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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: Inbound Marketing, Marketing Metrics, 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: Optics, Inbound Marketing, Company News

Building Better Customer Relationships: INBOUND Takeaways Part 2

 

Last week we reported some of our findings from Hubspot’s INBOUND 2016 conference, including how to succeed using today’s sales model and how to overcome common inbound marketing challenges. This week we dive deeper into our favorite presentations and explore ways to improve email marketing, social selling, and conversations for a better customer experience.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, Client Relations

12 Content Marketing & Sales Lessons Learned at HubSpot's INBOUND 2016

 

It was Michele, Aimee and Mandy’s turn to attend HubSpot’s INBOUND conference this year in Boston. Each year we send part of our team while the rest hold down the fort at the office. While every member has been through HubSpot’s extensive training and certification, the conference offers the chance to interact with thousands of HubSpot agency partners and customers and to hear their experience with inbound marketing. Here’s what we learned:

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, Marketing Strategy, Content Development, Sales

Effective Marketing for Manufacturers: The New Sales Model

 

You asked—we answered.

Last week, we presented at an event for High Tech Rochester (HTR) and their manufacturing community, and at Optifest, Optipro’s annual manufacturing open house. Many companies like these, faced with overseas competitive price pressures and increasingly complex customer demands, struggle with what an effective sales model looks like now.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, Social Media, SEO, Sales

Getting Early Wins from Your Inbound Marketing Strategy

 

Many business leaders, particularly in manufacturing and high tech companies, are skeptical of inbound marketing; they think it’s “squishy” and question its value to the business. While it does take time to see significant growth, even those just starting to implement inbound strategies can achieve some wins relatively quickly.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, Lead Generation, Marketing Strategy

3 Reasons Industrial & Manufacturing Companies Are Slow to Adopt Inbound Marketing

 

More and more companies are realizing that they can get better ROI from inbound marketing than traditional outbound strategies. In an age when most buyers prefer to do their own research before engaging your sales team, providing informative content is key. Content marketing is especially important in technical industries, where sales cycles are longer and engineers are often making purchase decisions. Yet many high tech companies still rely on an outbound marketing approach.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, Marketing Strategy, Content Development, Marketing Metrics

Beer & Blog: Growing Tech Companies through Inbound Marketing, with Chris Bihary

 

Chris Bihary, CEO and Co-Founder of Garland Technology, sat down with Michele Nichols in downtown Buffalo, near Garland’s new headquarters, right in the middle of Buffalo’s revival.

Chris shared the results of a shift to inbound marketing strategy and the ramifications on the rest of his business.

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

Sales & Marketing Alignment – 4 Roadblocks to Inbound Sales Lead Follow-up & How to Get Past Them

 

When a tree falls in a forest and there is no one around to hear it...

Marketing can generate hundreds or thousands of leads through brilliant inbound marketing content, catchy banners, enticing emails, and stellar social media strategies, but if no one ever follows up with these leads, should they really be called leads? And what purpose do they serve?

Before you throw in the online lead generation towel, first reflect on the roadblocks that might be keeping Sales from following up on these leads. Once you understand the real challenges, you can then find ways to improve Marketing and Sales alignment for better follow-up.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, Lead Generation, Marketing Metrics, Sales, Marketing and Sales Alignment