14 PowerPoint Presentation Tips to Make More Creative Slideshows [+ Templates]

I like to think of Microsoft PowerPoint as a test of basic marketing skills. To create a passing presentation, I need to demonstrate design skills, technical literacy, and a sense of personal style. If the presentation has a problem (like an unintended font, a broken link, or unreadable text), then I’ve probably failed the test. Even if my spoken presentation is well rehearsed, a bad visual experience can ruin it for the audience. Expertise means nothing without a good presentation to back it up. For starters, grab your collection of free PowerPoint templates below, and use the tips that follow to perfect your next presentation. No matter your topic, successful PowerPoints depend on three main factors: your command of PowerPoint’s design tools, your attention to presentation processes, and your devotion to consistent style. Here are some simple tips to help you start mastering each of those factors, and don’t forget to check out the additional resources at the bottom of this post. PowerPoint Presentation Tips Don’t let PowerPoint decide how you use PowerPoint. Create custom[…]

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The Simple Guide to Creating an HTML Email [+ Free Templates]

When you create an email using a drag-and-drop or module-based tool, you’re actually generating an HTML email. There are two main types of email you can send and receive: plain text emails (these are exactly what they sound like — any email that contains just plain old text with no formatting) and HTML emails, which are formatted and styled using HTML and inline CSS. HTML emails are easy to spot — most of the styled, multimedia marketing emails in your inbox are HTML emails. For context, here’s a visual comparison of a plain text email and a basic HTML email: As a marketer, you’ve probably discovered that there are different benefits to each type. HTML emails aren’t inherently better than plain text emails, and in different situations, both types can be part of a successful email marketing program. In this article, we’ll cover how you can get started creating HTML emails, regardless of your experience level and comfort with coding, and some free templates you can use to get started. Let’s dive in. How to[…]

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9 of the Best Professional Bio Examples We've Ever Seen [+ Bio Templates]

Is your professional bio as good as it can be? In this article, we have nine real bio examples you should definitely compare yours to — and a series of free bio templates you can use to perfect it. Most people don’t think about their professional bio until they’re suddenly asked to “shoot one over via email,” and have approximately one afternoon to come up with it. That’s when we scramble, and our bio ends up reading like this: Rodney Erickson is a content marketing professional at HubSpot, an inbound marketing and sales platform that helps companies attract visitors, convert leads, and close customers. Previously, Rodney worked as a marketing manager for a tech software startup. He graduated with honors from Columbia University with a dual degree in Business Administration and Creative Writing.” Woof, that was dull. Are you still with me? I swear, not even adding a tidbit about his cats would liven that bio up. To be fair, in certain contexts, your professional bio does need to be more formal, like Mr. Erickson’s[…]

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How to Create an Editorial Calendar [Examples + Templates]

If you’re anything like me, you’re consistently working out of at least 20 browser tabs, four journals, a yellow legal pad or two, and a myriad of Post-it notes stuck around your computer monitor. To the average overseer, it’s nothing short of chaos. To the blogger, it’s evidence of a (desperate) need for an editorial calendar. My muddled system transforms dramatically when I work with a team. I realize the need for organization and structure, and this could not be more necessary than with managing a blog. Without a mutually agreed-upon system for planning, writing, and scheduling content every week, you can find yourself in a pile of missed deadlines, unedited blog posts, and a fair amount of team tension. There’s no such thing as a perfect editorial calendar — it all depends on the needs of your team. Nonetheless, there are a number of questions you should ask yourself to determine what your editorial calendar should look like. These include: How frequently are you publishing content? Do you have stuff going live every day?[…]

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5 YouTube Description Templates That Have Helped Our Videos Go Viral

YouTube is the second largest search engine, with over 1.8 billion users per month — so it’s an undeniably powerful channel for your marketing efforts. However, if you don’t use YouTube for your current marketing strategy, you’re not alone. In fact, only nine percent of U.S. small businesses use YouTube to reach their audience. In 2018, the HubSpot Academy team didn’t take advantage of YouTube, either. But in the latter half of the year, the team feared the major losses in traffic they could face if they didn’t hop on board — so they implemented a strategy that enabled them to grow YouTube subscribers by 25% in just two months. Ultimately, if you’re ready to begin using YouTube to attract and convert an audience, it’s critical you optimize your video descriptions for SEO. If you’re unsure how to start crafting compelling YouTube descriptions, keep reading — here, we’ll explore various tactics you can employ, and provide templates to ensure you have everything you need to excel on YouTube. How to Create Compelling YouTube Descriptions 1.[…]

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11 Best Practices for Facebook Cover Photos & Videos [+ Templates]

When people arrive at your Facebook Page, where do you think they first look? I’ll give you some hints. It’s a visual piece of content that sits at the top of your Page. Its dimensions are 820 pixels wide by 312 pixels tall. It takes up almost a quarter of the screen on most desktop browsers. That’s right — it’s your Facebook cover photo. Sometimes called your Facebook banner, this graphic is one of the most noticeable parts of your Page. It’s therefore crucial that you follow Facebook cover photo best practices. Facebook Cover Photo Size Optimize your cover photo for the right dimensions: 820 pixels wide and 312 pixels tall for desktop, 640 pixels wide by 360 pixels tall for mobile. If your uploaded image is smaller than these dimensions, Facebook will stretch it to fit — making it look blurry. Whether you’re using Facebook to generate leads, close your next sale, or create a customer community, knowing how to make and optimize your cover photo is very important. And when you consider the[…]

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