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The Growth Machine Marketing Podcast is your go-to resource for learning how to grow your business through Content Marketing, Search Engine Optimization, Advertising, Social Media, Email Marketing, and more. Each week, your host Amanda Natividad will share lessons from the Growth Machine team, a 7-figure marketing agency, or lessons that guests have learned through growing their own businesses. Whether you're an experienced marketer looking for new techniques to try, or a complete newcomer t ...
 
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The beauty of content marketing is the foundational role it plays across all other marketing efforts. B2B SaaS content expert Adrienne Barnes joins us today to tell us all about that and: Writing your best hook How your customers’ language should kick off your keyword strategy Reaching out to your greatest enemies for feedback Show Notes: 5:21 - A …
 
It’s hard to start a website from scratch. And one of our clients wanted to break 100,000 monthly visitors as soon as possible. In this 7-minute audio case study, “How a Gig Economy Website Hit 100,000 Monthly Visitors in 6 Months,” Amanda Natividad, Head of Marketing for Growth Machine, breaks down how. If you want to learn even more about this in…
 
When it comes to organic growth and customer retention, Kristen LaFrance, Head of Resilient Retail for Shopify, is one of the best and brightest. Today, we talk about: Nailing all those customer touchpoints The one huge advantage brick and mortar stores have over ecommerce And what ecommerce touchpoint has a 100% open rate Show Notes: 1:07 - One ch…
 
A style guide isn’t just for design or brand teams to ensure consistency. It can apply to other teams too — especially content marketing teams, where there are various creative stakeholders involved. In this 13-minute audio version of our blog post, “From Grammar Tips to Business Goals: How to Make a Content Style Guide,” Amanda Natividad, Head of …
 
This isn’t a salesy episode. But it kind of is. Growth Machine’s Head of Sales & New Client Strategy, Nathan Daly, joins the show to talk about FAQs from our clients and gives advice for how you can vet the agencies you hire. We also talk about how content marketing should fit into your overall business strategy. Show Notes: 1:04 - Nathan shares ho…
 
Here’s the problem with most buyer personas: they’re too general to actually be useful to individuals on your marketing team. In this 11-minute audio version of our blog post, “Unlocking Great Content: How to Create a Content Marketing Persona,” Amanda Natividad, Head of Marketing for Growth Machine, walks you through creating a persona that works …
 
This episode is all about marketing automation and operations. So we talked to the best of the best: Darrell Alfonso, who runs the show at Amazon Web Services (AWS). Show Notes: 1:10 - Darrell shares what marketing looks like in his role at Amazon Web Services (AWS). 3:52 - Honing a skill set in marketing automation. 9:50 - How marketing operations…
 
It all started in a pub. Last summer, Christina Pashialis organized a casual meetup for UK-based content marketers. She mobilized the group on Twitter and LinkedIn, and as followup, she set up a Slack community for everyone to stay in touch. That group evolved into the ContentUK community, which Christina now manages full time. Today, she talks wit…
 
Sometimes we see immediate results with our clients. For a direct-to-consumer beverage company, we started ranking for keywords right away. By Month 3, we grew organic traffic to 8,000 monthly visitors — up 4x from 2,000. And we’re able to attribute over $1,000 per month from a single blog post. In this 8-minute audio version of our case study, “Ho…
 
What does it mean to be a more prolific marketer? It means creating a marketing flywheel for yourself — so you can work smarter, not harder. When Corey Haines took on the Head of Growth role at Baremetrics, he spent the first two months digging into customer research. Gaining a deep understanding of his customers meant he didn’t have to guess what …
 
In this 11-minute audio version of our blog post, “How to Attract Customers, Not Just Readers,” Amanda Natividad, Head of Marketing for Growth Machine, explains how to create content that drives your readers to purchase — in a way that isn’t spammy or salesy. Show Notes: 1:39 - First, uncover the true needs of your customer 5:58 - Try these 4 frame…
 
