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Professional Services Marketing and COVID-19 standard

Professional Services are not immune to economic downturns and must consider their post-COVID-19 marketing response today in order to resume a path to success.  Inbound marketing is a proven marketing method that is ideal for every professional services business. We’ve previously written about How Lack of Marketing Plan Blows the Budget. Let's continue that trend by helping your professional services business develop a post-COVID 19 inbound marketing plan. The COVID-19 Crisis and Inbound Marketing A new and unexpected crisis is not new for us marketers or professional services businesses. Dips in the market, severe weather, and even attacks can disrupt the best laid out plans. We have a history of helping our clients weather the storm and help them come up with ...

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Do you dread learning that someone has un-subscribed from your email list? standard

Do you dread learning that someone has un-subscribed from your email list? Everyone who uses an email marketing platform dreads the email notification of people who un-subscribe, usually following an email distribution. People opt-out for many reasons, usually: - They changed positions within a company. - They departed their current company for another one. - They changed suppliers, and you are no longer it! - Your content no longer engages their interest. - They forgot who you are. - Their inbox is packed. For many small business owners, the day to day routine makes it difficult to carve out time to create great content and share it on a regular basis. Three articles a year is not going to create a level of engagement, nor should ...

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How a content marketing campaign can drive new business standard

You have probably heard or read it before: content marketing is important to your online campaigns. Content is a leading channel of digital and inbound marketing – any reputable marketing firm, agency, or consultancy can tell you that content marketing drives new business for your brand through a combination of benefits that work hand in hand, providing you with brand authority, search engine visibility, and lead-generating web copy. But how does this happen? Why does content marketing drive new business? Well, because: Content is King… Back in 1996, forward-thinking tech pioneer and visionary Bill Gates wrote an article with a central message that to this day holds true: “content is king.” From the point of view of a business marketing itself to ...

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To Blog or Not to Blog standard

If you aren't familiar with the power of blogging, then you've missed some of the most important developments in advertising from the last few years. Here are some of the main reasons why you should work blogging into your marketing plan - or avoid it in its entirety. To Blog: The Power to Get Noticed At its core, blogging is a simple yet powerful tool - the ability to create a series of pages, each of which holds unique content, and use those pages to fill the results of search engines and ultimately attract new customers. Consider the following: According to the marketing statistics of HubSpot, 44% of online shoppers will start their quest through a search engine - not by going ...

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Networking and Referrals Tops with SMB’s… Maybe? standard

Networking and Referrals Tops with SMB's... Maybe? When asked for their best sources of lead generation, a recent article and poll suggests so. But is this really the truth? A friend and business owner I admire recently shared a magazine article that addressed lead generation strategies. According to the article, the use of websites and the internet came in third at 63%, as the most popular answer of how leads will be generated in 2014. Referrals and networking were #1 and #2. The article further discusses SEO and SMO, which my friend knows is right up my alley. He also commented that the article really supported my position on the importance of inbound marketing. Referral and networking are always the top answers ...

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Inbound Marketing is Dead standard

“E-mail is Dead”… according to Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook at the time of the quote “The Internet is Dead”… according to Chris Anderson, Wired Magazine 2010 “Digital Marketing is Dead” … Marc Pritchard, P&G, speaking at Dmexco 2013 None of them are actually dead. In fact, e-mail as an engagement tool is fantastically effective when properly planned and executed. For prosepcting? E-mail is the best drip tool available. And even today we continue to devise products and strategies for highly targeted direct mail that deliver terrific results. Inbound marketing is no exception. What people tend to forget, and the fact a recent article in The Drum reinforces, is not to get too hung up on distribution tactics. Many people gravitate to whatever is ...

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Sharing Tactics for Your Blog Article Promotions Strategy standard

When last we wrote about how we promote our blog articles and how you could as well, we mentioned there was software to make the process easier; there were additional spots on the web where you could also post them. This article will hopefully encourage you to make better use of the Internet in the promotion of your articles and information to share, and if not, to at least convince you to contact an inbound marketing agency (like Zen Marketing) to help get you started. It does not all have to be done at once, and the workload can even be shared by you and the agency you choose. There is no fixed formula for marketing your business through ...

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If Bloggers Get 5 Times the Leads – Why Don’t You Blog? standard

There is a real disconnect when I come across a business professional that doesn’t have an active blog on their site. It’s not that I don’t respect them as business people; they have a right to manage their business any way they wish. It just seems to be counter-productive to have a website and NOT offer content to their visitors. When there is no blog, I lose interest fast. Unless the business employs video, an array of eBooks or some other “reason” to explore their site, I am simply moving on to a competitor of theirs. When people come across your site, the same will happen to you. Blogging for business is not about letting everyone know what you had ...

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Lead Your Competition with Content Marketing standard

We have covered the value of creating content marketing to allow prospects to find your website and you for quite a while now. One way to lead your competition and establish yourself as an industry expert is by creating engaging content in a variety of media. You not only bring valuable attention to your brand, but also gain recognition as you rise above the competition. Content marketing is nothing new. Neither is the concept of being a market or industry leader. Leading your competition may not be your goal, but driving business should be. Content marketing IS the way today. Actually, it gets its humble beginning by way of the earliest of human beings; telling stories around a campfire to get ...

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