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Inbound Marketing Is About Much More Than Getting Found Online

Inbound Marketing Is About Much More Than Getting Found Online

You’ve read all the blogs, all the books and you’ve got this amazing blog. Your blog is Search Engine Optimised, you even got a very active social media community. The top of your Inbound Marketing funnel is overflowing, and while this is amazing, you’re only half way there.

When Inbound Marketing started, it started as a response to the negativity that was surrounding getting prospects via traditional “outbound marketing” methods. Things like advertising and direct mail were costing a lot of money and were not getting the results on prospective clients or leads as they used to do. People were getting tired of being interrupted by irrelevant marketing messages all the time. Customers were starting to perform their own research, they started using search engines and social media sites to get the information they needed to make their buying decisions.

By prioritising relevant and very useful content, companies were starting to attract customers to their website on the terms of the customer. Inbound Marketing was forming a valued and welcome alternative for the buyers.

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The 9 Most Common Startup Marketing Mistakes

The Most Common Marketing Mistakes Made By Startups

As a startup founder, you have to wear many different hats within your organisation. Most times the teams are still very small so everyone needs to wear different hats in to get the company of the ground.

Startups face a number of unique challenges when it comes to marketing. With restricted budgets, limited resources, and a desperate need to get their name visible to the public, it puts entrepreneurs in a tight spot. Nine times out of ten, marketing is not even the founder’s speciality! And that’s why we tend to see the majority of startups making the same avoidable mistakes.

After working with startup founding teams for the last couple of years, we found the evidence is clear: You can have the best product or service in the world but if you don’t have a solid go-to-market plan, your business will fail. (assuming, of course, your startup is fixing a real problem).

In addition to laying out the vision, establishing a growth strategy, and building and supporting their team – in most cases they’re also doing (or managing) all of the marketing efforts. Nine times out of ten, marketing is not the founder’s specialty. As the founder of your company, knowing when and how to invest in marketing your business may just be the key ingredient to success.

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13 Tips For Successful Email Marketing Campaigns

13 Tips For Successful Email Marketing Campaigns

We already wrote about the importance of Email Marketing for your business in the past and have given you “6 Reasons Why Email Marketing Is Important For Your Internet Marketing”. Emails can help and build relationships with your leads, it can help you gather important data and help boost your marketing Return On Investment (ROI). While these reasons should already convince you enough about the importance of running email campaigns, many marketers end up falling short and missing their goals on the campaign’s returns in the end.

As a marketer, you need to pay close attention to your audience and your message to be able to build, execute and maintain a continuous effective email marketing campaign. You need to avoid the most common mistake of all: just simply blast your self-promotional message out there in the world. Continuing blasting that self-promotional message to your audience will only end up with your recipients hitting that delete button more than opening your message, or even worse unsubscribing from your mailing list.

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33 Promotion Tactics To Include In Your Content Marketing Strategy

Content Promotion Strategies: 33 Ways to Get Traffic

“If you write great content, people will find it.” While that’s certainly a nice dream of a world in which marketers can just focus on creating outstanding content, it’s just not accurate anymore.

Over 2 million blog posts are published to the web each day. Making it much harder than ever to build an audience and get people to notice you. According to an older blog post by Neil Patel, content creation is only half the battle – the rest is gaining notice.

no traffic = no conversions
So while it’s tempting to celebrate after you finished publishing your newly created content for lead generation, you’re not done just yet. You can’t just put a piece of content up on your website and hope that people will find it, you’ve got to actively promote it to your audience.

But that’s where a lot of us get stuck. What else can we do to get people to notice, and hopefully convert on, that new piece of content you created?

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9 Lead Generation Ideas to Boost Sales Now

9 Lead Generation Ideas to Boost Sales Now

Are you having a hard time coming up with lead generation ideas? We know as marketers you spend a very big chunk of your time and resources planning campaigns and creating content. All while keeping the end goal in mind of generating new leads that hopefully will eventually turn into paying customers.

We know that a steady stream of leads is an essential part of making sure your business stays in business. However, sometimes it’s tough to know which lead generation tactics are going to boost your sales and which are going to flop. Coming up with effective ways to attract and convert qualified leads is easier said than done.

