WMTW 010: Eric Keiles on inbound marketing’s secret sauce [podcast]
Updated on November 22nd, 2019
Eric Keiles is the co-founder of Square 2 Marketing, one of the world’s largest inbound marketing agencies and a Hubspot Platinum partner. He’s co-written 2 books with his business partner Mike Lieberman – Reality Marketing Revolution and Fire Your Sales Team Today.
“The secret sauce to inbound marketing is traditional outreach.” Eric Keiles (tweet this).
Adam and I had read their book and been following their work for a few years before we were able to meet face to face in Boston for Inbound 2012 – an inbound marketing conference. Sharing a passion for inbound marketing meant there was plenty to talk about over a few beers at the bar on the first night. The next day they also joined us for a quick interview.
It was great to have Eric as a guest on Web Marketing That Works podcast.
My highlights from the interview were:
- The importance of great stories to cascade your strategy into your tactics
- The simple process to follow to create those great stories
- How you can use Edge-crafting to make your business remarkable (a term I’d never heard before)
- The secret sauce to inbound marketing is what you do to actively promote your content
- Eric’s explanation of how to merge your marketing and sales teams into a revenue department
There are more detailed show notes below.
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02:20 – Eric’s marketing philosophy is “Strategy before tactics” – great stories cascade down through the tactics
03:10 – Stories help to differentiate products and services
03:49 – Eric tells a client story about unsexy safety products and how they crafted the powerful story of “everybody goes home safe tonight”.
06:00 – How they turned an Accountants/Tax advisor into a “tax warrior” service helping to fight the IRS.
07:24 – How Eric uncovers stories for clients:
- Start with the target market – profile (who is your favourite customer?)
- Create a persona of that person
- What are their pains and problems?
- Solutions that are truly remarkable things and haven’t told world.
- 3 day service to 59mins
09:25 – Edge-crafting story for the hair salon – men wait an hour for a hair cut, smoked windows, sports, beer on tap, stylists dressed in fantasy costume, not topless.
11:35 – What has worked? The secret sauce to inbound marketing. A blend of inbound marketing and traditional outreach. Got to take the content and put it in front of your customer!
12:54 – What hasn’t worked? B2C companies have been really difficult. Content doesn’t have time to take hold.
15:48 – The Ugly – Marketing and Sales conflict – 3 out 6 people retrenched. Forced them to dig into the client’s sales process as well.
18:20 – Digging into Marketing and Sales working together as a revenue department (based on their second book). Square 2 Marketing implemented it 7 years ago – sales and marketing people in the same room and created a new role of “Sales Guide”.
21:59 – Marketing is now accountable to revenue in a revenue department. Everything is quantifiable.
22:47 – Who have you learned from?
- Marketing – Seth Godin. Favourite – Purple Cow.
- Sales – Jeff Thull – Mastering the Complex Sale
- Ben Franklin – invent 20,000 – Philadelphia
24:23 – Final advice – Small leap of faith to get started.
Eric Keiles and Mike Liebermann’s books:
Connect with Eric:
Mentions, influences and resources:
- Content Marketing Promotion Template
- Content Marketing Sales Funnel
- Web Marketing Report Template
- Seth Godin’s Blog
- The Purple Cow – Seth Godin
- Mastering the Complex Sale – Jeff Thull
- Ben Franklin
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