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Key Metrics To Track For an Inbound Marketing Home Contracting Campaign

Tracking metrics is crucial for effective contractor marketing. Unfortunately, many small and mid-sized businesses engage in contractor marketing without understanding all the metrics involved, or why they matter to their bottom line. Understanding and recording metrics is crucial for optimizing marketing spend and knowing where your efforts are delivering ROI. 

Let’s look at some of the critical metrics that are keys to evaluate home contractor marketing performance:

Topics: Blogging ROI Inbound Marketing Inbound Marketing for Home Contractors

How a Data-Centric Inbound Strategy Gives CEOs the Marketing Data They Want

As a CEO, you have a specific way of looking at your company’s success. You see the big picture: where you are, where you’re going, and how you need to get there. That view hinges on the ability to look at each facet of your business and see the value it brings to your company’s bottom line. A data-centric inbound marketing strategy can give you the data you’ve been looking for from your marketing investments.

Topics: Marketing Powered By Data Inbound Marketing Improving Close Ratio Sales Enablement

Myth: Content Marketing Is Only for B2C Brands, Not Manufacturers

Sure, inbound marketing can be great for B2C companies. Creating interesting content for those companies is a great way to increase leads with consumers. But it’s just a waste of marketing dollars for your B2B manufacturing company… you’re looking to connect with other businesses, not people. Right?

Wrong. You know nothing, Jon Snow.

Topics: Content Marketing Inbound Marketing Manufacturing Blogs

How To Improve Your Overhead Door Manufacturing Company's Valuation

So, it’s the end of the year and you are trying to get a handle on the overall value, monetary worth, of your overhead door company.  The struggle lies in the fact that you have huge swings in revenue because your door installs come at random times throughout the year.  It makes it incredibly hard for you to predict the amount of money that you will bring in year over year. So, how do you convert your business into one that has a steadier and even larger stream of revenue?

Topics: Inbound Marketing Inbound Smarketing Inbound Sales

Outbound vs. Inbound: Marketing Spend vs. Marketing Investment [INFOGRAPHIC]

Those of you who know me well know that in a prior life I worked for a private equity company that focused on acquiring mid-size manufacturing companies.  I then became a small business owner/operator investing and running a specialized construction company.  I can tell you that it has not always been easy to make the long-term investment over the short-term instant results when it comes to marketing. Do you feel the same way?

Seeing my logo on a web banner, my name on a billboard, or hearing my voice on a radio ad made me feel like I was doing something to promote my business. So many eyeballs, and so many ears! It’s gotta be working, right?

Topics: Content Marketing Blogging ROI Inbound Marketing Marketing for B2B Manufacturing Blogs Marketing for Home Builders Increase Lead Generation

7 Steps to Train Your Overhead Door Sales Team to Be As Good As You

Step One: Lower Your Expectations… obviously, I’m joking. But seriously, you have been doing this for how many years now?  I’m sure it seems like a really daunting task to have to pass on all of that knowledge and experience to your sales team.  But, the fact is, without setting your sales team up for success and without adequate sales training your team will flounder, you will experience a ton of churn on your sales team, and your overhead door company will fail to grow.

Topics: Inbound Marketing Inbound Smarketing Inbound Sales Overhead Door Industry

4 Ways To Shorten Your Sales Cycle Using Inbound Marketing Tactics

Many industries are weighed down with negativity about sales cycles. Sales pros might suspect the nature of their industry makes it impossible to accelerate the cycle. They may believe they are hampered by prospects' processes or corporate culture ... or that they just “can’t make up their minds.”

Topics: Content Marketing Inbound Marketing Sales Enablement

What Inbound Marketing Is, & Why It's The Solution for Manufacturers

Whether you’re ready or not, manufacturer marketing has already been disrupted. Peoples' behaviors have changed, and they’re tuning out traditional marketing tactics.

Topics: Inbound Marketing Manufacturing Blogs

Hitting an Inbound Marketing Grand Slam [INFOGRAPHIC]

It's the first day of spring training for our hometown Milwaukee Brewers! As they start training for this year's April 3rd home opener and we dream of firing up the grills and the stadium filling with baseball fans from all over, we're drawing inspiration from Field of Dreams - you know, "If you build it, they will come."

Topics: Inbound Marketing

How to Set Up Your Overhead Door Manufacturing Sales Team for Success

They need nice, new phones, right?  Oh, and fancy, wireless headsets – looking like Britney Spears ready to cold call some fools.  Bring in the stack of overhead door marketing brochures that we just got back from the printer and make sure they all have plenty of those.  Our radio ads are kicking butt and our mailers are hitting almost every household in the zip codes around my business. So, honestly the phones should just be ringing, right?

Topics: Inbound Marketing Inbound Smarketing Inbound Sales