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Alicia Westphal

Alicia Westphal

Alicia is a sales and marketing strategist with experience in digital, content and inbound marketing. Her area of expertise is identifying and targeting audience personas. She enjoys the nerdy things in life, has a passion for reading all the things, and is a dogaholic and Disney addict.

Recent Posts by Alicia Westphal:

Specialized Construction Marketing Plan Pt. 4: Drive Profits

This is the final part of our 4-part series on specialized construction marketing plans. Particularly when it comes to content marketing, you have 4 steps to see success:

Topics: Increase Lead Generation Content Marketing Marketing Strategy

What is SEO, & How the Internet Works [VIDEO]

How the Internet Works 

 

The Internet exists for one purpose: Videos of people being scared by other people - or, apes.   

 

Ok...that’s not the real reason obviously. The internet actually exists to get the best, most relevant information to people searching for it.

Topics: SEO Content Marketing Blogging ROI Marketing Strategy

Marketing Plan Pt. 3: Attract & Retain a Defined Audience [VIDEO]

This is part 3 of our series for marketers creating a marketing plan. Check out part 1: create a defined strategy and part 2: create relevant content.

Topics: Commercial Construction Marketing Construction Buyer Personas

Specialized Construction Marketing Plan Pt 1: Defined Strategy [VIDEO]

When you’re looking for the results of this year’s marketing budget for your specialized construction business, can you easily show what’s happened with that money? Can you show the money spent, the content produced, the leads brought in, and results of those sales opportunities?

Topics: Marketing Strategy Commercial Construction Marketing

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

Why Modern Salespeople Shouldn't "Always Be Closing" [VIDEO]

The modern buyer has changed the sales process, and now the sales process is being redefined. Today's sellers are adapting to the modern buyer, and as a result, the mantra of "always be closing" no longer works. Today's buyers must always be helping.

Keep reading to learn how modern sellers are adapting to today's buyers, and how you can apply this to your own sales process.

Topics: Inbound Sales Sales Enablement

Need Measurable Marketing Strategy Results? Create Relevant Content

Marketing teams are under increased scrutiny today thanks to the advent of Big Data. Executives can analyze everything from overtime cost/benefits and depreciating machinery assets to the return on investment of a single employee to the advantage of healthy vending machine options versus junk food choices. It’s no wonder that business leaders are looking for better, more exact return analysis for their marketing budgets, as well.

Topics: Content Marketing Inbound Marketing

The Inbound Marketing Survival Guide

Summer in Wisconsin means spending the three warmest (and least likely to have snow) months outdoors taking advantage of the beautiful weather. As a kid, one of my favorite activities was my family’s annual camping trip to Door County. 

Complete with a four-hour road trip in an eight-passenger van, a massive tent, nightly campfires, and plenty of gear, the trip was quite the undertaking. There were lists (thanks, Mom!), weeks of organizing and packing, and lots of planning.

Like those camping trips, creating successful inbound strategy for B2B businesses also requires a number of essential elements. I’ve assembled the essentials here in the form of an Inbound Survival Guide, just like we created for our summer camping trips.

Topics: Inbound Marketing Social Media Marketing for B2B Content Marketing Manufacturing Blogs

Inside Out: The Emotions of Implementing Inbound Marketing

The thought of writing this post initially left me with a mild panic attack. After all, my audience consists of marketers, yes - but it also consists of CFOs, CEOs, and small business owners. And here I am, talking about a long-term investment strategy into your business: inbound marketing (and sales enablement, but that’s a story for another post). It’s hard enough to talk about long-term marketing plans face-to-face; it’s a whole other prospect to talk about it in writing.

Topics: Inbound Marketing Inbound Smarketing Sales Enablement

Trade Shows Are Showrooms for Your Website

As I sat down to write this post, I immediately dove into researching statistics, articles, and trends about maximizing success at trade shows. About 10 minutes into my search, with multiple tabs open across multiple windows, I stopped. And I laughed. Where was the first place that I went to jump-start my ideas? The internet. Google searches. Websites. 

Topics: Website Development Inbound Marketing Nari Trade Show