Madalyn asks, “Are there any must-have tools in your marketing toolbox?”
So, so many! I couldn’t do what I do without the tools I use. Let’s look at the gallery by functional role.
- Content Distribution: WordPress, Mautic, the various social networks, YouTube, Libsyn
- SEO: AHREFs, Google Trends, Google Search Console
- Analytics Data: Google Analytics, Talkwalker, Brand24, Google BigQuery, Kaggle, Data.gov, IPUMS
- Analytics Tools: R and R Studio, spreadsheet software, Atom, BigQuery, MySQL
- CRM: Hubspot
- Advertising: Google Ads, StackAdapt
- Infrastructure: Linux servers on Linode, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, AWS, Cloudflare, WP Engine
- Content Creation: PowerPoint, Camtasia, SnagIt, FFmpeg
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In today’s episode, Madeline asks, Are there any must have tools in your marketing toolbox? Wow, that is a big question because from what I do, there are a ton of tools there. There’s so so many. Let’s let’s go through them. Let’s break them up by the different categories that I think are essential to use.
First on the content distribution side where you get your content from where you publish your content to WordPress powers all of the sites that I run, the Modern Marketing automation system is where I power my email. So if you are subscribed to my newsletter, which you can get at Christopher Penn com slash newsletter
that goes through the Modern Marketing automation system, it is self hosted, which means that I’m paying you 10 bucks a month to run the server that it’s on, and then it obviously does the rest.
From there, of course, the various social networks for publish your content to all the social networks. YouTube is where I post videos like this one I have if you are watching this on YouTube and you have not yet subscribed please hit the subscribe button below and then Lipson for podcasting that I do. So those the content tools, on the search side SEO, I use our F’s, which is the the professional SEO tool, it’s a fantastic tool for understanding what people are searching for you for and for everything else. Now Google Trends is another must have on the the SEO side because it is a great way to look at enormous amounts of back data and see how trends things are trending over time. And of course, for if you’re doing search, you have to use Google Search Console. If you’re not using Google Search Console.
You’re doing it wrong. There’s no there’s no nice way of saying that
for analytics data sources, so analytics, I’m going to break up into
two categories now analytic analysis tools themselves, and then the data sources. So for analytics data, Google Analytics is a huge source of data for the work that I do. Talk Walker, the social media monitoring tool, brand 24, the social media monitoring tool, these two tools do similar things. There is some overlap. But they each have their own strengths when it comes to gathering data. And so I have to use them in tandem, I have to use them with each other. Google’s Big Query database is an enormously powerful analytics tool and one that I use for some of our customers at trust insights. Capital as a data source is a fantastic place to get useful. Data data.gov is when the government’s operating is a great source and so is I problems from the University of Minnesota that aggregates and makes census data and other government data much more accessible because they do the hard work of form.
and things like that. So, those are great analytics data sources for the analytics tools that I use are the our programming language and our studio are essential a central tool, I literally could not do any of what I do without it, it is it is probably the biggest must have on this list for me. Now, if you are not a programmer, and you are not a data scientist, you do not need that. It is it is akin to having somebody build a car
rather than just you know, buying a car. But it is it is one of the most powerful tools in in my toolkit, of course, spreadsheet software, the Adam text editor from
what makes them actually know I think GitHub makes them
the Big Query database infrastructure itself because Bitcoin is not only a storage mechanism in a data source, but also a place you can put your own data and analyze it and it has some fantastic new machine learning tools, and the MySQL database for relational data.
database software, the old open source standby that does it all. Mostly well.
For CRM, for myself and for
trust insights and some of our customers HubSpot, we use the sales starter. It is a fantastic tool and is super affordable, which is nice. The marketing side of HubSpot not so much. That’s why I use modern advertising. Google ads, Google Ads has gotten crazy powerful. As it adds more machine learning to it. It is one of my favorite sources for qualified traffic. We’re actually running some experiments right now.
You need add on tools to make Google Ads really work. The Google Ads Power Editor is one of those tools and actually write my own code for Google Ads because there are some things that I like to be able to do like spin up a couple hundred variations of an ad and then want to do that in an automated fashion. Stack adapt is another average
Hasn’t platform a display advertising platform display native that we have very good partnership with and their stuff is fantastic.
On the infrastructure side, Linux servers running on the line or hosting service, which is service have been using for years and years and years now, affordable and very powerful servers much, much better than a lot of the cloud providers.
For about the same cost. I do use Google Cloud, IBM Cloud and AWS different tasks for each AWS is where I send my email from using the simple email service. IBM Cloud is where I host a lot of Watson related things. And Google Cloud is where host some of the some of the modern stuff that I do, I actually have just had to move off of Google Cloud for for one of my servers for hosting websites. WP Engine is the only place I will host now.
Because they have the right combination of price, speed and security, which is important. And then finally on the content creation tool side power.
Point, of course, the entire office suite. Still the standard, although do use Google Docs a whole lot inside of the Google G Suite cloud, which is nice text with camp Asia, which is what I’m recording this video with right now, their companion software snag it, which is their screen capture software, which by the way is fantastic. If you do any kind of technical support or explanation, you can record like five or 10 second videos and turn them into animated gifts that you just throw in an email and provides great tech support to friends, family and colleagues. And on the content, generation side, there’s a free opens. There’s a bunch of free open source tools, but one that I find I use a lot is called FF MPEG, which allows you to convert different data types from the command line. So if you want to change for example, a video like this into an audio file and pull the audio out it allows you to do that for free, easily and right from the command line and you can script it and make things a function an automated process.
So these are the must haves. That’s a lot. It’s a long list of must haves, but I literally could not do the work that I do if I did not have access to these tools. Now that said, this is like me inventory being the the contents of my kitchen drawers, right? Hey, this spatula and these tongs and stuff.
We’ve said nothing about the recipes. We’ve said nothing about the food we cook with a cook, we’ve said nothing about the techniques said nothing about the strategy. This is just a list of tools is a useful list and I hope that it benefits you but at the same time, we recognize that this by itself is only a tiny fraction of what can make good marketing. So if you have different tools, great as long as you can cook with them, like if you use a around specialist and I use a square spatula cool as long as we can still cook what we need to cook. It doesn’t matter what the tool is, what matters far more is your skill with the tools that you have and the tools you have access to. So please don’t take this list as a this is the muscle
list that you must use now, this is what I need. But what you need is going to be different. So make sure that you are always keeping in mind what works best for you. What is the best thing for you some people, for example, love the programming language Python, me, can’t just can’t handle it. It’s not my thing. And there are advantages and disadvantages to that. Some people are on Adobe analytics, other people are on Google Analytics again, it depends on what you got to work with. The question is can you make the tools you have work the best they can for you? So keep that in mind when you see lists like this. Thanks for the question. Madeline. As always, please subscribe to the YouTube channel on the newsletter, and I’ll talk to you soon. One help solving your company’s data analytics and digital marketing problems. This is trust insights.ai today and let us know how we can help you
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