We're still coming down from our #INBOUND17 high—as what happens to us every year that we've attended. As HubSpotters and inbound evangelists, there's a common understanding among us that HubSpot's annual Inbound conference is a must-attend. And we did! We attended all the sessions, accepted all the swag, went to all the parties, and drank all..
This blog post was originally published in September 2013, but updated on September 7, 2017.
Last month we talked about what it took to build the framework to start increasing your website performance. At this point you are probably starting to get the increase in traffic you were looking for and getting those unknown visitors to convert into..
Marketing software is essential in today's competitive online world. It allows a marketer to save time and scale marketing campaigns with relative ease. However, using the software alone will not generate new leads or guarantee existing customers coming back. Successful online marketing requires taking timely, relevant actions based on what a..
By now, you know how important blogging is for your business. But blogging about anything without any purpose or goals won’t help you. Each and every blog post you publish should be written with a specific part of the buyer’s journey in mind.
Of course, that’s easier said than done. It’s not easy to figure out what questions your potential..
Marketers love jargon. We're capable of having high-speed conversations with buzzwords flying so fast, it would make a layperson's head spin.
Sometimes, though, we can get tripped up on the very lingo we love so dearly.
One trip-up we've noticed is the difference between two separate marketing and sales concepts: the buyer's journey and the..
You're smart, savvy and have a good understanding of inbound marketing. You have been blogging, implementing SEO, sending out email campaigns, posting on social media and following the inbound marketing methodology. So, why aren't you getting the results you wanted using HubSpot? I am sure you're thinking HubSpot is not working. The reality..
Raise your hand if you've ever been a victim of a pummeled proposal. Or a shutdown suggestion. Or an ill-received idea.
Nothing tickles me more than having my work done for me. Like you, I got a lotta sh** to do, and as an inbound marketer sometimes I have to be a wearer of many hats, doer of many jobs.
So if there is anything I can do that helps me "set it and forget it," I'M IN.
One of the awesome things about inbound marketing with HubSpot is that every..
In the recent years, you probably have been hearing more and more about inbound marketing. Inbound is a style of marketing that puts the human back into the mix and educates potential buyers instead of selling them. Does that sound like a marketing style that you could get on board with moving forward? Of course!
Lifecycle Stages help you organize your database by the stage they are at in your sales cycle: subscriber, lead, marketing qualified lead, sales qualified lead, opportunity, or evangelist. Since your communication with your contacts varies depending on what lifecycle stage they are in, it is critical to have the ability to segment your contacts..
Each of the clients I've worked with has a different set of marketing chops.
Some are small teams jumpstarting their company's first year of growth. Others are established businesses with hundreds of employees; they're simply looking to diversify their over-arching marketing strategy with inbound.
If you're like me, you'll remember meeting with your Yellow Pages Representative and going over your ads for the year — it was almost a requirement for those of us in marketing. The Yellow Page meeting was one of the most important marketing meetings for your small business all year. You would look at all the..
Everybody wants a strong lead funnel.
A fully fledged funnel is a big project, but you can take smaller steps to help improve conversion rates and move people along the buyer's journey better, and faster.
Try these five simple ideas on for size!
We use HubSpot for our own customer lifecycle marketing and for our clients'.
While nothing in life is perfect, HubSpot gets pretty damn near close for this task.
We've been able to grow new leads by 300% or more, convert MQLs to SQLs at astounding rates, and pass off thousands of qualified leads to happy sales teams.
But we know we owe a lot..
This is a guest post by Niraj Ranjan Rout, the founder of Hiver.
Testing is one of the most reliable ways to draw marketing insights and optimize your campaigns.
A/B testing is a better alternative to blindly following best practices, especially for email marketing. It can help you figure out how even seemingly small aspects — such as the..
According to a 2016 Demand Gen Report, 47% of buyers viewed 3-5 pieces of content before engaging with a sales rep.
But only the most engaging content will get them to convert.
As an agency that runs lots of tests for conversion, we're generally moving away from eBooks for B2B lead generation.
You might have heard that 49% of marketers are using marketing software to generate more qualified leads.
As you set and refine your strategy for the year, you might be wondering: Is lead generation software right for my business?
The right program can take your marketing process to a new level. But it's also an investment of time, training,..
Identifying a great lead is one of the most important things you can do for your sales process.
But too many marketers ask the wrong question: Is my lead qualified?
The better question you should ask is, Which kind of qualified lead am I dealing with?
When you understand the difference between a marketing qualified lead and a sales qualified..
For marketers who want to reliably fill their sales funnels, content is key:
93% of B2B companies say content marketing generates more leads than traditional marketing strategies, according to Marketo.
But many marketers are finding that content alone isn't enough.
For one-third of B2B marketers, the biggest problem is figuring out how to serve..
OK, big question coming at you:
How will you make your marketing strategy a success this year?
A lot of plans and strategies probably come to mind. And you might wonder which marketing goals will pay off the most.
One surefire way to organize your objectives into one cohesive strategy is by asking this question:
How can I make my entire sales..
This post is a guest contribution by Antonio Tooley of edugeeksclub.com.
If you are a professional content marketer, or if you have a product or a service you would like to offer people, you are probably already familiar with the inbound methodology, and its four stages: Attract, Convert, Close, and Delight.
The thing is, a lot of marketers..
As a marketing professional, you're always chasing that new source of leads.
Sometimes, it feels like you've looked everywhere... exhausted all of your outreach channels.
But as we found with one client, sometimes a new lead generation opportunity is hiding in plain sight. You just have to know where to look.
