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Packages: A Non-Starter In Your Search For An Inbound Marketing Agency

How Can You Be Agile If You Bought A Package Of Deliverables?

You want to hire an inbound marketing agency. You’re doing your due diligence by looking at websites, downloading content, scrolling through reviews and checking the partner tiers on HubSpot. You’re making all of the right moves.

But it’s still confusing. They all sound good. They all look similar. They all seem, on the surface, to be able to deliver what you need. But all agencies are not created equally, and bigger doesn’t make them better. Having Diamond Partner status doesn’t make them better. Being Agile doesn’t make them better and using points doesn’t make them better. Even though this describes us, it’s not what makes us better.

What you should be looking for is a team of highly skilled, highly experienced people who work within a framework that is tested and proven to do only one thing — get you results.

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The 6 Biggest Marketing Challenges Today And How To Solve Them

Inbound Marketing Or Demand Generation? The Issues Below Sound Like People Are Confused

Over the next couple of days, you’re going to see everyone and their brother publishing HubSpot’s 2017 State of Inbound report. While we could do the same, instead we’re here providing you with solutions to the challenges identified in the report. Yesterday we highlighted the sales challenges, and today were focusing on the marketing challenges.

When you look at the top issues uncovered in the report, it’s startling that 63% of the people identified generating traffic and leads as the top challenge. Wow! As a community of smart marketers, we’re still struggling to do the basics. How is that possible? The short answer is that it has become even more difficult. While the tools are more diverse and widely available, how you use those tools has changed so dramatically that it’s still a challenge.

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Solutions To The 6 Biggest Sales Challenges Facing Sales Teams Today

The State Of Inbound Is Out And Salespeople Have Spoken  You Have Issues

A few days ago, HubSpot published its annual State of Inbound report. HubSpot surveyed over 6,000 people, asking them for comments on their future marketing and sales strategies. To get the report for yourself, click here.

I dug into the report and found the six biggest sales challenges facing sales teams today versus two or three years ago. They included everything from getting prospects to respond to avoiding the dreaded discounting conversation. While more than 13 sales challenges were identified, these top six appeared to include most of the pain.

I thought it would be interesting to provide solutions and recommendations to deal with each of the top six sales challenges facing sales teams today.

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Inbound Marketing And Account-Based Marketing: What You Need To Know To Get Results

Inbound Might Actually Make ABM Better If You Plan It Properly

Marketing isn’t getting easier, it’s getting more complicated. What used to be two clear and obvious differences  inbound marketing vs. outbound marketing — are now blending and devolving into one giant mess.

What appears to be making it even more challenging is the champions of inbound marketing are leaning into and investing in account-based marketing, which means there’s a spot in your inbound marketing campaign for outbound marketing tactics, if executed correctly.

Taking revenue generation, which today has never been more complicated, and making it simple is something we’ve been trying to do for our clients since we started the company. Our mantra of give clients the right advice” is based on boiling all of the opinions down and then creating a simple revenue growth strategy built for your business.

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CASL Compliance: Essentials Every Marketer Needs To Know

If you are a digital marketer in North America, you need to be aware of Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL).

CASL was created to minimize spam and “promote the efficiency and adaptability of the Canadian economy.” According to the American Bar Association (ABA), CASL is one of the toughest anti-spam laws in the world. It was not created to hinder e-business, though – just to minimize the impact of spam on users, and to maximize valuable and reliable content.

Read below to learn the essentials all digital marketers should know about CASL.

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How To Use A Buyer Journey Map To Increase Visitors, Leads And Revenue

Understanding The Buyer Journey Helps With Inbound Marketing And Demand Generation Tactics

You’ve probably heard a lot about the buyer journey over the past year. It’s become a big buzzword in a world of buzzwords. But when you think about it, understanding the buyer journey and being intimate with it does provide a ton of insight that becomes valuable when crafting marketing strategy, marketing messaging and tactical revenue growth plans.

Interestingly enough, it also falls in line with a growing move to align sales and marketing into one single revenue team that is focused on delivering a complete click-to-close experience for your prospects. That buyer journey sometimes starts before your prospect visits your website for the first time and it ends when they sign your paperwork.

Today, some experts are suggesting it doesn’t end there, and that you should be working just as hard to delight your current customers as you are to attract new customers. I’d agree. However, I think most businesses are in a better position to take care of their current clients than they might be to attract and secure new clients.

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Siloed Marketing Could Be Why Your Inbound Marketing Underperforms

Inbound Marketing Results Require Orchestration, And That Means Breaking Down Silos

If you’ve been working on inbound marketing and the results seem a little underwhelming, it could be because you’re still looking at marketing in silos. Marketing has been siloed for a lot of years.

That usually manifests itself in the form of individuals or even agencies that are working on one single tactic. You have an SEO expert on staff or you have an SEO agency working with you. That’s siloed marketing.

Inbound marketing requires connectors across ALL of the tactics in the program, including web, content, email, social, conversions, search and nurture. Doing any of these tactics in a vacuum without context from the other tactics produces downward pressure on results in almost every scenario.

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11 Revenue Metrics You Can Use For Sales And Marketing Alignment

Marketing And Sales Are Quickly Becoming Data-Driven, Metrics-Oriented Practices

It looks like sales and marketing alignment is finally becoming a reality. Most of the legacy issues preventing sales and marketing from merging into one single revenue department are dissolving. Today’s CRM systems link elegantly into the marketing platforms, so it’s now easy to track a prospect’s journey from click all the way to close.

The most progressive businesses are hiring chief revenue officers to lead their revenue departments and set clear revenue growth goals. They’re focused on leads, sales opportunities, shorter sales cycles and more new customers. These CROs are smart and they’re intimate with the language of revenue, which is math.

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I Finally Figured Out What's Wrong With Marketing (And Sales)

Why Are So Many People Frustrated With Revenue Generation? Why Is Marketing So Hard That People Are Angry?

Tasks that frustrate us make us angry. When you can’t generate enough leads to hit your revenue goals, you get frustrated and angry. When you can’t close enough of your leads to hit your revenue growth goals, you get frustrated and angry. It’s a natural human response to challenges.

But there’s something different about marketing that makes us extra frustrated, and I think I understand what might be contributing to our general frustration. Let’s see if we can agree on a few components of this lead and revenue generation challenge.

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7 Ways Inbound Marketing Can Impact Top-Line Revenue Growth This Week

Closely Aligning Sales And Marketing Pays Off In The Short Term

The days of marketing doing its thing and sales doing what it wants is quickly coming to an end. The best companies are realizing the massive inefficiencies associated with separate sales and marketing efforts. They’re aligning behind a single revenue goal.

This usually takes vision and leadership from the top, but if your organization still operates with divided sales and marketing teams, you can be the one who brings them together. Once marketing makes the first move toward working more closely with sales, a lot of opportunities open up.

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