Best Practices: Inbound Marketing Strategies for B2B

Inbound marketing strategies for B2B business’s best practices include:

Recreate Existing Content and Try New Mediums

According to the Huffington Post, B2B companies who blog attract 67% more leads than those who don’t. This can give your company quite the competitive edge so if you haven’t already started blogging, try and recreate your previous posts into new formats to get more results for your time. Also try various mediums when releasing content, like videos. You never know which content medium match speaks most to your audience without testing them so find a way to place your content in new formats to generate more web traffic & leads!


Create Content from FAQs

People are bound to ask questions when visiting your site, so why not start building out your content from there? Unless your goal is to have customers reach out to you with questions, chances are you don’t want to be sitting at your computer all day answering them repeatedly.  Creating content that focuses on addressing these common questions will not only save you time but they will also improve the quality of your leads and can even speed up the sales process.


 Create a Content Calendar

This may seem like a lot of work at first, but once you see the true value behind your content marketing you will understand the power behind social media marketing.  Social media isn’t just for B2C, it can also play major roles in effective B2B marketing on platforms such as LinkedIn and Twitter. Creating a content calendar will help you keep track of your social media presence eliminating any doubt about the strategic process halfway through the month. It will also keep you organized so you will always have content ready for posting. (How do I make one of these?)


Take Advantage of Marketing Automation Systems

Marketing Automation Systems exist to serve! Our personal favorite over at Corrao Group is Pardot because it offers a multitude of features that can save your team time, minimize manual mistakes, and align your sales and marketing teams. List segmentation, drip programs, email templates, A/B testing, content calendars, and auto responders are all at features at your fingertips with minimal to no effort.  Need proof? Check out our case study that made our client thousands.


Engage with Industry Influencers

Make yourself a valuable resource known to the leaders of influence within your industry. A great way of doing this is interacting on social media posts on LinkedIn or quoting tweets from influencers on Twitter. Other businesses follow and trust these people and therefore would be more likely to value an interaction or observation of yours involving them. Connecting with them via social media is a quick and easy way to make yourself known.


Focus on Your Titles

When searching for information on Google, title tags are what lets the search algorithm know that your content exists as a results option. This is a minor fix with your coding on both your website and your blog, but has the ability to make a huge (free) difference when it comes to driving traffic to your site. Make sure your text titles correspond with what readers expect to find on your page or you will face the wrath of Google penalties.


Make Your Web Pages Fast-Loading

B2B audiences consist of other professionals that are working and don’t have time to wait around, often times from their mobile phones. Don’t let a slow website be the reason they close the site and continue searching for the answers someone else.  There are a variety of tricks to make your website open faster including arrangement of your code, location of your code, the type of code, the size of your images, and many more factors that may give your company the competitive edge it deserves.

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6 “Best of Breed” Platforms To Draw Visitors To Your Pardot Marketing Funnel

For your marketing funnel, Pardot is a powerful B2B marketing automation machine that works 24-7-365 to increase the velocity of your funnel with incredible synergy with Salesforce. The software is attractive to organizations everywhere because of its ability to engage better than anything else, but there are ways for users to really ramp up their results using supplementary marketing programs.

If you combine Pardot with these six top of the funnel (Awareness Phase) tools, you can save time and see a substantial boost to your marketing efforts!

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The Network Is Your Customer,” by David Rogers (Yale University Press, 2011)

 Website Management/Blogging with WordPress

26% of websites are run on WordPress. WordPress is a free, simple, open format content management system (CMS) and is ranked as the top blogging platform. Pardot allows you to securely upload dynamic content and forms to your self-hosted WordPress website with a single log-in. You can easily attract visitors with a personalized blog experience relevant to their interests and convert them to prospects in a streamlined process.

Learn more about WordPress

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WordPress ranked #1 for blogging platform

 

SEO/Content Optimization with Yoast SEO

Yoast is rated the #1 SEO plug-in on WordPress with over 1 million installations. Yoast offers real-time page analysis to help you optimize your content, keywords, meta-descriptions and image titles. Combine this with the search marketing and keyword tracking features in Pardot and you have supercharged your SEO!

