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Marketing / December 6, 2016 Google Is Shifting to a Mobile-First Index: What Marketers Need to Know to Prepare
Google Is Shifting to a Mobile-First Index: What Marketers Need to Know to Prepare

By Jeffrey Vocell

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We’re living in a mobile-first world. For most of us, that means from the moment you wake up in the morning, your phone becomes a part of your daily routine -- from silencing your alarm, to reviewing the daily news, to checking email, and so on.

And search engines are seeing the result of this trend: search queries on mobile have now surpassed desktop-based queries.

Now you may be thinking, my website is already mobile-friendly … so I’m set, right?

Sure, you are ready for mobile visitors, but your content may not be optimized for the new ... Read More

Marketing / December 5, 2016 How the Brain Processes Different Types of Content [Infographic]
How the Brain Processes Different Types of Content [Infographic]

By Sophia Bernazzani

Sometimes, the movie adaptation of a book is better than the book itself. Maybe it's the acting, maybe it's the special effects or the soundtrack, or maybe the story is simply better told on the big screen than in our imaginations.

The reason? Different stories are better told in different formats depending on the message they're trying to convey.

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Marketing / November 28, 2016 How to Write an Introduction: A Simplified Guide
How to Write an Introduction: A Simplified Guide

By Amanda Zantal-Wiener

Blink. Blink. Blink. It's the dreaded cursor-on-a-blank-screen experience that all writers -- amateur or professional, aspiring or experienced -- know and dread. And of all times for it to occur, it seems to plague us the most when trying to write an introduction.

I mean, you already have a blog post you want to write. Can't you just dive in and write it? Why all the pomp and circumstance with this dag-blasted introduction?

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Marketing / November 23, 2016 Instagram Launches Live Video & Ephemeral Messages: Here's What You Need to Know
Instagram Launches Live Video & Ephemeral Messages: Here's What You Need to Know

By Carly Stec

Some of the greatest discoveries of all time came to fruition at the intersection between two ideas. Think about it: Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, pajama jeans, and sporks ... just to name a few.

This week, Instagram proved the power of cross-pollinating ideas once more when it announced the addition of live video on Instagram Stories and disappearing photos and videos in Instagram Direct.

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Marketing / November 21, 2016 Why Data Is The Real MVP: 7 Examples of Data-Driven Storytelling by Leading Brands
Why Data Is The Real MVP: 7 Examples of Data-Driven Storytelling by Leading Brands

By Jacqueline Zenn

Data-driven content strategies are a hot marketing industry trend at the moment, but this is a trend that has some legs. After all, why not make all the data you gather from current and potential customers work for you?

You see, data is the real MVP of marketing: It can be used to measure the effectiveness of your campaigns, track the overall health of your brand, and (when used properly) it can help to spark new content ideas.

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Marketing / November 18, 2016 Grammar Police: 30 of the Most Common Grammatical Errors We All Need to Stop Making
Grammar Police: 30 of the Most Common Grammatical Errors We All Need to Stop Making

By Amanda Zantal-Wiener

Even after years of education, there are some things that some people still mess up. For me, it's algebra. For others, it's the laws of physics. And for many, it's grammar.

It's not easy. Words and phrases that sound fine in your head can look like gibberish when written down -- that is, if you even realize you made a mistake in the first place. It's easy for little grammar mistakes to slip by, especially when you're self-editing.

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Marketing / November 17, 2016 How to Experiment With Controversial Content (Without Alienating People)
How to Experiment With Controversial Content (Without Alienating People)

By Andrea Lehr

Content marketing continues to dominate as a key component of a successful marketing strategy, but to see strong results, you need to regularly produce content -- specifically content with a high-viral potential.

Most marketers would argue that no one can predict whether or not something will go viral, but a lot of these same individuals simply aren’t satisfied with run-of-the-mill results.

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Marketing / November 16, 2016 SEO Basics: The 6 Most Important Things Marketers Need to Know [Infographic]
SEO Basics: The 6 Most Important Things Marketers Need to Know [Infographic]

By Lindsay Kolowich

Search engine optimization (SEO) isn't all about focusing on keywords anymore. Search engines are getting smarter and better at understanding a searcher’s intent and how they can provide them with meaningful content.

Over the past few years, marketers have lived through everything from changes in search behavior (like the serious increase in mobile search queries) to search engine algorithm updates (like Google's rewarding more secure websites).

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Marketing / November 15, 2016 5 Ways You Can Use Visual Content to Increase Conversion Rates
5 Ways You Can Use Visual Content to Increase Conversion Rates

By Nichole Elizabeth DeMeré

I was ready to buy. My finger hovered over the “Add to Cart” button. But I still wasn’t sure.

