5 Proven Lead Generation Tactics for Construction Companies

5 Proven Lead Generation Tactics for Construction Companies

5 Proven Lead Generation Tactics for Construction Companies

Lead generation is a key metric many construction companies are working to improve. But, like anything, it’s easier said than done. You want to boost lead generation, but you don’t just want any leads. You want qualified leads — people and businesses who are looking to start the kinds of projects that deliver the greatest returns for your construction company. 

If you’re working to boost lead generation for your construction company, here are 5 proven tactics that won’t just get you more leads, but more of the leads that drive revenue.

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As you might expect, quality lead generation starts with your website:

01. Optimize Your Website to Convert The Construction Leads You Want

Your website is your construction company’s greatest lead conversion tool. Bar none. 

Sure, you’ve been getting a ton of word-of-mouth referrals. But where do you think those referrals go the minute someone recommends your construction company?

Your website. They go to your website. 

Even if it’s just to figure out what number to call, any 21st-century consumer is going to Google you before they talk to anyone on your sales or project team. 

When they do make it to your website, it’s important that there are plenty of opportunities to convert those leads. 

Beyond just word-of-mouth-referrals, you should also be optimizing your website to convert leads coming in from the web. 

If your goal is to increase lead generation, word-of-mouth-referrals shouldn’t be your only stream of leads. You should be optimizing your website and marketing strategy to draw in more traffic (we’ll get to that in #2), and you should be utilizing conversion tools that can help you generate those leads once new visitors make it to your site.

Three key conversion tools you’ll want to implement on your construction company’s website include:

Calls-to-Action

This is the best way to generate leads from your website. A call-to-action is any button or page on your construction website that encourages a lead to take an action. Buttons like “Request a Quote” and “Get a Project Bid” are easy to implement, and they make it really easy to generate leads. 

When calls-to-action are available and visible on your site, you’re making it easy for a qualified lead to convert when they’re ready to talk to your sales team. 

Content Offers

Calls-to-action are a great way to convert qualified leads who are getting ready to make a purchasing decision. But, requesting a quote might be too much to ask of someone who’s just started researching construction companies for their project.

For those visitors, a softer conversion opportunity is necessary. That’s where content offers come in. 

Content offers are pieces of content you put on your website behind a gate. That gate is usually a contact form. Here’s a great example of a content offer that’s directed to contractors. 

Contractor-Content-Offer

If you were a contractor interested in saving money, this content offer might appeal to you. When you fill out your contact information, you get the offer, and the company gets your contact information. 

Voila — that’s a new lead. 

Content offers present qualified lead conversion opportunities, without your sales team having to do a single thing. They’re a great soft-conversion opportunity that can increase your construction company’s lead generation, without putting a lot of extra work on your sales team. 

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Conversational Marketing

Conversational marketing is another great conversion tool you can use to boost your construction company’s lead generation, while also saving your sales team some time qualifying leads. 

Implement conversational marketing tools, like a chatbot, on some of your more highly trafficked website pages. Your home page is a great idea, as well as any pages that showcase your previous work. 

If a potential lead thinks of any questions, or wants to know more about one of your past construction projects, all they have to do is type a message to the chatbot the minute they think of that question. 

The chatbot can either answer that question according your pre-set conversations, or someone on your sales team can respond directly through the chatbot. 

If that lead seems qualified, the chatbot can collect their contact information for your sales team to follow-up, and you’ve just generated another lead.

If the lead doesn’t seem qualified, your sales team can point them in the right direction, and they’re on their merry way immediately. This helps remove a lot of the unqualified leads that could be clogging up your sales pipeline.

Conversational marketing is a newer technology, but it’s a great way to remove any friction between the visitor to lead conversion. Most studies have shown that the easier it is for a visitor to get an answer to their question as they think of it, the more likely they are to continue the conversation and become a lead. 

Conversational marketing tools solve the challenge of providing the right response to a question at exactly the right time, by ensuring your website is always on, answering questions even when your sales team is out of the office. 

02. Create Content That Draws in More of the Right Leads

More traffic = more leads. 

And you get more traffic by putting out more content. 

I’m not going to go into the mechanics of blogging or content marketing, but if you want more info there, check out these resources:

The long and short of it is that if you’re putting out content that is:

a) targeted to keywords that people are searching for, and 

b) relevant to the questions your ideal leads are asking,

 you’re going to pull in more qualified traffic.

And when you have more qualified traffic coming to the website that you’ve already optimized with conversion opportunities (See step 1) you’re going to generate more leads. 

Topics like, “How to Determine A Budget for My Business Construction Project?”, or “How Long Will My Office/Hospital/Apartment Building Construction Project Take?” are things your ideal buyers are probably searching for. 

If those don’t sound great to you, then what do your customers typically ask? Ask your sales team what questions they field the most when it comes to starting a new construction project. 

When you’re writing blogs and articles that answer those questions, you’ll start pulling in the qualified traffic you want. When they do, your conversion tools will be ready and waiting to help convert those visitors into leads. 

03. Put Effort Into Local SEO

Most commercial construction companies function in a specific geographical range.

Even if you’re a large industrial construction company, you’re probably restricted to a region of the country, like the Midwest or the Pacific Northwest.  

While you want to boost your construction company’s lead generation, you don’t want to pull in leads that aren’t relevant to your company. 

Leads from other countries or from regions you don’t serve are a waste of time. 

A key way to ensure your lead generation efforts are only working to pull in the right leads is to put effort into your local SEO. 

That means, tailoring your digital presence — your online listings and your website — to clearly state where you work. 

Google My Business

Your Google My Business listing is a key place to start. 

Anyone who searches “commercial construction company near me” is going to pull up a search engine results page that highlights companies with Google My Business Listings. For example, I searched digital marketing in our area, Grand Haven, and three marketing agencies popped up on top. 

When you click on Evenbound, you pull up our Google My Business Listing.

This is a free listing that Google puts together to help users find the best business for whatever service they’re searching for. It’s got everything from our hours to our website to pictures of our team.  

The more optimized your listing, the better. 

At the very least, you should claim your construction company’s Google My Business Listing and adjust your service area details. 

The service area business details allow you to say what areas you serve customers in, where you business is located, and more. 

This helps Google figure out where you are, which in turn helps you. When Google knows where you are and what areas you serve, they’re more likely to show your business when someone searches for a commercial construction company in their area. 

When that happens, you get more qualified, local leads.

