Article | August 6, 2020
If you’re a marketer, you’re responsible for more of the buying journey than ever before. This is a big shift from your traditional role, which was creating awareness and running campaigns at the top of the funnel. Those campaigns generated interest, but at some point, there was always that handoff to Sales, who would ultimately guide the buyer toward a decision. Then, several years ago, it all started to change. Buyers began doing research, forming opinions, and narrowing their options all on their own. In 2012, CEB noted that B2B buyers weren’t contacting suppliers directly until 57 percent of the purchase process was complete.
Article | August 25, 2020
Across the country, local networks known as Education Innovation Clusters (EdClusters) are bringing together partners and resources to meet urgent needs and envision a new future for teaching and learning. Many of these efforts are rooted in long-standing partnerships across sectors and institutions. As COVID-19 disrupted the lives of students, educators, and families earlier this year, EdClusters sprang into action, leveraging their capacity and reach in ways their networks were uniquely ready to do. Their collective efforts are meeting a range of needs—from internet access to devices to social-emotional supports. As schools prepare for uncertain and complex reopenings, we turn to Kansas City and Rhode Island for powerful examples of community in action.
Article | December 14, 2020
When I decided to do something on my own, I stumbled across blogging. Now, the question was, how can I make a blog? There are two types of blogs that you can make - a free domain blog and a paid domain blog.
With the help of free blogging platforms like WordPress and Blogger, you can create a free blog. However, you won't get a full domain name dedicated to your free blog. To get the complete domain name for your blog, you'll have to buy a domain and hosting, which is a paid blog.
So, How Can I Make A Blog?
Follow the five steps below:
Step 1: Decide The Niche of Your Blog
The first step to making a blog is to decide its niche. What is it that you want your blog to be about? There can be many niches from which you can choose. Travel, food, health & fitness, online marketing, business, arts, entertainment, affiliate marketing, sports, and automobiles are some of the examples.
You need to ask yourself what your passion is and what you want to write about. This is probably the most crucial step in making a successful blog. Without knowing the niche for your blog, you may not be able to make it work, and it won't be worth your efforts.
Step 2: Choose the Domain Name of Your Blog
The second step is choosing the domain name. You will need a name that suits your blog's niche and the topics of your blog posts. If your blog is about sports, choose a name that goes with it. It could also be completely unrelated.
However, you should know how a blog's name will affect it. If someone searches your blog's name on Google, then it will show up. However, if your blog's name is unrelated to its niche, then it may be difficult for you to rank it on the Google search results.
Step 3: Free Domain or Paid Domain?
Do you want a free domain or a paid domain & hosting for your blog? There are many free website-building platforms where you can build and publish a blog. The most famous and reliable platform is WordPress.
After making an account on WordPress, you can create a free blog using the free website builder. You'll have to do some basic settings, and you'll be well-guided along the path. You can change the theme from the default theme to any of the available themes. In the end, you'll have to register your domain name and finally publish your blog online. You'll have WordPress's branding in your domain name once you publish it. It'll look something like - www.YourDomainName.wordpress.com.
If you don't want such branding and want your own domain and hosting, then you can opt for WordPress's self-hosting service. When using WordPress's self-hosting service, you'll get to register an entire domain name without the WP branding. It'll look like www.YourDomainName.com. For this, you'll have to pay a monthly hosting charge of $2 to around $10.
Step 4: Customize The Look of Your Blog
After building your blog and registering the domain name, the next step is customizing your blog's looks. WordPress has many themes (both free and premium) that you can install on your blog. These themes will change the look of your blog and make it beautiful. There are around 8000 WordPress themes available to choose from, and you can purchase any of the premium WordPress themes.
Step 5: Write and Publish Your First Blog Post
The final step in the quest to making a blog is writing your first blog post and publishing it. Go to the dashboard of your blog and click on 'Add new post.' You can include images, videos, and all forms of multimedia in your blog posts. For better search engine ranking results, try and write long blog posts (>2000 words). Do not copy from other websites. Write something on your own and completely unique.
While formatting your blog post, make sure you use H1, H2, and H3 headers in your blog post. Also, keep your sentences shorter and easy to read. You should check out HubSpot's guide on how to write and format a blog post.
I hope that you now have a pretty decent idea about building a blog all by yourself. If you want to know more about blogs and blogging, keep reading our other posts. Until next time, take care and keep blogging!
Article | March 17, 2020
My inbox has been flooded with compassionate messages from retailers, businesses and SaaS vendors expressing their concern about the effect COVID-19 is having, assuring customers or subscribers about what they’re doing to keep everyone safe. Take time to talk with your executives and teams about extra things you might do with your marketing to help everyone get through the next weeks and months.If you’re in management or a member of a team that’s going through radical changes, these steps can help you translate your concern to action.