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5 Basics for Marketing on Snapchat

100 million. That’s just shy of the number of people that watch the Super Bowl every year. That’s also about one third of the total United States population. 100 million is approximately how many people use Snapchat every single day. Think that sounds like a lot? Now think about seven billion. That’s how many views […]

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10 Most Important Parts of a Homepage

The 10 Most Important Parts Of a Homepage

Your homepage: the front window of your business where you get to put what you do on display. The perfect setting to put your best foot forward. The first, and possibly only, impression on a potential customer or client. With so much at stake, you want to be as prepared as possible by leaving no […]

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How User Experience Affects Page Rank

This year marks a shift for what factors in on-page optimization are most affective for search engine rank. Some of the items have been closing in from a distance for a few years now, but 2015 has allowed them to take shape. Google (and Bing and Yahoo) are taking a more holistic approach to how […]

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Benefits of Outsourcing Your Social Media

Social media is beyond mainstream, and many businesses today realize the benefits the various communication platforms can provide to reaching their business goals. The reality though is that as social media becomes larger landscape and more sophisticated over time, succeeding in the social realm can be tough…and it might require some additional expertise. So, if […]

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Marketing vs. Digital Marketing

Marketing vs. Digital Marketing

A few weeks ago one of our clients asked us to comment on why they had not been able to cross the marketing/digital marketing divide on their own. Certainly a provocative question and one that really required some thought on our part. This particular client has a very productive marketing department delivering traditional marketing activity: conferences, […]

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Podcasts and the Art of Storytelling

Storytelling is the oldest and most effective method humans have to pass along knowledge. It’s how we’ve developed cultural values and passed history from generation to generation. We are wired to remember it. This is why learning how to tell your story is just as important as what it is you have to say. If your […]

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Keep Organized With These Small Business Marketing Extensions

Marketing for a small business can get hectic, time-consuming, and unorganized. Between the hundreds of accounts, sites, and content resources used everyday, it is easy to get overwhelmed. Luckily there are plenty of browser extensions that can be added to your web browser to help keep your efforts clutter-free. Here are some great extensions that the Shout […]

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Do Companies Really Need Social Media?

A few months ago my brother and I were out to dinner talking about work and the topic of social media came up. In the discussion he said, “Our company would never use social media because we don’t need it.” I stared at him for a few seconds… wheels turning, gears grinding, ready to give […]

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Website Woes: What Not to Do

Whether you’ve just launched your website, looking to redesign, or perfectly content with it’s current performance, it still requires continual maintenance and should evolve over time. Sometimes though, best intentions can actually be bad practices. We’ve compiled our list of website woes to guide you on what NOT to do. Colin Smith Don’t over-complicate your […]

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AdWords Certification Tips

Recently I had the pleasure of going through Google’s certification process for AdWords. I passed. However, it wasn’t the easiest thing in the world to do. It’s not that the material is hard to grasp or that the test itself is difficult. No, the main problem I found with the AdWords certification process is sifting […]

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Favorite Offline Marketing Tactics

While we may be in the business of digital marketing, we still believe in marketing methods offline. Combining a strong digital marketing strategy with your offline marketing efforts is the best way to have a cohesive strategy in obtaining new customers and communicating with existing ones. Here are a few of our favorite offline marketing […]

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Real-Time Marketing

Last week our team participated in HubSpot’s one-hour live blogging challenge. While I typically prefer to plan, there was something exciting about how spontaneous it felt to participate in a real-time blog challenge. It forced us to be creative in the moment, use quick thinking, and utilize great time management skills. It is also inline […]

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Content That Adds Real Value

As marketers and bloggers we try to keep up on all of the marketing articles floating out there for consumption. For a while it was really good, it was the golden age of marketing materials. But in our opinion, that time has past. And lately we just feel like the same crap is being circulated […]

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Building a Successful eCommerce Site – Part 3

In parts one and two of Building a Successful eCommerce site we talked about location and design, respectively. Those two aspects of eCommerce sites and brick and mortar stores are fundamental to success throughout the life of the business, but even if both those aspects are stellar the business may not succeed long enough to […]

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Digital Marketing Terms Defined

If you’re new to digital marketing, you may find yourself in a world full of unfamiliar acronyms and jargon. It can seem intimidating, confusing, and even exclusionary. But, most of the time it’s a way for marketers to communicate with each other in the most efficient way possible. Knowing some of what it means can […]

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Pinterest for Your Business

There’s no denying there’s a visual aspect to digital marketing especially when it comes to social media—heck look at Instagram, which is virtually an image-based medium with little content. In the last couple years, Pinterest has definitely matured with an audience of 70 million users. From a medium that was once ruled by consumer pinning […]

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