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Why You Should Add Public Relations to Your Digital Mix

I know what you are thinking -- public relations, really? Isn't that an old school tactic that is only used for damage control these days? No, my friend, no it is not. 

Inbound marketing and public relations are birds of a feather (and yes they should flock together). Many business people put these in the same marketing category of initiatives they don't understand. However, when you look at the big picture, long-term effects that these two marketing initiatives can have on your business, you'll see how critical they are for business success. 

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Your Guide to Digital Agency Terminology

Whether you are familiar with digital marketing or not, there seem to always be some terms that pop-up that make you go, "huh?" 

Whether you are familiar with inbound marketing or not, there seem to always be some terms that pop-up that make you go, "huh?" 

Whether you have worked with a marketing agency before or not, there will be some terms that pop-up that make you go, "huh?"

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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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The Ins and Outs of Inbound Marketing

Inbound marketing - you've heard a lot of buzz about it, but you may not be quite sure what inbound marketing means for your business. How are you supposed to tackle the inbound marketing challenge? What types of content do you really need for your business? If you're considering boosting your sales through inbound marketing, there are several key things you need to know. 

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The Power of Consistency in Your Marketing Efforts

Today's digital marketing channels are wider than ever. You have the opportunity to reach a wide range of potential customers in a variety of different ways. Your customers are connected. They can find you on social media, check out your emails, and search for you as part of their regular search queries. 

Are you exercising consistency across all of those channels? 

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How to Market Your Business for Free

Investing in your business can be expensive. Advertising campaigns can cost you thousands of dollars and even then there's no guarantee they'll be successful. Fortunately, there are quite a few free marketing strategies. These are ideal for both newer businesses with limited funding or established businesses trying to save money on expenses. Here are some of the top free ways to grow your business. 

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Identifying the Gaps in Your Inbound Marketing Strategy

As a business owner or marketing director, you likely know how critical it is to develop an effective inbound marketing strategy. Unfortunately, some marketing directors end up sabotaging their strategy by quickly diving into the deep end without taking the time to understand consumer behavior or focus on areas with the highest potential ROI. Below is a look at six common digital marketing mistakes and the key to overcoming them.

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What is SEO and Why Does Every Small Business Owner NEED It?

Everybody knows that the market is changing at an unprecedented rate, with the increasing influence of technology, from internet to social media to smart devices. And for small business owners, that means that the playing field has just gotten more competitive—a lot more competitive.

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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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