2018

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Is Your SaaS Go-to-Market Strategy Tsunami-Proof?

ConversionXL

Right now, there is a tsunami that’s coming to wipe out thousands of SaaS companies. In this article, I’ll walk you through the three tidal waves coming ashore and show you how to avoid their potentially disastrous consequences. The Three Tidal Waves Coming for Your SaaS Business. Tidal Wave 1: Buyers now prefer to self-educate. This isn’t limited to the B2C space.

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How to Excel as a Sales Manager and a Sales Leader – At the Same Time

Women Sales Pros

If you are a sales manager, you probably received some solid training, read lots of books,and learned from experts in the field through seminars, webinars and blog posts.And all along the way, you learned that your primary job as a sales manager is to develop and coach your team. But then management tells you that you also need to be a sales leader.

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Are Webinars Dead? How to Make a Webinar that Works in 2018

Hubspot

As an acquisition marketer, I hear questions like this all the time: "Is the PDF dead? Is the webinar dead now too? How should we continue generating leads for our sales team while continuing to innovate on the content formats we produce and gate behind a form?". It’s 2018, and the way our prospects and customers find and consume content has certainly changed.

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What Do the Blockchain and B2B Sales Have in Common (And Why It Matters)?

Outreach

Bitcoin. Ethereum. Ripple. Cardano. Stellar Lumens. No, this isn’t the beginning of some Star Trek fan-fiction, although the world of cryptocurrencies would fit right in on an episode of Deep Space Nine. Most cryptocurrencies are built on a revolutionary technology called the blockchain , which at a high level is an extremely secure, public ledger that is shared and verified by a distributed network of computers.

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How to Optimize Call Monitoring: Automate QA and Elevate Customer Experience

Speaker: Laura Noonan, Chief Revenue Officer at CallFinder + Angie Kronlage, Director of Program Success at Working Solutions + April Wiita, Vice President of Program Success at Working Solutions

Are you still manually reviewing calls? 🤔 It's time for a change! The traditional method of manual call monitoring is no longer cutting it in today's fast-paced call center environment. Industry experts Angie Kronlage and April Wiita from Working Solutions are here to explore the power of innovative automation to revolutionize outdated call review processes!

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How I Learned the Hard Way Not to Associate My Company With Buzzwords

Hubspot

"Ladder -- a growth hacking company" had a nice ring to it when I started my company a few years ago. As one of the few agencies in the industry using data-driven methods to launch and scale companies, I thought associating our brand with "growth hacking" would make us seem like a valuable, forward-thinking group. Without an established brand, I needed something relatable, accurate, and marketable that our audience could use to identify the type of service we provided.

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5 Infographics to Teach You How to Easily Make Infographics in PowerPoint [Free Templates]

Hubspot

Despite the spattering of headlines that have popped up over the past several years proclaiming "infographics are dead," infographics are, in fact, alive and well. Infographics aren't just alive and well -- they remain a staple in many business's content strategies. And while there are a lot of them, marketers who spend the time aligning the topic, content, and style of their infographics with the needs and preferences of their target audiences are still finding success among their audience.

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How to Use Instagram: A Beginner's Guide

Hubspot

Over the past few years, Instagram has seen exponential growth -- from one million users in December 2010, to over one billion in 2018. It's hard to remember a time before Instagram. "Do it for the 'gram" has become a common saying, which means, essentially, "Do something so we can take a picture and post it to Instagram." If you're not part of the one billion on Instagram, you might want to reconsider.

Follow-up 101
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The Ultimate List of Instagram Influencers in Every Industry (94 and Counting!)

Hubspot

In 2017, 92% of marketers who used influencer marketing found it to be effective. Influencer marketing has grown steadily in popularity over the past few years, and for good reason -- oftentimes, customers trust influencers over celebrities when choosing which products to buy, or which brands to endorse. In fact, marketers have seen such success from influencer marketing that almost 40% of them plan to increase their influencer budget in 2018 and beyond.

