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They Ask You Answer: A Revolutionary Approach to Inbound Sales, Content Marketing, and Today's Digital Consumer

ISBN: 978-1-119-31297-0
240 pages
January 2017
They Ask You Answer: A Revolutionary Approach to Inbound Sales, Content Marketing, and Today

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A revolutionary marketing strategy proven to drive sales and growth

They Ask You Answer is a straightforward guide to fixing your current marketing strategy. Regardless of your budget, you are almost certainly overspending on television, radio, and print ads, yet neglecting the number-one resource you have at your disposal: the Internet. Content marketing is no longer about keyword-stuffing and link-building; in fact, using those tactics today gets your page shuffled to the bottom of the heap. Quality content is the key to success, and you already have the ingredients in-house. This book shows you how to structure an effective content strategy using the same proven principles that have revolutionized marketing for all types of businesses, across industries.

Author Marcus Sheridan's pool company struggled after the housing collapse; today, they're one of the largest pool installers in the U.S., turning away millions of dollars in business they simply cannot accommodate every year. How did he manage it? He answered questions. This book shows you how Marcus's strategy can work for your business, and how to use your keyboard to bring customers through the door.

  • Boost your company's web presence with methods that work
  • Build a level of trust that generates customer evangelism
  • Leverage your in-house resources to produce winning content
  • Utilize tactics that work, regardless of industry or sector

When people have questions, they ask a search engine. If you have answers, the right content strategy will get them to the top of the search results and seen by millions of eyes every day. Drop the marketing-speak, stop "selling," and start answering. Be seen as an authority, not just another advertisement. They Ask You Answer describes a fresh approach to marketing and the beginning of big things for your business.

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix

PART I A Very Different Way of Looking at Business, Marketing, and Trust 1

Chapter 1 The Fall 3

Chapter 2 A Massive Buying Shift and the Blur between Sales and Marketing 9

Chapter 3 This Book Won’t Work for You If . . . 13

Chapter 4 The Discovery of They Ask, You Answer 17

Chapter 5 “They Ask, You Answer” Defined 21

Chapter 6 Brainstorming the Questions You Are Asked Every Day 23

Chapter 7 The Ostrich Marketing Strategy 27

Chapter 8 The CarMax Effect 29

Chapter 9 The Discovery of the Big 5 37

Chapter 10 Content Subject 1 Pricing and Costs: Why We Must Talk about Money 39

Chapter 11 How One Article about Money Generated More Than $3,000,000 in Sales 43

Chapter 12 Case Study 1: High-End B2B Technology Company Generates More Than $8,000,000 in Additional Revenue 51

Chapter 13 Content Subject 2: Problems: How to Turn Weaknesses into Strengths 59

Chapter 14 Addressing the Elephant in the Room 61

Chapter 15 How Talking about Our Problems Generated More Than $500,000 in Revenue 63

Chapter 16 Case Study 2: An Equipment Financing Company Becomes a Digital David and Conquers the Industry Goliaths 65

Chapter 17 Content Subject 3: Versus and Comparisons 73

Chapter 18 The Critical Need for Unbiased Content 77

Chapter 19 Content Subjects 4 and 5: Reviews and Best in Class 81

Chapter 20 Using Reviews to Establish Yourself as an Expert 85

Chapter 21 The Impact of Discussing the Competition 89

Chapter 22 Case Study 3: Small Retail Appliance Store Dominates Online and Makes Millions 93

Chapter 23 The Competition 101

Chapter 24 How They Ask, You Answer Saved River Pools and Spas 107

PART II The Impact of They Ask, You Answer on Sales Teams 111

Chapter 25 How Great Content Is a Total Game-Changer for Sales Teams 113

Chapter 26 A Dramatic Discovery 117

Chapter 27 Assignment Selling 121

Chapter 28 How One Remarkable Couple Changed My Perspective on the Power of Content to Sell 127

Chapter 29 Content Never Sleeps 131

Chapter 30 Using Assignment Selling to Avoid Common Sales Pitfalls 135

Chapter 31 Using Assignment Selling to Determine Compatibility 139

Chapter 32 Case Study 4: How a Start-Up Company in the Health Care Space Became the Thought Leaders of an Entirely New Industry 143

PART III Implementation and Making It a Culture 151

Chapter 33 The Power of Insourcing and Using Your Team to Create Incredible Content 153

Chapter 34 How Block Imaging Embraced a Culture of Insourcing 157

Chapter 35 Starting Off They Ask, You Answer with a Bang: Company Workshops 161

Chapter 36 The Content Manager Qualities, Hiring, and More 167

Chapter 37 On the Importance of Tools: Measuring Return on Investment, the Power of HubSpot, and More 175

PART IV Your Questions Answered 183

Chapter 38 How Do I Find More Time to Make This Work within My Organization? 185

Chapter 39 Just How Important Is Video to Inbound and Content Marketing? How Does It Relate to They Ask, You Answer? 191

Chapter 40 How Long Will It Take They Ask, You Answer to Work? 197

Chapter 41 Is Content Marketing and They Ask, You Answer Just a Fad? 203

Chapter 42 How Can I Keep My Team Engaged in the Content Production Process? 205

Chapter 43 “I’ve Been Told If We’re Not Adding Anything New to the Conversation, Then We Shouldn’t Be Talking about It” 211

Chapter 44 A Revolutionary Marketing Strategy 215

Index 219

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Author Information

MARCUS SHERIDAN is Founder and President of The Sales Lion, a coaching and consultancy firm synonymous with inbound and content marketing excellence. The Sales Lion is also a Platinum HubSpot Partner. Marcus is an award-winning speaker and named a "web marketing guru" by The New York Times.

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