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The Tracking URL: When to Use it and Why it Matters

Posted by Dani Buckley

March 24, 2017

 

Marketing automation software is created to make our lives as marketers easier and more effectivethough sometimes the plethora of tools can be a little overwhelming and we might even forget to use some along the way. I’m here today to remind you of the small but mighty tracking URL. Let’s dive in with some Q&A:

What is a tracking URL?

A tracking URL is a normal URL that has a “token” associated with it (on the end of the URL). It allows traffic driven to a page or website to be properly sourced depending on the individual place(s) you used it. When used with a marketing automation platform, like HubSpot for example, it will be seen in your Sources Report where it separates the different traffic from each URL.

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Topics: inbound marketing, danibuckley, metrics, marketing automation

How Many Times Should I Follow Up With an Inbound Lead?

Posted by Dani Buckley

March 3, 2017

As with most marketing and sales questions, there is a short and long answer to this question. The short answer is: as many times as it takes. The longer answer isn’t quite so black and white.

Let’s start with exploring why someone would ask this question in the first place. What I’ve found in my many years, working with companies of all shapes and sizes, is that there is a natural inclination to treat inbound (or website or marketing) leads very differently than prospects identified and cultivated by individual salespeople. This is especially true for those industries that still rely heavily on cold calling.

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Topics: lead nurturing, inbound marketing, danibuckley, inbound sales

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

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

5 Books to Add to Your 2017 Reading List

Posted by Dani Buckley

January 18, 2017

Knowledge is power. Most of us understand the importance of continued self-learning and staying on top of news, trends, research, and best practices when it comes to marketing and business. However, it can sometimes be tough to find the best books to dedicate our limited free time to among the endless list of titles available, from audio to hardcover to ebooks.

With the help of some of my colleagues, I’ve developed a list of some more recently published books that we think should make it onto your 2017 reading list. I’d love to hear in the comments below any books you found especially useful in 2016 or that you have already added to your library for 2017.

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Topics: content marketing, Sales

5 Reasons Salespeople Aren’t Using CRMs Effectively

Posted by Dani Buckley

January 11, 2017

Ask any sales manager, salesperson, or business leader about CRMs and you’re likely to get mixed reviews. Most agree they are a necessary piece of technology, but that’s about all they might agree on. Managers tend to feel like they must have a CRM for proper reporting, but they've likely had a bad experience in the past due to lack of adoption by sellers. At the same time, many salespeople have had at least one poor experience with a CRM in their career. Meanwhile, a lucky few have found the key to effective and successful CRM adoption and usage.

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Topics: Sales, danibuckley, crm

How to Improve Your Inbound Marketing ROI by Educating Your Salespeople (and Our Course to Help!)

Posted by Dani Buckley

November 10, 2016

The most important role I have as a Consultant at LeadG2 is helping ensure my clients see ROI from their inbound marketing investments. However, as with all marketing investments, there are many variables that can get in the way of this. It's our job, as leaders in this industry, to figure out how to work around those obstacles and still ensure success. 

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Topics: lead generation, inbound marketing, danibuckley, sales and marketing alignment, inbound sales

How a Local Radio Station is Using Inbound Marketing to Generate New Revenue for 2016

Posted by Dani Buckley

August 24, 2016

From the moment I started working with the team at Zimmer Radio & Marketing Group, I had a feeling they were going to do a stellar job with inbound marketing. Then, once I met with them at their office in Columbia, Missouri for our Inbound Marketing & Sales Strategy Workshop, which kicked off our partnership, I was convinced.

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Topics: case studies, inbound marketing, danibuckley, media

5 Ways to Make Your Webinar Stand Out

Posted by Dani Buckley

July 27, 2016

Webinars are a great way to engage with customers and prospects alike, while providing an interactive forum to educate and show off your areas of expertise. In my experience, people love webinars… and they especially love webinars that are well run, properly organized, to the point, and valuable.

When it comes to your inbound marketing program, hosting a free webinar could be what takes you to the next level as a content marketer and it doesn’t have to be that hard. Below are five ways to make your webinar stand out.

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Topics: danibuckley, training, webinars

5 Questions You Should Be Asking Before Hiring an Inbound Marketing Agency

Posted by Dani Buckley

July 15, 2016

I recently had a call with a prospect who is thinking about working with our team at LeadG2 for their B2B inbound marketing development. They are talking to a few different inbound marketing agencies, and had some really thoughtful and insightful questions to ask us. Personally, I appreciate someone who wants to ask the tough questions and get a better feel for how an agency works and what makes them stand apart from their competition.

Choosing the right inbound marketing agency (or any agency for that matter) isn’t something an organization should take lightly, as there are a lot of really great options out there (especially when it comes to HubSpot partners). However, not all agencies are created equal—and even ones who are equally effective might not be the right fit for your business.

So, I’m going to assume you’ve narrowed it down to some of the top inbound marketing agencies around. Then, how do you decide between Awesome Inbound Agency A and Awesome Inbound Agency B, and so on? When they all have successful and happy clients, a positive track record, a strong portfolio, and passionate employees? What sets them apart?

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Topics: danibuckley, Hiring an Agency

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