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Editor's Note: This post was originally published on LinkedIn.

What’s possible when the art and science of marketing collide?

I’ve been consumed by this question for the better part of 10 years since launching PR 20/20. I believe the marketing industry has reached an inflection point, and everything is about to change.

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Editor's Note: This post has been updated to include the SXSW 2015 slide deck. See below.

Marketing automation platforms save time, improve efficiency and increase productivity. They give companies an unprecedented ability to understand buyers, identify opportunities, track campaign performance and link marketing activities to business outcomes. 

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This post is part of HubSpots second annual Inbound Marketing Week, a worldwide series of events inviting marketers to share industry knowledge and strategy best practices.

At the onset of each year, marketing influencers and brands weigh in on the leading trends expected to impact our industry. Even through the repetition, we continuously look to these articles with hopes that they will illuminate the keys to success or, better yet, provide us with an entirely new concept or idea.

In 2015, the conversation has been heavily dominated by a few obvious leaders—marketing automation, contextual marketing and personalization, mapping the customer journey, 

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Marketing automation software is an integral component within an organization’s tech stack, as it supports core business goals, such as optimized marketing and sales alignment, improved lead-to-sale conversion and an enhanced customer experience. 

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Marketing Trends to Watch in 2015

Posted by Taylor Radey on October 22, 2014

The marketing rate of change is accelerating, the technology matrix is growing, and the lexicon is ever evolving. Preparing 2015 marketing budgets and strategies can seem overwhelming with so many variables at play.

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Insights from INBOUND 2014

Posted by Taylor Radey on September 25, 2014

A movement is rising in businesses and agencies across the country and around the world. It can be seen in the exponential growth of HubSpot’s (@HubSpot) annual conference, with attendance nearly doubling every year since 2010.

More than 10,000 marketers, sales professionals, agency owners, developers, entrepreneurs and students gathered in Boston for the four-day event called INBOUND.

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Today at HubSpot’s (@hubspot) annual INBOUND conference, co-founders Dharmesh Shah (@dharmesh) and Brian Halligan (@bhalligan) unveiled new customer relationship management (CRM) solutions.

The HubSpot CRM collects and stores information on contacts, companies, deals and tasks in a centralized database. Additionally, Sidekick, the company’s evolved Signals product, provides real-time insights, notifications and tools when working outside of the platform.

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Following is an excerpt from The Marketing Performance Blueprint (John Wiley & Sons, 2014). Visit performance.pr2020.com for additional information and resources.

The Marketing Talent Gap 

Digital marketing has revolutionized the industry, and the job market. Corporate marketing departments, small businesses, and marketing agencies struggle 

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Following is an excerpt from Chapter 6 of The Marketing Performance Blueprint.

Marketing automation has the ability to expand the value and impact of your content, capture lead intelligence, improve lead-to-sale conversion rates, drive repeat purchasing, and, most important, enhance the overall customer experience throughout the journey.

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“Marketing is now, as it has always been, an art form. But the next generation of marketers understands it can be so much more. These innovators are rewriting what is possible when the art and science of marketing collide.”

[The Marketing Performance Blueprint is now available in print and digital. Visit the book site to learn more.]

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