We’re under constant assault from companies that are competing for our attention. And we’re experienced at dodging most of the marketing messages that come our way. So how do we as education marketers ensure that our marketing messages reach their intended audiences?

By launching a strategic inbound marketing program. What is inbound marketing? Quite simply, it’s a process that helps prospects find you and then converts them into customers and lifetime fans.

There are many good reasons to develop a strong inbound program, one of which is that the cost of inbound leads is considerably less than the cost of outbound ones. According to HubSpot, the average lead generated through traditional marketing costs $346 while an inbound lead averages $135.

Your current customers are your most valuable asset, and not just because they’ve signed a contract and pay their bills. Your customers are a rich source of information and connections that when leveraged effectively can keep your pipeline full.

1. Before leveraging your customers, you have to understand what first attracted them to your business and why they chose to buy from you.

  • What content do customers pay attention to?
  • What information and resources builds relationships with them?
  • What are the 3-5 things your customers needed to know before they closed the deal with you?

Do your lead generation and nurture campaigns reflect all of the above?

Let’s face it. Conferences and trade shows are expensive. And now that we have dozens of national and regional conferences to choose from, we want to ensure we’re getting the best return we can from the investment we’re making. Just setting up the booth and staffing it in the hopes that the right people will come by and chat is not an effective strategy. It may have been enough in previous years when the vendor community was smaller, but now the big conferences are huge and it can take multiple days for your prospects to walk the floor of the exhibit hall in addition to attending sessions.

The primary reason to invest in shows is that it puts you in the path of hundreds of potential customers in a sea of up to 25,000 attendees. Here are some strategies to ensure that you are making the most of this investment:

Editor’s Note: The contents of this article were taken from the webinar, “Mirror, Window, or GPS: Which Gets Results in Today’s K12 Market?” presented by Steve Rowley for Agile Education.

One thing we know with certainty is that federal funding is mission critical for most K-12 education vendors. Federal funding quadrupled under NCLB (No Child Left Behind) compared to the earlier ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act). In fact, more than 90% of district discretionary funds come from federal programs. When President Obama signed ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) in December 2015, it went into effect immediately and pulls back some of the more onerous requirements of NCLB.

You could say that ESSA restores the balance of power with some decisions shifting from the federal government back to the states. For example, many of the decisions around standardized testing will now be up to the states. Some federal funding will be available in block grants, and the states will decide where and how to spend it. Immediate changes include:

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