What’s swankier than a successful business? Not much. And knowing the difference between inbound and outbound marketing could be the difference between financial survival and implosion. Today is your lucky day, because if your marketing efforts are confined to the outbound variety, you must be living in 1979. We’ve got a new thing these days called the Internet…
Basically what we’re talking about is another way to say content marketing. Under this approach, a company reaches out through blogs, podcasts, video, eBooks, eNewsletter, whitepapers, SEO, and social media marketing. There are other examples, but you should get the idea. Inbound marketing EARNS the attention of customers by supplying helpful (hopefully) information that makes the potential consumer want to learn more. They begin interacting with the company that supplied the information and, voila, suddenly you have a true believer.
Outbound marketing could be characterized as the “old” way of doing business. It’s traditional advertising methods like cold-calling, direct mail, radio, television, sales flyers, spam, telemarketing, and more. The basic difference is that, with outbound marketing, you’re buying attention rather than earning it. Not only do you likely wind up spending a heck of a lot more money, you might have to earn the attention of the same customer time after time.
Need some red hot tips on how to kick your inbound marketing program into high gear?
Website Design: You have about three seconds to grab an Internet browser (figuratively) by the throat and attract their attention enough to get them to stay. Bottom line: no boring, confusing websites with stale content!
Blogging: Maybe you love blogging and maybe you hate it. Trust us when we say it’s more than
good exercise for your fingers. Blogging is a great chance to become a thought leader in your field and helps solidify the relationship between you and customer.
Webinars: The thought of putting on a webinar might strike fear into the heart of a seasoned businessman or businesswoman but these things work. A free webinar loaded with educational information and that keeps the “sales pitch” to a minimum can make you more of a real person to your customers. What’s that giant cha-ching sound? The cash register, of course.
Last but not least, you’ve heard the phrase content is king? There’s no way around it. Jake Swank has been saying for a while that content IS king and the sooner you accept that truism, the sooner you’ll get your marketing efforts out of 1979 and into the modern age of inbound marketing. (Image: Flickr | dorineruter)
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