Pro Tip: If you can, try to get some reviews going on your Google My Business Listing. As you can see from our results, our high rating put us at the top of local search results. Here’s some more info about how customer reviews can drive quality local search results

Optimize Your Site for Local SEO Too

It’s a good idea to optimize your website for local SEO too, especially if you want to rank ahead of the competition. This is another great way to make sure you’re boosting your lead generation potential for the right, qualified leads. A few ways to optimize your construction company’s website to draw in more local leads include: 

  • Add location pages to your website. If you’ve got multiple offices or locations, create a dedicated page for each, and include each location’s unique hours and service options. This will help you rank well for both locations.  
  • Develop local content. People looking to complete a commercial construction project in your area probably have questions about what they should prepare for when it comes to local building codes and requirements. Developing content that answers those location-specific questions can help boost your presence in local search results. 
  • Make sure your construction company’s name, address, and phone number are consistent across the web. This makes it easier for people to find you, and to establish where your company is. 

Putting just a little effort into your construction company’s local SEO can go a long way. The more optimized you are for local search, the more qualified traffic you’ll get. And as we talked about earlier, more qualified traffic = more qualified leads. 

04. Use PPC and Social Media Advertising Intuitively

Up until now, these lead generation tactics have been largely focused on organic efforts. 

Paid advertising is also a great way to generate leads if you use it well. 

Unlike organic search efforts, which take a bit of time to gain traction, PPC and social media advertising can generate those leads you want, right now. This makes paid advertising a great supplement to any inbound marketing strategy looking to boost lead generation quickly. 

Paid search and social media advertising are both great options for construction companies. 

PPC is a great lead generation tactic because you can pick and choose the keywords that you want to bid on. 

For smaller PPC budgets, we recommend bidding on keywords that signal buyer intent, like “commercial contractor quote”, or “commercial construction timeline”.

Though you might not get as many leads from these long-tail keywords, the lead you do get are likely to be highly qualified, and more likely to convert to sales. Since you only pay when someone clicks on your ad, there’s not much to lose by giving PPC a shot.  

Social media advertising is great for construction companies because it’s highly visual, and so are your projects. 

You can highlight images of the beautiful buildings you’ve completed, while also using Facebook, Instagram (yes, Instagram can work for commercial construction companies), and LinkedIn’s robust targeting features to send those ads out to just the leads you know are likely to be interested in your commercial construction services. 

05. Analyze Your Efforts and Optimize for Better Lead Generation in the Future

The best way to boost your construction company’s lead generation is to take cues from your past efforts. 

What lead generation tactics are working best for your construction company? Which tactics flopped?

It’s important to keep track of your efforts and analyze what works and what doesn’t, so you can continue to generate leads more efficiently in the future. 

We always recommend a CRM to help you keep track of and analyze data associated with your marketing and lead generation efforts, but you can also use the people you talk with every day to figure out what’s working to generate leads for your company. 

Here’s how:

  • Talk to new leads — how did they find you? This will help give you a better idea of where those leads are coming from. When you know that, you’ll be able to figure out which of your lead generation efforts are working to deliver new leads. 
  • Talk to customers — why did they choose your construction company? Did they love a guide or content offer they found on your site? Were you the first result on Google? What tipped the scales for them and made them choose your construction company over the competition? Answers to these questions should also give you insight into what lead generation tactics are working for your team. 
  • Talk to your sales team — what efforts, tools, or platforms are delivering the most qualified leads? Your sales team works with leads and customers every day. They’ll know, from talking to these people, what information is most relevant to them, and what’s helping to convert new visitors into leads. 

The better you understand your current lead generation efforts, and their effectiveness, the more intuitively you’ll be able to tailor your efforts in the future.

Take the lead generation tactics that are working the best, and allocate a bit more time and budget to them. If something isn’t working, take a break from it, or come at it from a different angle. 

Construction companies often struggle to generate qualified digital leads, either because they lack an online presence, or because they’re not exactly sure what leads they want. If you can nail those two things, and implement even just a few of these lead generation tactics, you’ll start to see a boost in the leads coming to your construction company. 

Looking to boost your construction company’s lead generation potential? The Evenbound team is here to help. We’ve worked with a number of construction companies to boost site traffic, align sales and marketing, and most importantly to generate and close leads.

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Developing an Outbound Marketing Strategy That Delivers Qualified Leads

Developing an Outbound Marketing Strategy That Delivers Qualified Leads

Developing an Outbound Marketing Strategy That Delivers Qualified Leads

We’ve talked about outbound marketing a lot. At this point, we hope you’re on board with it. Outbound marketing, when created for 21st-century consumers, is effective. It’s the creating part that’s hard, though. 

If done without research or data, your outbound marketing strategy can be both broad and expensive. Read: you’re spending a lot of money on leads you don’t actually want. 

That’s why it’s so important to put in the time up front to develop an outbound marketing strategy that delivers qualified leads. If you’re struggling to build an outbound marketing strategy that pulls in more money than you spend, here are a few ways to turn it around. If you haven’t even begun your outbound marketing strategy, this will help you start off strong. 

Here’s what you need to do to develop an outbound marketing strategy that delivers qualified leads:

Understand Your Audience

The first step to developing an outbound marketing strategy that delivers qualified leads is understanding who your qualified leads are. The thing about outbound marketing is that it usually costs money. You don’t want to spend on a campaign that’s not hitting the right audience. 

Before you even think about building an outbound marketing strategy, you need to fully understand who you're marketing to, and why. Click To Tweet This is called developing your buyer personas. And in case you’re new to buyer personas, we’ve put together an entire step-by-step guide to creating your buyer personas to help you out. 

No matter what your outbound strategy looks like, it’s important that you’ve started with clearly defined buyer personas. When you know your audience, you can better develop ad campaigns and outbound strategies that speak directly to them. 

Set Goals for your Outbound Marketing Strategy

You also need to figure out your goals before you launch, or even build, your outbound marketing strategy. 

What are you hoping to achieve with outbound marketing? If you’re reading this, my guess is that you want more qualified leads. In that case, how many qualified leads would you like to generate from this strategy? Where do you want those leads to go? 

Make Sure You're Setting SMART Goals

If you’re planning a specific ad campaign, what action do you want those leads to take? Like your Facebook Page? Convert on your content offer? Or are you launching a remarketing campaign that you’d like to end in a sale?

What you’d like to achieve with your outbound marketing strategy doesn’t matter so much as having a reason for your outbound marketing strategy. You shouldn’t be running ads just to run them — that’s a quick trip to an unsuccessful campaign. 

Set your goals for your outbound marketing strategy, whether that’s to build brand awareness or draw in more of a certain type of lead, and then you can get started on building the strategy itself. 

Develop an Outbound Marketing Strategy Based on Data

What sets outbound marketing apart from inbound marketing is that you have a massive amount of data at your fingertips. Inbound marketing is exceptionally successful, but you don’t see results immediately, and some tactics can be tough to master. 

This is why an outbound marketing strategy is such a great complement to a quality inbound marketing strategy — it gives you the data you need to make specific, targeted marketing efforts. 

