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Why Templates Won't Help You Improve Inbound Marketing Lead Generation

Marketing Strategy Can’t Be Packaged Into A Web Form Template

Everyone is looking for shortcuts. Be careful, because you might get what you’re asking for. Today, a wide variety of worksheets, templates and preloaded, automated strategy tools are designed to make the planning aspect of inbound marketing easier.

Even the marketing automation tools are starting to include modules that help you think out your content, nurturing and search strategy. There’s only one problem: I’m not sure these are going to help you produce results. They’re going to help you check off the action item. Strategy? Check! But that’s about it. In our experience, strategy is a lot more complicated than filling out a template.

Continue reading to learn why prepackaged strategy tools might not be the right path for your inbound marketing strategy.

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Is Inbound Marketing Quickly Going 'Out Of Style'?

Has Inbound Marketing Lost Ground To Demand Generation And Other Approaches To Marketing?

Has inbound marketing run its course? Has it been run over by more traditional approaches to marketing like all-out advertising, mass emails and demand generation tactics? If it has, why? What should you be doing about it (if anything)? But more importantly, are external factors putting extra pressure on inbound marketing?

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If Your Inbound Marketing Agency Doesn't Ask About Your Story, Find A New Agency

Marketing Strategy Must Include A Conversation About Your Stories, Or Else Your Lead Generation Is Dead On Arrival

Here I am talking about marketing strategy again. But do yourself a big favor and read this article, because you’re not going to want to miss it. I’m talking about strategy again because it continues to be the key to successful lead generation and the most overlooked, under-delivered part of every inbound marketing engagement.

Think about your own inbound marketing program. How much time did you or your inbound marketing agency spend on strategy? A couple of hours in an initial meeting? A day or two? Maybe a week? I know, you did personas, which took you a couple of days or maybe a week to create. Then what else did you do? Did you map out each personas buyer journey?

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What Is Marketing Strategy When You're Talking Demand Generation?

Is It Different Than Marketing Strategies For Other Types Of Marketing, Like Inbound Marketing?

You’ve sat down with your management team to assess your current market, competition, target prospects and business goals. You’ve discussed your options, which include inbound marketing, account-based marketing and demand generation. You’ve decided that demand generation is right for you and your team agrees.

Now what? Are you ready to jump in and start with the paid advertising, email outreach, website redesign and sales calls? I’m going to suggest that there’s one important step before you hit the street with your marketing. Regardless of the approach you want to take with your marketing, putting the time, energy and investment into your marketing strategy is going to produce a 10x improvement in whatever results you end up generating.

Instead of 10 leads a month, you could be looking at 100 leads a month. That should be enough incentive to slow down, read the article and consider applying some of the thinking here.

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Why Today I'm Embarrassed To Be In Marketing

And Why We, As Advisors And Consultants, Might Have Failed Our Clients

WARNING: There’s a rant coming in this blog article.

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Prediction #2 — Marketing Strategy Remains A Missing Element From Inbound Marketing Programs

2017 Continues With Companies Skipping Inbound Marketing Strategy And Executing Disconnected Tactics

I write about this every year hoping it will change, but it never does. Companies don’t value strategy, don’t want to pay for it, don’t want to work on it and don’t even want to talk about it. Yet its quality and presence within an inbound engagement is a direct predictor of inbound lead generation success.

So many factors contribute to this habitually absent element of almost every inbound marketing program that we’re asked to comment on. I recognize the complexity of attempting to get a company to change its messages, tell different stories and actually operate in a remarkable way. But if you want leads, it’s not an optional element — it's mandatory.

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The Definition Of Being Remarkable, Courtesy Of Amazon

Creating A Remarkable Business Is Hard, But Examples And Marketing Strategy Help

You’ve read this before, right here on this blog: If your business is not remarkable, your business is invisible. I share remarkable businesses and remarkable aspects of businesses every chance I get in a concerted effort to help all of you see what being remarkable means.

I also like to share real stories about real businesses because I think it helps illustrate exactly what it means to be remarkable, and it rarely means retooling the entire business. In fact, it usually means you have well-thought-out marketing strategies and you've made small adjustments, but the right adjustments. Here’s how Amazon made its business remarkable.

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7 Reasons Marketing Strategy Is Still Causing Your Inbound Marketing To Fail When It Comes To Producing Results

Time And Time Again, Marketing Strategy Is Missing From Inbound Marketing Engagements

Over the past few months, we’ve seen a major increase in the number of prospects asking us to review their current inbound marketing efforts. Most of them are with other agencies and coming off their first year, but some are working on their own.

The one common denominator across all these situations is — you guessed it  no marketing strategy. No compelling messages, no stories, no differentiation and no connection of the inbound marketing tactics. The results speak for themselves. If you skip or don’t value the marketing strategy work, you should be prepared to expect less-than-stellar results.

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Inbound Marketing Produced Leads But We're Not Closing Them. Now What?

Inbound Marketing Needs Inbound Sales To Work

Now that you’re getting leads from inbound marketing it might be time to upgrade your old-school sales process to match your new-school marketing. Better yet, if you’re in the middle of moving to inbound, do your company a big favor and work on inbound sales now instead of waiting to realize you’re not great at closing inbound leads.

Your prospects don’t know the difference between sales and marketing. All they know is that they’re in the middle of an experience with your company. If that experience suddenly feels different to them, they’re going to go underground, they’re going to stop replying and they’re going to slow down the entire sales process. If this sounds familiar, you might have an issue.

No worries. Inbound sales is designed to continue the inbound marketing experience for people who have found their way down into the very bottom of the funnel and asked to speak with your salespeople.

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Inbound Marketing Secret #34: Are You A Victim Of Random Acts Of Marketing?

Inbound Marketing Strategy Is A Shield That Protects You From Random Acts Of Marketing

I wrote a blog article a few days ago that introduced readers to the concept of “random acts of marketing.” Again and in full transparency, this term was mentioned to me by a prospect who was feeling the pain associated with their random acts of marketing. So I take no credit in coming up with the term. However, the phrase has resonated with enough people that it’s worth continuing the conversation.

The term perfectly describes the feelings many people have as they start their journey to success with inbound marketing. The complexity of inbound makes it easy to revert to random acts of marketing in an attempt to find something that works.

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