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One Simple Way to Improve Your Sales Process with Content

Posted by Dani Buckley

January 31, 2019

Are you using content in the sales process? How do you use content in the sales process?

Likely, your marketing team has created a large amount of great content that's not only beneficial for lead generation, but is also helpful for lead nurturing. This content could range from informational blog posts to ebooks, checklists, or industry guides. 

In this video, I share one important way to utilize content in the sales process that many salespeople overlook. This one, simple tip can help improve a salesperson's sales performance.

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Topics: email, content strategy, lead nurturing, sales process

"Where Should I Share My Blog?" 8 Ways to Distribute Your B2B Blog Content

Posted by Shaye Smith

January 9, 2019

As we kick off the new year, it's safe to say that content still reigns as king in the B2B world, and it seems that it's going to stay that way. With B2B marketers who use blogs saying that they get 67% more leads than those who don't, and companies who blog see 97% more links to their site than those who don't, it's clear that blogging should be a part of your B2B marketing strategy. 

So, do you really need to spend time to promote your blog? Isn’t the point of a blog to promote your website? Yes and yes. Your blog is, indeed, a big opportunity to drive traffic to your website and promote your business as well as your products and services, but it needs strategic guidance to be successful in driving traffic and converting leads. Many industry experts preach the 80/20 rule when it comes to content and promotion, saying that 20% of your time should be spent creating content, and 80% of your time should be spent promoting it. Think of your blog like a garden that's meant to feed your family. The whole purpose of the garden is to create food—but you need to feed it, water it, and tend to it to get the desired results. The same is true of your blog. 

When people ask us, "Where should I share my blog?" we suggest these eight free ways to distribute blog content. There are additional distribution channels that include paid promotion and advertising, but this list focuses on eight ways you can share you B2B blog content immediately that we've found successful for our clients and ourselves.

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Topics: blog, content marketing, content strategy, inbound marketing, blogging best practices, blog strategy, blogging, inbound sales

Top Articles of 2018: Content Strategy

Posted by Shaye Smith

December 26, 2018

We hope you had a great Christmas and are enjoying this holiday season with family and friends. As we draw closer to the New Year, we are taking some time to reflect on 2018 and the success we've seen our clients achieve. 

Blogging is a mighty strategy when done correct, and it's a goal of ours to provide our clients and visitors top-notch, quality content to teach them and guide them to success. We've searched for the most popular blogs of 2018, and we've curated these lists that will publish each day this week to bring you some of the most educational and informative content from the year. Check out these top blogs on content strategy from 2018, and let them guide your content marketing efforts in 2019! 

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Topics: content marketing, content strategy, inbound marketing

Generating Qualified Leads: 5 Types of Content that Convert

Posted by Shaye Smith

December 20, 2018

Developing a solid inbound marketing and content strategy is something that most companies struggle with. In fact, a study from Ascend2 and its research partners revealed that 46% of the marketing, sales, and business professionals surveyed around the world said that the lack of an effective strategy and the creation of content are the most challenging obstacles to reaching the next level of inbound marketing performance. LeadG2 uses a 7-Step Lead Generation Process to help our clients navigate and embrace an inbound marketing culture.

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Topics: content marketing, premium content, content strategy, lead generation, inbound marketing

12 Days of Gifts to Give Yourself that will Improve Your Content Marketing in 2019

Posted by Shaye Smith

December 12, 2018

Attempting to tackle your entire content marketing to-do list in one day could be overwhelming. Actually, it would be VERY overwhelming. But if you can commit to doing one thing each day over the next 12 days leading up to Christmas, you'll be on the road to improving your overall content marketing efforts that will have you ringing in the New Year on the right foot!

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Topics: content marketing, premium content, content strategy, annual planning, inbound marketing, blogging best practices, blog strategy, marketing strategy, blogging

The Top 3 Reasons We're Thankful for Inbound Marketing

Posted by Shaye Smith

November 21, 2018

It's Thanksgiving week, which is a time to reflect on all of the things that make you happy, contribute to your success, and help you to grow. So in true Thanksgiving week fashion, we're reflecting on why we're thankful for inbound marketing. 

We believe that a solid inbound marketing strategy paired with sales performance is the key to results, and inbound marketing is the ideal approach to quality lead generation that aligns with a sales team's strategy to deliver the results a company needs for success. Below are just three reasons we're thankful for inbound marketing, and why we believe in, and stand behind, this methodology and the work that we do with our clients. 

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Topics: content strategy, inbound marketing, marketing strategy, ROI

4 Easy Steps to Rework Your Historical Content to Attract New (Qualified) Leads

Posted by Maryanne McWhirter

October 25, 2018

Have you been churning out quality content for years for your business and industry? Does traffic to your blog still come from old posts? Are ebooks published three years ago still converting? You're not alone.

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Topics: content marketing, premium content, content strategy, lead generation, inbound marketing

Don't Get Surprised Again... 5 Things to Know About Gen Z!

Posted by Trey Morris

October 19, 2018

"I have no idea how to get Millennials to _______________"
-Every client that I've spoken to in the last 16 years.

Ever since 2002, business owners have struggled to attract the Millennial generation, those born between 1981 and 1996. Millennials are quite different than the Boomers and Gen X who I worked with during my tenure at my advertising agency in the 2000's. And it has taken the marketing world, especially the small- and medium-sized businesses a long time to figure them out (if they have at all).

But to be honest, that's not important right now.  

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Topics: content strategy, understanding target audience, inbound marketing, target personas, marketing strategy

3 Ways Inbound Marketing Helps Build a Brand

Posted by Dean Moothart

July 18, 2018

Your company brand is more than your logo and website. Your brand is your company’s identity. It’s how others perceive you. You can’t buy one, borrow one or steal one. You have to build it. You earn your brand over time. Your brand can be built by maintaining consistent one-to-one message communication and value delivery to your prospects and clients over an extended period of time. But if you rely on this alone, the progress of building and establishing your brand will be slow.

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Topics: content strategy, inbound marketing, sales and marketing alignment, marketing strategy, branding

Your Salespeople Secretly Want to Contribute to the Blog

Posted by Dean Moothart

May 15, 2018

Is a blog a marketing tool or a sales tactic? The answer is yes. A blog that’s a forum for educational content that resonates with your target personas is both. Blogging has long been identified as a productive marketing tool. Blogging supports marketing’s objectives when its' content attracts new visitors to your website and helps convert those visitors to leads. However, if that’s the only function of your blog, then you’re missing out.      

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Topics: content strategy, thought leadership, sales strategy, blog strategy, blogging

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