You have built was it possibly the best Adwords campaign you have ever done. Ever. (Mic drop)
Inbound Marketing Blog
While developing one of the latest tools we'll be offering on our website—a nifty campaign planning tool and webinar—I thought I'd whip up a truncated, tactical guide to planning an inbound marketing campaign. Of course, seeing as we'll need a webinar AND a workbook to take you through what it takes to plan and manage a campaign, this post is only meant to guide you through at a very high level.
Here is a quick look at the many elements of an inbound marketing campaign—a TL;DR version, if you will…
I've been in the marketing world for a very...very...very long time. Everything from being a Marketing Manager who hires—and fires—marketing agencies, to now working for a web marketing agency. Working on both sides of the fence gave me the ability to be empathetic for each side.
But this blog isn't about me, it's about you, the client. Your needs, your goals and ultimately your successes.
Take this scenario; your current marketing agency does an excellent job at print, radio and billboard advertisements but probably isn't the best at digital marketing campaigns. And that's okay. It stands to reason that not every marketing/advertising agency is the best at everything.
You won't find any Jets or Sharks struggling for control of this domain. (Musical theater fans? Anyone?)
No, this website story is about inbound.tributemedia.com, a new Tribute Media project spearheaded by our founder, Corey Smith. It is a demonstration of what it takes to build a web presence following the principals of website optimization (otherwise known as Growth-Driven Design) and the philosophies and techniques of inbound marketing.
As an aside: is anyone who knows Corey surprised to learn he has a side project?
The buyer's journey is the research process any buyer goes through leading up to a purchase. Every industry is different, and every company we work with is different, but all buyers go through the same basic process before they make a decision to buy something.
Your company goals and your buyer personas should affect how you help prospective clients go through this journey.
In the age of social media, every company has jumped on the bandwagon and created a social media presence of some kind. Whether it’s a Facebook page, a Twitter profile, LinkedIn, etc.- businesses today are engaging with their audiences in a very real way. This is a valuable and essential component of their integrated marketing communications, and they're killing it.
Not every company’s social media presence has been created equal. Some companies have hit the ground running with their social media presence and have used it to strengthen their brand and build a loyal following of evangelists. Conversely, other companies are failing to see how to properly harness the power of social media to engage with their audience. If your business is struggling with social media marketing, it may make sense to look at some companies and brands that currently have a firm grasp of what it takes to be a social media success.
Let me get to the switch on that bait right off the bat. Your sales pitch is probably okay. What really sucks is your sales approach. But, that might not make you feel any better.
The sales world is changing. In my opinion, the consumer isn’t really changing but, instead, the options available to consumers in they way they buy makes the consumer realize they don’t have to put up with the crap traditional sales people spin. Inbound marketing has changed the way people buy and if sales people are still using the old methods of selling the consumer simply gets angry.
I've noticed an interesting trend in Facebook... more so in the last few months, but I think it's been growing for a number of years. Facebook has always been intended to bring like-minded people together; to bring friends together. It's been intended to allow people to continue to build relationships when they aren't in the same physical location.
Sometimes it feels as though the purpose of Facebook has become a place to tell everyone else they are wrong. It seems it's become a place that does a very good job of sowing the seeds of discontent. Because of this, I think it completely changes how we market.
Over the last couple of years, a new term has arrived in website design. That is "hero banner" or "hero image". Although the term has gained popularity this year, it has been around for a couple of years.
I have noticed a few different ways that a hero banner has been defined. Some have defined it as a home page or a main call-to-action, but that's really not what it is. It is part of a home page (or other important landing pages) and should contain a phenomenal call-to-action. So, why should you be concerned with this aspect of design?