How to Launch a Successful Online Community: A Step-by-Step Guide

It’s no secret that the way people buy has fundamentally changed over the years. These days, people are conducting their own research, reading product reviews, and seeking out recommendations before making a decision, and online communities are beginning to play a role in this process. As of 2018, according to the B2B Buyers Survey Report, 45% of business buyers spent more time and resources researching purchases than they did the previous year. So, the more platforms you can launch your brand on, the more you can strengthen your buyers’ research. B2B communities like G2Crowd or GetApp can be used to educate prospective customers and help them make better buying decisions, but how do you start? These forums provide people with an opportunity to learn from[…]

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The Plain-English Guide to Progressive Web Apps

Whether it’s in sports, music, or business, rivalries always seem to make things more interesting. In basketball, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson transformed the faltering NBA into one of the most popular sports league in the world. In hip-hop, Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur broke a rather niche music genre into the main stream.  But imagine if some of the world’s fiercest rivals put their differences aside and teamed up to assemble the best product or service on the market. Could you imagine how electric an NSYNC-Backstreet Boys concert would be? Or the sheer power of a Microsoft-Apple supercomputer? In the digital age, you could say mobile websites and apps are rivals. Brands developed mobile apps to phase out the use of their fast yet janky mobile websites when the[…]

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The Plain-English Guide to Data Deduplication

Nowadays, with so much critical information saved on our computer systems, we’ve learned to backup data regularly — including our email inboxes, our Word documents, our photos, and entire folders of old work. It’s typically a ton of data. And, since we usually backup and save our data on auto-pilot, we might not realize just how much has been re-copied and re-saved, time and time again. Unfortunately, over time, our data storage becomes unnecessarily burdened with redundant copies of data — this could cost your company money, as data requirements become larger, or time, as processing time becomes slower. This is where data deduplication comes in. What is data deduplication? Data deduplication is the process of eliminating redundant copies of data and reducing processing time[…]

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The Ultimate Guide to Alexa Skills Marketing

By now, marketing teams all over the world are familiar with the concept of SEO. You know all about keywords and search engines and using high-quality links. But are you prepared to market toward voice search? A GlobalWebIndex search report revealed that 27 percent of consumers already use voice search on their mobile devices, and 34 percent confirmed that they are interested in having voice-based smart assistants in their homes. That’s on top of the nearly 53 million U.S. adult consumers who already use a voice-activated smart device at home. These numbers will only grow, so any business hoping to stay on top of consumer trends needs to be implementing an Alexa marketing strategy. And the best way to get started is by turning to[…]

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The Ultimate Guide to Google Analytics in 2019

Are you confused — even intimidated — by Google Analytics? Good news: you’re not alone. GA is notoriously complicated. In fact, when I first started to delve into GA’s waters, I wondered if I’d ever truly get it. There were so many concepts to learn and reports to run. How did people ever conquer this thing?!?! Lots and lots of reading and trial and error, it turns out. I’m not saying I’ve reached total mastery — there’s always something new to pick up — but I’m vastly more comfortable. And I want you to be, too. So here’s the cheat sheet to everything I’ve learned over the years. This guide might be long, but it’ll take you from zero to hero in 6,000 words. And[…]

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The Ultimate Guide to Sales and Marketing

Peanut butter and jelly. Puppies and the park. Beach days and ice cream. Some things just obviously go together — but what if I put sales and marketing together in that list? Would you still think they worked better as a pair? More than likely, you haven’t quite considered your sales and marketing to be the “peanut butter and jelly” of your company. But, in 2019, alignment between those two teams is more critical than ever. Simply put, alignment between marketing and sales is really about focusing on the customer — and, in 2019, the customer’s buying behavior has changed significantly. Fortunately, the better you can align your sales and marketing teams, the more likely you are to delight a prospect. In fact, organizations with[…]

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