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Outbound Marketing Meets Inbound Marketing

When can an avid inbound marketer like me get behind an outbound marketing company? When it involves creative innovation that  allows marketers to cost effectively reach their target market AND create an inbound opportunity which is supported by the marketer’s content.

Enthusem is online system for marketers to send personalized printed messages with an online call to action and tracking to back it up. Here’s how it works.  I run Find and Convert, an inbound marketing agency. Let’s say I have identified a list of 100 companies I would like to target for our inbound marketing services. Rather than waiting for them to find and contact me, I could reach out to them through Enthusem in a very personalized and creative way that may get their attention. I would send an Enthusem card to one or more executives at each of these companies. Each card would be personalized to each individual with an image on the face of the card which is visible through the envelope. For example, let’s say I saw the CEO of a target company speak at a conference and I took his picture. I can put that image on the front of the card. The message inside the card would reference a key point he made during his talk that I found very insightful and I would like to discuss further with him. The call to action would be an invitation to visit a digital piece of content of mine that is consistent with the point he made during his talk.  How unique is that? Can you see how this CEO would likely at least open the card and read it when he sees his picture of him speaking on the front of the card?  Of course, my goal is to get the prospect to become an inbound visitor to my content to attract them to our inbound marketing services.

Below is a screenshot of how I would upload the image of the CEO making that presentation into Enthusem.

When the recipient of my card visits the landing page I’ve uploaded to Enthusem, I will be notified by email. I recognize that since I’m marketing to another business, they may not be ready to buy when they visit my content. So, now that I know they’ve visited my content, I can plan to invite them to another piece of content such as my Facebook fan page or a particular blog article on a topic I think may be of interest. In other words now, I can nurture that lead using the lead nurturing feature in HubSpot.

Enthusem is the only outbound marketing system (that I know about) that truly combines personalized outbound marketing with inbound marketing strategies. The online attachment to a personalized card is the content which marries the outbound touch to the inbound contact. When someone receives my Enthusem card one of two things can happen. They can read the card and toss it. Or, they can read the card and visit the online attachment. In both cases, I’ve created some awareness for my brand. In the latter, I’ve created a lead which I can nurture.

Back to my example of targeting 100 businesses. If I mailed them an Enthusem card once each month, my cost would about $300. That’s not a typo. I didn’t leave off a zero. It’s about $3 per card out the door. I can select the image for the front of the card, create the personalized message, upload my online attachment and schedule to send a card, all for $3. And, I can log into my account from my laptop or from my mobile device.

Steve Tingiris, CEO of Enthusem says it best. “We live in a longtail world. It’s no longer dozens of markets of millions, rather millions of markets of dozens. Enthusem allows you to reach niche markets cost effectively, generate leads and measure them.” Below is a brief interview I did with Steve.

10 thoughts on “Outbound Marketing Meets Inbound Marketing”

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  2. This is still outbound marketing as you know the receiver.
    The idea of inbound marketing is to reach further than you normally would by providing interesting content.

    How are you going to expand beyond your 100 contacts ? Buy names, addresses and email addresses?

    Inbound marketing has many challenges: from content, to marketing the content to identifying who visits your website.

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