- 15 Dec
Dan Hoff Marketing Receives 2018 “Best of Award”
BELLINGHAM December 5, 2018
Dan Hoff Marketing has been selected for the 2018 Best of Bellingham Award. They have received this recognition in the Marketing Consultants category by the Bellingham Award Program.
Bellingham Award Program Honors Achievement
Each year, the Bellingham Award Program identifies companies that have achieved exceptional success in their local community and business category. And these are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. Plus, these exceptional companies help make the Bellingham area a great place to live, work and play.
About Bellingham Award Program
The Bellingham Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Bellingham area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
The Bellingham Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.
SOURCE: Bellingham Award Program
- 13 Dec
What Is an SRT File, & Why Is It So Important for Video?
Nowadays, subtitles are becoming increasingly common. That’s particularly true as businesses expand their marketing efforts. And when they aim to reach a broader, global market. Additionally, subtitles are often necessary to ensure your video and audio files are as inclusive as possible.
Fortunately, there’s an easy solution to adding subtitles to video — an SRT file. And to ensure your videos are inclusive and easily digestible for any audience, it’s critical you include an option to watch with subtitles.
So how can you do that? Here, we’ll explain what an SRT file is, and how to create and edit one for your marketing videos moving forward at HubSpot.com
- 04 Dec
New Report: Content Strategies for Better SEO
Content marketing is no longer the shiny new object. Those who have caught on are no longer asking “should we do this”. Rather, they are asking “how do we really dig in and get results?”
It seems that content marketing has matured. And the one most convincing pieces of evidence of this maturation comes from a report [download available] just released by the Content Marketing Institute. In cooperation with MarketingProfs, they surveyed a broad range of B2B content marketers across the United States.
In the 2018 results, and the insights they provide, offer some key characteristics of the more successful marketers. To see what they are read on and consider how your organization stacks up against your peers.
- 01 Dec
B2B Content: To Gate or Not to Gate, That is the Question
Everyone wants to build their lead databases and prove the value of their marketing automation programs. Gated content is one way to do that. But B2B marketers need to resist the urge to gate everything.
You Want Leads and That Means Contact Information
However, trying to grab someone’s information too quickly is a move that will fail. At that point in their process, the perceived value of what you’re offering in return doesn’t seem greater than the perceived pain of sharing their email address. Early in the purchase consideration process, prospects aren’t yet looking for a product. They have a challenge to solve. They need ideas, information, data and they’re looking for a solution.
So, where’s that balance point? To Gate or Not to Gate, That is the Question. And to find answers, read the full article at Chief Marketer.
- 29 Nov
How to Use YouTube Videos to Improve Your Google Ranking
by Elliot Chan
Blogging is not what it was 10 years ago. Just getting a blog post to rank in Google has become increasingly difficult. And if you are blogging and merely hoping that your posts will rank, you are likely going to be disappointed.
Change is in the Wind. And Online
The game is changing. But creating videos can afford you an opportunity to rise above all the boring, anonymous, no-personality content “noise” out there.
So, to learn how you can start optimizing your YouTube videos for Google ranking, read the full article on MarketingProfs.com
- 28 Nov
How Marketers Can Generate Their Own First-Party Intent Data
For B2B sales, wouldn’t it be valuable to understand when your prospects intended to make a purchase? This is the essence of the use of “intent data”. It is an actionably data set that enables B2B marketing and sales to understand what new leads and current prospects want.
Your Customer- Intent Crystal Ball
The value of this data is that it indicates what to serve as the most optimal content, message, or product across channels. And it gives an indication of where they are in their own buyer journey. And how ready they may be to buy.
Now, most of that type of data is readily available from third-party providers. And it is available for purchase. This third-party customer-intent data is helpful, but the best way to ensure you have the most accurate, useful intent data is to collect website-visitor data yourself. Here’s how to do that at MarketingProfs.com
- 27 Nov
How to Beat the 8-Second Attention Span Plague
by Al Gomez
Holding your audience’s attention in the digital world has grown increasingly difficult. And if you’re having a hard time keeping your audience engaged in your site, you’re not alone. Users leave web pages in a span of 10 to 20 seconds.
That Means Clearly Communicate Your Value Proposition in Under 10 Seconds
You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to figure this out. That amount of time is not nearly adequate to convince them to use your services. And, as a content marketer, how will you hold your audience’s attention long enough for you to convince them? And if you don’t hook them in, in that time-frame, you’ve lost the lead.
Here are 7 tips you need to optimize your content for the eight-second attention-span problem everybody’s having at Jeff Bullas’ Blog.
