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Debra Mastaler is Features Editor at Search Engine Land. She is an internationally recognized authority on link building and is an OMCP Certified Link Building Trainer. Based in Washington DC, Debra is also a columnist for Search Engine Land, has written for or been featured in numerous tech publications and is active on the search […]

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How to Lead Different Personality Types

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rawpixel / Pixabay How well do you know the people who work for you? I don’t mean knowing what TV shows they watch, or remembering the names of all the spouses and partners. I mean really knowing them—understanding how their minds work, what motivates them, what makes them tick. See, any strong team is the […]

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“Upside Risk to Home Prices”

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by Bill McBride on 6/15/2018 05:51:00 PM This is an interesting note today from Goldman Sachs economists Daan Struyven and Marty Young: Upside Risk to Home Prices (A few excerpts): Home prices are growing at a 6.5% annual rate, the fastest pace since 2013. … we review trends in housing demand, supply, and financing fundamentals […]

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Quality Beats Quantity Every Time

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Do you think you need to be putting out loads of social media posts? Are you putting out content just for the sake of putting out content that’s perhaps not of a very good quality? Is your poor quality content reflecting badly on your business? When it comes to social media posts, quality beats quantity […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Breadcrumbs & SEO

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What Retailers Can Learn From Sephora’s Omni-Channel Experience

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On the surface, the purpose of your mobile app seems simple: drive revenue through in-app purchases. But what about all of those in-store purchases that were heavily influenced by mobile? Keep in mind that your mobile app is a piece of your overall business equation. The reality is, the modern day consumer craves experiences that […]

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16 Presentation Tips to Make You Stand Out From The Crowd

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Cast your mind back to the last business presentation you sat through. Did the speaker drone on and on telling you things that had little relevance or value to you? Or Did they capture and maintain your attention, interest and curiosity throughout their presentation? If your experience was more of the former description please don’t […]

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Link Diversity – Still Relevant to SEO?

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As we begin to embrace longer days and shed our winter wardrobes, it’s a great time for retail marketers to re-evaluate the email calendar and replace ineffective strategies with fresh approaches. Here are a few of our favorite tips to heat up your summer email campaigns and reinvigorate your marketing efforts: New Season, New Content […]

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Three Things Good Networkers Have in Common

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StartupStockPhotos / Pixabay Networking is such a bad word. It’s void of emotion, and it’s been so run into the ground that many people roll their eyes at hearing it. Yet the core of networking remains a vital part of any business owner’s business and marketing plan. Networking introduces you to people who can help […]

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At ANZ, It’s All About Agility

At ANZ, It’s All About Agility

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This article is part of our June series about the future of work. Click here for more. Could you work in a company with no managers? Once unheard of, agile, self-managed teams and non-hierarchical structures are becoming increasingly popular in progressive workplaces across the Asia Pacific region. Case in point is regional banking heavyweight ANZ, whose […]

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3 Questions to Ask Your Marketing Agency Before You Sign a Contract

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Every marketing agency worth anything has a fancy website that lists all of their services and accomplishments (I know we do). If I were to ask you to make a list of your top ten favorite marketing agencies based on their websites alone, you might end up with ten marketing agencies that for one reason […]

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How to Stay Motivated When You Can’t Stand a Co-Worker

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mohamed_hassan / Pixabay The problem with working for a living is that there are no perfect jobs out there. No matter what kind of work you do, there’s always something that, if changed, would make it better. There could be high stress, certain tasks you dislike doing, or benefits you don’t receive. Or, it could […]

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Fast & Easy Friday – 6.15.18

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Jessica Baum, Director of Marketing, Product and Channel   Here are the top five content marketing stories that grabbed our attention this week. We find the best so you don’t have to! Why Consistent, Quality Content Is The Only Choice For Your Business (Marketing Insider Group) Quality content is a word that gets thrown around a […]

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Crypto ad-tech: Is the time right?

Crypto ad-tech: Is the time right?

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One of the things we tracked in the Blockchain MarTech Landscape is the growth of crypto-first alternatives to existing tools, technologies, and platforms. Though it may not be the first, it is probably the biggest prize in the Crypto MarTech space, namely Crypto AdTech. One of the things we tracked in the Blockchain MarTech Landscape […]

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The Art of Asking Open-Ended Questions

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Why Are Open-Ended Questions So Important? What kinds of questions are you asking your clients? How do you know which questions to ask and when to ask them? Some of the most successful salespeople are those who have learned the art of asking open-ended sales questions. Selling is game of questions. Successful sales professionals have […]

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5 Reasons Your Business is Struggling

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NeuPaddy / Pixabay Whether or not you like it, if you are an entrepreneur you are in sales. You have to sell your product or service somehow or you won’t make money. If you are scratching your head on why things are not working as planned, take a moment to review your marketing strategy and […]

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Include The Right Instagram Hashtags For Your Brand Marketing

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Having a well-planned mobile marketing strategy is an important part of building your personal brand on social media. Leveraging hashtags to their fullest potential is also important for visibility and growth. Instagram is near the top of the networks today, which makes this a must-engage platform for brands. Posting relevant images and videos that your […]

