updated 10/10/2014 7:45:08 PM ET 2014-10-10T23:45:08

We all need inspiration on a day-to-day basis, be it in our personal lives or to do our work. And especially if you’re trying to build a successful business. Startup life can be quite daunting, as I’ve experienced myself and while mentoring numerous entrepreneurs.

One of the toughest aspects of building a mobile-first business is trying to get customers to use your app (downloads) and get them to come back to it again and again regularly (retention).

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Marrying the two, I’ve got some awesomely inspiring quotes from some of the best entrepreneurs and marketers to help you with inspiration while marketing your mobile app.

1. "Content is the atomic particle of all digital marketing."

2. "When you start with what’s at stake for the buyer, you earn the right to their attention."

3. "SEO is not something you do anymore. It’s what happens when you do everything else right."

4. "The key ingredient to a better content experience is relevance."

5. "Your website is your greatest asset. More people view your webpages than anything else."

6. "People share, read and generally engage more with any type of content when it’s surfaced through friends and people they know and trust."

7. "Increasingly, the mass marketing is turning into a mass of niches."

8. "Focus on the core problem your business solves and put out lots of content and enthusiasm, and ideas about how to solve that problem."

9. "If you have more money than brains, you should focus on outbound marketing. If you have more brains than money, you should focus on inbound marketing."

10. "You can’t expect to just write and have visitors come to you. That’s too passive."

11. "Word-of-mouth marketing has always been important. Today, it’s more important than ever because of the power of the Internet." 

12. "As you’ve noticed, people don’t want to be sold. What people do want is news and information about the things they care about."

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13. "To be successful and grow your business and revenues, you must match the way you market your products with the way your prospects learn about and shop for your products."

14. "Marketing is telling the world you’re a rock star. Content marketing is showing the world you are one."

15. "Not viewing your email marketing as content is a mistake."

16. "The media wants overnight successes (so they have someone to tear down). Ignore them. Ignore the early adopter critics who never have enough to play with. Ignore your investors who want proven tactics and predictable instant results. Listen instead to your real customers, to your vision, and make something for the long haul. Because that's how long it's going to take." 

17. "Marketing is too important to be left to the marketing department."

18. "What you prefer or what your designer prefers doesn’t matter if it’s not getting you conversions."

19. "If your stories are all about your products and services, that’s not storytelling. It’s a brochure. Give yourself permission to make the story bigger."

20. "The key is, no matter what story you tell, make your buyer the hero."

21. "I don’t care much for best practice. I care about conversions. That’s why I test."

22. "Don’t be afraid to get creative and experiment with your marketing."

Do you have a favorite quote about marketing that's not on the list? Let us know in the comments section below.

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