Why Your Sales Funnel May Run Dry Without a Business Blog

Industrial Marketing Today

Industrial marketers who don’t use a business blog are missing a key component of feeding the top of their sales funnels. You can find lots of online articles about the advantages of using a business blog for building thought leadership, communities and humanizing your company. A business blog will help you do all that but what about finding new leads and more sales opportunities? A business blog feeds your sales funnel.

B2B Lead Generation Using a Business Blog

Industrial Marketing Today

Home Marketing Matters About Contact B2B Marketing Store Company Website B2B Lead Generation Using a Business Blog by Achinta Mitra on September 20, 2010 in B2B Lead Generation , Industrial Marketing Blog In B2B lead generation, quantity versus quality is probably the biggest challenge faced by industrial marketers. On the other hand, the sales team is probably complaining about the quality of B2B leads generated by your marketing team.

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Top 16 SaaS Bloggers: Best Business Blogs You Can Learn From

Single Grain

Only the most strategic and versatile SaaS companies are able to survive the unpredictable ups and downs of the software as a service market. Book My Free SaaS Marketing Consultation. SaaS Marketing Strategy: 12 Killer Ideas to Grow Your Company. *

Business Blogging: Boosting Your Financial Institution's Organic Traffic

SmartBug Media

Is business blogging a part of your financial institution’s marketing strategy? If the answer is no, keep reading to learn how blogging can help drive traffic to your website. The History of Blogging. The concept of blogging was introduced in 1994, when a college student wanted to publish his writing online. Justin Hall created a simple site that shared links and photos, and there we had it—the first “blog.” What Is Business Blogging?

Why Business Blogging Works

Hubspot

Every month, I run a new hire training class on blogging. While many of the people in that class know why blogging is important for business growth, I''m supposed to teach it as if that''s not the case. That''s because we never want to assume everyone understands inbound marketing just because we live and breathe it every day, and this class is meant to equip everyone with the ability to explain a core tenet of inbound -- business blogging -- to anyone that asks.

Industrial Blogs for Lead Generation Using Inbound Marketing

Industrial Marketing Today

If you are an industrial or a manufacturing marketer, you know all about the constant pressure of generating high-quality sales leads. There are three key ideas in the headline of my post – 1) Industrial blogs, 2) Lead generation and 3) Inbound marketing. In this post I’ll talk about how the three work together nicely in industrial and manufacturing marketing. An industrial blog will help to establish you/your company’s expertise with free content.

How to Make Your Business Blog Be All It Can Be

Industrial Marketing Today

Home Marketing Matters About Contact B2B Marketing Store Company Website How to Make Your Business Blog Be All It Can Be by Achinta Mitra on May 3, 2010 in Industrial Marketing & Web 2.0 , Industrial Marketing Blog Remember the U.S. How about your business blog, is it all it can be for your industrial company? I’m assuming you want your business blog to be more than just a personal journal.

Is Blogging Right for my Business? The Benefits of a Business Blog

NuSpark

The strategy of blogging, especially from a b2b perspective, can be somewhat misunderstood. So I thought I’d raise the question on the benefits of blogging to the NuSpark Marketing content alliance team, and get their reaction to the following question. “I’m I’m not convinced a blog is right for my business, plus I’m concerned over time and resources. Give me some reasons how a blog on my site can contribute to lead generation and business growth”.

What the Future Holds for Business Blogging

Hubspot

Lately, the whole marketing community is abuzz about content. Content is a necessity for any successful inbound marketing strategy, and with more and more marketers creating it, it''s becoming increasingly difficult to stand out from the barrage of content out there -- a lot of which is, well. The Content Marketing Deluge ," it''s definitely worth a look (we''ve embedded it below). The Content Marketing Deluge. Blogs get smart.

4 Business Blogging Best Practices

Hubspot

Great business blogs have to walk a fine line: they have to create value for current and prospective customers while at the same time supporting a strategy that provides business growth. Business blogs are often measured by very different metrics than blogs that function as media outlets. The media business online is about impressions and clicks. B2B Blogging Best Practices 1. Download the free webinar to learn how to create a thriving blog.

12 Reasons Your Business Blog Is Failing

Hubspot

Let's say that a couple of months ago, you decided to really start drinking the inbound marketing Kool-Aid, and you took the plunge: you started a business blog. So if you're suffering from a failing business blog, take a good, hard work at what you've been doing, and consider these 12 reasons why your blog is likely failing. 12 Reasons Your Blog is Failing. In business blogging, actionable content performs better.

11 Essential Business Blogging Software Features

Hubspot

So you've made the decision to start a business blog. A blog is a powerful tool to help your business get found online, increase organic traffic, and generate leads and customers. But before you dive head-first into the blogosphere, it's important to take precaution when evaluating blogging software options. 11 Key Blog Software Features for Businesses. Blog Functionality. Movable Type , for example, offers support for businesses.

Methodology: Brainstorming Awesome Business Blog Posts

Hubspot

It can be very tricky to come up with ideas for new blog posts, especially if you’re just getting started and need inspiration. I have a brainstorming method that I love to use when helping teach new bloggers how to get started thinking about their keywords while creating good content. For some inspiration, follow along with me here as we write an optimized blog outline together. Make a list of your most important keyword phrases.

