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Topic Clusters: The Next Evolution of SEO

Written with contributions from Leslie Ye, Matthew Barby, Anum Hussain, and Cambria Davies

TL;DR: Influential search engines like Google have changed their algorithm to favor topic-based content. As a result, SEOs are exploring a new way of linking related content under a "topic clusters" model. This report serves as a tactical primer for marketers responsible for SEO strategies.

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Death By 1,000 Apps: Why Tech Is Actually Making Us Less Efficient

TL;DR: As people more adopt tools designed to make marketers and salespeople more efficient, new complications arise. Sure, people are now faster at completing work tasks, but now they're spending more time managing different technologies, performing data entry, and reconciling reports.

  • Though survey respondents indicate they have a manageable number of tools, 82% are still losing hours a week due to managing different technologies. Additionally:
    • 72% of salespeople spend up to an hour a day on data entry and connecting records from different sales tools.
    • 75% of marketers spend up to an hour a day analyzing data and connecting reports from different marketing tools.
  • Majority of respondents say 1-5 of the tools they use have redundant capabilities.
  • If they could have their time back, sales and marketing would spend their time increasing the bottom line.
  • Nearly 60% of marketing teams spend up to 10% of their budget to integrate, maintain, and manage their various tools.
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Artificial Intelligence and You: Demystifying the Technology Landscape

TL;DR: AI technologies today range from simple to extraordinarily complicated. Basic chatbots are enabled by natural language processing, which allows them to understand human language. More complex technologies like IBM’s Watson leverages machine learning to absorb huge amounts of data and create predictive algorithms. This report breaks down the most well-known AI products and technologies on the market today.

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Global Inbound Trends [from the State of Inbound 2016]

Editor's note: This analysis is an excerpt from our new State of Inbound Report. Sign up for the full data readout here.

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Globally, marketers in NAM (North America) and ANZ (Australia and New Zealand) have the most faith in their organization’s marketing strategy. Just over half of respondents in SEA (Southeast Asia) and EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) expressed confidence in their strategy.

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The State of Inbound 2015 [Archive]

Welcome to the seventh annual State of Inbound report. We’re glad you’re here. Whether this is your first time reading this report, your seventh time, or you just downloaded it on a whim, you’re bound to have some questions.

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Does Your Website Make The Grade?

The New Metrics of Website Success.

What makes a website great? And more importantly to businesses, what makes a website rank? It used to be that great content and design alone were enough. Today, new factors determine a website’s success. Now, great, high ranking websites have:

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The State of Inbound 2014 [Archive]

For the past five years, HubSpot has published the findings from its annual survey, which probes marketers on their challenges, priorities, tactics and results, in a popular report branded “The State of Inbound Marketing.”

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The State of Inbound 2013 [Archive]

Welcome to HubSpot’s fifth annual State of Inbound Marketing Report.

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Why People Block Ads (And What It Means for Marketers and Advertisers)

Everyone today has an opinion about online ads. At HubSpot, we wear two hats: we’re online marketers and online browsers who consume voracious amounts of content. So the ad blocking phenomenon, and the debate surrounding it, is incredibly interesting for us as observers. As inbound marketers, we see the need for businesses and content creators to hit their bottom line, but as online content consumers, we also see a lot of annoying ads.

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