The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is fast approaching, and there are probably a lot of nervous inbound marketers out there, wondering what their agency or business needs to do to be compliant with these strict new rules on personal data. In a recent blog, we outlined the 12 main things you need to know about, from data auditing to data security and breach reports, but here, we take a closer look at the two big areas of concern for inbound marketing: legitimate interest and consent.
Easter is here, and with thoughts turning to eggs (unless the religious connotations are more your thing), we're taking a look at the chicken and egg scenario, and how it relates to sales and marketing.
We all know the 'which came first?' riddle, but what do we mean when we apply it to sales and marketing today? Well, let’s assume that the egg is marketing and the chicken is sales. Just as the chicken had to come from an egg, so sales will only come about by way of successful marketing. But that egg had to come from a chicken, just as marketing resources are only possible if your business has made the sales necessary to invest in them. Therein lies the conundrum: What comes first, how do you make sure you have both, where should your priorities lie, and what’s the process?
When it comes to working with new clients, any inbound marketing agency worth its salt wants to prove the value of their approach. However, this is not always easy, especially when those clients are hungry for instant success and dramatic improvements in their online marketing results. We have had many successes and happy clients, but I’m sure we are not alone in sometimes being faced with a client who, despite our best efforts, still wants more, and more often than not, this comes down to expectations.
It’s official: The use of keywords as we know them is becoming a thing of the past. In response to changing consumer behaviour and search engine algorithms, HubSpot has announced that as of May, their keywords tool will be no more. By declaring that they will be ‘sunsetting’ this previously vital element of content creation and SEO strategies, the inbound marketing colossus has refocused to launch its Content Strategy tool in its place.
The sheer volume of content available online means that many businesses and agencies are struggling to compete, to reach their audience and present their experience, expertise and insights to the people they want to see it – their potential customers and clients.