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Real Examples of Retail Companies Doing Inbound Marketing

Thousands of retail companies use inbound marketing strategies to reach new audiences and convert site visitors into customers. We put together a list of retailers using inbound marketing strategies to help you begin brainstorming how to incorporate it into your own marketing plan. The examples we use include small, medium, and enterprise, because we understand not everyone has unlimited resources at their disposal.

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First Snapchat, Then Heineken – Don’t Become the Next Biggest Brand Fail of 2018

2017 was the year of some iconic Ad fails. Yet as we move further along into 2018, it’s almost as if brands are fighting for last place. It’s apparent not everyone learned from the lessons of advertising failures that preceded them.

Not all brand fails are created equally. Some might be as simple as a Photoshop oversight that adds a limb or two, to A-list celebrities, but others are less forgiving. Recently, Snapchat and Heineken played with fire and got burned.

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The United Airlines Trilogy of Disaster: Customer Service, PR, & Social Media

Flying can be—correction—is a stressful ordeal. Cue the long lines, people lugging around luggage bigger than they are, everyone trying to figure out where their assigned gate might reside, and then, of course, hoping your luggage actually arrives at the same destination as you. Even if you’re someone who only brings one small bag when taking flight, there’s no avoiding having to walk by, stand in line near, or even just sit in close quarters with people who are trying to fit an extra bag of who-knows-what into luggage that never should have made its way into an overhead bin in the first place. The pressure we feel when it comes to flying is bad enough without all the other baggage (no pun intended)—other people, security factors, and whatever else heightens your personal anxiety needle pre-takeoff. But one man on a United Airlines flight this past week dealt with the kind of stress associated with a crime committal—not an airplane flight.

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4 Faults of the Inexperienced Designer, and How to Overcome Them

Inbound Marketing, Business, Design | January 18, 2017 | By Sara Cottle

Any number of things can separate an inexperienced designer from a more seasoned vet. Something like the use of low-resolution images, bad cropping, stretched images, or discoloration might come to mind initially. However, those are things that someone who is genuinely interested in learning design can overcome fairly quickly and with what might seem like general ease. Here, we’ll tackle faults that tend to separate an inexperienced designer from an experienced one, and how changing your approach to design can help you become more like the latter.

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25 of the Best Digital Marketing Books [Slideshow]


Marketing has been around in one form or another for more than 1,000 years, but digital marketing and the Inbound Marketing methodology are still in their infancy.

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The Future of Social Media for Business is Video: Facebook Live, Instagram Stories, and Snapchat

Inbound Marketing, Business, Social Media | December 27, 2016 | By Sara Cottle

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The Three Pillars of Understanding Inbound (Part 3 of 3)

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The Three Pillars of Understanding Inbound (Part 2 of 3)

Inbound Marketing, Business | December 21, 2016 | By Julia Rubano


Where and How Does Inbound Come into Play?

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Mending the Gender Gap: From the Ad Industry Onward

Inbound Marketing, Business | December 20, 2016 | By Julia Rubano

Less than 10% of all television commercial directors at major ad agencies are female. Now, it should be said before we get deep into it that this notion doesn’t necessarily translate directly to “sexism.” More than that, this is just the way it’s been—for so, so many years. The industry is changing, though; there are thousands and thousands of woman-run ad firms out there. But the gender gap still exists, particularly in the woman-leadership capacity. Wonderfully, the industry is doing something about it. Here’s how.

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10 Fundamentals of Leadership Success for 2017

Leadership is a gift, and with it comes great responsibility. For those of you in a leadership position, you may not always look at it as a gift, per-se. Being in a leadership position is hard—it bestows upon you a great deal of stress, and can often lead to frustration, and at times, the feeling that someone else would be better off for the job. But that’s just not true. There’s a reason that you’re in a leadership position. Below are 10 fundamental principles of leadership. There are many others, but these are the ten that form the basis of good leadership and ultimately, high performing teams

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