The 45 Inbound Marketing Terms You Should Know [Glossary]

Hubspot

Here on the HubSpot blog, we’ve written glossary-themed posts that cover some of the core components of inbound marketing -- we''ve covered email marketing , website optimization , social media , and the list goes on. So we thought it was time to create a blog post that could serve as an inbound marketing glossary. Outside of inbound marketing, you can use it to determine what tastes better on a peanut butter sandwich: jelly or fluff.

10 Common Business Blogging Questions Answered

Hubspot

Yesterday Dan Zarrella expanded his scientific webinar series with a presentation analyzing the science behind blogging for business. The Science of Blogging ( #BlogSci ) quickly became a trending topic on Twitter, highlighting people’s strong interest in the subject. How do you drive traffic to your blog? Figure out which keywords you would like to rank high for and concentrate on creating content around them. What are some blogs that do it right?

4 Tips for a Successful Inbound Marketing Strategy (+ Webinar)

Leadspace

Whereas outbound marketing focuses on cold calling and making outbound interactions to bring in potential customers, inbound marketing is quite the opposite. Instead of outreach to actively generate awareness of your business, you go about it more passively. You put content out into the world via your blog, social media, website, and email newsletter in order to passively generate awareness of your business. Create SMART inbound marketing goals.

Checklist: How to Start a Business Blog

Hubspot

People like to get something from blogs they read. You don’t have to be Shakespeare to have a good blog. The fact is that web sites with a blog received 55% more visitors , 97% more inbound links and 434% more indexed pages than those that didn’t have a blog. Businesses in particular can capitalize on this because businesses that blog experience 126% higher lead growth than non-blogging businesses. Blog Checklist.

Expert Advice: Overcoming Business Blogging Challenges

Hubspot

Blogging and creating content is an essential part of any SEO strategy. Blogging means more pages on your site, more keywords being used, and (if your content is good) more inbound links. We asked the HubSpot Partners for a few of the tips they tell their clients when it comes to blogging. Blogging Best Practices. Then when the time comes for blogging, clients find that they have a whole folder of inspirational ideas.

The Business Blog Editorial Calendar Every Marketer Needs [Free Template]

Hubspot

At this point, we know that consistent, frequent blogging is critical to your business’ online success. In fact, according to the 2012 State of Inbound Marketing , 70% of companies that publish articles 2-3 times per week have acquired a customer through their blog. Furthermore, according to our 2012 Marketing Benchmarks report , companies that increase blogging from 3-5X/month to 6-8X/month almost double their leads. Keywords and Target Personas.

7 Fatal Business Blogging Mistakes (And Easy Fixes!)

Hubspot

Creating remarkable content is one of the core components of inbound marketing, and one of the best ways to generate a steady flow of fresh content is by publishing a business blog. HubSpot research indicates companies that blog generate 55% more website visitors , 97% more inbound links , and have 434% more indexed pages than companies that don’t blog. Ready to start applying some blogging band-aids? Ignoring Blog Analytics.

New to Inbound Marketing? 7 Common Mistakes You Can Easily Avoid

Hubspot

First-time inbound marketers: We''re so glad to have you! We know it can be easy for beginners to run into pitfalls and obstacles with their inbound marketing efforts, as it is with any other "first." This is especially true for those of you who''ve been doing traditional marketing your whole life, or if you''re one of the first people on your team to adopt inbound. 7 Common Mistakes New Inbound Marketers Make. Make a keyword list.

Inbound Marketing Explained in 6 Simple Analogies

Hubspot

Have you ever had someone stare at you blankly when you say you're an inbound marketer? Inbound marketing concepts can be complicated for people to grasp if they're new to things like SEO, social media, blogging, marketing automation -- any kind of digital marketing, frankly. So whenever we speak to people who aren't very well-versed in inbound marketing tactics, we like to break it down into more relatable terms.

Why Every Business Blog Needs Evergreen Content

Hubspot

When it comes to the different types of content you can publish on a business blog , there is a world of possibilities. But among all those variations of blog content is a very important one that often gets overlooked. That, my friend, is evergreen content , and every blog could use some. In this article, we'll dive into what evergreen content is (and isn't), why it's so important to the success of a blog, and how you can effectively leverage it for your business.

Build Industrial Websites as Dynamic Blog Sites

Industrial Marketing Today

By now, most industrial marketers are aware of the power of inbound marketing for lead generation. A blog is considered the cornerstone of an effective inbound marketing strategy. What if you could combine the best of both these marketing tactics? I’m talking about creating a blog site with dynamic content instead of a static digital marketing asset. Advantages of a blog site.

Breaking Down the Inbound Marketing Mix

Hubspot

Inbound marketing takes time, but most marketers only have a few hours in the schedule that they can carve out for inbound marketing, which can make prioritizing activites extremely difficult. If you only have a few hours to dedicate to inbound marketing per week, how should you allocate your time? Spend 40% on Blogging / Content Creation. Content creation is the biggest factor in the Inbound Marketing Equation.

