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by Mary Ann Hegvold on June 2, 2020

What to Include in Your 2020 Marketing Budget: COVID Edition

Whatever you had planned for your 2020 marketing budget, odds are good you're re-evaluating all of it. What's really the most important marketing activities for your company right now? And, your sales team is probably looking to you for answers on how to bring in leads in the year of "cancelled...

Topics: Inbound Marketing, Marketing ROI, Marketing Strategy

by Mary Ann Hegvold on May 22, 2020

Five Ways to Create Original Inbound Marketing Content

It's easy to fall in love with the idea of inbound marketing. The entire concept makes so much sense-- who doesn't want to attract their own customers through their content? The process behind it sounds simple, too. It's as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Create unique, engaging content to draw visitors to...

Topics: Inbound Marketing, Marketing ROI, Website Lead Generation

by Mary Ann Hegvold on May 1, 2020

How to Prove the ROI of Marketing

As if marketing budgets weren't tight enough already, the economic downturn of 2020 is going to push marketers to prove their efforts are producing tangible results more than ever. And probably not just to keep your budget for next year... but to keep your job, or maybe the whole marketing...

Topics: Inbound Marketing, Marketing ROI, Website Lead Generation

by Mary Ann Hegvold on August 13, 2019

How Much Should You Spend on Digital Marketing?

Before you decide on a budget, you should consider what you're trying to achieve. Remember: 70% of a purchase decision is made before someone talks to a sales representative. Because of this, a heavy online marketing presence plays a big part in the overall sales process. 

Topics: Inbound Marketing, Marketing ROI, Lead Generation

by Mary Ann Hegvold on June 10, 2019

Why Organic Search Results & Leads Aren't Actually Free

There is a misperception out there that building a new website will automatically draw in more leads. The first step, before you get more leads, is getting your website to appear at the top of the organic search results. Although the term is "organic results," it's not as simple as planting a...

Topics: Inbound Marketing, Marketing ROI, SEO

by Mary Ann Hegvold on April 3, 2019

Do I Really Need a Marketing Agency?

Countless members of senior management across companies both large and small, find themselves asking the same question: why do we need to hire a marketing agency when we have dedicated marketing staff?

Topics: Inbound Marketing, Marketing ROI, Marketing Strategy

by Mary Ann Hegvold on June 21, 2017

How to Decide if Your Marketing Plan is the Right One

Ever wake up in the middle of the night with a brilliant idea that you're sure will change the course of the company? Or maybe your latest stroke of genius hits you while you're doing dishes or at some other quiet moment. No matter where you're at and how brilliant we think we are when we dream...

Topics: Marketing ROI, Medical Practice Marketing

by Mary Ann Hegvold on May 24, 2016

Fast vs. Slow Purchase Decisions: When to Use Inbound Marketing

I've attended a few conferences lately and one of the questions I heard asked by those who are new to to inbound marketing was related to the usefulness of an inbound stategy for business-to-consumer (B2C) products and services versus inbound for business-to-business (B2B) products and services.

Topics: Marketing ROI

by Lindsey Gutierrez on April 9, 2015

Love at First Sight: Email Marketing Best Practices

A marketer’s dream: a subscriber opens, reads, clicks and shares your email. They love your content at first sight and want to tell everyone about it! We’ve pulled together some of the top email marketing best practices to help your readers fall in love with your content.

Topics: Marketing ROI, Email Marketing

by Mary Ann Hegvold on May 13, 2014

Beyond Just a Website: Creating a Lead Generation Machine

So you’ve built a website. Is it generating leads for your company? How do you know for sure?

Business owners often ask us, “How many people came to my website last month (or week, or year….you get the picture, right)?” While we can answer that question, we have to push one step further which...

Topics: Inbound Marketing, Marketing ROI, Website Lead Generation