Startup Blog

Great Content: The Missing Ingredient in Your Conversion Optimization Plan?

Posted Mike Volpe on 8/22/11 11:00 AM

Conversion Conference - Mike Volpe SpeakerEarlier this year, my good friend and colleague Tim Ash and I collaborated on a webinar called “Optimizing Your Site for Maximum Lead Flow”. If you’re not familiar with Tim, he’s the author of the book “Landing Page Optimization” and chairs an interesting event focused exclusively on website conversion optimization called Conversion Conference.  Tim’s specialty is convincing web visitors to take action on your website, and my niche is attracting people to your website. We made a great team, because together we provided a 360-degree view of website optimization, from getting more people to find your site to getting them to complete your conversion action once they’re there.

Marketing Quotes for Inspiration, Motivation and Presentations

Posted Mike Volpe on 6/28/11 9:06 AM

Check out these 101 Marketing Quotes compiled by the awesome team I work with.

Should Marketing Compensation Be Tied to Sales or Revenue?

Posted Mike Volpe on 6/8/11 1:49 PM

describe the imageI've been asked this marketing compensation question a few times recently.  There are two reasons why I think having more than a small amount of marketing compensation tied to sales is a bad idea:

Meet the SEO Rapper in Person

Posted Mike Volpe on 3/24/11 11:00 AM

I love hip-hop music, and I love marketing.  Put those two together and you have me hooked!  I ran into "The SEO Rapper" a couple years back and became a fan.  Now, I have the pleasure of meeting him in person and hosting him on HubSpot TV.

Webinar Marketing Tips from Experience with 100s of Webinars

Posted Mike Volpe on 3/23/11 11:25 AM

I was asked by email to provide some thoughts on tips to keep people engaged during webinars.  We do a lot of webinars - I've done probably 50 myself and our team at HubSpot has done hundreds, and we've had over 100,000 views of our webinars in total.  In fact our last webinar had over 20,000 people register for just that one webinar alone.

Is Marketing or Product King of the Company?

Posted Mike Volpe on 1/31/11 10:30 AM

chicken and eggI was browsing the web and after following a series of links I ended up on an article on Jeff Chausse's blog, which has the following paragraph:

Who I Voted for in BBJ Most Admired Companies - You can Vote TODAY

Posted Mike Volpe on 1/14/11 11:42 AM

Boston Business Journal has a “most admired” companies list that they compile, sort of a “people’s choice awards” of the business world.  I thought I would share who I voted for and some of the reasons why.  (You can vote today if you want.  Please do, and please consider HubSpot for your vote.)

Website Optimization Tips - Dreamforce 2010 [Video & PPT]

Posted Mike Volpe on 12/20/10 10:09 AM

I had the pleasure of presenting a session at Dreamforce this year, and I thought I would share it with you.  My portion of the presentation is about 25 minutes, and there are a variety of formats below for your viewing pleasure.

Hacking Work - 5 Tips for Marketers

Posted Mike Volpe on 11/18/10 10:00 PM

hacking workI've been chatting with Bill Jensen, one of the authors of Hacking Work, and he was kind enough to send me a copy of the book to check out.  I enjoyed reading it.  It is a pretty quick read, and the fundamental principle that you should not be bound by rules is a great one and can inspire you to do little things to bend the rules and get more done.  In that spirit, here is a quick list of 5 hacks for marketers, 

Lady Gaga Meets HL7 Protocols? Really.

Posted Mike Volpe on 11/16/10 10:00 AM

While the corporate music video parody meme is not anything new, if the video is done well it never gets old.  Here is a new addition from Nuesoft (a HubSpot customer!) called "Interface" (video w /lyrics).

Twitter at Events: 60% of Tweets are During the Event

Posted Mike Volpe on 11/12/10 1:08 PM

The folks at Amiando did a cool study looking at the Twitter usage associated with event hashtags.  There are a number of cool findings in the report, but the one that stood out to me was that the vast majority of the tweets took place during the event, with a long tail before and after the event.

twitter event usage resized 600

Should I Use Free Press Release Services to Promote Blog Articles?

