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Sales and Marketing Tactics that Must Die

Posted by Kelsey Galarza on 10/31/18 12:35 PM

I like the History and Discovery channel way too much. 

Last night was a replay of one of my favorite shows Expedition Unknown, and they were talking about real life vampires. My hero Josh Gates and their experts scoured Eastern Europe for the origin of the use of garlic to ward off vampires, blood sucking, and my favorite, the wooden stake. Turns out, the locals used wooden stakes to keep a body "stuck" in it's casket to not rise again. Unfortunately, most often these poor souls turned out to be folks that were mentally or physically ill and not vampires. 

Sordid history aside, Halloween got me thinking of some sales and marketing practices that really need a stake in them. These are some myths we have seen that must die forever!  

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Topics: Outbound Sales, Best Practices, How To

Setting Up Your HubSpot Free CRM - The Fundamentals

Posted by Orange Marketing on 10/16/18 10:41 AM

HubSpot is one of the most popular tools for startups, and for good reason! Ease of use, fantastic pricing, and a product that grows as you grow are just a few of the benefits. While HubSpot is incredibly easy to get started with, we've seen some common mistakes made by early-stage companies that get started on their own. Read on to learn how to avoid them!

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Topics: How To, Best Practices

Don't Knock It 'Til You've Tried It

Posted by Kelsey Galarza on 8/10/18 1:43 PM

I was recently fortunate to spend a 9-week sales training course with Dan Tyre, an early HubSpot employee, super sales coach, and all-around fabulous (and very enthusiastic) guy. I was "required" to get off my butt, literally and figuratively, to learn how to develop Orange Marketing's client pipeline. And though I have advised people HOW to do it, (thanks to learning from the incomparable Marc Maloy, Amyra Rand, Steve Burrows, and others), I hadn't done the grind of outreach myself.

What I learned may help you  In no particular order, my top 5 lessons learned.

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Topics: Insider, Best Practices, How To, Outbound Sales

Promote Your Product Launch Content in 5 Easy Steps

Posted by Rebecca Gonzalez on 7/26/18 5:27 PM

We have sold you! You read why we want you to create content prior to your product launch, and you have read how to easily create content for your product launch. Now we will provide you the basics of promoting your content prior to your product launch, without scaring you half to death.

What do we mean by scaring you? We have read a lot of posts by plenty of inbound marketing agencies that are designed to intimidate you and make you think, "OMG, I need to hire an agency to do all this as soon as possible! But I don't have money. Therefore, I won't do anything."

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Topics: Product Launch, Best Practices

Easily Create Content for Your Startup's Product Launch

Posted by Rebecca Gonzalez on 6/17/18 7:29 PM

The founders we work with are super smart. They have all heard about inbound marketing, and they know why they need to focus on putting content on the web, just as soon as they possibly can. And if they haven't, we send them to read 5 Reasons to Start Content Marketing Before Your Product Launch. Then they certainly realize one of the most important things they can do is START softening the beachhead for their product launch with website content. 

But our technology startup founders have very little time or money. Never fear. We can break content production down into 6 simple steps with none of them being all that technical or difficult

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Topics: Product Launch, Best Practices

5 Reasons to Start Content Marketing Before Your Product Launch

Posted by Rebecca Gonzalez on 6/10/18 8:21 PM

A typical mistake that our technology engineer entrepreneurs. startup founders, and sales VPs make time and time again when launching their new product, is they wait to begin anything resembling marketing until well after their product has been fully baked and is GA (Generally Available).

This is likely based on their impression of what marketing does (or does not do) for their business and how much agencies, in general, pick the pockets of unsuspecting entrepreneurs. Marketing becomes relegated to a low priority compared to creating the product, beta testing the product and eventually selling the product to the first lucky customer. We have seen this scenario play out time and time again, and truthfully it simply breaks our hearts.

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Topics: Best Practices, Product Launch

Startup Marketing Technical Tasks - Get Visitors to Contact You

Posted by Kelsey Galarza on 5/17/18 12:21 PM

Most new B2B SaaS company websites look pretty similar. Nice WordPress theme with some pretty icons and screenshots, some customer logos. The ubiquitous item is the Contact Us page. But is Contact Us enough? Not even!!

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Topics: How To, Best Practices

Startup Marketing Technical Tasks - Naming Convention and Folders

Posted by Kelsey Galarza on 5/11/18 10:06 AM

Ok, so you’re being a good startup and you’ve got yourself some marketing automation. That’s awesome, you’re going to need it. While you get it set up, do yourself a favor and keep things organized before you get going too far, because it’s a real hassle to clean it up later, I know this from experience. For the record, I'm not THAT tidy of a person, but I'm forever on the quest. I'm obsessed with the Kon Mari technique, and maybe that's reflected in this article. If you don't have a place for everything, it's all over the place.

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Topics: How To, Best Practices

Startup Marketing Technical Tasks - Website Tracking

Posted by Kelsey Galarza on 5/10/18 9:23 AM

Look, there are over 86 Million Google results for "startup marketing". I’ve even written some of them. And I massively believe in getting product marketing right, creating content, and using a CRM correctly and jointly between Sales and Marketing. But one article you don’t see much of has to do with the infrastructure of these programs, and infrastructure can make or break you later, so it’s important to do setup correctly and now.  It's a really meaty topic, so I'm dissecting it in seven parts.

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Topics: How To, Best Practices

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