- 06 Nov
B2B Email Newsletters: Format, Length, and Frequency Trends
by Ayaz Nanji
Thinking of developing a newsletter? Then you may need answers to some key questions.
Questions. Questions. So Many Questions.
First, what is the most popular B2B email newsletter format? How many messages do marketers send each month? Whom do newsletters come from? How long are they?
To find out, Find A Way Media examined 78 marketing email newsletters [download available] sent by B2B companies that operate in a range of different verticals. The researchers analyzed messages sent by the firms over a three-month period to determine format, length, sender, and frequency trends.
The researchers identified four common B2B newsletter formats and to see what they are and how they work, read the full article at MarketingProfs
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- 31 Oct
The AIDA Model: A Proven Framework for Converting Strangers Into Customers
by Clifford Chi
In 1898, Elias St. Elmo Lewis anonymously wrote a column about three advertising principles he found useful throughout his career. Through the years this model matured to become a standard that typically expressed as the acronym, AIDA. And is widely used in the advertising industry. In the digital age, brands have even based their entire marketing strategy on the AIDA model.
But, What is The AIDA Model?
The AIDA model describes the four stages a consumer needs to go through to become a customer. The stages are Attention, Interest, Desire, and Action (AIDA). And during these four stages, your content will ideally attract attention to your brand, generate interest in your product or service. And, even go so far as to stimulate a desire for it, and spur action to try or buy it.
As Proven Formula, it Can Guide Your Content Creation
The AIDA model is a sturdy framework for guiding your audience through the buyer’s journey and spurring them to act. And if you apply it to your content marketing, you’ll be leveraging a proven formula that can consistently engage, persuade, and convert an audience into customers. So to learn how, read the full article at HubSpot.com
- 29 Oct
The Insider’s Guide to Strategic B2B Webinar Campaigns
by Rohan Ayyar
Webinars have been increasingly used as an interactive, visual form of content marketing, for both educational and promotional. In fact, about 60% of B2B marketing teams make webinars a key part of their content strategy.
Just Because “Simply Everyone” Does it Doesn’t Mean it Works
However, just because something is popular doesn’t mean it’s working. Current engagement rates for most webinar watchers are pitifully low. In fact, dipping to 15% in some cases.
But capturing their attention is essential for growing conversion rates. After all, an unengaged audience is not likely to convert into customers. So, here are a few strategic B2B webinar pointers on how to do that at TargetMarketingMag.com
- 26 Oct
6 Tips for Writing Compelling Bullet Points
by Clifford Chi
Bullet points are arguably the most versatile tool in a writer’s arsenal. They break up your writing, making it easier to digest. And by drawing more attention to your ideas, they can also inspire action.
Whether you’re writing landing page copy that aims to convert visitors into contacts, or a work report that aims to persuade your team lead to pursue your proposed strategy, crafting compelling bullet points is crucial for making your ideas easier to understand and encouraging your desired action.
Here are six ways you can do that at HubSpot.com
- 24 Oct
How to Craft Irresistible Clickbait Titles That Drive Big Traffic
from Jeffbullas’s Blog
Coming up with the title for a blog post or article may seem like the easiest part, but don’t underestimate its importance. After all, your title has the biggest effect on whether or not someone clicks on your article, whether it be in search engines, social media, an email campaign, or some other channel for content distribution.
That’s Why the Title of Your Content so Important
Bear in mind that for every article you create there are likely dozens, if not more, of other articles online that have been created on a similar topic. All of these articles are competing for clicks, search rankings, and the attention of your prospects. And the only way to ensure that your own content stands out and brings in lots of traffic is to write a title that is both engaging, enticing and alluring. That’s a clickbait title.
And if you want to start to make your titles more “clickable” then here are a few tips that will help you craft good clickbait titles for your articles, pages, and blog posts on Jeffbullas’s Blog.
- 20 Oct
How to Create a Video Marketing Strategy
Before you add video to your marketing arsenal, you need a strategy that goes beyond simply creating and uploading videos. Your video strategy should address why you’re making them, for whom you’re making them, and how they will help you reach your goals.
Your Strategy is The Road, Not the Destination
Your strategy will evolve over time, so it’s not crucial to get it perfect at the onset. What you do need is enough of a framework to get started in the right direction. Then it will begin to have purpose and not just be another tactic.
