A Sampling of the Sexiest Business Blogs on the Internet
MARCH 6, 2014
It''s easy to navigate to find the articles you''re looking for, recent posts, and different topics -- like Opinion, News, Video, and Company. What also stands out about this blog is the different types of media they include, and how they display it -- from blog posts to ebooks to video. All those different types of content are sprinkled throughout blog posts in a clean and neat way.
B2B Marketing Automation Vendor Comparison -- Here's a Sample
Customer Experience Matrix
JANUARY 17, 2011
set their own weights for the different scoring categories and do detailed, side-by-side comparisons of vendors they select. Having three different sets of scores was a step in that direction, and making things interactive goes still further. Click here to download a sample of the format. But you can see the results of the different scoring schemes and also get a list of the specific items with their weights and definitions. The sample also contains draft versions of the introductory materials. readers? The Chosen?) Yes, I know these need some reformatting.)
Running an Email A/B Test? How to Determine Your Sample Size & Testing Time Frame
DECEMBER 11, 2014
For instance, I knew that you needed a big enough sample size to run the test on. I wasn''t sure how big was "big enough" for sample sizes and how long was "long enough" for test durations -- and Googling it gave me a variety of answers my college stats courses definitely didn''t prepare me for. Theory vs. Reality of Sample Size and Timing in Email A/B Tests. Nerdy, I know.)
What can Donald Trump teach us about market research?
NOVEMBER 11, 2016
In addition, they asked what is the percentage that you are “for” the candidate, so they could detect the difference between someone who was 100% in favor of Clinton last week and is 60% in favor this week—when the other polls just would ask, “If the election were today, who would you vote for?” How do you know you have the right sample of people? Plenty.
The Difference Between Content Marketing and Inbound Marketing (and Why It Matters)
SEPTEMBER 22, 2014
Yet somehow I’d forgotten all about it until a couple years ago, when someone asked me to explain the difference between “content marketing” and “inbound marketing.” The two are fundamentally different. We wondered if sample bias was skewing the results. Finally, we wanted to ask the same question of a completely different audience. It does.
13 Little Landing Page Experiments That Can Make a Big Difference
FEBRUARY 12, 2014
You''ve got to get sufficient sample size. It''s pretty straightforward (one test has one color and the other has another color), but the main thing to keep in mind is that the tested colors should be fairly different from each other when you''re first starting out testing color so you can get more conclusive results. You''ve got to set a control and treatment. and ta-da! Then, voila!
B2B market research – 10 unique features
The B2B Research Blog
NOVEMBER 16, 2014
Is B2B market research really that different from B2C? In this blog post Circle’s Andrew Dalglish explores the 10 key differences that make B2B research unique. Both can keep you warm, but there are some blindingly obvious differences such the physical features and the level of danger (although some of those skinny jeans can be quite hazardous if one lunges unexpectedly).
4 Strategies to Optimize Your Differences From Amazon
DECEMBER 12, 2014
Now, here are four strategies that you can use to optimize your differences to Amazon to provide your customers with an unbeatable shopping experience. A beautiful and unique website can be the difference between "basic” and "basically my favorite online shop ever." We did that when we looked at three strategies to borrow from Amazon. 1) Curation. 2) Site Design. 4) Customer Service.
The 15 Best Special-Purpose SEO Tools
JANUARY 10, 2017
Sample review: “There are plenty of Google tools that you cannot live without – one of them is Google Webmaster Tools (now called Search Console). Sample review: “One of the most inexpensive, but powerful tools for SEO. Sample review: “This is one of my personal favorites because it’s all about link building and how that relates to your content. 2) MozBar.
The 24 Best Visual Content Creation Tools
DECEMBER 6, 2016
Sample review: “You may have heard me rave about Canva before, but it is seriously worth another mention. Sample review: “This tool specializes in allowing real-time collaboration on diagrams and other visuals. Sample review: “Google Charts offers a gallery of ready-to-use chart types, from simple line graphs to geographical maps and timelines. 1) Canva. 2) Creately. Wrike.
The 29 Best Social Media Monitoring Tools
FEBRUARY 13, 2017
Sample review: “If you want to do general research on Facebook Stats use Socialbakers.” Sample review: “Netvibes is a tool that even the biggest automation skeptics can get behind. Sample review: “Find interesting content on ANY topic. Sample review: “One of the downfalls of Instagram for brands is the lack of analytics and ROI of posts.
The 26 Best All-in-One SEO Tool Suites
JANUARY 19, 2017
Optimizing all of the factors that can impact search ranking can be approached in different ways. Sample review: “Get a complete local SEO report in just 15 minutes. Sample review: “Although often labeled as a backlinks tool, this tool also puts a focus on content marketing. SEO has a lot of moving parts. Best all-in-one SEO tool suites. 1 ) BrightLocal. Siasat.
