Inbound Marketing Blog

How Can I Use My Blog to Increase Brand Awareness?

Posted by Diane Campbell on Aug 11, 2017 9:05:00 AM

If you want your website to be more than a virtual pamphlet about your business that’s easily lost in the practically endless pile of online content already out there, you need to provide enough substantial content for search engines to identify your site as one that provides valuable answers to questions users are asking. If your website isn’t showing up in search engine results for queries related to your business, then it’s not going to draw new potential customers who aren’t already aware of your products or services. A blog provides an easy way to regularly add fresh, relevant content to your website that addresses questions your potential customers are asking now.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, SEO

Considering Trying Snapchat Ads? Read This First

Posted by Laura Stroup on Aug 10, 2017 3:22:00 PM

It seems like Snapchat is becoming more popular every day, but is it an effective way to advertise your business? In this article, we’ll look at two of the biggest issues advertisers are currently facing with Snapchat ads.

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Topics: Business Marketing

Where to Find Free Inbound Marketing Training and Resources

Posted by Mikayla Wilson on Aug 9, 2017 3:29:00 PM

If you're looking for some inbound marketing training and resources, then you've come to the right place! I'm going to share some of my favorite resources to help you learn inbound marketing best practices, tips, and tricks. Discover what's new and next in marketing, and get certified along the way.  

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Topics: Inbound Marketing

How Is AI Transforming SEO?

Posted by Diane Campbell on Aug 7, 2017 8:42:00 AM

Artificial intelligence (AI) has come to organic search, and it’s changing the way marketers approach search engine optimization (SEO). Google began rolling out its AI-based search called RankBrain in early 2015. Since then, this new application of machine learning has proven to be an effective way of bringing users the kinds of results they’re looking for. So, how do you optimize your online content for AI? The simplest—and best—answer is essentially the same as it always has been: Give your audience what they’re looking for.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, SEO, Content Creation

How and Why to Repurpose Your Content

Posted by Mikayla Wilson on Aug 5, 2017 4:15:00 PM

If you’re anything like me, you spend a lot of time creating content. Each blog post or ebook is carefully crafted, and you care about the end result for your readers. So why spend so much time writing and developing content to only publish it once? Content should be a gift that keeps on giving. And unlike re-gifting the t-shirt or coffee maker you got for Christmas, it’s not considered a social faux pas to re-gift—or repurpose—your content.   

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, Content Creation

How to Identify Your Target Audience

Posted by Kelsey Meyer on Aug 3, 2017 2:12:00 PM

According to inbound marketing best practices, after determining your target audience or market, you should take it a step further and develop that audience into fictional buyers called your buyer personas.  These personas will be the focus for all of the content you produce on your website and on social media. If you can offer clear messages that resonate with these specific individuals, it will help your company attract them to your business, increasing relevant website traffic and ultimately, increasing sales.

 

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SEO Basics: How Long Should My Blog Articles Be?

Posted by Micah Hartmann on Aug 1, 2017 3:43:00 PM

The answer to this question is probably more complex than you think (or want to believe). Over the past few years, many bloggers have pushed for 500–800-word (on average) blog articles, thinking that was the sweet spot. They weren’t necessarily wrong, but if we don’t keep learning and evolving with the latest SEO advancements and effective tactics, we’ll quickly lose touch, and our strategies will lose their value.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, SEO, Content Creation

5 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Web Developer

Posted by Dustin Miller on Jul 30, 2017 11:01:00 AM

If you need a website built for your business or your old site redesigned to keep up with the changing online world, the first thing you need to do is find a skilled, reliable developer. To help you weed out the hacks and find someone who can help your business succeed, ask these five questions.

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Topics: Web Design, Web Development

Case Study: Hedrick Construction Builds Business with Blue Frog

Posted by Laura Stroup on Jul 29, 2017 9:10:00 AM

Hedrick Construction, based in Huxley, Iowa, specializes in roofing installation and repairs. At the time Hedrick Construction made the decision to partner with Blue Frog, the company sought to build an online presence in order to help more potential customers find the company online, attract more website visitors, and convert visitors into customers. In the four years since partnering with Blue Frog, Hedrick Construction has increased website traffic 19,527% and generated 583 leads.

 

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Topics: Inbound Marketing

How to Remove Bad Links & Add Good Ones to Your Website

Posted by Diane Campbell on Jul 27, 2017 4:00:00 PM

When building, redesigning, or adding content to your website, it’s critical to understand some basic search engine optimization (SEO) best practices to give your potential customers the best possible chance of finding your business online. A great place to start is by reading Google’s Webmaster Guidelines, which discuss much of what you need to know to help your site rank well in the results pages and avoid penalties that could damage your position.

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Topics: SEO, Web Design