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    Which Type of Ad Is Most Annoying? [Survey]

    By Mimi An

    It's a truth universally acknowledged that anyone who spends time browsing the web hates autoplaying video ads. Have you ever seen a co-worker bopping along to their Spotify playlist suddenly panic and start frantically tabbing through their browser trying to close the offending ad that snuck its way in? Was that co-worker actually you?

    Over the years, ads have started intruding in on our lives. We're all used to commercials on television, ads on billboards, and flyers in our mail. As we went online by the millions, online display ads appeared and we quickly became immune to them, ... Read More

    How to Answer 11 Common Marketing Questions Using Analytics

    By Rachel Sprung

    When it comes time to assess your marketing efforts, it's not uncommon for you to run into a ton of questions.

    How are your contacts trending month over month? Was the time you spent creating social media graphics for that campaign worth it? And what about your email marketing efforts? How are those stacking up against your paid initiatives? 

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    How Do People Use Twitter? [Infographic]

    By Katherine Boyarsky

    With over 270 million active global users, Twitter is a great platform for businesses to communicate with their current audience, gain new prospects, and drive traffic to their websites.

    But just because lots of people are on Twitter doesn't mean they all use it the same way. For marketers looking to drive traffic, subscribers, leads, and customers to their websites, knowing more about who uses the platform and how they use it is essential.

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    Building Buyer Personas? Here Are 5 Insightful Reports You Should Pull

    By Kelli Simpson

    Building buyer personas can be tricky -- you need a delicate balance between quantitative and qualitative data to get something that's accurate and useful. You also have to know which information out of all the data in your CRM, marketing automation, and customer support systems will actually be helpful -- and which could steer your marketing astray. 

    How can you be sure that you’re focusing on the right data to build out your buyer personas?

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    Why People Unfollow Your Brand on Social Media [New Data]

    By Andrea Lehr

    One of the most important things a brand can do is understand its target audience. What do they worry about? Where do they hang out? How do they prefer to interact with brands? 

    When they dive into answering these questions, many businesses discover that social media is a goldmine for their marketing efforts. Not only are social networks a popular place for people to hang out on, but also consumers expect brands to have a presence on social media.

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    10 Excel Tricks Every Marketer Should Know

    By Justin Pavoni

    Excel is a useful tool for a number of marketing tasks.  The two most important uses that I have for Excel on a weekly basis is first, as a research tool while writing (e.g. to get original statistics for a blog), and perhaps more obvious and more common, for data analysis and reporting.  

    With that in mind, here are ten tricks to help you get more proficient at Excel.

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    17 Demand Generation Stats Every CMO Needs to See

    By Laurie Aquilante

    This post originally appeared on Agency Post. To read more content like this, subscribe to Agency Post.

    Determining the success of your marketing programs and analyzing key performance indicators (KPIs) can be challenging if you don’t have access to industry data.

    But how can you improve your KPIs if you don't understand which ones really matter?

    To find out how companies are generating demands for their brands and how successful they've been in these efforts, HubSpot and Qualtrics conducted a survey of 900 management-level marketers in North America and Europe.

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    How to Make a Chart or Graph in Excel [With Video Tutorial]

    By Sara Davidson

    Building charts and graphs is part of most people's jobs -- it's one of the best ways to visualize data in a clear, easily digestible manner. But it's no surprise that some people get a little bit intimidated by the prospect of poking around in Excel. I actually adore Excel, but I work in Marketing Operations, so it's pretty much a requirement.

    That's why I thought I'd share a helpful video tutorial as well as some step-by-step instructions for anyone out there who cringes at the thought of organizing a spreadsheet full of data into a chart that actually, you know, means something.

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    How to Find Accurate and Compelling Data

    By Ross Crooks

    No matter your message, including data to support your claims enhances the validity and impact of whatever you are communicating -- but only if your data comes from a reliable source. Too often, individuals cherry pick data from a variety of ... let’s say “questionable” sources, cobbling together a few statistics that are incomplete -- or worse, completely irrelevant.

    Whether you’re communicating to your boss or your consumer, all data starts with a good data source.

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    Why Coupons Work [Infographic]

    By Lindsay Kolowich

    My gym is located next to a Walgreens and across the street from a CVS. When I need headache medication, more shampoo, or a pair of scissors, I always plan my trips to the pharmacy after a sweat session. Which pharmacy do you think I go to?

    You might think that I'd go right next door, as Walgreens sometimes has lower prices and it's a more convenient location.

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    What Is Churn? [In Under 100 Words]

    By Sam Kusinitz

    Churn (aka cancellation rate) is the percentage of customers or subscribers who cancel or select not to renew their subscriptions during a given time period.

    So, for instance, if you have 5 customers cancel and you originally signed 200 customers, your churn rate would be 2.5%.

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    The Art and Science of Viral Videos

    By Shane Jones

    Virality. It’s a topic of mystery and longing. All brands long to go viral, but for most brands, going about creating viral content is a mystery. There is no secret recipe for the perfect viral video, and yet there are videos that receive millions of views every year. What’s the secret?

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    What Are Psychographics? [FAQs]

    By Maggie Hibma

    You probably know a lot about who buys from you. Their gender, geographic location, marital status -- it’s all part of developing buyer personas. These data points make up the demographics of your personas, help inform your marketing strategy, and paint a picture of who your buyers are.

    But there’s another component needed to really understand your buyer.

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    17 Compelling Stats That Make the Case for Smarter Site Design

    By Rachel Sprung

    As marketers, we're constantly thinking about our company's website and coming up with ways to improve it. Questions about it keep us up at night. Could we improve the layout? Do we need a clearer call-to-action on the homepage? Do we need a responsive site? Besides quelling your daily concerns, you also need to be aware of the trends in website design. And that's a lot to worry about ...

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    How to Harness the Power of Data to Elevate Your Content

    By Meghan Lockwood

    If you were going to ask your CEO for more inbound marketing budget this year, which argument would be more convincing: “I ‘feel’ it’s the right thing to do,” or, “48% of marketers are increasing their inbound budgets this year, and it’s the third year in a row the industry is expanding at almost a 50% rate. We need to capitalize on this trend.”

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    8 Data-Based Tips for Optimizing Your Content on Pinterest and Instagram

    By Dan Zarrella

    Even though the two most popular social networks to emerge in the past few years (Instagram and Pinterest) revolve around visual content, there isn't much data about what content performs best on these platforms. Because Instagram and Pinterest revolve around visual (not textual) content and their APIs are difficult to access, it can be challenging to research these networks.

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    18 Fresh Stats About the Current State of Social Media Marketing

    By Ginny Soskey

    At some point or another, we’ve all heard people spout off about the “death” of social media. One day someone announces a boycott of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest -- the next day, the social network is growing exponentially. So how should you, as a savvy inbound marketer, make sense of it all? As a data-driven and social media-loving company, we’d like to set the record straight: Social media is here to stay.

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