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Marketing for Healthcare Tech: How to Create a Pillar Page

Content marketing for healthcare software companies is an essential part of a successful B2B marketing strategy. According to research, content marketing brings in three times as many leads as traditional marketing and costs 62% less.  

Blogs typically make up the foundation of a solid SaaS content marketing strategy. While they are still the primary medium for sharing content with your target audience, search behavior is changing to include other types of helpful, long-form content. Today, blogs alone won’t suffice when marketing for healthcare software companies. 

A reputable SaaS content marketing agency understands that pillar pages are the new cornerstone of a strong content marketing strategy. With a firm grasp of SEO and the topics your buyers are interested in, an agency can develop strategic blogs that form the basis of a pillar page, providing content that attracts leads and converts prospects.  

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How to Measure Your Content Marketing ROI: 5 Important Metrics

When we meet with prospective clients at Spot On, we often hear something along the lines of “I’m already spending a fortune on marketing.” Our answer? “Yes, but are you getting a return on your investment?” Often, we are met with a blank stare.

Digital marketing is essential in bringing new customers to your business, but if your marketing isn’t effective, you are throwing your money to the wind. Analyzing your ROI, however, is not something that most marketers have a clue about how to do, but the good news is – Spot On is here to teach you how to measure your content marketing ROI.

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Smart Spots: Creating an Email in HubSpot



Watch Spot On's Smart Spot for a helpful, step-by-step guide on setting up an email in HubSpot.

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5 Ways the Healthcare SaaS Market is Changing

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has been hastening digital transformation and the adoption of cloud-based SaaS platforms in the healthcare industry. 

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Industry Outlook: The Healthcare Enterprise SaaS Market

The healthcare industry has undergone rapid digital transformations in the past few years. The pandemic has accelerated the adoption of remote communications and other digital tools, with many healthcare organizations forging new relationships with technology providers as they realized they didn’t have the resources to build these capabilities in-house.

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Digital Marketer Spot On Acquires Smart Traffic Consulting

January 20, 2022, Montevallo, Ala.––The Spot On Agency recently acquired Smart Traffic Consulting, known for its SEO/SEM expertise, in a move that continues to expand the agency’s digital strategy and healthcare marketing services. Over the past four years, Spot On has partnered with Smart Traffic Consulting on a project basis, frequently working jointly on SEO optimization, site strategy and pay-per-click campaigns.

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4 Characteristics That the Best SaaS Marketing Agencies Have in Common

Developing a successful digital marketing strategy for SaaS companies in the healthcare space is a unique challenge due to the need for strong understanding of the buying journey and tactics specific to these solutions. The best SaaS marketing agencies in this space display four characteristics that set them apart from others.

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Setting a Healthcare SaaS Marketing Budget: What to Ask an Agency

After you have decided to hire a marketing agency, you need to set a SaaS marketing budget. Your agency should know how much you plan to spend, so they can prioritize your marketing activities and create a strategy to optimize your ROI.

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Does Your Agency Grasp the SaaS Marketing Funnel for Healthcare?

When you partner with a digital marketing agency, you need to feel confident that they really understand your business. Healthcare software marketing has a unique set of challenges, and not every agency has the right combination of marketing expertise and specialized knowledge of the healthcare sector to build a high-performing SaaS marketing funnel for healthcare.

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7 Things a Healthcare SaaS Content Marketing Agency Should Do

You are a healthcare-focused SaaS company. By nature, you are obsessed with efficiency, data, and automation. Content marketing may be the last thing you want to see on the budget. But, then again, content marketing brings in 3X as many leads as traditional marketing and costs 62% less, according to HubSpot. Some of your peers shy away from the delayed gratification and perceived lack of control in favor of old-school, outbound approaches. But this is not an old-school field is it? You need to speak to audiences as an insider, a resource, and a friend to gain advantage where competitors may make wild claims and offer inferior products.

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Healthcare SaaS-based Marketing: Is Your Website a Roadblock?

Unfortunately, it's a tale as old as time. A healthcare SaaS-based marketing platform launches a new, beautiful website. Perhaps the brand even allotted a significant portion of its budget for the new website redesign.

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Healthcare SaaS Product Marketing Strategy: How Pay-Per-Click Works

Today, Google has over 270 million U.S. unique visitors, with 81% using it to search online for a product or service. Therefore, it is no wonder why pay per click (PPC) continues to be an effective healthcare SaaS product marketing strategy.

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Five Ways Email Campaigns Provide Healthcare SaaS Marketing Insights

Did you know that email produces an incredible 4,200% return on investment? This makes targeted email campaigns one of the most effective marketing channels available to any company.

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Creating SaaS Marketing Blogs for Healthcare Customers

Content marketing is considered a fundamental strategy of successful B2B marketing. In fact, 93% of B2B marketers use content marketing as part of their ongoing marketing strategy. Particularly for software or tech businesses in the healthcare industry, SaaS marketing blogs are the cornerstone that holds a content marketing strategy together.

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SaaS Content Marketing in Healthcare: Why It’s So Effective

B2B SaaS inbound marketing is a highly successful strategy for healthcare software companies to attract and retain customers, and content marketing is a critical component of the plan.

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B2B SaaS Marketing to Healthcare Customers: Why SEO is Key to Success

Did you know that the Software as a Service (SaaS) market is currently estimated to be worth $123 billion dollars? According to a report by Financial News Media, it’s also expected to exceed $305 Billion by 2026.

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What Is SaaS Marketing in the Healthcare Industry?

The global healthcare cloud computing industry is expected to reach $61.84 billion by 2025. It is a quickly growing industry with a calculated growth rate of around 18.7% year-over-year growth. A large portion of this industry includes software-as-a-service (SaaS), which has seen rapid adoption throughout the healthcare industry as more companies begin to leverage data, artificial intelligence, telemedicine, and other healthcare innovations to provide better services to their patients.

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How the Best SaaS Marketing Companies Reach Healthcare Customers

Healthcare SaaS companies face a double challenge. On one hand, they must overcome the complexities of marketing to the healthcare sector – the long sales cycle, cautious buyers, and a crowded, highly competitive market.

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10 Questions a Healthcare Software Marketing Agency Should Ask

Working with a healthcare software digital marketing agency is a big step that can propel your business forward. Finding the right fit for your business takes some investigation, though.

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Can a Digital Healthcare Marketing Agency Help Your Company?

Any healthcare organization or company will tell you that marketing is one of their biggest challenges. As new issues arise every day, healthcare IT companies are working harder than ever to reach their ideal buyer.

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How to Market Healthcare Software Companies: Why Your Agency Matters

Some software companies make having a strong digital presence in the marketplace look easy. What you don’t see, however, is the work that goes into achieving a high level of visibility and credibility. There are many approaches a company can take to creating a digital presence. In fact, deciding which method best fits your company will be one of the most important marketing decisions you can make. .

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How Digital Strategies Are Transforming Healthcare Software Marketing

The rapid pace at which the healthcare industry is turning digital presents tremendous opportunities for healthcare software providers. However, the complexity of healthcare SaaS marketing can make growing your business an uphill battle.

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6 Questions to Ask When Selecting an Agency for SaaS Healthcare Marketing

Digital transformation in the healthcare industry is accelerating, and the market for SaaS products in the sector is only going to expand. With higher demand also comes more competition. To reach the right prospects, accelerate the sales cycle, and retain more customers, you can't leave your SaaS healthcare marketing to chance.

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Healthcare Digital Marketing for Software: Why Work with an Agency?

As you seek a marketing partner to help your healthcare software company, you may be torn between choosing to work with a freelancer, an agency, or even hiring someone to work for your team in-house. There are pros and cons to each, but most importantly, you should make the best decision for your company and ensure that whoever you partner with is the best fit for you and vice versa.

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5 Top Digital Healthcare Marketing Services for Software Providers

It’s a time of opportunity in the healthcare software industry. An emphasis on value-based care is shifting the way practices operate in this ever-growing market. Even small practices are looking for ways to secure patient records; relieve physicians overwhelmed by paperwork and outdated processes; manage prospects and referrals, and speed up billing.

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A Guide to Inbound Healthcare Marketing for Software Companies

Inbound marketing can be the secret weapon for healthcare software businesses. But getting it right takes a solid strategy, an agile approach, plenty of patience, and a strong understanding of the complexities of the healthcare software market. In this article, we give you a complete guide to the ins and outs of inbound healthcare marketing for software companies.

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Best Digital Marketing Strategies for Healthcare Software Companies

A healthcare software marketing strategy should mean more than finding new leads for your company – don’t get us wrong, new leads are vital. However, while a marketing strategy can be applied in any industry, your company may not see optimal results without a partner who is experienced with digital marketing for healthcare software companies.

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6 Benefits of Working with a Healthcare Software Marketing Company

Anyone selling to the healthcare software industry is aware that it’s a tough market – dominated by major brands with deep pockets, with long sales cycles and complex purchasing processes. To stand out as a healthcare software company, you need a digital marketing strategy that connects with your prospects, helps increase brand awareness, and delivers tangible results for your investment.

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5 Data-Driven Healthcare Software Marketing Services

The healthcare industry is going through rapid digital transformation. Goldman Sachs predicted that the digital revolution can help the healthcare sector save $300 billion while Accenture found that the industry can save over $60 billion in the long-term by making the right technological investments today.

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Top 5 Healthcare Software Marketing Tips for 2021 and Beyond

It’s 2021 and if you are not implementing healthcare software marketing, you can be sure that your competition is doing so. Nowhere is this more critical than in the healthcare SaaS sphere. With the shift towards virtual healthcare and telemedicine over the course of this year, healthcare organizations need digital-first marketing strategies that meet patient expectations. For healthcare software companies wanting to connect with medical providers, plans for 2021 and beyond must include a strong digital marketing strategy to help gain and maintain traction in a transformed healthcare landscape.

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5 Best Practices for SaaS Marketing for Healthcare

SaaS marketing for healthcare software companies is uniquely challenging – but the right strategies can help. Healthcare software marketers have to contend with a long sales cycle, an industry that is heavily regulated and slow to change, multiple stakeholders and a demanding customer base. To market healthcare SaaS solutions effectively, you will need a long-term strategy that includes both inbound and outbound tactics, a strong understanding of your target market, and an agile, best-practice approach.

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Digital Marketing for Healthcare Software: 8 Steps to Success

The healthcare industry is undergoing rapid digitalization. High demand for telehealth services, data analytics capabilities and tech-enabled patient experiences will create ample opportunities for healthcare software vendors to grow in the future.

To attract and retain more customers, you need a well-designed digital healthcare software marketing strategy. It can help you position your products or services effectively in the marketplace, create messaging that appeals to your ideal clients, identify the best advertising channels, and optimize your marketing budget to generate the highest ROI.

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Why Digital Marketing for Healthcare Software Companies Is Essential

Recent shifts in the healthcare industry are causing many providers — from small practices to large hospitals — to jump onto the digital bandwagon and to seek new healthcare software services. For example, Binary Fountain found that 50.3% of providers are investing in telehealth initiatives, while 42.8% of healthcare marketing teams are using online appointment software.

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8 Things to Look for in a Healthcare Digital Marketing Agency

There’s no doubt that choosing the right healthcare digital marketing agency for your business is tricky. In fact, finding the perfect marketing partner to support your growth has never been more important.

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How to Measure Social Media Marketing ROI

These days every savvy company is active on social media, trying to craft content that resonates with their target audience and hoping for a social media ROI. Roping in a prospect through engaging social content may seem like an easy task, but knowing how to quantify your social media marketing ROI is a more challenging task, which Spot On will help you master. 

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What We're Working On: Using AI in Marketing

At Spot On, we love to share new advances that may benefit our clients. One of the latest technologies we get questions about is Artificial Intelligence (AI). AI will revolutionize how companies do business, and one software developer is making quite a splash with Frase. Frase (pronounced “phrase”) is an Answer Engine Optimization platform that companies can utilize to ensure visitors to their website get their questions answered quickly and accurately.