 

Use data to build your outbound marketing strategy. Here are a couple of examples of what I’m talking about:

  • Know Your Keywords If you’re working on paid search ads, it pays to know your keywords. What search queries are your target buyers putting in? And really look at the data. Don’t bid on a broad term with a massive cost per click if a long-tail keyword can deliver similar, or more qualified results. 

  • Get Good at Identifying and Setting Your Audiences – You’ve done a lot of work establishing your buyer personas. Put that research to use when you set audiences for your paid campaigns. Especially on social media advertising, this is where you want to spend the most time — if your ads aren’t hitting the right people, you’re spending money for nothing. 
  • Only Pay for the Leads You Want If your paid outbound tactics aren’t delivering qualified leads, change them! Excluding certain audiences is a great way to optimize ads that consistently deliver leads who aren’t quite warm enough for your sales team. You can also adjust audiences, spend, and more on the fly. Give your ads some time to build, but if they’re not delivering the right results after a few weeks, don’t be afraid to make adjustments. 
  • Send Emails with Intention – We’ll talk about email marketing more, but make sure you’re using data to send emails with intention. When do your subscribers tend to open emails most? Is there certain content they prefer? Could you segment your email list to deliver more targeted, relevant emails? Use data to build your email marketing campaigns, and you’ll see higher open rates, click-throughs, and more leads coming in from that outbound marketing strategy.

Deliver Quality Information

It doesn’t matter if your outbound marketing strategy is built of paid search campaigns, social media advertising, email marketing, or a combination of those three and more. No matter what tactics you use, you need to have quality information behind every single campaign. 

Ad campaigns have to lead to a page that’s helpful and informative. 

Emails should provide content that helps those warm leads learn more about your product, determine which product or service is best for them, and make a purchasing decision. 

This is a big component of a successful outbound marketing strategy. If you’re developing ad campaigns that just lead visitors to your home page, you’re missing out. 

Check out this blog about landing pages to learn more about optimizing outbound lead conversions with the right content. 

Craft Relevant, Specific, Timely, and Helpful Emails

People have volunteered in some way to get your emails. Whether they subscribed to your newsletter or gave up their email address in exchange for a content offer, they made a conscious decision to receive email from you.

It’s your job to ensure they don’t regret that decision.

Basic Email Do’s and Don’ts:

  • Don’t email too often. 
    • Once a month is great
    • Once a week is okay if you really have something to say
    • Once a day is way too much

  • Do craft relevant content
    • Generic newsletters sent to your entire list will fail
    • Develop specific, relevant content that speaks to a specific pain point or question
    • Deliver that specific, relevant content to the right people

  • Do segment your email lists
    • Remember those buyer personas? They’re a great place to start with segmentation.
    • Think about how often you’re emailing each segment. If you have a list of leads in the awareness phase and a list of leads in a particular industry, remember that there could be overlap. Be conscious of the overlap so no one gets bombarded.

If email is a part of your outbound marketing strategy (it should be, it’s useful!) you need to have a purpose for every email you send. 

Before you press send, ask yourself: 

  • Why am I sending this email?
  • What are my goals with this email?
  • Will the people receiving this email appreciate the content?

If you have an answer to all of those questions, and the answer to the third question is yes, then you’re doing email marketing right. 

Remeber that Outbound Marketing Doesn’t Stop With a New Lead

Outbound marketing doesn’t stop when you get a new lead. In fact, outbound marketing is often most successful when it’s used on visitors you already know are qualified leads. 

The people in your email list, those visitors who have shopped around your site a few times, and the leads who keep downloading your content offers are all great opportunities for your outbound marketing strategy. 

The goal of any marketing strategy is to generate leads that turn into sales. You can’t abandon leads after you get them to your site.

You can continue using your outbound marketing strategy to pull those leads closer to a sale with lead nurturing.

Incorporating lead nurturing into your outbound marketing strategy

Believe it or not, lead nurturing is an essential component of any outbound marketing strategy. While there are plenty of inbound lead nurturing tactics, like publishing helpful content that addresses every stage of the buyer’s journey — outbound lead nurturing is particularly effective, since it gives you the opportunity to speak directly to leads you know are already interested in your product or service. 

Two great lead nurturing tactics to add to your outbound marketing strategy include:

Remarketing

Remarketing is a form of digital advertising. When people come to your site and browse your products, cookies track their activity. When they make it to a page on your site that indicates they’re close to making a purchasing decision, they get thrown into your remarketing ad campaign. Then, ads for the product or service they were just browsing pop up on other websites. 

If you’ve ever gotten ads for that pair of jeans you were looking at on your Facebook page or Instagram feed, you’ve gotten remarketing ads. 

These are a super-effective way to draw warm leads right back to your site. They’re a good investment for any outbound marketing strategy because they tend to have a solid success rate. 

Email Workflows

Email workflows are an intuitive, easy outbound lead nurturing strategy.  You’ll have to take a little time to get them set up, but once they’re going, they’re seriously helpful. 

When we talk about email workflows, we’re talking about a succession of emails that kicks off when a lead takes an action. 

  • Let’s say they downloaded a content offer. They’ll get a thank you email right after downloading that gives them the link to the offer. 

  • Then, two days later, your workflow could send out another email asking that lead what they thought, and if they had any questions. 

  • And the workflow goes on like that until they reach the end (a breakup email), or convert to a sale.

In general, email workflows are about three or four emails long, with about two or three days between emails. 

They are so useful for nurturing leads. 

First of all, your sales team doesn’t have to remember to send all of those follow-ups — you can automate them with most email software services. 

Second, it helps pull those leads through the buyer’s journey with relevant, helpful information.

When done right, everyone’s happy. 

The takeaway here is that your outbound marketing strategy should always include tactics that nurture leads once they’ve come to your sales or marketing team. There’s not much point in generating leads if you don’t have a plan to help them convert to a sale. 

Optimize Your Outbound Marketing Strategy Constantly

The key to an outbound marketing strategy that meets your goals?

Constant analysis and optimization. 

Your outbound marketing strategy is never done. You should always be analyzing your results, and applying what you’ve learned to new ad campaigns and email marketing workflows.

The best way to continue growing is to continue working. Keep a close eye on your outbound marketing strategy, and make changes as you can.

While it’s not a good idea to stop and start ad campaigns all the time, or change your email templates every month, there’s a lot you can learn over time. Small changes often have the biggest impact. 

The data you get from your outbound marketing strategy is right at your fingertips, and it tells the story of your success. Use it to keep improving. 

The Most Successful Outbound Strategy is the One that Complements an Inbound Strategy

And finally, I’d like to leave you with a quick reminder. The most successful outbound marketing strategy is the one that complements an inbound strategy.

Inbound and outbound marketing go together like peanut butter and jelly. Click To Tweet They each fill in the gaps of the other strategy. While they’re both strong ways to grow your business and pull in qualified leads in their own right, you’ll see the biggest success when you use them together. 