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The Three Pillars of SEO: Authority, Relevance & Trust

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‘); $(‘#scheader .sc-logo’).append(‘ ‘); $(‘#scheader’).append(”); $(‘#scheader .scdetails’).append(‘ ‘+cat_head_params.sponsor+’ ‘); $(‘#scheader .scdetails’).append(cat_head_params.sponsor_text); $(‘#scheader’).append(‘ ADVERTISEMENT ‘); if(“undefined”!=typeof __gaTracker){ $(‘#scheader a’).click(function(){ __gaTracker( “send”,”event”, “Sponsored Category Click Var 1”, “search-engine-optimization”, ( $(this).attr(‘href’) ) ); }); } } }); }); For just a moment, remember a time before the Internet and search engines. What did we do if we needed […]

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Unemployment Rates Lower in 14 states in May

Unemployment Rates Lower in 14 states in May

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by Bill McBride on 6/15/2018 10:21:00 AM From the BLS: Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary Unemployment rates were lower in May in 14 states and stable in 36 states and the District of Columbia, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Eleven states had jobless rate decreases from a year earlier and […]

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How to Use Video in Your Content and Marketing Strategy

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Diving into video marketing is a powerful way to enhance B2B marketing strategy and customer interaction potential on many levels for any brand. A video is easy to access and watch at any time. Colorful imagery and educational storytelling can help clearly demonstrate the features of a product or service while highlighting how it addresses […]

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Does Your Resume Highlight Your Passion?

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In an increasingly competitive job market, passion can be your greatest competitive advantage—the thing that helps you stand out from the crowd. If you’re vying for a job along with similarly-experienced and similarly-skilled professionals, being the one who loves their work the most—the one with the most spirit and enthusiasm—can help you rise to the […]

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Industrial Production Decreased 0.1% in May

Industrial Production Decreased 0.1% in May

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by Bill McBride on 6/15/2018 09:21:00 AM From the Fed: Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization Industrial production edged down 0.1 percent in May after rising 0.9 percent in April. Manufacturing production fell 0.7 percent in May, largely because truck assemblies were disrupted by a major fire at a parts supplier. Excluding motor vehicles and parts, […]

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Report: Millennials least influenced by retail advertising, most active tech adopters

Report: 52% of millennials want retailers to mirror their values

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The big takeaway from a new report by Euclid is that retail success strongly flows from brand perception. To many, this may seem like a non-insight; however, it’s contrary to pervasive thinking and conventional wisdom about discounting as a primary retail success factor today. The report is based on a survey of 1,500 US consumers, and […]

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Tweak Your Twitter Marketing Strategy

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joshborup / Pixabay Twitter can be an effective marketing platform when used correctly. Allowing you to easily connect with strangers around the world, it’s the perfect tool for building more leads and creating more brand awareness. You may have already tried Twitter and had few results – with so many people around the world sending […]

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Microsoft Ventures Into Checkout-Free Retail, Takes on Amazon

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Microsoft is reportedly taking on Amazon, as the company ventures into retail territory. The company is said to be looking into checkout-free shopping, an innovation that Amazon has pioneered. Reuters reported that at least six people have talked to them about Microsoft developing technology that will give retail companies the option to have cashier and checkout-free […]

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The importance of retention metrics – Content Marketing Association

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The importance of retention metrics June 15th, 2018 Nearly a month ago the long awaited GDPR legislation was finally enacted in Europe with the threat that brands who transgress it could face what some have suggested are astronomical fines. A month on and some of the noise about GDPR has abated, though marketers are still […]

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Manufacturing “Business activity continued to grow strongly in New York State”

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by Bill McBride on 6/15/2018 08:33:00 AM From the NY Fed: Empire State Manufacturing Survey Manufacturing firms in New York State reported that business activity expanded at a faster pace than in May. The general business conditions index rose five points to 25.0, its highest level in several months. … The index for number of […]

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A day in the life of… an Econsultancy trainer & consultant

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Michelle Goodall is a social media and digtial marketing consultant, as well as esteemed Econsultancy trainer for our social media courses and our Fast Track Digital Marketing course. This is a day in her life… Econsultancy: Please describe your job: What do you do?  Michelle Goodall: I’ve not had a job description on my business […]

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A Good Logo Comes With Options

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What Makes a Logo “Good?” Some logo designers would argue the exploration of color theory makes a good logo, while some would opine that a strict adherence to the grid is the only way to go. Still, others will suggest it’s the typeface the designer used. (Unpopular opinion alert: you’d be surprised how effective fonts […]

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What is a customer data platform? How is it different from a DMP or CRM?

