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Education Website Design Trends Into 2017

Colleges and universities tout their ability to help graduates compete. But higher education institutions are themselves competing in a densely populated market. California alone had 458 higher education institutions in 2015. Yet staying abreast of trends for education website design can …

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8 Important Questions for a High-Performing Website Redesign

A website redesign is a great opportunity to refresh your online presence. But don’t think of a website redesign as a design task. Instead, you should start with marketing strategy and with data. During and after a redesign, you should be …

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Web Design Statistics for 2017

“In a crowded market, having a website that simply serves as a brochure is no longer competitive.” — 2016 Small Business Marketing Trends Report   Defining the market There were 320 million Internet users in North America as of June …

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Understanding the Impact of Mobile Commerce in 2017

With Deloitte telling us the average Americans checks her phone within five minutes of waking up, there’s little doubt that mobile is a major force in marketing. At the same time, mobile devices play a role in eCommerce too. Understanding …

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The Increasing Importance of Mobile for Marketing

In a year-ending roundup of SEO trends, strategist Gianluca Fiorelli stated “Mobile search is all search.” Observing Google is shifting to mobile-first indexing, he noted, “after 18 years of prioritizing desktop, now we have to prioritize mobile.” This blog addresses …

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Top Nonprofit Digital Trends

Nonprofits today are turning to inbound marketing’s collaborative approach to campaign strategy and data focus to boost advocacy and increase donations. Examining top nonprofit digital trends provides insight into the strategies working best online. After all, despite the average American household …

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Online Marketing Trends 2016 to 2017

Digital marketing spend will grow from 57.29 billion US dollars in 2014 to 103.37 billion US. dollars in 2019, per Forrester. These online marketing trends are likely to drive the growth into 2017. Personalized user experiences Marketing personalization is becoming …

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6 Benefits of Microsites

Marketers understand the value of focusing on specific campaign goals. A microsite represents one more way to do this effectively. For many brands, their primary website represents a political hurdle where frequent updates, marketing experiments and timely updates present a challenge for …

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How to increase lead generation with a focused call-to-action (CTA)

Whether the phenomenon is deemed the choice paradox or analysis paralysis, most people have experienced an inability to decide when confronted with too many options. Marketers aim to appeal to an audience, by educating and delighting. This doesn’t mean piling …

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How to make SEO-friendly blog articles

Organic search can be a powerful driver of leads.  For many inbound marketers, search engine optimization (SEO) is a vital channel for lead generation, brand visibility and sales nurturing–and blogs can play a significant role in driving search efforts. In thinking about …

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Best Practices for IT Value-Added Reseller Company Websites

In an ever-evolving landscape roiled by big data, mobile, turn-key applications, and cloud computing, value-added resellers (VARs) are forced to reinvent themselves as broad IT solution providers. Seeking to adapt in a volatile arena, the VAR marketer might ask: How can …

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5 Best Practices for IT Websites

Spending on worldwide information technology continues to grow with IDC predicting the market will reach $2.252,9 billion this year and $2,461.1 billion by 2019. That’s a lot of market share up for grabs, but how does IT marketing standout? Try …

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How website redesign drove measurable business value for a leading artificial intelligence company.

An Ironpaper Client Success Story. Arago (www.arago.co) has an underlying mission to give people back the time they are currently spending in mindless processes—helping to drive more value from human endeavors. What they do with operations automation is reminiscent of …

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Is Online Fundraising Effective?

There are more donors and donor dollars out there. The Association of Fundraising Professionals reported a 2% gain in net donors from 2014 – 2015 and 5.3% gain in dollars donated in the same period. Nevertheless, those same professionals may …

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Best Practices for B2B Websites

One second is all it takes. That may sound reminiscent of a tagline for a fear-mongering PSA, but it’s also true that even a single second delay in website performance can lead visitors to abandon a website. Avoid audience attrition and …

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10 Important Marketing Acronyms and What They Mean

No one likes to waste time with full words any more, right? OMG. LOL. A review of discussion among marketers highlights that acronyms are as common in this industry as in any other form of communication. Without wanting to risk …

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Inbound Marketing Tips for Data Centers

Those working in data centers or colocation businesses are likely to recognize the value of binaries. Here’s a marketing concept in those terms — inbound v. outbound marketing. With inbound focused on informing and educating potential customers during their buyer’s journey, while …

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What is Progressive Profiling?

What is progressive profiling? It’s a practice modern marketers use, often with the help of marketing automation, to gather lead intel incrementally to benefit conversion rates. How does progressive profiling work? With marketing automation software offering dynamic or smart form fields, …

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Best practices for small business websites

75 percent of users admit to making judgments about a company’s credibility based on their website’s design. – Stanford University   Increasing revenue is a big goal for businesses of any size. A survey, State of Small Business Report, of …

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4 Best Practices in B2B Digital Marketing

B2B marketing has evolved greatly with innovations in analytics, publishing tools, understanding of web user behavior, and lead tracking tools. In most cases, the B2B buying cycle is often slow. Often, the reason for this is that the B2B buying …

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4 Best Practices in B2B Digital Marketing

B2B digital marketing faces unique challenges. For one, the B2B buying lifecycle is often slow since a purchase decision typically requires buy-in from many other business decision makers. Better achieve success, no matter the pace of the purchaser’s journey, by …

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Lead generation tips for B2B technology providers

B2B purchasers are the fish technology providers are trying to hook with their lead generation initiatives. A 2015 report found B2B buyers rely more on content to research and make purchasing decisions today and turn first to general web research …

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10 Trends in Web Design Today

With 93% of buying cycles beginning with an online search, a business website needs to efficiently communicate value proposition, aesthetically appeal to users, and offer optimal user experience — across devices. After all, 40% of smartphone and tablet owners search for …

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Does Design Matter for Lead Generation?

There once was a time, ages ago, or at least decades ago, when Internet visitors wouldn’t question a website with a stodgy layout, some distracting link colors (too often fluorescent), and generic clip art. We all know those days are gone. Design is …

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Buying leads versus inbound leads — which works better?

Inbound marketing is no longer the new buzz phrase. Yet it’s still the new kid on the block (the dreamy one that listens to you) when compared with outbound marketing.   Companies are 3X as likely to see higher ROI …

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Responsive Web Design Statistics That Matter

Relevance is a key element of marketing success. Your website is no longer relevant today if it is not mobile-friendly. You need Responsive Web Design. Responsive Web Design, or RWD for short, is one of the more effective ways to …

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5 Reasons Your Website May Be Failing

In many cases, your company website is your audience’s first impression of your business, so it’s critical that it works optimally, supports your objectives, and achieves the results you want. As such, if it’s not generating leads, driving sales, and …

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Benefits of Growth Driven Design Over Traditional Web Design

Hearing more Growth Driven Design (GDD) hype without knowing what the fuss is about might prompt you to shout expletives (drop that middle D and you’re already there). Don’t fret, we are here to help. You may understand that Growth Driven …

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What is Growth Driven Design?

Maybe you see yourself as a modern day Tevye embracing “tradition” as enthusiastically as he does to begin Fiddler on the Roof. Yet, a thoughtful comparison of traditional web design to growth driven design may be compelling enough to have …

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5 Demand Generation Best Practices for IT Service Companies

Though there are enormous opportunities to be had in the IT services industry today, the competition is also growing by the minute. Not only do organizations need to establish their prominence over other IT consultancies and service providers, but they also …

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