Can Inbound Marketing Help My Business?

How can you reach your audience in a digital world where consumers are sick of being sold to? Attract, convert, and delight your customers by incorporating an Inbound Marketing strategy for your business. 


Inbound marketing is a method that attracts potential customers to your brand through engaging content, while emphasising providing value and building trust, instead of just selling. This methodology isn’t anything new, but unfortunately not used enough in marketing. 

The foundation of inbound marketing are three phases: attract – engage – delight, which means inbound is not only about attracting the customers, but supporting and empowering them even after they become your customer. Inbound follows the long-term growth rule: ”good-for-the-customer means good-for-the-business!”

How can my business benefit from Inbound Marketing?

Inbound marketing is different from other marketing strategies since it has a goal beyond just attracting new customers or making a sale. The inbound methodology is designed to create long-lasting relationships that grow together with your business. Therefore, inbound marketing ensures that you are growing optimally and applies to businesses of any size. Regardless of whether you are a big corporation or a start-up, here are some benefits inbound marketing can bring you.

Build Authority and Brand Awareness

Utilising social media, creating quality blog posts, infographics and PPC (pay per click), are just some of the tools you can use as part of your inbound strategy to spread the word and raise awareness of your business. 

With inbound marketing, you can educate your prospects and change the perception that people have about your business by offering them something they need, and nurturing this relationship. And no, we don’t just mean a special discount to your e-shop. Use engaging content to share valuable information with your customers, and through time, it will result in more leads and sales. 

Your audience won’t even notice that you are leading them through the buyer journey, and will subconsciously put your brand in front of many others as you continue to nurture your relationship with them.

Reach New Markets and Audiences

Inbound is executed purely online, enabling marketers to reach diverse audiences whilst running a variety of different campaigns simultaneously. Aside from reaching new markets and audiences, inbound also allows you to specifically target people who are actively searching the internet for the products and services that you offer. One of the most effective examples is using PPC campaigns. 

PPC campaigns allow you to target users looking for keywords relevant to your business on search engines and social media channels. Although this seems like a simple strategy, it is proven to increase ROI (return on investment) and help deliver your content to your target audience.

Another way to reach new audiences is by targeting your content to relevant audiences using Facebook and Instagram ads. Check out this article for 5 things you should know when getting started with Facebook Ads Manager.

Cost-Effective Marketing

Naturally, when having a business, costs are an important factor that you always need to consider. For businesses of any size, inbound marketing is proven to be more cost-effective and generate more leads with less money than outbound marketing. Especially when it comes to start-ups or smaller companies, inbound marketing only requires a third of the price of traditional marketing costs to generate the same number of leads.

Create Long-Lasting Customer Relationships

One of the most important factors of inbound marketing is building long term relationships with your customers. In today’s digital world, inbound encourages you to provide support and the best possible experience for your customers. Using this innovative approach in your marketing strategy will help you keep your customers happy and nurture your relationship with them. 

In the end, what matters is having satisfied customers who would refer your business to their friends and family and eventually become ambassadors of your brand. Lastly, with little effort, inbound allows you to retain clients while attracting new customers, which is the key to a cost-effective marketing strategy.

Strengthen Sales and Marketing Alignment

Sales and marketing have a common goal – to generate revenue. However, in traditional marketing strategies, these two teams would usually work independently towards the same goal. Here’s where inbound methodology brings the two together by mapping a clear path from marketing and sales to align their efforts. 

Inbound empowers collaboration of these teams through every aspect of the buyer journey – marketing provides valuable insights about a lead’s experience and interaction, while sales create the middle and bottom of the funnel offer to address customer concerns. Finally, inbound marketing techniques are more measurable as you can easily calculate how many leads you need for each customer you want to earn.

As an endnote, taking care of your prospects and staying with them through the entire buyer’s journey through the attract-engage-deliver method should be a priority. If you are present online you already have the basics to start creating your inbound marketing strategy.


Although inbound is more cost-effective than traditional outbound marketing, it takes time and a lot of effort to understand your customers and engage with them. It’ll surely be worth it when you ensure that you are providing a valuable experience from the beginning until the end of the process.

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The Importance of Buyer Personas

Too often marketers and business owners forget that their targets are people, NOT numbers. But, you can’t expect to reach engaged customers without first identifying your Buyer Persona.

The concept of buyer personas is one of the most overlooked areas when it comes to a company’s marketing strategy. I can’t tell you how many times over the last 10 years of GoViral, I’ve asked a client who they are selling to, who their IDEAL buyer is, and they tell me something along the lines of “men and women between 18 and 65 in the UK interested in fitness.” As an inbound marketer, I NEED to know who I’m talking to in order to attract, convert and delight them. How do I talk to a “men and women between 18 and 65?” What basis do I have to understand their needs or their problems? 

One of the first things I learned in sales is that if you just tell someone all the great things you do, then you are just telling them features. If you first take the time to simply LISTEN and find out what their needs are and then match your offering to those needs, then you are describing benefits. People buy benefits, not features. Yet business owners are so quick to pass over that step and narrow down on a human, authentic ideal customer to target.

Their fear is that if I make them narrow down a specific persona to target, then they won’t be able to reach other audiences. But that’s not what happens. When I identify a buyer persona, I can create content that speaks to them. So yeah, the money spent on this targeting is going to give you the best return. But do you know what else it does? It also creates content, copy, images and voice that sounds authentic. Content that speaks in a helpful and caring way. Content that brings customers. 

Instead of being that person who enters a room and wants to tell everyone as loudly as possible how great they are to all the “men and women between 18 and 85,” be the person who’s done their research before they entered the party and take the time to listen and offer great advice to the people who would benefit the most. This will create a healthy buyer journey that gives you the most bang for your buck. Here’s how.

