Marketing can seem very complicated but it doesn’t have to be. Marketing is three things: strategy, inbound marketing and outbound marketing. Here they are explained along with critical success factors.
Critical Success Factor: be holistic with goals – remember the 4 Ps of Marketing:
- Product/service Portfolio: have all your target market needs?
- Placement: channels strategy and referral sources, push vs. pull
- Pricing: cost plus vs. market based
- Promotions: get the word out (what most people think of as marketing but it’s only one “P”
Critical Success Factor: be inclusive by grounding your strategy in reality by interviewing your internal team as well as key clients, channel partners,… Continue Reading >>
When successful, marketing automation software can take your business-to-business (B2B) marketing and lead generation to the next level. Marketing automation can also cost you at least $7,000 to $15,000 per year and not produce a single lead.
So, how do you avoid an epic fail?
Don’t Believe the Hype
Remember Public Enemy? Before you fall for the hype, take a good look at your business to see if you’re ready for marketing automation. Even the most amazing software tool can’t help someone that without a written marketing plan, a compelling website and content that resonates with your target market.
I’m reminded of one of our clients that spent $10,000 on HubSpot and never used it because they had a dated WordPress website (actually blacklisted by Google because it got hacked and contained malware), and they had no one on staff that could write up a web page,… Continue Reading >>