A Quick Overview of Inbound Marketing

1 intro to inbound marketing

A Quick Overview of Inbound Marketing

Key Concepts

  • In reality inbound marketing is nothing new
  • You already know the key concepts
  • Let’s get started

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2 traditional sales funnel

We All Know about the Traditional Sales Funnel…

It looks like this:

  • Awareness or prospect generation (marketing, sales, and business development teams)
  • Interest, involving lead qualification (marketing and sales teams, and channel partners)
  • Consultation and presentation (sales and technical teams)
  • Justification, resulted from customers’ decision to buy (sales, financial, and operations teams)
  • Proposal followed by action – customers actually purchase products (sales and finance teams)

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3 how to get people to go down the funnel

How Do You Move People Down the Sales Funnel (or the “Art of Changing Minds”)?

Moving people down the sales funnel is the same thing with lead nurturing.

Best practices in lead nurturing are:

  • discover your lead prospects
  • find a connection with them
  • divide leads into groups to ensure that you reach them at the right time, in the most relevant way
  • make them feel special (e.g. communicate with them via emails, social media, SMSs, blog posts, etc., respond to questions quickly, and offer incentives)
  • become an expert in your niche and make the right recommendations to each lead.

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4 step out into the traffic

How About Going the Traditional Way and Stepping Out into the “Traffic”?

Some traditional (outbound) lead generation and nurturing practices are:

  • list acquisition
  • cold calling
  • direct mail
  • mass mailing
  • print advertising
  • broadcast media
  • meeting and seminars
  • trade shows
  • word of mouth
  • door to door

Should you go for traditional marketing tactics to source and nurture leads?

Maybe is not such a good idea, considering that traditional lead generation and nurturing methods generated only 22 percent of the total customers in 2013, according to a report from HubSpot.

Therefore, gone are the days of using traditional marketing to persuade people to do business with you. Potential customers are already searching for your products or services; but if your business is not properly advertised online, they will probably never find the answers they are looking for.

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5 how about digital marketing

How about Digital Marketing?

When the right digital marketing strategy is implemented, it will translate into:

  • lower costs, compared to traditional, outbound marketing
  • greater brand awareness
  • increased traffic to your website
  • more credibility among prospects and leads
  • higher lead-to-customer conversion rate
  • more sales and a higher ROI

By using digital marketing techniques, you can be seen not just as an expert in your industry, but also as a company focused on helping customers by providing the best solutions to their problems.

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6 how can we fill the funnel

You Are About to Fill Your Funnel. But Should You?

Is there anything else you should think about?

How about choosing your prospects, leads, and customers instead of letting them choose you? Can you do that? Sure.

Here is how:

  • define your buyer personas
  • identify their pain points
  • create a marketing strategy that focuses exclusively on their needs and wants
  • ensure your potential customers can find your website easily
  • create high-quality, compelling content (articles, blog posts, whitepapers)
  • be ready for the people who will contact you
  • develop a lead nurturing plan

By doing all these, you will position your company to be found online easier and, even more important, capture the interest of your prospects, persuading them to become leads and customers.

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7 why do we need a purple cow

Turn Into a Purple Cow and People Will Find You…

instead of your competitors.

The Purple Cow concept promoted by Seth Godin could help distinguish your business from the competition by ensuring that your products or services have the same impact as a purple cow in a herd of brown cows. But what does it mean to be a purple cow? It simply means to differentiate from others by promoting:

  • winning ideas that become viral (just like the Purple Cow concept introduced by Godin)
  • exceptional, new, unique, and interesting products and services worth noticing
  • excellent business strategies backed up by reliable, qualified workforce

A few valuable takeaways:

  • being different starts with innovation and takes courage
  • being different means being credible, tech savvy, and create the “wow” factor
  • being different does not mean practicing pure marketing; it simply means becoming a purple cow by reinventing yourself continuously

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8 danger of not being remarkable

The Dangers of NOT Being Remarkable

In an over-supplied market, it is very hard to compete when all companies have the same objectives: to make money, grow, and thrive. On one hand, everyone knows that finding a way to stand out of the crowd is a must; on the other, most businesses prefer the comfortable “stuck-in-a-rut” approach, offering boring products to bored customers.

You can also be boring…

In this case, you will:

  • fail to attract new customers
  • get less revenue
  • lose the customers you already have
  • burry your business

…or you can be remarkable.

From a business perspective, this means offering customers something unique, fantastic, and exciting yet useful.

Remarkability – what does it mean for you?

It simply means:

  • gaining more customers
  • driving business growth
  • making more money
  • becoming successful in business and life

Yes, remarkability means change; and change involves risks. However, remarkability is the only “ace” you have up your sleeve to persuade customers to buy from you, to try your products or services, even though they already have what they need.

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9 find the people you want to work with

How Can You Find the People You Want to Work With?

By simply:

  • defining your target audience to discover who they are
  • making your site more visible (write articles, blog posts, and whitepapers, create Facebook posts and tweets, post on forums, etc.)
  • encouraging prospects to try your products or services
  • building up your sales funnel
  • developing a lead nurturing strategy
  • making customers feel welcome and valued every time they approach your business

What do you think? Is inbound marketing right for you? Contact us to find out.