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Episode 125: What is the Biggest Issue Facing Marketing and Sales People Today? with Jill Konrath

This week we sit down with our friend Jill Konrath to talk about the biggest issue facing sales and marketing people today. Everyone Jill talks to is overwhelmed. Everyone is too busy and feels like they aren’t getting enough done. And in today's business world everyone is also expected to always be on, responding to emails, actively engaging in social media, and generally being instantly available. The result of all of this overwhelming work and always-on culture is that distractions...


Episode 124: What is Unique about Inbound Customer Service and Success?

Inbound customer service is more than reactive platitudes. Customer service used to be customers calling in and spending hours on the phone waiting to tell every person they talked to the same information in the hopes that someone could fix the problem. Customers still have problems, of course, but inbound customer service and success means that the customer service people you talk to know who you are, your history with the company, and are empowered to actually solve the problem. Inbound...


Episode 123: What is a Code Funnel?

In the old days, we create qualified leads by offering up lots of content. Our prospects found our content, filled out a form, downloaded the content, and then we reached out to them. This strategy still works, but over the last few years, we realized that what people like more than free content is free stuff. And it turns out that giving away software, a product, or service is an even more effective way to qualify leads and move prospects through the buyer journey. [0:43] Question: What...


Episode 122: What Does Being Customer-Centric Mean?

Everyone says they are customer-centric, but, like most things, being customer-centric is more difficult than just saying it. Further, what passed for customer-centric five years ago doesn’t cut it today. Today’s modern buyers expect more from the companies they work with and buy from. For a company to be truly customer-centric, they need to be solving for the customer across all levels of their organization. In other words, to be customer-centric, you need to be an inbound...


Episode 121: Why Marketing is more important than Sales in 2018

Back in the day, in the 90’s, selling used to be boots on the ground, go out, and educate clients and prospects face to face. You would take them lunch or snacks and hope they wanted to sit down with you. Marketing wasn’t involved with demand generation or awareness; their role was more about supporting sales people. And there were lots of sales people, typically men, and very few marketing people, typically women, because salespeople were seen as a way to drive revenue (more field...


Episode 120: What do You do if Your Leadership Doesn’t Buy into Inbound?

For all of the companies out there dedicated to being inbound organizations and helping their customers succeed, there are ten more who aren’t. It is not uncommon for inbound to enter an organization through the marketing or sales department first. This means that often the first hurdle to becoming an inbound organization is getting leadership buy-in. [0:43] Question: What do You do if Your Leadership Doesn’t Buy into Inbound? Education is often the first step on the road to becoming an...


Episode 119: What are the Potholes to Becoming an Inbound Organization?

At the beginning of every organization's journey to becoming an inbound organization, there are inevitable potholes in the road. The good news is that these potholes are completely normal and can be overcome. Potholes to becoming an inbound organization can look like strategy mistakes, content pitfalls, sales stumbles, or mission blunders. Whatever potholes your organization finds in its road, the most important thing to remember is that they represent opportunities to become a better...


Episode 118: What is an Inbound Content Strategy?

An inbound content strategy is so much more than just churning out feature or product-based copy and sticking it on your website. An inbound content strategy understands and accommodates your personas and every stage of the buyer journey. Great content speaks directly to your prospects, answering their questions and helping them make decisions. Show Notes [0:43] Question: What is an Inbound Content Strategy? B2B, B2C, doesn’t matter, everyone uses the internet to help them make...


Episode 117: Live From INBOUND 2018!

This episode of Inbound2Grow was recorded last week at INBOUND 2018! Recorded live in-front of INBOUND 2018 attendees, we interviewed two leaders of the inbound revolution, Eric Keiles and Jill Konrath! These two leaders have been practicing inbound as a methodology and a mindset since before it had a name. During the show we picked their brains about the good old days of inbound, inbound certified back office staff, the clients they won’t take, and the future of the inbound...


Episode 116: Is Inbound Still a Good Investment?

Inspired by Mark Schaefer’s assertion that inbound costs increase over time, in this episode we unpack that idea and discuss the need for adaptation and adoption of inbound as a mindset rather than a methodology. Show Notes [1:50] Question: Is Inbound Still a Good Investment? The idea behind Schaefer’s post is that in the beginning, as companies invest in content creation and other inbound tactics, the investment is relatively low and easy to reach leads will find you because your niche...


