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Inbound Marketing is More Than Just Business Blogging

Posted by Laura MacPherson

February 24, 2017

Business blogging is a great tool that companies can use to demonstrate thought leadership and communicate their level of expertise. It’s an ideal way to attract prospects who are trying to decide what company to hire, because it helps to build trust even before the first conversation happens.

But although blogging is great, the real power comes when it’s integrated into an inbound marketing system. What if you were able to capture the contact information of the people visiting your blog? What if you were able to learn exactly what these people are interested in, so you would know what to write about? What if you had a way to lead them from reading your blog to making a purchase? Inbound marketing can do all these things.

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Topics: inbound marketing, blog strategy, lauramacpherson

5 Common Complaints from Sales (And What to Do About Them)

Posted by Dean Moothart

February 22, 2017

As a group, salespeople typically aren’t shy about providing feedback and sharing their opinions. Oftentimes, you don’t even have to ask them. They’ll volunteer their unsolicited points of view about what works and what doesn’t work with your organization’s sales and marketing strategy. Sometimes, the best first step to take toward improving sales performance is to stop and listen to what your sales team has to say.

I spend a lot of time listening to salespeople. Below is a synopsis of the most common complaints I hear.    

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Topics: salespeople, deanmoothart, sales enablement

5 Traits of a Successful Inbound Marketing Manager

Posted by Dani Buckley

February 20, 2017

Whether you’re looking to hire someone inside or outside of your company to run your inbound marketing, there are some specific traits, talents, and skills I’ve found over the years that can better set your company up for success if the candidate has them.

This is certainly not an exhaustive list, but it can help you identify the right partner or hire when making this important decision. It can also help you determine if hiring internally or finding a partner might be better for your needs.

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Topics: Management, inbound marketing, Hiring an Agency

3 Steps to Get Sales and Marketing on the Same Team to Accomplish Your Goals

Posted by Laura MacPherson

February 17, 2017

Too often, Sales and Marketing are opposing teams in their organizations. Each department relies on the other to help create the results the company is looking for, and neither side wants to take the blame when results don’t happen. The battle lines are drawn. Sales criticizes Marketing for not generating enough quality leads, and Marketing complains that Sales isn’t working the leads they’re giving.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Sales and Marketing are really on the same team, trying to get results together. And if your Sales and Marketing departments are in harmony, your company will reach your goals and get the kinds of results you’re looking for.

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Topics: sales and marketing alignment, lauramacpherson

Inbound or Outbound? Why They Go Together Like Peanut Butter and Jelly

Posted by Dani Buckley

February 15, 2017

It’s easy to put inbound marketing and outbound tactics into two completely separate buckets. We’ve got online lead generation, content marketing, blogging, thought leadership, lead nurturing, SEO, and organic social media that fall under the umbrella of inbound marketing. While TV and radio ads, database marketing, cold-calling, digital ads, paid search, and sponsorships fall under outbound. However, what I’ve come to believe is that neither is as strong on its own as it would be if integrated with the other.

You see, “Together we stand, divided we fall,” is a great patriotic motto but it is also very applicable to marketing and sales tactics.

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Topics: digital marketing, inbound marketing, danibuckley

The Digital Marketing Swiss Army Knife

Posted by Brian Hasenbauer

February 13, 2017

Let's list a bunch of marketing terms and then look at what they have in common: growth hacking, social media pay-per-click, sponsored ads, analytics, email marketing, web design, SEO, HTML, blogging, SEM, online reviews….  

What do all of these have in common? If you guessed that they are all confusing and somewhat complex, you are right. If you guessed that they are all under the umbrella of “digital marketing,” you would be correct again.

Digital marketing is a relatively new field of marketing. Newspapers have been around since the invention of the printing press, and television advertising has been around for at least 60 years. Yes, digital marketing is the new kid on the block; according to trends in advertising, it’s also the big kid on the block. In 2016, digital advertising surpassed television advertising for the first time; it is expected to grow faster than any other media type.

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Topics: digital marketing, inbound marketing, brianhasenbauer

Training Resources for Lifetime Sales and Marketing Learners

Posted by Brian Hasenbauer

February 10, 2017

During the 2016 HubSpot Inbound Conference last year, about midway through I got to a point where I was feeling overwhelmed with information about new products, updates to HubSpot, new books to read, and trying to remember all of the new people I had met that week. All the information was great, but it all came at once. Conferences like Inbound shouldn’t be the only opportunity that we have each year to learn and grow in our sales and marketing careers.

This morning I was reminded of my continued enthusiasm for learning when one of my friends asked on Facebook, “Does anyone know anything about Google Analytics?” I instantly knew that the best resource for this person was the Google Analytics Academy that I often visit to learn more about digital marketing and specifically how to better analyze website data using Google Analytics. When I sent over the link to the course, it prompted my memory regarding all of the great, free materials for sales and marketers that exists and I started to catalog them.  

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Topics: content marketing, Sales, brianhasenbauer, training

53 Really Good Content Marketing Ideas Your Sales Team is Going to Love

Posted by Alan Vitberg

February 8, 2017

It’s Official: “Always Be Helping” Replaces “Always Be Closing (ABC)” as Key to Business Development

Janice and I happened to catch that great David Mamet movie Glengarry Glen Ross a few days ago, with that chilling scene where Alec Baldwin harangues a pathetic group of real estate salesmen to “always be closing.”

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Topics: content marketing, sales leads

How Target Personas Can Help Your Entire Sales Process

Posted by Brittany Ransonet

February 6, 2017

We often stress the importance of understanding your target personas when developing an inbound strategy. Without it, your content isn’t geared toward anyone specific, and your overall plan is without strategy. More importantly, you’re missing quality leads that you could nurture and convert into customers… that is kind of the point of this whole inbound thing, right? 

So, yes, understanding your target personas is crucial to your content marketing and inbound efforts. But what we’ve found is that this valuable information doesn’t end there. It applies to other areas of the sales process. With the insights gleaned from research, salespeople now understand more about the common needs, concerns, and questions that prospects typically have during the buying process. And, as a result, they’re able to better define their approach and needs analysis questions to help address these insights.

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Topics: mattsunshine, target personas

How One Small Change Resulted in 294 Leads

Posted by Brian Hasenbauer

February 3, 2017

As an inbound marketing and sales consultant, each day I have the opportunity to work with clients to make recommendations that help them improve their conversion rates and generate additional leads. It’s difficult to not get excited about how helpful this can be to clients since it directly impacts their revenue and is proof that the recommendations I make are truly working. Most of the recommendations that I make for clients work across industries and, for the most part, can be used by other companies to replicate the same success. This is one of the reasons I enjoy writing about the recommendations that are implemented and produce amazing results.  

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Topics: lead generation, websites, brianhasenbauer, conversions

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