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What is Inbound Marketing and Why do You Need It?

True marketing is about creativity, finding ways to not only reach your audience so that you can tell them about your product and service, but to nurture relationships and create an unforgettable experience that will inspire them to tell their friends and keep them coming back for more.

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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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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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The End is Coming: Transitioning from Keywords to Topics for SEO

Search engine algorithms are constantly changing, and that means that your content creation strategy has to change along with them. The latest news: keywords are quickly becoming a less effective way to improve your search engine ranking and make sure you have the right traffic to your website. Instead, managing search engine optimization for your website means starting to transition to topics. 

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What to Expect in Your First 180 Days of Inbound Marketing

There is no ‘on’ switch for an inbound marketing campaign. You can’t just flip the switch to have it immediately start producing great results. It takes time, effort, patience, and commitment.

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10 Mistakes You're Making with Inbound Marketing

When we get asked to look over existing inbound marketing strategies that companies are using to drive sales through the conversion funnel, we see the same mistakes pretty frequently. Some of them are pretty easy fixes, while others require some more time, effort, and training.

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Inbound Sales: How to Sell Without Being Annoying

We’ve all had the experience of being targeted by a retailer who makes us feel uncomfortable because of their sales tactics. We know about the awkwardness that accompanies those moments when someone is trying to sell us a product we’re not interested in, but the person doesn’t seem to get the hint.

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Employee vs. Marketing Agency the Real Cost Breakdown

When you begin your inbound marketing journey you are going to need help. That's inevitable. One or two people simply cannot do it alone. So when you start to look for this help you will likely consider whether you should hire an internal employee or work with a marketing agency, specifically a HubSpot Partner Agency

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Education Marketing: 5 Ways To Improve Student Recruitment

As we look forward to 2018, we are all beginning to think about all that the next year could bring. For schools and education organizations, that means improved student recruitment through more effective education marketing. With more competition, an industry that hasn't really had to focus on marketing in the past, and an increase in the number of schools and districts throughout the US, schools are struggling to effectively recruit and retain students. Let's take a look at five ways to improve your student recruitment with effective education marketing in the new year.

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