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Common Challenges in B2B Inbound Marketing

Posted by Cam Mirisola-Bynum on Dec 11, 2015 6:32PM

Get Better Training and Buy-In for B2B Inbound Marketing

B2B Inbound marketing, while extremely effective, comes with challenges. Year after year, companies seem to struggle with the same efforts. While proving the ROI of marketing activities is still the top challenge, finding an executive sponsor and team training are rapidly rising to the top of the list. Companies need both executive buy-in and appropriate training of sales and marketing teams to achieve the inbound marketing success they strive for. While all other challenges mentioned in this survey have declined from the previous year, these two have increased. HubSpot’s “State of Inbound 2015” report examines these developing trends.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, B2B marketing strategy, Content Marketing, B2B Inbound Marketing, Content Marketing Plan, Inbound Marketing ROI, Content Marketing Workshops

Trends and Challenges in B2B Inbound Marketing for 2015

Posted by Cam Mirisola-Bynum on Dec 3, 2015 5:34PM

Do You Know What They Are and What to Do about Them?

It’s called work for a reason. And you want to know that all your work actually, well, works. So do we. There are many B2B marketing tactics, tools, and technologies available today to help us all work smarter and more effectively. Some change with cultural shifts and others drive social groundswells—and we all need to be prepared to take advantage of the opportunities they provide.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, B2B Inbound Marketing, Inbound Marketing ROI

What Does Your Inbound Marketing ROI Cost You?

Posted by Cam Mirisola-Bynum on Nov 12, 2015 5:4PM

Gaining Qualified Leads and Increasing Overall ROI

Leads. We all want them. We need them. We know how crucial generating leads is to your company’s success—and that generating qualified leads shares top spot with closing sales once you nurture them down the funnel. Your boss knows this as well. In fact, CEOs will often put costs in the rearview when generating leads in order to yield successful results. HubSpot’s recently released “State of Inbound 2015” study delves deeper into this trend.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, Inbound Marketing ROI

A Content Marketing Plan Provides Your Best Sales Enablement Tools

Posted by Cam Mirisola-Bynum on Oct 13, 2015 4:1PM

The Direct Link between Content Marketing and Sales

Joe, Shirley, Ruth, and James are hardworking sales people. And they hit their numbers every time. But you need the numbers to increase and your company wants to shift into new markets, so you’re facing a double whammy of a transition. They all have very different personalities and approaches to work, and their own preferences for how and when they communicate to prospects and customers. You spend way too much time creating sales enablement strategies that support each of their styles of working. You need a plan that will encompass all their work habits and keep you from having to micromanage their different approaches for engaging with clients. On top of that, corporate is after you to align branding and messaging more consistently. You need a content marketing plan. 

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Topics: Content Marketing, Content Marketing Strategy, Content Marketing Plan, Sales Enablement

Why You Need a Sales-Centric Content Marketing Strategy NOW!

Posted by Cam Mirisola-Bynum on Oct 9, 2015 3:15PM

A Content Marketing Plan Is all about Sales

You’re comfortable doing business the way you’ve been doing it for years. We get that. But there’s an inherent problem with that. Your customers and prospects aren’t; their buying habits have changed—dramatically. Technology has been driving this content marketing train for a while now, and the painful reality is that if you don’t jump onboard, your potential customers will be leaving the station without you. Stale metaphors aside, you really need to get on track with how business is being done and create a content marketing plan. Okay, bad puns behind us now, let’s get to the meat of it.

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Topics: Content Marketing, Content Marketing Strategy, Content Marketing Plan

Does Content Marketing Really Help the Sales Team?

Posted by Cam Mirisola-Bynum on Oct 1, 2015 5:29PM

How a Content Marketing Plan Can Save the Sales & Marketing Marriage

We all feel the pressure to be as efficient at our jobs as possible. Metrics dictate our decisions, follow us around, and predict our relative success … or failure. No one feels this more profoundly than salespeople. After all, if you distill it down, our jobs depend on their success. If nothing’s being sold, nobody’s getting paid. Having said that, the sales team isn’t in it alone. Marketing is an integral arm of sales. Traditionally, they have begrudgingly co-existed in many organizations—kind of like a bad arranged marriage. Both know they have an obligation to be there, yet they’ve discovered they don’t always speak the same language. There’s a disconnect that threatens to derail the best intentions of—what should be—a fruitful union. Content marketing is proven to attract prospects, and sales should be happy to embrace this methodology, because it will deliver the kind of leads they have been demanding for a long time.

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Topics: Content Marketing, Content Marketing Strategy, Content Marketing Plan

Why Do Industrial Manufacturers Need a Content Marketing Plan?  

Posted by Cam Mirisola-Bynum on Sep 25, 2015 4:34PM

What Is Content Marketing? Oh, You’re Already Doing it—Now Plan on Making Money from it!

You know that rabbit hole you go down each time you read an article online and then click on one link, only to click on another, which has you reading an article about the pros and cons of this and that, eventually taking you to a product page? From there, you start clicking down the customer reviews—some of which may even redirect you to another product entirely? Which takes you down that rabbit hole all over again?

That zig and zag through the content marketing minefield is just how business is done these days—both for B2C and B2B endeavors, whether you realize it or not. But wait! The good news is that it’s mining gold … and it can for your industrial manufacturing business when you get on the other side of it. 

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Topics: Content Marketing, Content Marketing Plan

Why Use Brand Development Strategy if it Ain’t Broke?

Posted by Cam Mirisola-Bynum on Aug 17, 2015 10:27AM

Because Your B2B Brand Strategy May Still Need Fixin’

We hear all too often the strains of, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” reasoning for not updating brand messaging or revising outdated websites. What you aren’t doing, in reality, is adhering to a consistent and congruent brand development strategy. But do you really know how many opportunities you may be missing out on by not making these changes? What is your gauge for broken? If you don’t remain relevant and contemporary, prospects may be passing you by because you look “broke” to them. Your assumptions may be shortsighted and costly. 

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Topics: Branding, Industrial Branding, brand development, brand development process, brand development strategy

Eight Criteria for a Powerful Brand Essence

Posted by Cam Mirisola-Bynum on Aug 5, 2015 3:23PM

Have a Healthy, Heart-Hitting Company Brand

Why is Walt Disney World® magical? Why are Volvos safe? Why are Jeeps® adventurous? Each of these answers boils down to one thing: brand essence. It is the emotion your brand conveys. In other words, it is the emotional heart—some would say, soul—of your brand. So, Disney World, Volvos, and Jeeps evoke feelings of magic, safety, and adventure, respectively, among their customers. Better yet, these characteristics are associated with these companies even by people who don’t buy Jeeps, Volvos, or go to Disney. Well done.

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Topics: B2B Marketing, Branding, brand message, brand promise, brand essence

Are Your B2B Marketing Strategies Ready for Mobilegeddon?

Posted by Cam Mirisola-Bynum on Apr 28, 2015 5:17PM

Google’s Coming to Get You!

Mobilegeddon is upon us … and you’re still here! Congratulations! But will you be in a year? While this asteroid may have already hit, it’s possible that its after-effects will not be felt immediately. You may think that you are doing all you need to do with your B2B marketing strategies, but we want you to knowthat may not be so. As we talked about in our most recent blog post, the Google mobile algorithm is already at work crawling the web in real-time, and the ranking results may take time to show tangible drops, or rises, in SEO ranking. But this does not mean you have time to spare.

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Topics: B2B Marketing, B2B marketing strategy, Google Mobile Algorithm, Mobile Algorithm Assessment, Google Algorithm, Mobilegeddon, Moblie Friendly SEO

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