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What is AI Marketing? Here's What Marketers Should Know

Artificial Intelligence. AI. We’ve all seen the movies where robotic AI armies rise against humanity, but thankfully those situations are (at present), purely fictional.

AI technology, however, is influencing almost every sector of our economy, from manufacturing to agriculture to healthcare to IT to communications—and of course, marketing. “Marketing?” you might ask. “What is AI marketing?” It’s a question we’ll answer here, but you might also want to take that question one step further by asking, “How can I put AI-powered marketing to work on my behalf?” Spot On can help you with solutions for that as well—read on!

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8 Digital Marketing Trends for 2020

2020 looks like an exciting year for digital marketers! In this article, we’ll take a look at the top trends that we predict will be driving marketing strategy over the next 12 months, from AI to influencers, from “naked emails” to unified identities, and from customer experience to employee engagement.  

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What is CRO and Why Should Marketers Make It a Priority?

If you’re investing your marketing budget to drive traffic to your website, you also need to make sure that as many visitors are converting as possible (e.g., turning into leads and/or customers) so you can maximize your ROI.

In particular, with the increasing costs associated with online advertising (e.g., PPC,) you can’t afford to pay for clicks that don’t convert if you want to generate more profits.

To get the most from your marketing efforts, you need to make sure that your landing pages and website are designed to drive conversion. Here’s where conversion rate optimization (CRO) comes in.

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What is ROI in Marketing and How Do You Improve It?

Today’s businesses spend a lot on marketing – over $2.1 trillion worldwide, according to HBR. But how do we know if all that money is being well-spent? That’s where return on investment (ROI) analysis comes in.

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How to Make Your SaaS Content Marketing Strategy Stand Out

Did you know that content is becoming even more important to B2B buyers? A recent survey of B2B organizations asked if they rely more or less now on content (e.g., blog posts, infographics, videos) to research and make B2B purchase decisions. A whopping 62% of respondents checked the "more" box. Meanwhile, buyers are steadily using Google for research during the awareness stage. (Google has 71.98% of the search engine market share.)

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How to Develop Engaging Email Marketing for Healthcare Software

With all the buzz about social mediaSEO, and CRO, you’d be forgiven for thinking that email marketing is yesterday’s news. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. When done well, email marketing can have a significant return on investment for healthcare software marketers

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Why Graphic Design Services Are a Required Part of Digital Marketing

Advertisements, content, and social media are rarely successful without the help of graphic design services. According to a report compiled at the Wharton Business School, 90 percent of the information transmitted to the brain is visual, and we process visuals 60,000 times faster than text. 

Design is not mere decoration, but a massive part of our communication. Digital marketing relies heavily on communication. Whether it’s through blogging, downloadable content, websites, or social media, graphic design is a necessary part of digital marketing. 

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How to Use the LinkedIn Algorithm to Your Company’s Advantage

If you have been keeping up with your LinkedIn feed, you may have noticed that you're seeing more posts that are relevant to your interests, related to your profession, and from people you know.

That's all thanks to the latest LinkedIn algorithm update, which has changed what members are getting on their feeds. If you want your company's posts to be seen by your ideal prospects and customers, you need to understand how the algorithm works so you can adjust your LinkedIn marketing strategy accordingly.

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6 Steps to Success with Healthcare Software Social Media Marketing

The jury’s in – social media is no longer just for B2C companies. Any successful healthcare software marketing plan will need to include a strong social media strategy.

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5 Best Ways to Use Video Marketing for SaaS Companies

SaaS video marketing can help you drive traffic, boost audience engagement, build relationships with prospects, increase your content marketing ROI, accelerate the sales cycle, and improve customer loyalty.

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What Are the Steps of Conversion Optimization?

Conversion rate optimization (CRO) is a fundamental component of any digital marketing strategy. In fact, marketing expert Neil Patel suggests it is often the best possible option for increasing sales.

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The Benefits of Using LinkedIn Video Marketing

Video marketing is on the rise, with 81% of B2B marketers use videos and 85% plan to increase their video marketing budget. That’s not surprising given that prospects watch an average of 1.5 hours of online video per day!

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How to Use LinkedIn Analytics to Improve Your Marketing Strategy

With over 575 million members in 200+ countries and more than 260 million monthly active users, LinkedIn is the most popular social media platform for professionals. It presents many opportunities for B2B marketers to research their target markets and reach their ideal customers:

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8 Critical Elements of a Successful SaaS Website

As a SaaS company, your website is your storefront. It's where you make your first impression, showcase your products, and turn visitors into customers. Your SaaS web design has much influence on your conversion rates and therefore, the success of your business.

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How to Market Software to Healthcare Professionals

Marketing to healthcare professionals is never easy. They are constantly bombarded with information, making it hard to stand out from the crowd. Strict regulations mean that trust comes at a premium and entering the market as a new contender is correspondingly challenging.

To market your healthcare software, you may need to engage multiple stakeholders at different levels of the organization, then maintain their interest and buy-in throughout the long sales cycle. In this article, we'll look at some tips and techniques to get your software in front of the right people in the healthcare industry, generate more leads, and keep your bottom line in the peak of health.

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How to Increase Quality Leads with Conversion Rate Optimization

In today's competitive market, B2B companies often invest in marketing so they can stand out from their competition and ultimately generate more sales. To maximize the return on investment (ROI) of your marketing dollars, you need to generate high-quality leads and turn them into customers. However, there are quite a few steps in between investing in a marketing strategy and developing lead generation that truly makes your investment worthwhile.

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6 Inbound Marketing Best Practices for Your Website

All inbound websites should have several essential elements if companies want to attract the right traffic and convert visitors into qualified leads. Your company must ensure that these elements are targeted just right to reach your buyer persona. Ultimately, you should position your site to provide someone with almost everything they need to know about your company and how your services can solve their problems.

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9 Considerations for the Best Landing Page Design

The main goal of any website should be to turn visitors into leads. The effectiveness of this process often comes down to the quality of a company’s landing page.

Unfortunately, there’s a common misunderstanding when it comes to the terminology and what comprises a landing page. Companies will often call any page on their site a landing page, but regular site pages don’t function as true landing pages, nor do they follow the critical format needed for lead conversion.

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How to Improve Return on Investment for Healthcare Software Marketing

Healthcare software marketing is tough - so you need to make sure you’re getting the biggest bang for your marketing buck. But calculating the return on investment (or ROI) for marketing is notoriously tricky; in fact, only 37% of managers are confident they can prove the impact of their marketing strategies, at least over the short term. In this article, we’ll look at ways that you can measure marketing results - and how you can maximize your ROI to see measurable improvements across the bottom line.

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No Strategy? Your Healthcare Software Marketing is Doomed

Marketing to the healthcare industry is notoriously tricky. Add in the challenges of selling SaaS in the healthcare industry, and you’re looking at a whole host of potential pitfalls.

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Do You Need a New Web Design or Website Improvements?

Your company’s website is the most important marketing asset you own, which is why it’s critical to ensure that it looks, functions, and performs exactly as needed. If your site falls short in one or more of these areas, you should re-evaluate your web presence.

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4 Steps to Building a Successful SaaS Product Marketing Plan

A product marketing plan for SaaS is pretty different from your standard marketing strategy. Whereas traditional marketing mainly focuses on the acquisition of new leads, SaaS marketers face a more challenging proposition — not only finding leads, but monetizing those leads, and most importantly, hanging onto them.

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6 SaaS Trends Software Marketers Can't Ignore 

SaaS is a quickly growing field, constantly changing and evolving. As a result, that presents a host of challenges for marketers in the space.

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Smart Spots: 3 Powerful Benefits of Video Marketing

Watch this week’s Smart Spot to learn three benefits of video marketing. 

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Smart Spots: 5 Favorite Marketing Trends for 2019

Listen in as we share a few of our favorite 2019 marketing trends.

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Spot On Named a Top Inbound Marketing Agency of 2019 by DesignRush

Birmingham, Alabama – May 7, 2019 – Spot On, a digital strategy agency specializing in web design and brand & strategy development, partners with companies to solve their greatest marketing challenges. Recently named a top inbound marketing agency of 2019 by DesignRush, the agency continues to focus on delivering the services that bring the highest level of impact to their clients.

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6 Must-Have Elements for Every SaaS Website

The B2B space is one where buyers have a lot of choice. In fact, today's B2B buyer conducts approximately 12 online searches before making a purchase from a specific brand. Gartner predicts global public cloud spending to grow at a rate of 21.7% to reach $482 billion in 2022.

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Smart Spots: Google Chrome's Inspect Element Tool

In this week’s Smart Spot, Alison shares how to use the Google Chrome Inspect Element tool.

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What is Website Usability and How Can It Boost Sales?

Website usability, also known as user experience (UX), describes the way in which visitors view and interact with your site. Users should be able to immediately recognize the main message of your page, easily figure out how to get from point A to point B and be able to achieve the goal they set out to accomplish. 

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Smart Spots: 10 Steps for Setting Up Thank You Pages in HubSpot

Watch this week’s Smart Spot for a step-by-step guide on setting up a thank you page in HubSpot.

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10 SaaS Marketing Metrics that Boost ROI

We all know that SaaS marketing is different. You’re dealing with a short buying cycle, the risk of churn, no physical product, and a demanding, fast-paced, crowded market.

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Smart Spots: Saving Files for Web

Watch this week's Smart Spot to learn best practices for optimizing image files on your website.

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Data-Driven Design: The Future of Website Design

Traditional website projects usually entail months of extensive copywriting, design, revisions, change orders and…more revisions, all based on what everyone thinks are the right updates for your site.

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Smart Spots: How to Use HubSpot’s Content Strategy Tool

Watch this week’s Smart Spot to learn how you can easily plan and organize your content with HubSpot’s Content Strategy tool.
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10 SaaS Marketing Best Practices

Marketing for SaaS companies is both challenging and necessary. According to a Deloitte report, over the past 10 years, the global SaaS market size grew significantly, registering a compound annual growth rate of 25%.

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Smart Spots: 8 Tips for How to Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile

In this Smart Spot video, Susie shares tips for how to best optimize your LinkedIn profile to attract leads and future clients. 

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Smart Spots: Website Performance Audit


We’re excited to announce our newest offering at Spot On, the Website Performance Audit.

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12 Signs It’s Time for a New Website Design

You’re on the fence. It may not have been that long ago when you were in a similar situation, writing copy, approving designs, testing functionality and chipping away at your yearly marketing budget for a new website design. But as you’ve stayed on top of the latest trends, kept an eye on competitors and helped your company grow, you wonder if it’s time to rethink your most important marketing asset.

So how do you know when it’s time for the overhaul? It comes down to design and structure.

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Smart Spots: Setting Up Chatflows in HubSpot

Watch this week's Smart Spot to learn how to set up a chatflow in HubSpot. 

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LinkedIn Marketing Solutions: How Does Ad Targeting Work?

Did you know that 80% of B2B leads generated on social media come from LinkedIn? In addition, video ads on LinkedIn were hitting a 30% view-through rate – which is pretty impressive considering that video ads can run as long as 30 minutes.

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Smart Spots: Spotlight on Healthcare Tech

In this week’s Smart Spot, we're sharing an interview between Susie Kelley and Dr. Arlen Meyers, professor of otolaryngology, ear, nose and throat surgery at the University of Colorado, as well as the President and Co-Founder of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs.

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How to Use LinkedIn Groups: 6 Benefits for B2B

It’s no secret that LinkedIn can be an effective way to grow business. Companies have been exploring this versatile social media tool for more than 15 years now, making valuable connections and learning the dos and don’ts of LinkedIn marketing. Participation continues to grow – last year the company reported a 41 percent increase in session time for its main app year-over-year. But many companies are still missing out on some of the best advantages LinkedIn can offer.

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Smart Spots: 5 Simple Steps to Setting Up a Smart CTA in HubSpot

In this Smart Spot we’ll show you how to set up a smart CTA in relation to list membership, with the instructions written out below, along with some bonus ideas for your own Healthcare SaaS Smart CTAs.

