Inbound Marketing: Your Ultimate Guide
The power of Inbound Marketing is based on attracting, engaging, converting, closing and delighting your target audience to your business. At the heart of Inbound is great content that educates your target buyer persona and helps them to move along their buyer’s journey, while nurturing a relationship and positioning your business as the solution to their needs, challenges and opportunities. Inbound is the human, holistic and helpful approach to modern lead generation and customer acquisition for B2B business.
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Inbound Marketing is a human,holistic and helpful approach to marketing for generating website traffic and driving lead generation.
Inbound Marketing is all about attracting customers through relevant, helpful content and adding value at every stage of the buyers journey. Potential customers find you through channels such as blogs, search engines and social media.
The ultimate purpose of inbound marketing is to attract new prospects, engage them with insightful content and delight them by delivering expert advice, products and services; all without annoying or interrupting them with traditional marketing methods.
What is Inbound Marketing ?
Technology is moving faster than ever before and for many businesses, keeping up has never been more daunting.
It would be great to believe that prospective customers will naturally fall upon your website and come knocking down your door to buy your service or product, but the truth is that life in the connected world has never been noisier or more competitive.
Traditional means of “push” marketing are simply not working, and businesses are beginning to see revenue stagnate or even drop as they fail to keep up.
Shouting about offers in an impersonal and intrusive way via cold calls, direct mail and other forms of hard selling are wearing thin and customers are no longer responding.
Inbound marketing and sales are the way forward. Pulling your customer in through a campaign that offers valuable insight and solutions will not only cultivate results but help gain the trust, loyalty and respect of your audience that leads to the long-term relationship and advocacy your business craves.
The Inbound methodology revolves around attracting strangers to your website, with interesting valuable content through your blog, social media and a focus on keywords in organic search.
Once the visitor is on the website then calls to actions, forms and landing pages will convert them into leads in your CRM or database, with a series of relevant helpful content offers.
Marketing automation such as email, social media posting and workflows then share more insightful content to nurture relationships and help move the lead along their buying journey and close them into a customer. Signals will alert your team when a lead is visiting your website and what content they are engaging with, live chat and chat bots will be used to ensure the right information is shared at the right time to the right person.
Finally customer marketing through events, smart content and social media ensures you delight your customers and turn them into promoters of your business.
This is the Inbound approach to marketing and sales. Human, holistic and helpful at every stage.
Inbound Marketing Fundamentals
An effective Inbound Marketing approach has two fundamental elements, that are required to ensure success. Firstly a deep understanding of who you are marketing to, your Target Buyer Persona and secondly the journey that this buyer goes on when making a buying decision, or their buyer’s journey.
Creating Your Target Buyer Persona
Buyer personas are at the heart of creating an inbound marketing campaign, and yet you’d be surprised at how many marketers haven’t created buyer personas to focus their campaigns around. We posted this useful blog post on the topic here – Who is the Ideal Buyer Persona for your business ?
Buyer personas (also known as marketing personas) are semi-fictional representations of your perfect customer and are key to ensuring your marketing campaigns are effectively targeted and speaking to the right people, these include demographic details on who they are and psychographic details on why they buy.
What data do you need to think about to create your ideal Buyer Persona ?
When creating your target buyer persona, picture your “perfect” customer or buyer and ask yourself the following questions:
• Who are they?
• What are their interests?
• Where do they work?
• Where do they live?
• What websites do they visit most?
• How long do they spend online, and on what devices?
• What blogs do they read?
• Which email lists are they subscribed to?
• What challenges or ‘pain points’ do they face?
• How can your products or services help them to overcome their challenges?
Considering these questions when creating your buyer personas helps to keep your inbound marketing campaigns as targeted and efficient as possible. This is a relatively quick process and existing personas should be re-evaluated and updated before creating any new campaign. After all, if your customers have changed then your message should too!
If you need some extra guidance creating your buyer personas then this great tool from HubSpot will help you through the process – Hubspot Tool – Make My Persona
The Importance of Understanding Your Buyer’s Journey
Inbound marketing was created in response to a fundamental change in the way people make buying decisions in the modern connected world.
It is vital to understand the journey your buyer’s go through, from first realising they have a problem, challenge or opportunity through to making the decision on how best to solve this.
