Tools Every Digital Marketer Needs to Have in 2018

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Q: How do you make sure your online marketing is seen, loved and shared online?

A: Use the right digital marketing tools for the job.

Seems simple, right?

It is –  if you know which tools are right for your business.

From designing eye-catching images to researching keywords and interpreting Analytics data, here are seven tools our team members swear by to create award-winning campaigns for our clients.

HubSpot

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As a certified HubSpot agency partner, we know HubSpot inside and out. Leading the HubSpot charge is our Head of Marketing, Michael Palmer.


“As a content marketing agency, HubSpot is a lifesaver for us,” says Michael. “We use it to publish and promote content, generate leads and then, using sophisticated workflows, edge them along the buyer’s journey.

“For any company looking to use digital marketing to drive business, you should definitely consider HubSpot.”

How Does HubSpot Help?

As well as helping us manage and promote content for our clients, HubSpot has helped us communicate our own services more effectively.

“The proof that it works is that we now generate a steady stream of leads through the landing pages that we’ve created to promote our recent product offering,” adds Michael.

“That never used to happen before. Our whole site is on a HubSpot CMS, so we’re able to create amazing content that attracts new leads and customers, and show our clients how to make the most of HubSpot’s content marketing capabilities.”

Landing Pages

Want to see HubSpot in action? Here are some attention-grabbing landing pages our team created to promote our Digital Strategy Day competition and our Free Downloadable GDPR Compliance Checklist.

Take a closer look by clicking on the images below:

TheEWord Digital Strategy Day

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Client Campaigns

HubSpot doesn’t only help us promote content and generate leads internally. The platform has also helped our team create results-driven digital campaigns for our clients.

Last year, we used HubSpot to enhance our content marketing capabilities during a campaign for Manchester Metropolitan University.

The brief? Raise awareness of MBA courses, encourage visits to MBA course pages, and encourage downloads.

The results? Well, we'd like to think they speak for themselves:

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In addition to helping MMU achieve its desired course numbers, our end-to-end campaign also won Best Low-Budget (under £50k) Campaign at the Northern Marketing Awards 2017!

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Want to learn more about our award-winning HubSpot campaign? Read the Manchester Metropolitan Case Study.

Microsoft Excel

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It wasn’t hard for our Head of Strategic Growth, Alex Coe, to make his selection for best digital marketing tool.

“Microsoft Excel is the greatest digital marketing tool of all time,” he exclaims. “The stuff you can do with a spreadsheet is magical.”

The greatest tool of ALL TIME? Who can argue with that passion?

Excel in Action

Want to have clearer picture of where your tickets and services are (and are not) selling? With Excel and a little Google Analytics data under your belt, it’s easy.

We'll let Alex walk you through it...

“First, simply download the sales data from your Analytics account. Where you have postcode data, filter that into postcode and type-of-ticket-bought columns. Then, upload that to Google Maps and now you have a visual map of where people are purchasing and which tickets are popular in which locations.

Voila! Location-specific ticket sales data, beautifully displayed and easy to understand."

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Answer the Public

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Life as a content marketer is fast-paced, so Content Marketing Executive Callum Dawson looks for tools that offer data-led inspiration and insights.

“I love Answer the Public,” he says. “Not only because of the bald, bearded man in the chunky turtleneck, but because it gives me long-tail keyword ideas for content.

“I can put a short-tail keyword into ATP, and it gives me long-tail variations of that keyword. I can then enter those keywords into Google Keyword Planner, so I can get proper search-volumes for them.”

Trello

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When you’re juggling several projects at once, you need a simple, easy-to-use system to ensure that everything stays in play.

That’s why, for busy Senior Content Executive Fiona King, there could only be one choice for most essential digital marketing tool of 2018.  

“For me, it has to be Trello! It’s so user-friendly, comprehensive, and kinda pretty – especially compared to other similar tools, which are usually quite clunky.”

Why Trello?

Ever get that sinking feeling when you suspect you’ve forgotten to do something, but you’re not sure what?

Yup – us too. But there are tools out there capable of making that feeling a thing of the past.

For us, that system is Trello – the online visual collaboration tool.

Trello allows your entire team to see (at a glance) who is doing what, and what still needs to get done. All the vital project information you need is on one easy-to-read dashboard.

So, whether you need to arrange a meeting with your team, or you need to share important project notes, Trello is all you’ll need.

Canva

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“Canva bills itself as amazingly simple graphic design software – and it lives up to the hype,” says content-amplification whizz Amy Hirst.

Intuitive, beautiful and oh-so-easy to use, Canva is the digital marketer’s best friend.
With both free and premium versions available (don’t worry, you can do a lot with the free version), Canva allows users to quickly whip up professional designs for both print and web.

We’ll let you in on a secret: EVERY image in this blog post was created using Canva.
Not too shabby, right?

From blog graphics and flyers, to posters and social media graphics – Canva has you covered.
There are hundreds of free templates to choose from. Here are a few of our favourites:

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Slack

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Head of PPC Tom Britten hates wading through never-ending email chains. Luckily for him, online collaboration tool Slack is helping to put an end to crowded inboxes here at theEword.

“Internal emails are a thing of the past,” says Tom. “Slack makes collaboration so much easier. It also allows various app integrations that make life so much more straightforward.”

Without the distraction of a constant flow of internal emails, your entire team can stay connected, whilst remaining focused on work.

Winner!

Video Marketing

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“Video is now a crucial component of digital marketing,” says Head of Content Dan Moores. “Whether you’re promoting your business or your clients, video content should play a central role in your marketing strategy.”

Here are some key stats about the rise of video in digital marketing:

There’s no reason to stick to the traditional video format. Live video is exploding in popularity.

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Here at theEword, we love the immediacy of live webinars and conferences. Recently, Michael lead a GDPR webinar during which he offered his expert insights and actionable tips to anyone concerned with how marketing will be affected by GDPR.

Are You Ready for GDPR?

Watch Michael's free GDPR webinar below or download our easy to use GDPR Checklist.

Download Our Content Writing Guide

Want to learn how to improve your digital content writing, engage your audience and generate more leads? Download our free guide to content writing:

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Do More with Your Content

Need help creating a winning strategy for content marketing, influencer marketing or video marketing? Our award-winning digital marketing services will help your audience find your work. Get in touch today using our Contact Us page – we’d love to hear from you.

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