Note: This is the exact set up recording gear I used for my multiple 6-figure summit, List Building School and what most of my successful VSM students tend to use as well. I’ve since updated my own setup to up the quality 100 times at least, and as that’s more advanced and cost a few $1,000 I won’t go into it here (I do cover the exact tools and setup I use now in my premium flagship program Virtual Summit Mastery though).
I’ve tested the Welcome Mat and Smart Bar apps as well but they didn’t produce anywhere near the conversion rate of the List Builder and Scrollbox apps (note: that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t test them on your site… it’s just that they didn’t perform that well on our site with the setup we used so we removed them so not to distract the visitor too much while we figure out new ways to test them).
So, we surveyed digital agencies to discover the tools that have revolutionized some part of their business. Most of the respondents were members of the Databox Partner Program, a community of 90+ agencies that track marketing and sales data in real-time so they can run more successful campaigns for clients. So, we already knew they were technically-savvy!
Having just seen Life of Pi, it occurs to me that online marketing for small businesses is like being that young man in a tiny boat at sea. You have a set number of things you can use to survive and thrive – a net, a spear, resilience and creativity. Use them all and get to safe shores. You may even find you can outrace the big cruise ships in reaching your customers.

Thanks so much for all the advice and your down to earth ‘get on with it’ attitude. I am one of your total newbie followers who has got on with it (slowly and a bit methodically). Thanks to you and Jennifer Ledbetter I.ve got my first project up and running. Grim on kw research and soe – too busy working out wordpress, html text links, hoplinks, blah blah blah!
Or, you can even create a character that looks just like you, or anyone else from the office; browse through different hairstyles, clothing, eye shapes and so on until you create your own animated twin. Another cool feature from GoAnimate is that you can add voice to your character by recording it directly or importing the file, and they will automatically start lip-syncing it.
If you use (or plan to use) social media channels to connect with customers, consider applications that monitor social media conversations, track the results of social media marketing activities and allow you to measure the results of these campaigns. While social media marketing functionality is sometimes included in marketing automation platforms, many vendors also offer this as a best-of-breed solution.
It’s not as clear cut as it seems. There are many content marketing tools that fall into multiple categories, but I have placed them in the category that best represents them. For example, Marketing AI measures analytics for your content, then helps you better optimize your content. In this case, should Marketing AI fall into the Analytics or Optimization tools group? In this case, I placed them in the Analytics group. However, Parse.ly is a relatively similar tool I decided to place into the Optimization category.
Act-On isn't a CRM, but it is a solid choice for small and growing companies who want to provide their sales teams with information allowing them to focus on prospects that are most ready to buy. The Act-On platform offers tools to help your team with email and newsletter marketing, media prospecting, web page optimization and lead management and conversion efforts. Particularly notable is Act-On's simple CRM integration, which can make it a good tool for businesses who want to start small, focusing on lead-management capabilities and grow their marketing efforts over time.
You don’t have to worry about Google or Facebook suddenly changing their algorithms, because once you have someone’s email you have the ability to communicate with them one on one. Even if all of Foundr’s search rankings and social media presence disappeared tomorrow, we’d still be able to promote our brand and our products to the thousands of people on our mailing list.
Use a reactivation campaign to gauge whether non-responsive subscribers are still reading (just not clicking through or tracking open rates), or if they’ve truly decided to opt out. An example from MarketingProfs is shown here. The language you choose can play a big role in how successful these campaigns are, so be sure to split-test a few versions to maximize response.
The ease of sharing your marketing video content is also another very important feature, which you need to consider when selecting the best video tool. AVS Video editor allows you to share your videos in different ways: Save the video in a suitable format on your PC, you can then burn it in a DVD, adjust the video for your iOS or Android devices, or easily publish your creative video on your social network or website.
When I started up BuildFeed over five years ago, I never expected it to grow as large and as widely used as it has been. I've not been involved in the day to day running of BuildFeed for over two years now. I left that in the hands of a few trustworthy friends, and I and the users of the site owe a debt of gratitude to these men. Without them, this day would have arrived some time ago.
Thank you! This is indeed an amazing list of tools! Some of my personal favourites are ProofHub for project management and collaboration, google drive and dropbox; freshbooks for invoicing and piktochart. Overall we are extremely happy and satisfied. ProofHUb, being a great collaboration tool has made collaboration amongst team members extremely easy.