-Belinda Filippelli, Managing Director at GoViral Digital

Your buyer persona is a huge part of successful Inbound Marketing. Instead of wasting time and resources to market to the masses (outbound marketing), tailoring your content to attract potential buyers (inbound marketing) “looking” for your product or service can save you a lot of time, effort (and $$). Inbound marketing can be viewed as a cycle: attract, engage, delight. You attract potential customers and engage with them with interesting content, and then delight them by addressing their problems (usually through your product/service). But in order to engage with your audience in a way that will convert, you have to be sure you’re talking to the right people. This is your buyer persona.

What Is A Buyer Persona?

Buyer Personas are fictional representations of your ideal customers based on real data about demographics and online behavior. 

When creating your buyer persona(s), it’s important to go beyond the traditional demographics. You should include aspects such as behavior patterns, motivations, goals, and any other factors that would further clarify who your target is. The more detailed you are, the better.

A detailed buyer persona will help you determine where to focus your time. As a result, it will facilitate your ability to attract the most valuable visitors, leads, and customers to your business, and keep them brand loyal by ensuring you use the right voice.

It’s the difference between making a few one-time sales, and making a community of brand-loyal customers who will continue to convert.

Questions to Ask When Creating A Buyer Persona

To get started, think about the different facets of your buyer persona’s life: personal, professional, values and fears, goals and challenges, and use this to better understand how to speak and sell to your audience. Below are some good starter questions we use at GoViral.

After you’ve established the foundations of your buyer persona, you can even take it further to really get down to understanding what drives them by considering any objections they might have, and how you could convince them otherwise. 

Tying it Together

Once you’ve gotten this far, you’re ready to start putting the pieces together to make the story of your buyer persona! Here’s a brief example of one buyer persona (often, you will have multiple!) we came up with for an e-commerce client, The Clean Living Company, a health food and supplement company specialising in organic bone broth and collagen supplements.

Be Flexible

Once you’ve got your buyer persona down, don’t be afraid to change it. After you get things moving, you might realise an aspect of your buyer persona that you were way off on. Maybe you’ve seen some reservations you didn’t account for in your initial strategy? Maybe you have a totally different audience interested in your product or service that you didn’t initially account for? That’s great! Marketing is an ever-changing process, so it’s important to be flexible and willing to make updates and improvements as time goes on.

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Inbound vs Outbound Marketing

At GoViral, we’ve been practising and preaching inbound marketing for 10 whole years. You may or may not be familiar with this term, so we made sure to explain it to you. Inbound marketing is different from the traditional outbound marketing method. Do you know the difference? You can read more about it below and how it can improve your business.

What is outbound marketing?

Try to visualise that your phone rings and it’s a company trying to sell you a doghouse but you don’t even own a dog. You try to hang up but the person is still talking! Well, this is an example of outbound marketing. Outbound marketing examples include irrelevant billboards trying to sell you something, multiple emails advertising products that you don’t need and late-night telemarketing shows. This form of marketing tries to blast its message (product, service, etc) from within the company out to the world, hoping to attract potential customers. The company using outbound marketing showers everyone with these advertisements, but only a few customers will be relevant and make a purchase.

So why is this method outdated? Well, you are wasting time sending messages to people that aren’t interested. It is surprising that businesses still operate this way. They shoot their ads into the dark hoping to hit a target. Inbound marketing is different and more effective.

What is inbound marketing?

Inbound marketing attracts potential customers to you through engaging social media content. Customers become aware of your brand through your website, then show interest in your product and hopefully end up making a purchase. For any company, this might seem quite obvious to do, right? Try to imagine a magnet attracting customers from the outside to your brand. Content from a company using inbound marketing is made to get to people who might actually be interested based on the target buyer persona. Well, it hasn’t always been done this way. Outbound marketing was the go-to in the past, and many companies and brands are still doing it the old-fashioned way.

What are the main differences between inbound and outbound marketing?

Instead of wasting time and resources to market to the masses (outbound marketing), tailoring your content to attract potential buyers (inbound marketing) “looking” for your product or service can save you a lot of time, effort (and $$). Inbound marketing can be viewed as a cycle: attract, engage, delight. You attract potential customers and engage with them with interesting content, and then delight them by addressing their problems (usually through your product/service).

How can you use inbound marketing for your business?

Are you still using outbound marketing? Times are changing and seeing that inbound marketing is more effective, it could greatly benefit your marketing performance. We made some suggestions that can get you started in transforming your business by using inbound marketing techniques.


You can start by looking at the content you use across your social channels and website. Does this content add value to customers you want to attract? Posting about a sale might be valuable, but posting a guide on how to successfully use your product or service can be even better. Also, be sure to optimise your SEO by adding keywords to your content. Having relevant, interesting content with added value will help you to appear higher up in the search engines, therefore helping to drive organic traffic to your website.


When you finally get new leads from your valuable content, make sure to keep in mind that your goal is to build a long-term relationship. Try to sell solutions rather than just a product. Make sure those that are in contact with leads are building relationships and acting courteously. Think long-term rather than short. Which relationships do you want to have?


Let’s say that a lead changed to an actual customer. He or she followed your company’s social channels, got engaged and bought into it. What’s next? Keep the engagement going by acting as advisors to help your customers anytime. You can create surveys or chat boxes to keep the conversation going at any stage in the buying cycle. Also, listen to your social channels and react to your customers when they comment (or even complain about something). Reacting can help save a disappointed customer and it makes people feel like they matter (which they do if they’re you’re customers),

These are just a few tips to get you started in using inbound methods rather than outbound marketing. Do you want professional guidance? GoViral has now a whole decade of experience specialising in inbound marketing and we can help you improve your business. Contact us to learn more!