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Smart Spots: 3 Google Chrome Extensions for Better Prospecting

In this Smart Spot, I share three Chrome extensions that help streamline the daily task of prospect research.

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3 Ways Businesses Can Use LinkedIn for Lead Generation

It’s 2019, and the results are in: if you’re in business, you should be on LinkedIn. With over 500 million users, 40% of whom are logging in daily, LinkedIn can connect you to pretty much anyone. However, while many of us are comfortable using LinkedIn for recruitment, networking, and branding, turning LinkedIn into a lead generation powerhouse takes a bit of strategic thought. 

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Smart Spots: Setting Up an Email in HubSpot

Watch this week’s Smart Spot for a step-by-step guide on setting up an email in HubSpot.

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7 Best Ways to Use LinkedIn for Business

LinkedIn is a B2B gold mine. Many Fortune 500 decision-makers spend their spare time hanging out on LinkedIn along with 610 million other users. It’s a platform focused on building networks and connections. 

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Smart Spots: Formatting a Blog Post in HubSpot

In this week’s Smart Spot, I share step-by-step how to set up blog posts in HubSpot using best practices.

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6 Marketing Tools That Can Help SaaS Marketers

Marketing has changed dramatically in the past 20 years. The internet has continued its explosive growth, mobile web access has become almost universal, and social media has rapidly been integrated into both everyday life and the business world. And for Software as a Service (SaaS) companies, marketing presents an additional layer of challenges.

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Smart Spots: 10 Steps for Setting Up Landing Pages in HubSpot

Watch this week's Smart Spot for a step-by-step guide on setting up a landing page in HubSpot, and read on for the play-by-play with some additional tips.

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Smart Spots: 5 Steps to Creating Your Content Development Strategy

Our first ever Smart Spot explains why you need a content strategy in place.

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10 Tips for Building a Standout SaaS Marketing Strategy

For marketing success, a solid marketing strategy is a must. Coschedule, for instance, found that:

“Marketers with a documented strategy are 538% more likely to report success than those who don’t.”

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10 Crucial Blog Design Tips for B2B Companies

According to HubSpot, your blog is one of the four most important pages on your company’s website. If you’re implementing a proper website strategy and effective SEO, it’s also one of the first pages your visitors will see.

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Why an Effective SEO Strategy is Crucial for Your Website

Lately, we’ve been sharing quite a bit about best practices when it comes to website design. From responsive design to building an effective website strategy, these articles have addressed questions and challenges specifically related to design and development.

While not exclusively a web design topic, search engine optimization (SEO) strategy isn’t something that companies should ignore, especially as it relates to a new website design.

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How to Implement Pay-Per-Click Marketing for Healthcare SaaS

Healthcare software company marketers frequently utilize content marketing as a tactic. Pay per click advertising is also common. However, much of the time, these two tactics are approached separately, in a silo. But what if these two tactics were approached together for maximum benefit?

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9 LinkedIn Marketing Tips for Your Company Page

With more than half a billion users, LinkedIn has become an important promotional resource not just for individual professionals but for entire companies. Its built-in tools can make it easy to zero in on top business prospects, and savvy marketing departments can turn it into a significant competitive advantage. According to Econsultancy, LinkedIn is responsible for 64 percent of the visits to corporate websites that originate on social media.

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What is Responsive Design and Why Should You Use It?

Growing up in the 1990s/2000s, I used to watch TV shows where some of the characters had tiny computers they carried around with them. I always thought it was so cool that they could use these devices to talk face-to-face to each other yet be in completely different places! Little did I know that less than a decade later, smartphones–A.K.A. tiny computers that can do much more than just make FaceTime calls–would take the world by storm.

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What is SaaS Marketing? 4 Ways It's Completely Different

SaaS marketing is simply the process of marketing SaaS (software as a service) products - any software product that you use online rather than downloading onto your own machine. The SaaS market is booming - sales are expected to reach over $112.8 billion by next year, reports TechRadar - and as a result, SaaS marketing has become a school of marketing in its own right. 

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Everything Marketers Should Know About Web Development

After months of planning, designing, and strategizing your new website, it’s finally ready for development.

Whether working with an internal or external development team, it’s imperative that marketers know about the web development process to ensure it goes as smoothly and efficiently as possible. It’s also important to know how to properly communicate with your developer, since coding and technical terminology can often feel like a foreign language.

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Inbound vs Outbound Marketing for Healthcare Software

Marketers have a tendency to position inbound and outbound marketing as an either/or proposition - and these days, inbound marketing is on a winning streak.

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7 Marketing Tools We’re Thankful for This Year

Marketers often take for granted all of the tools and resources available to us, but the truth is, these tools really make our jobs easier and support us in producing better results than we could without them.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving this week, here are a few tools Spot On utilizes pretty frequently to ensure that our marketing for clients as well as our own agency is the best that it can be.

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4 Things You Should Know About 2019 Healthcare Technology Trends

Healthcare is a notoriously conservative industry - no wonder, with lives literally on the line - but 2019 may be a tipping point for healthcare technology. New approaches - like telemedicine and virtual reality diagnostics - are becoming increasingly standard, and the global digital health market is predicted to reach $206 billion by 2020. 

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5 Steps for Building an Effective Website Strategy

These days, almost every company down to the smaller mom-and-pop retailers understands that its website is important. For many of your potential customers, your website is your front door, display window, the face of your business, and the source of a crucial first impression. 

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6 Web Design Software Tools for a Successful Redesign

We’re living in the golden age of technology. Although we haven’t quite achieved the long-awaited flying car, software has enhanced every aspect of our personal and professional lives.

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The 5 Key Roles Your Web Design Company Should Have

It’s true what they say: Teamwork makes the dream work. Every company’s success is dependent on its people, whether it’s your own team or an extension of your team, such as a web design company with a multifaceted group of hardworking creatives.

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How PPC Marketing Can Improve Your Digital Marketing Strategy

Pay-per-click or PPC is a term many marketers are familiar with in theory, but in practice many may find the concept of a PPC marketing strategy complicated. To put it simply, advertisers pay a fee each time someone clicks on one of their ads.

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13 Scary Marketing Mistakes to Avoid

It’s that time of year. Pumpkins, gourds, and Jack-o-lanterns are on many doorsteps. The air is becoming chilly and leaves are changing to vivid oranges, yellows, and reds.

Autumn is also the perfect season to evaluate your current digital marketing strategy and make any necessary changes as you start thinking about next year’s strategy.

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Healthcare Software: 6 Ways to Upgrade Your Social Media Content Strategy

To get ahead in the healthcare software industry, you need to stand out from the crowd. While most companies these days are already promoting themselves on LinkedIn or Facebook, to really reach your audience, raise brand awareness, and attract leads for your software, you may need to put in a bit more effort to get results.

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Healthcare Software: How to Create a Content Marketing Calendar

We’ve written before about how important a content marketing strategy is for healthcare software companies: it helps generate leadssave money, and keep your target customers engaged throughout the long healthcare sales cycle.  

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Healthcare SaaS: How to Develop Website Content That Works for You

In the healthcare software industry - as in any other industry these days - it’s very likely that the first interaction your potential customers will have with your company will be via your website.

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How to Utilize Topic Clusters in Your Content Marketing Strategy

While we’ve talked about topic clusters a little bit in previous blog posts, we haven’t shared the whole process of how topic clusters can be created and then turned into pillar content. Discover how topic clusters can be used in your content marketing strategy. 

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Healthcare SaaS: How to Build an Effective Blog Content Strategy

In 2018, everyone is talking about video marketing, social media marketing, user experience marketing, even AI marketing. So is blogging on its way out? 

The answer is a resounding no. Blogging should be a key component of any solid healthcare SaaS marketing strategy. Here’s why.

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How to Create an SEO Driven Content Strategy for Healthcare Tech

Now more than ever, content should play a vital role in your SEO strategy. For healthcare tech companies, it's essential to ensure that your website and content are optimized so that potential customers can find your solutions. 

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5 Steps for Creating a Content Development Strategy for EdTech Companies

In an ideal world, EdTech would sell itself. You've worked hard to develop a product designed to help teachers and administrators do their best work. Everyone wants to help kids learn, so what more does anyone need to know?

A lot, actually. It's one thing to create innovative hardware, software, and services for educators; it's quite another to meet those educators where they are to show them exactly how your product can change their lives. 

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12 Twitter Marketing Strategy Tips for Your Business

Is Twitter still relevant for your marketing strategy? Your answer may depend on whether or not you've ever had success with this network. More often times than not, many businesses feel directionless when it comes to tweeting, especially when it comes to whether or not posts are reaching their audience.

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Healthcare SaaS: Why You Need a B2B Content Marketing Strategy

Healthcare SaaS is a tough industry - the marketplace is crowded, the competitors have deep pockets, and the sales cycles are painfully slow. For some healthcare SaaS companies, the last thing on their mind is content marketing. Content marketing takes time and patience, and worse, it can be hard to link it to a direct impact on the bottom line. So why should you bother? 

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Why EdTech Companies Need a Social Media Content Strategy

No business can afford to ignore social media, not when its competitors are developing sprawling networks through LinkedIn and building engaged communities on Facebook. For EdTech companies, an up-to-date social media presence is critical. After all, potential customers include teachers and school administration who are seeking the latest innovations and need tech-savvy businesses to explain the education applications. A smart social media strategy will go a long way toward branding your company as an industry leader.

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Healthcare SaaS: The Do's and Don'ts of Marketing Automation

Marketing automation is one of the latest industry buzzwords - but what does it really mean for your healthcare software business? In this article, we’ll take a look at the best uses of marketing automation - and what to avoid.

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7 Tips for Your Company’s LinkedIn Strategy

A predecessor to Facebook, LinkedIn was launched in 2003 as a platform focused specifically on businesses and employment. Now, with over 500 million users, there’s no doubt that this is a popular network.

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Healthcare SaaS: How to Align Your Marketing and Software Development Teams

There’s little doubt that building a SaaS business with closely aligned marketing and development is one of the secrets of success. This is especially the case in a complex industry like healthcare. Building a clear and consistent message, backed up by a product carefully designed to fit the needs of your niche; carefully communicating the value provided by the software, and understanding precisely how its value is delivered to the end user; describing the product in language that speaks to the customer - all this depends on close integration between product marketing and product development. 

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7 Things You Should Know About Facebook Marketing Strategy

Let’s take a quick trip down memory lane to 2004. You or may not remember that when Facebook was first created, its membership was limited to Harvard students. However, it wasn’t long before the network expanded to other schools and not long after that, almost anyone could join.

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Healthcare SaaS: How to Build a Winning Social Media Strategy

In the increasingly competitive environment of healthcare SaaS, making your brand stand out can be a serious headache. We’ve found that one of the most effective ways to help our healthcare software clients in areas like brand recognition and engagement, is a social media strategy. 

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5 Healthcare SEO Tips for Software Solutions

There’s so much that is encompassed in search engine optimization, or SEO. For a healthcare software solutions provider, you already know how important it is to get your products or services just right for your customers and potential customers. 

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5 Things Educational Technology Organizations Need to Know About SEO

As an educational technology marketer, you know what a great effect technology can have on an industry.

Smartphones, media streaming, and telepresence robots have all been extremely disruptive to the EdTech industry. They have also greatly improved the user experience.

Search engine optimization is no different.

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8 Ways Educational Technology Companies Can Generate Leads

Consumers search the internet with questions. Supply the best answers in the best way, and traffic will flow to your website. Each visit is a possible lead. It’s simple and complex all at once. To develop a relationship and convert casual browsers into qualified leads, you need to offer timely and relevant information and encourage engagement with your content. Your goal should be to meet the needs of prospects at each point along the buying journey. If you do this well, visitors to your site will reward you by supplying their contact information.

