The 2012 State of Inbound Marketing Webinar


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  • Useful stats. However, companies should consider that having a Facebook presence alone will not drive new customers. Jay Baer makes good points on his recorded session, 'When Facebook and Email Share a Cab' He explains that while 44% of corporate social marketers believe Facebook is a way to get new customers, that's not Facebook's best and highest use. He says, rightly, people don't randomly search for brands to 'like,' but rather like brands they have existing relationships with. Likes from non-customers works for aspirational [status] brands like Bentley automobiles. A lot more detail on the 30 min recording.!/AnnieintheSun
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  • Consistentfrom year to year.2010 survey and 2011 survey showed 60% and 62% lower cost per lead respectively.
  • 52% of companies who blog indicated leads from this channel were “Below Average Cost.”
  • Among the 47% of respondents with increased inbound marketing budgets, the most commonly cited reason was “past success with inbound marketing.” The majority of businesses attributed their decreasing budgets to the “economic conditions” (62%) or “a change in management” (21%).
  • The average budget spent on company blogs and social media increased from 9% in 2009 to 21% in 2012. Much of this growth can be attributed to Social Media. In 2010, Blogs were 7% and Social Media was 8% of total marketing budgets. In 2012, Blogs are 8% and Social Media is 13% of total marketing budgets.
  • In 2012, small businesses (1 to 5 employees) plan to spend 43% of their lead generation budgets on inbound marketing.In comparison, medium-to-large businesses (50 or more employees) only plan to spend 26% of their lead generation budgets on inbound marketing.Small business are only giving 14% of their budget to outbound, while medium-to-large business are allocating 31% of their budget to outbound channels.Small businesses plan to spend dramatically more of their budgets on social media and blogs.Medium-to-large businesses plan to spend more of their budgets on outbound methods, including trade shows, direct mail and telemarketing.
  • 25% of users rated their company blog as “critical” to their business.LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter were considered “useful” or better by over 60%.In contrast StumbleUpon, Yelp, and Digg all had user bases where over 70% considered the channel only “somewhat useful” or “not useful.”
  • An impressive 25% of users rated their company blog as “critical” to their business.81% of users rated company blogs as “useful” or better.
  • Company blogs are increasingly valued. The blog is the channel most frequently reported as critical or important, both in 2009 and 2012.YouTube, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter are increasingly important. Facebook has shown the biggest gain at 18%.StumbleUpon and Digg have reduced in importance.
  • The 2012 State of Inbound Marketing Webinar

    1. THE2012State ofInboundMarketing Blogging Social media#SOIM
    2. MIKE VOLPE MELISSA MILLERHubSpot Chief Marketing Officer Inbound Marketing Manager@mvolpe @mcdmiller#SOIM
    3. State of Inbound Study• Survey conducted in Jan 2012• 972 marketing professionals
    4. SEO Blogging Social Media VS. EmailTelemarketing Direct Mail Trade shows 4
    5. Agenda 1 Marketing costs & budgets 2 Lead quality & sales 3 What’s important to marketers?
    6. 1 Costs & 2012 Budgets
    7. How much is your averageCOST PER LEAD?
    8. Inbound Consistently Yields Lower CostLeads
    9. Blogs cited as least expensive
    10. Trade shows ranked as most expensive
    11. The worst thing we did in marketing last year was attend several trade shows and events with low yield and ROI.Marketing ProfessionalProfessional Services/Consulting26 to 50 Employees
    12. Direct mail is very expensive and ineffective for new leads.Marketing ProfessionalHardware Technology11 to 25 Employees
    13. 89% are maintaining or increasing theirinbound budgets
    14. Increases Driven by Past Success;Decreases Driven by the Economy
    15. Budgets Shift to Inbound
    16. Budget Growth within Inbound
    17. Outbound Budgets Remain Stagnant
    19. Small Businesses Level the Playing Field
    20. 2 Lead Quality & Sales
    21. Inbound converts leads into customers Data pulled from analytics tracking of a sample of over 1,000 HubSpot customers.
    22. Social Media & Blogs Generate RealCustomers
    23. The best things we’ve done to drive leads and sales this past year is embrace social media, establish a blog, and convince ownership to accept inbound marketing strategy.Marketing ProfessionalManufacturing Industry201 to 500 Employees
    24. Blog Frequency and Customer Acquisition
    25. 70% of Businesses Blog At Least Weekly
    26. Facebook Is More Effective for B2C; LinkedIn Is forB2B
    27. LinkedIn is the best social media channel by far for us as we are in B2B… Facebook is not getting much traction.Marketing ProfessionalHardware Technology11 to 25 Employees
    28. 3 What’s important to marketers?
    29. Which sources ofleads havebecome MOREimportant to youover the last sixmonths?
    30. Social Media & SEO Growing in Importance
    31. Direct Mail Declining in Importance
    32. This past year we spent a few hundred dollars on a door-hanger marketing piece and got no response—at all.Business OwnerProfessional Services/Consulting1 to 5 Employees
    33. 25% indicated their company blog isCRITICAL
    34. 81% rated their blog as USEFUL ORBETTER
    35. Company Blogs are Increasingly Valued
    36. THANKMIKE VOLPEHubSpot Chief Marketing Officer@mvolpe MILLERInbound Marketing
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