Inbound Marketing. Chances are you've heard this term before, but do you know exactly what inbound marketing is?

As defined by HubSpot, simply put, inbound marketing is a business methodology that involves delivering solutions and opportunities that have a positive impact on people and your business. Inbound is a method of attracting, engaging, and delighting people to grow a business that provides value and builds trust.

Inbound Marketing Methodology

So how exactly do you do this? Creating valuable content and experiences tailored to your customers and prospects can attract people to your business. While outbound marketing interrupts your audience with content they do not want or relate to, inbound marketing creates a bond with your customers and prospects presenting them with solutions to problems they already have.

You now understand what inbound marketing is and the value it can bring to your business, but how do you know if your inbound marketing strategy (if you have one) is working? Return on Investment (ROI)! You need to be able to review and monitor all your marketing activities to establish what's working and what's not. Marketers who measure inbound ROI are 17 times more likely to see the same, or greater ROI, over the previous year. Yet only 53% of marketers are actually measuring ROI, why?

Inbound marketing is all about measurable results, you need hard facts and statistics to show the impact of your inbound marketing efforts. We've put together some top tips for measuring the results of your inbound marketing approach to help determine success:

1. Set Goals

Before you get overexcited with your inbound plan and dive straight into writing content, set yourself some realistic goals before you begin. What do you want to achieve from your inbound marketing strategy? Do you want to increase your website visitors? Do you want more views on your blog posts every month? 

Regardless of what you want to achieve, your goals need to be SMART. A SMART goal needs to be one of 5 things: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Reliable, and Timely. By following this framework, everyone in your organisation will know what the objectives for the campaign are, and what steps are needed to get there.

2. Take advantage of HubSpot's Inbound Metrics & Analytics

One fantastic feature with HubSpot's sales and marketing platform is the reporting and analytics that allow you to measure the performance of your entire marketing funnel in the one place. Taking advantage of built-in analytics, reports, and dashboards showing the results of all your marketing activity, allows you to be a smarter, data-driven marketer, able to prove your ROI if necessary. 

Since inbound marketing is delivered online, these analytics will tell you almost everything you would want or need to know about your website visitors, prospects, and customers. Some examples of key analytics you should be measuring when determining the success of your strategy and activity includes the number of new leads you are generating each week/month, how they are engaging with your business (via your website, social media, emails etc), the number of opportunities created, and ultimately, the new customers you have won - this will all determine how successful your inbound marketing activity has been.

3. Be Patient

Success doesn't happen overnight, don't forget that. It's far too easy to feel underwhelmed when the results you want aren't there straight away. An inbound marketing strategy is not a single promotion, it's a long-term strategy - not made to produce instant results. 

With inbound leads costing 61% less on average than outbound leads, be patient, hold off calculating your ROI to give your inbound marketing strategy time, we are sure it will be worth the wait. 

Are You Ready To Transform Your Inbound Marketing Strategy?

Join us at one of our monthly HubSpot Marketing Essentials Workshops in London or Glasgow. As a HubSpot Platinum Partner, INCo is an expert in all things HubSpot and Inbound Marketing. Whether you are new to HubSpot or an expert, we will show you how to use the platform to its full potential, enabling you to get maximum value from it!

Register your place today at one of our monthly 1 day workshops and discover how you can increase your inbound leads significantly, and effectively engage with prospects at every stage of the sales funnel. Join us to receive-

• A 1-day training session with INCo's experienced and knowledgeable team
• A 'HubSpot 101' Training Guide to use between sessions and keep after the course
• Post-training help and advice via the INCo Support Hub

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