Back at the start of October when I got back from the Inbound 17 conference, I wrote a blog post on the digital marketing trends I saw coming for 2018 from listening to conference speakers, and from talking to my peers at the conference. The topic was timely and well received. It went viral.
This isn't the first time a post of mine has gone viral. The first time I got reach like that was in 2012. It was a pivotal moment in our evolution as a company because, while we got a lot of likes, shares, fans, and followers, we didn't get much of anything else. No leads. No customers. It's quite a heady experience to watch something you wrote get shared over and over and to read the nice comments from your peers. It's equally grounding to get off of that ride and realize you've got almost nothing to show for it.
That time, while we had a good website, and good content, but we didn't have the pieces in place to capture leads. We didn't have an inbound marketing infrastructure in place, and we ended up with little to show for going viral. This time, it was mid-October, three weeks after my post went viral before I was able to come up for air after following up on all the leads generated. It struck me that this would make a good case study in how inbound marketing works. In this article, I'm going to show you the numbers, and explain 7 lead generation lessons learned from going viral.