They Ask You Answer: A Revolutionary Approach to Inbound Sales, Content Marketing, and Today′s Digital Consumer

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en Limba Engleză Carte Hardback – 03 Mar 2017
A revolutionary marketing strategy proven to drive sales and growth They Ask You Answer is a straightforward guide to fixing your current marketing strategy. Regardless of your budget, you are almost certainly overspending on television, radio, and print ads, yet neglecting the number–one resource you have at your disposal: the Internet. Content marketing is no longer about keyword–stuffing and link–building; in fact, using those tactics today gets your page shuffled to the bottom of the heap. Quality content is the key to success, and you already have the ingredients in–house. This book shows you how to structure an effective content strategy using the same proven principles that have revolutionized marketing for all types of businesses, across industries.
Author Marcus Sheridan′s pool company struggled after the housing collapse; today, they′re one of the largest pool installers in the U.S., turning away millions of dollars in business they simply cannot accommodate every year. How did he manage it? He answered questions. This book shows you how Marcus′s strategy can work for your business, and how to use your keyboard to bring customers through the door.
  • Boost your company′s web presence with methods that work
  • Build a level of trust that generates customer evangelism
  • Leverage your in–house resources to produce winning content
  • Utilize tactics that work, regardless of industry or sector
When people have questions, they ask a search engine. If you have answers, the right content strategy will get them to the top of the search results and seen by millions of eyes every day. Drop the marketing–speak, stop "selling," and start answering. Be seen as an authority, not just another advertisement. They Ask You Answer describes a fresh approach to marketing and the beginning of big things for your business.
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ISBN-13: 9781119312970
ISBN-10: 1119312973
Pagini: 240
Dimensiuni: 157 x 235 x 23 mm
Greutate: 0.44 kg
Editura: Wiley
Locul publicării: Hoboken, United States

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They Ask, You Answer explains a simple approach to inbound marketing with an exceptional track record across many industries. How can a single approach to selling be so versatile? Simple—it′s all about the customer. All potential customers need answers along their way to making a purchase, and They Ask, You Answer shows you how to become the oracle in your industry.
Before Marcus Sheridan founded The Sales Lion to coach and consult on world–class communication strategies, he turned around a pool installation company on the edge of collapse during the 2008 financial crisis—using the methodology described in this book. He understood his customers′ problems and took the brave step to openly talk about them on his company′s website. Whether you′re a one–man sales team (like Marcus was) or managing a department, this resource gives you all the practical techniques and proven advice you need to develop a profitable inbound marketing strategy based on quality content. Along the way, examples and revealing case studies show you how companies are benefitting from these techniques. Without a marketing degree or computer expertise, you can immediately attract high–quality prospects into your internet sales funnel by:
  • Replacing outdated hacks like keyword stuffing and link building with genuine content that will be useful along the buyer′s journey
  • Getting buy–in from your organization and inspiring in–house experts to produce authoritative content
  • Raising your company′s digital profile and enabling delighted customers to tell others about their experience


Foreword ix
PART I A Very Different Way of Looking at Business, Marketing, and Trust 1
Chapter 1 The Fall 3
Chapter 2 A Massive Buying Shift and the Blur between Sales and Marketing 9
Chapter 3 This Book Won’t Work for You If . . . 13
Chapter 4 The Discovery of They Ask, You Answer 17
Chapter 5 “They Ask, You Answer” Defined 21
Chapter 6 Brainstorming the Questions You Are Asked Every Day 23
Chapter 7 The Ostrich Marketing Strategy 27
Chapter 8 The CarMax Effect 29
Chapter 9 The Discovery of the Big 5 37
Chapter 10 Content Subject 1 Pricing and Costs: Why We Must Talk about Money 39
Chapter 11 How One Article about Money Generated More Than $3,000,000 in Sales 43
Chapter 12 Case Study 1: High–End B2B Technology Company Generates More Than $8,000,000 in Additional Revenue 51
Chapter 13 Content Subject 2: Problems: How to Turn Weaknesses into Strengths 59
Chapter 14 Addressing the Elephant in the Room 61
Chapter 15 How Talking about Our Problems Generated More Than $500,000 in Revenue 63
Chapter 16 Case Study 2: An Equipment Financing Company Becomes a Digital David and Conquers the Industry Goliaths 65
Chapter 17 Content Subject 3: Versus and Comparisons 73
Chapter 18 The Critical Need for Unbiased Content 77
Chapter 19 Content Subjects 4 and 5: Reviews and Best in Class 81
Chapter 20 Using Reviews to Establish Yourself as an Expert 85
Chapter 21 The Impact of Discussing the Competition 89
Chapter 22 Case Study 3: Small Retail Appliance Store Dominates Online and Makes Millions 93
Chapter 23 The Competition 101
Chapter 24 How They Ask, You Answer Saved River Pools and Spas 107
PART II The Impact of They Ask, You Answer on Sales Teams 111
Chapter 25 How Great Content Is a Total Game–Changer for Sales Teams 113
Chapter 26 A Dramatic Discovery 117
Chapter 27 Assignment Selling 121
Chapter 28 How One Remarkable Couple Changed My Perspective on the Power of Content to Sell 127
Chapter 29 Content Never Sleeps 131
Chapter 30 Using Assignment Selling to Avoid Common Sales Pitfalls 135
Chapter 31 Using Assignment Selling to Determine Compatibility 139
Chapter 32 Case Study 4: How a Start–Up Company in the Health Care Space Became the Thought Leaders of an Entirely New Industry 143
PART III Implementation and Making It a Culture 151
Chapter 33 The Power of Insourcing and Using Your Team to Create Incredible Content 153
Chapter 34 How Block Imaging Embraced a Culture of Insourcing 157
Chapter 35 Starting Off They Ask, You Answer with a Bang: Company Workshops 161
Chapter 36 The Content Manager Qualities, Hiring, and More 167
Chapter 37 On the Importance of Tools: Measuring Return on Investment, the Power of HubSpot, and More 175
PART IV Your Questions Answered 183
Chapter 38 How Do I Find More Time to Make This Work within My Organization? 185
Chapter 39 Just How Important Is Video to Inbound and Content Marketing? How Does It Relate to They Ask, You Answer? 191
Chapter 40 How Long Will It Take They Ask, You Answer to Work? 197
Chapter 41 Is Content Marketing and They Ask, You Answer Just a Fad? 203
Chapter 42 How Can I Keep My Team Engaged in the Content Production Process? 205
Chapter 43 “I’ve Been Told If We’re Not Adding Anything New to the Conversation, Then We Shouldn’t Be Talking about It” 211
Chapter 44 A Revolutionary Marketing Strategy 215
Index 219

Notă biografică

MARCUS SHERIDAN is Founder and President of The Sales Lion, a coaching and consultancy firm synonymous with inbound and content marketing excellence. The Sales Lion is also a Platinum HubSpot Partner. Marcus is an award–winning speaker and named a "web marketing guru" by The New York Times.