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"Our Industry Doesn’t Use Social Media" is No Longer an Excuse, and 4 Steps to Get Your Business on Social Media

Posted by Maryanne McWhirter

June 19, 2019

79% of the United States population has a social media profile. I really don’t even need to go further. I could end the post right here with this statistic. If 79% of the population is somewhere, do you want your business to be there? If you answered "yes," then your business, no matter the industry, should use social media. Simply being present and intentionally representing your brand, on a platform which 79% of the population lives, is beneficial. A strategic social media strategy can also play a major role in the success of your inbound marketing strategy.

How your business can successfully use social media is an entirely different conversation. Some industries have really seen obvious success on social media. To name a few: restaurants, retail, real estate, entertainment and fashion. Many of these industries have a visual product, yet all of them still require informative content to be effective. Yes, some industries are more effective than others with social media marketing, but with intentionality, effort, and commitment, any company, in any industry, can benefit from social media marketing.

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Topics: Social Media, inbound marketing, marketing strategy

Content Drives Revenue. How Can You Get Your Sales Team Contributing to Your Blog? [VIDEO]

Posted by Dean Moothart

June 11, 2019

A few times a year, we have a company-wide step challenge to see who can get the most steps in to foster some friendly competition and some good health. In fact, I just got back from a quick walk on my lunch break to see if I could squeeze in a few steps for today.

Before I left, I had a call with a prospect who was expressing some frustration they're having in trying to get their sales team to contribute to their blog. They know their sales team has some great ideas and great thought leadership and subject matter expertise, but they just can't get them to share.

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Topics: inbound marketing, blog strategy

3 Reasons All Those Website Visitors Aren't Converting into Leads

Posted by Dani Buckley

June 7, 2019

You’ve invested time, energy, and money on creating a great inbound marketing plan. You’re regularly publishing strategic content that is attracting new visitors to your website daily. You’re promoting your campaigns effectively with a mix of organic and paid efforts. But you just aren’t seeing the leads come in. Sound familiar? That’s because driving traffic to your website is only half the battle. What happens once they get there is what makes the difference between a visitor that comes and goes, and a visitor that raises their hand by filling out a form or taking an action.

There are many reasons why this might be the case, but I’m going to share three of the top reasons we see time and time again causing a low visitor to lead conversion rate.

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Topics: lead generation, inbound marketing

I Think My Website is OK, But How Do I Know for Sure?

Posted by Maryanne McWhirter

April 24, 2019

We hear this a LOT. You regularly look at your website. You know how to navigate it. You update it when information changes or needs updating, but is it actually effective? Is your website doing its job? Does it represent your brand? Is it converting? What traffic are you seeing? What ROI are you seeing?

These are questions you should be asking to determine the effectiveness of your website. It’s time to stop thinking of how you see your website and time to start thinking of how your prospects experience your website. 

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Topics: inbound marketing, marketing strategy, website

Inbound Marketing is the Sales Resource that Never Takes a Break [VIDEO]

Posted by Dean Moothart

April 2, 2019

Think about all the time your sales team isn’t at work, but you wished they were. 

When they’re on vacation.
When they’re at lunch.
When they’re commuting.
When they’re on a flight.
When they’re with their family on the weekend.

Now think about the time your sales team is at work, but they’re not involved in sales-related activity.

When they’re in a staff meeting.
When they’re filling out an expense report.
When they’re flying to a conference.
When they’re working on a proposal.
When they’re responding to an associate’s email.

The list seems never-ending. The truth is, salespeople aren’t always very productive. In fact, according to HubSpot Research, salespeople spend just one-third of their day in sales-related activities.

Now, imagine if you had a sales resource that never went on vacation, or took a break, or got sidetracked by unproductive activity. Inbound marketing is that resource.

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Topics: inbound marketing

A Neglected Marketing Infrastructure Will Lead to Crumbing Revenue Growth

Posted by Dean Moothart

March 19, 2019

Governments repair and build roads. Utility companies run new transmission lines and fiber optics. And at home, we attach rain gutters to our houses and add-on new rooms. These are all examples of enhancing infrastructure. Even at work, we get new computers, new phones, and new desk chairs. Those too are infrastructure upgrades. 

Sales and marketing organizations have infrastructures as well.  Websites, sales collateral, CRM, marketing automation, and email are all examples of marketing infrastructure basics. How often does your firm evaluate the status of your marketing infrastructure? Do you have everything you need? What are you missing? Is everything working as it should? Like any infrastructure (roads, bridges, roofs, plumbing, etc.), a marketing infrastructure can become less effective if it’s neglected. And a neglected marketing infrastructure will eventually lead to ineffective marketing plans and missed revenue targets.

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Topics: inbound marketing, marketing strategy

How to Conduct a Simple Blog Audit to Improve Your Content Performance

Posted by Latoya Torrance

March 12, 2019

Your blog is a digital hub for the valuable, educational, and entertaining content you create for your target persona. Its goal is to increase awareness, drive traffic to your site, generate leads, and establish authority – leading to profitable customer action.  

But running a successful blog is a challenge for some businesses, and it requires constant analysis to ensure your current content strategy is effective. This can be done by reviewing the content you’ve created, assessing what worked or didn’t work, and creating a plan of action to improve going forward. Or in other words, conducting a blog audit.  

This process can help you uncover what content resonates most with your ideal prospects, and in turn, guide your content strategy and increase your awareness, engagement, and even conversions. It gives you a high-level view of how well your blog is (or isn’t) performing, and identifies gaps and opportunities in your blog strategy.  

The good news: it’s not as complicated as it sounds. And if you’re wondering where to start, what to evaluate or how to apply your findings, we’ve created a simple system to help you evaluate your own blog and begin seeing real results from your content. 

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Topics: content marketing, content strategy, inbound marketing, blog strategy

Why Your Marketing Director Will Love Us

Posted by Maryanne McWhirter

March 7, 2019

Occasionally we get the question, "Well, why do we need an inbound marketing agency if we have an in-house marketing department?" Good question. 

Inbound marketing agencies should not be competing with marketing departments; they should be partnering with them. This is how we do business differently at LeadG2. In fact, marketing and sales directors love us! We are an extension and an arm of their in-house marketing team that allows us to focus on areas we are experts in, and allows the marketing team to complete other vital marketing tasks. 

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Topics: inbound marketing, HubSpot, Hiring an Agency

22 Questions to Ask Yourself if You Aren't Seeing Inbound Marketing Results

Posted by Dean Moothart

March 5, 2019

When you invest in a new effort like inbound marketing at your company, or you enter into a partnership with a marketing agency, everyone expects to get results. No one does marketing for marketing’s sake. We want to establish our brand, build an audience, convert leads, grow a pipeline, accelerate deals through the funnel, and ultimately grow revenue. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. Instead of experiencing the euphoria that comes with achieving goals, you suffer the frustration of unfulfilled potential.   

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Topics: inbound marketing, marketing strategy

Top 5 Reasons to Claim Your Business on Google

Posted by Ashley Tavenner

February 12, 2019

Looking for a business, product, or service? Need a good how-to video? Just "Google it." Google has made accessing the information we need readily available and easily accessible. Consumers can find businesses, services, and products with a click of a button and faster than ever before, making it vital that your business has an online presence.

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Topics: digital marketing, SEO, inbound marketing

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