Are there any major differentiators when it comes to inbound vs content marketing, and what are they? Caution. You’ve just unwittingly stepped into one of the fiercest marketing debates today. While both inbound and content marketing are relatively new practices, they’ve both won some serious proponents (and probably a few detractors) during their years in use.
If you’ve been doing business online for any amount of time, you’ve probably heard a new phrase about using proprietary information to attract and retain customers. You’ve heard it’s all the rage–search engines love it, prospects love it, sometimes it even goes viral.
So, just what is content marketing?
It is using any type of content to attract prospects and convert them to customers, and to reconvert previous customers to repeat buyers.
If you’re like most content producers, tracking all your content projects and making sure they get published and shared is an organizational nightmare. If you provide content services for your clients in addition to your own content marketing objectives, it’s even worse.
Although content marketing became popular and powerful thanks to SEO and blogging, it applies to many other marketing initiatives you could pursue for your business. Email newsletters are the perfect example.
But like business blogging, newsletters for business sometimes have a bit of a learning curve.
If you’ve been wondering how to write a newsletter, the good news is it’s relatively easy. Once you make all the preliminary decisions about your e-newsletter, then all you have to do is plan the editorial calendar, get everything written, send it out, and track the results.
Inbound is so hot right now. One of the most-discussed topics among marketers right now is the recent release of marketing automation software provider HubSpot’s annual report. Over 3,300 participants from 128 countries worldwide weighed in on how their organizations are adopting current marketing trends, tactics, and practices, and what really drives results. Join us as we reveal the facts, stats and current marketing trends that shocked us in HubSpot’s 2023 State of Inbound Marketing Annual Report:Continue reading
Content marketing isn’t just about blogging. In fact, there’s a lot of compelling evidence that your inbound marketing strategy should include plenty of visual content. One of the hottest types of content at the moment is cool infographics: easy-to-consume, visual representations of data and concepts. Copywriting expert Barry Feldman reports that demand for infographics on the web increases 1% each day! And why not, really – infographics are perfectly viral-ready. They’re easily-packaged, bite-sized bits of information in a gorgeous visual format. If you’re considering joining the ranks of cool infographic creators, consider the following evidence.
When it comes to online marketing, many of us continue to hear that content is still King and with over 60 trillion web pages on the internet, it appears as though the deck is stacked against us. But there are many ways to help increase the odds in our favor and get more out of our online content. The focus here will be on how to create the best content possible and then measure results using free or low-cost analytical tools.
The small business landscape is arguably tougher than ever before. A recent Constant Contact survey found that 59% of SMB CEOs feel it’s harder to run a business than it was 5 years ago, a factor which can primarily be attributed to quickly-changing technology and marketing best practices. The difficulty of success means that competitive marketing analysis is more crucial than ever. As Expert Stacy Poehler points out, “nothing happens in a vacuum.” Without well-defined points of comparison, and continual analysis, you’ll never know whether your marketing strategy is really working, or allowing you to capture a greater share of your market. However, best practices have changed significantly, and the tactics you learned in business school aren’t necessarily effective today.
If you’re trying to get more leads and sales from your website and blog, the first thing to consider is your calls-to-action. Strengthening the call-to-action (CTA) on any given page or post often makes a bigger difference toward your number of leads and customers than tweaking the design or any other changes you could make.
So, what is a CTA, exactly?Continue reading
Like other forms of content marketing, email marketing can be a very powerful tool for boosting engagement and generating leads. But sending plain text emails from your Gmail account just doesn’t cut it for businesses. To effectively harness the power of email, you need a strong newsletter builder to create campaigns, manage contacts, and analyze results. Here are 7 of the best newsletter builders to help you create email campaigns that get results.
Mailchimp is one of the most popular email clients for bloggers thanks to its affordability, ease of use, high-quality campaign reports, and fun quirky culture.Continue reading