If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to WPEngine, check out Flywheel. I’ve heard some people say they’re not just cheaper but also actually faster.
Notes from a recent episode of Evolving SEO with Noah Kagan.
- Pick a goal
- make a list of all the options to achieve that goal
- every month, review and ask
- what is the activity i can double?
- what’s the activity that i can kill?
Noah Kagan’s original marketing plan for Mint was just a simple doc.
How to execute a marketing plan
- Create a “system”
system = a checklist. can be a spreadsheet. Contains all the steps that need to be executed to create the desired output/result.
- If somethings broken, then go in and fix it
- Hire people to execute
(hiring tip: reach out to people you admire. you typically can’t hire them, but try to work on contract basis with them first. if that’s not possible, ask for a recommendation: who else is awesome? work with those people on contract basis, and if they’re great, do everything you can to hire them eventually)
Content creation vs promotion
People spend too much time creating content, but not enough time promoting it. If the people who could benefit from your content don’t hear about it, it has zero value.
Why is that? (Even though most people know this, few actually act accordingly)
Probably because when you create, it’s fun, it’s safe, you’re sitting at home creating something. Versus promotion, you’re putting yourself out there and exposing yourself to other people’s judgment. Other people will judge your work, will judge you. But that feedback is what will really make you grow.
How Noah is doing this:
- 2 days per week for content creation
- 1 day per week for content promotion
- 2 open days
^ that’s how he’s doing it right now. might change in 6 months.
Establishing relationships with awesome people
Give presents to people. Stuff they actually want and will keep for life. Not a shirt with YOUR logo on it. Give them Alexa. Give them something that’ll always be on their desk. (More examples ~31:00)
Then follow up. Tell them you read their post and loved it, did something with it and something great happened. Stuff like that. Over time it grows into a relationship if it’s a good match.
Let’s face it, most of us marketers have a little marketing stack addiction. There’s always another tool we love to try.
So this post caught my eye, cause it listed a bunch of popular marketing tools that people are winning with today:
- Hubspot (meh)
- CallRail (yeah!)
- Drift (good product, but their marketing is great!)
- TextMagic (trigger text message notifications to new leads and customers)
- Visual Website Optimizer
- Zoho CRM (lol)
- Salesforce (really? wtf!)
- OnePage CRM
- Mouseflow (records where a visitor’s mouse flows)
- Pagecritiq (fast, free landing page feedback for last-minute launches—cool idea)
- Groove (their content marketing is A+++)
- Shopify (BOOM! Great product, great marketing)
- Terminus (for running account-based marketing campaigns)
- Purlem (personalized domains for campaign performance tracking)
- Appointlet (for scheduling appointments)
- Yay Images (cheap but beautiful stock images)
- Animoto (video creation)
- Bablic (webpage translation for international visitors)
- Zapier (yeah! best in this list)
Some crappy tools in here, some great ones, and some that depend on the use case. Either way, read the full article here: The Agency Swiss Army Knife – 27 Dream Marketing Stack Tools You Can’t Afford to Miss