Sports 101
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The Last Guide to Google Data Studio You’ll Ever Need

Hubspot

As a marketer, data is your lifeblood. To gain support for your new idea or prove the value of your most recent campaign, you need data backing it up. But, for many people working in a primarily creative role, pulling and analyzing data can be a challenging task. Not only do you have to export your data, which really means opening up a jumbled spreadsheet bursting with an endless amount of metrics, but you also have to configure the data to report it correctly.

Campaign 101
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Gender Neutral Pronouns: What They Are & How to Use Them

Hubspot

In the past few years, the U.S. has made some small but mighty strides towards inclusivity, and language plays a big part in that. We've become rightfully cautious when we label other people, and are learning the importance of asking permission before identifying someone as a certain gender. In my English class in college, for instance, my teacher was progressive enough to say, "Please let me know which pronoun you'd prefer I use for you.

Meeting 101
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How to Improve Email Deliverability and Optimize Each Send

Learn how to optimize email deliverability and drive greater email ROI. What lands your email in the customer’s inbox? Understanding those factors, otherwise known as email deliverability, is critical to getting the most return on your campaign investments. But the “rules” around which factors land you in the spam folder aren’t always easy to keep up with.

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9 Fun (Not Cheesy) Ice Breaker Games Your Employees Will Enjoy

Hubspot

Asking "How is everyone?" at the beginning of every meeting isn't always the best way to encourage connection and team bonding. Sometimes, you need to take it a step further with an ice breaker. The best ice breakers have the power to strengthen coworker bonds, stimulate better brainstorming sessions, and create an atmosphere of inclusivity. But it's easier said than done, and the wrong ice breaker questions can lead to awkwardness or even increased tension.

Gaming 101
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7 Creative LinkedIn Summary Examples to Help You Craft Your Own

Hubspot

Writing a LinkedIn summary is incredibly difficult -- for everyone, but especially for salespeople. You're not targeting recruiters and hiring managers; you're appealing to buyers. That means on top of finding an interesting and genuine way to describe your professional background, you must also come across as a subject matter expert. In this blog post, we'll dig into what to include in your LinkedIn summary to make it stand out, as well as some examples to give you inspiration.

Pitch 101
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9 Insanely Successful Real Estate Marketing Ideas from Top Agents

Hubspot

As a real estate professional, you want to grow your business, and marketing plays a large role in capturing the attention of potential clients. A 2018 study by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) found 87% of home buyers purchase their home through a real estate agent. It’s evident there’s a market for real estate agents. But how can you reach prospects?

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The Ultimate Guide to Storytelling

Hubspot

An art. Not a process, method, or technique. Storytelling is described as an art … the “art” of storytelling. And — like art — it requires creativity, vision, skill, and practice. Storytelling isn’t something you can grasp in one sitting, after one course. It’s a trial-and-error process of mastery. Sounds like a lot of work, right? It is, and rightfully so because storytelling has become a crucial component of the most successful marketing campaigns.

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Brick & Mortar Retail Relevance: How to Stay Ahead of the Curve

Speaker: Jay Black, Senior Account Executive

Let's set the record straight: in-store retail isn't dead - it's evolving! Faced with the digital age and the demands of omnichannel shopping, some retailers are thriving while others are struggling to adapt. Join Jay Black in this exclusive session as he explores the strategies that set successful stores apart, including: Crafting unique and unforgettable in-store experiences 🛍️ Mastering the art of retail demands 🛒 Navigating inventory challenges in today's climate 📦 an

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How to Use WordPress: Ultimate Guide to Building a WordPress Website

Hubspot

The thought of creating your own website may seem overwhelming. You might even think this task would be impossible for anyone but a developer or a person with a background in web design. Well, I have good news for you — there’s a software out there that’s so easy to use, virtually anyone can successfully create a unique and professional-looking website for their business, blog, portfolio, and more.

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Everything We've Discovered About Instagram's Secret Shadowban

Hubspot

When you're trying to grow a following on Instagram, you depend on hashtags and engagement to expand your audience and reach. So it can feel more than a little disheartening when it suddenly seems like your content isn't showing up anywhere. If you feel like your posts are receiving fewer likes and comments, or aren't appearing for certain hashtags, you might be shadowbanned.

