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How Inbound Marketing Can Create Raving Fans for Your Business

inbound marketing raving fansBusinesses are catching on. Those using effective inbound marketing initiatives are producing sales leads and, at the same time, establishing expertise and thought leadership in their specific industry. Those experiencing this success will tell you that it is contagious, but requires the constant sharing of quality content (in most cases, through blog posts), which attracts interested prospects to their companies.  

Topics: content marketing content strategy Digital inbound marketing

If You Forget About Lead Gen, You Can Forget About Growth

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This article was originally published on Entrepreneur.com.

Topics: content strategy thought leadership lead generation sales and marketing alignment

Has Your Sales Content Library Come Out of the Closet?

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What does your sales content library look like? Back in the old days of selling (the 1990’s), the sales library was a janitor closet with a few shelves to store corporate brochures, product sheets, and other printed sales material. Prior to going into the field for their appointments, the sales team would stock up on materials to hand out to prospects. Back then it was a long and cumbersome process to produce new material. It was also expensive to print, so refreshing and replenishing supplies was rare. Consequently, the content was written and produced in a way to be applicable to a large diverse audience and last a long time. Or in other words, the content was relevant to few, meaningless to many, and rarely had any impact on actually advancing the sale.

Topics: content strategy crm sales enablement

Get Serious about Lead Generation

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If you're blogging to generate leads, developing an effective lead generation strategy is something not to be taken lightly. If you are expecting your business blog to generate leads, rank higher on Google and increase traffic to your website, you probably want to spend as much time focusing on why you are blogging as you spend on what you are blogging about.

Topics: content marketing content strategy thought leadership inbound marketing

Improve Your Investment in Content Marketing with Content Strategy

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Content marketing is already strategic when it's “relevant and consistent" and designed to "attract and retain a clearly-defined audience.” Content marketing has the goal of building relationships and impacting the decisions people make about you.

Content marketing is focused on your target persona. Content strategy looks more at managing the lifecycle of the actual content. Strategy helps you increase your impact and reduce your workload.

Topics: content strategy inbound marketing Sales

Digital Marketing: Social Media Can't Do These for Your Business

Top 3 Things Social Media Can't Do For A Business Or Brand"Things were so much simpler before Apple," says my 11 year old daughter after a recent panic attack over the thought of losing her Instagram followers and pictures. Her iPod Touch was a lemon and luckily under warranty, but the time between her device crashing and her logging back into her Instagram app was pure torture… for both of us!

Topics: Social Media content marketing content strategy digital marketing setting expectations Digital

Improve Your Inbound Marketing with Three Lead Generation Tips

Inbound MarketingYou’ve been working hard at your inbound marketing program… consistently writing interesting and informative blog posts, optimizing with keywords, promoting through your social media pages, and driving new traffic to your website. But the leads aren’t rolling in like you hoped they would and you just can’t figure out why. What could be the problem?  

Topics: content strategy internet marketing lead generation CTA inbound marketing

Digital Marketing: Five Top YouTube Video Ads You May Have Missed

Five Top YouTube Video Ads You May Have MissedOnline video shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon, in fact YouTube gets more than one billion unique visitors each month who watch over four billion hours of video each month.   With those kinds of numbers,

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Inbound Marketing: How to Write an Effective Blog Post

Inbound MarketingOne of the greatest and most well known benefits of blogging (aka Content Marketing) is the Search Engine Optimization (SEO) effects that you gain by publishing blog posts and premium content on a regular basis.

However, if you are not utilizing certain best practices and guides for authoring effective content your efforts will not be optimized, and it will take longer and more effort to achieve your desired results.

Topics: content strategy digital marketing inbound marketing

Digital Marketing: Creating Campaigns That Work (Part 2)

digital marketing strategyIn Part 1 of this blog series, the question was asked: How do businesses use local media sites to effectively market their business? This is a digital marketing strategy question that is heard frequently and it is for that reason we set out to find an answer.

Topics: Digital What & Why content strategy internet marketing Digital integrated media solution