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10 Questions To Answer Before Creating Your Next Content Marketing Strategy

April 08,2020 | BY: Kristin Jones

Creating a comprehensive content marketing strategy requires more than brainstorming a few blog post titles and writing social media updates. It should include taking a close look at 10 different questions about your audience, your goals, your competition and the market environment.

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Topics: Content, Strategy

Plan A Year’s Worth Of Marketing Campaigns (free template)

February 27,2020 | BY: Kristin Jones

As I recently reviewed our website, blog and lead generation metrics, it was interesting to note how most of our most popular downloads from the Inbound Marketing Learning Library are templates. It’s easy to see that our readers are looking for tools that can make their marketing and PR tasks simpler, and I’m glad we are able to provide those tools.

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Topics: Strategy, Campaign Planning

How To Use Our Lead Nurturing Workflow Template (free download)

February 20,2020 | BY: Kristin Jones

 

I know that lead nurturing is something a lot of marketers are trying to figure out and perfect. That’s why the #2 download from our Inbound Marketing Learning Library is our Lead Nurturing Workflow Template. (See the rest of the top 10 here.)

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Topics: Lead Nurturing, Strategy, emails

2020 Predictions: The Marketing Skillsets, Challenges and Priorities CMOS Are Watching

January 22,2020 | BY: Kristin Jones

 

When Pan Communications asked CMO and top marketing experts from around the country and globe what they see as the most important skillsets, challenges, and budget priorities for this year, some pointed to new advancements such as AI and martech, and how to manage all of the data that goes along with those developments, but many others circled back to the very basics: great writing skills, storytelling, and great content that connects with others.

The infographic below includes a ton of great information to think about, but I want to touch on a few of the key skillsets and challenges these top marketing experts are watching for 2020.

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Topics: Content, Personas, Strategy

The Foundation Of Successful Inbound Marketing (infographic)

December 27,2019 | BY: Kristin Jones

Building a successful inbound marketing program is much like building a house: If you don’t have a detailed blueprint and a solid foundation, no matter how every other detail of the structure is, the house will be a maintenance nightmare and fail to live up to expectations.

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Topics: Branding, Inbound Marketing, Personas, Strategy, Infographics

Market Your Blog To Take Your Inbound Content Marketing To The Next Level

August 29,2019 | BY: Kristin Jones

Much of the discussion around marketing blogs or business blogs centers on how to use blogs to drive traffic and convert leads. And it should be, because that is the ultimate goal of all inbound marketing, and a business blog is an essential tool in the inbound marketer’s arsenal.

But it is also important to consider how you can make each individual tool in that arsenal more powerful. How can you increase your blog’s effectiveness, reach, and performance?

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Topics: Blog, Strategy

Avoid The Headaches of Misalignment (Between Marketing & Sales)

August 13,2019 | BY: Kristin Jones

Whether it’s your car’s wheels, your spine, or your company’s marketing and sales departments, when things are out of alignment, it causes problems. But when everything is aligned, everything works more effectively and efficiently, without the headaches and hassles.

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Topics: Collaboration, Strategy, Management

10 Steps To Inbound Marketing Campaigns (And 20+ Tools To Complete Them)

July 16,2019 | BY: Kristin Jones

Are you looking for a way to generate qualified leads that doesn’t involve cold calls, mass mailings (digital or print), or a heavy investment in paid advertising? Maybe a strategy that will not only provide leads, but also establish your company as a thought leader in your industry and a trusted source of information for current customers and prospects alike?

That is what inbound marketing can do. And often for a lower cost-per-lead than traditional outbound marketing. So, what do you need to do to create your first inbound marketing campaign?

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, Strategy, Campaign Planning

Lessons from 15 Years: Today’s Strong Relationships Are Tomorrow’s Enduring (Or New) Accounts

June 04,2019 | BY: Kristin Jones

Did you know that the average client-agency relationship in the marketing and PR world is 3.2 years or less? That’s really not much time when targeting strategies and campaigns that can extend for months and generate results years down the road. And with turnover that rapid, it means that the average agency is spending a lot of time prospecting and trying to land new contracts to replace the ones that are closing.

(Sources: The Drum and Bedford Group Consulting)

What would happen if the energy dedicated to finding new accounts was instead focused on building relationships that maintain the clients you already have and increase the likelihood that the contacts you have in those businesses may bring you even more business in the future?

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Topics: Strategy, agency, Management, Marketing Lessons

Content Marketing in 2018: By The Numbers

October 31,2018 | BY: Kristin Jones

When it comes to B2B marketing, content is essential. Buyers want information, and most want to see a lot of it before they engage with a salesperson.

This collection of 64 different statistics gathered by iScribblers highlights some of the key things to consider as you craft your own B2B content marketing and inbound strategies.

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Topics: Content, Strategy

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