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Fundamental Sales and Marketing Alignment Strategies

When I first started doing marketing and lead generation, I used to worry about being driving leads for my clients. I've since learned that's the easy part! As long as there’s enough marketing activity, like blogging, email marketing, and social media, people will come to the website, and lead conversion rates will increase. Cool! Job done, right? Wrong.

Someone visiting your website is analogous to someone walking into a physical place of business. In a place of business, they would typically be addressed by a salesperson. Unfortunately, there isn’t a 3D human interaction when a person visits a website, so how do you cross the line between attracting people to your site and engaging them in a sales conversation? There’s a solution for that! The following fundamental sales and marketing alignment strategies can help companies replicate that in-person experience, optimize lead conversion, and increase their return on investment.

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How to Add Keywords to Your Website Using Best Practices

One of the main reasons to have a website is to get found online when someone is looking for information regarding your type of products or service offerings. These days, your website is your company – it replaces a physical space with a virtual space.

Like roads lead customers to a physical place of business, keywords lead online users to your virtual place of business. Without doing foundational SEO work, your website will not have the opportunity to get found by the right people. And even worse, your competitors will have a wide opening to rank for your keywords, meaning they will get the first crack at potential customers.

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How to Select the Right Business Keywords for SEO

As you know, virtually all buyers search the internet before making a purchase, so ranking online for the words and phrases most relevant to your products and services is essential. Business keywords are the bridges that connect qualified prospects to your website.

Here's a high-level overview of how to choose the best terms and phrases that your potential customers will most likely search online. To help illustrate, I'll refer to an example of a medical device company called Paragon28.

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What is Growth Driven Website Design?

It's safe to assume that the majority of your target prospects will go to your website well before they have any other interaction with your organization. It's their first impression, and they'll be sizing you up immediately upon walking through the virtual door. The traditional website design process is quickly becoming antiquated because it doesn't address the growing needs of the online buyer.

If a website project is on the horizon (which it should be - it should always be on the agenda), watch this video to learn more about an approach that will ensure your site is a high-value marketing asset that continually drives business growth.

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Video Recording Tips to Help you Look Professional and Polished

The video craze that’s taken over society isn’t just for trendy dance moves or epic fails. Recorded media can be used as a sales tool on your website, emails, and social media. The best part is, you can do it yourself with the help of your smartphone camera. By investing some time and patience, you’ll be yelling “action” more often than “cut” as you get more comfortable with the process.

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HubSpot Training: Lists, Views, and Contacts

Marketers and salespeople need to communicate with the same customers at various stages of the buyer’s journey. HubSpot is a centralized database for all business growth related contact data. Here’s an overview of how each role typically uses HubSpot to quickly access the lists, views, and contacts they need to do their job.

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How Blogging Impacts Organic Traffic

Blogging is a powerful way to improve your online presence. Here are real organic search results from three companies that blog consistently, inconsistently, or not at all.

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HubSpot Training: Maintaining GDPR Compliance

The days of email blasts to lists of contacts are coming to an end. The EU and California instituted more stringent privacy laws in 2018. More states and regions are soon to follow. If you use HubSpot, and email to contacts in the EU or California, here are some tips on using their GDPR functionality.

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HubSpot Training: Customize Contact, Company, and Deal Record Views

The number one benefit of HubSpot, in my view, is that the CRM is central to the entire tech stack. If set up correctly, it stores multitudes of valuable data about the one thing sales, marketers, and business leaders care about the most: target buyers. These are the people that will, hopefully, become their future customers. Taking time to set up contact, company, and deal record views in HubSpot is essential to use the tool effectively. Watch the video or download the slides to see how to do it.

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One Thing Every Business Can Do to Get Found on Google

Business owners that I talk to commonly tell me they are hiring an “SEO Company” or an “SEM Company” to drive organic traffic to their website. Here’s the thing: SEO is not a stand-alone service. It should be the backbone of every marketing initiative you do. In this video, I share the one thing every business can do to get found on Google. Without it, your SEO success will be limited – or non-existent.

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