Follow-up 101
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How to Get Sponsored on Instagram (Even if You Currently Have 0 Followers)

Hubspot

It's no surprise you want to become a paid Instagram influencer -- heck, the average price for a sponsored Instagram post is $300 , and if you become more successful, like yogi Rachel Brathen , you could be making $25,000 per post. But the idea of getting your posts sponsored might seem laughable to you. You're not posting pictures skydiving in Australia -- you're posting pictures of your brunch.

Pitch 101
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When Is the Best Time to Post on Instagram in 2018? [Cheat Sheet]

Hubspot

In high school, one of my friends was determined to find the perfect time to post her Instagram photos to maximize the amount of likes she got. She was surprisingly scientific about it, posting at different times of the day and jotting down each of her posts’ “likes per minute”. After weeks of testing, she figured out which post time raked in the most likes, and, from then on, she could easily get 200 likes on all her Instagram posts.

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How to Stay Competitive in the Evolving State of Martech

Marketing technology is essential for B2B marketers to stay competitive in a rapidly changing digital landscape — and with 53% of marketers experiencing legacy technology issues and limitations, they’re researching innovations to expand and refine their technology stacks. To help practitioners keep up with the rapidly evolving martech landscape, this special report will discuss: How practitioners are integrating technologies and systems to encourage information-sharing between departments and pr

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7 Free Project Management Software Options to Keep Your Team On-Track

Hubspot

59% of U.S. workers say communication is their team’s biggest obstacle to success, followed by accountability. Managing multiple projects at once, delegating tasks, and collaborating across teams is difficult on a good day -- but can become downright impossible when unforeseen obstacles get in the way. Miscommunication and inefficiencies in your project management process can lead to confusing and stressful experiences for your employees, and hinder your company's ability to satisfy your clients

Teamwork 101
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6 Sales Closing Techniques and Why They Work

Hubspot

Closing is a make-or-break moment in sales. Choosing the right phrases to seal a sales deal is crucial. And this moment is likely the final verdict determining whether or not your efforts will amount to anything at all. You're not the only salesperson who feels apprehensive about the close. However, without that feeling of risk, successfully closing a sale wouldn't be so thrilling -- which drives salespeople to continually strive for more.Because sales professionals are expected to generate the

Technique 101
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10 TED Talks Every Sales Professional Should Watch in 2018

Hubspot

The Best TED Talks for Salespeople. Eddie Obeng: Smart Failure for a Fast-Changing World. Kelly McGonigal: How to Make Stress Your Friend. Ernesto Sirolli: Want to Help Someone? Shut Up and Listen! Angela Lee Duckworth: Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. Dan Pink: The Puzzle of Motivation. Rachel Botsman: We've Stopped Trusting Institutions and Started Trusting Strangers.

Intrinsic 101
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Online Advertising: Everything You Need to Know in 2018

Hubspot

44 percent. That was the click-through-rate of the first ever banner ad , purchased by AT&T on HotWired.com in 1994. Nowadays, this ad would be considered the scum of clickbait. No sane person would ever click on it. Fortunately, online advertising has rapidly evolved since the 90’s, so you don’t have to rely on attention-repellent banner ads anymore.

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1st, 2nd, and 3rd Party Intent Data: Which Is Right for You?

How do 1st, 2nd, and 3rd party intent data compare? 1st, 2nd, and 3rd party data each have specific advantages and disadvantages. It comes down to four factors: accuracy, cost, control and quantity. This infographic explains the pros and cons of each and helps you understand which one is best for meeting your business objectives. Intent data can be a great way to fill your pipeline and close more deals.

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The 5 Habits of Highly Successful Content Creators

Hubspot

Peanut butter and jelly. Batman and Robin. Eggs and ham. You’ve probably heard of these famous pairs (or, in some cases, noshed on them), but for inbound marketers, there’s one pair in particular that goes hand-in-hand: content and marketing. Ninety percent of marketing companies use content marketing as part of their strategy. Still, that doesn’t mean all the content they create is top-notch, compelling, valuable content.

