Why Do I Need HubSpot? A Revealing Study of 14 Inbound Marketing Campaigns

by Rick Kranz on January 23, 2018

I occasionally hear this question from small business owners, “Why do I need HubSpot? Can’t you just do your Inbound Marketing magic for us without it?”

I am usually tempted to answer with a snarky - “Really? - Would you also like us to build you a house without using any power tools?” But I don’t. I usually go into my boring power tool analogy and try to explain how much more expensive and how much longer it would take to build the house. They sort of get it - but not really.

These questions usually come from a lack of understanding. Some business owners look at the tool and see dollar signs. Others are intimidated by all of HubSpot’s features and believe it is too sophisticated for their business needs. In reality HubSpot starts at a very low price point ($200/month).

With regards to it being too sophisticated - it’s not. The smaller the business the more likely one could leverage the HubSpot tool to streamline and magnify their marketing and sales efforts. Even if you didn't use every feature available, you could still easily get more than your money's worth.

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Using Captions for Facebook Video Ads

by Rick Kranz on January 08, 2018

Should you be using captions for your Facebook Video Ads? The short answer is yes, you should be using them.

According to Facebook, 85% of their videos are viewed with the audio off and 76% of their video ads require audio to be understood. With these figures, my recommendation is you should be using captions on your Facebook videos especially on Facebook video ads.

Let me show you three different ways to add captions to your video ads and I will tell you what we exactly do.

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Use Facebook Ad Reach Objective to Get More Webinar Signups

by Rick Kranz on December 19, 2017

Did you know that you can use Facebook Advertising's Reach Objective to drive more webinar attendees?

Typically, webinar campaigns are short. We run ours for four to five days. That's because most people who sign up one or two weeks before usually don't attend. This is a fact, even with the use of email reminders to your attendees.

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How to Build Subscriber Lists Using Facebook Messenger Bots

by Rick Kranz on December 13, 2017

In this post, I will be talking about how to use Facebook Messenger Bots to build a subscriber list. So why would you want to use Messenger Bots in your Facebook advertising to build a subscriber list? It is actually a pretty good strategy for some local businesses and smaller businesses that don't have a sophisticated web presence and landing page. Smaller businesses may not have marketing automation and ways to capture and nurture those leads.

Let me show you what we've been doing, and you can probably apply this to your own business.

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What's the Optimal Facebook Video Length?

by Rick Kranz on December 12, 2017

How long should my Facebook video be? I get this question a lot. My answer is always, "It depends." It depends on your audience. It depends on what you're talking about. It depends on what you are trying to achieve. Are you teaching? Are you trying to sell? It depends, it depends, it depends.

This is never a satisfactory answer, really. But recently, Buzzsumo did a study of 100 million videos on Facebook. A hundred million videos, that's a lot. I don't know if you have seen the study but it's pretty interesting and it gives some actual numbers.

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