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Back in the early days of email we were more worried about choosing the perfect username than we were about marketing. In fact I distinctly remember being more stressed over forwarding a chain email to five other people, because it’d somehow improve the chances of my high school crush declaring their passionate love for me, than I was about whatever newsletter found its way into my inbox.
As you already know, search engines have the power to send you thousands of visits per month. In fact, if you optimize for the proper keywords, a single page on your website could be receiving over thousands of visitors from search engines on a monthly basis. Massive traffic is why you can’t ignore SEO. While it takes time before you start seeing results, the outcome would be worth the effort.

What I Used Before This: When we needed to collect content from clients previously, we would create a template using a google doc, and then email the document to the client. We’d ask them to fill in the blanks, but we’d have to set 100s of tasks for ourselves to make sure they got each document filled out. Then, we’d email them again, and again and again. Then, multiply that by a bunch of clients. We were pulling our hair out.


Calls to Action Should you tell people to click right away or save the CTA for further along in the email? Should the button/link say “Click Here” or “Find Out More”? When it comes down to getting people to take action (the most important part of marketing), you simply must test a variety of elements to improve conversions, as this is one of the worst elements to leave to guesswork!


Whether it’s on social media or your website, video is now one of the best performing types of content currently. Videos can help you reach a larger audience, drive more traffic and more engagement and to convert more people into customers. In this blog post, I am going to share 15 top video marketing tools that can help get you started with video marketing.
Bryan Harris used this strategy to grab 600 emails subscribers from a blog post on Jon Acuff’s blog. Compare those results to a blog post like this one, posted to Jon Morrow’s more popular website Boost Blog Traffic. This post received over 200 comments and 500 shares in the first few weeks but only drove 40 subscribers for the author, Kevin Duncan.

 It used to be you would have only one lead magnet on your site and that was sufficient. However, today your content and nurture sequence need to be highly relevant to the exact solution the person is actively looking for. By creating a content upgrade that is specific to a highly-targeted piece of content that is getting lots of attention helps you to raise that relevancy and turn more visitors into email subscribers.”
Awesome list, Pawan. I have used a good number of them, especially Outbrain, superb tool. I would like to offer one myself, Tweet Rocket. It’s a great tool for any business (or individual) who needs growth of relevant followers over a short period of time. A great tool that we use for many clients, and the results are fantastic! https://thetweetrocket.com

Back in the early days of email we were more worried about choosing the perfect username than we were about marketing. In fact I distinctly remember being more stressed over forwarding a chain email to five other people, because it’d somehow improve the chances of my high school crush declaring their passionate love for me, than I was about whatever newsletter found its way into my inbox.
This is why it’s so important to make the time to establish strong connections with other influencers in your niche, and to view them as collaborators and not competitors. It was because of the relationships that we’ve built with these other influencers that allowed us to have our lead magnets and content shared directly to their own community. Which in turn led to us growing our mailing list by 56,000 new subscribers in just 30 days. 

I actually do a weekly plan every Sunday. I write down 3 things I would like to accomplish in the following week and evaluate my accomplishments every week. I try to write down simple stuff I can complete. For example, I have a business providing online accounting software for small businesses. SEO is very important to the success of the website. I would spend 1 hour a day on SEO, whether it is reading articles and commenting on them or writing my own blog posts and articles. I must admit that it is nice to have a “free day” once in a while where I don’t think about work at all. Both my business partner and I find this “free day” to be very refreshing.

Unfortunately, most of the web pages and the ads for animation software is deceptive, misleading, or outright false. All of them advertise “free” in one form or another but as a commenter above noted, any usable forms aren’t actually free at all, they require a monthly subscription. I’d prefer to buy the software as opposed to a monthly fee but any of the packages that advertise “free” and then want to charge for a usable product are automatically stricken from my list of possibilities and I also let clients know the same.


While Internet marketing can mean different things to different people, it's almost always about communicating with potential and existing customers about your company, products and what you can do for them. Some tools provide just a few features, such as email marketing and/or marketing automation. Others are more robust, providing complete platforms referred to as Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software or tools. The primary goal of any of these offerings is typically to convert customer communications into sales, but that's not the only piece of the puzzle.
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It is important to create content in a way that is engaging and relevant to your audience, but also time-efficient for you. Repurposing older content and creating evergreen content–content that is always relevant–should be part of your plan. What do you have already? What questions are you answering most frequently for your customers and prospects? Be human. People want to connect with people, so don’t be afraid to add some personal elements. Spotlight a team member or customer, share what you are doing in the community, or add a few fun elements to your content like contests, polls, quotes, or celebrations.

Animoto is the easiest video editor around – it will help you create a stunning video in just 3 simple steps: add your photos and videos, customize your video with music, styles and other features of your choice, embed it on your website and voila – you got yourself a great video in a matter of seconds! The tool is also available as an app to help you share videos on mobile.
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