A Virtual Ofice in Slack
COVID-19 has caused many organizations to transition to a remote workplace for the unforeseeable future. As a result, employees have had to make several adjustments from their typical in-person working environments. Perhaps the most significant change is how teammates connect (or the lack thereof) over digital communication platforms, like Slack.
This shift has impacted more than just standard weekly team meetings, but more so the natural side conversations that happen in the hallways, by the espresso machine, over lunch, or at a company happy hour. Remote workplaces have made it extremely challenging to create these off-the-cusp discussions that bring a fun element to the traditional office environment.
So, is it possible to make Slack the new “water cooler”? I like to believe so. In the post, I’ll share five ways you and your team can keep the informal but important discussions alive and kicking.
Not all websites are created equal. If your company has a robust content management system with dedicated marketers, designers, and front-end developers to run it, you’re fortunate (I’m jealous!). For most startups, their websites are hardcoded, resources are shared, and processes are often fragmented and driven initially by non-marketers. This leaves crucial elements like your open graph and SEO meta tags as an afterthought and, at times, wholly forgotten.
Thanks to Leadsift for having me contribute to their 1-Minute Learning Series. The original marketing funnel interview with Alex Field highlighting lives on Leadsift’s Linkedin page.
Reverse Engineer Your Marketing Funnel
For a good majority of marketers, our core mandate is to generate leads. And more times than we can count, CEOs, executives, and sales aimlessly tell marketing, “we need leads.”
No. You want revenue.
Sure, leads get you to revenue, but let’s get everyone on the same page. Revenue is what matters. Nothing else.
When you have business leaders asking for leads, and a sales team that is hungry to bring in revenue, it’s time to reverse engineer your marketing funnel. Put a plan in place that highlights both leads AND revenue.
This holiday gift guide for working moms does not contain any affiliate links.
Finding the perfect holiday gift can be tough, especially for the working mom who doesn’t need another candle, kitchen towel, or tube of lavender hand lotion. What she needs are items that can make her everyday routine and workday simpler and overall more enjoyable. To help lift the stress and ideally bring more joy to your gifting experience, we’ve crafted a thoughtful holiday gift guide that will bring ease, delight, and add a touch of luxury into any working mom’s lifestyle (and dads!). The products mentioned in this post have been personally used, loved, and enjoyed by me or recommended by my tribe of working moms. These are real products used by everyday parents.
Access Your Template >> Newsletter Strategy Template
“We need a monthly newsletter! What’s our newsletter strategy?”
Yep, the familiar battle cry from many online marketers… especially after seeing statistics such as “email marketing delivers an ROI of 4,400%!“
When done right, email marketing is a powerful tactic to engage with your prospects, nurture relationships, move them along the sales funnel, and increase conversion rates.
Here are just a few reasons why an email newsletter should be an essential component in your marketing mix:
- It’s very affordable.
- It drives traffic to your website.
- It’s easy to track and analyze the metrics.
- It allows granular segmentation and personalization.
Update, this best podcasts blog post has been recently revised (Jan. 2020). Since publishing, I’ve added several marketing, product, and business related podcast to the list. @mention me on Twitter and tell me what podcasts have been your favorites
Today is International Podcast Day. Hhhhm, who knew?
The obsession with podcast continues as 12 million people listened to a podcast for the first time in the last year. One of those listeners was me, and now I cannot stop.
If you have spent any time with me, you know that I will, without fail, ask you what you’re reading and what’s your favorite podcast. Most of my recommendations have come from my friends, colleagues, and even strangers.
Within the last 30 minutes, you might have sent an email to a client, responded to a reply on Twitter, made a comment in your user community, and shared a new blog post on LinkedIn.
In your mind, this is just maintenance work: Keeping up on correspondence, communicating with customers and prospects.
True as that may be, each minor email and a quick Twitter reply is doing much more than you may realize. They all contribute to telling your brand’s story and connecting that story to customers.
There’s good news and bad news.
First, the good news: Your startup website is getting traffic, which means your early digital marketing efforts are generating some results. With the content landscape more competitive than ever, reaching an audience is far from simple, yet you’ve managed to do it.
Now, the bad news: The results you’re getting might not be the results you want. Traffic is excellent and necessary and all that, but there’s a difference between good traffic and bad traffic, and quality is impossible to tell when you’re only counting clicks.
Does Your Marketing Strategy Include Repurposing Content?
How long does it take you to create a piece of content? And I’m not talking about your run-of the-mill, 300-word blog post. I mean content with purpose and substance.
