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    13 Times We Actually Enjoyed Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter & Banner Ads

    By Lindsay Kolowich

    It's easy to hate on online ads. Most of them are pretty awful. They can be interruptive, distracting, poorly designed, completely untargeted, or any sort of combination of the above. 

    But thankfully, not all online ads are bad. In fact, there are some pretty creative ads out there that have not only gotten people to click, but also seek out the ads on their own. 

    If you're buying any sort of advertising, you want your ads to be the creative, memorable type. To do that, you'll need to make your ads relevant, interesting, and compelling. 

    First step to creating awesome ads? See some ... Read More

    How to Create Facebook Ads: A Step-by-Step Guide to Advertising on Facebook

    By Carly Stec

    When setting up a paid Facebook ad, there are a lot of boxes to be checked. 

    Are you targeting the right people? Are your image dimensions to scale? Are you running the right type of ad? If we're being honest, it can get a little confusing. 

    With more than 1.4 billion people using Facebook and over 900 million visits every day, Facebook offers up a unique opportunity for marketers to augment their organic efforts. 

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    The Most Popular Social Logins Globally [Infographic]

    By Susannah Morris

    Social logins give marketers the opportunity to increase conversion rates on their forms, on both landing pages and checkout pages, by decreasing the number of fields a consumer must fill out while still gathering valuable information. And social logins do more than just reduce friction on forms. They also reduce the need for comment verification, open the door for comments and reviews to appear in social feeds, and demonstrate social proof.

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    Social Media Definitions: The Ultimate Glossary of Terms You Should Know

    By Carly Stec

    For many people, posting a tweet, hashtagging an Instagram caption, and sending out an invite for a Facebook event on Facebook has become common practice. 

    (In fact, if you're highly experienced, you probably do all three at once.)

    But with new social media networks and innovative software cropping up almost daily, even seasoned social media users are bound to run into a term or acronym that leaves them thinking, "WTF?"

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    Revenue, Targeting & Distribution: Stats You Need to Know About Facebook Advertising in 2015 [Infographic]

    By Lindsay Kolowich

    Facebook is always experimenting with new advertising platforms to engage its user base. And it's no wonder the company is currently working hard on mobile advertising opportunities: Out of the estimated 1.39 billion current monthly Facebook users, 1.19 billion of them use Facebook on their mobile devices.

    Optimizing for mobile is only one way Facebook is adapting their advertising platform to help businesses target today's consumer.

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    How to Use Facebook Audience Insights: A Beginner's Guide

    By Naomi Parry

    Facebook Audience Insights is one of the most powerful analytical tools at your disposal -- that is, if you know how to use it.

    Accessed through Facebook Ads Manager, Audience Insights is free to use and provides a huge amount of demographic and behavioural data about your audience and that of your competitors. 

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    Coachella, Tomorrowland, Bonnaroo & More: How Top Music Festivals Use Social Media

    By Julie Hong

    English music producer Simon Cowell once told Rolling Stone Magazine, "You have this amazing thing now called fan power. The whole world is linked through a laptop. It's absolutely brilliant."

    He was talking about music artists here, but this can apply to any type of event host or marketer. Social media allows us to promote our events more strategically, listen to and engage with our fans, enhance attendee experience, help measure the event's overall success, and find areas for improvement in the next time you put it on.

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    How to Repurpose Your Social Media Content [Live Webinar]

    By Christine White

    Remember the slogan "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle?" It was originally coined in reference to paper and plastic products, but it also can be applied to your content marketing strategy. Not only can repurposing content save you time, but it also can help you generate way more results.

    The strategy of repurposing existing content has been oiling the HubSpot content engine for years, and this Thursday, we'll be hosting a webinar with Likeable Local to give away our secrets.

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    Want More Traffic to Your Website? Try These 5 Tools & Tips

    By Kieran Flanagan

    There are many things you can do in eight minutes or less. You can tidy up your to-do list. You can chip away at your mountain of emails. You can delete unnecessary meetings from your calendar. You can even get a real workout done (seriously). 

    You know what else you can do in eight minutes or less? Get a bunch of great tips on how to better market your website and blog.

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    How to Master Content Marketing on LinkedIn

    By Alex Pirouz

    There are a few different avenues for sharing information on LinkedIn, but which one is the best method? And what if you're not ready to invest in paid advertising? There has to be another option, right?