The basic buyer’s journey is made up of three key stages:
• Awareness – The buyer becomes aware that they have a problem, challenge or opportunity.
• Consideration – The buyer researches the different solutions, options and vendors who can help them solve their problem.
• Decision – The buyer evaluates their options and selects a solution.
Hopefully, you can see that having an intimate understanding of the journey your buyer’s undergo before making a purchasing decision is the key to crafting your inbound marketing efforts to help them make the right decision for them.
Let’s take a deep dive into each stage of the buyer’s journey
Inbound is all about delivering the right content to the right people at the right time and understanding what content buyers want and need to see at each stage of their journey allows us to do this. Even if you’re able to create a perfect marketing email complete with convincing copy and beautiful creatives, it’s next to useless if it’s telling somebody something they already know.
When defining your buyer’s journey, the best source of information is your existing customers. Interviewing them alongside those members of your team that have frequent contact with them – such as sales and support – will paint the clearest picture of how they found your product and what burning questions they needed answering before making a purchasing decision. Here are some questions to consider asking when defining your buyer’s journey.
At this stage your buyers have either identified a problem they’re having or an opportunity they want to pursue. They’re likely still trying to define their problem or goal and are searching for solutions in broad terms, so consider asking:
• What problems or objectives do your buyers have that your product solves?
• How do your buyers describe their problems or objectives?
• Where are your buyers looking for information to educate themselves on these problems?
• What consequences are there if the buyer doesn’t find a solution?
• How high of a priority is this for your buyer?
At this stage of their journey, your buyers have defined their problem or objective and are actively looking for a solution. They’re considering different methods of addressing it rather than specific product or brands. For example, a digital marketer knows they need to drive more traffic to their website and are considering whether improving their search engine optimisation (SEO) or utilising paid advertising is the best method. Consider asking questions such as:
• What different solutions are your buyers considering?
• What are the positives and negatives of each solution?
• What factors make your buyers choose one solution over another?
At this stage of their journey your buyers have completed their initial research, decided on the best solution for them and are now considering competing products and services that will deliver the results they require. Using our example from above let’s assume this marketer has decided to improve their SEO and is looking to hire an agency, which one will they choose? At this stage consider asking questions such as:
• What criteria are buyers using to evaluate the available solutions?
• What made existing customers choose your product over a competitor?
• What concerns do your buyers have prior to purchasing your product?
• Who needs to be involved in the buying decision? Are the answers to these questions different for each person involved?
Considering every stage of your buyer’s journey is key to delivering a robust, engaging inbound marketing campaign that delivers results. It is your job as an inbound marketer to lead buyers seamlessly through their journey, delivering insightful, engaging and most importantly valuable content at each one of these stages. Before creating any piece of content for your inbound marketing efforts consider asking yourself what stage of the buyer’s journey it will be consumed at, what burning question it will answer for your buyers, and whether you’ve already given them this information.
After all, the more valuable and informative your content the more your buyers are likely to engage with it.
Creating Engaging Content That Connects
Inbound marketing has content at the heart of it, and content marketing is by no means a new thing, it has existed in one form or another since 1732. It has however found increased popularity in the last decade, with the rising popularity of the internet allowing consumers a quick and easy way to research products and solutions without ever having to talk to a salesperson. This has led to a world where ‘Content is King’ and the company that’s able to educate and answer their customer’s question best is the one that becomes the “thought-leader”, gains trust, earns authority and wins the business. So ake sure you make time to create remarkable content or hire an agency that will do it for you.
At its most basic level content marketing is the act of creating and sharing content such as blogs, videos and podcasts in order to encourage interest in your products and services rather than directly promote your brand. Instead of shouting your message for as many people as possible to hear, you’re aiming to engage and educate your prospective customers and drive awareness of the problems that your product is capable of solving.
4 Types Of Content That Will Connect & Engage Your Audience
The most important part of any content marketing strategy is your website’s blog. It doesn’t have to be called ‘blog’, it could be ‘resources’, ‘insights’ or any number of things. A blog is one of the most effective ways of regularly publishing interesting and insightful written content relating to your business or industry. Offering content that’s genuinely valuable to your readers helps to build trust, prove your expertise and establish you as a thought leader in your industry.
