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How much should you budget for marketing in 2020? Plus FREE Budget Templates!

Posted by Nick Carlson on Friday, December 20, 2019

The Gartner CMO survey suggests that the average marketing spend should be 11% of total revenue. Commentators also suggest that the proportion of marketing budget versus revenue should be higher for newer companies or challenger brands. The problem is that companies are still trying to understand the best areas in which to invest their budgets. A lot has been written on digital spend versus more traditional marketing budget, but it is sometimes hard to compete and keep up with more well-established competition without huge marketing budgets.

 

Secret Source have been working in sales and marketing for over 20 years, both client and agency side. Therefore, we have worked with the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to marketing budgeting. While we are not going to tell you how to spend your marketing budget, here are a few things below to consider that might help. Read and then download our FREE Marketing Budget Templates!

Topics: CEO, Sales Leader, sales strategy, inboundmarketing, marketingagency, secretsource, salesdirector, Sales Manager, salesleads, Sales Director, hubspotgrowthsuite, hubspotautomation, budget2020, marketingbudget, salesbudget, marketingbudget2020, salesbudget2020, budget templates, free marketing budget

Hubspot users are only using between 20-30% of the capabilities within Hubspot!

Posted by Nick Carlson on Thursday, November 28, 2019

We're an East Midlands Hubspot partner covering Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Northampton and Leicestershire. We’ve been a successful Hubspot partner for over four years now. Many of us at Secret Source have been users of CRM systems for 20+ years. During that time we have seen CRM solutions come and go, or get acquired. We’ve seen the birth of marketing automation systems and, more recently, the emergence of sales automation and service automation systems. We started off just onboarding clients using Hubspot. We were very confident that our Hubspot clients were getting most out of their system. This showed and, in many examples, our clients owed a contribution of their growth to having a clear sales and marketing pipeline, clear goals and a focus in their inbound strategy and deal process. Having this coherent strategy led to healthy sales and marketing alignment. Hubspot sales and marketing automation systems aided clients to demonstrate their sales pipeline that even led to further investment or even acquisition and mergers. Life was good!

 

However, when we branched out with dealing with existing Hubspot users, we found a different story!

Topics: CEO, Sales Leader, sales strategy, inboundmarketing, marketingagency, leadgeneration, secretsource, contentwriting, salesdirector, Sales Manager, salesleads, Sales Director, due diligence, hubspot, hubspotcrm, hubspotgrowthsuite, hubspotcapabilities, hubspotautomation, husbpotfreecrm

We Salute You!

Posted by Nick Carlson on Tuesday, November 19, 2019

 

Secret Source wish to salute all those who are trying to grow facial hair for a good cause!  

 

Happy Movember!

 

To find out about all the good causes we support then please follow our social feeds.

Topics: CEO, Sales Leader, marketingagency, leadgeneration, secretsource, salesdirector, Sales Manager, salesleads, Sales Director, movember, movember2019, movemberfoundation, marketingsupport, marketingprofessional, salesprofessional

Navigating Mergers & Acquisitions Process

Posted by Nick Carlson on Thursday, November 14, 2019

We explore how for investors and advisors making acquisitions, using Natural Language Processing can surface some of what often lies undiscovered.

 

When navigating effectively, fixing your position involves using multiple points of reference, that helps you to build the most accurate picture of your location and can determine your direction of travel.  In business, data and market intelligence works a lot the same. Companies with the most accurate points of reference are more likely to make a more informed decision about their direction for the business than those without. 

Topics: CEO, Sales Leader, sales strategy, inboundmarketing, marketingagency, leadgeneration, secretsource, contentwriting, salesdirector, Sales Manager, salesleads, Sales Director, mergers, due diligence, acquisition, coporate intelligence, merger, mergers&acquisitions, M&A Activity, M&A process, acquisitions, financial director, M&A, mergers and acquisitions process, M&A research, mergers and acquisitions step process

Are You A Confident Sales Leader?

Posted by Nick Carlson on Monday, November 11, 2019

Your organisation relies on your sales activities to help grow the business. You may be a confident person but how confident are you with the sales processes around you? We asked Sales Leaders what advice they would give to fellow Sales Professionals to help them with their confidence in the sales process. Below are four items to check. Why not download the free sales plan below?  

 

Topics: CEO, Sales Leader, sales strategy, social media, inboundmarketing, marketingagency, instagram, leadgeneration, secretsource, contentwriting, salesdirector, Sales Manager, salesleads, Sales Director

Does Instagram Mean Instant Success For Your Business?

Posted by Nick Carlson on Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Read these 13 Tips below to help you get the most out of using Instagram for your business. 
 

Topics: Design, CEO, sales strategy, social media, website, inboundmarketing, marketingagency, instagram

How to avoid the biggest marketing budget mistakes

Posted by Nick Carlson on Friday, June 8, 2018

 

Assigning budget to marketing activity has often been seen as laborious, un-scientific and seemingly arbituary. Whilst spend for other business areas such as HR and IT can see return on investment almost immediately, marketing spend is a dark art. Whilst no two businesses are the same, our combined experience in B2B organisations of over 50 years has shown some trends in how marketing budgets are managed. 

Topics: CEO, Sales Leader, Budget

Three Hacks to Better Productivity

Posted by Jay on Thursday, March 2, 2017

In our always-on, anywhere, anytime, mobile culture, we are constantly trying to find new ways of getting more time. Whilst we may have exactly the same hours in a day as Einstein, Aristotle and Edison, we are dealing with an unprecedented number of priorities and distractions.

Topics: Marketing, CEO, Sales Leader