inbound marketing

INBOUND MARKETING.

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What Is Inbound Marketing?

Inbound marketing is a business methodology that attracts customers by creating valuable content and experiences tailored to them. While outbound marketing interrupts your audience with content they don’t always want, inbound marketing forms connections they are looking for and solves problems they already have.

 

What Is the Inbound Methodology?

The inbound methodology is the method of growing your organization by building meaningful, lasting relationships with consumers, prospects, and customers. It’s about valuing and empowering these people to reach their goals at any stage in their journey with you.

 

Why? Because when your customers succeed, you succeed.

Atrract

Drawing in the right people with valuable content and conversations that establish you as a trusted advisor with whom they want to engage.

Engage

Presenting insights and solutions that align with their pain points and goals so they are more likely to buy from you.

Delight

Providing help and support to empower your customers to find success with their purchase.

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When customers find success and share that success with others, it attracts new prospects to your organization, creating a self-sustaining loop. This is how your organization builds momentum, and this is why the inbound methodology serves as a strong foundation for your flywheel.

 

What Is the Flywheel?

The flywheel is a business model adopted by HubSpot to illustrate the momentum your organization can gain by prioritizing and delivering exceptional customer experience.

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You can spin and build momentum in your flywheel by investing in strategies that acquire and retain customers — forces for your flywheel.

 

On the other hand, anything that slows your flywheel is friction. Often the biggest sources of friction for your customers come in the handoffs between teams, so alignment and communication between teams are key to keeping your flywheel spinning.

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When your flywheel is based on the inbound methodology, your marketing, sales, and service functions can add force and eliminate friction throughout the attract, engage, and delight phases.

 

All organizational functions are also responsible for removing friction from your flywheel. For example, in the attract phase, marketing will likely play the biggest role by doing things like blogging, event marketing, and running paid ads, but your sales team can also add force by engaging in social selling, and your customer service team can add force by making it easier for current customers to make referrals.

 

Once you attain enough customers and engage and delight them, they can keep your flywheel spinning by promoting your organization and bringing new customers to you. Over time, your flywheel allows you to grow without continually investing in customer acquisition.

 

We’ll unpack some more inbound marketing strategies in a different article, so stay tuned!

 

DISCLAIMER: This article is sourced from our partner, HubSpot.