Full transparency here: This blog post took me about 10 hours from brainstorm to distribution. For a small little marketing shop like Marketing 261, that’s a big chunk of time spent.
If you’re anything like us, you probably lack the resources to regularly spend this much time producing content. And, you also want more from the content you’ve already spent hours creating.
That’s where content repurposing comes in. It’s using your existing material to your advantage AND breathing new life into content you’ve left on your website to collect cobwebs.
By reimagining, reworking, and reformatting your existing content, you can produce fresh pieces without starting from scratch each time. Here’s how content marketing pro Benji Hyam uses content repurposing at Grow & Convert:
How To Create A Blog Style Guide
If you’re in charge of your company’s content, you’re undoubtedly in charge of keeping it consistent no matter who’s writing it: you, a colleague, or even outside freelance help.
How do you stay consistent? How do you make sure the quality of your blog posts—no matter who’s writing them—never wavers?
A blog style guide, of course. So let’s talk about building one.
Thanks to Leadfeeder for having me as a guest blogger. The original post, All sales teams would love a 2000% increase in their monthly lead volume… Or would they? can be found on Leedfeeder’s blog. You’ll learn more details on the marketing campaign, as well as the specific steps I would take to improve it.
I once launched an inbound marketing campaign that increased lead generation by 2,000%. With that kind of result, you would think I was popping open the Champagne and celebrating, right? Well, not exactly. In fact, if I could go back, I’d do it all differently.
We’ve all been there. You launch a great piece of content (or so you thought), and then….
No likes, no shares, no retweets, and no comments.
What happened? Or better yet, why does this keep happening?
If you’re creating content consistently, but failing to get the results you want, it may be time to reflect on your content marketing strategy.
App overload is definitely a thing.
115 Productivity Apps to Maximize Your Time?! Are you kidding me?
There’s a point of diminishing returns when it comes to productivity apps and I’m pretty sure you’d hit it way before you download the 115th one.
Why You Probably Don’t Need 115 Productivity Apps
Here’s my beef with lists like these and other people swearing by certain apps that claim to help you kick your work day into gear: you can’t tell someone how they should manage their work. Not without knowing what type of person they are, how they work best, and what their motivation to do good work is.
If you’re a visual person, like me, you might find the app-less route helpful. Below is a step by step system to which I attribute my relentless craving to get things done.
Is marketing automation necessary for your startup?
I once spent $30K on a marketing automation solution that was completely unnecessary.
It wasn’t my finest moment. So much so that I want to share share with other marketers—especially startups—because it was an expensive lesson that I don’t want others to repeat.
Now, before you get the idea that I’m a spendthrift, let me explain. It was in the early days of my marketing career, I was the marketing head for a startup and bound and determined to launch the business better and faster than anyone else could envision.
I had had previous experience with marketing automation at another company and naturally thought this small company could benefit from it too. I just thought it was something all companies needed.
But let me share the three problems with this thinking:
From brainstorming to writing the first draft to design, edits, and publication, there are a lot of hands involved in getting an article blog-ready.
I don’t know about you, but by the time we’ve hit each of these steps (and run it up the flagpole each time), there’s anywhere from 3-4+ different people involved in getting it all done right.
That’s a lot of collaboration. So what’s a content marker to do? Use an editorial calendar—or actually, something we think is even better—a system. It’s a clear and organized funnel that blog posts travel through from brainstorm to publish. And we do it all with project management tool Trello.
Marketing is Complicated, Sort Of
Marketing originated in bringing goods to physical markets for sale or trade. Setting prices, showing products, promotional shouts of “Get your apples here,” all happened in one place.
If it was only that easy in today’s startup world, right?
Today’s marketing involves creating relevance for your brand, building awareness of your product or service, developing compelling validation for your solution, and taking the right mitigating actions along the path to purchase. All with limited resources and sometimes with tiny, non existing budgets.
Marketing AMA: Ask Me Anything
We believe this entire process can be made more effective and does not have to be as daunting as it seems. Our AMA sessions are formed to help CEOs and marketing leads recall that marketing retains its simple, uncomplicated foundations if it’s backed by:
- a well defined strategy
- an organized & attainable plan
- purposeful execution
By targeting your marketing efforts around these three interdependent drivers, we’ll help you focus your marketing initiatives so they all lead to measurable business growth.
“If I could go back, I would do one thing differently,” a client recently told me.” I would have hired a good marketer right from the start. Now I am playing catchup and feeling like I am a bit behind instead of leading the pack.”
This is a common story in the startup world. While many tech companies are built on great products and software solutions, the people behind those solutions don’t always know how to properly market their company to their target audience.