Check out this blog on how Inbound and Outbound Work Together for more info on developing a cohesive digital marketing strategy. 

A quality outbound marketing strategy takes a lot of work upfront, and quality maintenance to keep it going. Let us lighten the load. For more info about optimizing your outbound marketing strategy to pull in the right leads, or for help getting your paid ad campaigns off the ground, just drop us a line

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7 Steps to Developing a Growth Strategy That Delivers Results

7 Steps to Developing a Growth Strategy That Delivers Results

7 Steps to Developing a Growth Strategy That Delivers Results

You want to grow your company. But, you’re not sure where to start. We get it. 

It’d be great if we could all just grow our businesses and companies by taking on more projects. Unfortunately, sustainable growth needs a little bit more direction and structure than that. 

If you’re looking to grow your company by pulling in more of the right leads, and converting them more efficiently, you need to start developing a growth strategy. 

What’s a Growth Strategy?

A growth strategy is a detailed plan of action designed to help your company grow — that is, increase sales and revenue over a specific period of time. Effective growth strategies are specific, measurable, and focused on continuous improvement. 

No two growth strategies are exactly alike — they’re unique depending on the company, the company’s specific goals, and the resources you have available to implement that strategy. 

What is universal to all companies, however, is that you need a growth strategy if you want to build your company in a specific way: to close bigger deals, to shorten your sales cycle, and grow your company strategically for the best results. 

If you’re working on developing a growth strategy that gets your company moving in the right direction, here are 7 steps you can take to start creating a growth strategy that delivers the tangible results you’ve been looking for. 

7 Steps to Developing a Growth Strategy That Delivers Results

Use this menu to jump to the steps you’re most interested, or read on through for the complete step-by-step guide to developing a growth strategy that delivers results. 

#1 Start with SMART Growth Goals, Big and Small

Real, effective growth strategies start with SMART goals. We’ve got an entire post about how to determine your SMART goals, but here’s a quick cliff-notes version: 

What are SMART Goals?

SMART Goals are:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Relevant
  • Timely

So, “I want to grow my business,” is not, in fact, a smart goal. It doesn’t give you any mile-markers. It doesn’t really tell you what you want, or where you want to be. 

A SMART goal is something like: I want to grow 20% in the next fiscal year. 

The Difference Between Big and Small SMART Goals

Now that’s still a pretty broad goal, which is fine. You can have big growth goals, but it’s also important to set small SMART goals too, so you know you’re keeping your company on track. How are you going to reach that 20% growth mark by the end of the year? 

Examples of smaller growth goals that can help contribute to your big growth goal might be to:

  • Convert 500 leads per month. 

  • Close on 15 sales per month.

  • Generate at least $375,000 in new revenue per month.

One or all of these goals are great mile markers that help keep your team on track while moving to your big, overarching SMART goal. Defining these little goals also makes it easier to start developing strategies that put you closer to your big goals. 

Saying, “oh, I want to grow by 20% in the next year” sounds great. But it doesn’t give you a lot of direction. Saying, “I want to convert 500 leads per month” does give you some direction — how are you generating leads now? How can you generate more leads? Are there lead generating tactics you haven’t tried yet that you could check out?

Now you have a launching-off point to really start moving your company towards your growth goals. 

#2 Develop Strategies to Support Those Growth Goals

Okay, so you’ve got your SMART goals, big and small. Start with the small goals first. Let’s go with generating 500 leads per month as our example.

If you’re generating leads primarily through word of mouth, you have a lot of room to improve:

  • You can start developing a digital growth strategy that focuses on generating leads. 

  • You can increase your web presence, start implementing content marketing strategies, and try out lead capture tactics like landing pages, forms, and calls-to-action. 

If you already have a web presence and are hoping to generate more leads, start by really drilling down on the efforts that work:

  • If you’ve been getting a ton of leads through your blog, up your posting schedule to once or twice a week instead twice a month. 

  • If you have an active list of newsletter subscribers, lean on them a little harder for conversions.  

    You can also start expanding your lead generation efforts. Try new tactics like social media advertising, guest blogging, or adding more lead touch points to your marketing and sales process. 

    The point is that if you have specific, attainable (etc.) goals, determining your plan of action is a lot easier. If you know exactly where you want to be, it’s a little easier to figure out how to get there. 

    #3 Consider Tools That Support Your Goals and Strategies

    Another great way to bolster your growth strategy is to consider investing in tools and software that can make it easier for you to implement your new strategies and reach those growth goals. 

    Using that same lead generation goal as an example, let’s say that one of your new strategies is to start promoting your content more often, and follow up with new leads more promptly.

    It’s important to remember that all of these changes aren’t always on your sales and marketing teams — there are plenty of tools out there that can help you reach these goals and implement these new efforts.

    What Growth Tools Are Right for Me?

    Consider investing in a social media publishing tool that allows you to schedule posts out when it’s convenient for your team. 

    Many marketing software platforms also offer automated email and workflow tools. The minute a lead downloads a content offer or signs up for your newsletter, you can have them automatically entered into a welcome workflow that sends them helpful, relevant communication that nurtures that lead for you. 

    At Evenbound, we’re big advocates for the, “work smarter, not harder” mindset. Implementing a growth strategy can be tough work. If there are tricks and tools that can help you reach those growth goals more easily and that offer your leads and prospects better service, use them

    Don’t be afraid of tools because they’re new or different. They can seriously help you reach those growth goals, usually faster than your team could do it on their own. 

    #4 Implement Your Growth Strategies

    Alright, now that you’ve got your goals nailed down and you’ve got a plan to reach them, it’s time to launch! Put your growth strategies into action. Let your new marketing software do its work. 

    And give your strategies a little bit of time, too. Especially if you’re implementing inbound strategies meant to bolster your organic traffic, you probably won’t see results overnight. That’s okay. 

    Keep with your growth strategies, and keep with your plan.

    In general, you should wait at least a month before you start making judgement calls on the effectiveness of your new initiatives. For some tactics, you might even have to wait a few months to get a really clear picture of how your efforts are impacting your bottom line.

    It’s good to remember that you put time and effort into developing your growth strategies. If you did your research, at least some of your new tactics and strategies are going to deliver results. 

    #5 Analyze Your Results

    When your new strategies and growth campaigns have been running for a while, analyze them. Maybe that’s at the one-month mark for tactics like paid advertising and new initiatives in your marketing and sales process.

    For organic and inbound tactics like content marketing, you might give it two or three months before you take a good hard look at the results. Either way, when it’s time to take a look at how far you’ve come, it’s important to look at the big picture. Make sure you’re analyzing both your wins and your challenges. 

    Looking at the Big Picture: Wins

    Let’s say your new strategy is doing awesome. You’ve reached that 500 leads per month goal already, and you’re only three months into your new strategy.

    Don’t just leave it at, “well, my strategy is working great”. Take a look at which efforts specifically are generating those leads for you.