Why Inbound Marketing Is Perfect for Your Niche Business

Hubspot

Do you consider your business to be "niche?" If so, inbound marketing was made for you! Think about it: if you're in a niche industry, any large-scale outbound marketing initiatives (TV ads, billboards, newspaper ads) will reach an audience that is 99% irrelevant to your business. Inbound marketing , on the other hand, lets you attract the most qualified prospects to your business, wherever they are. Are you in a niche business?

How to Write Stellar How-To Posts for Your Business Blog

Hubspot

There is no shortage of different types of content you can create to feed your business blog. It's a business blogging classic. They're valuable and helpful, they make great pieces of evergreen content that stand the test of time, and they're an inbound marketing staple to reap the benefits of educating your prospects. So put on your teacher hat , and read on to learn how to write a how-to post like a blogging pro.

Three Key Insights on How B2B Marketing is Changing

Webbiquity

What content marketing channel do B2B marketers pretty much all agree is highly effective? And what potentially powerful B2B marketing strategy is perhaps the most overlooked? Those are among the many questions answered in the new report from B2B Marketing Zone, How B2B Marketing is Changing , and their recent webinar highlighting some of the key findings. The (Almost) Universal B2B Marketing Channel. mix of inbound vs. outbound marketing tactics.

Law Firm Marketing 101: An Essential Guide for Family Lawyers

Go Beyond SEO

Check out this guide on law firm marketing. Why are your competitors getting more business than you are? One of the most effective ways to build your practice is to have the right digital marketing strategy. After all, 85% of people hit the internet when they’re looking for local businesses, so a strong online presence goes a long way. For a more effective and revenue-boosting strategy, check out these law firm marketing tips. Blog and Blog Well.

10 Business Blog Posts You Should Write NOW

Hubspot

Creating content is the cornerstone of inbound marketing. And of all the content creation methods available to you, a business blog is easily one of the most important content platforms in inbound marketing. The problem is that business blogging can be difficult. In this post, we'll give you 10 business blog posts that you should write as soon as possible to boost traffic and leads from your blog.

4 Free Ways Law Firms Can Increase Their Online Presence

Go Beyond SEO

In our last blog post we discussed the importance of Bing for your law firm marketing strategy based mainly on the cost and amount of searches. Directories, like Google My Business, Bing Places for Business, Yelp, AVVO, and literally thousands of others, are an SEO tactic your law firm needs to start implementing. Plus, we know you’re busy. Lawyer Blogs. What makes a good blog post?

Law Firm Marketing 101: An Essential Guide for Family Lawyers

Go Beyond SEO

Check out this guide on law firm marketing. Why are your competitors getting more business than you are? One of the most effective ways to build your practice is to have the right digital marketing strategy. After all, 85% of people hit the internet when they’re looking for local businesses, so a strong online presence goes a long way. For a more effective and revenue-boosting strategy, check out these law firm marketing tips. Blog and Blog Well.

Top 5 Inbound Marketing Articles to Start the Week: Cranking Out Content

Hubspot

Starting to feel the daily grind of blogging? If you're a business blogger who is trying to make the most of your blog by regularly cranking out content, chances are you're familiar with the pressure. In this week's top inbound marketing article, Chris Brogan shares his thoughts and tips on consistently creating remarkable blog content. Author: John Jantsch on Duct Tape Marketing Blog. Marketing Lessons From Halloween.

19 New Featured Sources on the B2B Marketing Zone

Webbiquity

The B2B Marketing Zone has really taken off over the past few months with the recent addition of numerous great bloggers. For those not familiar with it, the B2B Marketing Zone (a.k.a. the BMZ) was officially launched a year ago as the first content aggregation hub for leading business-to-business bloggers. Add WordStream’s Advanced Keyword Tools to Your Website for free , June 8, 2010. Should You Use Foursquare for Your Business? Business Blogging.

Bridging the Gap Between Blog Traffic and Lead Generation

SmartBug Media

Turning your blog into a lead generation engine is no easy feat, but it is worthwhile and—better yet—completely achievable. In fact, marketers who consistently blog see 67 percent more leads than those who don’t. So, how do you turn your blog into a lead generation engine?

Top 5 Inbound Marketing Articles to Start the Week: Convert Traffic to Sales

Hubspot

Generating traffic to your website and blog is all well and good, but if you're a B2B company, chances are traffic isn't enough. In this week's top inbound marketing article, Chris Brogan shares some simple steps you can take to turn the traffic you're getting into coveted leads and sales. If you're looking to get the most of the traffic coming to your business blog, Brogan's article can help by highlighting some preparations you should make.

Top 40 Posts and Hot Topics of Inbound Marketing and Social Media

B2B Marketing Zone Posts

Best of B2B Marketing. A fascinating “hardcore” B2B social media success - grow - Practical Marketing Solutions , June 20, 2010 With many companies now engaged in social media marketing strategies for nearly two years or more, success stories are starting to emerge, even in the difficult marketing world of industrial B2B. Is lead generation killing marketing? &# If you’re a business to business marketer, you ought to check it out.

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