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Krista Moon

Krista Moon is the Founder of Moon Marketing and specializes in digital marketing strategies that deliver qualified sales leads. She delivers thousands of leads to small businesses by helping them get discovered, build a following, and become thought leaders in their industry.

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How Much Do Small Businesses Spend On Marketing?

 Krista Moon    September 15, 2019

You want to grow your business. You know you need to do more marketing to expand your reach and attract more customers. You also know that good marketing isn't cheap. It's scary because you're thinking of increasing expenses, but you don't have a clear vision of what you'll get in return.

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8 Progressive Business Growth Strategies (HyperGrowth 2019 Recap)

 Krista Moon    September 8, 2019

It can be challenging to step out of the grind of everyday work to attend conferences, but in a fast-paced industry like marketing, it's vital to stay up on the trends. I went to the HyperGrowth conference in Boston last week. It's put on by Drift, a technology company that focuses on bots and conversational marketing. I took notes during the various presentations. Here are eight progressive business growth strategies that the speakers discussed throughout the day. The overarching theme between HyperGrowth and Inbound (which I also attended) was customer experience.

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Resources for Evaluating HubSpot Sales and Marketing Technology

 Krista Moon    August 19, 2019

I regularly talk to companies that are considering starting an inbound sales and marketing program, but they lack the technological capacity required to do the work.

While there's a variety of sales and marketing technology available, the tool we've had the most success with is HubSpot. They put all the necessary functionality required into one system, which improves data sharing, communication between the teams, and work efficiency.

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8 Steps to Creating a Customer-Centric Content Strategy

 Krista Moon    July 18, 2019

The hardest part of implementing a content marketing plan is figuring out what to write about. Companies usually begin in the self-promotional phase: they write about upcoming trade shows, new hires, case studies, and press releases. The content is very company-centric.

While it’s great to showcase the company culture, products, and services, it’s kind of boring stuff. It’s not likely to pique the interest of many new potential customers.

The most successful content marketing strategies are customer-centric. The content is written to teach, inspire, and motivate. Prospects find it interesting and helpful and become followers and evangelists for the brand. Good content helps companies build a following, generate leads, and increase sales efficiency.

Here are eight steps to help you start developing a list of relevant, highly valuable topics for your content strategy.

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Example of a Full Digital Marketing Plan and Projected Budget

 Krista Moon    July 9, 2019

“The future is not something we enter. The future is something we create.” ~ Leonard I. Sweet

Most business and marketing leaders know they need to include digital marketing as part of their 2019 business growth plans: things like blogging, email marketing, social media, paid advertising, and website development. They’re often already doing bits and pieces of it, depending on the skills, resources, and budget available to get the work done, but gaps in the strategy can cause a disjointed approach that detracts from the potential return on investment.

The most effective approach is consistent and holistic. Here is an example of an integrated digital marketing plan designed to consistently increase awareness, build a following, generate leads, and help salespeople meet their 2019 goals. I also included an example of how much it would cost and how you can create a realistic budget for your organization. Check it out, and if you have feedback or want to share some of your digital marketing successes, please comment with us below.

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7 Things to Expect from Any Outsourced Marketing Agency You Hire

 Krista Moon    June 26, 2019

Hiring an outsourced marketing agency is a big decision. It’s not much different than hiring an internal person. These are people you’re going to work with to get important work done, and you want to ensure they’re capable and a good fit.

While there’s no question that each agency is unique and brings different skills and resources to the table, here are 7 things you should expect from any outsourced agency you hire.

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How Often Should You Send Email Newsletters?

 Krista Moon    June 20, 2019

I was talking with a client recently, and she told me an interesting story. She said people frequently email her to share that they really enjoy her daily email newsletter. Which is great, except for one thing: She only emails newsletters once or twice per week, not daily!

When she replies to thank them and shares that she only sends newsletters a couple of times per week, her readers are surprised. They really thought they were getting an email from her every day.

When I heard this story, it got me thinking about what this actually meant.

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What Email Marketing is Really About

 Krista Moon    June 18, 2019

Sometimes I go an unsubscribe spree - I unsubscribe from almost every newsletter that comes into my email inbox. Even emails I like to read. After a while, I just get too many, and it becomes overwhelming. I never read half of them anyway. I hit the “select all,” quickly scan to see if anything stands out, then hit “delete.”

I tell my clients that email marketing is a crucial part of a business growth strategy. And here I am, opting out after opting out. So what's the deal? Is email marketing important or not? Here's my philosophy on what email marketing is really about.

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Fundamental Newsletter Strategy for Sales and Marketing Teams

 Krista Moon    June 13, 2019

There’s often minimal communication between sales and marketing teams about their corporate newsletter strategy. Publishing email newsletters is typically seen as a ‘marketing’ function, which couldn’t be further from the truth.

Email marketing is meant to build brand awareness, but it serves an even more important role: to support sales prospecting efforts. After all, the contacts on your email list are the same people that sellers are actively trying to convert into customers.

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3 Timeless Ways to Increase Your Google Ranking

 Krista Moon    June 11, 2019

The first place most people go to find the products or services they need is Google. At a minimum, Google is the new phone book. For example, if I wanted to find out where I could purchase dry ice for a party I was having, I would type in, “Dry ice, Saginaw.” I’ll scan the first page and pick the most convenient and trust-worthy looking company.

Google also helps buyers self-educate early in the sales cycle — before they’re ready to talk to a vendor or sales rep. For example, if I was searching for information about types of office layout design, that could signal I’m considering an office renovation.

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