What's the measure of success for your business?
Remember the days when salespeople went door to door or picked up the phone to make cold calls to try to win business? Those days are, for the most part, gone. Seismic shifts in consumer behaviour brought on by the omnipresence of the internet’s endless supply of information means people no longer want to be bothered by that interruptive approach from some guy (or gal) who has no idea who you are, what your interests are, or what you might want to buy.
With 1 billion websites on the World Wide Web, the internet is a daunting place, and you’d be excused for thinking there is no point in your small business putting in the time and effort of adding to the noise by creating loads more content. What makes it worse is the fact that there seems to be a thousand and one people selling you a template fix for your business’s very specific visibility issues. But there are ways you can avoid simply adding to the noise and really make your SME stand out from the crowd. So here is a checklist to help you get on your way.
Topics: Inbound Marketing, social media marketing, blog content, SEO best practices, inbound digital marketing mix, increase visibility for your SME, get found online, online visibility, content creation for SMEs, increase lead generation
Your company is going to have a culture whether you want it or not, so you may as well make it a great one. Bad company culture leads to disaffected team members, fast turnover of staff, and a general lack of enthusiasm for the job at hand. That not only leads to a bad working environment, but ultimately to poor performance. If team members don’t feel they are part of something great, it will show in what they produce. That way lies unhappy customers or clients.
Topics: Digital Marketing Agency, company culture, creating an agency culture, agency culture, agency culture code, creating a company culture, good culture means good business, agency benefits, inbound marketing agency, advice for inbound agencies
I have always been a sales and marketing guy. In my inbound marketing agency, I go in and dazzle the client with the answers to their problems and get the deal signed. After that the work begins and in order to give the client all the bells and whistles that we promised, I go to Karolina. Today it’s Karolina, but in the past, I have always relied on someone like Karolina - that is, a person who brings together all the assembled talent that you have and moulds it together to hit the agreed KPIs. We are talking about a great project manager.
Our sales & strategy director Ross Lauder is nothing if not persuasive, so it is fitting that he was the most recent guest on The Persuaders, the Dublin City FM show about all things marketing last Friday.
Topics: Inbound Marketing, Digital Marketing, Get Focused on Marketing, inbound marketing agency, Dublin City FM, Ross Lauder on inbound marketing, The Persuaders radio show, inbound thought leadership
If your digital marketing team is churning out a load of great content to give you a favourable position in search rankings and an increase in visitors to your website, you might be wondering why your sales team is not delivering when it comes to closing all those juicy new leads and turning them into sales.
By now, you will hopefully have seen my previous blog discussing the chicken and egg scenario when it comes to sales and marketing. If you haven’t, you can see it here, but to summarise: the conundrum is that sales need marketing to generate the leads they can turn into customers, but marketing can only come about when there are enough sales to invest in marketing resources. The solution to the puzzle – both departments working as one to create an integrated ‘smarketing’ approach.
Topics: Smarketing, sales & marketing, align sales and marketing, tools for increased sales, digital marketing and sales tools, inbound marketing tools, inbound sales, tools in the marketing mix, tools for better sales and marketing ROI
Ok, so the Irish summer blows hot and cold like a femme fatale in a film noir, but summer it is, and we can be forgiven for turning our thoughts towards holidays and a little relaxation. However, the world of inbound marketing doesn’t take a holiday, and continues to evolve to meet ever-changing consumer demands, and sometimes it can be hard to keep up with the latest best practices, innovations and words of wisdom. Luckily, there are several handy events and workshops taking place in July to help keep you up to date and on top of your digital marketing strategy.
Topics: Digital Marketing, inbound digital marketing, Lead Gen For Business, creating great content, lead nurturing, inbound marketing events, inbound marketing workshops, Learn Inbound, workshops for digital agencies, fundamentals of inbound