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Lead Generation

Supplement Word-Of-Mouth Referrals With Inbound Marketing

For many years, word-of-mouth referral was a tactic that used to occur offline. For small industrial businesses looking to gain new leads, word-of-mouth referrals can still be effective, allowing businesses to expand brand awareness organically. But over time, they began to learn that relying solely on word-of-mouth can hinder efforts lead generation efforts.

With the emergence of social media and the digital transformation of sales and marketing, the ways of traditional marketing and how referrals are shared have shifted. Rather than asking a friend in person for a business recommendation, most people might post a status on one of their social media networks (like LinkedIn or Twitter) and wait for someone from their network to comment their suggestions. Others are more likely to do a Google search.

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Marketing Strategy

Inbound Marketing and ROI: For Industrial Companies & Manufacturers

As the digital world reshapes the industrial world, marketing budgets are on the rise. According to ENGINEERING.com's annual survey of engineering marketers, twice as many respondents reported that their budgets were growing rather than shrinking in 2017.

Like with any investment, marketers and manufacturing companies want to ensure that they are receiving a positive return. We’ve outlined two major areas of return on investment (ROI) that illustrate the effectiveness of inbound marketing — but first, what exactly is the difference between inbound marketing and traditional marketing?

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Marketing Strategy

Stop Interrupting And Start Selling

Industrial marketing and advertising have a come long way over the years. In the past, buyers were relatively uninformed about their options; they simply didn’t have access to the wealth of information they do now. They couldn’t turn to Google for company reviews and testimonials, and they couldn’t access company websites for easy comparison, quote requests, and general industry information.

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Marketing Strategy

4 Things To Consider When Choosing A Marketing Automation Tool

To stay ahead in today’s increasingly competitive B2B marketing landscape, automation is key. Essentially what it sounds like, marketing automation software allows companies to automate various marketing tasks, such as emailing specific contacts or posting on social media.

Not only is this great for eliminating the boredom factor (no more repetitive emailing jobs that leave you blurry-eyed and dazed), it’s also great for creating a more dynamic, multichannel marketing strategy. And through automated tracking and data collection, companies gain better insight into prospects, enabling them to fine-tune their offerings as needed in order to reach valuable leads.

Streamlined processes, more efficient outreach, and time and cost savings are all part of the deal, no matter which specific automation tool you choose. But how do you decide on the best option for your company? To start, consider these four key factors.

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Marketing Strategy

4 Reasons You Need Digital Advertising For Your Industrial Business

A well-planned, dynamic advertising strategy can make the difference between new leads and stagnation for your industrial business. Not only does a sophisticated, compelling advertising strategy help you better reach potential leads and increase chances of lead conversion, it also illustrates that you’re a cutting-edge leader in your field. Marketers are well aware of this; in fact, studies predict that marketers will spend more than $272 billion on advertising by 2020.

It may seem like only big brands make use of advertising techniques, but that’s not the case anymore. Don’t be put off or daunted by the idea of starting an ad campaign; advertising serves to give consumers a useful overview of the various brands and products available in the market, regardless of whether they’re offered by huge corporations or small businesses. And today, digital advertising makes it easier than ever to target the leads you’re after.

Working with a limited budget or running a small operation? There’s still a lot to gain from investing in digital advertising efforts. Below are four of the most compelling reasons to get started today.

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Content Marketing

Blog Posts Vs. eBooks Vs. Webinars: Which Is Best For Content Marketing?

To effectively reach buyers and generate valuable leads, it’s critical to employ a dynamic, multifaceted digital marketing strategy — and that means creating a robust content marketing campaign.

A crucial tool for collecting valuable user details, content marketing is essentially a means of trading information; users provide data — their business, goals, their contact information — and in exchange you provide them with insights and actionable advice in the form of checklists, educational eBooks, or in-depth whitepapers.

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Email Marketing

What Makes A Great Email Marketing Campaign?

An integral part of any inbound marketing campaign, email marketing is essential for directly connecting with current and potential customers.

Not only does an effective email campaign help keep your company on the radar, it also shows that you’re serious about your role as an industry leader and influencer.

In the United States alone, there are more than 224 million email users on the web.

This isn’t going unnoticed: Marketers are set to spend more than $3.07 billion on email marketing by 2019.

But more than 20% of marketing email recipients report marketing messages as spam.

So how can companies ensure their emails stand out, and what elements go into drafting a truly effective, lead-generating email?

Below, we’ll explore the five critical components of successful email marketing and outline how to best approach them.

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