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Inbound Marketing vs. Outbound Marketing: What is the Difference?

Posted by Dani Buckley

October 29, 2019

As recent as 10 years ago, marketers wouldn’t have used the terms ‘inbound’ and ‘outbound’ to differentiate marketing strategies and tactics. Marketing all fell under one umbrella, and the idea of separating the two was really just in its infancy in many ways.

Because of the vastness of the internet and its ability to connect people to any kind of information they want at any given moment, it has become important to understand not only the differences between these traditional, outbound methods of advertising and promotion, and the newer—largely digital—inbound strategies, but also how these two types of marketing can work together.

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Topics: inbound marketing, marketing strategy, outbound marketing

4 Cheesy Tactics Marketers Need to Retire

Posted by Guest Blogger

August 13, 2019

We’ve all had those times where we see someone with a dated hairstyle (the jerry curl or the mullet) and we think “Woah! Hello, 1970’s.” It’s a dated, tired trend that should have been retired a long time ago. Well, this isn’t limited to just hair.

Marketers all across the world have some tired trends they just can’t quite seem to let go. Here is a list of the top cheesy marketing trends, our reactions when we see them, and how to avoid them.

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Topics: marketing strategy

Our Team's Top 10 Most-Used Tools from the Marketing and Sales Tech Stack We're Currently Using

Posted by Shaye Smith

August 2, 2019

At LeadG2 and The Center for Sales Strategy, our tech stack not only serves to support our sales and marketing efforts, but it also enables our consultants and content teams to super-serve our clients and provide top-notch service and deliver quality results and help them achieve success. Are you utilizing tech to support your marketing, sales, or service efforts at your company? 

We asked our team what marketing and sales technology they use most frequently, and here's the top 10 tools from what was submitted. Yes, there's actually more!

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Topics: sales and marketing alignment, marketing strategy, sales enablement

Don't Overlook This Resource to Help Drive More Revenue from Marketing Campaigns [VIDEO]

Posted by Shaye Smith

July 24, 2019

One of the biggest resources that marketing teams have is access to their sales team. That's right! The sales team is a key resource for successful marketing campaigns

So, how is the sales team a resources for marketing? Here's how marketing and sales teams should collaborate throughout the marketing campaign process to drive better sales results.

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Topics: sales and marketing alignment, marketing strategy

"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

6 Important Steps to Add to Your Blog Process to Get Better Results [VIDEO]

Posted by Shaye Smith

May 17, 2019

I hear a lot of people in marketing and business development that tell me that they "blog." But I want to know what they are doing with their blog... are they getting results from their blog or just wasting time to say they "blog" with no proof of success? Do they even know? Or... do they even want to know?

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

The Top Business KPIs You Should Be Tracking for Marketing, Sales, and Service

Posted by Dani Buckley

May 1, 2019

Did you know that businesses that document their strategies receive a 538% greater chance of succeeding in their efforts? No, that wasn't a typo. When everyone in your organization understands how they should be performing, where their weaknesses and strengths are, and why the business is proceeding the way it is, it becomes easier for everyone to work as a cohesive team and to reach business goals... no matter what department you're in. 

A part of creating solid documentation for a strategy is KPIs, or key performance indicators. These data points paint a clear picture of how the organization performs and how they should move forward. They are typically created in associate with a larger goal. For instance, the goal might be $20 million in revenue but the KPIs to track ongoing performance toward that goal might be monthly retention of clients, number of proposals presented each week, size of proposals, or leads generated from a specific marketing campaign. 

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Topics: marketing strategy, ROI, KPIs

The Real MVRs (Most Valuable Resources) and 3 Ways They Can Support Your Marketing Efforts [VIDEO]

Posted by Shaye Smith

April 29, 2019

In the past, I've written about how a company's employees are one of the most valuable resources when it comes to the marketing efforts, and today I'm sharing a few ways that employees can supplement and support the marketing strategy to help drive better results.

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Topics: content marketing, content strategy, personal brand, marketing strategy

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

What is the Difference Between Exit Rate vs. Bounce Rate? 3 Quick Tips to Improve Your Bounce Rate

Posted by Ashley Tavenner

April 17, 2019

Marketing analytics can be overwhelming enough without having to translate the different terms included in your marketing reports. Understanding the terminology can be essential to ensuring you understand the results of your marketing efforts.

After looking over your marketing analytics, do you feel like you leave with more questions? You are not alone — our team of consultants are regularly asked to explain the difference between a bounce rate and an exit rate, and explain why the bounce rate matters.

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Topics: SEO, marketing strategy, website

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