Ajax Union wants to be the first to congratulate all of the honorees of the 2021 Inc. 5000! It’s difficult to manage the kind of growth that makes a business an Inc. 5000 company in any year, and this year’s winners managed to do so during a particularly trying economic period. 

As an Inc. 5000 company ourselves, Ajax Union is uniquely positioned to be able to serve the community of the Inc. 5000 – the largest, most successful, private, growing companies in America. We know what it takes to nurture and develop fast-growing companies – because we are one

We understand that to build and maintain a fast-growing company, you need:

  • A strategy “The right strategy will save you a decade.”
  • The right people in the right seats
  • Alignment between sales and marketing
  • Repeatable processes (and to follow them!)
  • Clearly defined values – ours are Amazing Communication, Ownership Mentality, and Versatility 

Yes, marketing is important – but it only works if a strong, business-first foundation is in place. Ajax Union has found success as a marketing agency because everything we do is a result of effective systems – think EOS and Scaling Up – that have allowed us to scale at the speed of an Inc. 5000 company.

We have worked for and with many Inc. 5000 companies and those companies have seen success because of our efforts. We are proud to be associated with companies that have made the list and stayed on the list – The Elephant Pants, OpDecision, and Strata Company just to name a few.

Our CEO, Joe Apfelbaum, has spent hours interviewing fellow Inc. 5000 CEOs and executives to share valuable information on having a successful, growing business – you can listen to interviews with Joe and the CEOs HERE! Joe will continue to interview CEOs so keep checking back for more content!

If you’re looking to work with a marketing agency that understands your unique challenges as one of the largest and fastest-growing companies in America, let’s have a conversation to discuss our strategy and your business goals and how we can help. Schedule a strategy session with us TODAY. 

What is the Inc. 5000 List and why do you want to be on it?

In 1982, Inc. introduced the Inc. 500 list of the fastest-growing, privately held companies in the United States. In 2007, the Inc. 500 list expanded to the Inc. 5000 – hoping to give its readers a deeper, richer understanding of the entrepreneurial landscape and capturing a broader spectrum of success.

In August Inc. will publish the 2021 Inc. 5000 list on Inc.com. The September issue of Inc., profiling the top 500 of the Inc. 5000, will hit newsstands the following week.

To be considered, all companies featured on the Inc. 5000 must:

  • Have generated revenue by March 31, 2017
  • Have generated at least $100,000 in revenue in 2017
  • Have generated at least $2 million in revenue in 2020
  • Be privately held, for profit, based in the US, and independent (not a subsidiary or division of another company)

Getting featured on the Inc. 5000 has its perks that will bolster companies’ credibility, value, brand recognition, marketing & sales efforts, and HR initiatives like employee morale and recruiting. All companies chosen for the Inc. 5000 list benefit from:

  • Dedicated Company Profile on Inc.com: Every company that makes the list will receive a dedicated company profile on Inc.com. The Inc. 5000 company profiles receive millions of impressions every year.
  • Worldwide Spotlight: The elite Inc. 5000 list gives your company greater credibility with clients, investors, and the media – often leading to meaningful connections to grow your business.
  • Team Recognition: This award publicly acknowledges your team’s hard work and can help recruit new employees.

The 2021 Inc. 5000 Vision Conference and other networking opportunities

The 2021 Inc 5000 Vision Conference is scheduled for this Fall with 2 days filled to the brim with content and opportunities to help buoy your business. Main Stage sessions will feature bold presentations and conversations offering new ideas, strategies, and perspectives from entrepreneurs, C-suite executives, and thought leaders. Breakout sessions will include panels and interviews, roundtable discussions, and workshops.

The conference takes place entirely online and is available to the CEOs and executives of  the 2021 Inc. 5000 (general admission tickets are also available.) Live Local Celebrations will also be held exclusively for CEOs and executives in locations around the country.

Tickets are available HERE.

