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This Isn't Field of Dreams: Why You Need Inbound Marketing Services

Please repeat after me...

This. Isn't. Field of Dreams. 

Websites. Do. Not. Work. That. Way.

Great! Now that we've got that out of the way, we can talk about why just having a website is NOT a marketing plan.

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8 Mistakes You're Making with Your Email Marketing & How to Fix Them

As a business owner or marketing director, you likely know that an effective email marketing campaign can bolster your conversions and increase your sales. However, not all email marketing campaigns are created equal. If you are underwhelmed with the results of your email campaigns, then it is time to evaluate your email activity to find out why your efforts have not been productive. Below are eight mistakes you're likely making with your email marketing along with strategies to avoid those mistakes.

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6 Mistakes You're Making with HubSpot Workflows

One of the biggest marketing buzz (pun totally intended) words right now is "marketing automation". Everyone is starting to realize the benefits of getting things done without having to think about it - plus the elimination of human error is a nice benefit as well. 

That's where one of HubSpot's most powerful tools comes into play - workflows. First, I want to start off by saying that I absolutely love workflows and love trying new things with workflows. We're all busy and any advantage we can give ourselves or anything that we can get off our plates is big.

The problem is that most HubSpot users that we meet aren't actually using HubSpot workflows to their full potential. So, let's take a look at six mistakes that many of you might be making with your workflows and how to correct them.

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HubSpot Tips: How to Build Your Own HubSpot Chatbot

As the world continues to evolve, so does the way that we use technology and websites. Consumers are less reliant on sales people than they've ever been and that's only going to become more and more true in the coming months and years. Consumers are doing their own research. They're making decisions before talking to your business. They're judging your solutions, products, services, etc. before you have the chance to sell them.

In fact, by 2020 it is estimated that 85% of consumers will engage with businesses without ever interacting with another human being [Gartner].

So how do you go about growing your business, increasing sales, and engaging your prospects if they don't actually talk to you?

Enter chatbots.

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Your Role in Working With a Denver SEO & Inbound Agency

When starting out on your inbound or SEO journey with an agency, there are a lot of things to consider, especially if it is your first time working with an agency.

Contrary to popular opinion, agencies are not full of magicians.

In order to get the most out of your SEO or inbound marketing agency, you need to be involved.

One thing that we tell our clients up front is that we're never going to be as much of an expert in their business as they are. They will always be the 1a expert. Our goal, instead, is to be the 1b expert. In order to get there, we need some help though. 

Let's take a look at how you fit into the client-agency relationship and how you can get the most out of your agency.

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Why Inbound Marketing Services Need to be Part of your Marketing Plan

UPDATED: May 13, 2019
 
If you're running a business or heading up a marketing department your goals are pretty simple - increase visits to your website, leads, and of course, sales. 
 
How are you driving people to your website? What's making them stay and return? How do you get them to convert? How do you collect information about your visitors and leads? How's your ROI?
 
Inbound marketing services can help you to answer these questions.
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Understanding Value Based Pricing & the HIVE Point System

When you think about working with a marketing agency, you're probably expecting to pay them on an hourly or project basis. It's been that way for decades. Why change something that has been working for so long?

Well, has it really been working or is it just what we were all used to?

Times have evolved and we believe that agency pricing should as well. That's why we have adopted our value based pricing point system. 

The first step in understanding why we adopted this model is understanding why we think the old models are broken.

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How to Use HubSpot Like A Pro - 6 Advanced Hacks

HubSpot is one of the best tools in any marketing or sales team's arsenal, but a tool is really only as good as the person using it. Our CAM (Channel Account Manager) at HubSpot, Jacob (@jacobin617), loves to use the analogy of a helicopter. It goes something like this -

If someone asked you if you wanted a helicopter, what would you say? You'd say heck yeah!

Then they'd drop the helicopter off in your backyard and you'd have no idea what to do with it. Where do you get gas for the helicopter? How do you fly it (hint: that's not how!)? Who does helicopter maintenance? There are so many questions to go along with your cool new toy.

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Lessons Learned 5 Years After Starting My Marketing Agency

I can't believe it. As of today it has been five years since I started my marketing agency. FIVE YEARS! How did that happen?

It's been one heck of a ride full of ups and downs, great clients and not-so-great ones, and plenty of fantastic decisions along with some shaky ones. As with any business, it's not all sunshine and rainbows, but I wouldn't trade my experiences over the last five years for anything.

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10 Must Have WordPress Plugins

WordPress provides one of the simplest and most efficient ways to maintain a blog and website. Because of this, it's no surprise that about 46% of all websites are built on Wordpress (wordpress.org or wordpress.com). With its many themes and settings, you can give your site a professional and customized look without needing advanced technical skills. To get the most out of WordPress, however, you need certain plugins. These are tools you can easily install to your site to enhance performance, aesthetics, and even make it easier to build on the backend. Many of these plugins are free or have a freemium model. Let's look at 10 the most useful plugins to make your website better, safer, faster, and more user-friendly!

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