Here are five steps to help ensure your video marketing strategy is purposeful at MarketingProfs.com
- 16 Oct
12 Proven Content Promotion Strategies To Get More Traffic
In their 2018 research, the Content Marketing Institute found that 37% of brands plan to increase their content marketing spending. And, small businesses continue to invest heavily in content marketing.
As a Result, Content Marketing has Seen an Exponential Growth
However even with all this content, most still sits in the deep corners of the internet. And most goes unnoticed. As an example, Ahrefs found that 91% of content doesn’t get any organic traffic from Google.
No Need to Get Disheartened Though
Instead, you need to create a fail-proof content distribution strategy that ensures visibility for every piece you publish. But how? Where to start? Let’s look at how to create a distribution strategy from scratch on Jeffbullas’s Blog.
- 12 Oct
Here’s How Listeners Discover New Podcasts
from Marketing Charts
The podcast audience is growing, and people are becoming heavier listeners over time. A new study from Westwood One [download page] breaks down the primary ways by which weekly listeners discover new podcasts, revealing that social media is the top source overall.
Indeed, it seems that 6 in 10 weekly listeners reported learning about new podcasts through social media. This even edges word-of-mouth as the top method of podcast discovery among weekly listeners.
To see more of the data and insights, read the full article at MarketingCharts.com
- 10 Oct
10 Great Examples of Welcome Emails to Inspire Your Own Strategy
by Erik Devaney
We’ve all heard it before. How important it is for you to make a good first impression. And, as it turns out, the “make a good first impression” principle holds true not only in face-to-face encounters. But it holds in email interactions as well.
Your Second Chance for a Good First Impression
A welcome email is the first impression a company makes with a new customer, blog subscriber, or newsletter subscriber via email. Welcome emails can deliver videos, special offers, a sign-up form, or just a friendly hello to establish a relationship with a new contact.
When you send a welcome email to a new blog or newsletter subscriber, or to a new customer, you’re making a first impression on behalf of your brand. So, to help ensure you’re making the best first impression possible, the people at HubSpot rounded up some examples of standout welcome emails from brands big and small at HubSpot.com
- 09 Oct
The Business and Industry Content Preferences of C-Suite Executives
by Ayaz Nanji
We know that content marketing works. But in order to get to the point where our content drives engagement, it all depends upon the big “IF”. That is, if the key decision maker in the c-suite actually is drawn to interact with or read that content.
So, a simple question would be, “what types of content do they want? How do they like to receive that content? And, What are their preferences?”
It seems that Greentarget, a strategic public relations firm focused exclusively on business-to-business organizations, wondered this as well. And, so they ran a study based upon data from a survey of more than 100 C-level executives who are responsible for the purchase of professional services for their firm to find the answers to these questions.
First of all, they found that senior executives rely heavily on email and traditional media for their content. And they are most interested in content that delivers useful insights. In other words, the content they prefer has intrinsic value to the.
To see more of the data and insights from this report, read the full article at MarketingProfs.com
- 06 Oct
Publishers: Don’t Just Focus on Platform Traffic
from Marketing Charts
Earlier reports indicated that Google has taken the lead over Facebook as a referral traffic source to online articles. But, recent data from Parse.ly [see original data]indicates that publishers shouldn’t focus solely on search and social.
Surprisingly, the study indicated that search and social media combine for just under half of traffic to articles. And while that is impressive, it also means that owned and operated channels provide slightly more than half of traffic.
So, what was the single most prominent way that readers find articles, besides search? To learn what it was, read the full article at MarketingCharts.com.
- 03 Oct
How to Create Personalized Marketing Quizzes To Boost Your Digital Growth Objectives
It’s no longer news: a quiz is a type of content. And not only that, it is a form of content that has proven to work.
Want to Shake Things up a Bit? Try Using a Quiz
But apart from adding variety to your content, there’s some data behind why a quiz is a valuable type of content. Consider the fact that a quiz can get as high as a 64% conversion rate. And that quizzes generally have an 81% completion rate.
Quizzes will not fix all your marketing problems. But the good news is, it’s easy to create and wow your audience with quizzes. There are just few things to do right and to learn what they are and how you can create killer quizzes that work for you, read the full article on Jeff Bullas’s Blog.
- 02 Oct
The Most Effective Lead Nurturing Tactics
by Ayaz Nanji
It seems that email and content marketing are still considered the most effective tactics for driving prospects through the sales pipeline. And they are considered the top tools to drive those leads toward conversion/revenue. And that is by a wide margin as well.
The report was based on data from a survey conducted in July 2018 among 229 marketing influencers. And to see the data and to download a copy of the original report, read the full article at MarketingProfs.com
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