When it comes to getting the word out about your business, nothing beats word of mouth. Customers want to buy products and services from people they trust, and having a friend recommend your business is the next best thing to knowing you personally. One way to capture the spirit of word-of-mouth advertising is to present customer testimonials on your website, social media, and print materials, showcasing reviews from people who enthusiastically recommend you.Read More
Articles by Drew Hendricks
In the world of modern lead generation, there are few things more frustrating than having a website that is not generating the leads you’re expecting it to. You’ve been told time and time again that websites are the easiest, most cost-effective, and quickest ways to generate leads, so what are you supposed to do when […]Read More
In an era when products are ordered with the click of a mouse button, customers still crave the in-person experience. There’s no substitute for being able to try a product, whether it’s at an event specifically dedicated to brand immersion or an engaging experience as part of a larger event, like a trade show or […]Read More
There’s no denying that most sales teams have a messy (at best) approach for managing subscriptions. However, subscriptions are the bread and butter of many sales teams—even though they’re often taken for granted. Once you get a subscription from a customer, it’s easy to count on that regular income. You might even get a few subscriptions […]Read More
Outsiders typically view employer-sponsored wellness programs as a chance to reduce healthcare costs. Yet, their true values go well beyond lowered premiums. In essence, the addition of a gym, organized outings or nutritious snacks at an office can mean all of the difference in a business’s performance. Encouraging improved health practices amongst employees can result […]Read More
Long gone are the Mad Men days of suits on Madison Avenue drumming up the next big campaign in between scotch and womanizing. The rules that applied to traditional print advertising didn’t seamlessly transition to the online arena, but some of them have transformed and become staples in today’s Digital Era. There are still some […]Read More
Search engine optimization (SEO) is still one of the best ways to reach customers, regardless of a business’s target customer base. With 69 percent of customers researching online before making a purchase, it’s essential that your site show prominently in search engine rankings when consumers are looking for information. But Google’s evolving algorithms can make […]Read More
Once you develop your company into a viable business from an idea, the next thing to do is to start figuring out how to expand it into something bigger. While you may see your business making more money you might not be sure of what steps you’ll need to take and in what order to […]Read More
If you’re not mobile ready, you need to get there fast. Last year, it became official: North Americans are using their mobile device more than any other device. That means having a mobile ready business isn’t an option, but a requirement. However, “mobile readiness” can mean a lot of things. It falls under the umbrella […]Read More
Even with all of the technology we have in place today, meetings are still an inescapable part of office life. Some businesses have used email and collaboration tools to reduce the need to gather in a conference room on a regular basis. However, team members still feel that their bosses meet too often, with professionals […]Read More
If you aren’t including your own customers in your content marketing efforts, you may feel as though your blog posts, articles, and social media updates are missing something crucial. Whether you tailor content to the stated interests of your most loyal customers or you poll your customers and use the information in your posts, that […]Read More
Business owners participate in incubators and entrepreneurial studios to get support for their startups. By simply being part of one of these programs, they gain access to resources not normally available to startup founders. Incubators exist to bring great minds together, but without the advisors they need to mentor and nurture their members, these organizations […]Read More
You may be skeptical, but businesses should still be using email marketing to win new customers and maintain relationships with current customers. Email may seem like an oversaturated communication channel today, but email campaigns still nurture leads, increase sales, and convert customers 3x more than social media. It’s a no brainer. Email marketing converts customers […]Read More
ROI is the preeminent measure of success for any business. The vital role ROI plays is indisputable as it provides concrete, measurable proof of the effectiveness of any marketing program against the cost of the program. Evaluating ROI can determine how budgets are allocated, how a business plan for an organization is developed and can […]Read More
More and more these days, people’s first impression of you and your business occurs online. Think about it: how often do you just go to a restaurant without first sweeping the internet, checking Yelp’s reviews and the restaurant’s site for the menu? It’s very rare that you’d just take a chance on the restaurant and […]Read More
Busy professionals seem to always feel that there aren’t enough hours in a day to get things done. It can be easy to put your content marketing efforts off until a day when you’ll have free time available to pursue them. While you’re procrastinating, your competitors are busy deploying a full-scale content marketing strategy that […]Read More
Business practices are always changing and updating themselves as different socio-economic, political, and technological climates wax and wane with the changing world, but there are some traditions we were sure would be around forever. A stable corporate hierarchy, a regular workweek, using celebrities to help us market products. (This seemed like convention that would be around forever; tried and true and time-tested.) However, the way things are going, it seems even the celebrity will be joining the pencil-skirted secretaries and prized corner offices of yore. It used to be that a person picked a profession, joined a company, worked 45 years in that same company, collected the gold watch, and then retired, played golf, and vacationed with the wife (it usually was the man who did this, remember) until they died. To make sure your business isn’t a cliché, or stuck in the past, consider these five business practices that have become obsolete– seemingly overnight.Read More
Content marketing — the use of blogs, social media, whitepapers, and webinars to attract and convert leads — has essentially replaced all other forms of lead acquisition. Sharp marketing leaders know that becoming a trusted advisor is essential to scalable sales; according to the 2015 State of Inbound (an annual marketing report published by Hubspot), the use of inbound tactics alone, independent of […]Read More
From aspiring developers struggling through their first Intro to CS class to industry pros implementing the latest refinements to Google search algorithms, all software engineers who are passionate about their craft have one thing in common: they spend significant amounts of time religiously reading software development blogs. While developers’ blogs of choice vary greatly according to level of expertise, niche of interest, sense of humor, and more, this common theme is no accident.
