Inbound marketing has grown significantly in the last decade. As an Inbound Marketing Agency, we have seen a lot of companies and marketers jump on the bandwagon, but not all those who try it succeed. In our experience, Inbound Marketing doesn’t work for everyone.
I was recently talking to a prospect, now a client, about his frustration with the countless marketing companies promising to help increase their online presence. He spoke with an SEO company that ranked very well for "SEO" industry keywords but who didn't offer social media, email marketing, or Pay Per Click. Although, he understood the value of SEO companies, he also knew that he could generate fast business with Pay Per Click. He spoke to a Social Media expert with over 10,000 followers that only focused on Facebook and Twitter. The large Pay Per Click company he spoke to didn’t offer Facebook PPC. Here inlays the problem. Most businesse
If you are trying to market your business, you want to be as effective as possible. As technology becomes more and more intricate, marketing campaigns need to be more and more seamless. So, how exactly can you generate more leads and deliver a clear message to your consumers across a myriad of touchpoints? The answer is inbound marketing.
“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” No one could have said it better than good ol’ Ben Franklin and nothing holds more true than when creating your SaaS marketing plan. So now that you’re armed with your marketing and sales goals, it’s time to create a content-focused strategy for marketing your product to the masses. Of course, this will take time and proper planning and will even change throughout the course of the year, but including a few crucial components into your strategy from the get-go will go a long way to ensure you stay the proper course.
The end of the year is typically a time for reflection. For businesses, it’s a time to gather data about the last 12 months in order to analyze what has been working or not and set new refined goals from that evaluation. It’s understandable that with the holiday’s, year’s closing and even into January that you may not have had a chance to sit down with your team and hash out what you would like the next year to look like but, of course, there's still time. Schedule a set date in the calendar right now so you can collaborate on some very necessary resolutions for 2016. If you are unsure where to start or you’re having trouble coming up with some achievable ideas, here are 10 great resolutions you can steal from other professionals that are successfully using Inbound strategies as part of their goals.
If your mind stops working the minute you think about writing a blog, you’re not alone. According to the Content Marketing Institute, thirty-six percent of marketers say producing engaging content is their biggest challenge.
Once upon a time, marketing departments and sales departments worked in separate areas of the corporate spectrum. Sales hit the ground running and interacted with prospects on a daily basis. Often times, the relationships built with prospects did not translate into useful knowledge for the marketing department. Meanwhile, the marketing department would spend countless hours researching prospect demographics, client feedback and market reports in an effort to develop sales enabling collateral. Communication between the two groups was minimal, resulting in a less than optimal revenue growth practice.
Inbound Marketing: Getting Started
In today’s digital age, “traditional” methods of marketing, like direct mail and cold calls, have become null and void. And as competition in the marketplace gets more savvy, it’s not enough to just sit around and wait for business to grow. Thankfully, more direct efforts (ahem… “inbound marketing”), allow businesses to target the customers they actually want and need – and as a result, be proactive about their own success.
I often meet with CEO's of managed service businesses. From those meetings I have learned a great deal about their business, the way they see themselves, the way they want to be seen by their customers, and the way their prospects see them. The thing that stands out the most to me is how many similarities these businesses have; there is very little differentiation between them. In fact, many use the same content as their competitors; content that is syndicated to 500 similar businesses is useless. Even their websites are templated with the same color schemes (usually blue highlights with a white background). Some expert decided that it was the best color for MSPs so everyone joined in. Where are the outliers? The masters of the cutting edge of technology? Where are the thought leaders?