That’s why we thought to give you a little bit of inspiration to help you get going. In this article, we will share 9 clever lead generation ideas to you can implement immediately to boost your conversions.

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The 4-Step Formula For More Persuasive Copy

AIDA: A Formula That Will Make You And Everyone In Your Company Write Better

Do you ever wish that there was an easy formula for writing persuasive (web) copy?

What if you could just follow a few rules to writing copy that converts visitors into buyers?

Or just drop a few words into a machine and your seductive copy rolls out at the other side?

Well, at Inbound Rocket we don’t have a robot that automatically generates copy that sells. But we have a formula that will help you write more persuasive copy.

You’ll increase your chances of success if you follow a century-old formula that marketers and salespeople have been using since the 1900s, and it’s still being taught and applied today. It’s been used for various selling situations, from face-to-face sales presentations to printed sales letters, and now, social media.

That’s how good it is.

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4 Ways To Measure The Value Of Your Inbound Marketing

4 Ways To Measure The Value Of Your Inbound Marketing

Inbound Marketing is getting a hotter and hotter term nowadays. And off course it should be! When done properly it is a powerful way to reach your audience, to leverage and build brand advocates (even outside your current customers), position yourself as a thought leader in your industry, but one of the most sought after reasons is to build relationships and nurture potential customers through your sales funnel.

In the end though everyone wants to get something out of any of their marketing efforts. A Return On Investment (ROI). Because spending money on online advertising, can give you easily concrete data on how many clicks etc. for a lot of people Inbound Marketing ends up being a bit vague. You might end up with questions like:

  • Once I get my Inbound Marketing up and running, what do I measure?
  • What are the numbers I’m looking for?
  • Why do I need to analyse anyway?

There are hundreds of possible metrics to choose from, and almost all of them provide some measurement of value for any company. Think of things like SEO rankings, the number of inbound links, number of articles published, content downloads, reach (e.g. Facebook fans / Likes / Shares, LinkedIn followers, Twitter followers / retweets / favourites blog subscribers), comments, clicks, traffics, leads.. and so many more.

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6 Reasons Why Email Marketing Is Important For Your Internet Marketing

 

6 Reasons Why Email Marketing Is Important For Your Internet Marketing

“If you’re running a real business, email is still the most effective way to universally reach people who have expressed interest in your product or site. For that, it really can’t be beat.” – Colin Nederkoorn (founder Customer.IO)

“More than 34% of the people worldwide use email. That’s about 2.5 billion people. It’s predicted to increase to 2.8 billion email users in the next 2 years. Yup, email’s popular. The Radicati Group, who came up with that info, also reckon that the world sends about 196 billion emails daily. Out of this 196 billion emails the majority, 109 billion, is business email.

Let’s put it simply. Email marketing is a vibrant and powerful way to connect with people. Bringing it home, think about your own experiences. Do you even know anyone who doesn’t have an email address? You probably receive a number of HTML emails each week (I sure do). You read them, get inspired by them and even look forward to the next one. Email is a big part of our lives. A very big part.

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How to Find Your Ideal Customers on Social Media

 

How to Find Your Ideal Customers on Social Media

Last week we wrote about setting up buyer personas using Google Analytics. By now you should be knowing that, when you know your target audience’s age, occupation, income, interests, pains, problems, obstacles, habits, likes, dislikes, motivations and objections, then it’s easier and cheaper to target them on social or any other media.
So how do we create an even better understanding of your ideal customer, how do you discover more about your customers using Social Media?

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How to Build Better Buyer Personas to Drive Killer Content (Bonustip: use Google Analytics)

How to Build Better Buyer Personas to Drive Killer Content

Just like starting your startup, with marketing you shouldn’t just dive straight into content marketing without a proper strategy. Without knowing who is the actual audience that you are writing for, you are sure to write content which is not engaging if targeted to the wrong buyer personas. You need to always understand your audience’s top concerns!

Creating buyer personas and journeys will help you determine what kind of content you need; set the tone, style, and delivery strategies for your content; target the topics you should be writing about; and understand where buyers find and consume information.

There is a lot that goes into effective content marketing. You need a lot of different kinds of content, you have to figure out how it all fits into your buying cycle, and you content has to adjust to the different media through which you share it.

So how do you do all that effectively? You start by creating buyer personas.

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