    Are the majority of your leads coming to your site organically? If so, which pages are they coming to or landing on? 

    Are your paid ads converting leads like crazy? Great! Which ads were most effective? 

    Is your new marketing process shortening your sales cycle and converting qualified leads in just a week or two after their first touch? Amazing. What specific efforts are getting those leads so excited about your company?

    The deeper you dig into your new growth strategies’ results, the better you’ll understand how you’re generating those results. 

    Looking at the Big Picture: Challenges

    This works the other way, too. Maybe you implemented a new email marketing strategy that totally flopped. Look at why it flopped.

    Did you just not have the depth of email contacts you needed to make that strategy work? Were people not connecting with that specific message? How can you improve it for the next round of growth goals? 

    The more you analyze your results, the better your growth strategy will perform in the long-term. When you know exactly what your leads respond best to, and why, you can continue on that upward growth trajectory, and you can keep optimizing your growth strategy with actual data and results in hand. Which brings us to step #6.

    #6 Optimize Your Growth Strategy

    After you analyze your results to death, it’s important to use all of that information you’ve collected and actually put it to work. If a specific set of Facebook ads performed really well, start launching more campaigns with similar attributes. If your email marketing strategy didn’t work, don’t keep doing the same old thing — try something new! 

    The great gift of analytics is that they give you the data you need to make changes and improvements. Use analytics to your advantage and apply what you’ve learned to your future growth tactics and strategies. When you do that, you’re truly implementing a continuous growth strategy that will continue to support your company even as your goals change. 

    #7 Set New SMART Growth Goals

    The key to an effective growth strategy is a mindset of continuous improvement. Once you reach your growth goals, it’s time to set new goals, and repeat the process. 

    If you want your company to keep growing, your growth strategies have to change as your company does. Once you reach your first set of goals, re-evaluate where your company is, set new SMART goals, and keep developing your growth strategy to help you reach them. 

    The best growth strategies are the ones that are constantly changing and adapting to your business’ needs and goals. And it makes sense: a growth strategy that worked for a small business isn’t going to work the same for a mid-sized business. Your growth strategy should evolve and adapt as your company continues to grow. 

    The Most Effective Growth Strategy Is the One That’s Continuously Improving

    In the end, building a growth strategy that delivers results is all about setting up the structure and mindset your team needs to grow, and allowing plenty of space and flexibility to keep improving. The best growth strategies are the ones that grow and improve themselves. 

    So, start with your SMART goals for right now, and keep moving that needle forward as your company grows. 

    Developing a growth strategy and actually implementing it can seem like big, daunting work. If you’re just not sure where to start, drop us a line! We help companies like yours grow every day, and we’d be happy to answer any questions you’ve got about developing a growth strategy, sticking to it, or optimizing it as you reach your goals. 

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    What is Outbound Marketing in 2020?

    What is Outbound Marketing in 2020?

    What is Outbound Marketing in 2020?

    Outbound marketing is and has been a lot of things. If we’re honest, it hasn’t always been great. Outbound marketing is probably best known for annoying push marketing.

    Yeah, we’re talking telemarketers, cold calling, that delightful junk mail you’re always throwing away, and basically any form of marketing that pushes a product or service on you, without even attempting to be personal. It’s not relevant, it’s usually poorly timed (ahem, telemarketers who call at dinner time), and it doesn’t usually put you in a positive frame of mind to make a purchase. 

    But now that we’re clear about how terrible outbound marketing used to be, we can talk about what outbound marketing is in 2020, and how it can be successful and useful today. We’re going to focus on effective outbound marketing because even though there are companies out there still using traditional techniques like telemarketing, there are better, more efficient, and more positive ways to implement outbound marketing in 2020.

    What is Outbound Marketing in 2020?

    In 2020, outbound marketing is an effective way to get your message in front of the right people immediately, and on a larger scale than organic and inbound tactics can deliver. 

    It’s important to remember that while outbound marketing has been frustrating to consumers in the past, it’s still a successful marketing strategy when applied correctly in a non-interruptive way. As we move into 2020, outbound marketing will continue to evolve. We’ve already seen outbound marketing deliver results for our clients in forms like pay-per-click advertising, social media advertising, and even strategic outbound email campaigns, and we expect that trend to continue throughout this new year. 

    In 2020, successful outbound marketing has less to do with what platforms you use, and more to do with how you apply your own strategy to those platforms. Let’s take a look at what outbound marketing that works will look like in 2020.

    Successful Outbound Marketing in 2020 Will Be:

    Outbound marketing doesn’t have to be disruptive. In fact, it can be a really helpful form of marketing, especially for consumers who are ready to make a purchasing decision. Here’s a glance at what outbound marketing in 2020 should look like.

    Personalized

    Impersonal, disruptive messaging is the number one reason that traditional outbound marketing strategies fail. When done right, outbound marketing can produce serious results for your company. It puts you in front of a large pool of the right consumers. 

    But, you’re only going to get their attention if your message is relevant to their goals and pain points and if it’s not disruptive to their life.

    That’s why we’re hoping that in 2020, more people start to look at outbound marketing through an inbound marketing lense. There’s nothing wrong with paid and outbound tactics — they really do work! But, they work best when they’re approached with an inbound mindset of incorporating your message seamlessly into the consumer’s day, rather than interrupting them to shout out an impersonalized promotion. 

    Take the time to understand what your audience is looking for. If you’re on Facebook, choose audiences who have a legitimate interest in your product or service. If you’re working on paid ad sets for Google, choose search terms that are relevant to what you’re promoting. No one wants to see an ad for gym shoes when they searched “ice cream near me.”

    If you’re hoping to implement successful outbound marketing strategies in 2020, personalized, relevant messages that aren’t disruptive are the key.

    Efficient

    Outbound marketing tactics in 2020 have a specific purpose — to convert qualified leads more efficiently than inbound tactics can. Outbound marketing gets your message in front of the right consumers, right now. Make sure you’re using that to your advantage. 

    Implement your 2020 outbound marketing campaigns where you know they’ll be the most effective, and efficient. Outbound marketing tactics like remarketing and paid search ad campaigns targeted to end-of-funnel keywords are great ways to quickly convert leads who have already shown interest in your company. They just need that little extra push to convert. 

    That’s what you use outbound marketing for — efficient, tactical conversions of the leads you already know are interested in your product or service. If you’re trying to use outbound marketing tactics to nurture leads and build relationships, you’re not going to see those immediate results or the ROI you’re looking for, because that’s not what outbound marketing is designed to do. 

