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Ask the experts: 10 tips for business growth

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Whether you’re new to marketing or an old hand in the field, fresh insight can revolutionise the way you approach a campaign. 

 

At Articulate, we are constantly refactoring our processes and finding new ways to integrate the marketing tips and ideas of others into our work. Some would call it geeking out. We like to think of it as tapping into our ‘inner Doc Brown’.

So to help you charge up your own flux capacitor, we asked ten industry experts: what is your #1 marketing tip for growing a business?

Their answers? Well, you can check them all out below. We gathered some amazing insights from leaders in inbound, social media and content marketing and dished them up for you to enjoy. Great marketing hinges on clarity and personalisation, so use these awesome tips as a springboard for your own success.

Brian Halligan

Brian is CEO at HubSpot and an author of five marketing books.

Marketing tips from Brian HalliganBrian says:

‘Your success in marketing these days is far more about the width of your brain than the width of your wallet. You've got to match the way you market to the way humans actually buy stuff.  Stop spamming, stop calling cold calling, stop pushing....start pulling.’

@bhalligan

Ardath Albee

Ardath is CEO and B2B marketing strategist at Marketing Interactions. She has over 30 years business management and marketing operations experience.

Marketing tips from Ardath Albee

Ardath says:

‘Know your customers better than you know your products or services. This knowledge will result in the creation of relevant content and experiences that resonate and convince them you’re their best choice to achieve their goals.’

@ardath421

John Paul Aguiar

John is an influential blogger at johnpaulaguiar.com and a social media marketing maestro.

Marketing tips from John Paul Aguiar

 John says:

‘USE Twitter. Take the time to learn the best way you can use Twitter for marketing. The trick is to learn how to get the most out of Twitter WITHOUT being on it all the time.’

@johnaguiar

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Susan Misukanis

 Susan is president at TopRank Marketing, a leading digital marketing agency in the US.

Marketing tips from Susan Misukanis

 Susan says:

‘More than anything, growing a business requires a strategic vision for the business that is greater than the products and services being sold. Nothing is more productive for growth than inspired employees delivering world class solutions to motivated customers - all based on a well-articulated purpose.’

@smisikanis

Ian Brodie

Ian is a leading marketing speaker, writer at ianbrodie.com and author of ‘Email Persuasion’.

Marketing advice from Ian Brodie

Ian says:

‘Start by building a deep understanding of your ideal clients so that you can shape your products and services to meet their needs, and your marketing speaks to them about those needs in their language. The more in-tune you are with what your ideal clients think and feel, the better your marketing is going to be.’

@ianbrodie

Rebekah Radice

Rebekah is a pro-blogger at rebekahradice.com. Her blog was listed in the ‘Top 10 Social Media Blogs’ for both 2015 and 2016.

Marketing tips from Rebekah Radice

Rebekah says:

‘Focus on the process, not the tactics. Too many marketers get caught up in one-off ideas to try and plug holes. Commit to a daily routine of repeatable processes that support scalable growth.’

@RebekahRadice

Ann Handley

Ann is Chief Content Officer at MarketingProfs and author of Everybody Writes.

Marketing tips from Ann Handley

Ann says:

‘My #1 tip for growing a business is to embrace the power of bigger, bolder, braver marketing. Tell a bigger story with a broader context. Have a bold, recognisable point of view expressed in a brave tone of voice (If you sound like everyone else….that’s not it!)’

@MarketingProfs

David Meerman Scott

David is an international marketing speaker, writer at davidmeermanscott.com and bestselling author of ‘The New Rules of Marketing & PR’, ‘Marketing Lessons from the Grateful Dead’ and ‘Newsjacking’.

Marketing tips from David Meerman Scott

David says:

‘Educate and inform rather than interrupt and sell.’

@dmscott

 

Brian Honigman

Brian is CEO of content marketing consultancy, Honigman Media and a contributor to The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Entrepreneur.

Marketing tips from Brian Honigman

Brian says:

‘Clarify your story to explain why your business exists in the first place. With a clear purpose behind all your communications, it'll be easier to connect with your audience around your stories, beliefs and the emotions they invoke.’

@BrianHonigman

 Josh Steimle

Josh is one of Forbes Magazine’s ’25 Marketing Influencers To Watch In 2017’ and writer at joshsteimle.com. He is currently CEO at digital marketing agency, MWI.

Marketing tips from Josh Steimle

Josh says:

‘Become an influencer in your industry, that is, the go-to expert. If you run a fintech startup, become the go-to expert on all things fintech. If you run a self-storage business, become the self-storage expert. How do you become the expert? By sharing your knowledge freely. Answer the questions you or your customer service people always gets asked, and do it in a natural, human, unscripted way, as though you were speaking to a friend.’

@joshsteiml

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Got any sage advice of your own? Let us know your #1 marketing tip in the comments below.

 

(Hat tip to JD Hancock and our contributors' LinkedIn pages for the images)