A marketing strategy is only as powerful as the tools and technology you use to track and measure success. In order to analyze whether a strategy is effective and supporting your business goals, measuring success needs to take priority.
For our clients, Hubspot has been the best choice to tackle the four most important sales and marketing tools all on one platform. With Hubspot, we can track, analyze, and report performance from our social media efforts, company website and customer relationship management (CRM) all with the help of marketing automation.
It’s no longer enough to just have a simplistic company website. A website acts as the fact of your company often before a potential customer sees or speaks to an actual person on your team. Which is why website optimized for ease of use and with content that speaks directly to your customer and their needs is essential.
A fully responsive, SEO-friendly websites (which can easily be created through HubSpot) will create a smooth user experience but in order to understand whether the content you’re creating and design is doing its job there are a few key performance indicators (KPI) to pay attention to which can easily be found through Google Analytics. Such as:
If your social media activities aren’t related to your business growth goals, they aren’t serving a purpose. I’ve seen many companies hire intelligent, capable social media personnel who are well-versed in the tactics but have never set a strategy for a company before. This almost always results in frustration on both ends: the marketing and sales departments aren’t meeting their quarterly goals, and the social media team feels they haven’t had adequate guidance or training.
The best solution for tackling your social media strategy is a hybrid solution of internal and external resources. Set a social strategy that will resonate with your ideal customers, and ensure your team has all the tools, resources, and knowledge they need to implement.
As your business evolves, organizing customer information like contact info, interaction history, and lead status can get overwhelming. With a plan in place specifically designed to grow your customer base, a customer relationship management (CRM) tool can make all the difference. A CRM can be especially helpful for manufacturing companies who need to track leads and customers through long sales cycles.
Letting valuable leads fall through the cracks due to information overload and disorganization is a disservice to all the hard work, time and effort put into your marketing strategies. A well designed CRM will keep everything in place, from contact information and sales cycle to communication channels. Having key information in one easy to find spot, makes for seamless communication and allows your sales team to spend more of their energy on what they do best - closing sales.
We’ve covered the staples of a successful inbound marketing strategy that will boost brand awareness and bring in and nurture new, qualified leads. With this in place, it’s time to focus on automation.
Marketing automation can help scale your business by automating tasks like emails, social media, and customer relationship management. When marketing automation is done right it’s centered around where your customer is in the buying cycle and what their needs are, then provides them with the necessary information they need to buy or get in contact.
Tools like HubSpot make it easy to manage tasks like customizing visual workflows, automating email lead nurturing campaigns, easily publishing blogs and landing pages, tracking analytics. Essentially, it’s the piece that ties your tools for success together and keeps track of your marketing efforts all within one convenient software.
The data you collect will shift over time and consistent reviews are necessary to fully understand the whether your digital strategy is making an impact on your business goals. Continually tracking and measuring results will provide insight to what’s working for your customers and what’s not — making it a must if you want to meet your customers' needs and see real results with your strategy.
Post by: Bridgette McCormick
Bridgette has developed a career around content. Her work as a writer and editor began nearly ten years ago, and since she has harnessed her experience working as a ghostwriter for business owners to develop marketing strategies that connect businesses to their ideal audiences through content. When not devoting her eye to content revision and development, she can be found reading, enjoying the diverse and delicious Milwaukee restaurant scene, or taking long road trips to explore America.