    Cost-Effective

    The time for massive outbound marketing budgets is over. We’re not saying you shouldn’t spend money on outbound marketing, but we are saying you should be strategic about where you spend your budget. Digital outbound marketing methods can be exceptionally cost-effective if you know what you’re doing. How to know what you’re doing? Here are a few good ways to start:

    Target End-of-Buyer's-Journey Keywords

    It’s worth it to spend money on outbound marketing campaigns that target people at the end of their buyer’s journey. They know exactly what they’re looking for, they just need to make a purchase. 

    Long-tail keywords like “Honeywell Commercial Alarm System Installation in Grand Rapids” show you that the consumer has already done their homework, and made their decision. Now, they just need to find a provider. When you bid on these keywords, you’ll show up as a first option for those consumers who are ready to buy. 

    Spend on High-Return Markets

    If you have a specific product or service that secures higher returns, that’s where you should be allocating your outbound marketing budget. If you can spend less to make more with your outbound campaigns, you’re going to see the ROI and the results you’ve been looking for.

    Above all, analyze your outbound marketing campaigns constantly. Keep a close eye on where your money is going, and where it’s delivering leads.

    In 2020, the paid advertising market will be more competitive than ever. The best way to get ahead without breaking the bank is to spend strategically on just the campaigns sure to deliver you the best results, and the greatest ROI. 

    Strategic

    Outbound marketing is one part of a complete digital marketing strategy. It’s important to apply outbound marketing tactics in the spaces where they can provide you with the greatest returns. 

    In 2020 outbound marketing will be one of the fastest ways to get your company out ahead of the competition, but it’s important to remember that it’s not the only marketing tactic out there, and it shouldn’t be the only component of your marketing strategy. 

    Outbound marketing costs money. And as more and more people are buying into paid social media advertising, pay-per-click ads, display campaigns, and more in 2020, the costs of outbound marketing will continue to rise. 

    In order to see significant returns, and to get the leads you want at a price that allows you to keep growing, it’s important to be strategic about where you use your outbound marketing tactics. 

    For example, inbound marketing can help you nurture leads with relevant content that answers questions. Outbound marketing can’t do that. Outbound marketing can raise brand awareness, get your company in front of the right leads, and help you close those buyers who are ready to make a decision, but it can’t do the long, hard work of lead nurturing, educating, or building relationships — all important components of an effective long-term growth strategy. For that, you need other tactics and strategies like inbound marketing and excellent customer service. 

    In 2020 the key to a marketing strategy that delivers growth is understanding how to balance inbound and outbound tactics for the best results. Use outbound marketing where you can get those quick wins: targeted and remarketing ads, calling consumers back to you at the end of their buyer’s journey, and raising brand awareness. But remember that in the end, outbound marketing is a tool to help you build on an already solid marketing foundation. 

    If you use your outbound tactics to supplement an already amazing website, rich original content, and a robust digital marketing strategy, you’re sure to win in 2020. 

    Not sure how to implement outbound marketing in 2020? Don’t hesitate to reach out! We’ve got a ton of resources on outbound marketing, and we love to chat about how inbound and outbound marketing can complement each other. We’d be happy to help answer any questions you’ve got. 

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    Advantages of an Outbound Marketing Strategy

    Advantages of an Outbound Marketing Strategy

    Advantages of an Outbound Marketing Strategy

    Why are we talking about outbound marketing? Isn’t everything about inbound marketing now? We’re not knocking on inbound marketing, and we don’t think it’s a mutually exclusive, either/or situation. We just think that outbound marketing strategies have been getting a bad rap lately, and we want to correct that. 

    Used strategically, outbound marketing tactics are an essential component of a balanced, holistic, and effective marketing strategy. Here are the key advantages to an outbound marketing strategy that you should be aware of, so that you can take full advantage of all available tactics and strategies to get what you really want from your marketing efforts: more conversions, more leads, and ultimately, more sales.

    An Outbound Marketing Strategy gets Immediate Results

    Inbound marketing works, but it’s a long game. You have to create a lot of content, strategically share that content via every available and relevant platform, and you have to do it consistently, over a long period of time to truly see results. While that doesn’t mean it’s not worth doing—it’s definitely worth doing— you are going to have to be patient.

    Sometimes, you just can’t play the waiting game. You need to get something out there and in front of the eyes of your potential clients, and you need to do it now. That’s where an outbound marketing strategy comes in. 

    When you’re willing to pay to play, you’ll start seeing results a lot sooner. Why? Well, it’s partially because if you didn’t, those advertising platforms wouldn’t be able to show ROI, and they wouldn’t be able to get or keep clients. These advertising platforms are motivated, therefore, to present your ad to the right people, people who have a potential interest in your products and services and are likely to take action on your ad.

    It Allows You to Target Messages Strategically

    With inbound techniques, you’re drawing in people to your brand and your offerings. They are people who are actively in the market for your product or service and who are searching for what you have. This is great because these leads are already qualified to a degree; they’re much further down the funnel or the buyer’s journey than someone who doesn’t yet know he has a problem to begin with, let alone one that your product or service solves.  

    Outbound marketing strategies bring your messages to the people you want to see them—whether they are already searching for your products and services or not. This is useful to supplementing your inbound marketing efforts, which while effective, may not be working as quickly as you’d like. With inbound marketing, you can’t choose who is seeing your content. You can optimize your content for search and share it strategically, but you can’t guarantee that the purchasing manager or another key decision-maker at your ideal account is going to see it.

    But with outbound marketing, you can. The targeting options for pay-per-click (PPC) ads have expanded over the years to include a wide range of demographic and interest-based criteria that allow you to be extremely precise in how your ads are served. For example, with LinkedIn Ads, you can target your ads by job title and company. With this targeting capability, you can serve your ads to nearly the exact person you want to see them.

    It Still Gets Qualified Leads

    If You Do It Right

    While the inbound process does a lot of qualifying of leads for you, it doesn’t mean that inbound is the only way to get qualified leads, or that the leads that you do acquire from outbound techniques are necessarily unqualified or lower quality. You have to be strategic with your outbound marketing efforts, but you can still get qualified leads, which makes it a valuable part of a balanced marketing strategy.

    Strategic is the key word here. A lot of the people who say outbound doesn’t work are usually doing it wrong. It’s not going to be as effective for an industrial manufacturer to run Facebook ads for a whitepaper as it is for a publisher to run ads for the release of a new book, right? 

    Facebook doesn’t have the information about its users that would be most effective in targeting professionals in the right industry for whatever you’re manufacturing, but it does have information on people’s interests like authors and books they like.

    If you’re going to use outbound strategies, you need to have a clearly defined target audience: what they do, where they work, what are their roles and needs, what is going to appeal to them. It’s the same information you need to create an effective inbound strategy and create good content. You also need to know where to find your audience, which platforms are they using, and where can you reach them with your messaging most effectively. 

    Clear and effective messaging is also essential to obtaining qualified leads. Misleading or vague copy and less-than-relevant keywords might help you get more clicks, more impressions, or more email addresses, but if you’re not delivering on what these leads want and expect, they’re not really qualified. 

