Wherever there are low conversion rates, you will find them. Wherever visitors are suffering through broken links and ineffective call-to-actions, they will be there. Wherever visitor and customer satisfaction is threatened, you will find… The three (conversion) amigos! (My apologies to the true three amigos - Dusty Bottoms, Ned Nederlander, and Lucky Day of the 1986 classic, “¡Three Amigos!”)
This year, I learned how to drink from a marketing firehose. In January, I took on the role of Vice President of Marketing for IMPACT, and with it, assumed management of a six-person team and ownership of the company’s marketing objectives. This was brand new to the organization, and prior to January, the team didn’t really exist. Instead, we had a couple of fantastic marketers who worked directly with the company’s founder and CEO to carry out his vision. This approach worked well in IMPACT’s early years, and took the company from scrappy startup to the 50-person agency named HubSpot’s North American Partner Agency of the Year in 2017. However, like most growing companies, what got us from zero to 50 is not what will take us to the next level.
There’s a lot at stake during a new employee’s first week of work. Just imagine your first day. It’s exciting, but also scary. You arrive full of optimism and eagerness to get started. Then, you walk in the door and the next moment can go two ways: You can wander around inside of a building you’re totally unfamiliar with, searching for someone who can help tell you where to go. You’re greeted by someone awaiting your arrival, who guides you to a tidy desk complete with a beautiful new employee kit and a welcome sign on it.
Agencies are entering a problematic era. The client-agency relationship is showing signs of crumbling. In fact, the number of agencies reporting improved client relationships fell from 70% to 53% over the course of one year, according to a Forrester/SoDA study.
It’s official: producing video content has become a matter of “when” not “if,” for marketers. And if you’re marketing for a business or at an agency, that “when” should be ASAP -- if not last week. Seriously. When we look at why video content dominates, the stats speak for themselves.
The digital marketing landscape is constantly changing; so much so, a strategy you learn today might be totally irrelevant tomorrow.
Not all company swag is created equal. It may seem like an obvious statement, but there are thousands of offices all over the world that are putting up with sub-par swag, usually only because whoever is ordering it doesn’t know any better. There’s a huge difference between being thoughtful with your company swag items and just throwing your company logo on the cheapest thing you can find, and the benefits of doing the former go way beyond what you might think. Both internally at your company and externally, when you’re thoughtful with what you put your brand on, it’s going to pay off.
Google Analytics is a staple for websites, but ol’ reliable just isn’t what she used to be. Most – if not all – businesses depend on it on some regular basis to understand how their websites are doing. Is traffic up today? How many visitors are bouncing? It’s popular, handy, filled with data, and free to use --but today’s websites require more insight than just what Google Analytics can muster.