Unfortunately, the only free cheese is in the mousetrap. You pay for everything you use. Even the free applications and subscriptions you enjoy every day have their price – the data. It’s also the natural component of using services and applications you pay for. While some people are terrified of the idea that someone’s using their data, others find it a norm because they understand why data is valuable and how it circulates in the Internet World. In this blog, we’re looking at the value of data.
In the past, sales and marketing used to operate as two completely separate entities, with two completely separate goals, and two completely separate KPIs. Not anymore. These days, the alignment of sales and marketing teams in any B2B organization around shared goals, KPIs, and strategies is critical to the success of both departments.
A referral program is easier and more cost-efficient than a traditional marketing campaign because it relies on the loyalty and satisfaction of existing customers. With a traditional marketing campaign, you need to invest time, resources, and money to get people to notice your business.
A referral program, on the other hand, is a simple and effective way to create awareness and build competitive presence: you rely on your existing customers – and most loyal fans (who already have a relationship with your brand) – to spread the word. They know how great your business is and will be happy to share their positive experiences – for free!
In case you hadn’t heard about it, every year since 2012 HubSpot has hosted INBOUND, an interactive, educational conference for users, partners, and industry professionals that takes place in Boston, MA. This year, INBOUND played host to around 26,000 attendees and featured some big names on it’s keynote speaker list (we’re talking Elizabeth Gilbert, Chip and Joanna Gaines, Janelle Monae, Alexis Ohanian, Katie Couric, and more). Also this year – I was there!
As a marketing and sales agency partner, we get a lot of common How questions: “How long is SEO going to take?” “How long until I’m on the front page of Google?” We also get the dreaded Why questions: “Why is this SEO taking so long?” “Why am I not ranking number 1 yet?”
This article isn’t pulling any punches. I’m putting my foot down with some simple facts and stating clearly that if a growth marketing strategy is not focused on improving either traffic or conversions — don’t do it. Period.