Attendance at these events is invaluable – many networking organizations and groups arise through the work and dedication of Inc. 5000 executives and business leaders. For example, in 2011 – the first year Ajax Union was featured on the list – Lewis Schiff and Norm Brodsky formed the Inc. 5000 Business Owners Council. The goal of the group was to meet regularly to introduce each other to new ideas, new experts, and new connections. 

Our CEO, Joe Apfelbaum, was an active, involved, organizing, and vocal member of the Business Owners Council. After the group disbanded, Joe used the network he developed to lead roundtables of Inc. 5000 CEOs to welcome new members and continue to create a community of fast-growing companies to support and network with each other.

Lewis Schiff and Norm Brodsky have recently teamed up again for the Building of Giants initiative. More information for this powerful group can be found HERE.

 


 

There’s no question that the events of 2020 drastically changed the way most companies operate, especially when it comes to their marketing. Due to the events of 2020, some important changes happened, such as more than 80% of the sales cycle going digital (Forrester). 

Digital transformation is unavoidable, no matter the industry you are in, and 2020 was the nail in the coffin. So, with all the changes last year has brought, what are the trends B2B marketers should be aware of for success in 2021? 

 

Account-Based Marketing

Account-Based Marketing or ABM, has been the trend for marketers for the past few years. Because of the pandemic, companies have shifted their ABM strategies to focus more on growing business with existing accounts. This strategy is successful due to the close relationship between the marketing and sales teams. Collaboration between these two departments allows better use of the company’s marketing materials. 

 

Video Content 

The pandemic has fiercely increased the number of online videos people watch. Video marketing is especially powerful for B2B marketing, adding a visual aspect to your consumer’s buying journey. According to a study done by Wyzowl, 91% of marketers feel video is more important for brands in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

With the majority of our shopping done online, consumers are looking for ways to research the products they are interested in. This has been a struggle for most companies looking for a way to provide their customers with an interactive, immersive experience. 

Unsurprisingly, YouTube and Facebook are the most widely used platforms among video marketers — used by 89% and 70%, respectively (Hubspot).

 

Marketing Automation

Due to the large growth of digital marketing over the past few years, there’s no doubt that we will see marketing automation becoming an industry norm. The customer journey is overwhelmingly dynamic with the numerous touch points they have to go through, it’s important to have an attribution model that allows you to track these efforts. Over time, as a company grows, it’ll be nearly impossible to track these numbers manually, making Marketing Automations an absolute necessity. And according to a study done by SalesForce, 67% of marketing leaders already leverage marketing automation tools!

 

The Customer Experience 

Now with most B2B buyers stuck at home, brands have shifted their focus to creating more interactive experiences for their customers. The shift to remote work has caused nearly all brands to focus on creating content to engage their consumers digitally. Although this digital revolution was caused due to the events of the pandemic, the convenience and flexibility of the digital customer experience are here to stay, meaning if you haven’t shifted your strategy to a more customer-centric focus, you’re falling behind.

 

LinkedIn Marketing

LinkedIn will continue to be the #1 platform for B2B marketers to reach their audience online throughout 2021. In 2020, LinkedIn became an attractive marketing platform with over 300 million active users. Today there are 740 million members with over 55 million registered companies! The platform was built for business networking and is the place to be if you’re looking to generate B2B leads and increase your ROI. Need help getting started? Check out our LinkedIn Authority Blueprint! We’ve been helping clients for years bring their LinkedIn profiles to the next level. 

 

As a marketer, it’s important to stay up-to-date on the latest trends and tactics in the industry to continue to generate leads and grow your business. If you’re struggling to pivot during these times, reach out to us! We would love to hear from you. 

Contact us here

 

As social media continues to grow, many consumers are spending more and more time online. This is especially true due to many being stuck at home.

During this time, brands are desperate to find different ways to reach and engage their audiences and a newly emerged social media platform has done just that.

Clubhouse is a new audio-only social media platform that allows you to connect with others and build relationships. This app mimics real-life interactions; there are no recordings of conversations allowed and you don’t have the option to save, meaning once a conversation is done, it’s done and gone forever. This creates a massive addiction for those who have major FOMO (fear of missing out).

