Useful Tips from Inbound Marketing Summit and Hubspot User Group

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I spent three days last week at the Inbound Marketing Summit and Hubspot User Group in Boston. These featured a flock of first-rate speakers who presented more useful information than I can jam into a single blog post. That said, here are highlights from my notes.

Youngme Moon, Harvard Business School

– when all competitors address the same customer problems, their products all seem the same
– to differentiate, embrace your negatives and make them into positives
– her examples:
– the Mini Cooper highlighted that it was a small car, rather than trying to convince people it wasn’t really that small
– IKEA reduces selection, service and sturdiness, and convinces people these are simplifying their choice, encouraging self-reliance, and making it easier to refresh your furnishings. (Sorry Youngme, but I still detest IKEA. Let’s face it: the reason most people buy there is price.)

Web Content Management panel with leaders from Bridgeline, Sitecore, Percussion, and Ektron

– content management systems have evolved to deliver personalized customer experiences across all channles
– I only mention this because it supports my own view that Web content systems are candidates to encompass the marketing automation industry.

Michael Damphousse, Green Leads

– 30% higher response rate to 3 sentence text email than HTML email
– 10x more likely to reach a lead by telephone if call within first hour of submission
– 15% higher chance of answering a call from a local phone number
– leave a voicemail that says you are sending an email and ask for a reply
– peak answering times are 7:30 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.; these yield 20-40% more connections than calling at 10 a.m.
– people are most likely to answer their phone between 5 minutes before the hour and 10 minutes after the hour
– 23% of appointments are rescheduled; try to reschedule if someone asks to cancel

Guy Kawasaki, author, Enchantment

– keys to creating an “enchanting” product are likeability, trustworthiness, and quality
– a product must be complete, meaning it includes service and creates an entire ecosystem
– when launching something new, don’t try to convince people who reject you; instead, find people who agree with you

Dan Zarella, Hubspot

– ideas spread because they’re good at spreading, not because they’re good ideas
– social media success comes when people share your content, not when they engage with comments
– negative comments are shared less often than positive comments
– reaching influential individuals is less important than reaching large numbers of people
– people are more likely to read and share social media content on weekends
– Tweets that include “Please Retweet” are shared three times more often than those that don’t

David Skok, Matrix Partners

– viral marketing growth depends more on cycle time (how quickly people share with others) than the number of shares per person
– to attract influential followers, identify what they write about and write about it yourself
– offer rewards to both the person who shares your content and whomever they share it with, so it doesn’t seem like people are exploiting their friends

Rick Burnes, Hubspot

– be systematic about creating content that attracts the traffic you want
– check your blog analytics daily and use data to drive content decisions
– create blog posts in a mix of categories: how-to (most important, preferably daily); thought leadership, research projects, fun, controversial statements
– posts need to be useful; they don’t need to be great literature
– reuse old content
– have a big message

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