How does a brand acquire an audience? Not just by fulfilling a need. Not even just because people fall in love with the product. A loyal audience, the first 1000 fans, fall in love with the company because of the people behind it. Because of the human story: their genius, their passion, their care, their courage, their integrity, intellectual honesty, their journey. But also: their flaws and failures.
Many companies have a great opportunity to grow their business with a more integrated marketing & sales programme, whereby salespeople benefit from the intelligence that marketing gathers about leads, and marketing benefits from the intelligence that salespeople feed back from their conversations with customers and prospects.
When salespeople start feeding back the intelligence they gather while talking with prospects and customers so that the marketing team can create more valuable content and more meaningful online interactions, those salespeople become important contributors to the marketing effort.
In order to discover and formulate a focus and a strategy, businesses should identify (1) what their people (would) most love doing, (2) what they are – or could become – better at than anyone else, and (3) where market demand for their output is – and will be – the greatest. So, next time you iterate on the direction, positioning and focus of your business or brand, I suggest you take a good look at what your people love and could excel at.
Wow. I didn’t see that one coming. It was a remark by someone (I don’t wish to put anyone on the spot) in the audience at a business panel in Mikkeli last month *1). They basically said – and I’m paraphrasing from Finnish:
“Well, a company’s leadership doesn’t need to know *how* to carry out digitalisation. That’s for their staff to know.”
As it happened, I had just been ‘spontaneously volunteered’ to the panel and asked to respond to the thesis on this slide:
Slush is not primarily about growth marketing.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but as far as I know, there is no export hacking, international marketing or digital sales track at Slush Helsinki. Maybe it’s time for the ‘born global’ startup community to have a conversation about allbound growth marketing.
The reason I take an allbound perspective is because I believe that in many cases, a combination of content strategy, inbound marketing & sales, and paid media offers the best chances of success.
This country is in dire need of export growth as it is still struggling to compensate for Nokia’s demise. (more…)
Here’s an idea that may help in curating Slush16, or the social news and information coming out of Slush Helsinki this week.
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Statistics provided not only by HubSpot but other marketing solution providers and research organisations as well, suggest that inbound - if done well - is significantly more cost-effective than outbound, or at least outbound alone. Selected stats from Impact Branding & Design, SmartBug Media, as well as some of my own. Categorized by (1) Inbound versus outbound, (2) Buyer preferences and behavior, (3) The impact of content, and (4) Marketing automation.
The terms 'inbound marketing' (coined by Brian Halligan) and 'permission marketing' (coined by Seth Godin) refer to various practices that brands can apply to build positive relationships with their intended audiences, particularly on-line. The term 'content marketing' is also very closely related, although it may have a slightly stronger connotation with off-line content, like customer magazines.