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4 Marketing Strategy Tips for Healthcare Software Companies

Software developed specifically for healthcare is an increasingly crowded market, dominated by heavyweights with huge marketing budgets. In this daunting industry, it can feel impossible to stand out from the rest. But with the right marketing strategy in place, even smaller healthcare software companies can attract their audience.

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Technology in Education: 10 Considerations for EdTech Marketing

Adding technology to the classroom has been one of the biggest and most beneficial changes to education that we’ve seen over the last few years. Not only has technology changed how teachers interact with their students, but also how they communicate with other teachers, policymakers, and parents.

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How Technology Has Changed Education in the Last 15 Years

The Information Revolution of the 1990s set the stage for a new way of educating. By the year 2000, 95 percent of elementary and secondary classrooms had internet access. Chalkboards were replaced with interactive whiteboards. Schools added computer labs and created smart classrooms.

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Why You Can’t Hire One Marketer to Do All of Your Inbound Marketing

One question we hear fairly often when talking with prospects about inbound marketing is – Why can’t we hire one marketer in-house to do ALL of our inbound marketing? If you’ve ever wondered the same or questioned the need for working with a marketing agency – keep reading to discover why one person can’t do it all when it comes to inbound marketing.  

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5 Education Technology Solutions We Love

Learning no longer happens only in the classroom and educators no longer solely use textbooks. Thanks to innovative solutions in education technology, learning can happen anywhere at any time and educators have more opportunities than ever to improve the education experience. Modern day technology has transported education into a new world through everything from web-based training (WBT) to Computer-Based Instruction (CBI) and Virtual Learning Environments (VLE). 

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How to Personalize Your Healthcare Marketing Strategy

Patients in 2018 are more empowered than ever before to make healthcare decisions. They conduct extensive research into healthcare providers before making a choice. They recommend providers to one another. They also feel quite comfortable switching providers: in fact, a study by the West Corporation found that 88% of patients would switch healthcare providers if not completely satisfied. 

So, how can you stand out from the crowd?

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3 Trends in Educational Technology That Affect Your Marketing Strategy

Technology is continually transforming the classroom, and in this era of hyper-connectivity, the trends in EdTech are raising new concerns among educators. Your marketing efforts must go beyond highlighting the features and benefits of your products. The buyers and users of new educational technology need information, solid data, training and support if they are to change methods, and embrace innovation. 

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6 Survival Tips for Your Website Strategy

Every company approaches their website differently. For some, it’s enough to simply have an updated website design that looks great. Others might feel somewhat lost when it comes to how a website should be designed and organized.

As the central point for all of your inbound efforts, your website should ultimately attract, convert, close and delight potential customers.

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Selling Educational Products: 5 Steps to Implementing Inbound Marketing

Consumers have developed a new sophistication when it comes to processing marketing messages. They have the ability to fast-forward through commercials and block pop-up ads. Pay-per-click banners are merely minor distractions in their peripheral vision.

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7 Digital Marketing Tips for Education Technology Companies

As an organization seeking to reach a unique audience with a niche product or service, we know it isn’t simple to attract the right leads or - if you do – converting them is another story.

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From HubSpot Sales LION to Lion Trainer

Pivoting the Inbound Sales Process to Inbound Sales Training for Clients 
Spot On was built on a fallacy. For the past five years all of us at Spot On, a digital strategy growth agency , believed that implementing inbound marketing meant that outbound sales or cold calling were no longer needed. Last month, I learned just how wrong I was during the HubSpot Pipeline Generation Bootcamp, taught by Dan Tyre.
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5 Step Process for LinkedIn Marketing Campaigns

Since people have embraced the use of the internet, the way they buy has changed. In the past, companies had all the information on the product or service they were selling and buyers came to them to gather information. Now, buyers do research on the internet, are well informed and usually have chosen who they want to do business with before they ever even contact a company.

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What is Digital Marketing Strategy?

While you’ve heard about the importance of having a marketing strategy before – whether it’s inbound, content, or social, a strategy is the skeleton bones of what you want to accomplish in a given time period, which you then fill in with specific tactics and campaigns to reach your audience. 

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10 Healthcare Marketing Trends You Can’t Afford to Miss

Healthcare marketing trends are changing every year. It’s essential for marketers in healthcare IT to pay attention to the latest shifts in marketing trends to ensure they are reaching their audience using the appropriate content and channels.

So, what’s on the minds of marketers in the healthcare software industry? 

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10 Ways To Step Up Your Social Media Strategy

Guest Post By Ashley Lipman

Social media has become a celebrated marketing method for many reasons. This is because it is a reasonable investment and there are many free tools to help you get started. The truth is, many marketers and businesses are already leveraging social media to reach their customers and grow their personal brands. 

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How Digital Presence Affects Local Search for Your Business

Whether you’re aware of it or not, your company’s digital presence is an essential way in which customers and future customers find and perceive your business. However, many companies have inaccurate information online – and might not even know it.   
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Inbound Presents Unique Challenges and Opportunities for EdTech Marketing

With the student population expected to reach 2.7 billion by 2035, schools are thriving and enrollments are at their highest.

One area that’s rapidly developing is the use of technology to deliver educational content. As an EdTech organization, you know the importance of using the latest technology.

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9 Ways Buyer Personas Define B2B Digital Marketing Strategy

Your inbound marketing strategy needs to target a specific audience in order to engage them with your content and convert to into a sale. The buyer personas you develop guide your strategy and ultimately define your path to success.

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How to Improve Your Software Marketing Strategy

Enhancing Your Inbound Marketing for B2B Software

If you’re responsible for marketing at a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company, you may not realize the potential that the inbound marketing methodology holds for your business. If you treat your inbound and content marketing strategies like a buffet, as tech business startups and developers sometimes do, you won’t get the power of marketing as an integrated process.

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Growth-Driven Design Retainers vs. Website Maintenance Packages

After launching a new website, many traditional agencies will suggest you purchase a web maintenance package. A maintenance package means the agency will handle your requested edits later on, so you don't have to make any changes yourself. This may sound like a nice deal, but in reality you will likely end up paying a monthly fee and getting little to nothing in return.

So what is a growth-driven design retainer and how does it differ from a maintenance package?

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Why It Pays to Be Funny On Twitter (Even If Your Biz Isn’t Humor-Related)

How does a small flower shop in the UK get 35,000 followers on Twitter? Hint: it’s not by tweeting about flowers.

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Out with the Old, In with the New Social Media Trends

As marketers, we know that trends and technology are changing everyday. You can’t continue doing what’s always been done, even if it has worked in the past – before you know it, your method might become outdated. 

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Content Marketing Strategy is Changing – Are You Ready?

This week at Inbound 2017, HubSpot announced one of its newest tools for customers – Content Strategy topic clusters. While many marketers may feel like they’re guessing when it comes to choosing content, this tool will help you approach content the way modern search should be used.

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4 Dangerous Marketing Persona Misconceptions That B2B Companies Believe

Not all myths are dangerous, but believing all the wrong things about marketing personas can keep you from reaching your Inbound potential.

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Why You Need a Video Marketing Strategy

From 360-degree videos to Facebook Live, marketers are responding to audiences' shorter attention spans by making content more interactive and visual -- and the ROI is astounding.

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Why a Good Content Marketing Strategy is Your Best SEO Strategy

Ever worked with web developers or SEO experts that promise to put you on page one of Google?

Hopefully you didn't have to learn the hard way that there are no easy fixes for getting your company found. In fact, trying to improve your SEO using shortcuts and black hat SEO strategies could result in major penalties 
from Google and other search engines.
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Healthcare IT Companies: Big or Small, Inbound is for Everyone

It's easy to come to the conclusion that companies have different tactics for how they do business, manage their teams, and develop strategy based on their size and their revenue. Some companies, like Epic, openly acknowledge that they spend less time on their marketing strategy than others because they achieved "brandeur" and success early on.

Regardless of how successful or big or small your software company is, having a healthcare marketing strategy will take you much farther than having none at all. 

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Developing Inbound Marketing for a Healthcare Digital Marketing Strategy

Today, one of the biggest challenges for healthcare providers is to find an effective way to attract patients.

Fortunately, more healthcare marketing managers are becoming aware that inbound marketing may help them encourage patient engagement and nurture relationships.

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Learn How One Healthcare Marketing Professional is Staying Ahead

Last week for our podcast we had the opportunity to speak with one of our main clients about how they tackle healthcare marketing in 2017 effectively. Jake Behnke is the Senior Marketing Communications Specialist for Surgical Information Systems, a healthcare IT company serving mid-sized surgical centers from the city of Atlanta.

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How to Make a Human Connection When Marketing Healthcare Software

Human interaction is irrelevant during the creation and programming of a new software product. Sure, water cooler chat involves relationships, but you're not out there mingling with the population at large.

It's a very different story once you're ready to launch and sell your product, and if you don't give the power to the people, healthcare software marketing attempts will fall very, very shy of intended projections.

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How Artificial Intelligence Will Change Healthcare Marketing By 2020

Gadget Digital Assistant (named Lucy by her owner): Good morning, Harold. I see you have a free hour between 2:00 and 3:00 pm. How would you like to fill it?

Harold: Hi, Lucy. I think I'll take a walk today, so I won't need your assistance with that. Thanks, anyway.

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3 Consumer Trends Healthcare Marketers Are Watching This Year

Being a copycat is never a good idea, but it is always wise to analyze successful healthcare SaaS marketing teams to see how they do what they do. What tools are they using? Where do they go to learn about their target market? What strategies are they employing to nurture prospects and clients?

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How Marketers Can Get the Most Mileage from Healthcare Content Marketing

Did you know your target market's attention span is shorter than that of a goldfish? Research from Microsoft Corporation found the average adult attention span in the year 2000 was 12-seconds, by 2013 it was only 8-seconds. Since goldfish have an attention span of about 9-seconds, they win!

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The 3 Most Responsive Channels For Healthcare IT Marketers

Successful healthcare SaaS marketing relies on personalized, human engagement. Connecting with your target market via content and social media interactions is the stuff first-page Google results are made of.

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The 5 Secrets Hackers Don't Want You to Know

Sometimes you have to enter the mind of a predator in order to gain a clearer understanding of your own vulnerabilities. If you've ever watched shows like "It Takes A Thief" or "To Catch a Predator" you know exactly what I'm getting at. After this week's most recent ransomeware attack headline it's not hard to see how easy it is to think of malware in the abstract.

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7 Signs You've Been Infected By Malware

Getting infected with malware is like catching a cold. At first things seem a little off. But if you know your body well, you go straight for vitamin C at the first sign of trouble. Working on your machine is no different. It's easy to overlook small glitches and irregularities if they're not really impacting your work, but they're usually the first symptoms of a bigger problem.

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The 3 Best Go-To Resources for Tips on Cybersecurity

For many active internet users, the global WannaCry ransomware attack thattookplace last month was the first time they'd ever heard of ransomware. We say it's better to know and be prepared for the worst than to be blindsided by a future attack.

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4 Types of Malware You Should Be Wary Of

Ransomware is just one kind of malware that can impact your business and customers. Malware is a blanket term used to refer to any of the several kinds of malicious software that go after your information, your privacy, and your control. If you want to protect yourself and your customers, it's important to know what they are, how they they work, and their differences.

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Using Wordpress in the Time of Ransomware

If you use Wordpress' platform to showcase your content then you know why it's anexcellent choice for businesses and bloggers alike. But did you know that the same features that make Wordpress one of the best CMS systems are also what make it vulnerable to attacks by ransomware hackers?
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How to Get Found Online - Top SEO Tips You Can Do Yourself

Get to the top of Google: the prime directive of every web page owner. Of course, multiply that goal by untold millions of pages, and you can understand why getting top SEO results is a challenge. But you can take steps to improve your rankings.
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It's Time to Bring Marketing and Sales Together

It's all about synchronicity. In case you missed it, we launched our Perpetual Growth Podcast recently. For our first episode, we invited Rachael Plummer who works in the HubSpot Partner Program to talk to us about the benefits of marketing and sales alignment, and the pitfalls of not moving in that direction. 