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Modern marketing relies on data, we can all agree. So it is not strange that the customer data platform (CDP) is gaining momentum faster than any other marketing technology, even though many marketers are not yet familiar with the technology.  The CDP promises to provide the key to comprehensive data-driven marketing, a very attractive marketing […]

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International Content Marketing Awards 2018 – Content Marketing Association

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International Content Marketing Awards 2018 June 15th, 2018 The International Content Marketing Awards are the biggest night in the content marketing calendar. Agencies from across the world offer up their greatest work from the past 12 months for judgement by some of the biggest names in marketing. We are excited to announce that there are […]

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Why You Should Educate Your Community (& Get Them Involved)

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One of your biggest resources as a nonprofit is your community. In many cases, this is both your audience, and your inspiration. The community also makes your success possible by giving back and supporting you. For your nonprofit, the community you may look to most are the relevant organizations that are willing to share resources […]

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Behavior & Analytics Studies, Facebook’s A/B Testing, & LinkedIn’s Carousel Ads

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As Concerns Grow Over Internet Privacy, Most Say Search & Social Have Too Much PowerHow Internet users perceive the influence a variety of popular online platforms have over their lives was among the subjects examined in a sizable new joint report by Ipsos, the Internet Society, and the Centre for International Governance Innovation, offering some […]

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How to Get Content Marketing Right in E-Commerce

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Content marketing is a great, wonderful, powerful way to earn attention and loyalty online … but much of what the industry talks about comes from a B2B perspective. A lot of the rules change when you move to the B2C sector, and still more change when you talk about businesses operating on the online marketplace. […]

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You Can Lead A Sales Person To Water, But You Can’t Make Him Think!

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TeroVesalainen / Pixabay So much of the conversation we see in selling is on enabling the salesperson (not just limited to the sales enablement function). Millions/Billions are invested in sales tools, training, content, and programs. We structure organizations “to optimize” performance, creating specialist roles so salespeople don’t have to manage the whole process. We provide […]

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5 Fascinating Jobs That Don’t Exist—Yet

5 Fascinating Jobs That Don’t Exist—Yet

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This article is part of our June series about the future of work. Click here for more. Emerging technologies, automation, digital platforms, and data are reshaping the workplace at a rapid pace—so much so that 85% of the jobs that will exist in 2030 haven’t even been created yet, according to research by the Institute for […]

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Is Account Based Sales Development Right For Your Business?

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Pixabay Account Based Sales Development (ABSD) is a huge step forward for the world of sales development. When the right sales development teams adopt the broader account-based strategy, they’re seeing dramatic results. However, ABSD is much more sophisticated, and though it may be more effective than smiling-and-dialing or batching-and-blasting emails it isn’t always the answer […]

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Executives Should Focus On Prioritizing Work-Life Balance

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Pexels The balance between work life and personal life is among the most challenging aspects of being a professional. Achievement and advancement often come with heavy workloads and long hours, and our personal lives can inevitably take a hit. Add being plugged into work at all times via email and text, and our overall health […]

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A CTAConf 2018 Guide to Vancouver

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Conferences, conferences everywhere. SearchLove here, INBOUND there. There’s no shortage of great marketing conferences to choose from, but you’ve likely got a finite budget your marketing department can put toward them. How are you supposed to know which Martech events are the best bang for your buck? We’ll make it easy for you. I mean, […]

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15 Instagram Video Ideas That Will Give You a Creative Boost

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If video is not part of your Instagram strategy, you might be falling behind. In 2017, Instagram announced that there are now 2 million advertisers using the platform for business. They also noted that the highest area for growth was video, with time spent watching video up 80% and the number of videos produced daily […]

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Retargeting gets credit for sales that would have happened organically, say 83% of marketers

Retargeting gets credit for sales that would have happened organically, say 83% of marketers

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With today’s customer journey being more complicated than ever, it’s rare for the first touchpoint to result in a sale. Retargeting makes sense as a solution to that, designed to convert online window shoppers. The problem is, there’s so much bad retargeting out there. The repetitive ads that follow you all around the Internet have […]

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What Is Mobile First Design?

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JESHOOTScom / Pixabay What is mobile first design? Think Progressive Enhancement Mobile devices are the hardest to design for, but why? First, look at the most obvious indicator, screen size. An average laptop has a 13 to 15-inch screen. The average phone has a 5 to 7-inch screen. Straight and simple, the desktop devices have […]

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How to Provide and Get Value Through Email Marketing All Year Long

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The friends you’re willing to help are the same ones that help you. You can think about email marketing in the same way you think of the give and take between friends. The more value you give to the relationship, the more value you’ll get back. If you can consistently provide value all year long […]

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Sarah Carlson: An expert eye for video blogs

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Quick question: What’s the best movie of all time? Citizen Kane? Casablanca? The Godfather? If you ask Brafton’s Video Blog Studio Coordinator, Sarah Carlson, you may be surprised by the answer – if you recognize it at all, that is. You see, her favorite movie is a little psychedelic Czech flick from the ‘60s called […]

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10 Reasons to Use Video for Employee Training and Development

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In this highly competitive climate for hiring top talent, a strong employee training and development programme is going to set you apart in your industry. But training and development aren’t just useful for hiring the right people, it’s useful for retaining them too. And growing profit for your business! According to LinkedIn’s 2017 Workplace Learning […]

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