Video content is by far the most powerful way to emotionally connect and engage your audience. You must embrace video at every stage of the buyer’s journey. Produce video to answer the general questions that buyers are asking at the awareness stage, answer the more specific questions they have during the consideration stage and finally help them decide to use you at the decision stage with video testimonials from happy customers.
As with video, pictures and images can say far more than words ever could. The use of high definition images throughout your website will make it easy to understand and consume, so replace text with images wherever possible. The power of images is no more obvious than across social media, with posts containing images getting 200% more interaction than plain text posts. Build trust through images of your business and team.
The use of infographics to simplify complex ideas and connect with your audience should never be overlooked. We get more clicks and downloads of our infographics than any other form of content. Especially if we animate the graphic as an animated GIF. Think through your key messages and turn them into inforgraphics. Think of your buyer’s questions, can you answer them in a graphic ?
Having exceptional content is one thing but how do you actually drive traffic to it?
Promoting it via social media and paid advertising is one way, but having a strong search engine optimisation (SEO) strategy that helps your content rank highly on Google and other search engines when people search for relevant keywords is the key to generating new leads from your content years after you’ve created it.
Modern search engines use sophisticated algorithms that look at the content of your site as well as its structure. Pillar pages and topic clusters are a method of structuring your website’s content to ensure search engines consider it to be an authority on the topics you’re trying to rank for.
Pillar Page Content
What you are reading now is a great example of a pillar page. A pillar page should act as an authority piece or central hub of information on a relatively broad topic. They’re unique in that they’re usually extremely long (over 5,000 words on average) and are regularly updated and expanded to remain relevant and informative to their visitors. It’s very rare for a single user to read a pillar page end to end, they’re more likely to select their area of interest from a table of contents, however keeping all of this information on a single page cements your authority and knowledge on any given topic for both the user and the search engines.
Creating a pillar page can seem like a daunting task, but if you have a well-established blog that already covers parts of the topic your pillar page can utilise it to speed up the creation process. Choose existing blog posts that relate to areas you’d like to cover and use the content from each to create the subsections of your pillar page. Although proof reading is necessary to ensure information is still relevant and up-to-date and time should be spent creating a highly engaging introduction, this method can be used to create your pillar pages quickly if you’re short on time or resources.
The reason for having a pillar page is not to fill it with links. It is there for one reason, to rank as an authority piece in the Google search results. So go easy on the links on your pillar page.
As you can see in the graphic above. Topic clusters are pieces of content that are relevent to the main topic of the pillar page and should always link back to the pillar page via hyperlinks. These include blog posts about specific areas of the topic, videos and other pages relating to the subject.
Publishing Your Content To Social Media
Now your social media strategy kicks in. Having a strong social media strategy is key to the success of any inbound marketing campaign as it offers you a platform to engage with your audience both en masse and in one to one conversation. This gives you the opportunity to be more personable and conversational with your prospects, leads and customers, building lasting relationships and increased trust and advocacy for your brand. An effectively implemented social media strategy can help you to:
• Build brand awareness
• Expand the effectiveness of your other marketing efforts
• Attract new buyers to your brand
• Drive word of mouth through social shares, comments and likes
• Enhance your customer experience by offering service and support through social channels
Social media is also the core driver you should be using to promote and encourage engagement on your blog posts and other pieces of inbound marketing content. Every piece of content you create should be supported by social activity across all of the platforms that are relevant to your business. If you’re unsure which platforms are best for you then consider taking a step back and looking once more at your buyer personas. Which platforms are your buyers active on and how can you best reach them?
All social media platforms are not created equal, so spend some time determining which ones are the best fit for both your business and the individual offers and pieces of content you’re looking to promote.
Creating a social media strategy that delivers reliable, predictable results hinges on being able to create and publish interesting and engaging content that delivers value to your audience. Learning to reliably create content that engages your audience is an art form that takes time to master and is different for every business and their buyer personas.
Social Media Listening and Monitoring
When creating a social media strategy for your business it’s important to remember that creating and posting valuable content for your audience to interact with is only one half of the puzzle; the other half is social listening.
