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Recapping 3 Years at SparkReaction

Hiring an Agency 6 minute read

SparkReaction ruined a lot of things for me.

In August of 2015, I was at a dead-end job––spending all of my free time looking for a job where I didn't dread going into work every day. I found SparkReaction on a now-defunct local startup website, along with a dozen other budding businesses. Spark didn't stick out. It wasn't the only company I..

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Why Hiring an Inbound Agency Isn't A Silver Bullet

Hiring an Agency 6 minute read

I was speaking a potential client the other day and helping them understand what an agency can do and what an agency can't-do.

Just because you hire an agency, it doesn't mean you have a silver bullet.

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What Should You Ask Before You Hire an Inbound Marketing Agency?

Hiring an Agency 8 minute read

So you’ve decided to hire a marketing agency. That's great! Now, let's find you the right agency for your business. You will want to consider culture, price and of course qualifications. You might think of your options are black and white, right? I mean, all marketing agencies do the same thing, right? Marketing. I hate to break it to you, but..

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The Top 9 HubSpot Website Design Agencies in the US

Choosing a HubSpot website design agency is downright tough. It often takes weeks and months of research, meetings, and negotiating until you maybe find the best agency for you.

Like most businesses, not all agencies are the same, but there a few who stand out for being top-notch website design agencies. If you're looking for your next HubSpot..

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What To Expect After a Year of Inbound Marketing

Each of the clients I've worked with has a different set of marketing chops.

Some are small teams jumpstarting their company's first year of growth. Others are established businesses with hundreds of employees; they're simply looking to diversify their over-arching marketing strategy with inbound.

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Will Lead Generation Software Really Grow My Business?

You might have heard that 49% of marketers are using marketing software to generate more qualified leads.

As you set and refine your strategy for the year, you might be wondering: Is lead generation software right for my business?

The right program can take your marketing process to a new level. But it's also an investment of time, training,..

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Where to Get Free Inbound Marketing Training for Your Team

 Inbound marketing training doesn't have to be pricy.

The methodology is anyone's game. And you can grab the benefits of inbound marketing without breaking the bank... if you know where to look.

We're pulling back the curtain on our favorite resources to learn the inbound methodology, stay up-to-date with new tactics, and even get certified.

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6 Fresh Perspectives an Inbound Marketing Agency Will Bring You

Routines are a good thing. Most mornings, I walk to work, catch up with a podcast, and swing in my favorite cafe near the office for coffee — and it's a great way to start a jam-packed day.

But routines can feel more like ruts when it comes to a long-term strategy. Auto-publishing social posts, scheduling "blah" blog content just to fill the..

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The Big Mistake Lurking in an Inbound Marketing Package

Hiring an Agency 5 minute read

According to Search Engine Journal, inbound leads cost 60% less than outbound leads. You've likely heard this and a slew of other statistics that have brought you to believe in the power of inbound marketing. And maybe you're ready to remake your marketing strategy — but don't sign on that dotted line just yet. There's a costly mistake we see..

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How We Grew a B2B Lead Conversion Rate By 842% YOY

Hiring an Agency 7 minute read

I've said it before — HubSpot's Inbound conference is like Christmas for us marketers. Swag bags, great food, and agency reunions abound. But my favorite part of the experience is always sharing our client stories with other industry leaders. It's like updating my favorite aunts on the last year of my life 'round the pumpkin pie. 

We do that in..

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An Inbound Marketing Agency Hired Me... Here's What Happened

Hiring an Agency 7 minute read

Those two words — "You're hired!" — said a lot to me this past year. They said: It's time for bigger and better career opportunities. They said: Prepare to reach lofty goals and embrace new skills. They said: Get ready to watch a lot of HubSpot training videos.

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SparkReaction is Top Iowa Agency in "50 States of Inbound Marketing"

Hiring an Agency 1 minute read

We just got word that Revenue River Marketing listed SparkReaction as Iowa's top inbound marketing agency in their roundup, "50 States of Inbound Marketing."

Author Kate Ahokas has got something important to say about inbound:

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Don't Fail Because You Gave up on Your Inbound Marketing Strategy

Think, for a second, of the stock market. Like a rollercoaster, it ascends... then descends. Up, up, down, and up. You know the graph.

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So, You Want to Hire an Inbound Marketing Agency?

Hiring an Agency 3 minute read

The phrase “starving artist” isn’t just a cute turn of phrase — it’s a reality for lots of people who make their living by making music or art. Most of us enjoy a good concert and like to hang impressive works on our walls, so why are artists still starving?

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Inbound Marketing Agencies Have a Secret Weapon (That You Can Use)

Hiring an Agency 3 minute read

In a world of rules, schedules, specific education requirements, and limited ability to work outside the guidelines, creativity has grown to be a coveted rarity among businesses across all industries of all sizes. And with this growing trend of inbound marketing, it’s no secret that it takes a decent amount of creativity. And by “decent,” I..

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7 Tips to Getting Company Buy-In on Inbound Strategy

There are a surprising number of one-man marketing teams. Since I started working at SparkReaction I’ve met at least six people who have been lone wolves in their marketing departments at one point or another. As I’ve learned more about inbound marketing the more I just want to give them all a high five, because solo inbound work is tough!

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Client Spotlights: Ekklesia 360 and uVolunteer

Hiring an Agency 3 minute read

We don’t talk enough about our clients. I mean, in the office, it’s constant — check-ins and celebrations, thoughtful conversations and project management pings. But here, on our blog, we don’t share their successes nearly as often as we should.

Today, I’m going to pull up an office chair for you (metaphorically, of course, but let me know if..

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Why an Inbound Marketing Agency Partnership Can’t Succeed Without Your Effort

Hiring an Agency 4 minute read

So you’ve found your new partner in crime to help grow your business and you're working with an inbound marketing agency. Now, with this newfound powerhouse of inbound expertise, it's time to get down to the grind and be the next Batman and Robin of your industry. But implementing an inbound strategy for your unique business is a process that..

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