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We Will Block You - Humans Are Changing So Should Your Marketing - Brian Halligan Hubspot CEO

We Will Block You - Humans Are Changing So Should Your Marketing - Brian Halligan Hubspot CEO | Digital-News on today |

Startups Listen To This
Startups live in a bubble. We believe our ideas will change the world. We are passionate and devoted. Problem is most people have LIVES (lol). To capture attention startups must understand "inbound marketing". Inbound marketing is creating great content and THEN talking to customers who come to you.

The nature of the conversation you can have with "customers who come to you" is very different than cold calling a VC. Reminds me of a Channel Advisor story. In the early days of the compnay Scott Wingo, its founder, couldn't figure out how to get Sand Hill Road VC to call him.

He went out to San Francisco and observed where major VC worked, drove and parked. Then he populated their route with signs with his logo. Sure enough THEY called HIM. When THEY call YOU the deal flow is better by a factor of 10. You give up LESS of your company to get the money you need to change the world.

Hubspot is a powerful "marketing automation" tool. Here Brian Halligan takes you through 4 wise inbound marketing tips (with some easier to execute than others):

* Create amazing content (this would be the hard one).

* Put your content into context (read this carefully).

* Go beyond marketing automation (agree).

* Use Social to create "leverage" and support for your content (AGREE).

I'm working on a post about why startups must have robust social media presence that will discuss inbound marketing's many advantages too. This post is a great primer.  

PS. If you watch the video skip the first two minutes.  Great riff about the "science of marketing" around 14minutes into the video. 

Via Martin (Marty) Smith, Entropic-Synergies
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The Marketing Automation Problem

The Marketing Automation Problem | Digital-News on today |

Via Martin (Marty) Smith
Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, March 13, 2013 1:55 AM

Front End or Back End?

There is a problem with Marketing Automation. Content marketing has won the day. We are all creating enough content to drown in daily. And along comes "Inbound Marketing" or "marketing automation" with a "rub this lamp" promise. 

No magic genie is jumping out of that lamp. 

Marketing Automation's Dark Side
I have a friend trying to wrestle the marketing automation pig to the ground. What she doesn't know is the day that tool comes in here is a partial list of the demands that are currently at X and will immediately go to 5x:


Email Marketing
List maintenance and CANNED SPAM regulations

Email design

Landing page design

Landing page optimization 

A/B testing 

Creation of Key Performance Indicators (how you know it is working)

Monitoring and tracking of KPIs

Deep dives when KPIs are out of whack (and they will be)

Content marketing principles

Content marketing analysis (what content to create and why)

Creation of personas and segments (to feed the drips)

Developing and testing offers.
Offer performance by segment and persona. 

Offer profitability short and long term.


Conversion Optimization

Conversion testing (green or red button, here or there, this text or that).
Conversion analysis (what is converting and why) 


And on and on

No Silver Bullet & No Time Savings

Do NOT purchase a marketing automation tool thinking your workload or demands will go DOWN. That may be true in year 2 or 3, but year one will be HELLISH as you layer on learning a counter-intuitive tool on top of all of those Internet marketing demands outlined above. 

Where Do You Need The Help? Front or Back 

If you already know what content to create and in what cadence and for what segments and personas then you need a back end nurturing tool. Your front in traffic generation is good to go. Now you just need to know how to keep your traffic generation engine tuned to your conversion engine. 

If, on the other hand, you have NO IDEA what keywords matter, what a persona or a segment is then you need a FRONT END tool. My favorite front-end tool is HubSpot combined with Bronto to manage the email marketing. Bronto is better than ANY inbound marketing email tool, a true easy to drive Ferrari. 


My favorite backend tool would be either Marketo or Eloqua. Both are great lead nurturing tools especially if you have Sales Force as your CRM and a WordPress content engine. 

One Last Thought
If you error then error on the side of the front end because you can ALWAYS make money if you add resources to the front end. No front end = no leads to nurture, so bringing in a back end system when you don't have a front end and the new system just STARVES. 

How do you know if you are good to go on the front end? If you have segments defined with personas and are already firing and testing email marketing THEN you are ready for a back end system. If you don't know your keywords from a hole in the wall then you need a front-end system. 

REMEMBER - ERROR on the side of the front end because if you are good and become great at front-end content marketing your efforts to improve generate profits.


If you don't have a well mapped front end then no back end tool will help your content marketing (they aren't designed to search keywords, group personas and create segments since most assume those sets are known "inputs" into their systems. 

Some tools may claim equal facility at front and back end. Don't believe it. Those are very distinct sets of Internet marketing skills and tasks such as:

Front End
Mapping Keywords to competition and efficiency.
Creating personas and segments.

Understanding Unique Value Propositions mapped to personas.

Testing offers (headlines, design, time limit, offer itself).

Testing different kinds of content (video, eBook, white paper, email, newsletters, SlideShare, infographics, personalized email, calls, etc.).


Back End
Landing Page optimization.

Lead nurturing (drip campaigns, web visits, etc) and scoring.

Follow up systems (drips, calls, events, conferences).

Connect conversion to front end traffic generation (increase efficiency). 

These roles aren't as clean as these list make it sound, but you get the idea. If you have a good sense of your keys and customers then your biggest opportunity is to tune the funnel connecting traffic generation to conversion. If you don't have a robust content engine then start improving your font end.