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Getting Back to Basics – Know Your Market

Posted by Dean Moothart

March 6, 2017

Marketers have a lot of “bells and whistles” that can keep us busy. Blogging, content, SEO, marketing automation, email campaigns, CRM, nurturing workflows, webinars, landing pages, ad words, social media, pay per click, banner advertising, retargeting. There seems to be a never-ending list of strategies and tactics we can invest in and deploy.

It’s important to understand, though, that not every tactic will be successful for every organization. Nor should every organization feel obligated to try every tactic. It’s understandable for marketers to want to try new things—especially if their current tactics aren’t producing the results needed to grow the business. However, it can be easy for marketers to spread themselves too thin. When this happens, they run the risk of creating a lot of activity but not creating successful results.

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Topics: understanding target audience, inbound marketing, target personas, deanmoothart

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

Unhappy with the ROI on Your Marketing/Sales Spend for New Clients?

Posted by Alan Vitberg

March 1, 2017

 

2017 Staffing & Recruiting Firm Marketing/Sales Survey Shows You’re Not Alone!

(Free: copy of the survey report and a seat at the presentation. Click here.) 

We recently completed, and will be publishing and presenting, the results of our findings from the 2016-17 Marketing & Sales Survey of Recruiting & Staffing Firms in April 2017.

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Topics: professional services marketing

3 Sure Signs Inbound Marketing Isn't Working at Your Company

Posted by Brian Hasenbauer

February 27, 2017

Companies that start inbound marketing programs usually do so with the goal of generating more leads, shortening the sales cycle or increasing traffic to your website. The first few months are very exciting as you are putting your team together, starting to blog and seeing some early results with increases in website traffic, new social media followers and getting great feedback from others in the company about how great everything looks. 

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Topics: brianhasenbauer

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

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