    The good news is that there is another option. In fact, there are a couple of ways that marketers can leverage LinkedIn's platform for content distribution without having to pay for it.

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    Hillary Clinton Is Borrowing Marketing Tactics From Taylor Swift (And It's Working)

    By Lindsay Kolowich

    What do Taylor Swift and Hillary Clinton have in common?

    They've both been on the cover of Vogue. They both made TIME's "100 Most Influential People" list. Oh, and they're both taking pages from the same marketing playbook.

    Over the past several months, Hillary Clinton's team has been taking note of Taylor Swift's marketing tactics for her own presidential campaign promotions.

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    How to Create Facebook Video Ads

    By Anton Eliasson

    During the last year, Facebook has emerged as a real contender for the online video platform throne. In wake of several new video features being introduced and a heavy video focus from Mark Zuckerberg, the social media giant has quadrupled its video views over the last year.

    Facebook’s increased focus on video isn’t only because users like to watch it (although they clearly do) -- it's also because more marketers are shifting their budgets from TV to mobile video. 

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    Facebook Changes the News Feed Again: Users Can Now Get Updates From Certain Friends & Brands First

    By Lindsay Kolowich

    This morning, Facebook announced three updates to users' News Feed preferences that give users more control over the content they see in their News Feeds. These updates are available today on iOS and will be rolling out on Android and desktop over the next few weeks.

    This is part of their continued effort to show Facebook users the stories that matter most to them. To do this, Facebook ranks stories based on how interesting they think the stories are to users -- all based on whom users interact with and which kinds of content they Like and comment on.

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    19 Essential Tips for an Engaging Facebook Business Page

    By Ginny Soskey

    So you've decided to set up a Facebook Page for your company -- or maybe you just want to make the most of your existing one. Well, considering Facebook is home to more than 1.4 billion monthly active users, you're making a smart move.

    But if you think you can just slap together a Facebook Page and expect the leads and customers to roll right in, you've got another thing coming. The chances of actually generating leads and customers from Facebook are pretty slim if you're not creating a Facebook Page with the potential to get noticed, Liked, and engaged with.

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    What the Best Social Media Community Managers Actually Do in Their Jobs

    By Lindsay Kolowich

    Searching for someone to run your social media efforts can be both an eye-opening and frustrating experience. It might seem that, of the applicants who can boast any goal or metric from their job, the one thing they point to doing is "driving engagement." While engagement metrics can be tied back to a business' bottom line, more often than not, social media marketers aren't moving the metrics CEOs care about.

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    In Case of Emergency: How to Create & Launch a Content Marketing Campaign in 5 Hours

    By Erik Devaney

    In marketing, as in life, situations will inevitably arise that require a certain amount of scrappiness. And a spur-of-the-moment, quick-turnaround-required content push -- while not ideal -- is a situation you ultimately might end up facing.

    Maybe it’s the end of the month, and your boss is freaking out. “We need more leads!” is the battle cry. ”And we need you, [your name], to create and promote some new content pronto so we can generate those leads!"

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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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    5 Online Marketing Tips Every Financial Advisor Should Know

    By Julie Edge

    According to a study by Hearts and Wallets, there is a significant gap in trust between consumers and financial institutions. 

    In fact, only one in five investors reported that they actually trust their financial advisor. 

    While it's easy for personality and passion to get lost in financial jargon and disclaimers, it's clear that advisors need to refocus their approach if they want to attract and keep clients.

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    5 Quick Tips for Getting High-Quality LinkedIn Recommendations [+ Email Template]

    By Emma Snider

    This post originally appeared on HubSpot's Sales Blog. To read more content like this, subscribe to Sales.

    It's hard to underemphasize the power of referrals in business today. According to a PeopleMetrics study, 78% of B2B prospects kick off their buying processes by asking for network referrals. With this in mind, businesses should strive to get referred to new potential customers before reaching out.  

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    Which Social Network Should You Advertise On?

    By Olivia Allen

    Social media advertising is a great tactic to use to supplement your other inbound marketing efforts. That said, each comes with its own strengths and weaknesses, and acknowledging these can help you put out the most suitable, engaging content possible.

