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“It’s not what you sell that matters as much as how you sell it”- Brian Halligan, CEO & Co-Founder of HubSpot.

Marketers and Sales Representatives are two jobs that are essential to the successful operation of any growing business. While Sales representatives offer a more tangible contribution to achieving your bottom line, marketers coordinate a number of intangible associations surrounding an entire brand that, organizing public relations and media exposure activities, running advertising campaigns to develop a greater awareness of the products on offer, and employing a range of monitoring tools to provide quantitative results. In short, both roles impact leads and revenue with one more focused on building a transactional customer relationship, while the other is focused on managing.

Good marketing goes hand in hand with good selling and while both roles serve their own purpose, here is why being a marketer is just as important as being a Sales Rep.

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You're probably reading this right now because you are not sure how effective your marketing strategy is, or you might simply want to know how to maximize your marketing efforts.

Either way, by reading this article, you’ve already placed yourself in a better position to take action to drive growth for your business. In a modern, golden age of technology with declining attention spans, businesses that are not willing to adopt a constant improvement for their marketing strategy, will inevitably fall behind. It cannot be emphasized just how important it is for businesses to adjust to such dynamic times. 

If you don’t know if you are one of these businesses falling behind, here are some signs you should be looking out for when analyzing your current marketing strategy.

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The meteoric rise of digital marketing only proves the importance for businesses to understand how to effectively measure their success. We've discussed what the best marketing tactics for lead generation and marketing strategies for small companies are, but how can we actually know whether these strategies have worked or not?

This is where Digital Marketing Metrics come in. Metrics are the tools we use to measure the effectiveness of marketing campaigns.  You can capture these metrics through analytic tools such as Google Analytics, HubSpot Analytics, and SEMrush. This is not to be confused with your business Key Performance Indicators.  Key Performance Indicators track the performance of your business, whilst metrics are an indication of how effective your processes are. All KPIs are metrics but not all metrics are KPIs.

An advantage of understanding how to read metrics is that you are often able to see the impacts of your marketing campaigns in real-time, as opposed to traditional marketing campaigns, where the results were often not seen until months to potentially years later.

However, a word of warning, not all metrics are as effective as others. These metrics are called Vanity Metrics as described by Tableau. Vanity metrics may sound good on a report but will not provide you with any true insight on how to generate greater sales.  For example, the number of Instagram followers. Having many followers may look appealing, however, is this large number reflected in revenue?  These are considerations one must take when allocating resources to boosting.

To assist you in determining which metrics you should prioritize, here are the essential 6 digital marketing metrics your business should understand!

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Whether you are a team leader, external third party, or marketing manager, running a marketing strategy workshop can be quite daunting – especially if you are unprepared.

The benefit of a marketing strategy workshop is that you can understand the entire marketing operations in your business and how it influences key stakeholders. It’s a great opportunity to get your team together and understand the various goals of your management, sales, and marketing team, and if necessary, how it applies to your product or service development strategy.

By having a checklist in place, and getting your team fired up for an invigorating exercise that will help your business achieve goals.

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If voice search optimization isn’t a part of your SEO strategy, it’s time to change that.

More people than ever are now speaking into their watches and phones and are increasingly becoming reliant on them. With the addition of smart speakers like Google Home and Amazon Echo, we are experiencing a voice search revolution. According to Perficient, 55% of users use voice search to ask questions on a smartphone. The ease of speaking into a phone and getting an instant response is unmatched – no typing or spelling mistakes necessary, just say what you need, and you’ve got your answer.

Marketers must create content that is optimized for voice search. With competition becoming increasingly intense, you don’t want to be at the bottom of the voice search SEO ladder. In fact, you don’t even want to be second. Voice search, for the most part, is a winner take all system, and much like Highlander, there can be only one.

Here are our top 5 strategies for improving your voice search SEO:

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The marketing industry is a difficult yet rewarding industry if you’re able to push your way through the challenging requirements for your marketing strategy to become successful. It’s common for marketing professional to have experienced failure before they’ve been able to succeed in the industry. Even the biggest and most successful entrepreneurs have experienced failure before becoming successful. 

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COVID has been excruciatingly painful for our business. As a creative marketing agency, use to collaborating in real time, remote working was a challenge. What would take a minute to change, all of a sudden took 10. Everything required a lot more communication and when you are dealing with a marketing consultancy with billable hours, that is a challenge.

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Creating content is more than just writing and posting blogs to your company website. Once it goes to the website, it may or may not get read by your audience. Even if you are writing interesting, compelling blogs that are informing your audience on your team’s industry insights, your audience may not be reading them. It’s important to create content that’s not only informative but shareable. Below, we have four ways to create shareable content to attract your audience.

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Digitally savvy customers are expecting more from the companies that are trying to sell to them. It isn’t enough to offer a product they need – today’s customer is looking for a simple, intuitive solution to their complex problems. They know that while you may offer the product they need, there are at least 10 other companies who can provide that product as well. So how can marketers implement an advanced lead generation strategy to attract new leads? Below, we have 4 ways that businesses can improve their lead generation strategies to attract more leads.

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Businesses around the world are struggling to find ways to be relevant in a business climate that is constantly changing. It can be a difficult process to find new ways to stick out from your competition on a good day, so it's important to find ways to reach your audience even when it's challenging. Below, we discuss four ways your business can stay relevant in even the most challenging business climates. 

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Aligning the efforts of your marketing and sales departments can be a long, difficult journey to get everyone on the same page. While each department is working towards the same goal (generating revenue, growing the business), they are often using very different strategies and tactics to achieve the results. When you can combine the efforts of marketing and sales, you create an environment where two departments are using the strengths of the other to finalize sales and generate revenue for your business. But how can businesses align marketing and sales effectively and efficiently? Digital transformation.

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What does the future of marketing look like? The marketing industry is constantly changing in the face of several different challenges, and marketers should be prepared to change with it. Staying ahead of trends is never an easy job, but it makes a huge difference in preparing for the future. As we move further into 2021, take the time to establish what your marketing priorities should be and what steps you can take to meet each priority in the years to come.

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Customer loyalty is an incredibly invaluable resource, especially when budgets and spending are tighter than ever. While it might be difficult to land new customers right now, it's essential to invest in the customers you have now. Gaining that trust will not only strengthen your relationship with that customer, but it will also help you to develop content to reach new customers in the future. But it all starts with loyalty. Personalized content is an excellent tool to support that loyalty, but you need to know what your customers expect from you.

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There’s a point in the sales funnel where the prospect is handed off to the next team member. Specifically, this is the point of the funnel where the marketing hands off prospects to sales and sales pass prospects to an account executive. The middle of the funnel is like a valve. At this point, you can expand lead quality definitions to pass a higher volume of leads to your sales team, or even tighten the definitions to give them a more specific segment of qualified leads. In the middle of the funnel, marketing facilitates the hand-off to sales. For this hand-off, content is created to engage and educate leads to identify who is interested in making a purchase. This part of the funnel has the most significant potential for marketing and sales to not completely align, so it requires the most attention. Below, we have some tips for how to prevent leads from going cold in the middle of the funnel.

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