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Breaking Down Marketing Automation: HubSpot vs. Pardot

 

As the digital landscape expands, more and more small to medium-sized businesses are utilizing marketing automation tools to take their sales process to the next level. Most often it seems that companies this size narrow their choices down to competitors HubSpot and Salesforce’s Pardot. We had two of our team members compare and contrast the two tools. Sarah Campagna and Sarah Holland break down both tools’ offerings and share tips to consider for integrating marketing automation into your sales process for 2018 and beyond.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, HubSpot, Marketing Strategy

How HubSpot and Technical Content increased marketing ROI by 10x

Lumetrics: A Case Study in Content Success

Not too long ago, Lumetrics, a Rochester N.Y. based company who makes high-precision thickness measurement and gauging systems, was spending around $3,000 per month on Google AdWords. The clicks were there but the leads weren’t. With only 2-3 new leads per week, Lumetrics’ leadership knew that their marketing strategy had to change. At the advice of Launch Team, Lumetrics began using the HubSpot Marketing Platform for an inbound rather than outbound marketing approach. Lumetrics’ engineering team began developing technical application notes meant to drive not just web visits but new leads as well.

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Topics: Content Development, Inbound Marketing

Sales and Marketing for Business Growth: Q&A from SPIE Photonics West 2018

Though Launch Team has been presenting at Photonics West for the past five years on the topics of sales and marketing, the questions that we are asked are a bit different each year. Many of these questions relate back to the topic of inbound marketing. This concept addresses the tremendous increase in online research that is done by the buyer before they engage with your company on an individual level. In order to be found by or attract leads who are searching for technical information, and to nurture these leads to a point of readiness and beat out the competition for the sale, technical content has become almost essential to success.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, Content Development

Trade Show Follow Up: Why Automated Lead Nurture Is a Must

 

Scenario: You’ve spent the past three days at a trade show. You were really good about not answering emails on your phone while on the exhibition floor. You ran a lead generation promotion that brought in double the leads over last year.

But now it’s Monday. You’re back in the office and your inbox is overflowing. You’ve downloaded the lead list, but there isn’t possibly enough time to do lead qualification research on all of themand certainly not enough time to make calls. How will you ensure consistent lead follow-up?

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Topics: Lead Generation, Email Marketing, Trade Show Strategy, Inbound Marketing

Product Launch & Inbound Strategy: Is the Blog Dead?

Is the blog dead? Marketing gurus have predicted the death of blogging on and off since 2009. In niche industries like optics and photonics, advanced manufacturing, and medical devices, many companies were slow to adopt a content-driven strategy because they believed their customers didn’t read blogs. Now that they’ve seen the ROI of blogging, we question how long it will remain viable. Let’s explore.

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Topics: Product Launch, Inbound Marketing

INBOUND 2017: Marketing Strategies that Keep Up with Changing Customer Behaviors

Members of the Launch team trekked to Boston recently for INBOUND 2017, HubSpot's annual conference on inbound marketing best practices. It was a few team members’ first time attending, but it was a learning experience for all, as well as a chance to visit local Boston clients.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing

Using your HubSpot Dashboard to Make Smarter, Data-Driven Marketing Decisions

I like to start each day by opening up the HubSpot marketing dashboards for each of my client accounts. I take a look at the numbers, the most honest assessment of how an account’s inbound marketing activities are performing.

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Topics: Marketing Metrics, HubSpot, Inbound Marketing

5 Questions to Consider When Planning Your Marketing Budget

There's a lot more to budget planning than deciding how much to spend where. For some, it's setting a right-sized investment in marketing to match their growth goals. For others, it's optimizing their marketing budgets by shifting resources to what's working best todaynamely, online channels. This shift involves a broadened focus on bringing in leads through websites, targeted social media, regular blogging, opt-in email subscribers, etc.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, Marketing Mix, Marketing Strategy

Beer & Blog: Data-Driven Decisions in B2B Sales, with Tom McManus

Tom McManus, CEO of KegWorks, has worked to build a global, multi-channel, multi-brand corporation committed to “everything in the bar except the alcohol,” including their Line Logic and Behind the Bar brands.

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Topics: Marketing Metrics, Inbound Marketing, Sales, Beer & Blog (interviews)

Improving Optics Marketing & Sales: Photonics West 2017 Short Course


Launch Team Inc. President Michele Nichols will present a short course at the 2017 Photonics West conference to discuss inbound marketing and sales strategies for optics companies.

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Topics: Company News, Optics, Inbound Marketing