While all the images on the site were professional and inspiring, not one of them was user-generated or showed an outfit on an average-sized human being. If I’m spending a couple hundred dollars on a dress, I want to know it will be flattering on my body (and I’m not a size zero -- who is?). That conversion didn’t happen. I’m shopping elsewhere.

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Marketing / November 14, 2016 12 Great Examples That Prove the Power of Repurposing Content
12 Great Examples That Prove the Power of Repurposing Content

By Aaron Agius

Stagnant organic traffic is the last thing you want to see when reviewing metrics, but it’s an issue that every marketer deals with at some point.

Those dips and plateaus in traffic can come from industry changes, how your audience digests content, the amount (and quality) of new content you’re producing, or how relevant your older content is.

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Marketing / November 14, 2016 How To Create Successful Content in Any Industry: Benchmarks Set by 342 Marketing Campaigns
How To Create Successful Content in Any Industry: Benchmarks Set by 342 Marketing Campaigns

By Ashley Carlisle

Even with all of the resources available for content strategy and amplification, we know there’s no magic formula for making content go viral. 

And while many businesses aren't trying to compete with celebrity gossip in the virality arena, they are looking for links and conversions to drive their goals forward. In other words, getting a lot of eyes on your content is key.

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Marketing / November 10, 2016 The Free Growth Tools I Recommend For Modern Businesses to Grow & Scale
The Free Growth Tools I Recommend For Modern Businesses to Grow & Scale

By Dharmesh Shah

If you're growing a company, chances are you're challenged with choosing the right tools to help you grow.

Both at HubSpot and at other businesses I've helped advise, I've seen marketing and sales teams experiment with all sorts of different tools they've hoped would drive growth. Some of these tools did help the team grow. Others slowed growth down or blocked it altogether.

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Marketing / November 9, 2016 Topics Over Keywords: A Simple Framework for More Effective Content Creation
Topics Over Keywords: A Simple Framework for More Effective Content Creation

By Matthew Barby

Content marketing has seen a lot of changes over the past few years, in particular around the way that marketers have gone about actually developing their content. A lot of this has come down to the rapidly evolving search engine landscape, as well as a huge shift in the way that people are discovering content.

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Marketing / November 7, 2016 20 Types of Lead Generation Content to Put Behind Your Landing Pages
20 Types of Lead Generation Content to Put Behind Your Landing Pages

By Lindsay Kolowich

What does being in a "content rut" mean to you?

Perhaps the words remind you of writer's block, when you couldn't think of fresh topic ideas. (We've all been there.) Or maybe it makes you think of those days, weeks, or even -- horror of horrors -- months when your content seems to be falling kind of flat.

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Marketing / November 4, 2016 How to Conduct Research for an Infographic: A Simple Step-by-Step Guide
How to Conduct Research for an Infographic: A Simple Step-by-Step Guide

By Sophia Bernazzani

They say a picture is worth 1,000 words. In reality, a picture is worth closer to 84.1 words depending on a variety of other factors, but let’s face it, that’s not as catchy.

The original point of the saying still stands, though: Images communicate information more effectively than text alone, and they’re best when working together.

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Marketing / November 1, 2016 How to Use Twitter Polls to Engage Your Audience: 13 Examples From Real Brands
How to Use Twitter Polls to Engage Your Audience: 13 Examples From Real Brands

By Bethany Cartwright

It’s been a year since Twitter polls became an option for users to engage, entertain, and survey their social media audience. And just recently we’ve found ourselves asking, “Are there any brands out there that are really using Twitter Polls well?

In the not-so ancient past, Twitter users used to tweet out makeshift polls and use likes, retweets, or replies to get their “results.”

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Marketing / November 1, 2016 How to Run Successful LinkedIn Ads [Free Two-Week Planner]
How to Run Successful LinkedIn Ads [Free Two-Week Planner]

By Bethany Cartwright

LinkedIn is the #1 social media platform for B2B content distribution. That makes it a key platform to generate leads, build professional relationships, and drive leads.

But it’s not enough to use LinkedIn just to build an organic following. If you want to effectively expand your content's reach and get it in front of the right eyes, you should be using LinkedIn's Sponsored Content feature.

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Marketing / October 31, 2016 20 of the Best Free Stock Photo Sites
20 of the Best Free Stock Photo Sites

By Carly Stec

We've all heard the mantra, "Don't settle for anything less than you deserve."

Yet for some strange reason, many people continue to push out cheap (and usually cheesy) stock photography to serve as a representation of their brand.

But the truth is, high-quality stock photos don't have to come hand-in-hand with a hassle or high price tag.

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Marketing / October 28, 2016 9 Lead Generation Mistakes Marketers Need to Stop Making
9 Lead Generation Mistakes Marketers Need to Stop Making

By Lindsay Kolowich

For many businesses, the key to making sales is to first generate leads.