Ah, Inbound 2016 in Boston — it was a week of live tweeting, quick eating, and marketing fanboy crushes (looking at you, Gary Vaynerchuk).
This conference is the place to be if you're interested in innovative marketing. It's where clever marketers come to give ideas and advice. We all gather in buzzing conference rooms and forge the future of..
Inbound marketing training doesn't have to be pricy.
The methodology is anyone's game. And you can grab the benefits of inbound marketing without breaking the bank... if you know where to look.
We're pulling back the curtain on our favorite resources to learn the inbound methodology, stay up-to-date with new tactics, and even get certified.
Have you ever tried brushing your teeth and putting the toothpaste on afterwards? Or baking a cake and then pouring on the sugar?
What about measuring marketing ROI at the beginning of a campaign?
While the first two scenarios sound ridiculous, many marketers don't realize the latter is just as bad.
Like cake baking or tooth brushing, your..
Routines are a good thing. Most mornings, I walk to work, catch up with a podcast, and swing in my favorite cafe near the office for coffee — and it's a great way to start a jam-packed day.
But routines can feel more like ruts when it comes to a long-term strategy. Auto-publishing social posts, scheduling "blah" blog content just to fill the..
People love digital experiences that feel tailored to them.
Think about the last time that you got an email that really piqued your interest and made you click. Chances are, it was relevant to you.
In fact, segmented campaigns perform 58.99% higher than non-segmented campaigns (Source: MailChimp.)
To get the most out of your HubSpot investment,..
Are you using a range of tools to "check the boxes" of marketing?
Your effort might be divided in a handful of places, like a blog platform, email software, and a social media publisher — and your attention might be diced up, too.
Maybe you're darting between several browser tabs, or logging in and out of a few apps every day.
Did you know that buyers complete more than half of the buyer's journey before talking to sales?
This means that your buyers are already researching and deciding on solutions long before a sales call. The most successful companies are present in the first half of this journey — their websites attract, convert, and help close leads throughout..
A Marketing Sherpa case study found that using buyer personas leads to a 171% increase in marketing-generated revenue.
It's probably not hard to believe: Today's consumer prefers a personalized experience.
In fact, buyers are 48% more likely to consider solution providers that personalize their marketing to address their specific business issues
Maybe this marketing + sales snafu is familiar: You've generated a few dozen leads online, and your sales team is chomping at the bit to get them.
You've done your job, so you pass the names on to sales reps. They get called, sales are closed, everyone's happy.
Easy enough, right? Not completely.
Do you ever have that "a-ha!" moment when something is just right, and happens at the perfect time?
It could be a song that plays on the radio and fits your mood perfectly. Or a bit of advice in a fortune cookie that you really needed.
As an inbound marketer, your goal is to give leads that satisfying a-ha moment with your content offers.
Do you want a website that's both effective and cost-efficient?
Do you want your website to generate leads and centralize your sales strategy?
By baking in elements of an inbound marketing strategy, you can generate and nurture leads with your next website redesign.
What do email marketing and dating have in common? (No, this isn't a joke setup...) When you get down to it, dating isn't really about the dinner, the outfit, or the first kiss. Just like email, it's all about the messaging.
I went to a lecture on "future proofing" by Kipp Bodnar, the CMO of HubSpot, and I walked away with this: We can't rely on our current strategies forever — or we're doomed!
But, then again, adaptation has always been a compelling challenge for modern marketers.
Your digital marketing presence may be solid today, but will it withstand the test..
It's easy to fall into the dichotomy that was scolded recently by Adena DeMonte in her recent article, "Inbound vs. ABM: That's the Wrong Question."
You can see a swath of articles and statistics pushing the idea that "Inbound = good! Outbound = bad!" However, as I've moved between the extremes, I've learned that many of our best lead..
Is your website gathering dust? Are your visitors yawning — or worse, bouncing? It's time for a website redesign.
But before you call up your designer or start picking color palettes, you should pause and put content first. Sorry, designers — the appearance of your website takes a backseat to the message it's conveying. After all, if there's no..
I'll spare you from the popular moniker about what assumptions do to you and me. (You're welcome.) But in all seriousness, we see a lot of well-intentioned marketers dive into an inbound strategy — and miss the target only because they're making incorrect assumptions. One misconception can really hold back your success.
You can be well-versed..
Stoked about the summer Olympics? We are too. Those world champion athletes inspire us to be stronger, faster, better. Alright, alright — I'm off the couch! They can inspire your inbound marketing process, too.
What's your marketing game plan?
If you refer to your "marketing strategies" in plural, you're probably already at a disadvantage.
You might be overseeing a mess of strategies — website, content, social, and SEO — like different silos that operate more or less independently of one another.
If this is the case, you're at a disadvantage from your..
Think, for a second, of the stock market. Like a rollercoaster, it ascends... then descends. Up, up, down, and up. You know the graph.
Think about the first time you went to your now-favorite coffee shop. The first time you visited, maybe you spent a little time scoping out the best place to site and reading over the menu. You didn’t know anybody there.
The more frequently you went, the more it seemed to change: You found your favorite spot to..
There are a surprising number of one-man marketing teams. Since I started working at SparkReaction I’ve met at least six people who have been lone wolves in their marketing departments at one point or another. As I’ve learned more about inbound marketing the more I just want to give them all a high five, because solo inbound work is tough!
How’s your marketing faring these days? That should be a question you have a quick answer to (and, ideally, your answer would be, “It’s going superbly, thanks for asking!”).
You're convinced that inbound marketing might just work for your business — but what exactly does inbound marketing entail? Even if you've got a good grasp on the basics, this checklist will give you a deeper understanding of all the moving parts that make up an inbound marketing strategy.