The VPM Blog

What a Job in Inbound Marketing Can Teach You Regardless of Major

Posted by Melissa Cook on Nov 9, 2017 12:00:00 AM

As someone who has always answered the cliché “so what is your major” question with a sigh and a long explanation, I’m used to having to explain the value in having such an interdisciplinary major. For a little background on myself, I am studying Natural Resource Management, Communication, and Hunger Studies. (Which according to @CodyLunsford_ means I’m the mayor of Zootopia or a professional tree hugger with a few other things mixed in…) So where does marketing fit in? To most people, I would appear to be vastly underqualified to work in marketing as I have no formal education on it, but a job in social media and inbound marketing is about so much more than formal marketing education.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, Internships

Why Your Business NEEDS to be on Facebook

Posted by Nikki Butler on Jul 25, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Finding the best platform to market your business on can be overwhelming with the vast selection of always expanding social media platforms available, but it is a proven fact that business owners who use social networking are on top. Especially those businesses who use Facebook and use it well. Facebook influences our daily lives. Whether it be for personal or for business purposes, it's always prominent, it promotes results, and the possibilities to generate leads are endless. If you don't want to take my word for it, here are just a few reasons why your business NEEDS to be on Facebook. 


1. Market access. 
Facebook grants you access to the largest social media market available. 

  • Over 2 billion monthly active users and growing. 
  • 1.15 billion mobile users daily who on average spend a total of 55 minutes on Facebook. 
  • Facebook is by far the most popular networking site with YouTube coming in at second place.
  • Facebook did a survey of adults in the US and found that people who use Facebook more than five times a day are more likely to be brand loyal. 

2. Results. Facebook produces positive results by putting your business in front of your clients and customers every single day. 

  • You can increase web traffic through ads and by regularly publishing engaging content. 
  • By setting up your business as a local business you can collect testimonials and reviews and embed them onto your business web page. 
  • You can manage your reputation by seeing what your customers or clients are saying about your business. It is easier to raise brand awareness and promote positive word of mouth when you know what is being said. 
  • Setting up your business page and engaging customers cost absolutely nothing and advertising is affordable. 
  • You can also use Facebook as a customer support/technical outlet, which will make your customers happy since it is more efficent and convenient for them. Also you can respond quickly to their questions and complaints. 

3. Facebook Insights. Insights is a powerful tool that helps  you track page performance and user interaction. It will break  down each of the following categories:

  • Demographics (Buyer Persona)
  • Page likes
  • Reach
  • Visits
  • Posts

4. SEO. Optimizing your business page for SEO (Search Engine Optimization) will help you reach even more potential clients. 

  • Access to a larger audience sharing your content 
  • More exposure = more people clicking on links.
  • High CTR translates into increased traffic. 
  • Facebook can analyze all the information that millions of users enter into their profiles. You can pay to use this information    to help reach out to potential customers by knowing who your current audience is and target similar buyer personas. 
  • Google may be looking at social media as a sign of a  particular article's relevance and trustworthiness. 

 

Social media marketing helps businesses find new leads everyday. Facebook is a free tool everyone should take advantage of to help with their inbound marketing plan. If your business needs help in learning how to use social media to prospect and convert new leads, download our FREE eBook below.  

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Topics: Social Media, Inbound Marketing, Facebook

A Day in the Life: Junior Account Manager

Posted by Catherine Andrews on Jul 18, 2017 9:00:00 AM

It’s Monday morning and you wake up to find that you already have four work emails waiting for you. You decide to give them a glance before heading into the office, but only a glance because the work day hasn’t really started yet…right? Wrong. It’s a new day and your clients need you!

Welcome to a day in the life of a junior account manager.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing

A Day in the Life: Community Manager

Posted by Melissa Cook on Jul 5, 2017 9:00:00 AM

According to adweek.com, the average person will spend 5 years of their lifetime on social media. Shocking? (Let's be honest, not really...) We all spend hours scrolling through Facebook or Instagram, watching YouTube videos, and laughing at memes, so what we consume matters. But who is the mastermind behind the content you are consuming? If you follow a business, or even a college or university, there is a good chance that the content you see is from a community manager.

