Author: Katrina Kirsch


6 Analytical Skills Marketers Need and How to Improve Them

If you’ve ever tried to solve a Rubix Cube, you’ve put your analytical skills to the test. Making the colors match up requires problem-solving, logical reasoning, and pattern recognition. While the majority of marketers will never make it to the next speedcubing competition, the skills you learn with puzzles like this are essential to a successful marketing career. In today’s workforce, nearly one in four workers have a job in which analytical skills are considered the most important factor. Companies...


20 Technical Skills Every Marketer Needs

Traditionally, the marketing field emphasized creative thinking over technical skills. But to build a successful career as a marketer today, you need more than a knack for pitching ideas and coming up with clever copy. That’s where technical skills come in. These skills are earned from experiences or education (think, data analysis, project management, and computer programming). Now more than ever, employers are emphasizing skills over pedigree. LinkedIn data from the past year shows a 20% increase in managers who...


The Ultimate List of Email Marketing Stats for 2021

Nowadays, marketers put a lot of emphasis on webinars, video campaigns, and other new opportunities to reach their customers. But your contemporary communication methods shouldn’t distract you from one of the oldest and yet most effective messaging channels — email. You might be wondering if email is still a worthwhile marketing strategy. Well, it is. In fact, email generates $42 for every $1 spent, which is an astounding 4,200% ROI, making it one of the most effective options available. If...


What Does it Mean to Use Concatenate in Excel [+ Why It Matters]

Copy and paste shortcuts are handy until you have hundreds of data points to manually combine and reformat. Fortunately, you can use the CONCATENATE Excel function to save time (and curb carpal tunnel) when joining information from cells, rows, or columns. Meaning “to join together” or “to combine,” concatenate is a way to unite the contents of two or more cells into one cell. The function allows you to combine data from columns, cells, ranges, and rows into whatever format...


Your Brief Guide to Using Goal Seek in Excel

Successful marketers make informed decisions quickly using a combination of gut instincts and data analysis. They know the end goal, and figure out what it takes to get there. One way to fill in those gaps is by using Goal Seek in Excel. The function is helpful when you know your desired result, but you’re not sure how to reach it. Maybe you want to improve your conversion rate to get more qualified leads but don’t know how many people...


Ultimate Guide to Hero Images [Best Practices + Examples]

Whether or not you realize it, you judge every website by its visual appeal. And it only takes about 0.05 seconds to form an opinion. That means the hero image (the first photo, graphic, or video people see) has to be eye-catching enough to keep people scrolling the site. High-quality hero images are the key to a great first impression. If done well, they represent the essence of your brand identity and the overall theme of your web page. Yes,...


How to Merge Cells in Excel in 5 Minutes or Less

Knowing the ins and outs of Excel is essential for organizing data, understanding analytics, and getting the most from your marketing efforts. The tool is great for quickly processing vast amounts of data, but it can be overwhelming if you don’t spend the majority of your workday whipping up spreadsheets. Fortunately, a few basic skills are all you need to put together an easy-to-read spreadsheet. One is knowing how to merge cells in Excel. Whether you’re planning blog articles for...


How to Get Started with Agile Marketing [+ Examples]

In 2019, DoorDash was losing money on the average order and reported an operating loss of $616 million on $885 million in revenue. By the end of 2020, their revenue jumped to $2.89 billion — a 226% gain. Why the sudden success? For one, the global pandemic spiked the demand for food delivery. But DoorDash also responded to customers’ needs right from the start. They delivered COVID test kits and launched the #OpenforDelivery campaign to support restaurants by the end...


The Complete Guide to Lifecycle Marketing

Savvy marketers know it’s rare to reel in customers at the first encounter with a brand. Winning people over takes time, thoughtful touchpoints, and a whole lot of trust. Fortunately, there’s a strategy that includes all of these and more. It’s called lifecycle marketing, and it’s how companies attract and retain customers beyond that impulse purchase. All businesses create their own unique lifecycle marketing strategy, but the purpose is the same: to engage customers, increase revenue, and grow a brand....


How Conversion Funnels Create a Better Customer Journey + How to Optimize Yours

Conversion funnels are a fundamental concept in sales. Personally, I like to visualize the funnel as that big scary slide you wanted to try as a kid. You saw your friends whizzing down, which sparked your interest. You watched how much fun they were having, doing your research. And then the benefits of having fun outweighed your fear, so you climbed up and flew down. Customers take a similar journey through your company’s conversion funnel when evaluating whether or not...

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