 

Social Media Management with Hootsuite

Hootsuite is the world’s most popular social media management tool. Hootsuite acts as a hub for your different accounts and has some amazing features like scheduling posts, social listening, analytics, and social monitoring. Use custom redirects, dynamic content, and landing page links from Pardot on your posts via Hootsuite to track clicks and prospects.

Event Management with Eventbrite

pardot and eventbrite

Eventbrite is the ultimate place to create and promote an event online and sell tickets. It allows users to discover events that match their interests, social circle, and location. Pardot syncs with Eventbrite to provide reporting on event registrations and attendance inside Pardot. Event Registries automatically are scored and new prospects are created upon registration.

Learn how Eventbrite connects with Pardot here

Analytics with Wave Analytics for B2B Marketing 

Wave for B2B Marketing

Salesforce Wave Analytics allows users to maximize marketing and sales efforts through better understanding their audience’s behavior. The interface allows for users to easily get clear insights into past and current marketing performance. Wave pulls data in from Pardot to give a complete picture on how to optimize your marketing efforts and make marketing decisions based on actionable data.

Learn more about Wave B2B Analytics here!

Paid Advertising with Google Adwords

Adwords and Pardot

 

Google AdWords lets you target specific types of customers on the world’s largest search engine. In other words, using Google AdWords enables lead generation to a targeted audience. The Pardot Google AdWords Connector ties cost data from AdWords to opportunity data from Pardot to determine your true cost-per-qualified-lead and search engine marketing ROI.

Learn how Google Adwords connects with Pardot here!

 

Five Reasons Why B2B Marketers Should be Taking Blogging Seriously

Blogging has become a crucial part of content marketing strategy. If you haven’t been regularly nurturing your relationship with prospects and customers with the help of a blog, you’ve been missing out! Recent industry surveys by The Content Marketing Institute estimate that 86% of B2B companies are currently blogging, along with 77% of B2C companies (source).

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So, why do you want to be with the majority on this?

1. More Leads

 

According to recent data, B2B businesses that blog achieve 67% more monthly leads than those that do not (source). Blog posts that can help solve customer pain points will naturally attract quality leads. Make sure your content is relevant to a problem that your company solves well, which leads me to reason #2…

 

2. The Trust Factor

 

Blogs have been rated as the 5th most trusted source for accurate online information (source). Routine posts serve as effective means of indoctrination. Blogging shares the personality of your company and can turn potential prospects into loyal customers. If you understand your target audience, you can create content that speaks directly to them and builds a rock-solid relationship. If you need to learn more about your audience, the feedback you get from your blog will help you understand what content is most effective.

 

3. Increase Traffic to your Website

 

Internet users in the US spend 3x more time on blogs than they do on email! Studies report that blogging can increase web traffic toward your website by as much as 55%. And among companies that use email marketing, those that blog get twice as much traffic from their email than those who don’t (source). Increasing more traffic to your site means new unique visitors and lead generation, as well as increasing your page ranks on Google. That SEO will drive even more traffic to your website!

 

4. Blogging = HIGH ROI

 

Marketers who have prioritized blogging are 13X more likely to enjoy positive ROI (source). Blogging is a cheap way to bring in leads organically, and often those leads are of a better quality. As described in 1 and 2 above, if your blog can consistently provide valuable information, prospects will come your way and eventually be converted into loyal customers. Content search leads close x8 more than traditional leads (source).

 

5. Influence Decision Makers to buy

 

81% of B2B decision makers use online communities and blogs to help make purchasing decisions (source). People who find themselves on your blog are there because they are seeking solutions. Adding an effective call-to-action to your blog posts can create a sales opportunity right then and there. CTAs can be as simple as subscribing to the blog, sharing a post on social media, or downloading a whitepaper. You can also convert them to a customer by promoting your product!