Episode 115: What is an Inbound Engagement Strategy?

A large part of being inbound is creating and maintaining engagement with your prospects and customers. From first contact with a prospect all the way through the buyer journey, engagement is how you stay connected to your prospects and deliver the information and, most importantly, the help they need to reach their goals. To effectively engage with prospects and customers every step of their buyer journey, across all levels of your organization, requires a solid inbound engagement...


Episode 114: What is an Inbound Persona Strategy?

Personas are one of the fundamentals of inbound, shaping not only your marketing and sales efforts but all levels of your company. So, what is a persona? Personas are semi-fictional representations of your ideal customer based on actual data and some speculation about things like demographics, behavior patterns, and goals. Personas represent a person, not a company or market! Show Notes [0:40] Question: What is an Inbound Persona Strategy? It is important to understand that personas are...


Episode 113: What is an Inbound Strategy?

Strategies are high-level plans for achieving specific objectives. Strategies guide your efforts, and inbound strategies are no different from any other strategy in this regard. Where an inbound strategy differs from other strategies is that inbound strategies are more than just a guide, they are a mindset and an attitude, and they touch every level of an organization. Show Notes [0:42] Question: What is an Inbound Strategy and How is it Different from Any Other Strategy? Inbound...


Episode 112: NPS - What is It and When to Use It

Everyone thinks they have great customer service, but can you prove it? A ten-minute-long customer survey might suggest that the survey takers are satisfied, but who is most likely to actually give you ten minutes of their time to fill out a survey? If you’re only talking to and hearing from good fit customers, then your results are going to be skewed. And unreliable results mean you don’t have accurate, measurable, actionable data. Net Promotor Score (NPS) is the solution. Show...


Episode 111: What is an Inbound Operating System?

Being an inbound organization is more than just creating an inbound culture or an MSPOT or a mission. Day in and day out the operation of the organization requires everyone to be working toward common, inbound goals. An inbound operating system maintains accountability and keeps everyone on the same page, so that day to day operations stay inbound. Show Notes [0:43] Question: What is an Inbound Operating System? So, what exactly is an inbound operating system? Well, no two inbound...


Episode 110: Inbound Decision Making

How do you make decisions in your organization? Inbound organizations make decisions with what is best for the entire organization in mind. Decision making within inbound organizations is also not confined to the upper echelons of leadership and management. Rather, an inbound organization leverages transparency and inbound methods to empower employees to make all but the most critical of decisions. So, what is an inbound decision? Show Notes [0:42] Question: What Constitutes an Inbound...


Episode 109: Putting People First

Your employees, prospects, and customers are all people. Every person your company interacts with, regardless of the type of interaction, wants to be treated like a human being. Inbound organizations understand this and put people first. Show Notes [0:47] Question: Why Should Companies Put People First? Putting people first begins, like so much of inbound, internally. Your employees are some of, if not the most, important people you need to consider. Your employees deliver and interact...


Episode 108: Why Inbound Organizations Use Transparency to Build Trust

In this episode, Dan and Todd talk about how transparency builds trust. From the steps leadership can take to be more transparent to tools organizations can leverage, this episode is all about building and keeping trust. Show Notes [3:35] Question: Why is Transparency so Important to Building Trust? Trust is rarely talked about as the foundation for an organization, but trust is essential within an organization. Employees need to trust in the decisions that are made throughout the...


Episode 107: What are the benefits of inbound recruiting and how do you do it?

Our buyers aren’t the only ones who have been fundamentally altered by the internet; employees have new expectations for their employers, and they are going about finding their next job in a drastically different way than they did 30 years ago. Inbound recruiting is a powerful tool for helping companies find and keep the ideal candidate. Show Notes [0:45] Question: What are the Benefits of Inbound Recruiting and How Do You Do It? Inbound recruiting makes use of modern methods and...


Episode 106: What is a Culture Code?

Companies create culture either intentionally or unwittingly. Creating a culture code allows you to take an active role in purposefully and mindfully creating your culture. Your culture code signals, both internally and externally, the values and beliefs your company is committed to. So, what is a culture code? Show Notes [0:42] Question: Question: What is a Culture Code? Directly from Inbound Organization, a culture code is, “an outline or slide deck that shows the key aspects of...