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Inbound Marketing – Marathon not a Sprint

Patience and consistency – virtues in many aspects of your life. These same qualities are important for marketing, and even more critical for your inbound marketing efforts. Putting an inbound marketing plan in motion that attracts your ideal client is something that requires stamina and determination:

  • Stamina to continue on course for the long term no matter who says you should change
  • Determination to make it work and see your business succeed
Marketing is a Marathon, Not a Sprint

Marketing is a Marathon, Not a Sprint

Inbound marketing is a process that requires regular, consistent delivery to increase your visibility and demonstrate your expertise. Patience and persistence is necessary for this to work and for you to see the results.

How long? That can vary from one business to the next. In today’s highly connected world, time to visibility, credibility and profitability has been reduced, but it is still doesn’t happen overnight.

Three Tips to a Successful Inbound Marketing Marathon

So many small business owners get excited about setting up their web presence. They develop a website, set up their social platforms and then stop and do nothing. Why put all the time and effort into training for a marathon to just stop when you get to the starting line?

So before you put money and time into setting up your web presence for your long term inbound marketing activity, here are three tips to ensure you understand the effort required:

  • A Standalone Website is a Thing of the Past – The website needs to support the rest of your online strategy. A quality website provides a landing area for those who come from your other web properties. Once your visitors finally get to your website, be sure to give them something to do – a call to action – so they provide you the contact information that begins the process of building a relationship with them. Tip » A website is the central hub of your web presence but it is not the end of the game. Once the website is set up, add links to all of your social media profiles so your digital footprint covers a wider area of the Internet.
  • Your Social Sites won’t be Social Without You – The pleasure of your presence is requested – on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, Pinterest or … . So many platforms, so little time! I get it. It’s hard to be visible across so many platforms while running your business and servicing your clients, but that’s why you create a plan and select only those platforms that make the most sense for your business. Tip » Social media marketing is a long term commitment, not a marketing campaign that has a beginning and end. Select your platforms based on your target market and then stay active and present to create the most value.
  • Your Brand isn’t Built Overnight -You didn’t build your personal reputation overnight (although some people manage to destroy theirs that quickly!), so you shouldn’t expect your professional or business brand reputation and visibility to be created instantaneously. Establish a consistent brand and project it on your website, social profiles, email marketing campaigns and anywhere you maintain a presence to help your brand’s visibility and recognition. Tip » Set a goal to become one of the top three brands in your niche and do what it takes to get there.

Running the Inbound Marketing Marathon

For inbound marketing to succeed, you must become the consistent, patient, always present and helpful business owner providing relevant content to your target market.

If you make a commitment to increase your brand’s visibility through inbound marketing, make sure you are ready to be there for the long term before you establish a web presence of any type.

Are you getting ready for a marathon or a sprint? Which one do you think will be the most beneficial to your business visibility?

 

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5 Responses to Inbound Marketing – Marathon not a Sprint

  1. Danvantari February 29, 2012 at 2:20 am #

    Stamina and determination are the key to success in any fields of life. It work together without stamina determination tends to be weaker. if you add patience that would be great too :)

    • Debra Murphy February 29, 2012 at 11:00 am #

      Yes, we need all three! Stamina, determination and patience. As for marketing your business, it is especially difficult for some business owners to remember that they are in this for the long haul. Success doesn’t come overnight. Thanks for coming by and commenting.

  2. stevencobber March 5, 2012 at 2:36 pm #

    Most people starting their own business thing that it’s get rich quick approach but not many of them does great within few first years and they just give up. 
    Thanks Debra for motivation! 

    • Debra Murphy March 6, 2012 at 10:04 am #

      Thanks Steven – it’s true there are a lot of people who want the get rich quick business (which isn’t going to happen!) but what I experience are those business owners who have a good business, need to market it to make it a better business and start the online process, only to stop after the website is built – it’s more that people don’t realize that marketing takes time and there is an effort required to succeed.

      Cheers

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