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5 Ways to Optimize for SEO


If you are a startup, SEO is one of your cost-effective channels for increasing traffic.  Chances are, with all the recent changes (Penguin, Google+) you haven’t had a chance to optimize for the latest development.  The following five tips can help you get your SEO strategy up-to-date quickly: 1.  Utilize Your Keyword Placements When it comes… Read more »

Too Much Signal Turns Marketing Into Noise


Many of the startups in our 50,000+ membership roll have asked our team for some advice on social media marketing. Many of the founders ask, “How can I get more visibility for my startup?” and, “What are some tricks for rapid social media or viral marketing?” There is actually a simple process for this, but two… Read more »

Mobile Mind Shift: Opportunity or Threat?


Do you remember the last time you finished breakfast without knowing the day’s weather, sports scores, and headlines? What about giving up on an argument over movie trivia because you couldn’t recall an actor’s name? Can you remember ever being unaware of what was happening in the lives of your friends and co-workers on a… Read more »

How Would You Spend an Extra $1,000 on Marketing?


Imagine this: someone hands your startup a check for $1,000. Their only stipulation? You have to use it on “marketing.” Turns out, entrepreneurs can get pretty creative with what they consider marketing. Here are some of the best ways they would spend that extra thousand. Stunts “Probably buy a sign on one of those trucks… Read more »

Star Power: Is a Celebrity Investor Right for Your Tech Startup?


These days, being “rich and famous” isn’t just about penning the top song on the radio or starring in a blockbuster film. Now, it’s about investing those profits in a stellar underground tech startup and doubling your net worth when you help break it into the mainstream. Is this rare? Hardly. After all, Bono made… Read more »

6 Mistakes to Avoid When You Make an Infographic


Great news! Infographics now “count” as an SEO tool, and recent algorithm changes allow infographics to be scanned for SEO keywords. This just made things a lot easier for many businesses, considering more people are prone to looking at images rather than reading articles. After all, it’s much easier to scan a graph about obesity… Read more »

Should Your Startup Be HubSpotting?


HubSpot reminded us all of its industry dominance in the inbound marketing arena with the recent release of its State of Inbound Marketing report. To summarize the 164-page report (…no, I did not read it all): Inbound marketing is growing. More companies are adopting its methodology as well as the philosophy behind it – namely, that… Read more »

Don’t Work for a Startup with Market Apathy

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Have you ever thought about market apathy? This is my phrase for a startup founder or team that is so focused on product that they forget or do not consider the emotional choices of the market they want to serve. How can this be true? It’s a lot truer than you think. Earlier today, I… Read more »

The Marketer Is Dead, and We Have Killed Him


The Marketer is Dead, And We Have Killed Him. I thought about going with a less provocative title, but the purpose of this blog post is to prove that two broken assumptions exist in marketing. And if what I am saying about why they are broken is true, then I want to see your reaction. That… Read more »

The First 4 Lifecycle Email Campaigns To Grow Your Business


Our inboxes are flooded with emails, some that are relevant to us and others that aren’t. Lifecycle email marketing campaigns generate as much as 9X greater results than other types. Yet, few email marketers take advantage of thinking of email in such a way and delivering the right message at the right time. Most email… Read more »

4 Lessons Learned from the Human Rights Campaign


Is your Facebook feed redder today than it was on V-Day? You’re not alone. We’ve all, at the very least, come to know and recognize the Human Rights Campaign logo – and perhaps a few of the many creative variations of it – over the past week. What does it all mean? For equal marriage… Read more »

6 Ways to Maximize Your Marketing Effectiveness


Startup marketing often involves an “all of the above” or “by any means necessary” approach, and rightfully so. To meet short-term goals, the strategy, or means, becomes far less important than the outcome. Logically, the starting point for most startups is to drive traffic to the website (i.e., fill the top of the sales/conversion funnel)…. Read more »

LinkedIn Endorsements, Are They Worth It?

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It’s a great feeling when you are acknowledged for your hard work, especially when the acknowledgement comes from your peers. So when LinkedIn added an endorsement feature last year, a good number of my freelance colleagues went bananas. Imagine it: now everyone you’ve worked with on LinkedIn can vouch for you with the click of… Read more »

6 Steps to Telling Your Story with Marketing


We all love a good story. The good news is, so do our customers. Guy Kawasaki – the honorably described “father of evangelism marketing” – has long been a proponent of effective storytelling from a marketing standpoint. While this hasn’t changed, the process for doing so has, in many ways. To be customer-focused as a… Read more »

This 9-Step Checklist Will Sell Your Brand


Tech companies often attempt to duplicate other sensational websites or brands, hoping to achieve the same success. While it’s beneficial to implement a proven business model and stay up-to-date with emerging trends, it’s also crucial to incorporate elements that differentiate your company. Succeeding in today’s crowded digital marketplace is all about building a unique selling… Read more »

How to Get Press at SXSW

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Getting exposure at SXSW is a bit like trying to flag down a bartender at a crowded bar. You may very well spend the whole night waiting, but too much persistence can be annoying. Still, there are better and worse ways to do it. Here are five tips for getting your message across. Do a… Read more »