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Two Crucial Steps to Take Towards Marketing and Sales Alignment

Inbound MarkAles. Inbound SaleKeting

Hmmmm. It's hard to find the right catch-phrase to unify these two, often separate department titles now that they have so much in common, but there is one. It's smarketing. Sounds kinda smart, doesn't it?

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5 Sales Myths That Undermine Marketing

If you haven't already noticed, the sales paradigm is getting quite a shake up. It's theinevitable result of two factors: Google's prevalence and the advent of inbound marketing strategies.

At this stage in the game, companies need to begin thinking in terms of inbound sales, which has turned the legacy sales model upside down and sideways.

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How Sales Enablement Can Put Your Sales Team Ahead of the Curve

In the scholastic world, teachers have their pulse on students' performance by way of assignments, test results and overall points/grades. In the business world, we measure whether a sales team is working up to their potential by way of new conversions, completed sales and revenue.

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4 Differences Between Legacy Salespeople and Inbound Salespeople

If a post-war marketing agency compared legacy salespeople with then- contemporary, 1950s versions, they'd say things like, "The legacy salesman traveled by horse with a cart or wagon full of his wares; the modern salesman drives a sleek car and sits down for a civilized cup of coffee to promote glossy-paged catalogs..."

The reality is, as Bob Dylan so aptly stated, "The tiiiimes, they are a chaaa-a-aa-ngin'...," and they always will be.

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Ransomware Threatens to Hold Your Information Hostage

In light of recent unnerving events, corporations and individuals alike are scrambling to  protect themselves from malicious software that could literally hold their information hostage.
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Getting Back to the Basics II: The Tools of Inbound

Even if you've only gotten a small taste of what inbound marketing has to offer, youprobably have an idea of how vast the world of inbound marketing really is. Businesses can have entire teams devoted to putting all of the moving parts of inbound into a succinct strategy. There’s a lot to consider - from content management and blogging, to analytics and SEO, to community engagement and design, and more still.  

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8 Mistakes Salespeople Have Been Making for Years

Sales isn't the same, and it hasn't been for some time. The problem with the shifting landscape is that old paradigms are so ingrained into the fiber of sales culture that companies may be blinded by the fact that sales - like marketing - has moved from outbound to inbound methodologies.

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Where Inbound Marketing and Inbound Sales Diverge

The terms inbound sales and inbound marketing often go hand-in-hand. But anyonewho has worked in a company with designated sales and marketing teams knows the two don't always go hand in hand at all. The places where inbound sales and inbound marketing diverge can be a detriment to a company's bottom line if divergences aren't handled or supported effectively.

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Back to the Basics: The 5 Rules of Inbound

Yep. There's a lot of overlap in the land of inbound. We've loaded you with details about the buyer's journey, marketing funnels, buyer personas, and the inbound methodology. And now we're handing out rules, too! 

Have no fear.

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Inbound Is for Sales Too

The phrase "inbound marketing" places all of the emphasis on marketing. That's a shame because inbound methods are as much about sales as they are about marketing. In fact, you could say inbound is really all about the sales because closing the sale is the ideal result of the hard work we put into our marketing strategy.

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Understanding the 4 Stages of the Inbound Methodology

Inbound marketing is a strategy focussed on bringing customers “in” or attractingthem to your product on the internet instead of purchasing space out there. It does this by offering them the information they need to learn about their problem and make a decision on how to solve it before asking them for anything in return. 

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How The Internet Has Changed Sales

Before the internet, consumers relied more on salespeople for information about products and services. Today, it's a whole new ball game. 

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Everything You Need to Know to Create Killer-Specific Buyer Personas

Getting to know your ideal clients is integral to the inbound and content marketing paradigm. Figuring them out is a process that results in buyer personas that guide every step of the marketing process.

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The 15 Most Important Key Terms Every Inbound Marketer Should Know

Even if you're already pretty savvy with the lingo of inbound, it never hurts to have a little refresher. You may even surprise yourself by learning something new! If you're a newbie, commit these terms to memory and you'll already be ahead of the curve.

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6 Examples of Great Content That Isn't Written

Visual content is to marketing what non-verbal communication is to conversation. Psychology experts claim 55% of communication takes place via body language, 38% via tone of voice, and only 7% is attributed to the spoken word.

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12 Questions to Ask When Crafting Buyer Personas

Crafting buyer personas requires donning your psychic hat. Or, if you prefer, your intuitive hat. It's about getting inside the target market's minds in a very personal and intricate way.

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Where is Inbound Marketing Taking Us?

Inbound marketing is constantly evolving to meet the needs of consumers and to keep up with the lightning speed of the internet's changing landscape. In order to adapt, more businesses are investing more in inbound marketing than outbound marketing and here’s why... 

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What's New in HubSpot CRM?

If you use HubSpot CRM, you’ll agree that  tasks in the tool have been adequate, not exceptional. They’re like eating iceberg lettuce. Not the end of the world, but not mind-blowingly awesome either.

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Are Your Buyer Personas Up-to-Date?

Poodle skirts, men with short bangs and long hair, tight, skinny jeans with holes in the
knees (oops! Never mind. That ones' trending again...) all are examples of trends that come and go, and then come back again. But imagine if marketers didn't keep buyer personas aligned with the times?

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The Content You Produce Should Do These 6 Things for Your Audience

Imagine your company's annual awards banquet. There are all the key players, spiffied up and anxiously awaiting the Sales Rep MVP award.

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How Having Great Buyer Personas Will Help Your Business

Your business was founded on the principal that you have a product or service that other people need or want. Fantastic. Now, how are you going to get the word out to said people that you offer this product or service that is tailored just to them?

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How to Stand Out with These 3 Digital Marketing Tools

Using digital marketing tools is one thing; using them to stand out from your
is another.

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Got Data? 6 Ways to Maximize HubSpot Analytics Results

Inbound marketing "best practices" involve data and analytics. Both words have a tendency to send marketing professionals into the doldrums of despair due to number intimidation.

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Marketo vs. Pardot: Which is Really Better?

Inbound marketing tools are supposed to make business life better. Sometimes, though, competitors' tools are so similar that it's hard to tell which one is truly the best fit for your company. The last thing a small business wants to do is fork out a ton of cash on a system that doesn't yield the expected benefits. Or that sits there, largely underused due to steep learning curves.

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Give Your Software Marketing the Game of Thrones Treatment

The HBO Game of Thrones website describes this series, "Summers span decades. Winters can last a lifetime. Follow kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and noblemen as they vie for power..."

Hey! Sounds like another day in the sales and marketing trenches!

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10 Savvy Inbound Marketing Tools for Small Businesses

Small businesses need every tool and trick they can get their hands on. You're working towards profitability in a highly-competitive world - and much of the time, your team isn't as big as the competition's.

Taking advantage of the best tools for inbound marketers allows small teams to play big - with an ROI to prove it.

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4 Rookie Marketing Mistakes SaaS Startups Make

Inbound marketing is like dating. Like any prospective date, before your customers can you trust what you have to offer, you must first build a relationship of trust. If you don't, it will cost you — literally.

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Don't Get Tricked by These 5 Marketing Myths

Belief systems are powerful. They can empower you to become more successful than you've ever been before, or they can hold you back - unconsciously ensuring you repeat the same, ineffective cycles over and over again.

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The 8 Best Blogs for SaaS Startups

Reading blogs is a smart (and free) way to get better at what you do. Blogs offer loads of topic-specific advice and often provide "learn from my mistakes" or "here's what works for us" styled tidbits that can shift the way you plan and grow your company's next moves.

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6 Surprising Advantages of a CRM System

Saves time - Check!

  Saves money - Check!

  Minimizes work loads - Check!

Yeah, yeah - you've heard it before. A CRM system is the be-all-and-end-all of qualified lead generation and online marketing. But, will it pick up the dry cleaning? Because that's when you'll finally sign up, right?

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5 Tips to Rev up Revenue at Your Organization

Feeling a bit dismayed about lagging sales stats? Don't let discouragement get the best of you.

Most likely, the right information isn't getting into the hands of your most qualified leads when they're most likely to spring into action.

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Why You Need to Rethink CRM

Regardless of how much it's touted as "the next great solution," the idea of adopting a new system or way of doing business is almost always a turn off. Let's get real honest here, and admit that we're looking for an easy fix - not something that requires any significant learning curve, training time or instruction manuals.

In that way, we're just like our customers - wary of something new.

Perhaps that standard trend is the reason why so many companies avoid the CRM train. Sure, you want to save time in your sales process - but is paying a bunch of money - and spending a whole lotta energy - learning yet another system really going to do that? And, will that extra time and effort truly translate into a higher profit margin?

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6 Ways CRM Helps Salespeople (Instead of Hindering Them)

How often have you chosen not to try something new due to fear of the learning curve? And yet, so many of the most important skills we acquire in life - walking, running, reading, driving - are the result of our willingness to try something new.

Why, is it then, that we hedge when it comes to implementing new tools that will help us do a better job? And more efficiently too!?

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6 Critical Inbound Marketing Questions for the LinkedIn Strategy Phase

Q&A sessions - via both content and personal interaction - are a powerful way for site visitors and qualified leads to get the information they need to make their next move. That makes sense, right?

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Customer Relationship Management Software: Context & Content

Knock-knock. "Avon calling..."

Imagine the Avon Lady of yore's delight if she could spy on women in a household before knocking on their door. Perhaps Ms. Avon would notice one reading all she can on the art of perfectly shaped brows for the brow-less, or catch another one holding samples of fabric up to her face, trying to determine whether she is a "fall" or a "summer..."

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Creating Messages That Resonate With Your LinkedIn Audience

LinkedIn is a powerful tool in your inbound marketing strategy box - especially if you're a B2B marketer (80% of marketing leads for B2B companies are generated by LinkedIn, and it's used as the primary social media platform for 92% of B2B companies). As the name implies, however, LinkedIn is only as fruitful as the strength of the "links" you create.

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Modern Healthcare Marketing: Leveraging Partnerships and Alliances

They say many hands make light work, and they often result in better work. This is why modern healthcare marketing should take advantage of partnerships and alliances that facilitate better physician-patient engagement and improve healthcare outcomes.

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5 Ways to Save Time in Your Sales Process

If you're a salesperson, you want to spend your work time selling. If you're a marketer, you want to spend your time creating the great content and images that bring the right leads to the sales department. Any moments spent in maintenance process - rather than direct selling or marketing process - detract from your success as well as the success of your company.

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Can a CRM Help You Write Sales Emails Buyers Want to Respond To?

Historically, marketing emails were created - and sent - from the marketer's perspective. Sure, we valiantly attempted to figure out what our leads wanted to read, but the emails were still created and generated from the perspective of what we wanted to share about our products and services.

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Top Benefits of Adopting a CRM System

Are you on the fence about adopting a CRM system? You're not alone. We've found that most of our small and medium-sized business clients hedged for some time before finally taking the plunge - and that hedging makes sense. While CRM systems are touted for their ability to make sales easier - and more profitable - many business owners are wary.

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Using LinkedIn Groups for Inbound Marketing: Five Success Tips

Everything about networking changed in 2004 when LinkedIn introduced Groups as a feature. Once Groups were brought online, liked-minded professionals had a new way to connect, demonstrate thought leadership and learn about their industries.

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Choosing the Right Partners for Modern Healthcare Marketing

Welcome to the brave new world of healthcare.

It's filled with increased competition, cost control measures, and mandates and regulations coming down from government commissions. And then there are the patients, who are all over Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn and increasingly involved in making their own healthcare decisions.

In this new, modern world, healthcare marketing has never been more important. And that's why you're probably looking for a partner.

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Using Inbound on LinkedIn: Identify Prospects and Build Relationships

What ever happened to the handshake?

At one time in the not-so-distant past, it was the quintessential act of introducing yourself to prospects. In one gesture, you could make a favorable first impression, establish trust, and position yourself as someone who can be relied on to deliver results. In other words, the handshake was the way to lay the foundation of a relationship that could last for years.