The software engineering industry evolves faster than any other industry, and its fixation on open sourcing new technologies has led to a near-daily flood of new technologies, libraries and updates. If you’ve encountered a tricky task, chances are someone else has already solved it, and has written an open sourced library to save you the time. For software engineers who need to improve their skills or stay on top of their game, it is critical to regularly stay abreast of the leading software engineering blogs, tech news aggregators, and columns. Whether you’re looking for high-level tutorials, news updates, tech lifestyle pieces, or something else, there is a blog out there to meet your needs.
Here are the top 10 software development blogs.Read More
On April 21, 2015, Google made a massive update to their SEO algorithm and was clear that they’d be handing out manual penalties to websites that didn’t abide by mobile best practices. Don’t panic just yet—Google doesn’t expect every website to run out and develop and app or otherwise become their “best” mobile ready self. In order to appease Google’s algorithm and avoid a penalty, consider these your new content marketing rules for a very mobile ready world (and marketing campaign).Read More
Obviously, one of the best ways to stay exciting is to look to what’s new—read up on industry news, check out your competitors’ blogs, and listen to what your customers are talking about, and use that information to generate some fresh, new material. However, this isn’t always possible. When it isn’t, you’ll have to look back at some of the older topics you’ve covered and find a way to present them as if they’re new—in a fresh, exciting way.
There are several strategies you can use to accomplish this.Read More
Editor’s Note: At Scoop.it, we’re strong advocates of the content hub and building a place for marketing content to live. Website and SEO expert Drew Hendricks has some answers to one of the more technical questions involved in creating a content hub: what type of hosting should I use?
Virtual hosting is one of the most common options people choose when buying hosting services. It is affordable and easy to use. If you use free hosting, you could be losing valuable sales. Spending the few bucks to upgrade to virtual hosting can really help you spike your sales as well as conversions. Read on to see how you could be missing out – and what you can do about it.Read More
Media richness is defined as a reduction of ambiguity. Whereas text can be misinterpreted, images and videos provide more concise delivery of information.
In an era when the average person skims content for the juiciest and most useful bits, companies have to say more with less and be very direct with content. Your web-using customer base prefers websites that specifically limit content length to six-second videos or 140-character posts, so your content should achieve brevity.Read More
Everyone knows that social media is the “it” thing to do nowadays: consumers,businesses, and marketing consultants are all reaping the rewards of social media involvement. But companies large and small are finding multitudes of other ways to engage customers socially, and drive traffic and convert leads into sales.Read More
When it comes to content marketing, businesses can easily lose their personality behind lackluster, “robotic” blogs and other web content. This can result in disengaged audiences, reduced thought leadership standing, and lower search engine ratings.
According to GetResponse blogger Marya Jan, creating quality content requires that you infuse the unique, mutual personality characteristics of businesses and their customers into whatever gets written.Read More
SEO has become a cornerstone in content marketing campaigns as businesses look to establish a presence on the Internet. However, SEO is about more than just making sure you have the appropriate keywords placed in landing pages and blog posts. Search engines are getting smarter – specifically Google – which is constantly trying to keep the playing field leveled with every new update.
Google’s goal is to ensure that Web surfers are getting quality results each time they submit a search query, and you need to keep these guidelines in mind to make sure your company site actually reaches your target audience. That being said, it helps to know how to optimize your SEO strategy to make sure that you’re always tapping into the potential of the Web. Here are eight tools you can use to enhance your current SEO plan.Read More
Curation is the key to consistently delivering relevant content to your target audience, but how does it impact SEO?Read More
Every day, there are more than 500 million tweets sent out onto Twitter. Approximately 30 billion pieces of content are shared on Facebook each month. On a social networking website that has loads of traffic, how do you attract attention?Read More
SEO may be one of the biggest buzzwords of the decade, but what is it and why does it matter? SEO, also known as Search Engine Optimization, has become a critical component to the way that companies do business on the Internet. This guide will help you understand the definition of SEO, why it matters and how you can measure it in terms of your own business.Read More
The Midwest is more than great BBQ and Tornado Alley. It’s a veritable pool of ingenious startups that are giving their coastal neighbors from New York to Silicon Valley a run for their money. From foodie startups to companies revolutionizing education, it’s crucial for investors and consumers alike to keep an eye on this surprising hot spot of entrepreneurship. Heading into 2014, here are five innovative Midwestern startups to watch.Read More