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4 Sales Email Templates to Get and Keep Buyers' Attention

Hubspot

When it comes to sales prospecting , it’s more important than ever that you write concise, effective communication. On average, we send and receive 121 emails every day , according to DMR Business Statistics ( click here for more surprising prospecting stats ). I imagine this number climbs higher as a person gains more authority and responsibility in an organization.

Follow-up 101
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9 Little-Known Ways to Find New Prospects on LinkedIn

Hubspot

LinkedIn Prospecting Tips. Look at the "People Also Viewed" Sidebar. Reach Out to Prospects in New Roles. Investigate Your Competitors' Networks. Scroll Through Skill Endorsements. Use Alumni Search. See Who’s Commented On Your Prospects’ Posts. Browse Users Who Have Interacted With Your Posts. Use Boolean Google Search. Create a search alert. For most salespeople, social selling on LinkedIn is a way of life.

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The 30-60-90 Day Plan: Your Guide for Mastering a New Role [Template + Example]

Hubspot

With all the joy and excitement of landing a new job, you can feel just as much fear and anxiety. Overcoming your new role’s learning curve and the desire to make a lasting impression on your employer can put a lot of pressure on you. What if you can’t adapt in time? Fortunately, there’s a way to organize and prioritize your time and tasks, helping you seamlessly adapt to your new environment.

Follow-up 101
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The Battle of the Authoring Tools: A 10-Point Comparison for Picking the Right One

Speaker: Chris Paxton McMillin, President of D3 Training Solutions

There are plenty of great authoring tools for developing eLearning, but the one you select could directly impact your course's outcomes. Depending upon your learners’ needs and your organization’s performance goals, you could be overlooking considerations that impact the both effectiveness of your courses and how long it takes to finish them. From general capabilities to specific workflow structures, some aspects are critical when it comes to learning objectives and deadlines.

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The 30 Most Useful Keyboard Shortcuts for Google Chrome

Hubspot

Chrome Keyboard Shortcuts. Open a new tab: hold Command and press T. Close the current tab: hold Command and press W. Reopen last tab closed: hold Command and Shift, then press T. View next tab: hold Command and Option, then press the right arrow key. View previous tab: hold Command and Option, then press the left arrow key. Jump to a specific tab: hold Command and select the appropriate number.

Closing 101
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40 Small Business Ideas for Anyone Who Wants to Run Their Own Business

Hubspot

If you dream of clocking out of your nine-to-five job for the last time and becoming your own boss, you’ve probably considered a variety of small business ideas. But, while you have plenty of passion, direction can be hard to find. To help, I’ve pulled together 40 small business ideas for anyone who wants to run their own business. Use these as a jumping off point to spark your own unique ideas.

Consult 101
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The Ultimate List: 57 Online Local Business Directories

Hubspot

What is a business directory? A business directory is an online list of businesses within a particular niche, location, or category. One way local businesses can get found by online searchers is through inclusion in business directories. Today, Google is inserting itself between consumer and local business websites much more often. You need look no further than Google My Business conversion points, AMP , and featured snippets for proof.

Niche 101
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The 100 Best YouTube Channels in Every Category

Hubspot

Sometimes, taking a quick break from work to watch YouTube videos is the only way to stay sane during a stressful day. There’s just something about 20-minute long Vine compilations and brutally honest Chevy ad spoofs that can instantly lift your spirits, especially when you’re running on fumes towards the end of the work day. If you’re in the midst of an end-of-day lull and need a boost of mental energy, you’re in luck.

Education 101
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How to Leverage Intent Data for Better Outcomes

Speaker: Susan Spencer, Principal of Spencer Communications

Intent signal data can go a long way toward shortening sales cycles and closing more deals. The challenge is deciding which is the best type of intent data to help your company meet its sales and marketing goals. In this webinar, Susan Spencer, fractional CMO and principal of Spencer Communications, will unpack the differences between contact-level and company-level intent signals.