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Inbound Marketing: Are Your LinkedIn Prospects High Value?

It could possibly be a panacea for all things sales. A virtual funnel that leads directly to pre-qualified prospects. An unprecedented platform allowing you to disseminate your marketing messages with strategic abandon. The most efficient and effective way to infiltrate inboxes.

It is, of course, LinkedIn.

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7 Ways to Jumpstart a Lagging LinkedIn Lead Generation Plan.

So, you've applied everything you've learned about LinkedIn lead generation and yet leads seem to have flat lined. What gives?

It's deflating when a well-planned inbound marketing strategy doesn't yield the results you expected. It's tempting to feel like throwing in the towel or start anew. Don't give in to that temptation!

The work you've done so far is a wellspring of content from which you can tease, build upon and develop as you re-orient your sights.

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Software Marketing 101: Reaching Customers Who Don't Know They Need You

When their roof leaks, they call a contractor. When the car breaks down, they call their favorite mechanic. In these scenarios there are obvious connections between the customer's immediate problem and a solution. That's not always the case with software marketing.

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LinkedIn and Inbound Marketing: Positioning Yourself as an Expert

LinkedIn is a valuable inbound marketing tool for healthcare organizations. While patients and prospects may use the network's profiles to learn more about doctors, specialists and other healthcare providers, it's also a way to get yourself out there, active and engaged with other industry professionals.

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Take Your SaaS Show on the Road!

As software marketers, inbound marketing probably comes somewhat easier to you than it does to person-to-person oriented businesses. Digital technology, the online revolution, computers and gadgets - they are your preferred medium after all. Many of your customers, however, have the opposite experience.

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Keeping Your Inbound Marketing Funnel Full: 5 LinkedIn Drip Marketing Tips

How's your LinkedIn account working for you? Is it generating new leads? Are you engaging with other authoritative leaders in your field? Are you leading and/or contributing to conversations and content on a regular basis?

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Modern Healthcare Marketing: Closing Loopholes in the Affordable Care Act

As with any big change in established systems, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) created a bit of confusion in its wake. This is experienced in many different ways, depending on a particular patient population.

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LinkedIn Lead Generation: Inbound Marketing Versus Outbound Marketing

If you're hemming and hawing about the difference between inbound and outbound marketing, we have a quote for you:

"If you've got more money than brains, use outbound marketing. If you've got more brains than money, focus on inbound marketing." —Guy Kawasaki

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Generating Leads Via LinkedIn: 7 Inbound Marketing Stats

Facebook, Twitter and Instagram may get the wider share of the spotlight, but LinkedIn is a valuable healthcare marketing tool. As such, it should be included in your healthcare establishment's lead generation plan.

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Using Healthcare Marketing to Help Reduce Hospital Readmissions

What do healthcare marketing and reduced hospital readmissions have in common? Communication.

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9 Healthcare Marketing Tips That Aid Billing

Every dollar collected from patients is another dollar added to your already slim profit margins. Collecting those dollars is another matter.

Here are a few stats for you:

  • More than 75% of consumers use the internet to pay bills, and almost as many say they prefer the option to pay medical bills online or via apps.
  • Roughly 76% of consumers report being confused about their insurance coverage as well as the medical bills they receive in the mail.
  • In 2015, 74% of healthcare providers saw a decrease in insurance coverage (largely due to high-deductible plans) and an increase in patient-owed bills.

Those facts can serve as a guide of sorts as you structure information- and education-based content in a more relevant and applicable way.

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Can Effective Marketing Improve Healthcare Billing Efficiency?

(Insert sweet, instrumental music with slow-motion montage of smiling, be-scrubbed healthcare professionals dancing in a sea of checks. Then, a smooth voiceover begins...)

"Imagine a world where all patients paid their bills on time..."


We know, there's no imagination powerful enough to envision a world where all bills were paid on time. However, the advent of patient portals has certainly provided opportunities for more patients to submit payments in a timely fashion.

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Healthcare Marketing Focus: Early Admissions Care

Hospitals and medical facilities are devoted primarily to the care of their patients—but cost is certainly a secondary priority. If your facility can't stay in the black, the ability to provide quality care diminishes, and this has a disastrous effect on attracting new patients and clients.

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Think Small, Dream Big for SaaS Success

Smartphones and tablets are everywhere. Statista.com says there are currently more than 2 billion smartphones being used around the world, and that number is expected to grow by another 500 million over the next two years.

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Who Really Needs It? Enough Versus Everyone in SaaS Marketing

How many customers do you need?

Everyone? Almost everyone? Enough to generate revenue and (gasp!) become profitable? Can you ever have too many customers?

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Keep It Simple, SaaS Marketer

Inbound software marketing can feel overwhelming. It's like an all-you-can-eat buffet that never quits. There are so many things to keep track of: website design, keywords and phrases, blogging, social media posts, eBooks and whitepapers, offers and the campaigns used to promote them, email marketing, PPC ads... ad nauseam.

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Balancing Budget With Quality in Software Marketing

Successful software marketing doesn't come cheap. You pay for all kinds of products and services designed to drive business towards your inbound marketing web, including your website design and maintenance, content creation, social media updates, analytics and so on.

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SaaS Marketing: Giving Word of Mouth a Nudge

When your software marketing life revolves around benchmarks, stats, A/B test results and analytics, you might forget that customers are people too. Digital marketing makes it easy to turn people into numbers, rejoicing when the numbers are up and re-strategizing when they take a dive.

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A Website Redesign for STEM Curriculum Expert KnowAtom

Our client KnowAtom creates STEM curriculum that aims to engage students as real scientists and engineers in the classroom. The extensive materials they provide allow teachers to spend more time teaching students valuable problem-solving skills, and less time planning. KnowAtom has a proven track record of helping schools all over the U.S. increase test scores and proficiency, so it’s easy to see why they boast a notable 97% customer retention rate.

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Grow Your Audience With Lean, Scalable SaaS Marketing

Believe it or not, software marketing is not confusing. It's not overwhelming and it's very doable—even if you don't have a degree in marketing. The key is to stop looking at the whole big picture for a change.

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Addressing the Whys Behind the Wants in Software Marketing

"You can't always get what you want."

These seven simple words helped the Rolling Stones sell millions of records and gain worldwide popularity. The phrase became an ear worm in the minds of many. It also revealed a universal truth and life lesson that remains as true today as it was 30 years ago. And with a little bit of tweaking, the words can also guide your software marketing strategy:

Sometimes you're going to have to work hard to understand the "why" behind the "wants."

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SaaS Marketing: You Are NOT Your Best Customer

Software marketing teams frequently—and unintentionally—target the bulk of their content to the bottom of the funnel. Targeting those bottom funnel prospects is easy, right? You get to share all of those everyday facts, stats, acronyms and logistics you celebrate on a regular basis. It's easy to forget that most people don't have a clue about the ins-and-outs of your product.

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Five Software Marketing Tips to Optimize Keywords and Titles

"The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter—'tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning."

These wise words were written by Mark Twain in 1890, but they may be more important than ever today as companies focus on keywords and search engine optimization to drive their inbound marketing strategies.

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Software or Service: What Should You Prioritize?

It's customers who take their business elsewhere. It's money that's simply gone. It's the percentage of SaaS subscribers that stops using the product.

It's churn, and sometimes there's nothing you can do about it.

Or is there?

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Marketing Insight: How SaaS Marketing Is Different

How do you sell what cannot be seen?

That's the question everyone responsible for SaaS marketing has to answer—and it's not always easy.

Marketing SaaS  offers a variety of challenges, not the least of which is its lack of a physical presence. It's always changing. Its moniker is strange. And then there is the fact that most consumers don't even know that a SaaS solution to their problem exists.

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What are the Secrets of Success in SaaS?

Why spend any time or money on SaaS marketing if it isn't going to pay off? And yet there are plenty of companies sinking thousands of dollars every month into inbound marketing strategies that don't pay their own way—let alone return a profit.

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5 Killer Mistakes SaaS Businesses Make

Sometimes the very best intentions can totally flatline, killing conversion rates and ROI faster than you can say "CPR, STAT!"

Your SaaS marketing team might have fantastic ideas, but if they aren't part of an integrated, multi-faceted inbound approach - they won't get you anywhere, which leads to regrettable wastes of time and money - and an inevitable slowing of the lead-conversion pulse.

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How to Develop a Solid Pay Per Click Strategy for Software Marketing

Pay Per Click (PPC) campaigns are scary, especially when you consider the average small business owner pays between $9,000 and $10,000 per month for PPC ads.

Take a deep breath and pause for a moment while you soak that in.

That's about $100,000+ per year spent on ads that may or may not work. If they don't, it's $100K in software marketing funds you may as well have used to take your entire team on a Caribbean cruise.

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Website Traffic that Sells Software: Quantity Versus Quality

It's so tempting to see those whopper visitor metrics and celebrate. And you should! Those numbers say that your software marketing techniques are paying off....to a point.

On the flip side of that coin, if your page visits are high but conversion rates seem pretty low (less than 1% to 3% of those whopping visits resulted in qualified leads), it means there is some more investigative and content work to do.

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Get More Software Sales Using SMART Website Traffic and Lead Goals

Selling software, whether as a service or an innovative solution, is all about two things: website traffic and leads.

Without website traffic, you're unlikely to fill the top of your sales funnel with high-quality leads. Without leads, you're unlikely to sell a lot of software.

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The Big Picture for Ranking a Website for Software Marketing

One of the most magical things about Claude Monet's works is that the closer you get, the less the paintings make sense. His painting technique was like the ultimate pre-cursor to pixels—using a series of short, splotch-like brush strokes that work together to comprise a completely coherent, integrated, and stunning picture.

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Selling Software with Pay-Per-Click: Is Your Landing Page Up to Par?

Is there anything more frustrating than clicking on an online ad only to be brought to a landing page that delivers... nothing?

If you use pay-per-click ads as part of your overall inbound marketing strategy, you're probably sending people who click on your ads to a landing page, which is essentially a separate webpage designed to elicit a specific action. When it comes to software marketing, that action could range from filtering traffic to targeted areas of your website to learning more about your products to subscribing for blog post updates to actually making a purchase.

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Insider Software Marketing Secrets: Buying Email Lists

When it comes to building an audience for your inbound marketing campaign, it's all about audacity.

You've got to be bold. You've got to use best practices. And whatever you do, you must fight the temptation to take the easy way out—even if thousands of email contacts are only a credit card swipe away. Yes, it can be incredibly tempting to buy an email list to support your software marketing efforts. But it's always a bad idea. 

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8 Ways to Grow Your Software Marketing Email List Organically

When it comes to email marketing, your efforts are only as good as your email list.

Sure, you can take the easy way out and buy or rent yourself a list. But that's a surefire way to put your IP address in the crosshairs of anti-spam crusaders. The truth is, successfully integrating an email campaign into your comprehensive inbound marketing strategy doesn't typically come to those who take the easy route. No, successful software marketing email campaigns come to those who build their email lists organically, methodically, and over time.

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7 SaaS Landing Page Mistakes to Avoid

Done well, a software marketing campaign leads hundreds of visitors directly to landing pages. What happens there, however, makes or breaks the ROI. Even the best inbound marketing strategies can fall completely flat if landing pages aren't carefully crafted to drive action.

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Insider Software Marketing Secrets: Landing Page Copy That Converts

We get it! You want The Sale! Who doesn't?

Software marketer beware: That wanting of the sale now-now-now can be the bane of an otherwise awesome inbound marketing strategy.

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Why and How to Build a LinkedIn Group for Healthcare Marketing

Marketing. It's part art, part science. It's a multi-billion dollar industry. And it's a necessity for healthcare organizations.

Yes, if you want to build a bigger, better business, you're going to need to market yourself, your company, and your products and services.

