It seems like a simple question: How do you know when your inbound marketing campaigns are paying off? The knee-jerk answer, of course, is “When it’s making more money than it’s costing you!” – but that’s rather simplistic. Of course you want to hear the phone ringing off the hook.
But while sales are ultimately the goal, there are several ways you can peek into the data and find out whether or not the money you’ve invested in inbound marketing is doing its job. In fact, in the early days, sales might not be your number one metric!
When you’re just stepping out with a inbound marketing campaign, it can all feel a bit overwhelming. What needs to be done first? Where should you be directing your attention? Fortunately, there is a systematic approach you can borrow to keep your campaigns progressing, without missing any important elements.
Everyone could use a few more conversions. In fact, one of the biggest draws to inbound marketing is the opportunity to increase your leads and convert more of your visitors into buyers.
Inbound marketing is trumpeted as having one of the lowest costs per lead of any marketing medium – approximately 61% less than outbound leads, on average.
But what actually impacts that cost per lead?
At its simplest, total cost of a lead through inbound marketing is found by calculating your input costs in earning that lead. Sounds simple and straightforward – and it is – but it may help to identify some of the costs that go into inbound marketing that perhaps you haven’t factored in.
What’s the most powerful kind of content? The type that gives your audience what they need, exactly when they need it. That sounds great in theory – but how do you actually make it happen?
Content is king. I know it, and unless you've been camping out on the top of Mt.Everest with Beats headphones on, you know it. But what you might not be aware of is just how powerful visual content can be for your brand. How powerful are we talking
What is Marketing Automation and how should you use it? With content marketing buzzwords on the rise, this has been a hot topic of conversation.
HubSpot came out with a step-by-step blog post on why and how you should use marketing automation to complement your efforts.
“Automation” is one of those words that has taken on unnecessarily negative connotations in the online marketing space. That’s because, for many people “Automation” is synonymous with impersonal – or even spammy! In the early days of SEO especially, automation was used to blast out spam and send unwelcome blog comments and e-mails to people who had neither asked for, nor expected them.
Even if you’re sold on inbound marketing, convincing your boss may not be so easy. Executives, directors and leadership have to make challenging decisions, especially when budget, resources and assets are at stake. It’s forgivable, then, that they may not be as ready to jump on board at a whim.
Making the case for inbound marketing shouldn’t keep you up at night, though. Here are 4 simple things to keep in mind as you work to get your boss on board with inbound.
If you’re one of those businesses who have been online for years, the growing popularity of inbound marketing has almost certainly caught your eye. And yet, when the quotes and estimates come back from potential partners, you may have found yourself a little surprised at the cost.
After all, SEO was relatively cheap– depending on where you were getting it from. And PPC allowed for tightly controlled budgets that could be altered at a moment’s notice if necessary.
If you’re debating an investment in inbound marketing or evaluating different vendors to help in the process, you may be wondering what your role in the process will look like.
After all, your business is central to everything that will go on; it’s your brand that’s being promoted and your products being sold.
When you invest in “inbound marketing”, what are you really investing in? And if you want to get going with inbound marketing, whether through an agency or on your own, what line items need to be a part of that budget?
Or, perhaps more simply, what does inbound marketing actually cost? Frustratingly, the answer is “it depends.”
Getting started with inbound marketing is an exciting time marked by a flurry of activity. You’ve sourced out an agency, reviewed their rates, gotten your teams onboard and signed the dotted line. You’ve never been more ready to hit the ground running and start earning results!
What’s involved in inbound marketing? What is the process, stage by stage?
If you’ve ever asked these questions, you’re not alone. So much is said about inbound marketing, but it’s not often enough we get down to the nitty-gritty about what’s actually done throughout the campaign. Though there may be dozens, if not hundreds of micro-tasks along the way, at its heart, inbound marketing consists of just five key steps:
Whether or not you need an inbound marketing agency isn’t all that difficult to ascertain – but it does mean a hard look in the mirror and some serious honesty surrounding whether or not you or your business can successfully manage the various components without hiring an agency.