Inbound Marketing Strategies

Inbound Marketing Strategies

This may come as a shock, but people hate advertisements. 

Unfortunately, the primary way of informing your prospects about the great products and services you offer is through advertising. Even if your offering is communicated in a great ad, it’s easy for it to get lost in the marketing noise that most people ignore anyway. 

But what if there were a way to show your prospects what you can do in a way they may actively seek out? This isn’t madness or witchcraft; it’s called inbound marketing, and it is more powerful than you might think. In this blog, we’ll explore the components of inbound marketing and how you can leverage its effectiveness to grow your business. 

 

What is Inbound Marketing? 

Inbound marketing is the art of turning ads into relevant content for the prospects you’re hoping to do business withComprehensive inbound marketing is made up of quite a few important pieces. 

 

Content Marketing 

According to Content Marketing Institute, content marketing is “a strategic marketing approach focused on creating and distributing valuable, relevant, and consistent content to attract and retain a clearly defined audience — and, ultimately, to drive profitable customer action.” In other words, it’s the key way that you can share content with your audience that helps them understand the value you offer as a company.  

 

SEO 

The trick to successful content marketing is writing content with search engine optimization (SEO) in mind. These are the common words and phrases most businesses use when they search for something online. Writing for SEO is essentially baking first-page ad placement directly into your content without spending a dime. If you’ve ever looked into pay-per-click advertising, you’re already aware of the high prices associated with it. 

 

Social Media Marketing 

Another facet of inbound marketing is social media marketing (SMM). This is where a company creates a persona for their social media accounts and dispense intriguing information and questions to generate engagements with prospects. Wendy’s created a lot of buzz in the 2010s with their witty (and sometimes downright snarky) online persona, but the success was undeniable. Your MSP can create a persona for itself as well. It should always sound smart and helpful, but don’t be afraid to make yourself stand out from your competitors. 

 

Email Marketing 

The last part of inbound marketing is the strategy you use. This is how you put your SEO content and persona to work. One of the most popular methods is known as an email “drip” campaign. Once you attract a prospect with an initial article or social media post and they’re considering your MSP as a partner, you prompt them to sign up for regular information to be sent to their email. Over the next several weeks, you send freebies like eBooks, eGuides and other informative media that offer a collection of information and benefits that promote your MSP as the solution. This builds trust and sends prospects further down the sales funnel. 

 

Serious Savings 

Inbound marketing is rapidly becoming a more effective way to promote brands at less cost than standard outbound marketing. A 2011 HubSpot study found that leads obtained from inbound marketing efforts cost 62 percent less than leads from outbound marketing efforts. The savings happen because you are placing your brand directly where your prospects are.  

 

How Marketopia Can Help 

If you’re reading up until this point, the effectiveness of inbound marketing remains apparent because this entire blog is an example of it. Get your business’s message out there with the help of Marketopia. From our appointment setters to our sales, content, design and digital teams, you’ll have a whole agency behind your company telling its story better than you could have ever imagined. Contact us today and let’s start writing yours. 

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Being a Better CAM: Understanding Your Partners

Being a Better CAM: Understanding Your Partners

As a vendor, you pride yourself on the lanes of distribution you’ve built in the channel. But a factor that vendors often overlook is their ongoing relationships with current partners. While you may meet contractual obligations with a courteous demeanor, are you genuinely understanding your partners and their needs? Doing so may unlock further business potential. In this blog, we’ll help you walk a mile in your partner’s shoes by becoming an evolved channel account manager (CAM) and talk about what you need to know to understand their world better.

To support your partners, you must improve your role as a channel account manager. A great CAM is a jack-of-all-trades who is part private investigator and part problem solver, all while being fully versed in integrated sales and marketing methodology and tactics. This means you leverage your knowledge and skills to find the right answers that fix problems. To do this, it is a must for you to become familiar with your partner’s world.

Become A Better Channel Account Manager 

What CAMs Look For

Like your own company, your partner’s company has many unique needs and aspirations with a plan to deal with both of them in today’s channel. To better help them meet theirs, you need to use your CAM skills to examine their unique attributes. These attributes include:

  • Business Plans
  • Organizational Structures
  • Ways of Making Money
  • Talent Challenges
  • Demand Generation Pain Points

 

Business Plans

A CAM comes to understand their client’s business plans by first building a rapport with them. This is what breaks down any barriers and gives them the confidence in you to share their current goals, pain points and ideas on how to address them. As a CAM, you must take into account your experience and knowledge of the channel to provide your partners with the most refined version of their plan possible.

 

Organizational Structures

While the business plan is the execution, the structure of your partner’s company is the arrangement of rules and parts that follow the execution. A CAM’s responsibility is to determine if each component and the conditions it adheres to are the best fit for the company. Any that are not performing to their fullest potential should be improved, removed or supported with additional parts that were not present beforehand.

 

Ways of Making Money

That’s what business is all about, right? CAMs must be on the lookout for opportunities that are being ignored, missed or a threat to the partner’s success. This falls back on your private investigator and problem-solving skills, all reliant on your expert knowledge.

 

Talent Challenges

Employees are the operators of the moving parts who are guided by the business plan, held together by the structure while trying to make that profit. Skilled team members can make or break the success of any company, and as a CAM, you must recognize both talent and a lack thereof. You can recommend trainings, seminars and other educational programs to overcome any shortcomings. But if a weak link is about to break, you need to bring it to your partner’s attention.

 

Demand Generation Pain Points

While you’re helping your partner build a better situation internally, you should also be considering their client-facing efforts. After all, if they’re carrying or using your products and services, their success is reflective upon you. A CAM knows the channel and what competitors do to stand out in it. You must take that knowledge and quantify it with your partner’s unique selling points to make them stand out in the channel.

 

Building Relationships

Being the CAM your partner needs begins with fostering a relationship, but as with any relationship, it takes effort and care to grow over time. To see how this relationship improves, set goals or mile markers on things you want to accomplish with your partner. This way, you can see your progress and understand how and why things worked out or went astray. If you want a partner to help you become the best CAM you can be, get in touch with Marketopia today and see how we can help you meet your goals.

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