It typically makes sense to create a content strategy based on high volume keywords. But for Doopoll, an online survey company, publishing content based on low volume, high intent keywords was the silver bullet. One of their articles converts 20% of website visitors. Marc Thomas, co-founder & CEO of Doopoll, and curator of B2B SaaS newsletter Posit…
 
Public relations is an art. And incorporating a PR strategy into your blog can be tough to do. You want to make sure your news & announcement-related blog posts are still adding value to your readers. In this 9-minute audio version of our blog post, “How to Use Your Company Blog for PR & News (the Right Way),” Amanda Natividad, Head of Marketing fo…
 
If there’s one thing you take away from this episode, it’s the importance of following attribution all the way to the end of the funnel. Katie Mitchell, Head of Marketing at UserLeap, is a seasoned marketer with nearly a decade of experience at brands like Campbell Soup, PBS, EVERFI, and more. She joined the podcast to discuss: Creating on LinkedIn…
 
If you want to listen to only one podcast about brand marketing, this is the one. Amanda Goetz spent more than five years at The Knot, helping to grow the wedding juggernaut into the household name it is today. She’s now the Chief Marketing Officer for Teal, and she’s starting up her own luxury CBD company for women, House of Wise. In this episode …
 
This is a must-listen for every in-house content marketer or marketing leader who’s thinking about investing in content. In this 10-minute audio version of our blog post, “How to Get Executive Buy-in for Content Marketing,” Amanda Natividad, Head of Marketing for Growth Machine, helps you make the case. Show Notes 1:14 Show the Missed Opportunity 3…
 
If you’re looking for a masterclass in direct-to-consumer marketing, start here. Ecommerce coach Austin Brawner has helped over 200 ecommerce brands — like Ancient Nutrition, Kettle & Fire, and MVMT Watches — grow to eight-figure businesses. In this episode, we discuss: Special offers: Why gift cards to your own store are better than discount codes…
 
Few would disagree that link building helps build your site’s authority. In this 12-minute audio version of our blog post, “4 Signs You're Ready for Link Building,” Amanda Natividad, Head of Marketing for Growth Machine, breaks down how to know you need it. Show Notes: 2:39 - When you have something worth linking to 3:43 - When you’ve optimized con…
 
Whether you’re a business owner, retailer, freelancer, or copywriter — Ecommerce Expert and Writer Kaleigh Moore has advice for you. There are lots lessons to unpack, such as: How to ask for (and get!) a seat at the table Building a personal brand by being authentic and curious Improving your writing skills by being open to fierce questions from an…
 
In this 9-minute audio version of our blog post, “How to Succeed at SEO Without Tools,” Amanda Natividad, Head of Marketing for Growth Machine, explores the idea of creating successful content by using Google Search and focusing on the reader experience. Show Notes 0:54 - Use these tricks to figure out if there’s an SEO opportunity 2:10 - Generate …
 
How are you being proactive about your content strategy? Growth Machine’s Nora Schlesinger (Chief Operating Office) and Amanda Natividad (Head of Marketing) talk about the importance of banking your content ahead of the holiday season. We cover: Which topics should expect higher traffic during the holidays How to plan out your content The balance o…
 
In this 14-minute mini episode, Amanda Natividad, Head of Marketing for Growth Machine, does an audio version of our blog post, “6 Red Flags to Look for When Hiring a Content or Marketing Agency.” Consider this a list of all the things she wishes someone told her in her eight years of managing marketing agencies. Show Notes 1:24 - Red Flag #1: Sayi…
 
Steph Smith doesn’t want you to read her book from beginning to end. And if there’s a chapter that doesn’t apply to you? Skip it. In her new ebook, “Standing Out in 2020: Doing Content Right,” Steph takes her learnings of content creation and distribution — from her years of leading content at Toptal and now leading Trends at The Hustle — and disti…
 
In this 9-minute mini episode, Amanda does an audio version of our blog post, “How We Hire Great Writers at Growth Machine.” She explains our unique approach to hiring and training writers, and how we match them up with our clients. Show Notes: 0:36 - Where We Find Writers 1:33 - How We Pick a Writer 5:12 - What We Look For in a Writer Links: How W…
 
