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Inbound marketing for financial services

For the Financial Services sector, the inbound methodology provides a really interesting way of thinking about marketing. It’s about educating and informing. It’s about retention. It is not about overt selling. All of which fits entirely with the ethics, rules and regulations governing the financial services industry.

How does Inbound Marketing help financial services marketing ?

The industry is made up of quite different organisations – for example accountants, auditors, membership-based networks, client facing advisers, brokers and intermediaries. Each have their own marketing needs and ways of going to market.

Whether you are a client-facing financial adviser marketing yourself in a defined geography, targeting particular types of consumer or business, or a network looking to recruit and retain members across the country, your marketing needs can be similar:

Topics: Inbound Marketing Industry Focus - Financial Services

6 great ways to use HubSpot Workflow

Let's face it.  There are LOADS of ways to use HubSpot workflow, but lets have a quick look at my favourites:

Topics: Account Based Marketing GDPR, Data Protection, Cookies and more Inbound Marketing Sales Processes HubSpot

11 ways to optimise content layout for your Content Marketing Strategy

IT'S ALL ABOUT WINDOW DRESSING

You’ve written the most amazing copy ever to be written and you’ve crammed every last word onto your landing page so it looks like you’re the most knowledgeable company out there, you're the king. The expert.

But looks are everything and no matter how good your content is, if it’s not easy to find and easy to read, then it won’t get read.

Here are 10 ways to optimise your content for maximum readability:

Topics: Content Marketing Inbound Marketing

Deploying Inbound Marketing? You should use an ABM as well!

Why companies employing an Inbound strategy should look to compliment that with an outbound program or in some cases an Account Based Marketing (ABM) Strategy.

For those companies deploying an inbound marketing strategy, there’s a time horizon, often 3-6 months before seeing meaningful results – so it’s important to find ways to reduce the impact of lower lead flows during on boarding and the roll out of inbound marketing (the so called ‘valley of death’).

Companies need to plan out a program of lead generation activities that will keep the sales pipeline filled, which may not be as cost effective as inbound but is necessary in the short term.

Topics: Account Based Marketing Inbound Marketing

Are Strategic Account Sales and Inbound Marketing the Dream Team?

Selling into strategic accounts has always required a high degree of planning, a rigorous opportunity assessment process and the best (and most expensive) sales reps who can articulate your company’s strategy, vision and distinctiveness whilst distinguishing your products and services in the mind of the customer.

In many ways strategic marketing support has taken a back seat to the process of identifying the influencers and decision-makers, anticipating each stage of the buying process, analysing the competition and tuning into the buyer’s political issues. If the sales processes and planning are not executed correctly then firms whose market consists of only a handful of high profile companies will fail to achieve their objectives, waste vital opportunities and burn a lot of cash. Marketing can sometimes be viewed as a bit-player, playing second fiddle to the sales machine.

Why is it important for marketing and sales to be aligned?

Topics: Sales & Marketing Alignment Sales Enablement Inbound Marketing