When it comes to effectively reaching and engaging your audience, one needs to be able to communicate with them on a personal level as much as possible. There is a need for companies to add quality content that informs their buyers and guide them to the right path for optimal solutions. This is where Inbound Marketing is ideal in your bid to generate more business.
This article will help you understand the concept of inbound marketing and how it can be effectively used to drive business growth.
In the article we outline:
- What is inbound marketing and how is it different from outbound marketing
- What is the inbound marketing methodology
- How you can use inbound marketing techniques to increase your sales and how your company website plays a role in helping you achieve all of these
What is inbound marketing?
Inbound marketing is an approach built around content creation (examples of these include blog posts, ebooks, infographics and videos etc.) to attract people to your business, convert them into leads, and then nurture them into customers. This entire process happens on your company’s website. It then becomes very clear that your website is critical for your business’s growth because it is where new visitors get introduced to your brand.
How is it different from outbound marketing?
According to the Hubspot documented methodology, inbound marketing can be broken up into four sections:
This is where your potential customers are attracted to your website by creating relevant and valuable content
Marketing techniques to attract the right customers
- Search engine optimisation
- Social media
After attracting visitors to your website. You then convert them into leads.
Tools that can be used to convert visitors into leads
- Landing pages
- Call to actions
This stage is about closing the sale and converting your leads into customers
Tools used to engage and track leads
Inbound marketing is an on-going activity. After you have acquired customers. You need to keep them engaged with fresh content. At this stage, you ensure that your current customers become your company promoters.
Tools used to delight current customers
- Online surveys
- Social monitoring
Building an inbound website
The previous section explained what inbound marketing is and how it can be used to drive business growth. If you recall. We did mention that all inbound marketing activities start and end on your website. So, it is very important that your company website is “inbound savvy”.
So you might have a website that looks amazing, but have you ever asked yourself if it really does what it supposed to do?. More often than not, the focus is on the design of a website rather than its substance and functionality. I remember when we started building websites, we focused more on the aesthetics rather than the core functionality. Even the referrals we would get would come us and say, “we want a site that as good looking like the one you did for client XYZ”. Times have changed now, and the online space is very competitive. A great looking site alone won’t cut it. Nor will a static website with basic information and a generic “contact us” page. Aesthetics and functionality need to work hand in hand.
Building a successful website requires an effective, sustained effort which is beyond presenting your products, services, images, or other basic information. That means your website design should be focused on achieving a specific goal and measurable objectives to attain that particular goal.
Your website should be used to educate potential clients about your products and services, to capture new visitors, and to close sales. It is your 24/7 salesman. All things considered, the ultimate goal of any website should be to convert visitors to qualified leads and in turn, converting them into customers.
We trust that this article highlights the fundamentals of inbound marketing and how it can help you provide more value to your customers.