So how does it work?

Clubhouse is also an invite-only platform. This creates a sense of exclusivity around the app and drives people to look for any possible way in. According to Business Insider, some are even starting to sell their accounts!

Users on the app can follow topics of interest and join themed clubs. They will then have access to different chat rooms focusing on that topic. All rooms are different, some can have a few people chatting, and others can contain thousands of people listening to top speakers like industry experts, politicians, and even celebrities.

Most people would rather sit in and listen to a conversation or presentation rather than being on video and typing at their keyboard. We can probably connect this to many experiencing burnout from countless Zoom work meetings. With Clubhouse you are given the opportunity to “raise your hand” if you have something to say. The speaker of the room can then give you speaking access. It’s almost like eavesdropping in on a fascinating, informative conversation, without the pressure of speaking or interacting.

How to Use Clubhouse for Your Marketing Efforts
So, how do you implement Clubhouse into your marketing efforts? Here are some of our recommendations:

  • Use Clubhouse to build a community of your ideal target audience.
  • Create rooms based on topics that surround your offerings.
  • Engage with users who have similar interests and that you know are actually interested in what you have to offer.
  • Have a new product or feature you want feedback on? Create a room and ask others what they think.
  • Struggling with something that you can’t figure out? Create a room around the topic and get a conversation going! You never know what kind of information is out there.

To learn more about Clubhouse check out our CEO, Joe Apfelbaum’s LinkedIn Article, How to Generate Revenue From Clubhouse.

Have further questions about Clubhouse and how you can utilize it for your business? Contact us! We would love to hear from you.

There are a million different ways you can market your business on and offline. Although that can be a good thing, it’s becoming more and more difficult to be seen and remembered by consumers. Because of this, it’s important to create a clear, concise marketing strategy for the overall success of your business. 

So, what is a marketing strategy? 

A marketing strategy is your business’s overall roadmap. Running a business without a marketing strategy is like driving with a blindfold on. 

Think of it like this: if you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know when you’ve got there?  

Creating a clear plan for your marketing strategy will give you direction in nearly every decision you make in your business. 

The key to a successful marketing strategy is a marketing funnel. Creating a marketing funnel will help you organize and implement your marketing strategy, allowing you to visualize your customer’s purchasing journey from start to finish. 

At Ajax Union, we use a proven 3-step process to create strategies that work.

Step 1: Strategy

Step 2: Assets

Step 3: Execution

Read this article on How Ajax Union Creates B2B Marketing Funnels That Drive Business. to understand how each step plays a vital role in the success of your marketing. 

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Our LinkedIn Local Meet-Ups have been a huge success and we are stoked to keep ’em coming!

What the heck are they and why MUST you come to one, you may ask? Great questions. You are smart.

Let us put it simply. Here’s 3 reasons why our FREE LinkedIn Local Meet-Ups are a-m-a-z-i-n-g and you should come join us:

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1. You meet new, engaged B2B professionals who are also interested in always growing, developing, and learning.

2. You learn new things about LinkedIn, the fastest growing social media platform for professionals (here’s the stats!) Learn tips and tricks on how to use Linkedin and connect on a deeper level from the ultimate LinkedIn pro, Ajax Union’s CEO, Joe Apfelbaum.

3. Um, and free food. And unlimited beer at our Dumbo WeWork location. Also that.

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LinkedIn hosts more than 500 MILLION professional profiles, which means nearly an unlimited supply of potential network connections and job opportunities.

People do business with people that they like which is why it’s SO important to get your face out there and network in real life then keep that relationship going on LinkedIn!

We truly believe LinkedIn Local will change the face of networking events by combining top-level networking with the BEST practical and implementable LinkedIn practices.

Join us in our mission to maximize the platform!

See when the next LinkedIn Local Meet-Up is happening: www.ajaxunion.com/meetup

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