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Business Change Management

Business Change Management

Top 5 Ways Inbound Marketing Builds Pediatric Online Presence

On Feb 15, 2017 9:00:00 AM

/ Andrew Simon

Categories: Inbound Marketing, Keywords


At Simon Associates Marketing Consultants (SAMC), we have been Inbound Marketing/HubSpot partners for three years. What I would like to do in this blog is present a case study to articulate why we believe that Inbound is a very effective vehicle for successfully marketing any organization—in this case, a pediatrics practice. Of particular importance is how to build a brand's online presence.

How to use Inbound Marketing to build brand awareness, attract users and measure progress

SAMC has been deeply embedded in healthcare marketing for several decades, working with a wide array of healthcare clients across the country, including hospital systems, physicians' practices, ACOs and health information management clients.

Three years ago, we were engaged by a multi-specialty practice that wanted to give its pediatricians more visibility and establish a real brand presence in the marketplace for its twelve pediatric offices.

Firmly believing in the power of Inbound Marketing, we began to build a brand identity and consumer awareness of the pediatric practice and its pediatricians, following these 5 specific principles:

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The Star Of This Year’s HubSpot Inbound Marketing Conference? The Consumer.

On Dec 1, 2016 11:16:48 AM

/ Andrew Simon

Categories: Inbound Marketing, HubSpot

Over the past several years, I have blogged about my experiences at the HubSpot Inbound Marketing conference. So, it is time to do so again.

Setting the stage

But wait a minute. Let me set the stage before I talk about Inbound 2016. Simon Associates Management Consultants (SAMC) has built a business around helping organizations change. As corporate anthropologists, a big part of our work is teaching business leaders how to use their own eyes to see, feel and think in different ways about their companies.

Intentionally, our business is eclectic. We have clients in healthcare, higher education and those that are tough to put into a box, such as cement companies, professional organizations and non-profits. Why do all these different companies hire us? Because of our process. As Blue Ocean Strategists®, we help clients forget about the competition and instead, focus on how they can meet their customers’ unfulfilled needs, thus creating new markets.

With that as a backdrop, I’ll now talk a little about the conference, Inbound 2016, within the context of what we do at Simon Associates. It was a well-attended conference (18,000 people) and offered many subject areas across multiple content sessions. But what I would like to focus on here is the keynote speech given by Brian Halligan, HubSpot Co-founder and CEO.

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5 Ways Twitter Turns Likes Into "Love You"s

On May 10, 2016 1:00:00 PM

/ Andrea Simon

Categories: Andrew Simon, Andrea Simon, Inbound Marketing

We often get asked, Why use social media? We come back with, Why wouldn’t you?

Twitter is one of the best sources of inbound marketing out there. If your company is not using Twitter, it is time to change. I must confess that I didn't start out embracing Twitter, even though I went to hear Tony Hsieh, Zappos CEO, speak at Twitter Boot Camp (what seems like) many years ago.

As we at Simon Associates Management Consultants see Twitter turn into a must-have for book publishing, client development and growing our consulting and inbound marketing business, it's becoming crystal clear that all those "likes" turn into #hashtags that "love you." And, most importantly for marketers, the conversations are deep and endearing.

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What Are Buyer Personas And Why Should They Matter To My Business?

On May 4, 2016 10:55:00 AM

/ Andrew Simon

Categories: Andrew Simon, Inbound Marketing, Blogs

So here’s a question for you (actually two): Do you really need to have a particular person in mind when you’re writing blogs? Isn’t it enough to just put useful, relevant information out there that establishes your products or services as the best solutions for what people are searching for?

Maybe a decade or so ago, yes, but in today’s highly competitive market…no. Knowing who your target market is—i.e., who is most likely to buy what you’re selling—is key to writing effective blogs that get read by the widest possible audience of qualified prospects.

In two previous blogs, I talked about how to write great blogs (“10 Tips For Writing Great Blogs That Get You Noticed”), then how to get people to read them (“How To Make Sure Your Blogs Reach The Right Audience”). Now I’d like to focus on whom you should write your blogs for: the buyer persona.

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How To Make Sure Your Blogs Reach The Right Audience

On Apr 26, 2016 12:00:00 PM

/ Andrew Simon

Categories: Inbound Marketing

In my last blog, “10 Tips For Writing Great Blogs That Get You Noticed,” I wrote about how to create compelling blogs that will propel your company and your solutions to rise to the top of search engines.

I suggested that you should address just one topic per blog, blog consistently and frequently to reap maximum benefits, optimize your content with keywords to get found via search, and add a relevant CTA (Call to Action) at the end of each post to promote lead generation.

Now that you have a great blog, how do you promote it?

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Does Social Media Drive Website Traffic? Let's See!

On Apr 25, 2016 2:00:00 PM

/ Andrew Simon

Categories: Andrew Simon, Inbound Marketing, social marketing

All that social media buzz! Does it really work? And which might work best for you?

We were curious too. To see how social media worked for a client, Simon Associates Management Associates (SAMC) just completed a case study that we have put together as a white paper on the impact of social marketing on the growth of website traffic.

While only one study and one case, the white paper does point out that power of using a wide range of social channels and why the right ones should be an important part of your inbound marketing mix.

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How to Choose the Right Inbound Marketing Company

On Apr 21, 2016 2:00:00 PM

/ Andrew Simon

Categories: Andrew Simon, Emerging Trends, Inbound Marketing, SEO

There are so many new platforms emerging and agencies promoting themselves as inbound experts that it has become challenging for companies to evaluate the different options available to them. For all transparency we are HubSpot certified partners and have been using their platform for our own company and our clients since 2014. Long enough to have learned what works really well, what we might wish worked differently, and how we might feel recommending HubSpot to our clients. In all candor, it is an amazing platform.

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10 Tips For Writing Great Blogs That Get You Noticed

On Apr 18, 2016 7:00:00 AM

/ Andrew Simon

Categories: Inbound Marketing

In today’s highly competitive marketplace, writing strong, compelling blogs that attract potential customers to your website is not merely important to your business, it is absolutely critical.

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Colleges, Time to Go Inbound?

On Apr 10, 2016 8:25:40 AM

/ Andrea Simon

Categories: Inbound Marketing

Curious how to recruit the right students at the right acquisition cost?

I bet that chart above got your attention.  While that was 2012, the numbers have gotten even more compelling in 2014:

You  might say that those were for B2B companies. Perhaps. But the trend is very powerful for B2B and B2C.

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Is Inbound Marketing Right for Your Small Business?

On Apr 6, 2016 2:00:00 AM

/ Andrea Simon

Categories: Inbound Marketing, small business, finding new customers, business growth strategy

Are you a small or even a mid-market business wondering how to sustain your growth? Are new customers coming in through the Internet but not from your sales team?  You don't know how to get more of them? Maybe your are a family firm and need to take your business to the next stage?  

Could inbound marketing really help?

Every time you go to a conference or look on the Internet people are talking about inbound marketing. How do you know what it is? What is the right kind of inbound marketing for your business? Is it affordable? Can you support the people needed to create your content?

We hear these questions far too often from people who were able to get their business to a certain size and now are finding it harder to competitively add value in new ways. And the new world of marketing is heavily inbound but totally like a foreign country to them.

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