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Packages: A Non-Starter In Your Search For An Inbound Marketing Agency

How Can You Be Agile If You Bought A Package Of Deliverables?

You want to hire an inbound marketing agency. You’re doing your due diligence by looking at websites, downloading content, scrolling through reviews and checking the partner tiers on HubSpot. You’re making all of the right moves.

But it’s still confusing. They all sound good. They all look similar. They all seem, on the surface, to be able to deliver what you need. But all agencies are not created equally, and bigger doesn’t make them better. Having Diamond Partner status doesn’t make them better. Being Agile doesn’t make them better and using points doesn’t make them better. Even though this describes us, it’s not what makes us better.

What you should be looking for is a team of highly skilled, highly experienced people who work within a framework that is tested and proven to do only one thing — get you results.

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How We Improved Inbound Marketing For Clients And Its Impact On Their Results

Inbound Marketing Is A Constant Iterative Process; We Reinvented It Again!

Running engagements for over 50 inbound marketing agency clients takes a steady hand and a constant stream of operational optimizations to produce results that make clients raving fans.

Thats especially true when our goal is so crystal clear — get clients results.

Over the past 14 years, we’ve been constantly tweaking what we do and how we do it with one thought in mind: Give our clients the best experience and produce the best results possible for their level of investment. Month over month, we’ve made subtle changes and some not-so-subtle changes, and we track everything so it’s clear what works and what doesn’t work so well.

That investment in delivery optimization and performance optimization is paying off and producing inbound marketing results for our clients.

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If You're Doing Demand Generation, Can You Do Inbound Marketing Too?

You Should Do Both For Optimal Lead Generation And Revenue Acceleration

It seems that people are either in the demand generation camp or the inbound marketing camp, but not both. If you have the budget to go after pre-awareness prospects with demand generation tactics and awareness prospects with inbound marketing, why wouldn’t you do both?

When you break it all down, our demand generation agency practice focuses primarily on reaching people who are not aware of you, your company and your products/services, while our inbound marketing agency practice focuses on those people already looking for (and therefore aware of) products/services like yours and getting them to connect with your company.

This means you should have two complementary approaches to marketing. One is not better than the other. It just comes down to what’s right for your company, your budget and your prospects.

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Data-Driven Digital Agency Drives Results, Signs 4 New Clients In March

Inbound Marketing, Marketing Automation, Demand Generation And Lead Nurturing Engagements Are Still Hot

It’s rare that we feature our own successes in the blog. However, the pace of change is quickly accelerating in the marketing and sales area, and it makes sense to share what companies are hiring us to help them with. Their thinking might be important to you as you assess your company’s need to drive your own revenue growth.

This article features four different clients, with four different types of requirements, and explains how we’re helping them meet those requirements along with the thought process those organizations went through to assess their needs and come up with their game plans.

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Why Packaged Pricing Is A Signal You're Considering The Wrong Inbound Marketing Agency

Do You Feel Like You Fit Into A Pre-Configured Box? Why Should Your Inbound Marketing Program?

Is your business unique? Is your industry special? Are aspects of your company different than your competitors? Do you have an individual perspective on your business that needs to come out in your marketing? Of course!

If I’ve learned anything over the past 14 years running Square 2 Marketing, its that no client fits into any specific package or program.

Then why do inbound marketing agencies insist on publishing packaged pricing? Why do they think you should fit into their fast, faster, fastest or silver, gold, platinum packages? How can they predict results associated with different levels before even talking to you? The short answer is they can’t predict anything and these packages are poor attempts to make the sales process easier for them.

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Hiring An Inbound Marketing Agency? 7 Signs You're On The Right Track

Many Inbound Marketing Agencies Look And Sound Similar; Here’s How To Identify The Winners

Ask HubSpot how many agencies are in its partner program and the answer is going to be somewhere around 3,400. That means you have at least that many inbound agencies to choose from. If you’ve made the decision to work with an agency and inbound marketing is at the core of your marketing strategy, this is the pool you’ll be fishing in.

The big challenge is how to find the best of the best in this sea of digital agencies that all look and sound very similar. There’s a lid for every pot, and in this case, there’s an agency for every company looking for one.

Here are seven important signs to look for to help you find the right agency for your company and one aligned with your business goals.

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What To Expect When You're Expecting Results From Inbound Marketing

Inbound Marketing Works ONLY When You Give It Every Opportunity To Work

I was curious as to how many articles on expectations around inbound marketing results there are on the web. The answer: three-and-a-half pages of blog articles, whitepapers and e-books on expectations, timing, results and inbound marketing. That’s roughly 35 listings from 29 different agencies, including an article we wrote in March 2016.

Clearly, this is a hot topic for people running inbound marketing programs and the inbound marketing agencies helping people to execute inbound campaigns. The top-ranking article from our friends at GuavaBox is right on the money. They relate moving to inbound marketing like training for a marathon; it takes time, dedication and expertise to get it right.

They also included some insightful research data from an MIT study of HubSpot customers. The research found that more than 92% of customers saw an increase in website traffic and leads as a direct result of inbound marketing, while 49.2% saw an increase in sales.

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Small, Medium Or Large? Which Inbound Marketing Agency Is Right For You?

There’s The Right Size Inbound Marketing Agency For Every Company

We’re not right for every company. Not a day goes by without us passing on an opportunity because it’s not the right fit for our inbound marketing agency. That doesn’t make me feel bad; it makes me feel great. Our goal is to earn raving fan status from our clients, and if a prospect isn’t going to be a raving fan, we’re not interested in the engagement.

You should be thinking about finding an inbound marketing agency in the same way. If you don’t think your business goals are going to be achieved by working with the agencies youre considering, then you’re looking at the wrong agencies.

But how do you know what you’re looking for? This is probably your first inbound agency search, and even if you’ve hired traditional or even digital agencies in the past, inbound is a whole new ball game.

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Inbound Marketing: Myth Or Proven Methodology?

If You’ve Never Seen Inbound Marketing Work, I Can Understand Your Disbelief

The other day I posted an article on LinkedIn about the differences between demand generation and inbound marketing. The article got its fair share of likes and a comment or two, but one of the comments caught my attention.

Here is a direct quote of the exact comment: “To me, inbound marketing is a myth. It is complete nonsense.” The comment got me thinking that I don’t believe in bigfoot, despite the huge amount of grainy and questionable video footage, because I’ve never seen an actual bigfoot.

Could inbound marketing be a myth to everyone who has never seen it in action? Just like bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster and UFOs, if you’ve never seen these, it’s going to be hard to believe they exist. That brings me to the point of this article. Let’s debunk the myth with facts and figures from actual inbound marketing engagements.

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Prediction #8 — Science Of Inbound Marketing And Sales Breaks Through

The Formula For Lead Generation Is Created Using Inbound Marketing As The Foundation

I’m most excited about this prediction; after all, I’m an inbound scientist. I believe, with all my experience, that there is now a way to mathematically predict inbound marketing results based on the program features in your own inbound marketing. Once this is published, you’ll know exactly what to do, when to do it and what results to expect. It’s a game-changer.

The real challenge with this is not creating the formula but testing it. You’ll need tons of data to test the formula enough to make sure it produces the right results consistently. You’ll need to test the formula under a variety of conditions, in different industries, with different types of clients, with big programs and with modest programs. It will be a lot of work. It's likely that only a large inbound marketing agency would have the data and the experience to create such a formula.

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