Inbound Marketing Age

Sitting comfortably? How to create content that really connects

Written by Nicola Risi  |  14, January, 2019  |  0 Comments  Subscribe

I can’t stand reading my old blogs.

I'd go around the houses about five times before saying anything concrete. I used vocabulary I wasn’t totally comfortable with. And I always seemed to think more was ...more. More words, more examples, more regurgitations of the same ideas.

Of course, that’s reflected in the stats.

Even if traffic was high, nobody was hanging around long enough to extract any value from my posts.

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Why your professional services firm needs a pillar page

Written by Katie Hughes  |  11, January, 2019  |  0 Comments  Subscribe

Professional services firms using a content marketing strategy will traditionally have written blog posts to rank for specific, individual keywords that relate to their business.

But with people now searching using longer, more complex terms, search engines now favour topic-based content. And this means that professional services firms need to take a smarter approach to their content marketing strategy.

The solution?

Pillar pages.

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How to pump up video engagement rates

Written by Maddy Bogacki  |  10, January, 2019  |  0 Comments  Subscribe

Marketers strive for healthy organic reach. And when it comes to video marketing campaigns, this is heavily effected by engagement rates.

On social media platforms, like Facebook for example, news feeds are designed to favour content from people or brands that users have previously engaged with.

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8 ways to blog better in 2019

Written by Keith Errington  |  8, January, 2019  |  0 Comments  Subscribe

So, I am making my New Year resolutions again, and one that I keep adding in is to blog smarter – blog better. It’s a great goal I’m sure you’ll agree, but where do we start?

What is the best practice? What works and what doesn’t work? If only someone published some useful stats that we could use? Oh, hang on…

 Well, wouldn’t you know it, Orbit Media Studios have published their 2018 survey of blogging statistics and trends – how helpful is that? (Check out the link for the full research).

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Social Media 2019: what are the trends?

Written by Maddy Bogacki  |  7, January, 2019  |  0 Comments  Subscribe

As a B2B marketer, you already have a strategy in place when it comes to social media - you may even have established a social media policy for your workplace. But the goalposts are always changing.

So what challenges will 2019 bring?

New opportunities

Last year there were several announcements that promised to affect social media marketing in 2019, for example:

  • LinkedIn Dynamic Ads will enable you to personalise the content in paid ads and automate individualised campaigns at scale. 66% of B2B marketers used paid methods to distribute content in 2018, so this development is sure to make waves.
  • Snapchat announced a partnership with Amazon to offer a "visual search" shopping experience directly from the Snapchat app. There are likely to be improvements in image recognition technologies that will open up the potential for multimedia search. This will shake up SEO tactics.
  • Twitter brought back the chronological News Feed format.
  • Pantone revealed the colour of the year: Living Coral. Visual media trends continue to favour the bright, cheerful, pale and pure.

And that's not all.

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Content marketing success factors in 2019

Written by Nicola Risi  |  4, January, 2019  |  0 Comments  Subscribe

Whether you have an inbound strategy or not, I think it's fair to assume that  staying competitive, profitable and on top of search engine results pages (SERPs) is a priority for most businesses.

But that requires you to constantly have your finger on the pulse - algorithm updates, ranking factors and changes in your readers’ behaviour will all influence not just a content marketing strategy, but a marketing strategy full stop.

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Why measuring your marketing ROI is important

Written by Keith Errington  |  20, December, 2018  |  0 Comments  Subscribe

You’ve spent hours producing content, publishing it and promoting it and now you have to measure its impact and prove Return On Investment (ROI) to the board as well? Isn’t just publishing it enough?

In a word, no.

If you can’t prove your marketing is working, then you are putting effort in for nothing.

  • How do you know it is useful?
  • How do you know it is the best you can do?
  • How do you know your efforts are not making things worse even?

So measuring is essential.

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The Unfortunate Truth About AI in Marketing

Written by Keith Errington  |  19, December, 2018  |  0 Comments  Subscribe

Everything you know about Artificial Intelligence in marketing is wrong… probably.

I say probably, because unless you have made a study of the subject then you probably won’t realise that the hype around AI for marketing is the modern equivalent of selling snake oil.

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How to build trust in professional services marketing

Written by Katie Hughes  |  13, December, 2018  |  0 Comments  Subscribe

In professional services marketingbuilding trust with your prospects is key. You're selling a relationship - and the most important thing, in any relationship, is trust.

With that in mind, it’s no coincidence that many professional services firms traditionally won their business through referrals and word of mouth. But, in the digital world, we have to build trust differently. We have to work harder to earn it.

This is why many professional services firms today have adopted a content marketing approach. By providing your target audience with interesting, educative, and helpful content, you can position your company as a trusted source of authority and as the ‘go-to-guys’ in your field.

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Image alt-text: the good the bad and the ugly

Written by Maddy Bogacki  |  12, December, 2018  |  0 Comments  Subscribe

Images are a key component for almost every website, in fact it’s hard to find a page online that doesn’t contain at least one. 

For this reason, image optimisation plays a vital role in website housekeeping. Optimising your images helps them to rank higher on SERPs, makes them more voice search friendly, funnels traffic to your page and ultimately improves UX.

With that in mind, alt-text is one of the most obvious places to start.

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Why marketing needs to be done by humans not bots

Written by Keith Errington  |  7, December, 2018  |  0 Comments  Subscribe

This year there has been a lot of talk about marketing automation, programmatic marketing and artificial intelligence, with promises of streamlining the marketing process and making it all more efficient.

With robots replacing jobs in manufacturing and with automated machines at the checkout and selling tickets at railway stations, with driverless cars on the horizon, and with chatbots being used to handle customer support, how worried should we be about our future as a human being working in marketing?

Let’s look at four critical factors.

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