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Uh-Oh… We Ran Out of Blog Ideas! Until We Tapped Into Our Sales Team

Posted by Shannon Delmarle

January 9, 2018

  

Part of a content strategy any company should be doing is blogging. Blogging not only creates fresh content for search engines to crawl, but it also can help you and your employees position themselves as thought leaders. But since you need to publish new content several times throughout the month in order to stay relevant and increase subscribers, it can become really hard to come up with new topics or fresh insights to write about without sounding repetitive.    

This is when we turned to our sales team and simply asked, “What are the top five questions you get asked most during a proposal or sales call?” Surprisingly, this flushed out several topics for us to brainstorm around and create really awesome blog articles that were highly read and shared. By finding out the most common issues/pain points from some of our top prospects, we were able to assume that the probability of others out there having the same problems was very likely.  

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Topics: inbound marketing, blogging

Filling Your CTA Gaps to Increase Lead Conversions

Posted by Dani Buckley

January 2, 2018

It’s a new year, which means lots of new opportunities to improve your inbound marketing strategy so that you're reaching your lead generation goals. One often-overlooked area is the lead conversion opportunities available throughout your website. By “lead conversion opportunities” I mean the different ways in which you have to guide someone to fill out a form on your website for one reason or another.

Evaluating these opportunities starts with knowing exactly what you have available on the other side of forms and making sure you haven’t forgotten anything that is still relevant and usable. But once you’ve done this and have a good idea of what you’re working with, here are some ways to uncover the gaps so you know where to focus your content-creation efforts.

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Topics: call to action, inbound marketing

If a Picture is Worth 1,000 Words, then What is the Investment in That Picture Worth?

Posted by Shaye Smith

December 28, 2017

“They” say a picture is worth 1,000 words. As a content manager with a marketing background, I started thinking about this. Who is “they,” and how do “they” know? Even more… if a picture REALLY is worth 1,000 words, then that picture is worth the investment, so why don’t more brands invest in great pictures?

By nature, humans are very visual. When processing visuals, we use 30% of our brains, and yet we only use 8% for touch and 3% for hearing. Research has found that after hearing information, people only remember 10% of it three days later, but they remember 65% of the information if a relevant image accompanies the information.

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Topics: inbound marketing, blog strategy

11 Key Email Workflows That Will Define Your B2B Marketing & Sales Funnel

Posted by Guest Blogger

December 15, 2017

When it comes to email marketing, it’s a tough battlefield. There are many things that make the difference between an email that gets read versus an email that gets deleted. When you consider that the average individual’s email inbox is bombarded by marketing emails every single day, it’s easy to get discouraged.

After all, how are you going to get your emails in front of your readers? You've heard it before: customization and personalization make email relevant to readers. One of the best way to offer relevant emails is through email workflows that are designed to accomplish specific goals. This post shares 11 to get you started!

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Topics: email, lead nurturing, inbound marketing

Re-designing a Website Is Like Giving Digital Birth

Posted by Shannon Delmarle

December 13, 2017

 

I recently had a client of mine do a complete overhaul of their website. New templates, new copy, new CTA buttons, new sitemap—a complete redesign. As anyone who has been through one of these major re-designs knows, it takes a lot of prepping, planning and time to execute a brand new website. When it was all over the client said to me, “I feel like I just gave birth.” She was so proud of all of the months of hard work and the constant emails and edits and approvals that she was gleaming as if looking at a new baby. Now, anyone who has given actual birth would probably laugh in her face (maybe even throw a punch), but I did see the correlation between putting all of your energy into something and getting a really great result.

And as many mothers in the past have said after giving birth, “I’m never doing that again!”… you would be surprised as to how many go on to have a second, third, fourth, and maybe even a fifth child. The same thing will happen with your website—you are most likely going to redesign that website many more times over the years.

This brings me to my own personal experience, as I have done many website redesigns between clients and the companies I have worked for. She was right! Website redesigns are exhausting and take a lot of energy to complete, but they are well worth it. I also realized, just like raising a child and teaching them to grow, we also need to help our websites grow!

Here are 5 ways to keep your website growing and working for your business: 

1. Give each page of your website the attention it deserves.

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Topics: websites, inbound marketing, media, professional services, shannondelmarle

7 Ways to Know if Your Company Blog is Giving You A Return on Your Investment

Posted by Matt Sunshine

December 11, 2017


When we picture lead generation working the way we think it should, most of us envision the salesperson being handed a lead that is fully qualified and only a small step from closing. We want the process to be predictable and the performance to be near perfect.

If only the real world were so simple and straightforward. You remember the real world—where humans act human and analysis turns murky.

Below are seven ways you can know if your blog is generating a return on your investment, and therefore be able to answer the question, “Is the company blog working?”

1. The Prospect Engages, Seemingly Out of the Blue

This is when a former prospect or client that had gone quiet for a few months re-engages as a result of a blog post or a piece of premium content. Top salespeople understand that those messy humans who don’t take the straight and narrow path to your door shouldn’t be written off. Keep your eye on them as they reconvert and decide when it's time to call.

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Topics: inbound marketing, mattsunshine, media, professional services

5 Questions You Need to Ask About Your Inbound Marketing Program

Posted by Laura MacPherson

December 8, 2017

You’ve created a piece of premium content that you’re proud of. You’ve designed a landing page with all the best practices represented. Your call-to-action (CTA) even makes you want to click on it. You’ve written a series of SEO-optimized blog posts on the same topic, and your content offer is appearing on each of the posts. You’re sharing the posts via social media. Everything is running smoothly.

But is your inbound effort successful, and what could make it more successful?

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Topics: inbound marketing, metrics, conversions, lauramacpherson

Inbound Marketing and HubSpot are Working — Even When Your Sales Team Isn’t

Posted by Dean Moothart

December 6, 2017

If you rely on your salespeople to generate new leads for you, this time of year can be a little scary.  The Halloween masks may have been put away, but we’re entering the time of year that’s probably the least productive for salespeople. The holiday season can also mean vacation season, and your sales team can only prospect for new business when they’re actually working. Typically, very little prospecting occurs when visiting relatives or skiing down a slope. 

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Topics: inbound marketing, Sales

Inbound Lessons Learned from Gold Rush

Posted by Dean Moothart

December 4, 2017

One of my guilty pleasures is watching the TV show "Gold Rush" on the Discovery Channel. The show follows three teams of Alaska gold miners as they battle the elements, broken-down equipment, and each other to find a few ounces of gold dust buried deep in the rough Alaska terrain. They experience emotional highs when they discover a gold-rich vein and lows when they come up empty. 

There are many parallels between the lives of a gold miner and that of an inbound marketing. Miners are looking for nuggets of gold that can make them wealthy, and inbound marketers are looking for equally elusive qualified leads that can drive next quarter’s revenue growth. Both pursuits require persistence and a consistent effort. Below are some additional lessons marketers can learn from our friends on Gold Rush.      

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Topics: inbound marketing

How to Speak Your Prospects' Language

Posted by Laura MacPherson

December 1, 2017

David Ogilvy, called The Father of Advertising, said, “If you’re trying to persuade people to do something, or buy something, it seems to me you should use their language, the language in which they think. We try to write in the vernacular.” 

How many times have you landed on a website that made your eyes glaze over and your brain turn to mush because the writing was full of jargon or just felt like it wasn't directed toward you? How long did you spend on that site?

To make your prospect stick around long enough to hear what you have to say, you’ve got to speak their language. Here’s how to learn the language your prospects speak.

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Topics: websites, inbound marketing, blogging

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