Social listening is the process of monitoring discussions about your brand, products or industry that are happening on social media and engaging with these conversations to shape the direction of the conversation. There are several key benefits to social listening:
• It allows you to identify your biggest fans and influencers that are advocating on your behalf
• It allows you to more easily manage your brand’s reputation by identifying PR issues early on
• It allows you to measure the performance of your social media efforts and see what types of content receive the most positive engagement
• It allows you to identify social trends within your industry as early as possible and take advantage of them
• It allows you to keep an eye on your competition, gauge their success and their level of customer loyalty
• It allows you to find new leads by monitoring hashtags and keywords associated with early stages of your buyer’s journey
Remember that social listening is not just about monitoring those having conversations about your brand and your other areas of interest, but also engaging with those conversations and putting yourself in a position to drive people towards your products and services. You should ensure on all channels you’re clearly pointing your audience towards the best way to have a conversation with you. There’s nothing worse than seeming unavailable to a prospect, lead or customer that is trying to get in touch.
Converting Leads Into Customers
What is a Conversion?
A conversion is the moment when a prospect – whether a visitor on your website, subscriber to your mailing list or follower of your social profiles – takes a desired action.
They act as checkpoints that lead someone through their buyer’s journey and progress them down your marketing funnel. Conversions are flexible and can be triggered by a near infinite range of actions from someone submitting their email address on your website, to following your twitter profile or making an e-commerce purchase. They depend entirely on your business, industry and the desired path you intend your buyers to follow.
For inbound marketers, as a general rule the more conversions taken the better. Therefore, it’s our job to design conversion paths that encourage users to trigger a conversion and lead them through their buyer’s journey using features such as buttons, landing pages, text links and other forms of calls to action.
Building a seamless conversion path
A conversion path at its most basic level is the process by which an unknown visitor to your website, regardless of the traffic source, converts into a known lead.
A well-designed conversion path should include:
• An enticing content offer
• A call to action
• A landing page
• A thank you page
These four elements come together when a lead sees a content offer, they’re interested in such as a free PDF download, and clicks your call to action to access it.
From there they’re sent to a landing page where they fill in information like their name, email address and company in exchange for your content offer. Once the form is submitted, they’re sent to a thank you page where they can access the content. Of course, setting up conversion paths including these four elements isn’t enough alone to start converting visitors into leads, so consider the following suggestions when designing your conversion paths to maximise their efficiency:
• Appropriate and remarkable – Your content offer, otherwise known as a lead magnet can take many forms such as PDFs, e-books, checklists, swipe files and free product trials – but if it’s not both valuable and useful to the buyer persona you’re targeting it’s unlikely to either generate clicks through to your landing page or motivate users to fill in your form.
• Promote your content offer – If you’ve spent time designing your conversion path and a remarkable content offer to sit within it, you’ll want to take every opportunity to offer it to as many prospects as possible. This means regularly posting about it on social media, linking to it from other relevant areas of your site, and even sending it to your existing email list if your form includes a request for information you don’t currently have.
• Thank you pages – Ensure you’re using an optimised thank you page to make the most out of every visitor. Thank you pages aren’t just your opportunity to thank your new lead for downloading your offer but are an excellent opportunity to lead them further along your buyer’s journey and down your marketing funnel. Consider including other relevant calls to action such as a request to book a call with your sales team or encourage them to share your offer on social media.
• Simple & compelling – Ensure that both your calls to action (CTAs) and landing pages are simple and compelling. Continue reading for more information on optimising your CTAs and landing pages to maximise your conversion rate.
Your Campaign’s Calls to Action
Calls to action (CTA) are a key part of every inbound marketing campaign. They help to guide your audience into taking your desired action by showing them a clear next step that will lead them through their buyer’s journey and move them closer to a purchasing decision. While the most common style of CTA is a simple button on a website, they can take many forms including:
• Drop down banners encouraging users to subscribe to your blog
• Plain text hyperlinks recommending and linking to a downloadable offer
• Hyperlinked buttons in marketing or sales emails
• Slide in lead flows on a blog post promoting a related content offer
• Spoken CTAs during the sponsored segment of a popular podcast
• A call out in a social media post encouraging followers to watch a video
• A simple button with a short call out such as ‘Buy Now’, ‘Download Free’ or ‘Sign Up
• Video CTAs promoting a downloadable how-to guide in instructional YouTube videos
• A social sharing button at the bottom of an insightful blog post
The above image is an example of a CTA.