Leads are valuable because they're the people who have indicated organic interest in your content and your business by giving you their information in some way, whether it's by filling out a form to download an ebook, completing an online survey, or something else.

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Marketing / October 28, 2016 8 Personalities to Look for When Assembling a Content Team
8 Personalities to Look for When Assembling a Content Team

By Anita Malik

Not having enough of the right people on your content team is a problem for many of today’s marketers. In fact, 38% of B2B marketers say HR and staffing issues are responsible for delayed success in content marketing, and 22% blame a lack of training and education.

Developing, executing, and measuring a content marketing plan can be difficult under the best of circumstances. But when you’re not adequately staffed, even the most well-conceived content marketing plan can struggle.

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Marketing / October 24, 2016 How to Defeat Your Most Dangerous Writing Habit: 7 Ways to Lift 'The Curse of Knowledge'
How to Defeat Your Most Dangerous Writing Habit: 7 Ways to Lift 'The Curse of Knowledge'

By Eddie Shleyner

When I was eight, I became stuck on a particularly tough Where’s Waldo scene. It was so difficult that I became convinced that Waldo -- the character I needed to find -- wasn’t in it at all. I began thinking the whole thing was a joke, full of red herrings.

And then I found him. And after that, I could never un-see him. And, strangely, whenever I saw a classmate struggling with that same difficult scene, I’d become frustrated, even angry.

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Marketing / October 12, 2016 14 of the Best Product Page Design Examples We've Ever Seen
14 of the Best Product Page Design Examples We've Ever Seen

By Lindsay Kolowich

If you look at how product pages take shape across different companies, it's clear that they run the gamut. Some go for the direct approach, displaying an image of a product and explaining why someone should buy it. Other companies create elaborate pages with moving parts and fancy coded elements.

Of course, some companies fare better than others at creating delightful product pages.

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Marketing / October 7, 2016 How to Detect, Repair & Profit From Underperforming Content
How to Detect, Repair & Profit From Underperforming Content

By Aaron Agius

As a marketer, you’re used to leveraging a variety of channels to promote your business, up to and including content marketing.

According to HubSpot's annual State of Inbound report, 60% of marketers reported "blog content creation" as one of their top priorities -- with interactive content creation (41%), long-form content creation (33%), and visual content creation (33%) not far behind.

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Marketing / September 28, 2016 17 of the Best Brands on Instagram Right Now
17 of the Best Brands on Instagram Right Now

By Lindsay Kolowich

For a while now, it's been clear that Instagram isn't just a social network for selfies and brunch pics. In fact, Instagram sees a whopping 500 million users -- a 25% increase in audience size over less than a year.

In a world where visual content remains a crucial part of any business' marketing strategy, Instagram presents a unique opportunity to visually represent your brand, celebrate its personality, and keep it top-of-mind for all those users who scroll through their Instagram feeds every single day.

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Marketing / September 27, 2016 10 Pieces of Content Your Audience Really Wants to See [New Data]
10 Pieces of Content Your Audience Really Wants to See [New Data]

By Sophia Bernazzani

Content marketing is constantly evolving, which is what we here on the HubSpot blogging team love about our jobs. It keeps things interesting. And while it’s easy to get caught up in experimenting with innovative content, it’s important that we pay close attention to how our readers are changing, too.

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Marketing / September 19, 2016 The Decentralized Content Marketing Playbook [Infographic]
The Decentralized Content Marketing Playbook [Infographic]

By Megan Conley

In the past, content marketing revolved around one thing: your blog. Marketers lived by the promise that if they wrote quality articles on their website's blog, traffic would come. And after decades of interruptive television commercials and dinnertime cold calling, it was a welcome change in the world of marketing and selling.

But, your website isn't as important as you think -- at least not on its own.

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Marketing / September 16, 2016 The Future of Marketing: WordStream's Founder & ClassPass' CMO on Where Things Are Headed
The Future of Marketing: WordStream's Founder & ClassPass' CMO on Where Things Are Headed

By Brittany Leaning

Inbound marketing is about matching the way you market and sell with the way people actually want to shop and buy. And after reading the 2016 State of Inbound report, it became clear that inbound was beginning to change at a pace more rapid than anything we've seen before.

New technologies were being introduced. Consumers' habits were evolving. Things were different.

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Marketing / September 13, 2016 A Brief Timeline of the History of Blogging
A Brief Timeline of the History of Blogging

By Amanda Zantal-Wiener

Greetings, readers. Welcome to the HubSpot Marketing Blog.

We’re very happy to have you here. You might not realize it, but getting here was no easy task. Today, in 2016, I blog for a living, which is pretty great. But were it not for the long, twisty journey that got blogging to its current state, I might not be here. You might not be reading this.

