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Mary Ann Hegvold

Mary Ann is the head of marketing strategy and marketing services at 30 Degrees North. She is ready to help you with your web, marketing and design needs.
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Social Media Marketing For Businesses in 2019: Which Platform Is Best?

Posted by Mary Ann Hegvold on February 13, 2019

What social media platform is best for your business?As the popularity of sharing just about anything and everything on social media sites continues to skyrocket, according to at least one elite source, the "slow and painful death of print" is comically referred to as how "Internet Killed the Newspaper Star." Back in the day when they actually played music on MTV, this was a clever and ironic twist on the first video ever aired on this channel, "Video Killed The Radio Star" performed by the Buggles way back in the eighties. (Yes, I can remember that far back.)

With today's more tech-savvy crowd swiping on their smartphones rather than reading a newspaper or flipping through the yellow pages, businesses absolutely have to look at the many many social media platforms. Choosing the right platform for social messages is an important first step. Let's look at some of the most popular social media platforms and who is using them, according to recent statistics.

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Topics: Social Media

Four Website Design Tips That Will Change How Your Website Sells

Posted by Mary Ann Hegvold on January 23, 2019

If we've heard it once, we've heard it a thousand times: Don't judge a book by its cover. But honestly, that really only works with people. And maybe books. When it comes to judging the quality of a company and its products, one of the first things people will do is assess how the website looks to decide if they want to stick around. That's right. Your website design can make or break a buying decision.

Studies have been published explaining that the design of a website is the primary factor in determining if they stay or if they move on. 

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Topics: Website Design, Video

Website Pop-Ups in 2019 – Love 'em or Lose 'em?

Posted by Mary Ann Hegvold on January 10, 2019

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Pop-ups can, and do, work when done right. But what is that happy medium? Do they hurt your SEO? How can you get positive results versus simply annoying the visitor?  

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Topics: SEO, Website Design

How HubSpot CRM Won Our Hearts: A Comparison to Salesforce

Posted by Mary Ann Hegvold on January 4, 2019

HubSpot CRM vs Salesforce ComparisonUsing a CRM (customer relationship management) system for managing leads and customers is something that just about every business needs. With all of the advances of the free HubSpot CRM, we're often asked if it can be a good alternative to Salesforce.

When HubSpot introduced the first version of its free CRM in 2014, it was a solid product, but there were some features, especially those used by larger sales teams, that weren't available yet. As of 2019, the HubSpot CRM has added these advanced features and now offers capabilities that make the choice of the HubSpot CRM over Salesforce seem obvious. Here are features features that make it easy for us to recommend the HubSpot CRM over Salesforce for just about any organization.

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Topics: Sales

Three Steps to Closing More Sales: Lessons from HubSpot's Sales Training Bootcamp

Posted by Mary Ann Hegvold on February 20, 2018

sales-process-aha-momentEarlier this year I was selected to attend a sales skills training program at HubSpot. It was a mind-melting experience with great information coming at us from HubSpot's best-of-the-best sales trainers – David Weinhaus and Dan Tyre. As I reflected on all that we learned I realized that closing sales boils down to something really basic. And it's not about our services or the technology we use. This was my aha moment.

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Topics: Sales

Physician Online Reputation Management in 2018

Posted by Mary Ann Hegvold on December 29, 2017

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A few years ago, when we first wrote about online physician reputation management there were fewer people writing and reading reviews, especially for physicians and other healthcare experiences. The tide has turned since then and now we're seeing that physician reviews are playing a significant role in the selection of a healthcare provider. Did you know that:

  • At least 77% of patients use online reviews as their first step in finding a new doctor. - Software Advice
  • 53% of providers looked at physician review websites, likely to understand their patients’ experiences and to improve their practices. - Journal of General Internal Medicine

What do you need to do for your reviews to be visible and show positive interactions with patients? 

How to use your website to increase referred patients.

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Topics: Medical Practice Marketing, B2B Healthcare Marketing

Six Things to Include in Your 2018 Marketing Budget

Posted by Mary Ann Hegvold on November 21, 2017

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Whether you have some marketing budget left to spend before the end of 2017 or you're planning your marketing strategy for 2018, we have six recommendations on the best ways to invest your marketing dollars and your time. Some of these ideas include taking advantage of new marketing tools and others are a response to changes in the technologies we use everyday. Find out which may be best for you.

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Topics: Marketing ROI, Inbound Marketing, B2B Healthcare Marketing

10 Things to Know Before Starting an Inbound Marketing Program

Posted by Mary Ann Hegvold on August 18, 2017

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It's no secret that most businesses are trying to grow, and you do that through sales. But getting qualified sales leads can be the toughest part of the process. What if the leads came to you? What if you didn't have to work so hard to pull in leads? Enter inbound marketing. With inbound marketing you'll create content and marketing processes that draw in more visitors who (hopefully) want to become a lead based on what they see and learn while on your website.

But is an inbound marketing strategy right for everyone? Is your business ready? Here are 10  indicators that inbound marketing is a good fit for you.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, SEO

Beware of SEO Trollers: How to Tell the SEO Experts from the Hacks

Posted by Mary Ann Hegvold on June 27, 2017

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How many times a week do you get emails and phone calls telling you that you have terrible SEO? For us it's got to be 3-5 times every single week. What are they seeing that causes such grave concern for my company and my website's health?

The simple answer? In most cases they haven't seen anything. In fact, many of them have clearly never even looked at our website before they start telling me at first how wonderful it is, followed directly by "but you aren't ranking on the first page of search results."

They're using scare tactics to try to get me to react in a way that throws money at a problem that may or may not even exist.

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Topics: SEO

How to Decide if Your Marketing Plan is the Right One

Posted by Mary Ann Hegvold on June 21, 2017

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Ever wake up in the middle of the night with a brilliant idea that you're sure will change the course of the company? Or maybe your latest stroke of genius hits you while you're doing dishes or at some other quiet moment. No matter where you're at and how brilliant we think we are when we dream up a new marketing plan, there are a few things to take a look at before you spend time and money trying to make it work. If your plan passes through each of these tests that means you're likely to be ready to get to work!

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Topics: Marketing ROI, Medical Practice Marketing