Regardless of the format your call to action takes they should utilise punchy and action oriented copy. Small changes to your call to action such as adjusting the colour or verb in the copy can result in significantly higher click through rates and increased ROI. With this in mind it has become common practice for inbound marketers to conduct extensive testing to optimise their CTAs for their buyer personas. This most frequently takes the form of continuous A/B testing otherwise known as split testing, to ensure they’re maximising their ROI from their existing conversion paths and providing a reliable framework for future ones.
Creating a Landing Page that Converts
Landing pages are the heart of your conversion path and facilitate the conversion action itself. Even if a user has clicked on your CTA there’s no guarantee they’ll complete the form and submit their information on the landing page.
In fact the average landing page conversion rate is only 5%, although a well designed landing page can easily increase this to over 25%, making landing page optimisation quite possibly the most important part of the conversion path design process. Landing pages are treated in the same way as CTAs by the majority of inbound marketers who are constantly testing, tweaking and optimising them to bring in more leads and a higher ROI. While this process is iterative and different for every business, there are a few key points to consider when designing a landing page –
While this process is iterative and different for every business, there are a few key points to consider when designing a landing page:
• Address your audience’s pain points – Those buyer personas you created shouldn’t be gathering dust on your desk, use them when designing your landing pages to consider your buyer’s pain points and how you can address them. If your landing page offer is timely, relevant and guarantees to address a major headache in their life, they’re significantly more likely to submit their details in exchange for your content
• Keep things simple and clean – When stripped back to its basics a landing page has one purpose, to get people to act on your offer by completing the form. With this in mind it’s common practice to remove potential distractions from your landing page that may lead your audience down a path you don’t want them to take. This usually takes the form of removing navigation features from your header such as links to your blog, pricing page or about us section, alongside other potential distractions in the body and footer of your page. People are easily distracted, especially online, and a strong landing page design looks to combat this as much as possible.
• Use captivating copy and visuals – At the end of the day a landing page facilitates an exchange. You’re asking for a user’s information, which they’re unlikely to give away for free, in exchange for your content offer. With this in mind it’s essential to make your content offer appear as compelling and valuable as possible, which it should be! The title of an e-book or checklist isn’t enough alone to trigger a conversion. Tell the user what it’s about, what it will do for them and how it will help them to overcome their pain points.
Remember that finalising the design of your landing page and pressing publish isn’t the end of the process. A good inbound marketer constantly monitors, tests and refines their landing pages to increase the rate at which they convert, as well as to learn more about their buyers’ wants, needs and pain points.
The Power of Lead Nurturing
Lead nurturing is the next step in the inbound marketing process and is your chance to keep at the forefront of your buyer’s minds until they’re ready to make a purchase. It’s estimated that only 3% of your audience are ‘ready to buy’ at any given time so it’s important to continue delivering valuable, insightful content to your leads until they’re in a position to speak to sales and make a purchase.
Lead nurturing is the process of developing relationships with your contacts through every stage of their buyer’s journey with the goal of earning their business when they’re ready. On average it takes between 6 and 8 touches with any given lead before they’re ready to buy. It is the job of your lead nurturing strategy to deliver this content to each one of your leads in a timely, efficient and targeted manner.
The blueprint for an effective lead nurturing campaign
While there are many potential mediums for lead nurturing, including social media, and chat bots, email is by far the most commonly used and effective approach. It offers a direct line to your leads and allows you to easily monitor opens, reading time and click through rates to gauge the success of your overall efforts and individual elements. However, before diving in and drafting the copy for your emails and content there are some points to consider, the first of which is ensuring your audience is both segmented and well defined.
Remember, inbound marketing is all about delivering the right content to the right person at the right time, every time.
This means your lead nurturing efforts should always aim to deliver content that is relevant to its recipient. For most businesses this means segmenting their audience and setting up different lead nurturing campaigns for each. This helps your leads to feel connected with your brand and avoid causing a disconnect by sharing content with them they have no interest in. If, for example, your business offered professional training services, would you want to send an email promoting a sales course to someone you know works in accounting? If you received an email like this would you feel like a valued customer or simply another entry in that company’s CRM? A good place to look when considering how to segment your audience is your buyer personas, this will not only help you to segment your audience but also the content included in your lead nurturing campaign itself.
Now you know who you’ll be sending your lead nurturing emails to it’s time to set your objectives and goals for both the whole campaign and individual emails.