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LinkedIn Drip Campaigns Move More Software Marketing Leads into the Funnel

It's been said that necessity is the mother of invention. But innovation's family tree doesn't stop there. Necessity is also responsible for automation, which can be leveraged to create effective software marketing campaigns. Whether you are focused on SaaS or selling niche software applications, automation can make your job easier.

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Building a Database of Well-Qualified Leads for Healthcare Marketing

Behold the unbridled power of the well-populated healthcare marketing database. It provides information about businesses and industries, access to decision makers, and the ability to significantly shorten the sales process. Yes, a healthcare marketing database can be the bedrock on which your inbound marketing strategy is built. It allows you to know with precision whether your tactics are working or not – and then make smart decisions about how to enhance them.

That is, if it includes precise information about high-value prospects harvested directly from their LinkedIn accounts.

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Business to Business Lead Generation for Specialized Software Marketing

Sometimes the search engine just doesn't offer the best path to results when it comes to lead generation.

This can be especially true (and frustrating) when it comes to software marketing, where products can be highly specialized, expensive, and appealing to a relatively small number of consumers.

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Building a LinkedIn Group Aligned to Your Marketing Personas

You know your prospects with precision. You've identified them, found them on LinkedIn, and populated a database with their information.

You know your company's value proposition inside and out. You've crafted authentic, personalized messages for your prospects that will inform and educate them, make their lives easier, and drive them to your website.

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LinkedIn Drip Messaging

A slow drip. Water on a stone. Steady, relentless, and effective.

This sums up how inbound marketing strategy generally is intended to work in the first place, and going further into the lead nurturing avenues with drip email campaigns aimed at carefully selected contacts in LinkedIn only enhances the power to drive more qualified sales leads into your funnel with it.

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LinkedIn Database Building: Networking Made Easy

A lot of people don't like networking. When they think about it, they envision uncomfortable conversations, awkward exchanges of business cards, and empty promises. For these people, "networking" might as well be a four-letter word.

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Pair LinkedIn with Inbound Marketing to Generate Leads That Close

You know the drill.

Your sales team wants leads. Your leadership team wants sales. You want to see your website at the top of Google. So you opt for a varied collection of online tactics that likely includes posting quality content, rich with keywords, which are then forced into your other marketing materials. You go heavy on the links. You use Google AdWords. Along the way, attention goes toward a flurry of activity to design and develop a website that is absolutely perfect.

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5 Tips for Building Your Customer Base Quickly

Behold the customer: elusive, fickle, and critical to your company's success.

Without customers, businesses cease to exist. Just ask Compaq, RCA, Enron, E.F. Hutton, and Pets.com. Even with good products, robust marketing budgets, and a lot of love from Wall Street, they all failed to build, grow, and galvanize their customer bases.

Some of their brands went stale. Some were offering the right products and services at the wrong time. Others simply didn't have the ability to entice customers to do business with them.

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The Pros and Cons of External Marketing for Healthcare

If you're studying the ins-and-outs of healthcare marketing, you know inbound marketing is where it's at. Since the large majority of your patients use smartphones and other gadgets to find you or check up on you, it makes sense that a significant amount of marketing energy should be focused on inbound practices that pave the way for patients to come looking for you.

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SaaS: Reliable Tips for Maximizing User Adoption

"Show me the money."

This was the battle cry for Tom Cruise's somewhat smarmy character in Jerry Maguire, a romantic comedy about an agent who chases money but ends up finding love.

It's also an apt battle cry for companies who build their revenues on SaaS. Of course, by "money" they mean profitable growth, which is the goal of any SaaS organization. And to find profitable growth, you've got to maximize user adoption.

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How to Create Customer Success Centered Marketing Strategies

Contrary to popular belief, effective inbound marketing strategy isn't strictly limited to delivering the right message to the right people at the right time.

It's really focused on creating customer success centered marketing strategies – which isn't always easy and usually takes a lot of time to master.

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Your Healthcare Newsletter: Is It Worth the Effort?

Remember the newsletter? Printed and mailed on a monthly basis. Then bimonthly. Now quarterly. It's filled with useful information – clinic hours, new hires, and maybe a feature story about a new service. And then there's the canned content that you were forced to purchase because you simply didn't have enough time to pull together enough content to fill last quarter's newsletter... which serves as a reminder that the next one is right around the corner, so you'd better get busy.

If you only think about your healthcare newsletter once a quarter (and always at the last minute), your audience is probably thinking about it even less often.

This begs the question: When it comes to healthcare marketing, is your healthcare newsletter even worth all the effort?

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Steps to Achieving SaaS Customer Alignment

In the world of software marketing, nothing matters more than your customers. Without them, you've got no subscription revenue, no recurring sources of income, and no business. So you'd better do everything you can to align your SaaS services with what your customers are seeking.

When you achieve SaaS customer alignment, you reap the rewards, which include recurring revenue growth, low acquisition costs, and reduced churn rates.

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3 Reasons to Use Professional Referral Marketing

Methodical inbound marketing is the foundation of successful medical practice marketing. It takes a trickle of website visits and turns them into a stream of qualified leads. Professional referral marketing, however, is the wellspring to tap if you want to unleash the Niagara Falls of new patients and clients.

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How to Efficiently Redesign Your Website in 6 Months

We live in a period of time where everything is available to us instantly. With the tap of a finger, we can order pizza, send an email, and post a photo we took seconds ago. In this digital age, we have some pretty high expectations when it comes down to time.

There are a few things in life that shouldn’t be rushed, however. Redesigning your website is one of them. Your website is your biggest marketing asset as well as the first impression your business gives. Therefore, creating a professional, helpful, and well-designed website is a must. As with most big commitments, the best results are often a product of the amount of time spent. Sure, you can have a website created for your business in as little as a month, but it’s not the same as having a perfectly tailored website.

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5 Practical Tips for Decreasing Customer Churn


It's a relatively simple word. It has five letters, one syllable, and will get you at least 10 points in Scrabble.

But you're not playing a board game. You're building a business. And that's why "churn" isn't so simple for you. Its causes are complex. Its effects keep you up at night. It has the power to paralyze your company's growth.

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5 Tips for Getting Your App to Sell Itself

In the beginning, apps were so cool! So exciting! So hip! Now they're old news, making software marketing a wee bit trickier. While apps make life – and access to your website, products, services, et cetera – more convenient, there are well over a million to choose from.

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Smart Lead Generation Strategies for SaaS Professionals

The pressure is on for SaaS professionals when it comes to software marketing. If you're in the business of hip, successful, and high-tech software services and solutions, your customers expect you to be on it when it comes to hip, successful, and high-tech marketing strategies.

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How to Design the Perfect Website

There’s a lot of pressure in creating a website. It is by far the most important marketing asset in your "toolbox" because it is converting visitors into leads 24/7. As the face of your brand, you want it to be great.

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3 Reasons to Keep Your Customers Tuned Into Healthcare News

There’s always a new development, event, or update in the world of healthcare. For those who work in healthcare marketing, it’s crucial to keep your finger on the pulse of what’s unfolding.

But what about your customers? Why is it necessary to keep them up-to-date when access to current events is easier than ever?

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The Secret Formula to Drive the Success of Your SaaS Company

The SaaS industry and its overall success are here to stay. With experts projecting revenue to reach $106B this year, the field shows no signs of stopping. As new companies enter the industry, competition increases, and businesses are looking for a way to ensure success.

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How to Minimize the Risk of Designing a New Website

Ask most business owners about designing a new website and odds are you'll see a visible shudder pass from head to toe. Why? Because traditional website redesigns typically require significant costs up-front, a ton of time and energy on the part of business owners and key personnel, and they notoriously run over-budget. Also, there's no guarantee they'll work.

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Are Personas Really Necessary for Your Healthcare Website?

The idea of creating marketing personas sounds great, but the process itself can be pretty time consuming. It requires digging into the nitty-gritty details about the clients you have now as well as the types of clients you hope to gain in the future. The complexity of that task is daunting and can cause healthcare marketing teams to wonder if taking the time and energy to create detailed personas is really that necessary.

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7 Amazing Goals That Can Be Accomplished via Healthcare Email Marketing

You have big goals for your healthcare marketing campaign. From engagement to personalization, you’re setting your sights high, and the sky’s the limit. A set of high-reaching goals is the ideal place to begin a successful healthcare marketing campaign.

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3 Dirty Little Secrets of Effective Web Design and SEO

The world of web design and SEO changes at supersonic speed. What was once golden is now tarnished; the rules of the game are seemingly updated at whim.

Do you ever feel like everyone knows something you don't?

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4 Strategies for Standing Out From the Pack (in a Positive Way!)

Online marketing has certainly changed the nature of many industries, the healthcare industry being no exception. With the plethora of health-related content online, it's difficult to remember a time when we didn't reach first for our smartphones when looking for medical information.

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Blog Design Breakdown

You’ve mastered the first step of inbound marketing: increasing web traffic by using great content and a mixture of SEO tactics. Since blogs are often the entrance point to a website for organic traffic, you need to ensure your blog design has the ability to engage and convert visitors. According to Google Analytics, in 2015 blogs had the highest bounce rate compared to all other website pages at 70-98%. So how can you convince readers to stay once on your blog once they’ve arrived, and how do you move them further along the inbound process?

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Are You Generating Enough Leads to Meet Your SaaS Sales Goals?

Sales goals are a crucial part of any business. Without sales businesses certainly wouldn't survive, and goals are the driving force in ensuring that profits happen. SaaS businesses in particular have their own growth and profitability metrics to factor into the equation.

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Time After Time: The Value of Long-Term Inbound Marketing Goals

Goal setting. It’s an integral part of any good inbound marketing strategy. Having a road map to follow certainly makes it easier to reach your destination. But how many times have your main marketing objectives been taken off-course by detours and U-turns? Hiccups and lag times after achieving short-term goals can extend the journey much more than you had originally planned.

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The World of Healthcare Marketing is Changing – Are You Keeping Up?

If there’s one industry in marketing that’s changing at a rapid pace, it’s healthcare. Between more choices for patients and the growing use of online reviews, the world of healthcare itself looks very different than it did just a decade ago.

Perhaps the biggest change of all is the increased emphasis on patient-centric practices and care. Healthcare marketers can use this change to their advantage by developing campaigns that draw consumers in naturally. Inbound marketing does just that, bringing in 54 percent more leads than traditional marketing tactics do.

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5 Questions to Answer Before Creating a New Healthcare Website

Creating a new website is a bit like an obstacle course. It has its challenges along the way, but the journey can be a blast if done correctly.

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Create an Engaging Website by Following These 7 Principles

When was your last "Aha!" moment? Ours was when we watched Dr. Susan Weinschenk’s 7 Principles that Make Your Website More Engaging video. Dr. Weinschenk makes some interesting and valid points about modern-day user experience. We just don’t browse the web like we used to. Nowadays we’re on a mission to find top-of-the-line information, products, and services.

However, with the amount of websites that are out there now, how do we ever make any decisions?

It’s simple, really. We look for the most engaging, well-designed websites.

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How to Make Sure Your Website Launch is a Success

Launching a website, whether it’s brand spanking new or a redesign, is a serious undertaking. In fact, organizations are prone to putting off website launches because of the sheer amount of preparation they require.

But perhaps we’re going about website design and redesign the wrong way. There’s a tendency in traditional web design to look at the process as a long-term, but ultimately finite task. This finite nature means that, at some point (and likely sooner than we’d like), the website will become stale and need an overhaul... and then you're back to square one.

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Top 5 Trends in SaaS Marketing

SaaS marketing is no easy task. You're basically marketing something that has no physical presence and that is constantly changing – not to mention that the average individual isn't familiar with the ins and outs of cloud computing in the first place.

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Shrewd New Strategy for Business Website Design

The expectations for websites have changed rapidly. What were once Yellow Pages-esque placeholders are now expected to be interactive, perpetually fresh sources of information that are dependable, up-to-date, and on-trend. As visitors, most of us would say that we have those same expectations of the sites that we visit, right?

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Perpetual Lead Generation: Is It an Urban Legend?

