Better Leads Through Better Marketing.
Not only does inbound marketing cost less, but those leads acquired through inbound strategies are significantly more valuable than those acquired through outbound marketing. Why? Well, looking back to the definition of inbound marketing, the whole point of it is being found online through users seeking you out in search engines. So, when your page is viewed, it means that your services or product is being sought out by someone that is actually interested, as opposed to your pushing messages upon them through traditional tactics. Though the initial set-up of a blog and accompanying social platforms seems daunting, the long-term investment will result in truly interested clients finding you online and sticking with you. If they’re coming across your website and engaging with your social pages, you’re on their radar and they’re already a lead.
In a 2012 survey of inbound marketing, the following results were found in comparing inbound strategies to outbound:
- SEO leads have a 14.6% close rate, compared to 1.7% with outbound.
- SEO leads are 8x more likely to close into customers.
- Leads from inbound links are 5x more likely to become customers.
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Looking to the Numbers: Inbound vs. Outbound Marketing
“Inbound marketing consistently delivers a cost-per-lead dramatically lower than outbound.”
As was predicted, 2012 is proving to be the year of content marketing, as online marketing results are drastically surpassing all efforts of traditional outbound tactics. Not only are people rapidly reorganizing their marketing budgets to focus entirely on inbound strategies, but interruptive, traditional outbound methods are being abandoned and quickly becoming regarded as archaic. Read the rest of this entry »
Optimizing Your ROI By Being Selective
We all want to work on as many projects as possible. Not only expand our portfolios and range of skills, but, more so, be able to help a client with what they’re looking for when they come to us for help. It’s great to be able to offer expertise in our field where someone may be seeking guidance to better their own business. Yet, while adding more B2B and B2C interactions undoubtedly improves our networks and project range, when do the hours in one day become too few? When does our other work begin to suffer? Though you may want to take on every possible project, there’s a point when it’s important to ask yourself if it is worth your time being involved, because, really, running a small business requires much more work than the surface reads. Read the rest of this entry »
A History of Social Media [Infographic]
A cool infographic from Media Bistro, covering social media history from the beginning– all the way back to 1978. Some of us remember the first computer coming into our homes, and some of us can’t remember growing up without one. Now, it’s integral to our everyday lives, and we take it everywhere through our mobile devices.
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I Blog, You Blog, He Blogs, We Blog.
We’ve all read somewhere recently that 2012 is the year of content marketing. How are people content marketing? Through blogging. Everyone has started a site to share their insights on their industry, skills or passion, and making your site stand out from all of the wordpress and blogger accounts out there can be exhausting and intimidating. Read the rest of this entry »
Rick Poynor’s “Read All That? You Must Be Kidding Me.”
“Today’s all-access mediascape has flattened out many areas of expertise, casting shadows of doubt upon the future of journalism, graphic design, book publishing, and other specialized practices.” -Ellen Lupton
In Richard Poynor’s article, “Read All That? You Must Be Kidding Me”, recently published on The Design Observer, he analyzes Cooper-Hewitt curator Ellen Lupton and her articulated essay on today’s design culture, entitled “Reading and Writing,” a featured text in Graphic Design: Now in Production (a current survey on American design culture) that questions the role of written work in relation to visual or graphic design. After much analysis, Poynor arrives at the conclusive statement that though not always read by everyone, long-form writing does still possess a great value in curating visual projects, and it’s absence would be an absolute “impoverishment.” Read the rest of this entry »
Oh, So Responsive Design.
If it’s not responsive, it’s crap!
(Say it with a Scottish accent)
A great site put together by James Mellers of THISMANSLIFE.COM solves a problem we’ve already run into, how to explain responsive design to your client.
“Resize your browser to reveal just a handful of the kind of devices you should expect web pages to be viewed on. Each device illustration is rendered using the same basic HTML which adapts its appearance to the changing viewport size, representing different devices accordingly. This is achieved using media queries to apply different CSS rules for different sizes. This experiment is intended to illustrate the basic premise of responsive web design and the power of CSS to tackle it.” Read the rest of this entry »
2012 is Expected to Be the
Year of Quality Content Creation
The idea of quality control in online content shouldn’t be intimidating. Think of it as a challenge to write better, make better graphics and better weave your keywords into each of your blog posts, social media posts and image tags. Think of it as a way to test your skills and, hey, you may even learn something new. Hard work and organization will pay off, especially if you’re a small business competing against the marketing and advertising budgets of the big guys. Content creation is a great way to build a place for yourself on the web as you create a unique voice for your small business. Read the rest of this entry »
3 Online Marketing Mistakes You’re Making Right Now.
Mistakes are never intentional, especially when it comes to marketing your own business. Yet, with what seems like a never-ending amount of the “little things” to remember when keeping your business organized online, it’s easy to miss something important as the playing field seems to be constantly changing. We’ve compiled a short list of mistakes that even the pro’s make, so if you’re guilty of any one of these, you’re not alone. Read the rest of this entry »
BC Guru interviews Jeff.
A couple weeks ago our friends at BC Gurus interviewed Hero’s Design Director, Jeff Mason, about why Hero uses Adobe Business Catalyst. Lots of good stuff about Hero’s business approach as well.