Think about questions such as ‘how frequently do I want to send this person emails?’ ‘What action do I want this person to take as a result?’ And ‘what content do I have or need to create that will help me to achieve this goal?’ This is also the perfect opportunity to consider segmenting your audience further. Test the water with different content topics and see which your leads are most interested in, then feed them more content related to that.
Remember, lead nurturing is all about content, not sales pitches. Your job as an inbound marketer is to steer leads in your desired direction, not to spam their inboxes with constant requests for a sales call or a product demo.
Once you’ve planned who will be receiving your lead nurturing campaign and what emails you’ll be sending them, it’s time to put pen to paper and finalise your plan. A popular method for this is to create a spreadsheet for each campaign and plan the topic and timings for each email to be sent, as well as to record your results once the campaign is live.
This all-important step gives you a way to visualise the overall layout of your campaign and spot any gaps in your messaging schedule, as well as a resource to manage the campaigns delivery from the first email sent through to the last click.
Nurturing existing customers
Of course, lead nurturing isn’t just for your prospects and leads; it’s a valuable tool for making the most out of existing customers.
Nurturing your customers allows you to not only fuel additional purchases or a conversation about increasing their spend with your company but is also your primary tool for driving customer engagement and advocation.
Consider setting up lead nurturing campaigns to:
• On-board new customers and educate them on your product’s features
• Re-engage customers who haven’t made a purchase for some time
• Request feedback on your products or processes to better understand your buyer personas
• Request referrals, testimonials and reviews to find new leads and increase your social proof
• Up-sell additional products or services as customers become acquainted with the limits of their current purchase
There’s no debate about the fact lead nurturing campaigns take a lot of hard work to both design and deliver, especially if you have to remember to send each email manually.
Thankfully this is where marketing automation tools come in. Marketing automation is the process of using software to automatically segment your audience, enrol them in your campaigns and send them emails according to your (and even their) timeline. This software is capable of automating many repetitive tasks such as social media posting, sending emails and most importantly for you, delivering lead nurturing campaigns.
While there are many competing solutions on the market such as HubSpot, MailChimp and Zoho Campaigns, the majority offer a free package for lightweight users and all contain the same features at their core –
• The ability to manage and segment your leads
• A ‘what you see is what you get’ email designer to craft your marketing messages
• Email automation and scheduling capable of sending your emails to individual leads at the time that suits them best
• Monitoring and reporting tools to track the success of overall campaigns and individual email elements
Regardless of whether you choose to utilise a marketing automation product or manually track and deliver your campaigns, lead nurturing is a key part of any inbound marketing strategy and is responsible for progressing your leads along their buyer’s journey and down your marketing funnel until they’re ready to make a purchase.
Planning Out An Inbound Marketing Campaign
Planning out a successful inbound marketing campaign is complex and time consuming, but ultimately, it’s worth putting in the time and effort to enhance your leads and to grow your business.
To really be on top of your inbound marketing, you must be skilled across a few areas – content writing, SEO, social media, web design, conversion rate optimisation, email marketing…the list goes on.
Following these steps will help you put a solid inbound marketing plan into place for your business:
• Define your buyer personas – they are the foundation of your inbound marketing strategy. You must understand who you are marketing to.
• Identify your marketing triggers – this step is about identifying the events and pain points that caused your buyers to search for answers.
• Create a list of keywords – Keyword research allows you to see the estimated search volume by location and how difficult it is to rank for that keyword. Choose keywords that have a relatively high monthly search volume and medium to low competition level. Google Keyword Planner is a great tool for this.
• Set your campaign goals – Identify exactly what you want to achieve and when you expect to see the results – goals should be SMART – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely.
• Outline your content strategy – Breakdown your content into the different areas of the buyers journey; Awareness, Consideration, Decision.
• Design your lead nurturing process – Ensure that customers have all their questions answered throughout the buyers journey, if they have any unanswered questions, they are unlikely to move through the journey and will look elsewhere for answers. The best way to reach out to leads and answer questions is through a series of automated emails, it gives a little reminder that you are valuable.
• Create a conversion focused blogging strategy – Each blog post supports an exclusive content offer by answering your buyer personas questions and encouraging them to access your exclusive content.
• Implement & Align infrastructure & business processes – When considering infrastructure to facilitate inbound marketing, choose platforms and approaches that will let you focus on your business.
