What Marketing and Sales Can Learn From The State of Inbound 2016 [FREE REPORT]

state of inbound.jpg

Find out what's next in the world of sales and marketing and make sure you are meeting your potential buyers' needs!

The State of Inbound 2016 is a really insightful report compiled by HubSpot that puts together the findings from a series of surveys of over 4,500 companies from 132 countries, ranging from B2B, B2C, small and mid-sized businesses. It's full of statistics and considerations that you can use as a benchmark for your own sales and marketing efforts, and even predict the future and understand where to go next. Here are some of the things you can learn from it.

Download the full State of Inbound 2016 report now!

Marketers are not prioritising the right content

What are marketers prioritising right now?

As you can see from the graph below, the number one priority of marketers is to convert more of their contacts and leads into customers, and they are doing so by growing their organic presence and writing blog posts.

Screenshot_2016-09-07_11.35.42.png

However, marketers’ content priorities don’t align with what customers want to consume. People are most likely to skim blog posts and long-form business content. Instead, consumers pay most attention to videos, social posts, and news articles.

Consumers are increasingly turning to social media, messaging apps, and bots for content via their mobile. This means that content consumption is becoming decentralized across the web.

Today, marketers’ content strategy should extend beyond their own blogs and website, and include publishing through external outlets.

 

There will be a rise in messaging apps marketing

As mentioned in the previous point, consumers are increasingly turning to messaging apps for content, and marketers are jumping on the bandwagon and planning to increase their marketing efforts through those channels, as  shown in the graph below.

Screenshot_2016-09-07_12.17.26.png

Video is going to be a massive marketing trend, even more so than now, as marketers are planning to expand their reach through YouTube and Facebook videos. Instagram is going to remain strong and Podcasts will also increase.

 

The way people search for information is changing

As you can see from the graph below, there is a massive shift in how people are searching for information now in comparison to 2 years ago, which is a reflection of the ever-changing customers behaviour online.

Screenshot_2016-09-07_12.25.38.png

A third of people now say their mobile is their primary device for accessing the internet, meaning that content formats must fit on-the-go habits. Mobile notifications will play a larger role in how consumers discover content.

Voice search is also becoming huge:

  • 37% use Siri at least monthly

  • 23% use Cortana at least monthly

  • 19% use Alexa at least monthly

  • 19% use Siri at least daily

     

 

Salespeople are a last resort for modern buyers  

There’s a disconnect between buyer expectations and traditional sales tactics. New technologies are shifting the buyer’s journey, changing where consumers buy and what they want from sales calls and it’s up to the seller to adapt.

In fact, it’s no surprise that the top priority of sales is to close more deals, yet 40% of salespeople say it’s getting harder to get a response from their prospects. Changes in customer behavior is widening the gap between buyer’s expectations and seller’s tactics.

Screenshot_2016-09-07_12.41.32.png

Conclusion

These are just some of the things that you can find out inside the State of Inbound 2016 report, so grab your copy now!

 

New Call-to-action

About the author
Stephanie Reed

Business growth specialist with a background in publishing and media, turned into an inbound marketing aficionado.

Related posts

Why Should I Use Inbound...

Since 2006, inbound marketing has been the most effective method for doing business online, this is because it generates 3x...

Professional Services...

I have said time and time again that marketing strategies in the professional services sector need to change. It really is our...

Share your thoughts

Most Popular Blog Posts

cro-agency-conversion-rate-optimisation-call-to-action