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Topics: Social Media, Inbound Marketing, Content Building

Inbound Approach to Higher Ed

Posted by Nikki Butler on Jun 27, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Higher education has evolved. Traditional marketing is no longer producing results like it used to. While researching different marketing types, you come across Inbound Marketing. What is Inbound? It is a type of marketing that focuses on attracting customers through content and interactions by publishing the right content, in the right place, at the right time. Overall, making your marketing become relevant and helpful to your customers, rather than interrupting their lives. Inbound Marketing has been the proven methodology since 2006.

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Topics: Content Marketing, Inbound Marketing

Inbound Marketing is a Marathon, not a Sprint

Posted by Don Crow on Jun 6, 2017 9:00:00 AM

If you've never run a marathon, and I have not, the whole thing seems like torture. The training, the diet, the race itself, and let's be real - the recovery - all seem like exercises in bodily pain all for the sake of a t-shirt.

Sprinting by comparison seems easy. You can see the start and finish line clearly, the other runners aren't stacked on top of one another, and you'll sometimes see runners - albeit well trained ones - sprint in several races per day.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing

A Very Verge Pipe Media History Lesson

Posted by Don Crow on May 10, 2017 10:00:00 AM

I don't recall the exact day Verge Pipe Media became a reality. It wasn't when the blog began as a free WordPress site, or the day we processed our first payment from a client or the day we hosted a hospitality tent at the Auburn Chamber of Commerce golf tournament.

Verge Pipe Media introduced to the world at the Auburn Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament, September 24, 2010 (Moore's Mill Club)

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, Client Leadership

How Your Business Can and Will Benefit From Social Media

Posted by Ally Arthur on Mar 29, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Thinking that your business is immune from adapting to social media puts your business at risk of not achieving its potential. Contrary to popular belief, social media is not just a passing trend. Rather, it is a powerful marketing tool that has the capacity to grow a business beyond its physical reach. By implementing social media into your business’ daily use, you can reach new clients and further establish your presence as a competitor.

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Topics: social media marketing, Social Media, Inbound Marketing, Client Relations

[Infographic] Marketing Deathmatch: HubSpot vs. Pardot

Posted by Don Crow on Mar 6, 2017 8:00:00 AM

One of the biggest differences between HubSpot vs. Pardot is that HubSpot is a complete Marketing Platform, whereas Pardot focuses mainly on marketing automation such as email drip campaigns and lead scoring. HubSpot also has marketing automation, lead scoring, and a robust Salesforce integration, but they also have many top and middle-of-the-funnel tools that Pardot does not.

HubSpot has everything a modern marketer needs to do marketing right, in an all-in-one, easy-to-use product. HubSpot's platform includes tools for Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Content Management System (CMS), blogging, social media, email, automated workflows, landing pages, lead intelligence, and analytics for each and every tool, to help marketers make smarter decisions to help their businesses grow. You can see the full list of HubSpot products here.

Tools aside, one of the most stark differences in the experience of a HubSpot vs. a Pardot customer is the level of education, training, and support you’ll receive.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, HubSpot

Marketing Deathmatch: HubSpot vs. Pardot

Posted by Don Crow on Mar 1, 2017 9:00:00 AM

 First off, let me start by clearly stating two things:

  1. We (Verge Pipe Media) are a HubSpot partner agency, and 
  2. We (Verge Pipe Media) do not use Salesforce or Pardot.

So you might be questioning the validity of an article with an aggressive title like, "Marketing Deathmatch: HubSpot vs. Pardot."

Unfortunately for us, and fortunately for you, we had a client who recently decided to add Pardot to their toolbag when Salesforce essentially offered it to them (our client) for free. Now, it's tough enough to compete in the marketing world with clients demanding asking for lower rates and more services, but free? Let's just say everyone at Verge Pipe Media had to do a lot of homework on Pardot and as a result, learned a lot about not only their platform, but Salesforce and even more about our own: HubSpot.

Next, part of what I learned is comparing the two marketing automation platforms isn't as easy as some would have you believe and for more than just the reasons I outline below. After all, HubSpot integrates well with Salesforce but for the needs of our particular client, Pardot had the advantage of both price and filling their most immediate email marketing needs. We offered a full stack fruit basket and our client wasn't interested in the orange to apple comparison - they just wanted their pear.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, HubSpot, Pardot