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Dustin Brackett

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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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6 Tips to Start Your Inbound Marketing Yourself

Starting an inbound marketing campaign for your business is a great way to grow your company whether you're a mom-and-pop shop or an international enterprise business. For many business owners and marketers, however, getting started can be daunting. Are you ready to dive in with your inbound marketing plan? These key tips can help you get started. 

Tip #1: Know Your Buyers

How well do you know the people who are buying your product or service? Have you taken the time to carefully put together buyer personas? When you have solid buyer personas, you don't just know the basic demographics for your customers. You have a better idea of what makes them tick: what they really need from your products and from your company. If you're struggling to put together effective buyer personas for your marketing campaigns, try our buyer persona worksheet. This simple worksheet will help you answer key questions about your customers that will, in turn, shape your future marketing efforts.

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7 Creative Marketing Ideas to Use in 2019 [UPDATED]

Updated for 2019.

The best marketing campaigns of the past year all have one thing in common - they all did much more than just promote their brand.

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The Top 5 Problems with Inbound Marketing and How to Solve Them

Inbound marketing can dramatically impact your company's business. In addition to driving traffic to your website, a well-orchestrated inbound marketing campaign will help your business rise above your competitors. However, inbound marketing is not without its problems and challenges. Knowing these challenges can help you develop realistic expectations and increase your odds of success for your campaign. Below is a look at the top five challenges with inbound marketing and some strategies to help you address those challenges. 

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The Best Inbound Marketing Agencies in Colorado

While it would be easy to focus all on HIVE in this article (I mean, our team is pretty amazing!) and toot our own horn, instead we've decided that we'd share some of our other favorite inbound marketing agencies throughout Colorado. Colorado has a TON of skilled marketers and we're proud to be part of it!

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Should I Hire A Marketing Agency?

As with anything, there are distinct pros and cons to working with any kind of business. While we would love to work with everyone, the fact is, not every company needs or should work with a marketing agency. Let's look at situations where you should consider hiring an agency as well as reasons to avoid it.

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RUN! The Phrases You NEVER Want to Hear From A Marketing Agency

When it comes to working with a marketing agency, it can be scary, especially if this is your first experience with an agency relationship or if you've been burned in the past.

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