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Marketing / September 8, 2016 13 Examples of Super Skimmable Content
13 Examples of Super Skimmable Content

By Sophia Bernazzani

One of the barriers to getting your work read and widely shared in the age of information overload is time. With research revealing that 55% of pageviews are less than 15 seconds in duration, your content needs to provide value and pique interest quickly to align with your readers' behavior.

This doesn't mean that you should stop producing long-form content all together.

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Marketing / August 22, 2016 How to 'Un-Stock' Your Photography: 8 Examples That'll Change the Way You Choose Photos
How to 'Un-Stock' Your Photography: 8 Examples That'll Change the Way You Choose Photos

By Brada Barassi

With 46% of marketers reporting that photography is critical to their current marketing and storytelling strategies, it should come as no surprise that quality photos are in high demand.

Trouble is, most commercially available photos on the internet were taken to visualize broad overall concepts rather than concrete messages. That means they can be used in all sorts of campaigns ... but also end up looking generic.

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Marketing / August 17, 2016 12 Blogging Mistakes Most Beginner Bloggers Make
12 Blogging Mistakes Most Beginner Bloggers Make

By Lindsay Kolowich

Sometimes, when I tell people that I blog for a living, they roll their eyes. "That's so easy," they say. "You get a paycheck for sitting on the internet all day and writing. A monkey could do your job!"

That's when I roll my eyes. See, people are quick to deem blogging as a no-brainer job. But when they actually sit down to write their first couple of posts, it hits them: This is way harder than I thought.

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Marketing / August 15, 2016 9 Signs It's Time to Grow Your Content Team
9 Signs It's Time to Grow Your Content Team

By Matt Orlic

Growing traffic can be a bittersweet experience when you’re first starting out in content marketing. On one hand, you’re thrilled to see your posts gaining traction as incoming traffic and engagement climbs. On the other hand, your growing audience demands frequent content updates and they expect you to deliver good material.

You might be able to manage the content by yourself initially, or with the help of an in-house employee or freelancer.

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Marketing / August 10, 2016 5 Smart Reasons to Create Content Outside Your Niche
5 Smart Reasons to Create Content Outside Your Niche

By Larry Kim

Blogging can be a powerful way for you to build your personal brand and increase the visibility of your company within your industry. Ideally, both at the same time.

Your end goal, of course, is to become a top leading expert on the topics that matter to your niche. And when you're first starting out, committing to a niche is important. You must own and dominate it.

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Marketing / August 9, 2016 How to Write Better Headlines [Infographic]
How to Write Better Headlines [Infographic]

By Marina Barayeva

As much as we hate to admit it, sometimes the headline of your blog post can be even more important than the article itself.

Think about how many headlines you read every day while searching online or checking social media. What makes you actually click on the article and read it? Usually, it's the headline -- which is why it's so important to spend time coming up with a good one.

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Marketing / August 4, 2016 How to Use Instagram Stories: A Simple Guide for Marketers
How to Use Instagram Stories: A Simple Guide for Marketers

By Marissa Emanuele

On Tuesday, Instagram introduced Instagram Stories, a new feature with remarkable similarities to Snapchat.

Stories provides Instagram users with a place to share posts at a higher frequency. While Instagram photos are typically reserved for perfectly composed shots, Stories allows you to share the little moments that may not be as picture-perfect.

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Marketing / August 2, 2016 Typography Tutorial for Beginners: Everything You Need to Learn Typography Basics
Typography Tutorial for Beginners: Everything You Need to Learn Typography Basics

By Brittany Leaning

Like many of you, I'm a trained marketer and more of a "do-it-yourself" designer.

Sure, I read through The Marketer’s Crash Course in Visual Content Creation and learned some sweet PowerPoint and Photoshop tricks that have helped me a lot with my content marketing job. But I really wanted to take my design skills to the next level.

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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 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 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 / June 29, 2016 How to Stay on Top of Industry News & Trends: 35 Simple IFTTT Hacks to Try
How to Stay on Top of Industry News & Trends: 35 Simple IFTTT Hacks to Try

By Jane Stecyk

As marketers, we all face the same challenge: how do we stay on top of the news and trends that matter to our industry?

Our inboxes are overflowing. Our Twitter feeds never stop scrolling. Our bookmarks folder is stuffed to capacity. And yet, more than ever, our clients and coworkers depend on us to bring order to the chaos.

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Marketing / June 20, 2016 The Anatomy of a Search-Friendly URL [Infographic]
The Anatomy of a Search-Friendly URL [Infographic]

By Lindsay Kolowich

Before we publish anything on the HubSpot blog, we always take a minute to optimize its URL for both our readers and search engines. It's an SEO best practice that's withstood Google's many algorithm changes over the years.

While your URL structure isn't the be-all-end-all of your SEO efforts, using SEO-friendly URLs on your site can give you an edge over your competitors in search.

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