Inbound Marketing for Manufacturers Blog

    Insourcing Marketing vs. Outsourcing to an Inbound Marketing Agency

    There's a common misconception that hiring an agency to do your marketing is much more expensive than handling it internally.

    The trick about marketing is that it's not one single job that you're paying someone to do. There are many tasks and responsibilities that require a variety of skill sets. The salary of an individual who can do all of those things effectively is much higher than a monthly agency retainer fee. Hands down.

    "Marketing" is one word that encompasses a lot of components and gears and creative production. You may decide to outsource some of those pieces, while taking care of others in-house. So, the real question you want to ask yourself is: What parts of my inbound marketing strategy do I need to outsource, and which can I do internally?

    For some of our clients, they can't do anything internally. Whether it's a matter of time, resources, or ability, they're simply unable to take care of their marketing strategies on their own.

    Other clients have some experience with different aspects of marketing, plus a little extra time to churn those bits out. They take care of those pieces, and we handle the unfamiliar territory.

    So, what are the different pieces that need work? How do you know if you can handle them yourself, or if you should hire an expert? Let's take a look.

    Topics: SEO Social Media Strategy CTA Mobile B2B Analytics Inbound Marketing Inbound Marketing Services Statistics Inbound Sales Keyword Research

    Inbound vs Outbound Traditional Marketing: Value Comparison

    Large investments typically cause sticker shock. We get it. We hate sticker shock too. But if you make a smart investment, it really ends up paying for itself. 

    Topics: Social Media Strategy CTA Mobile B2B Inbound Marketing Lead Generation Inbound Marketing Services Statistics Inbound Sales HubSpot

    A Beginner's Guide to B2B Social Media Advertising Tips

    For many businesses, getting noticed on social media and in Google search results can be a challenge. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and LinkedIn all have at least one thing in common -- they help extend your company’s reach (regardless of your industry). It helps to have a large following, but if you don’t there’s a great way to reach a large group of people.

    Understanding how to properly use paid advertising, in combination with effective social media practices, will put your business on track to being noticed. 

    Topics: Social Media B2B Content Marketing Inbound Marketing Inbound Marketing Services Inbound Sales Advertising B2B Marketing

    Whale Watching Ep. 1 -- Inbound Marketing Goal Setting

    As we finally have the opportunity to throw our 2020 calendars directly into the trash, it’s time to begin putting a focus on what’s next. And if you’re a B2B company preparing for another year of unpredictability, it’s important to put an emphasis on marketing.

    Topics: Strategy B2B Inbound Marketing Inbound Sales Whale Watching

    A Basic Prescription for Medical SEO Best Practices

    As technology changes, so does the way customers conduct their research. Just look at the healthcare and healthcare tech industries.

    It’s extremely common for potential patients to search the internet for information, products, or services relating to their medical needs. And the B2Bs who serve medical facilities are trying to get in front of the right person who’s typically researching software and devices via Google.

    As a result, businesses within the medical industry -- both B2C and B2B -- must have fully functioning and user-friendly websites. How else will patients find you in today’s world without a little SEO to even the playing field?

    Having a website is only a piece of the puzzle. A website alone will not get you ranked high in Google search results -- but medical SEO will.

    Topics: SEO Social Media CTA B2B Inbound Marketing Inbound Marketing Services Statistics Inbound Sales Search Engines Healthcare Technology Marketing digital marketing medical technology marketing Keyword Research

    Perfect Your B2B Customer Experience Research by Playing 20 Questions

    Buyer personas play a massive role in your inbound marketing strategy. After all, what good is a marketing strategy if you don’t know who you’re marketing to?

    Topics: Buyer Persona B2B Buyer's Journey Inbound Marketing

    How to Handle Healthcare Technology Trade Show Marketing in 2021

    It’s no secret that B2B trade shows are going to look much different in 2021. Is your business ready to make the necessary changes to the way you market at trade shows -- even if you’re not really there?

    Topics: Strategy CTA B2B Inbound Marketing Inbound Marketing Services Statistics Inbound Sales Advertising trade show strategy Healthcare Technology Marketing B2C Keyword Research Manufacturing Marketing World

    How Long Does Successful Inbound Marketing Take to Produce Results?

    One of the most common questions we get asked is, how long does successful inbound marketing take to produce results. On the surface, it seems like a straight forward question that should elicit a straight forward answer.

    One thing is for certain, successful inbound marketing is a marathon, not a sprint. You reap tremendous, compounding rewards with inbound marketing, but it doesn't happen overnight. 

    The truth is, the timing of inbound results is dependent on a few factors.

    Topics: SEO Social Media Strategy CTA B2B Inbound Marketing Inbound Marketing Services Brand Awareness Statistics Search Engines Keyword Research

    Can I Have Successful Inbound Marketing with my In-House Team?



    As an executive, you work hard to put the pieces in place to achieve your goals. 

    Sales and profitability are always items on your list of goals. That means successful inbound marketing should be one of the pieces on your radar. Let's take a look at the skill sets needed for inbound marketing success.

    Topics: SEO Social Media Websites Strategy CTA Analytics Inbound Marketing Inbound Marketing Services Brand Awareness Inbound Sales HubSpot Advertising B2B Marketing digital marketing Keyword Research

    What Is a SaaS Buyer Persona?

    If you’ve stumbled on this article, you’re probably reassessing the way you approach sales/marketing efforts and feeling a little unsteady. Perhaps one of your biggest sticking points is, “How do I reach the right people in a digital space with an intangible product?”

    A better question (or two): “What is a buyer persona, and how will it help me reach those people?”

    A buyer persona is a semi-fictitious profile of your ideal customer. It consists of market analysis, current customer data, and hypothetical situations. A buyer persona touches on key information that could affect your marketing message, such as: 

    • Demographics
    • Consumer behaviors
    • Consumer goals/objectives

    Although relatively similar, buyer personas and target markets are not the same -- buyer personas are much more specific. Furthermore, SaaS buyer personas are different from regular buyer personas. And SaaS buyer journeys and marketing strategies greatly differ from traditional marketing strategies.

    Here’s what you need to know about selling software as a service in the modern age.

    Topics: Buyer Persona CTA B2B Content Marketing Blogging Inbound Marketing Inbound Marketing Services Lead Scoring Statistics HubSpot Advertising online marketing plan