Prioritise each aspect and focus on what drives the best results, this quick guide can help you really get going on your inbound marketing journey.
Making the switch from those traditional outbound methods can seen daunting, but the benefits really are unquestionable. The sooner the inbound marketing methodology is put into place for your business, the sooner you will be seeing the results – more leads at a lower cost with a completely scalable strategy.
10 Key Metrics To Measure Inbound Marketing Success
The core goals of your inbound marketing campaigns are to drive traffic and convert that traffic into leads and customers for your business.
So the key metrics that you need to be measuring should be focused on these goals:
- Website Traffic – The top of our lead generation efforts is the website traffic we are generating, how has the campaign increased website visitors? Using Google Analytics or tools such as Hubspot will allow you to accurately track increases.
- Traffic Sources – Where is your traffic coming from? Organic search, paid search, social media, referrals, email – this is valuable data to constantly evaluate your return on investment, both financial and time investment. Again a platform such as Hubspot will produce a report of your traffic sources and track through lead generation, customer acquisition and revenue generated, to give accurate metrics for this
- Content Engagement – What content are visitors engaging with the most? What are your most popular blog posts? What content is converting visitors into leads for you? What content offers are converting for you?
- Keyword Rankings – What are the keywords that are sending the traffic through to your website ? Where are you ranking in the search engines for these keywords ?
- Calls To Action Conversions – You can increase your conversions by testing different workding and styles of calls to action. Does a text call to action with a link convert better than a button? Does a pop-up work better than a slide in? What button text converts the best?
- Landing Page Conversions – Just as with CTA’s you need to split test and constantly optimise your landing pages, so what are the best converting landing pages you have? Then test the title, the copy, the button and using video versus using text – all these elements can improve your conversions.
- Leads – how many leads is your campaign producing? We also need to measure the types of leads we are attracting, who they are and how they fit with our buyer personas. Then using active segmentation into lists to ensure the right content is shared with them.
- Email Open Rates – As with many other metrics, the open rates on your emails are key to the success of your campaign. So what are the most popular emails you send out? Check the conversion rates?
- Sales Opportunities – How many Marketing Qualified Leads (MQL’s) is your marketing campaign producing for the sales team?
- Close Rate – What is the conversion rate from Lead to Customer? What is the conversion from MQL to Customer?
A focus on measuring, understanding and optimising these ten metrics will give you a superb overview of what is working, what needs improving and guarantee a successful campaign.
So get your tech stack set up to report on these key metrics, they should be in real time and once you have key ketrics in place for each campaign, it is just a matter of optimisation to guarantee a successful profitable inbound marketing campaign.
Making Inbound Marketing work for you
Inbound marketing has proved itself to be the most effective methods of digital marketing of our time, and the best approach for businesses and marketing teams looking to transform the way they do business in the 21st Century.
Today’s buyer has more access to information about your company, products and competitors than ever before and knows which solution they’re willing to purchase without ever having spoken to a salesperson.
In this age of consumer enlightenment, having a strong grasp on the inbound methodology and a marketing plan that reflects it is the key to crafting successful relationships with your prospects, buyers and customers.
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As you can see, when it is broken down into predictable steps, account-based marketing strategy is all about creating a remarkable user experience and using inbound marketing principles to attract, engage, convert and delight new and existing customers.
Simply focus on identifying those “good fit” target accounts, then use effective inbound marketing tactics to connect, engage and attract them to your business.
At DME we are experts in helping B2B business to grow better, through inbound marketing and sales tactics that work. We can help your business to plan and execute your next Account-Based Marketing campaigns, to drive 20 – 30% year on year growth in traffic, leads, customers and revenue.
Simply get in touch and let’s talk about your business growth goals.
Let's talk about your business growth
If you own, run or work in a B2B business and are looking to grow your business leads, customers and revenue by 20 – 30% over the next 12 months, then let’s have a 15 minute chat about your goals, challenges, gaps and timescales. Unlock the true power of inbound marketing, sales and account-based marketing.
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If you have any questions regarding the creation or execution of an effective marketing and sales strategy for your business, please reach out and get in touch. Call, message, email or live chat - Whatever suits you...
Digital Media Edge Ltd, Enterprise, Ropewalk, Lincoln, LN6 7DQ
+44 1522 837 259
Digital Media Edge
Tel: 01522 837259