Increase in organic to the blog since launch
Increase in blog subscribers the first month
Open rate on daily blog notification emails
Time to Completion
Cloud Elements wanted to launch the blog using HubSpot, without slowing down their current marketing efforts. They contacted SmartAcre so they could complete the project quickly.
Cloud Elements wanted a visually engaging blog that was organized cleanly to make it easy for visitors to find and read their posts. Another important element was to get first time visitors to subscribe to the blog.
All of the old content from WordPress had be exported and imported it into HubSpot. A new subdomain had to be created in order for HubSpot to host the blog content. That also meant all old content needed to be redirected to its new location to preserve SEO value.
Phase 1- Design
Our design team developed several design mock-ups that allowed Cloud Elements to review and provide feedback on the design. The design featured a blog sign-up form in the at the top of the page to encourage blog subscribers. The post listings were designed to make each post visually standout along with the featured image.
Phase 2- Development
Once the design was approved, our development team built the blog listing and post templates on top of HubSpot framework. This framework makes the site responsive and look great on any device. It also makes it easier to edit future updates since it is built on top of a clean css framework.
Phase 3- Content Migration
SmartAcre went into Cloud Elements WordPress and exported out all of their blog posts. We then imported them into HubSpot along with their post images. Since there are some differences between HubSpot and WordPress, each post had to be reviewed and cleaned of any shortcodes or unsupported css styles to ensure that the posts look great in HubSpot. During this process each post was reviewed and optimized for SEO results.
Phase 4- Launch and Testing
We then added redirects from the old blog site, to the new site, and focused a lot of attention on SEO blogs were easy for people to find when searching for keywords or related topics online.
“We chose to use HubSpot because it is a uniform marketing platform, enabling us to manage all of our marketing efforts, from social media to blogging, using one tool. SmartAcre helped us take advantage of all of the HubSpot features and get our blog up and running quickly and seamlessly. ” – Cloud Elements
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HubSpot easily enables the option to automatically send emails to subscribers on an instant, daily, weekly, or monthly basis.
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