Manufacturing marketing: It’s time for a winning blueprint [e-book]

February 9, 2017

Manufacturing marketing: it's time for a winning blueprint

Takeaways from HubSpot’s latest e-book, Constructing a Winning Blueprint in 2017  

 

New year, new budget. And if you’re like me, that new diet is already long gone. So, how about a new (or at least improved) marketing strategy?

While old habits die hard in industries like manufacturing, now is a great time to change those ineffective sales and marketing ways with a little help from your friends. 

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Robo-content: What humans face in a world run by machines

January 17, 2017

Robo-content: What humans face in a world run by machines

Reputation Ink’s exclusive interview with Carmen Simon, Ph.D. of Rexi Media

 

They help us find love online, arrive at our destinations without asking strangers, self-diagnose medical symptoms and find the next round of Netflix shows to binge-watch. They are algorithms.

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What is influencer marketing? (And why B2B companies should care)

January 6, 2017

Reputation Ink’s exclusive interview with Promise Phelon of TapInfluence

What is influencer marketing? (And why B2B companies should care)

Consumers today are smart.

Yes, regardless of what many YouTube “fail” videos may imply about the intelligence of the human race, people are in fact pretty savvy — and they’re not easily swayed by old-school marketing tactics. In fact, research shows consumers value customer reviews and peer recommendations over traditional advertising more than ever. Why? Because they value authenticity.

But can brands be authentic? Sure. There are plenty of good examples of this, but influencers can provide a human extension of your brand. They can connect your business to customers in a unique way.

Enter: influencer marketing.

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B2B and video: A match made in ROI heaven

December 16, 2016

Reputation Ink’s exclusive interview with Ed Heil of StoryTeller Media + CommunicationsB2B and video: A match made in ROI heaven

Content may be king, but video has taken the crown for queen.

Don’t believe me? Casually scroll through your Facebook feed. Check out a competitor’s website. Sign up to receive INKsights email newsletters from your favorite agency.

In November, the Rep Ink team dug out our gloves and scarves and headed to Boston for HubSpot’s INBOUND conference. There, our team interviewed Ed Heil, Owner of StoryTeller Media + Communications. We wanted to learn from Ed why B2B companies should be using video, and how to do so effectively and strategically.

When it comes to marketing, B2B companies don’t have the luxury of playing to impulse and low-commitment buys like B2Cs can. What do you do if you aren’t selling cookies, but rather production equipment to cookie manufacturers?

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#INBOUND16: Top Takeaways from HubSpot’s INBOUND 2016 Conference

November 15, 2016

#INBOUND16: Top Takeaways from HubSpot’s INBOUND 2016 Conference

It was a whirlwind of a week for the Reputation Ink team, and no, unlike everyone on your Facebook feed, we’re not talking about the election. (You’re going to get enough of that at Thanksgiving, anyway.)

We’re here to talk about #INBOUND16, folks.
Our team spent last week in Boston for the annual conference hosted by HubSpot, and we picked up A LOT of good stuff along the way, from inspiring content strategy tips to buttery lobster rolls. Here are some of the key takeaways that got us thinking (and tweeting).

 
 

4 AEC industry lessons from HubSpot’s INBOUND conference

November 14, 2016

4 AEC industry lessons from HubSpot’s INBOUND conference

Friday morning I was listening to Alec Baldwin live (yes, he did a few Trump impersonation bits). The day before I watched Randi Zuckerberg interview Anna Kendrick. Why such a star-studded week? I attended HubSpot’s annual INBOUND conference in Boston. It’s the third year I’ve gone, and the second that I’ve brought my team. A few other people were there, too — a staggering 19,000 people from 92 countries hobnobbed with Baldwin, Kendrick et al.

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#INBOUND16: Tips for Newbies

October 24, 2016

#INBOUND16 Tips for Newbies, Repution Ink

How to survive HubSpot’s annual conference if you’ve never been

 

This year’s HubSpot INBOUND conference kicks off on a day we cannot wait to get here (and will hopefully survive), Election Day (aka “Uncle Sam’s Rock-bottom Yankee Doodle Suicide Pact 2016”). I'm so looking forward to focusing on something other than this painful election season, especially when free drinks are involved.

tips for HubSpot's annual conference

Source: Esquire

Back by popular demand, here are some tips for you first-timers at HubSpot’s annual geek out. And even if you have attended before, hopefully you’ll find a nugget or two that makes this post worth the read.

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Sales Stories 101: Crafting an effective narrative

October 13, 2016

Sales Stories 101: Crafting an effective narrative

When was the last time you told a good story? What about a good sales story? A compelling narrative can be the difference between a pitch that converts prospects into clients and one that falls flat.

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7 tools to make any content writer drool

August 11, 2016

The first of our Content Marketing Roundup series

7 tools to make any content writer drool

Content creation is a beast in and of itself, let alone when you’re trying to crank out some copy on a Friday afternoon. So, to help with the Mondays, Fridays, and everything between, we’ve pulled together a roundup of writing tools that every communicator should love.

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What B2B marketers must know about SEO: the basics

July 27, 2016

How to deliver content that Google (and your prospects) love

What B2B marketers must know about SEO: the basics

Newsflash: Writing great content is NOT enough in the world of search engine optimization (SEO).

Wait. Pump the brakes!

Have we not been told forever to raise our right hands and proudly swear to produce great content and the rest would follow?

In the good ol’ days, marketers could develop a thoughtful editorial calendar, produce topical blogs and promote an e-book that solved prospects’ pain points and consider it a job well done. Case closed.

But SEO has changed the content marketing landscape. If you want the right people to find your content at the right time, implementing SEO best practices is a must.

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