Ah, urban legends. Even if you were the bravest kid on the block, chances are, the thought of the Boogey Monster under your bed still gave you the creeps.

Urban legends stick around because they spark something in us – a bit of mystery and intrigue, if you will. Most of them come from a grain of truth snowballing into something unforgettable and bone-chilling.

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3 Ways to Make Healthcare Less Complicated for Your Customers

Healthcare is a funny thing. Few of us graduate high school or finish our degrees well-versed in the topic, yet all of us need to understand the core aspects of the industry to lead healthy, fulfilling lives.

Few would disagree that healthcare can seem complicated and sometimes frustrating to those outside the field (and perhaps to many on the inside as well). This means that anyone who works in healthcare marketing has the obstacle of confusion to overcome.

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5 Ways to Engage Your Subject Experts in Your Healthcare Marketing Efforts

"Medical practice marketers"... the phrase itself sounds like a bit of an oxymoron, doesn't it?

The type of person who pursues marketing as a profession is typically creative – a "big picture" thinker, a "words" person, or what we often talk about as being "right-brained." Typically, science and math weren't their favorite subjects in school.

Then there are the doctors and physicians – the "subject experts." These medical practice pros are typically thought of as logical, linear, math-and-science-types. They think more on the micro-level and are decidedly left-brained. In other words, the strengths and talents of the former are not necessarily shared by the latter, and vice versa.

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Growth Driven Website Design Has an Immediate Impact on Lead Generation

Traditional web redesign takes months to complete, requires a large budget, and leaves you without a current strategy in place for lead generation while the new site is being built. Even in a best-case scenario you will need to repeat the redesign process within a two-year period; in the worst of cases, the new design will be ineffective at generating leads and demand an immediate redo.

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Website Redesign with Inbound Marketing in Mind

This post is a submission for Website Design in the HubSpot Impact Awards

Introducing Alden Systems

In 2013, we began working with one of our first inbound marketing clients, Alden Systems, Inc. Alden offers five different asset management softwares, and an array of consulting, business analysis, inventory, and inspection services to the utilities and telecommunications industries. Alden determines the best combination of software and services for each prospect based on their industry, division and specific pain points.

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The House That Inbound Marketing Built

What's the first thing to come to mind when you think of your house?

The decor? The tables? What about the windows... or the lights? These things may be the most visible and noteable components, but what about the roof, the floor, and the walls that hold everything up and together? Let's face it – without those, the contents of the building wouldn't be of much use, right?

Now, when you think of marketing, you may think of the visible glitz of a quality website, the glamour of a popular social media campaign, or the laudable end results of a job well done. But when you get down to it, your inbound marketing efforts are essentially the invisible support beams of your business.

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4 Reasons to Pursue Delighting Your Customers

Delighted. Fascinated. Engaged.

Customers today are expecting to feel all of the emotions above and more. It’s no longer enough to just meet a customer’s needs and go on your merry way. To foster loyalty, you need to make them feel incredibly special to your brand.

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3 Long Term Benefits of Inbound Marketing for SaaS Companies

Put your ear to the ground of the marketing world and you’re likely to hear the words inbound and SaaS over and over. At first listen these two terms seem to have little to do with each other; one is a customer-centric marketing methodology and the other is a service-based software model.

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SaaS: Are You Keeping Your Content "Evergreen"?

With so much SaaS marketing material out there to compete with, it can be difficult to make your voice heard. To better your odds from your content creation efforts, strive to create evergreen content.

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Inbound Marketing for Healthcare Industries: Specific. Direct. Thorough.

Instead of calling a family member, people are now heading online first to learn more about their healthcare concerns. The inbound marketing methodology gives medical practices in the healthcare industry a platform to naturally attract patients and build their online reputation.

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4 Measures to Gauge Your SaaS Company Blog's Worth

It’s hard to imagine a business that doesn’t have a blog these days. Blogs have become an essential part of the equation to marketing and overall success. SaaS companies, in particular, have the opportunity to use their blogs to leverage their expertise and knowledge-hungry fan base into a lead-generating, engagement-driving machine.

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SaaS + Inbound Marketing = An Engaged and Leveraged Community of Users

As a result, SaaS businesses have their own unique challenges to consider when developing a marketing plan. Customers are often savvy buyers who can be fanatical promoters with the right SaaS marketing approach. So, how could the nature of this customer base be best leveraged to create an engaged community of users? It’s clear a one-size-fits-all approach is not the answer. Instead, you need a marketing strategy that works well with the essential qualities of SaaS while offering room for personalizing your message.

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3 Ways the Internet Has Changed the Game for Healthcare Marketing

In today's tech-savvy culture, it seems that everyone with an ailment quickly clicks on their web browser even before calling their primary care provider. It's official: the game has changed.

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Healthcare Marketing: Going Beyond the Headlines to Gain New Customers

Evaluating current statistics connecting headlines and SEO punch, you'd think a catchy headline is all you need to increase medical website marketing numbers. For example, MOZ cites that 80% of readers never make it past headlines and that if a headline resonates with a reader, it can increase website traffic by 500%.

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The Secret Weapon of SEO: Win the Online Battle For New Clients

For any business to survive, it needs to maintain a consistent stream of customers... new customers... repeat customers... delighted customers!

But since every other business in your industry is also striving to attract the same attention as you, what will it take to set your business apart? What weapon is in your arsenal that will help you win the battle for these potential customers?

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If a Picture is Worth 1,000 Words, A Video is Worth Double

It is often said that a picture is worth 1,000 words. If that is the case, then a video is worth at least 2,000. Videos are so much more engaging and interactive than pictures and text. With modern technology, embedding videos directly into a website, blog or social media account is extremely easy and even a little bit of fun. The key is creating unique video content that is different from the rest.

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Time to Tune-Up Your Social Media's Squeaky Wheel

Just as a vehicle requires a trip to the mechanic for periodic maintenance and up-keep, your social media’s inbound strategy needs to be given a regular once-over. Consider your social media to be the vehicle that transports you and your customers to common ground... not only does the "vehicle" need to be sparkling clean on the outside, but it also needs to have strong horsepower rumbling under the hood.

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Performance Boosting Tips To Improve Your Blog's Competitive Edge

You have a website up and running, and you are now launching your first blog. Congratulations! A website with a quality blog is an enormous strategic advantage when used properly. The internet has become the most common first-effort search for people looking for insider views, tips, and tutorials for their personal and professional pain points, and search engines are constantly on the lookout for relevant resources that can provide solutions.

There are a number of ways sharpen your blog’s competitive inbound marketing edge when it comes to attracting these visitors to your site:

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Marketers Involved with Sales Software 13% More Likely to See ROI

Let’s face it – as marketers we are always looking for ways to improve, or sometimes just prove, ROI. Using marketing automation software gives us the leg up and increases our chances for success. In fact, those who use marketing automation software are more likely to see a higher ROI than those who don't according to the 2015 State of Inbound report.

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Stop Ignoring Your Website When It Comes to Qualified Lead Generation

We all know modern day customers tune out of traditional outbound advertising and, instead, tune right into their web-enabled devices to read, share, and enjoy online content. More than just reading, people want to interact with brands and tout their favorite merchants to their friends on the world wide web. They no longer want to have advertisements interrupting their day only to shout messages at them from the TV, radio, or billboards. 

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Online Marco Polo: How to Use SEO to be Found

Have you ever considered how similar your website's SEO is to playing a game of "Marco Polo" with your customers?

Marco Polo is like a game of hide and seek, with one blindfolded person (the Seeker) calling out "Marco!" and the other players (the Hiders) scattered around the Seeker, all calling back "Polo!" at the same time. The Seeker then listens for the closest responding voices, giving those children his or her closest attention, and then continues calling out "Marco!" using the "Polo!" callbacks as a sort of sonar, moving closer and closer until he or she gets close enough to tag the nearest hiding player.

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How Many Companies are Actually Doing "Inbound Marketing"?

In order to discover how many companies are actually actively doing inbound marketing, the simplest, most direct way to find out is to just ask! So, every year, that’s exactly what happens with HubSpot’s annual State of Inbound report.

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How Inbound Marketing is Like Southern Hospitality

The South is known for its hospitality. Whether it’s an outdoor picnic of fried chicken and potato salad or a peaceful Sunday afternoon on the front porch with a glass of sweet tea, Southerners exude a welcoming attitude that says, "Come sit with me, let’s chat."

The heart of inbound marketing is not that different!

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Use Social Media to Lead Your Business to The One(s)

There's a natural rhythm to any long-term romance. The first call-back (eeek!), the continuous acknowledgement of undeniable chemistry (scha-wing!), and then there's the introductions to friends and family (I hope they like me!). By the time you've reached this last step, it's a good sign the two of you are in it for the "long haul."

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3 Makeover Tips to Enhance Your Website's Best Features

The website design process seems so straightforward, yet all it takes is one bad decision to realize how complex it really is. Common mistakes people make when designing a new website include:

  • Trying to translate old marketing paradigms into digital, online formats.
  • Making "Ranking #1 on Google" the primary goal.
  • Thinking a new website is a quick fix to systemic marketing and/or sales issues.
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Transform Your Social Media From Loner to Social Butterfly

In addition to being absolutely beautiful, butterflies are also critical pollinators. They spread pollen from plant to plant, and the result of all that flitting about is the production of seeds. Those seeds form into fruit, which exponentially creates more seeds from which new plants grow.

If you think about it, this process isn't all that different from the way an inbound marketing strategy works!

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DIY: Polish Your Social Media 'Till It Sparkles

I once saw a grandfather clock that dates back to the early 1700s. While the clock's age was certainly a remarkable feature, its 300-year legacy would mean nothing if the timepiece was no longer functioning or if the clock's face was broken or marred. Similarly, our families have inherited multi-generation antiques that have been repaired or repainted and then stripped back down to the original wood - always keeping the authenticity and integrity of the pieces intact - so that we could refinish them again.

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Make Your Social Media's First Impression a Strong Handshake

When it comes to first impressions, solid eye contact and a firm handshake mean a lot. The same is true in making a strong first impression on someone in the digital realm. Social media platforms offer the best path for this as part of your inbound marketing strategy by encouraging a new friend or follower, a virtual stranger, to venture further down the buyer's journey with you.

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S.O.S.! Help Customers Find My Business in the Online Jungle!

If you're finding it difficult to make your business known in the ever-growing online environment, it might be time for you to learn a little more about inbound marketing. This strategy for marketing has subtlety and helpfulness at its heart and will require a shift in your expectations. Since it is a unique formula for every business, having it deliver measurable results takes a little trial and error at first in order to establish a firm foundation.

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Social Media 101: How to Win Friends & Influence Followers

In 1936, Dale Carnegie (originally "Carnagey," and no relation to steel baron Andrew Carnegie...) published the widely popular book, How to Win Friends and Influence People. It has gone to publication multiple times and is still considered a foundation for both personal and professional success.

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How to Tie Ads into an Inbound Lead Gen Campaign

Paid ads and inbound marketing together? Say it ain’t so Joe!

For years we’ve talked about how you should focus on drawing traffic to your site through relevant content. Build it and they will come. Provide relevant content that resonates with your target audience and they will love you for it. But what if you want to jumpstart your inbound lead generation efforts through paid ads? Promote it and they will come... faster.

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3 Tips to Increase the Visibility of Business Online Smoke Signals

A constantly growing website and an integrated social media presence are both critical components for generating virtual smoke signals that e-searchers can find in the jungle of online options for solutions to their business's problems. A business's online presence must be multifaceted, and a single page website simply will not do in today's overcrowded online space. The incorporation of social media in conjunction with a solid website increases the extent of your reach, and strengthens your inbound marketing impact.

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What Not To Wear: Website Makeover Edition

Think about all the times you needed to make a dazzling first impression – job interviews come to mind. Now evaluate the things you prioritized to make that good impression. Odds are they included:

  • The way you looked, including what you wore.
  • What you said.
  • How you said it.
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