I'm a member of Vistage and it has been an invaluable experience. One that has helped me pivot my entire business - I can get into more on that in a future post. For now, I wanted to highlight an article I found on the Vistage website.
THE 4 ESSENTIAL LAWS OF INBOUND MARKETING
As an inbound marketer that practices the inbound philosophy for my clients daily, some of the points made here are extremely obvious to me. However, I know by speaking to many business owners and CEOs that these things are not obvious to them. Here are the author's 4 Laws:
Small businesses with limited marketing budgets need to be strategic about how they spend their time and resources. Inbound marketing is an approach that helps you get more out of your campaigns without spending more money. Below, we’ll talk about why every small business needs inbound marketing and which tools you can start using today to take advantage of the benefits of this approach to marketing.
Is it possible to conduct effective marketing campaigns with free tools (freemium resources)?
I think the answer to this is yes, but I don't believe this can be your long-term strategy. Instead, this path should only be taken in order to prove the value of certain tools with little to no financial risk. Once value is proven, then the more complete, paid versions of these tools should be purchased and implemented (if they exist).