    Social media has become a cornerstone of marketing strategy; it doesn’t matter what industry you’re in, social media is a tool you should be using everyday to interact with consumers.

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    13 Things NOT to Do on Facebook

    By Lindsay Kolowich

    These days, most businesses have gotten the hint that they need to have a presence on Facebook. Searching for a business on Facebook and seeing they don't have a Facebook Page garners the same reaction from users as searching for a business on Google and seeing they don't have a website: You just don't look legit.

    But once you've created that business page, navigating the waters of building a Facebook presence is another matter entirely.

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    20 Brilliant Twitter Cover Photo Examples From Real Brands

    By Carly Stec

    What do you think to yourself when you see someone's Twitter avatar is the default image of an egg?

    Chances are, you probably assume they are either inactive, a fake account, or someone not worth following. While almost all businesses understand that the egghead approach isn't doing them any justice, they often fail to understand that a plain, flat Twitter cover photo can be equally as off-putting to potential followers.

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    Why Pinterest’s Buy Button Could Dominate Social Media Commerce

    By Morgan Jacobson

    Sure, Facebook and Twitter boast more active users than Pinterest, but at 70 million monthly users, the pinning platform is nothing to sniff at. These two social media giants have already introduced their own versions of a buy button in order to speed ecommerce along for brands and buyers. Now Pinterest has made the announcement that they’ll add their own buy button to the mix.

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    10 Tips for Getting Long-Term Traffic to Your Content

    By Sujan Patel

    Most of us publish blog posts the same way. We spend tons of time writing posts and optimizing them for search and social media. We then hit publish. We'll excitedly watch as we see a burst of new traffic to our site ... then get disappointed as we see the post's popularity peter off. 

    It stinks, right? 

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    Don't Worry About Facebook Instant Articles: Here's Why They're Actually a Good Thing

    By Joe Chernov

    Last week, Facebook made a big announcement: the release of their new Instant Articles feature. It allows publishers to create and distribute mixed-media articles in a self-contained Facebook "capsule," while promising mobile app users a more visually interesting reading experience that loads significantly faster that articles have previously.

    In response, my HubSpot colleague Kipp Bodnar wrote a blog post concluding that Instant Articles is bad for marketers. But I think he's missing the point.

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    How to Create a Social Media Crisis Management Plan [Free Template]

    By Brittany Leaning

    Social media community managers and public relations professionals have to deal with little problems every single day. These could include nasty comments, unhappy customers, delivery issues, or a marketing faux pas -- all problems that arise frequently and deserve reasonable and empathetic responses. 

    There are times when they also have to deal with real crises, such as gun terror, natural disasters, and white collar crime.

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    11 Examples of Facebook Ads That Actually Work (And Why)

    By Amanda Sibley

    As a marketer, you know by now that most (if not all) of your potential customers are likely a part of Facebook's massive community. There are 890 million people signing into Facebook every single day. So, whether your target audience is college students or CEOs, they're probably using Facebook -- and some of them are using it daily.

    The trouble is, posting on Facebook alone isn't enough anymore for most brands, especially for those just starting out.

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    Social Media for Finance Marketers: 3 Steps to Getting Started

    By Andrea Francis

    When we think of marketers, we often think of using social media to promote content and engage with consumers online. But this isn't the reality for all marketers (even though it should be).

    When you're working within the highly regulated finance industry, there can be legal implications for companies that are seen as being "over-promotional" on social networks like Twitter and Facebook.

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    How to Use Pinterest to Generate Revenue [Infographic]

    By Carly Stec

    Home to countless cookie recipes, laughable memes, and perfect last-minute gift ideas, there's certainly already a lot to love about Pinterest.

    But what if we told you that the content sharing service had even more to offer?

    The simple truth is this: Amidst the ab workouts and IKEA furniture hacks, there lies a huge opportunity for businesses to use Pinterest to drive revenue.

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    A Beginner's Guide to Publishing on LinkedIn Pulse

    By Carly Stec

    Try as I may, I'll never be able to recreate my mother's tomato sauce recipe.

    It's a science; a tried-and-tested formula that took her years to master. (Time well spent, if you ask me.)

    But the great thing about formulas is that they provide us with a starting point -- a list of the elements we need to produce an intended outcome.

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