Taught Us About Today's Content Marketers

By Ashley Carlisle

Do you have what it takes to succeed in today's modern marketing world?

As the marketing landscape continues to shift, the requirements and expectations surrounding content marketing roles are evolving. Even if you've got the strongest writing chops in the game, you'll need to find other ways to expand your skills if you want to differentiate yourself.

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Marketing / July 11, 2016 Email Delivery vs. Deliverability: What's the Difference?
Email Delivery vs. Deliverability: What's the Difference?

By Kayla Lewkowicz

We spend hours planning out every detail of each campaign, crafting the perfect copy and agonizing over fonts, colors, and spacing. We talk through our personas, target audiences, and messaging. We build emails from scratch or lovingly modify templates so that we’re putting our best foot forward with our email marketing campaigns.

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