Let's be honest and forthright ... we´ve been introduced to many new technologies and ideas in recent years, and it is more than obvious we'll have a lot of difficulties to determine which technology is really worth spending our time and money on.
I´m also amongst those who want to see results. I mean, any real results that these digital marketing strategies, sales methods and systems could provide us with, before actually starting to use it, or go highly recommending it to all of my network. The best part is that there are many examples out there, and it is very easy to find cases of success if we only begin to research.Attracting customers to us instead of focusing on "knocking on their doors", or forcing them to get closer to our product/services with marketing and advertising strategies is not the newest thing. What's new is the methodology and the software, including different integrated tools into one platform that's able to align activities with automation processes (with detailed personalization), so we can correctly track our potential clients.
Like other systems, the effectiveness is based on how they are used. It's like driving a car and never switching to second gear. You have to change gear to actually see the performance.
Something important is to put ourselves in context of different people. The decision process of users in 2016 is nothing similar to what it was in 2006, not even close when we think about 1996, and a tool developed to work under these premises will allow us to track the entire marketing and sales funnel, from the 1st minute someone interacts with a website, through till when they make a purchase, or request a demo. So … marketers enabled to track, automate and optimize content based on the perspective of a person in one specific stage of the buyer journey is what these mechanisms attempt to provide.
Inbound Marketing goes beyond just attracting new customers. Inbound is not just attraction.
If we start talking about Attraction Marketing using PPC (google adwords), we need to know that it's not enough to explain what that thing catching people's attention today is.
Inbound Marketing Vs. Adwords
Working with keywords using Adwords you bid to have an ad placed on Google’s search results page. This is also competitive, and exactly where your ad shows up depends on a number of factors including the competition for the keyword and your budget.
Working with keywords using Inbound Marketing, you create content such as blogs, and optimize your on-page SEO to make your website turn up on search results. A good way of looking at it, is the content you create in Inbound is an asset, and not an expense on your company.
Long Life Value Vs. Money
- With Inbound: Getting on the first page of search results is not an overnight process. It could take time before your website ranks in the top 10 results for a particular keyword in a Google search. The great thing is once your page ranks high on Google Search, it will stay there for a long time. Success lasts a long time with Inbound, because the content you publish stays on the internet forever.
- With PPC (Google Adwords): Success is an overnight process. As soon as you start a "successful campaign" your ads will appear on searches and you will start to get clicks and traffic to your site. But as soon as you stop the ads, the clicks will stop. There is no long lasting benefit to doing a PPC campaign, unless it is tied to conversion - which is also an aspect of Inbound.
Therefore, the difference between Attraction Marketing using Adwords and Inbound Marketing is reach, and more importantly, the life time value. While the first one focuses exclusively on attracting users, Inbound goes three steps further (if not more); attract, convert and close. Inbound attracts visitors to your site, increases lead conversion turning those visitors into leads (prospects), and using lead nurturing techniques and lead scoring, prepares the prospect to turn into a customer.
Another point to note, is that we often see practices in the business world have lost their ethical orientation. The Inbound Methodology considers it necessary to approach people at the right time, in the right place, and in the right context (no interruption, no invasion). It's time to manage our strategies differently and implement the best practices of marketing and sales following a more human path.
Empathy does not cost anything, respect your audience.
This digital world is constantly evolving and empowering us. New generations grow up and it is difficult to find the right term to explain how great collective intelligence is. So, this incredible growth and complexity of consumer´s thinking not only confirms the importance and strategic impact Inbound Marketing has nowadays for companies.
¿Do you consider yourself skeptical when it comes to rethinking your digital marketing strategies?, Does disruption scare you?
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