B2B Marketing Automation Vendor Comparisons: New Report Next Week and The Coolest Sample Yet
Customer Experience Matrix
JANUARY 20, 2011
You can also compare their scores, which, since you can change the weights applied to different inputs, means you can get your very own, custom comparative ranking. Here's a screenshot: You can also download an interactive sample. The downloadable sample only has descriptions under all the other tabs, but everything else is actually ready. If that's not fun, what is?
The 21 Best Content Curation Tools
FEBRUARY 21, 2017
Sample review: “Add and curate content from any public webpage. Sample review: “One of the most important tools in a marketer’s tool belt is knowledge. Sample review: “Recently, Instapaper got a refresh; it looks and feels better-organized. Sample review: “By now I’m sure you’re already quite familiar with Pinterest (and are as addicted to it as I am).
Sample Guide Entries Now Available on the New Site
Customer Experience Matrix
OCTOBER 14, 2008
These will give a concrete view of the difference between the two formats. The new Guide Web site is now fully functional at www.raabguide.com. Please visit and comment. If you want to make a purchase, even better. Per yesterday's post regarding the comparison matrix and vendor tables, extracts of both are available on the site (under 'Look Inside' on the 'Guide' page). I'm sure I'll be adding more to the site over time. For the moment, we have to turn our attention to marketing: press release should have gone out today but I haven't heard from the person working on it.
The 32 Best Twitter Marketing Tools
JANUARY 24, 2017
Sample review: “Twittercounter is a great Twitter service that offers updated statistics of your followers, the users you’re following, and daily tweets. Sample review: “Grow and manage your following using Tweepi. Sample review: “You can work out the best tweeting times for your followers with Tweroid; this maximizes the exposure of your content. Siasat.
The 17 Best Keyword Research Tools for SEO and SEM
JULY 19, 2016
A nursery that understands the importance of content marketing and SEO may very well want to optimize content on its site for both types of queries—but they will be different pieces of content. Sample review: “If your competitor is ranking for particular search terms you may be able to write content and start ranking for this content instead of them…Very handy!!”
The 24 Best Online Writing Tools and Apps
JUNE 14, 2016
You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes, and use the images however you like. Sample review: “Create beautiful word clouds in just a few clicks.” — BuzzBlogger. Sample review: “After the Deadline checks spelling, style, and grammar wherever you go on the web.” — BuzzBlogger. Among global business leaders, 85% prefer text-based articles (vs.
The 29 Best Web Analytics Tools
JANUARY 31, 2017
But more importantly, they can provide more granular detail on what’s working and what’s not, helping marketers make smart decisions about what to do more of, less of, differently, or not all, and even what to try next. Sample review: “W3counter offers you over 20 real-time web stats report to help you have a detailed information about the incoming traffic to your website.
Content Marketing Takes a Turn for the Better: New 2017 Research
SEPTEMBER 28, 2016
In addition to asking marketers to identify why they are more successful, we also have research to identify what top performers are doing differently than their peers. As we have seen in past years, successful marketers do a few things differently. Eight-five percent of top performers deliver content consistently, compared to 58% of the overall sample and 32% of bottom performers.
The 26 Best WordPress Plugins
FEBRUARY 23, 2017
Sample review: “This convenient feature can save you time when it comes to your social media sharing. Sample review: “A lot of people have asked about the social sharing bar we use on Social Media Examiner and why we think it’s special. Sample review: “BluBrry Powerpress (is) my favorite plugin for podcasting. Sample review: “Monarch is a Social Sharing Plugin.
The 11 Best Social Media Campaign Builders and Ad Monitoring Tools
MARCH 7, 2017
Sample review: “Competitions get social media users engaged. Sample review: “Split testing is an important part of your website. If you are getting good traffic but poor conversion you can test out different pages on your website to see which gets better conversion. Sample review: “This is an application I have been using from the very early beta days. 1) Rafflecopter.
The 12 Best Competitive Intelligence and Benchmarking Tools
MAY 3, 2016
Sample review: “This is one of the more advanced tools available, and it has been rating websites for a long time (much like a PageRank)…This tool does it all when it comes to spying on your competitors (linking, traffic, keywords, etc.) Sample review: “SimilarWeb is very useful for spying my competitor’s sources of traffic. 1) Alexa. 2) Compete.com. Mention.
Rating the Crowd-Sourced Marketing Software Review Sites
Customer Experience Matrix
JANUARY 5, 2016
This begged for a deeper look at the review sites to understand how they differ which, if any, could replace the work of professional reviewers (like me) and software guides (like my VEST report). Of these, AlternativeTo.net , SocialCompare , and Cloudswave were different enough from the standard model that it made sense to exclude them. But they also differ in other ways.