You’ve probably heard that a goal with content marketing is building trust. Today, we question that goal. Tommy Walker, who previously led global content marketing at Quickbooks and was the first marketing hire at Shopify Plus, makes the case that you can’t measure “building trust” — and therefore, it’s not a goal. We also discussed: Leveraging the…
 
Sometimes the best way to break into a new career or industry is to do the work for free. Adam Rogers did this when he decided to pivot his teaching career into marketing. All he asked for in return was a testimonial or a reference for his resume. Over a year, he built up his portfolio and he landed a full-time content marketing role at Kayako. Tod…
 
If you’re starting a new business or launching your marketing career, start with this episode. Amanda talks with Tim Stoddart, a writer & editor (at Copyblogger), a community leader (of Sober Nation), a healthcare marketer (for Stodzy Internet Marketing), and a podcast host (of the Tim Stodz Podcast). Tim opens up about his sobriety, his idea of a …
 
This episode is about all things ecommerce and content marketing. Amanda talks with Corinne Watson, Senior Content Marketing Manager for Postscript.io, about: where the path has been, which trends need to die, and why content needs to take a big step forward. Topics: 0:37 - Professional networking and how connection with others has changed since jo…
 
One of our Directors of Client Strategy, Gedaly Guberek, talks SEO and content metrics. Gedaly has 10+ years of experience in building websites and designing successful SEO strategies. He offers advice on which key performance indicators (KPIs) to look out for — and which two you should approach with caution. Topics 0:25 - Director of Client Strate…
 
In this episode of the Growth Machine Podcast, Chief Operating Officer Nora Schlesinger talks candidly about a client case study. Amanda asks Nora about how the Growth Machine team helped launch this client’s website about the gig economy, how they tracked KPIs, the importance of evergreen content (especially in the time of COVID), and how they got…
 
We’re back with the Growth Machine Podcast! In this episode, Nat Eliason introduces our new Head of Marketing, Amanda Natividad. Then they dive into mail bag questions — one to help content creators get started, and one for those further along with their website: If you had no SEO tools, how would you advise someone to approach their content strate…
 
In this episode of the Growth Machine Podcast Nat Eliason connects with Mike Colavita from Fat Buddha Glass. Mike heard about Nat on an Ecommerce Influence Podcast episode talking about recovering from the most recent Google Medic Update (2019). He implemented some of the tips discussed on the podcast to improve his website (after losing 89% of org…
 
In this episode of the Growth Machine Podcast Nora Schlesinger joins Nat Eliason. Nora is Growth Machine’s Chief Operating Officer as well as the founder of A Clean Bake, a very popular gluten free and healthy focused baking blog. Nora shares how to be successful in an extremely competitive space, and her ideas about the changes with Google, social…
 
In this episode of the Growth Machine Podcast we are joined by Wilson Hung, the Director of Growth for Kettle & Fire. Wilson wrote a phenomenal tweetstorm and article about the relationship between the cost to acquire new customers and their lifetime value. Links from the Episode Mentioned in the show Wilson Hung Kettle & Fire Sumome [1:31] Justin …
 
In this special episode of the Growth Machine Podcast, Nat interviews Julian Shapiro and Asher King Abramson to talk about learning growth. Julian and Asher are partners of the Bell Curve growth agency, and also Demand Curve, a growth school where they teach everything they’ve learned about growing businesses. Links from the Episode Mentioned in th…
 
In this episode Benji Hyam from Grow and Convert joins Nat Eliason to talk about how you can use Pain-Point SEO to create content that will convert for your business. Benji is Nat’s long time friend and collaborator, and co-founder of Grow and Convert, one of the best content web marketing agencies. Links from the Episode Mentioned in the show Benj…
 
In this episode of the Growth Machine Podcast, Nat Eliason talks about growing a blog from scratch using Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Content Marketing. This is an audio version –not a transcription– of the post Growing Cup & Leaf: 0 to 150,000 Monthly Organic Visitors in 8 Months. Nat talks about points to consider before starting a blog, …
 
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