Inbound Marketing 101: Attract Motivated Buyers

I stumbled across the book Inbound Marketing from Dharmesh Shah and Brian Halligan of Hubspot back in the summer of 2010. It changed the way I think about marketing and paved the way for creating my own demand generation framework.  Inbound marketing is now the driving force in my career. I use it to shape…

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How Famous Brands Got Their Names

I was conducting my evening scroll through Instagram, as I usually do, when I stumbled into a mysterious brand I had never heard of—Bandulu. The name captured my eyes and the “ulu” echoed in my ears as I said it over and over in my head.  What an impressionable brand name—I didn’t know it’s meaning…

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20 Tattoo-Worthy Company Taglines

Last year I finally got the tattoo I had been waiting for. Three years of screenshotting photos had come to a head and it was time to hand over my digital folder to someone who could handle the beast I had created inside my phone. But I couldn’t just trust anyone with this responsibility. After…

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Demand Generation: The Best Way To Grow Any Business

Let’s start with what demand generation is not—it’s not growth hacks or shortcuts. Real demand generation takes a coordinated effort across your organization. When properly planned and executed, it’ll pave the way for market domination. Now let’s look at a proper definition before we dig into how you can use the four pillars of demand…

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The 12 Best Email Newsletters To Feed Your Inbox

I was never a big email newsletter type of person. I don’t like checking my email, and to be frank, it gives me anxiety just watching the notifications add up. Most of the time I resort to hitting “select all” and marking them as read, just to alleviate my OCD itch. I lived by this…

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Your Brand Needs A Rival

“Anytime Michael goes by you — nail him. Put him on the ground on every drive.” – Isiah Thomas People are understandably obsessed with the Michael Jordan documentary The Last Dance that’s on ESPN right now. The series is crushing ESPN viewing records. It gives us an inside look into Michael Jordan’s final season with the Bulls.…

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5 Famous Rivalries That Shaped Iconic Brands

Rivalries are the best. Growing up a Michigan State fan, I got my hands in a vicious battle with the University of Michigan at a very young age. I remember talking trash to my best friend and neighbor, whose uncle was Michigan Alumni, every time the Spartans squared off against the Wolverines. If they weren’t…

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Are you Blockbuster or Netflix?

“Neither RedBox nor Netflix are even on the radar screen in terms of competition, it’s more Wal-Mart and Apple.” – Jim Keyes | Blockbuster CEO (2008) I remember popping into Blockbuster every Friday night to search for hidden gems in the new release section. The blue and gold stores were a fixture across the country.…

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