B2B Email Lists Buy Guide
AUGUST 26, 2014
Get A Random Sample w/your List Quote. When you get your list quote, insist that you get a random sample… as big as you can get. You want a complete random sample so that you can really check the accuracy. Verify Your Sample List Quality. After you get the sample, test it all. Not opt-in lists, but actually had lists for sale. Which is scary! Other data providers?
How CMOs Can Monetize With Real-Time Integrated Data (featuring Ann Sung Ruckstuhl, CMO of SOASTA)
OCTOBER 27, 2015
If you are conducting complex marketing operations on the Enterprise level, you probably are using at least a half dozen different marketing technology (martech) applications to run your CRM, demand generation, advertising, search marketing and so on. It’s very difficult to make a call and go ‘Oh this is going really well, let’s spend more money on that.
Mining Un-engaged Prospects using a Multivariate A/B Approach
JULY 13, 2016
Most of the time, marketers will just look at the open rates a couple of hours after sampling, as bad as they may be, and decide “Yep, that one beat out the other. Send out one test sample with a subject line that makes a statement, and one with a subject line that asks a question. Try changing up some other variables in the form of slightly different versions of HTML content.
The 14 Best Content Planning and Research Tools
MAY 17, 2016
Sample review: “Trello is a simple, yet effective project management tool following the agile development model. Sample review: “This is a very easy-to-use tool for brainstorming and creating mindmaps. I use it for mapping out different content and blog post types to include in my editorial calendars.” — Online Marketing Institute. 4 Best Content Planning Tools. 1) Trello.
The Seven Best File Sharing Tools
JULY 26, 2016
Different tools do vary though in terms of additional features, pricing, and storage capacity. Sample review: “Dropbox is first of all a file sharing tool. Sample review: “Google Drive is a great place to keep your editorial calendars for easy sharing and collaboration during the content planning process.” 1) Dropbox. Google Review Count: 699,000. Siasat.
5 Email Metrics to Help Diagnose Your Mistakes
APRIL 13, 2016
This is what sampling is all about, everyone. Spam complaints are different from unsubscribes. Every ISP’s threshold for spam complaints is different. If you’re unable to do that, then sample out a small fraction of the list and then review the above basic email metrics prior to sending out the balance of your new/untested assets. Can an email stats report be boring?
The 17 Best Photo Editing Tools
MARCH 14, 2017
Sample review: “FotoFlexer (has) a clean, tabbed interface featuring basic edits, effects, and animations, and the ability to beautify, distort, and decorate your images. Sample review: “PicMonkey (is an) online photo editing tool that makes it easy for you to create cool images for your blog posts.” Sample review: “You don’t need to learn any software.
After the Webinar: 7 Steps to Ongoing Audience Engagement
JANUARY 21, 2016
Marketing may typically follow up with the rest, but in some cases sales may also want to follow up with the non-attendees, using a different talk track than they use with attendees. You could go so far as to provide sample follow-up scripts, and/or email templates. What happens after the live webinar is even more important than what happened before it. Follow up with the leads.
The Trick to Seeing Through Marketing Statistics
Digital B2B Marketing
OCTOBER 29, 2013
However, if we list the answers differently, we might get a significantly different result. Check the Sample. An example I recently came across is Passle’s State of Business Blogging 2013 report, with markedly different results from the Content Marketing Institute’s 2014 Benchmarks report. When you look at the sample audiences, they are vastly different.
The A/B Testing Checklist You'll Want to Bookmark
MAY 17, 2016
CRO testing can be valuable because different audiences behave, well, differently. To run an A/B test, you need to create two different versions of one piece of content with changes to a single variable. Other things you might test include email subject lines, sender names, and different ways to personalize your emails. 4) Split your sample groups equally and randomly.
Four lessons in marketing data analysis for beginners
grow - Practical Marketing Solutions
FEBRUARY 19, 2015
Some time ago, I was working with an SEO professional who was helping my client with some A/B testing of a website (testing two different versions to see which performs better). Did we calculate the correct sample size? When you see research, ask if the sample size was calculated, and large enough to support the assumptions. Did we calculate the correct sample size?
How to Write a Case Study: The Ultimate Guide & Template
FEBRUARY 1, 2017
To give you an idea of what that might look like, check out this sample email: You might be wondering, "What's a Case Study Release Form?" As noted in the sample email, this document serves as an outline for the entire case study process. Sample questions might include: How long have you been in business? Earning the trust of prospective customers can be a struggle. Switchers.
7 not-quite-predictions for marketing technology in 2016
DECEMBER 21, 2015
The next version of my landscape won’t cover all of them, just a large representative sample. Services companies (agencies, systems integrators, and other marketing service providers) will become champions of this approach because it’s a different lever of vertical competition in their favor. #6. Most people suck at accurately predicting the future. I’m one of them.