    You’ll get more leads, but they’ll be lower quality. And quality is the name of the game here. One perfectly qualified lead is better than 50 leads more dubiously qualified. Which do you think is going to lead to the most sales, and the greatest lifetime customer value? 

    An Outbound Marketing Strategy Supports Your Inbound Efforts

    If you have an inbound marketing strategy already in place, integrating outbound tactics is a great way to support it. You have great content, whitepapers, guides, ebooks, blogs, etc., and you shouldn’t let it languish unseen on a landing page or your blog that gets very little organic traffic. 

    Sure, you share it on social, and that gets you some clicks and engagements, but most organic social content is seen by only a fraction of an organization’s or page’s followers. Organic reach (meaning how many people see a post organically, through it showing up in their feeds) can be abysmal. According to Hubspot, on Facebook, organic reach can be as low as 2%. This means that your posts aren’t getting seen, at least, not as much as you want to be.

    What’s one way to guarantee that your social posts that contain your amazing and thoughtfully-created content get in front of people’s eyes? Promotion. Depending on your industry, messaging, and the platform, this could be as simple as boosting already-well performing posts with your content. It could also mean creating new sponsored posts or even display advertising on those relevant platforms. 

    Maybe you have an amazing email list and amazing emails that your subscribers love, and that’s one way you disseminate your really good content to them. Cool, awesome, we love it. But, how are people finding out about your newsletter? How are they signing up? Outbound lead generation campaigns can garner sign-ups for your email list, and get them in the pipeline for receiving your content that’s sure to convert.

    Outbound marketing has been a little less popular lately, but when done properly, it can offer some serious advantages. Let us help you develop a plan that works. 

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    7 Content Marketing Strategies to Take Your Company to the Next Level

    7 Content Marketing Strategies to Take Your Company to the Next Level

    7 Content Marketing Strategies to Take Your Company to the Next Level

    Content marketing tends to get a bad rap. First of all, it’s hard. It takes a lot of effort, and no matter what type of content marketing strategies you’re invested in, you need a writer to make it happen. 

    As a content strategist and writer myself, I could be a little biased in my love for content marketing, but study after study has shown that content marketing is one of the most effective inbound marketing methods to take your company to the next level when it comes to digital presence, lead generation, and most importantly to you — ROI. 

    Once you have a good content marketing strategy in place, it can provide some of the highest returns, with very little investment on your part. With all of those awesome benefits in mind, then how do you get started with content marketing? 

    Are there some strategies that are better, more proven, or easier than others?

    We say yes. 

    While nearly all forms of content marketing are effective, there are a select few that are proven to drive serious results, especially when implemented and executed properly. We’re here to talk about those seven. Use the menu below to jump to the strategy you’re most interested in, or read all the way through for everything you’ve ever needed to know to set your company apart from the competition with intuitive content marketing strategies. 

    7 Content Marketing Strategies to Take Your Company to the Next Level

    #1 Blogging Strategy

    Blogging feels like a given, but we’re going to talk about it anyway because it’s that important. If you want to up your company’s digital presence — that is, rank ahead of key competition, be the first in search results, and more — you need to blog, and you need to blog with intention. 

    Start by developing a true blogging strategy. Do keyword research and figure out which search terms are:

    • Relevant to your business
    • Highly searched
    • Easy to rank for (that is, they have low competition for organic search results)
    • Interesting and useful to your ideal buyer personas

    Then, develop a blogging schedule and strategy around those keywords. When you’re developing a blogging strategy to stick to, keep these best practices in mind:

    • Blog regularly (on a monthly or weekly schedule)
    • Write blogs that satisfy a buyer persona’s pain point or question
    • Ensure that your content creation structure makes sense. This is important for SEO and ranking purposes. See this blog on topic clusters for more information there. 
    • Write blogs that are long enough to satisfy readers and search engines alike. We recommend at least 1,000 words.

    If you blog regularly, on topics that are relevant and useful to your ideal buyer personas, you’ll start to see results. And if you’re honest, and your information is actually helpful to those ideal buyer personas, you’ll keep rising up through the SERPs for those keywords that matter most to you, and your ideal buyers. 

    #2 Email Marketing Strategy

    If blogging is how you leverage content marketing to reach strangers, then email marketing is how you leverage content marketing to reach leads you already know. 

    Email marketing gives you a decided advantage when it comes to nurturing leads through to close: 

    • You already have the lead’s contact information
    • You have a general sense of what they’re looking for — which product or service they’re interested in
    • You likely know what company they work for
    • You know that they already have at least some interest in your company — they did give you their email address, after all. 

    Use this information to your benefit. Email marketing is about strategy. Given what you know about your contacts, what information will they need to keep moving towards closing a sale?

    And, considering that many email marketing tools allow you to automate workflows, you can use these features to set up email workflows and let the tools do the work for you. While you can’t quite forget about your workflows, you can check back on the analytics and optimize as you go. 

    Email marketing is one of the only tools that allows you to market directly to people who are already interested in the products or services you’re offering. If you’re looking to boost your digital presence and close more deals while you’re at it, a solid email marketing strategy is a must. 

    #3 Social Media Marketing Strategy

    If we’re talking about taking your company to the next level, we have to talk about social media. 

    There’s no better way to get the word out about your company, and build a brand and personality, than on social media. And remember that building your social media presence is about more than just getting likes and comments. The more followers you have, the wider reach the rest of your content will have. 

    Your social media marketing strategy should be just as calculated as your blogging strategy — it’s a common misconception that keywords don’t apply to the wild west of Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, and Twitter. 

    That’s not true, especially for a platform like Linkedin, where people are searching for companies and employees by the keywords you’re already trying to rank for. For a killer social media marketing strategy check out this post, and keep the following tips in mind: 

    • Follow a regular posting schedule
    • Curate content that’s specific to each platform. What resonates on Instagram isn’t what resonates or is appropriate for Linkedin.
    • Vary your topics. Don’t just talk about what’s happening in your office or promote your blog posts. Share great posts from other industry leaders, share fun content when appropriate, and make sure you’re curating an interesting feed for followers.
    • Incorporate your keywords where it’s relevant. Don’t spam your followers with unnecessary hashtags, but do be conscious about what terms you’re using in social media copy. 

    If your company is new to social media, we always suggest starting small. Pick one platform, like Linkedin or Facebook, and put all of your efforts into building a following there. When you feel comfortable managing one platform, and you feel like you have a handle on how to get and maintain followers, you can expand into additional platforms. 

    #4 Video Strategy

    Video is hands-down one of the best ways to engage visitors. 

    People love video content, search engines love video content, and you should love video content, too. 

    That said, we know that developing a video strategy can be a little scary. It’s a much more involved process than writing a blog post, and it takes more time and money than any other content marketing strategy out there.

