Inbound marketing is a type of marketing and advertising strategy, which is mainly focused to promote or advertise a company or organization. Many companies use this strategy in order to promote themselves in the business market. The main components that the companies use in the inbound marketing strategy are eBooks, videos, podcast, e-newsletters, blogs, social media marketing, SEO and many more. This marketing strategy mostly is the content marketing strategy wherein the customers are attracted to your business website through attractive and relevant content in your business website. The benefit that the advertisers rip through the inbound marketing strategy is that they are able to bring their targeted audience closer to the brand though this method. America’s online marketing strategist David Meerman Scott said that inbound marketing strategy is more result oriented than that of the traditional way of advertisement. Though this method of marketing is complex it targets potential customers at different levels of brand or product awareness.
There is a very popular proverb that we use every day – “Sharing is caring”. One of the online marketing strategies, inbound marketing, uses this proverb for advertisement. The term inbound marketing is basically coined by Brian Halligan, the CEO and co-founder of Cambridge-based internet marketing company HubSpot. This marketing srategy is similar in concept to that of the permission marketing concept. The main platform of inbound marketing is to promote the product or service or the company through the content in the website. The inbound marketing strategy makes the promotion more relevant and attractive to the customers rather than that of being interruptive. Thanks to the right content that is placed at a right time in the right place. Five major themes of inbound marketing strategy are creation of the content, lifecycle marketing, personalization, multi-channel and integration. The inbound marketing strategy follow four marketing actions, which are attract, convert, close and delight.