Every year the Content Marketing Institute releases its annual benchmark report on the manufacturing industry. Here are five trends to play close attention to in 2018.
Creating a marketing plan for your business is not something that can be developed overnight. To truly have a successful marketing strategy, you must first know exactly who your company is and what you are trying to sell - be it a service, a product, or anything else. After you know who you are as a business, you can then begin to determine who will need your product, what you can offer that no one else can, and how you will share this news with your target audience.
As evidenced by the amount of people who use smartphones in the world today, it should be no surprise that it is important for any business to have a mobile-friendly website. However, a mobile-friendly experience shouldn’t stop at a website. All content, from emails to social media to landing pages and more, needs to be available to visitors in a mobile-friendly format to stay relevant.
After you’ve determined your overall inbound marketing strategy, you can begin to create individual marketing campaigns. These campaigns will be designed to guide your visitors to a certain end point, like a content offer, a newsletter sign up, or a consultation request. By following specific steps, these marketing campaigns will successfully guide your leads towards completing the desired marketing goal.
As marketers, we work tirelessly to move the needle on what often seems like a laundry list of metrics. We look at website visits, conversion rates, generated leads per channel, engagement on social media platforms, blog post shares, email click-through rates… and the list goes on and on. When the time comes to present the impact of your marketing efforts to your boss, you can’t present him or her with everything you measure.
Whether you should outsource your marketing is one of those questions that just about every company eventually has to ask, especially when senior management sets sales and growth targets. Although there is no trusty magic 8-ball to find a quick answer, there is a framework to guide and simplify the outsourcing decision-making process.
Companies who believe that they have a special feature or technique that makes them unique or provides a competitive advantage should consider how the internet has changed everything. Knowledge is not the secret sauce. Thought Leadership is.
The marketing game has changed over the past few years. Marketers have switched to content based marketing or inbound marketing instead of selling to leads and potential customers. The new goal is to focus on providing people with valuable and educational information to establish your company as a knowledgeable expert in your industry. However, simply writing content is not enough. You need a strategy of who you are targeting and why. The answer to this? A Buyer Persona.
As part of your annual budgeting, planning and forecasting process, one of the key items that you should be reviewing is your marketing budget. This article will help you understand whether you are overspending or underspending on marketing compared to your peers and competitors.
Providing valuable content to your followers and customers is one of the main goals of any Inbound Marketing strategy. Everything from SEO rankings to customer research depends on the content your company puts out. With so many platforms to manage (social media, blogging, website, etc.), it can be hard to keep track of what needs to get published when. Implementing a content calendar can help solve this issue and keep your marketing strategy on track.