If you could be a fly on the wall in one of our Half a Bubble Out staff meetings over the past several months, you might hear phrases being thrown around the table like lean and classic survey results, or hyper-responsives, SMIQs and DDS. It might sound like we are speaking in code, but this fun new vocabulary all stems from learning a powerful marketing strategy known as the Ask Method®. Are you scratching your head wondering what could be so revolutionary about ‘asking,’ or curious how it is growing businesses? In this interview, Michael Redman, Half a Bubble Out CEO, shares his personal journey of becoming a certified partner of the Ask Method® and how it’s transforming the marketing industry.Read More
When you walk through the doors at the Bubble, three things become very clear...
The first is that you have entered the workplace of visionaries, who decorate with drum sets and antique candy dispensers, (which I might add, are surprisingly comforting to the nervous interview candidate). The creatively charged environment speaks seamlessly to the culture of a Passion and Provision® company. One that aims to engage anybody who walks through the door to dream big, pay attention to detail, and to think outside the bubble. Here, there is the inevitable promise that work can be fun, stories can be told, and businesses can grow.Read More
Anyone who ever said email is dead is crazy! Email marketing is a powerful tool these days – and if you do it right, it can set your small business apart from your competitors. How? Timing, segmentation, personalization, and automation are just some of the ways email can be used to reach your target market and customers at the right place, at the right time. Did you know that 91% of internet users check email at least once a day on their smart phones? We’re willing to bet you fall into the category.Read More
Updated for 2017
Right now it’s mere hours before we say farewell to 2016. Have you made your New Year’s resolution? I hope not. Really. If you’re stressing over what your New Year’s resolution is going to be – lose weight, exercise more, stop smoking, be nicer, go to bed earlier, give up chocolate (whoa, let’s be realistic here, huh?) then I give you permission to stop obsessing. You don’t have to make one. In fact, all that indecisive energy you’re spending on how to better yourself in 2017 can be much better spent on setting goals for your online strategy instead. We’ll help by giving you some internet marketing tips that you can achieve early on in 2017.
If you climbed on the internet this morning (of course you did!) you may have noticed your favorite sites weren’t accessible or working properly. Popular sites like Twitter, Netflix and PayPal, among others, were affected by a wide-scale attack on a major hosting server.
There have been multiple reports that the outages and problems have been fixed, but a quick trip to some of the affected sites reveal that many websites are still facing issues.
We found a great article from Gizmodo on the subject. They have been keeping track of the updates and have a very good pulse on the situation. Here’s a bit of their coverage from this morning:Read More
Did you know it’s National Boss’s Day? We sent our two amazing head honchos to Hawaii! Well – kind of. They actually told us they had the opportunity to visit Hawaii and they were seizing that opportunity, so we sent them with our blessings – and that’s kind of the same thing. And you know what? They deserve it! Aloha! So in honor of National Boss’s Day, I asked our staff what they love most about Michael and Kathryn. Their words say it so much better than I ever could. Read what they said below!Read More
You’ve probably heard of Pokémon Go -- it would be hard to miss news of this popular new social app. In fact, you’ve probably noticed a strange trend recently of people walking with a sense of purpose all around you while glued to their smartphones. I have seen this in my own neighborhood, where suddenly neighbors I’ve never even seen before are out walking and staring at their phones, almost like they're in a trance.
If you’re not familiar with Pokémon Go, it's basically an app for your smartphone that allows you to “see” Pokémon in the real world (your local streets based on your location), capture them, and train them to battle against other people’s Pokémon.
Pokémon Go and Your Marketing
So how does this relate to small business marketing? Clearly this game is the craze of the moment, but in my opinion it is always good to watch trends and see what people are interested in, especially with the rapid speed of technological change.
In a recent Adweek article, Tod Loofbourrow and Eva Barbier give us 5 things to learn from the success of Pokémon go:Read More
You've probably heard of Snapchat -- that all of the "young kids" are using it. If you haven't heard of it, in simple terms it's a photo and video sharing service where the pictures and videos disappear within seconds of being viewed. You can also message friends with a text message type of format, although the platform is much more photo and video focused. What you may not know is that some consider Snapchat to be an important up and coming marketing platform.Read More
The word “hipster” has developed an interesting stigma. Let’s be real here, those flannel wearing, craft IPA and coffee loving, bearded, vintage Canon owners have awesome Instagram feeds.
It’s okay to admit it; we’ve all been there before -- we find ourselves stalking someone’s Instagram feed and feeling slightly upset and jealous of how perfectly simple it is. Yeah, story of my life.
We’ve all seen them at one point or another: freakishly symmetrical birds-eye-view coffee cups with perfect espresso crema or beautifully crafted latte art, under saturated succulents, and many, many peonies.Read More
You may be wondering to yourself what exactly a “persona” is and how is it a secret weapon? It is critical to be aware of your prospects' personas along their buyer’s journey with your company. As an inbound marketing company, you will see someone go from a stranger, to a lead, to a customer, all the way through to a promoter and the persona comes into play every step of the way.
Creating the Persona
To put it simply, personas are representations of ideal customers you create to help your team develop focused content formation and nurturing strategies. To create personas, you will use information you already have about your target market or current customers. There are several aspects you need to consider to make a comprehensive persona. Here are some questions you can begin with followed by examples:Read More