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Butterflies and Inbound Marketing: More Alike Than You'd Think

Posted by Samantha Cuellar

5/19/15 3:02 PM

At its core, Inbound Marketing is using online content (blogs, podcasts, video, eBooks, emails, social media) to convert total strangers into visitors, leads, customers – and finally, promoters. Instead of reaching out (outbound marketing) to total strangers, the object of the game is to create quality content that brings them in. Think of it this way: You can chase butterflies with big, wide nets, or you can plant a butterfly garden and watch them flutter to you. Not only will you like the second way better – your butterflies will too. 

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, E-Commerce

Growth Hacking: Best Blog Topics to Increase Page Views

Posted by Leah Faul

5/15/15 9:12 AM

Great salespeople know that making a sale is about building a relationship through enjoyable (and educational) conversation.  Great Inbound Marketers, like Lincoln Murphy of Sixteen Ventures and Larry Kim of WordStream know there is no difference in growth hacking.  Visits, conversions, and customer success all come from relationships driven by enjoyable, educational conversations.  Their conversations just come to life in the digital world.  These are places like Inbound Marketing Communities, fascinating Twitter accounts like @NikkiElizDemere, and most of all focused, relevant personal blogs like Seth Godin's Blog Typepad

The best Growth Hackers know that if they focus on building relationships through their blog everything else will fall in place. (Click to Tweet!)

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Topics: Growth Hacking, E-Commerce, Content Marketing

Growth Hacking: The ModCloth Model

Posted by Christina Clemens

5/7/15 10:43 AM

If you study e-commerce growth like we do, you can’t ignore ModCloth – they do everything right. Starting out in the Carnegie Mellon dorm room of founder Susan Koger, this vintage clothing business grew from collecting thrift store finds to a 100-million-dollar online business. If you’re wondering how Susan and her husband Eric did it – you’re not alone! 

Most of their growth hacking techniques are related to principles around inbound marketing. Inbound marketing refers to the efforts of producing quality content and using methods that attract prospective customers to a company or product versus outwardly approaching them. On the contrary to traditional marketing efforts, inbound focuses on aligning your content with customer’s needs and interests. (Click to Tweet!) There are many takeaways that we can learn from ModCloth’s growth hacking. We’ll look at their website to see how you can take on a similar approach with your inbound marketing efforts.

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Topics: Growth Hacking, Inbound Marketing, E-Commerce

Cart Abandonment & The Art of Wooing Your Customer

Posted by Lauren Van Mullem

4/16/15 9:00 AM

CartAbandonment

Fear of Abandonment: The irrational belief that one is in imminent danger of being personally rejected, discarded, or replaced.

At least for Ecommerce sites, this isn’t an “irrational belief” at all – you see it every day: Cart abandonment. Most online retailers experience high rates of cart abandonment and can’t understand why. “Why do you want to leave me?!” they plead, sounding a lot like the ex-boyfriend I had in college.

In fact, much like that ex-boyfriend, most retailers send you notes as if you didn’t leave, you just forgot about them. For a really long time. Is this effective? Well, as my ex-boyfriend could tell you, not one bit.

So what is? How do you woo your cart abandoner back to finalize their purchase?

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Topics: Growth Hacking, E-Commerce

5 Ways to Measure The Real ROI of E-Commerce Marketing

Posted by Leah Faul

4/9/15 9:24 AM

ROI for internet marketing is notoriously difficult to calculate.

Most SEO companies will offer vague explanations of intangibles, like the customer who sees your ad for three months on Facebook, doesn’t click, but recommends you to a friend who does. Honestly, there are a lot of variables, but when it comes to measuring the real-world success of your internet marketing efforts, it is possible.

Here are the five primary success markers to look for – and why they’ll result in real revenue. 

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Topics: E-Commerce

A 5 Step Checklist for International Ecommerce

Posted by Lauren Van Mullem

3/24/15 5:35 PM

It’s called the World-Wide Web for a reason – anyone, from anywhere (except maybe North Korea) can find your products and buy them. But just because that potential is there doesn’t mean everyone is tapping into that global market. Are you set up for international ecommerce? Here’s a checklist to see if you’re effectively going global (and beating your competition to foreign markets!).

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Topics: E-Commerce

Pushing Ecommerce CRO to the Max, From First Touch to Conversion

Posted by Trevor Hatfield

9/9/14 10:08 AM

You have a great product, you have a well-functioning website, you have customers who have trucked along your sales funnel and are almost ready to buy. What’s stopping them? Why are they abandoning their shopping carts? Most importantly, how can you get them to make the leap and finally hit that “Buy” button and convert.

You have a “Buy” button, right?

Phew – just checking!

Before you begin tweaking Calls to Action, you need to start from the beginning of the Ecommerce CRO (Conversion Rate Optimization) process. You need to find out where your conversions are coming from in the first place.

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Topics: Conversion Rate Optimization, E-Commerce

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