    Remember that you don’t always have to produce professional-quality videos. While you might invest in professional help for videos that are going up on your website, a simple how-to video can be done on a smartphone, as long as your audio quality is good, and you have plenty of natural light. 

    It’s true that video is a lot of work. It’s usually one of the last content marketing strategies that companies tend to invest in, for that reason. But if you’re really looking to stand out online, video is a surefire way to do it. Don’t take my word for it, though. Here are a few stats that should convince you, if I haven’t already:

    Okay, so not only are most marketers already using video content, but one-third of all the internet activity online is spent watching video. Put that with the fact that video is highly shareable, and that most marketing professionals report it as having a very high ROI, and you really can’t go wrong. 

    We live in a visual culture. 

    People are watching videos constantly. 

    Most millennials would prefer to watch a two-minute explainer video that tells them about your services, rather than read about it. 

    Investing in a quality video strategy will boost your digital presence far beyond your competitors. Just make sure you’re transcribing all of your videos, so search engines can rank that valuable content for you, too. 

    #5 Content Offer Development

    One of the most tried-and-true content marketing strategies to exist in the digital world is content offer development. Plain and simple, content offers work. 

    When you take the time to put together a valuable resource that someone interested in your product or service genuinely wants or needs, it’s going to pay off. 

    Since we’re content marketing strategy fiends, we’ve tested, written, rewritten, and retested about a million content offers. I can tell you with confidence, nothing converts leads better than a quality content offer. 

    So what does this do to grow your company? 

    Well, if you have an awesome content offer, you can share it around social media and promote it on your email marketing strategy. It’s great for your company’s digital presence in that way. But, if we’re talking big picture, which we should be, content offers are what get you leads. 

    If someone is interested enough in what you have to say that they give up their email address, they’re a qualified lead. 

    And when your content offers are drawing in qualified leads, your company is going to see some growth. 

    But how do you develop content offers that work?

    Think about the questions you get the most often.

    What holds people up from making a purchasing decision? Do they have trouble deciding between your products? If so, create a product comparison guide. Are they on the fence about how much of a difference your service will make for their company? Create a content offer that talks about the specific benefits your service provides. 

    Develop content offers for specific stages of your buyer’s journey.

    You know who your buyer personas are. You know what they’re looking for. You should know the places that they tend to fall out of the buyer’s journey. Whether they get stuck comparing your product to a competitor, or they just can’t decide if your service is worth the money, develop content offers that speak to those specific stages of the buyer’s journey. 

    When you have at least one content offer for the awareness, consideration, and decision-making phase of the buyer’s journey, plus content that nurtures potential leads through some of your most common sticking points, you’ll start seeing more leads convert, in less time. 

    Only gate the content offers that matter most. 

    No matter how many content offers you’ve developed, make sure you’re only gating the ones that matter most. 

    The new, most effective trend in digital marketing is to leave most of your content offers open to the public. Instead, you can offer those content offers as downloadable PDFs. This works to help you weed out unqualified contacts. Readers who are really interested in what you have to say, and want to take your offer home with them to read again, are likely to download the PDF and give you their contact information.

    While you can still gate a few content offers — like checklists or product pricing guides — try to make your content as accessible to leads as possible, while still giving them the opportunity to give you their contact information. 

    #6 Targeted Landing Pages

    If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a million times — your home page is NOT a landing page. You’ve dedicated time and effort to a specific, relevant content development strategy that’s designed for multiple buyer personas — why would you send them all to the same bland, basic landing page?

    They don’t have the same goals for your company, they don’t have the same needs, and they’re not all at the same place in the buyer’s journey. Targeted landing pages are one of the most effective content marketing strategies you can implement to directly improve your company’s digital ROI. 

    Don’t take my word for it though. This company increased online ROI by 60%, just by optimizing their landing pages. 

    That’s so easy! Landing pages are some of the shortest, most simple pages of content. Just write a lot of them, and develop them with specific keywords in mind, and you’ll start to see some serious results. 

    Before we get off the landing page rant train, let’s just close with one more example. 

    Say you’re scrolling through Instagram, and an ad comes up for a really awesome hoodie. It’s exactly what you’ve been looking for, and you’re ready to make the purchase. But when you click the ad, instead of being sent directly to that hoodie’s product page, you’re sent to the Amazon home page. 

    What a disappointment. 

    Are you going to search through Amazon’s massive website to find that specific hoodie and checkout while you’re on your 10-minute coffee break? Yeah. Didn’t think so.

    That’s all targeted landing pages are. Pages that offer your ideal buyers exactly the content they were looking for in the first place. Invest just a bit of time in landing pages that are targeted to specific buyer personas and specific content offers, and you’ll start to see results. 

    #7 Content Promotion Strategy

    Our final content marketing tip is to have a content promotion strategy. All of your other content marketing strategies — your blog, your social media, and even your email marketing — won’t mean much if you’re not working to get the word out. You should spend at least as much time promoting content as you do creating it. 

    When it comes to content marketing, you can do all the work of building and developing an awesome content marketing strategy, but if you’re not drawing people into your website to read your content, you’re not going to see the benefits you were looking for. Here are a few ways to take your content promotion strategy to the next level:

    • Cross-Channel Promotion. Promote your blogs on social media channels. Add social media buttons to the bottom of your email newsletters. Share your email subscribe link on social media, at the bottom of blogs, etc. You’re creating content in a variety of channels, as this blog has shown. Make sure your followers know about all of the opportunities you’re offering them to read more amazing content. 
    • Search Engine Optimization. The better optimized your site and content are, the more likely you are to boost organic traffic coming to your site. And when you have more traffic, you have a greater potential for leads. Check out this blog for tips on ensuring your content is following SEO best practices. 
    • Paid Search Advertising. If you’re just getting your content marketing strategy up and running, paid search is a great way to draw in the traffic you need now, without waiting for your site to organically come up in SERPs. Make sure you’re only bidding on relevant keywords, and stick to a budget, but with a little help from paid search, you’ll start seeing the traffic you’ve been looking for. 
    • Boosted or Paid Social Media. Boosted social media posts and paid social media promotion is a great way to get your social media marketing strategy off the ground, too. Boosted posts help ensure your content is reaching all of your followers. Social media ad campaigns can help you expand your reach, by getting more likes, more followers, or just getting the word out about your company.

    Start with one or two of these content promotion tactics, and see how they work. Then, make sure you’re adding them to your content marketing strategy and schedule. When you’ve scheduled in time to focus on content promotion, you’re more likely to make it happen.

    Content marketing is tough. It takes a lot of work and it takes a good writer — or three. If you don’t have a writer on staff, or if you’re just not sure how to jump into more content marketing strategies, we can help. Get in touch with the Evenbound team for more information, or check out the case study below to see exactly how we’ve helped our clients stand out from the competition with killer content marketing strategies.

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