Inbound Marketing Success Blog

Is Your Marketing Plan Working? 12 Questions That Will Get You the Answer.

Posted by Andy McClure on Apr 25, 2016 10:24:13 PM

 This may be about the time of year you say “hey, we don’t have a whole lot of time left to do the wonderful things we put in our 2017 Marketing Plan ” (like grow 10% or 40% or 3,000% or whatever). I mention growth because that’s a pretty common objective, right?

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Topics: business growth, client attraction strategies, customer retention, marketing plan, Marketing Strategy & Planning

The Word "Marketing" Has a Branding Problem

Posted by Andy McClure on Jan 21, 2016 12:22:22 PM

We had a conversation in our house over the weekend about mindset - how critical it is to success and happiness. (Very short version, since we all get to define what makes us feel successful or happy, we should quit beating ourselves up!).

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Topics: branding, branding problem, marketing message, Marketing Strategy & Planning

Workshop: Marketing to Hard-to-Find Clients

Posted by Andy McClure on Jan 18, 2016 2:58:01 PM

Ever feel like your prospects are playing hard to get? You’re not crazy. Prospects ARE harder to reach these days. Think about it. Twenty or twenty five years ago people looking for a product or service HAD to interact with possible suppliers in order to do their research and make informed decisions.

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Topics: Generating Leads, Marketing Strategy & Planning

Marketing to People Who Are Hard to Find

Posted by Andy McClure on Jan 6, 2016 4:07:16 PM

Ever feel like your prospects are playing hard to get? You’re not crazy. Prospects are harder to reach these days -- well, at least through traditional means. Think about it. Twenty or twenty five years ago people looking to make a purchase had to interact with possible suppliers in order to do their research and make informed decisions.

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Topics: marketing, Marketing Strategy & Planning, small business marketing, effective marketing practices

13 Questions to Help You Create Your Best Marketing Plan

Posted by Andy McClure on Oct 28, 2015 11:59:00 AM

I always liked this quote from Thomas Carlyle, the Scottish philosopher:

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Topics: marketing plan, Marketing Strategy & Planning, small business marketing, marketing strategies

The Paradox of Excellence, How Great Performance Can Kill Your Business

Posted by Andy McClure on Sep 29, 2015 5:22:19 AM

In response to my most recent blog Nurturing Existing Contacts - Your Marketing Iceberg? I received this very thoughtful feedback from Dave Mosby, Executive Director of the Keiretsu Forum Academy and Co-Author of  The Paradox of Excellence.  We touched on several aspects of marketing, especially the importance of nurturing your relationship with your clients between projects.  You know, that time when you're assured of a job well done, but out of site - out of mind,  the importance of keeping that relationship intact is critical. We would like to share his insight with you as he takes the time to talk about the "Paradox of Excellence."

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Topics: client retention strategies, customer service, Marketing Strategy & Planning

Nurturing Existing Contacts - Your Marketing Iceberg?

Posted by Andy McClure on Sep 16, 2015 6:34:46 PM

I recently facilitated a roundtable discussion among small business marketing VPs and Directors. In that meeting we discussed the challenges that small businesses face (and the marketing leaders stress over) in attracting and retaining more of their ideal clients. We covered a lot of ground -- what strategies were working for each business, what aspects of their marketing needed improvement, best practices in nurturing existing contacts, and more.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy & Planning, effective marketing practices, marketing strategy

Three Things You Can Do NOW To Tune Up Your Marketing

Posted by Andy McClure on Aug 5, 2015 9:32:58 AM

Often enough we gain perfect clarity about an important business move JUST when it’s too late to do something about it. I’ve done this several times in my entrepreneurial adventure. For example, after successfully ramping up my new business, I got complacent and began to assume that my clients could see the same future as me -- a long relationship of ongoing engagement and mutual growth.

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Topics: marketing message, Marketing Strategy & Planning, marketing your business, small business marketing

The Most Overlooked Reason Why Marketing Your Own Business Is Frustrating

Posted by Andy McClure on Jul 10, 2015 2:30:36 PM

If you have ever been frustrated by the process of marketing your own business, you are certainly not alone. I regularly hear from clients and other business professionals things like:

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Topics: Marketing Strategy & Planning, marketing your business, small business marketing, outsource marketing

The 110 Year Old Technique To Create Irresistible Marketing Content

Posted by Andy McClure on May 24, 2015 11:08:28 AM

As they often say, the more things change the more they stay the same. In the world of marketing it may feel like nothing stays the same. The dizzying number of venues, engagement tactics, and technologies can lead a marketer to believe that, in order to create irresistible marketing content he or she has to scrap everything learned more than 6 months ago and think “outside the box.”

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Topics: content marketing, Inbound marketing, lead generation, Marketing Strategy & Planning, effective marketing practices, marketing strategy