If You Took Every Marketing Course We Released in 2016, You’d Know…

Not every marketer comes from a marketing background.

In fact, I’d say that marketers with any kind of formal training are more the exception than the rule.

And even if you have had a lot of marketing training, things change so fast these days that it’s hard to keep up on your own. From copywriting to webinars, there are a lot of skills that go into a successful marketing strategy, and it pays to keep those skills fresh.

So at Leadpages, we try to give you a leg up with lots of training.

In 2016, we released six brand new courses covering:

  • The Interactive Offer 2.0, an update on the presell system that CEO Clay Collins used to launch Leadpages
  • Copywriting with tips from Campaign Strategy Director Kat Von Rohr and Manager of Marketing Education Bob Jenkins
  • Lead magnets, including what’s working to get leads for small businesses now
  • How to get 10x the leads from your website
  • How to run an end-of-year promotion and meet your annual revenue goals
  • The webinar blueprint that built Leadpages (never before revealed outside of Leadpages and our Converted conference)

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6 Kinds of Images to Get Traffic from Social Media (That Aren’t Stock Photos)

Like many marketers, I spend all day on the internet. I’m writing, of course, but I’m also doing a lot of research, reading and just finding information about our market.

Well, in the past week, I’ve seen the same stock photo used 3 times on 3 different sites.

The first time I saw it, I didn’t think much of it. But by the third time, I had no idea what the image was for, because all I could think was, “Hey! There’s that stock photo again!”

I’ll spare you the lecture on how images are “worth a thousand words.” Instead, I’ll just say it’s a well-known fact that images are important, and it’s never been more accurate than in the world of social media.

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6 Ways to Come Up with Effective Blog Content When You’re Short on Ideas—Plus 55 High-Impact Post Types

How to Come Up with Blog Content Ideas

Sometimes it happens. I come in to the office, open up my laptop, and watch the cursor blink at me from a blank white page … and get stuck there.

Of course, it’s my job to come up with ideas and write blog content—so I have to get past this point eventually, no matter how long it takes.

But if blogging is just one of a hundred responsibilities that come with running and marketing your business, it can be pretty tempting to let that cursor keep on blinking indefinitely. Even when you know exactly what blogging can do for your business.

When that happens, you need a set of reliable content frameworks you can lean on—sources of post ideas you can turn to again and again. After plenty of experience and observation, I’ve discovered 6 practically fail-safe ways to come up with blog content when I’m lacking ideas.
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The Business Growth Advice You Missed at Converted 2016

“I just attended a 48-hour webinar … and I loved it!”

That’s how attendee Jenny Miranda described the whirlwind marketing and business-growth summit that was Leadpages’ second annual conference, Converted 2016. And although we did give people breaks to sleep, eat, and kick back with craft cocktails, Jenny’s summary is pretty accurate.

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