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Where will you be at #Inbound15?

Posted by Carole Mahoney  8/26/15 11:28 AM

This will be my 7th year in a row attending the Inbound conference. The fact that it is somewhat local for me has something to do with that, but it has more to do with a cosmic alignment of mindsets that keeps me coming back year after year. And like the conference (and HubSpot the company) itself, I have changed. 

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Topics: inbound

The definition of failure.

Posted by Carole Mahoney  6/5/15 10:56 AM

On a call last week with a client who wasn't seeing the results he had hoped for, the question came up, "What is the definition of failure?"

How would you answer that? For some, it is that they won't recoup the 100s of thousands of dollars that they have invested in their startup. For others it is that the were not able to get the 6 new clients they wanted before the middle of the year. 

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Topics: inbound, sales enablement

The Inbound Link Between Trust and Results

Posted by Carole Mahoney  10/31/14 9:46 AM

This year at the Inbound conference, Brian Halligan stood on the stage and said “The way people buy has radically changed, so the way we sell has to change.” (It wasn’t that long ago that he said the same about marketing.)  Mark Roberge said that the buyer / seller relationship is more like the doctor / patient relationship. Pete Captuta wrote earlier this year about sales people who are able to differentiate, help first- sell second, and publicly share their expertise. 

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Topics: inbound

What stuck after #inbound14

Posted by Carole Mahoney  10/7/14 9:21 AM

Not to brag (ok, maybe a little…) but I have been to every Inbound conference that Hubspot has put on or been involved with. I go to my fair share of conferences every year, but always look forward to this one. I come away inspired, motivated, and with a firm the kick in the butt.

And yes, this was the ridiculous hat many people found me by. In a crowd of over 10,000 people, a girl has to do what a girl has to do to get noticed. It was fun connecting with peers both new and old, as well as those I met for the first time in real life.

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Topics: inbound

An Inbound Sales Story Inspired by the DMV

Posted by Carole Mahoney  12/18/13 2:00 PM

Loud Linda at the DMV

The last thing I wanted to do in the middle of a busy work week, on the second to the last week of the year, in the midst of merging 2 companies together, was go to the DMV and get my license renewed. But passport in hand, the day after a big snow storm and in 5 degree weather, I forced myself to go there instead of the gym, bracing myself for a long line and annoyed people.

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Topics: sales, inbound

Is creating content in your company culture's DNA?

Posted by Carole Mahoney  12/4/13 3:30 PM

The effect of culture on content and why it is crucial for inbound success.

Creating content that speaks to buyers hearts and minds on a consistent basis is a bear of a job. In fact, it is too much for any one person to do alone. And that is a good thing. Why? Because unless you are a soloprenuer, there is more than one person having a conversation with your buyers on a regular basis. Why are conversations and content creation so important? Because Google says so.

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Topics: inbound, content marketing, company culture

What Are You Really Entrusting Your Inbound Consultant With?

Posted by Carole Mahoney  9/20/13 7:15 AM

Trust is hard to get and easy to lose.

Do you have kids? I do. And without getting all emotional and teary eyed, I will tell you that if you ask me about my 'why' it will always point back to them. I think most parents can relate to this. You just want to make the world a better place for them. Now think about who you would trust to take care of your child if you had to be away from them. Pretty short list right?

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Topics: inbound, inbound consultant

Why do you learn (as an entrepreneur)?

Posted by Carole Mahoney  9/18/13 7:45 AM

I heard this question on a Hubspot Academy webinar from Nick Sal. He asked a really great question to the group, and most answered with something that they were hoping to learn from the webinar that would help them to get more leads to grow their business. I was there to test out my knowledge of the new COS system. That's what we were there for, but that didn't answer Nick's question. Nick asked why we learn. And that is a question I wish more people asked. 

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Topics: inbound, entrepreneur

The Inbound Revolutionary Road

Posted by Carole Mahoney  9/12/13 8:00 AM

Being a total book nerd, I read approximately 8-10 books during my long summer days in Maine by the lake. 75% of these are non-fiction, which I realize makes me an even bigger nerd. The fact that the other 25% of the non-fiction that I read gives me some type of business insight makes me a freak, at least according to my husband. 

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Topics: inbound marketing, inbound, inbound sales

Inbound Sales and Marketing Techniques From My Nana

Posted by Carole Mahoney  9/5/13 8:53 AM

My nana would love the idea of inbound. Growing up, she warned me about boys that just wanted to 'hook up'. She would tell me that any boy worth his salt would wait, be patient and not try to rush me into anything. 

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Topics: inbound marketing, inbound, inbound sales

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