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Outbound vs. Inbound Marketing

In the digital age, the traditional outbound way of marketing is no longer effective. In order to convert visitors to leads and close sales, a more modern approach is needed. This is where inbound marketing comes in, a method HubSpot describes as “the best way to turn strangers into customers and promoters of your business” and also the fundamental basis of our marketing strategy at TREW. To help you differentiate between traditional, outbound marketing and modern, inbound marketing; let’s break down the two.

Staying Organized in Your Marketing Platform

I realize that this isn’t the most exciting topic out there. Actually, it’s probably one of the least exciting things you can discuss (unless you’re one of those people who likes this kind of thing). But keeping house in your marketing platform is a necessary evil. Without an effective way of organizing your content and data, you risk not being able to find what you need when you need it. 

The Most Costly Mistake that Trade Show Exhibitors Make

Events are in my blood. My college days at Texas A&M were spent organizing student organization trade shows. During my early career at National Instruments, I planned 50+ trade show exhibits annually, and now I consult with TREW clients on their trade show strategy.

Stop Interrupting and Selling, Start Educating and Supporting

Marketing and selling in the B2B engineering and technical space used to require exhibiting at trade shows and placing print ads in trade journals or technical publications. But engineers and technical buyers now prefer to start their product or service evaluation online instead of at events as they did in the past. More and more, these buyers want to be educated vs. sold to in the traditional sense. 

7 Tips for the One-Person Marketing Team

Before joining the TREW Crew, I spent three years working in-house as the one and only member of the marketing department. When you’re responsible for all the marketing tasks for a company, it can be overwhelming and daunting at times, so here are seven tips to make your job easier.

Grow Your Reach, Web Traffic, and Leads with Partner Co-Marketing

Do you want to grow your brand reach, drive more traffic to your website, and increase your leads? For most small-to-medium-sized businesses the answer to this question is wholeheartedly, “yes, please.” Partner co-marketing is often overlooked during the marketing planning process, a significant missed opportunity to extend your brand in an economical manner.

Don’t Break the (Internet Privacy) Law

If you’ve worked in marketing for any time, you’re aware that there are laws in your state/country regulating the use of citizens’ data and protecting citizens’ privacy. What you might not be aware of though is the specifics of these laws, or that some laws transcend state and country boundaries.

Seven Characteristics of a Great Spokesperson

This week, TREW Marketing is on the road, conducting a press tour with a client who recently introduced a new product. As we prepped, we were reminded of the factors behind a successful technical press meeting, and one of the most important: a great spokesperson.

5 Tips for a Tagline that Sticks

 Brainstorm notes on hotel bar napkins. Conversations that take you so far down tangents you’ve forgotten what your company does. You need something that’s memorable but not too off-the-wall, specific but not excluding, and exciting but accurate … Your tagline.

Improve Database Quality By Taking Out the Trash

Content is termed the “king” when it comes to marketing – but I am going to challenge that and say that data might be even more powerful. Without accurate data, your content will never reach its fullest potential. Leads are one of the most common metrics measured by marketing. But if you start to peel back the layers, the TRUE leads are likely to be a smaller percentage after you remove the “trash” that accumulates in your database.

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