Secret Golf's challenge
Secret Golf came to New Breed through our referral network, looking for a seasoned HubSpot partner agency to help drive and support significant customer growth through the implementation of inbound strategies. They wanted a partner who could uphold inbound best practices while tailoring a solution to their specific audience: golfers, of all shapes and sizes.
But, it's not your typical B2C play. Secret Golf not only set their sights on organically increasing their customer base but also planned to build and leverage a robust partner network to support in revenue generation. The team wanted to ensure that everything they produced in 2018 would have appropriate attribution so they could better understand the value of their efforts and double down in the areas where they were seeing the most success. In order to accomplish this, Secret Golf needed a way to overcome:
- Lack of clearly defined buyer personas and segmentation in their existing database
- Lack of clear attribution from partner or syndication sources
- Lack of visibility into how individual projects or campaigns played into total revenue generation
- Limited human capital but massive content opportunities
- Lack of response or follow-up with prospects in the database
Together, we helped them define who they were trying to reach, how we'd go about reaching them and built the strategic framework from there. We did this for each component of their inbound strategy, beginning with social media.
New Breed's solution
Working with New Breed, Secret Golf went through our typical process that began with the Growth Acceleration Workshop to lay the foundation for their marketing plans. Through the initial workshop, we defined the primary buyer personas — everything from their golfing stats, aspirations as a golfer and challenges they were experiencing.
As part of the workshop, we also analyzed Secret Golf's funnel to identify where the gaps were and pinpoint areas where leads were dropping off. With a significant collection of non-customers in the database and impressive partner and affiliate marketing efforts, we needed to look to data to understand how leads were moving through the funnel, where they were coming from and ultimately which ones were converting into customers. Leveraging industry benchmarks, we were able to identify a big gap at the top of the funnel. Despite significant traffic, for the trailing four months they were experiencing a 0.88% visit-to-lead conversion rate.
From there, we dove head-first into auditing current efforts through three of our primary inbound services: Inbound Premier Services, SEO Premier Services and Content Premier Services. With a clearer picture of who the potential subscriber is, where they spent their time and what they interacted with online, we took an informed look at the performance of current marketing efforts in conjunction with topics, content and keyword strategy.
Coming out of our content and SEO audits, we identified a high potential for growth with social media. Knowing their audience and their product and considering their positive success with social media, we felt this was one of the best areas to hone in on and enable one significant quick win: establishing a framework for social media publication and promotion.
Based on our findings, social media was already generating 9% of the traffic. Applying our knowledge of their target audience to their social media activity trends, we realized that there were significant engagement and capture opportunities that weren't being tapped. Understanding this, we were confident that if we created a consistent social media presence that leveraged a variety of persona-specific content, we could increase both traffic and lead velocity.
To begin, we developed the following framework and started fleshing out an editorial calendar:
- Weekly frequency
- Daily timing
- Topic area
- Recommendations on message copy and/or image/video
- Message copy
By defining this framework and then working with the team to complete the "topic area" sections to provide even further guidance, the Secret Golf team was then enabled to publish more frequently and consistently than ever before.
Additionally, we used this framework to define where posts should be published. Being a video production company, 90% of content shared on social media was videos. Knowing we wanted to continue trend this but leverage HubSpot for social publication, we had to identify how video posts on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook would all differ in execution in order to appropriately track back into HubSpot.
- We used HubSpot Social for Facebook posts and uploading the video right to HubSpot.
- We used Twitter and LinkedIn, respectively, but created tracking URLs associated with the appropriate campaigns in an effort to create clear and accurate attribution for traffic and leads to specific social channels and campaigns.
Ensuring that we had the correct tracking regardless of where posts were published was key to measuring KPIs.
Once we defined this framework and trained the team on how to use it, we were finally able to put it into play. After four months, we saw staggering results.
By implementing a framework and editorial calendar for social media, it not only eased the execution and management of their social presences, but also impacted social media-generated and total website traffic.
In the four months following implementation, we were able to specifically increase traffic generated by social media by 300%.
- Total traffic increase: 21%
- Total visit-to-contact conversion rate increase: 42%
- Total contacts generated from social media increase: 78%
- Customer conversion rate grew 29% from 7.05% to 9.11%.
We not only were able to influence the traffic generated from social media but also increase the number of contacts and customers generated. With the implementation of a standard framework built around frequent and timely publications, we were able scale their social presence quickly while seeing positive trends across the board.
With this traffic source performing at a higher rate, we continued to work to dial-in the efforts in order to not just see a more leads, but more marketing qualified leads. Our relationship with Secret Golf then evolved beyond optimizing social media toward implementing inbound frameworks for how they should be conducting campaigns on all other traffic sources.