Posted Mike Volpe on 11/9/10 12:01 PM

marketing Q AI got this question by email:

How Fast Should My Twitter Followers Grow?

Posted Mike Volpe on 10/26/10 12:34 PM

follow me on twitterI am starting to take more of the questions I get by email, twitter and other means and post the responses here, exposing it to more than one person.  

Traditional News Using Social Media Too Much?

Posted Mike Volpe on 10/21/10 3:50 PM

It does seem like CNN, Fox, etc. are doing less and less actual reporting....

10 Tips on How to Promote and Brand an Event

Posted Mike Volpe on 10/18/10 1:32 PM

ungeeked marketing event resized 600This is a guest post from Cd Vann, who runs the UnGEEKed events.  I have been impressed with the passion that she brings to promoting the unGEEKed events, and asked her to share some of her event marketing tips with folks on this blog.  (I am speaking at UnGEEKed San Francisco, December 2-4.)

10 Things CEOs Need to Know about Design by @Jess3

Posted Mike Volpe on 10/12/10 11:21 AM

I attended a presentation from Leslie Bradshaw of Jess3 about the "10 Things CEOs Need to Know About Design".  While I found the presentation to be a little high level and lacking some details, there were some good points to make you think.  Some of the points about design I agree with, some I disagree with - see my comments below.

.co Domains and SEO

Posted Mike Volpe on 10/6/10 4:22 PM

At the HubSpot user group and Inbound Marketing Summit a lot of people were talking about the new .co domain names available, and asking if they were better or worse than .net or .org and how they compare to .com.  Thanks to Dharmesh Shah for adding his thoughts.

Organization Chart 2.0 - An Org Chart Experiment at HubSpot

Posted Mike Volpe on 9/29/10 12:31 PM

We have a pretty flat culture and organization at HubSpot.  No vacation policy.  No offices.  Limited layers to the organization.

organization chart org chart 2 resized 600

HubSpot is Hiring Marketing Experts

Posted Mike Volpe on 9/27/10 12:15 PM

We are also hiring software developers, but this is a marketing blog, so I wanted to make sure you all knew that HubSpot is hiring marketing pros.

Win a Free Ticket to the Inbound Marketing Summit

Posted Mike Volpe on 9/23/10 9:30 AM

I am very excited for the upcoming Inbound Marketing Summit outside Boston on October 6-7.  The lineup of speakers and attendees looks amazing!  I really think it is an event worth attending if you can make it there.

inbound marketing summit

19 Marketing Experts Share Tips and Predictions for #IMS10

Posted Mike Volpe on 9/17/10 10:04 AM

Something I have been working on with Justin Levy.

Sales Missing Opportunity By Being Annoying

Posted Mike Volpe on 9/8/10 2:33 PM

I get a cold / unsolicited email from a vendor trying to sell me something.  99.9% of the time, these get marked as spam and not only is that message gone without me opening it, but anyone from that company can never get into my inbox again.  Brilliant!

Singer Cee Lo Says F**k You, Gets 4 Million Views

Posted Mike Volpe on 9/2/10 4:27 PM

How do you get 4 million YouTube views of your new song?  Use profanity in the title and the song, and post a video of it.

A Bathroom Lead Generation Tip

Posted Mike Volpe on 7/29/10 2:54 PM

Without calls to action, you won't get any leads.

call to action in bathroom

Eric Qualman @equalman on Socialnomics

Posted Mike Volpe on 7/20/10 12:02 PM

I had a chance to get to know Eric during both HubSpot TV and sharing a panel with him a couple weeks ago talking about the ROI of social media.  Eric is a super nice and sage guy who has a real grasp of how social technologies are changing the business world.

Subscribe to Email Updates

Let's Connect