Innovation Insights

The B2B Business Growth Blog

Innovation Insights explores the impact of new and emerging concepts in sales, marketing, strategy and leadership for CEOs of growth-driven business-to-business companies.

Good, Better, Best: How to Choose the Right B2B Digital Strategy

Good-Better-Best.jpgAs you develop your company's approach to business growth, one of your top priorities will be to select an effective digital strategy. Digital innovation has dropped the cost of content publishing to essentially zero. At the same time, digital execution has become far more technically complex than the traditional processes it has largely replaced.

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Tags: content marketing, CRM, Focus Area: Strategy, inbound marketing, customer relationship management, hubspot, digital strategy, integrated inbound

7 Dirty Secrets about Inbound Marketing (They Won’t Tell You)

inbound_marketing_mike_volpe.jpgInbound marketing is one of the hottest concepts in business growth today. Built around a comprehensive vision for creating new customer relationships online, the idea behind inbound has evolved over the years but was largely evangelized and institutionalized thanks to Brian Halligan and Dharmesh Shah, the co-founders of Hubspot.

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Tags: sales process, marketing strategy, CRM, Focus Area: Marketing, inbound marketing, lead nurturing, lead generation, b2b business growth, customer relationship management, hubspot

The Evolution of Hubspot and the Power of the Pivot for Business Growth

power_of_the_pivot_business_growthIn 2014, VentureBeat named Hubspot the #1 company in the rapidly growing marketing automation technology sector. This was an impressive accomplishment for a firm that had been founded less than a decade earlier, and whose competitors include many vendors who are both older and larger. How does a growth-driven company achieve a market-leading position so rapidly? What makes it possible to establish and maintain a dominant role as a recognized leader in your industry?

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Tags: Focus Area: Strategy, b2b, inbound marketing, business planning, b2b business growth, growth strategy, hubspot

What One Social Entrepreneur Learned About the Buyer's Journey

patrick_social_entrepreneur_inbound_marketing_blog_smallBefore joining Wendt Partners, I co-founded an education travel company offering university students, faculty, and young professionals full-immersion programs in rural Africa and South America. My experience working with this young company enabled me to gain insights into what it really takes to grow a business, focusing on marketing strategies and action plans that result in growth.

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Tags: marketing strategy, online marketing, Focus Area: Marketing, inbound marketing, b2b business growth, social entrepreneurship

6 Ways to Stop Throwing Away Your B2B Marketing Budget in 2014

throwing_money_awayIt's 2014. Your B2B company produces cutting-edge products or delivers state-of-the-art services. So why are you still spending on marketing like it's 1999? Chances are, your company is bleeding marketing dollars in ways you didn't even consider, precisely because you haven't had the time to think about how to do things differently. In the absence of a clear new direction, most companies fall on the old, tried-and-true approach…even if it no longer works. And chances are, your marketing is not performing for you at the level it could. As a CEO, here are six ways to stop spending the wrong way on marketing:
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Tags: content marketing, marketing, marketing strategy, brand strategy, Focus Area: Marketing, b2b, inbound marketing, seo, b2b business growth

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