The INBOUND 2022 Experience

Posted by Kevin DeLorenzo on September 16, 2022
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Another year, another successful journey to the world of INBOUND. For 2022, the incredible team at HubSpot took on the challenge of creating a hybrid event, offering audiences the option to attend the show live in Boston, or virtually from the comfort of their homes. Centered around the latest industry trends, interactive conversations, and implementable marketing strategies, INBOUND 2022 gave thousands of global attendees different opportunities to broaden their marketing scopes.

With this year’s event going hybrid, you may have missed out on a few sessions depending on how you attended. And with such a variety of topics and speakers, picking which sessions you wanted to attend and which ones you wanted to check out on-demand might have been a little overwhelming. Luckily, your favorite marketing team at All Around Creative conquered the event, with members attending both live and virtually. We’re here to share some of our key insights from the show, along with our top 3 favorite sessions you can check out right now!

Did you miss out on INBOUND 2022 but would like to view the sessions on-demand? Grab a digital pass to check out the courses mentioned below.

INBOUND In-Person

One thing we learned during the pandemic the last two years is that people crave connection. This was abundantly clear at INBOUND 2022. Hubspot promised this year’s event would be full of inspiration, surprises, and connections, and their take on marketing was simply unparalleled, expansive, growth-oriented and effective. Sessions and deep dives were packed with enthusiastic, like-minded marketers absorbing the latest industry trends and best practices. Exhibitors and sponsors had the coolest setups of lounges throughout the conference center furnished with beanbags and sherpa chairs, inviting  everyone to grab a seat and just hang out. INBOUND 2022 promised to be an energetic convocation of marketers from all over the world, and it certainly delivered. Calling it packed would be an understatement. We found it very fitting that this year’s theme was community, something we all have felt a disconnection from these last few years. But INBOUND 2022 defined the term ‘community’ as it brought all who attended closer through discussions on how we find and solidify our communities and the central and seamless role technology plays.

Inspirational Speakers

While INBOUND is well known for its sessions filled with tips and techniques, it also has some of the world’s most exciting and inspirational speakers. Their speeches help marketers take a step back from the operational and logistical focus on B2B and B2C to recognize the communities they impact. The conference launched with an interview with the Academy Award winning actress Viola Davis. Through her own experiences, she talked about recognizing the support you receive in your career and how you can pay that forward. She touched on the power representation has in its ability to inspire others to carve their own path. Renowned ethologist Dr. Jane Goodall sat down for a conversation about rebuilding our future together. She pressed individuals to go further than simple support of social topics and to take bolder steps in their efforts. Ultimately, this helps us appreciate how we are all threads in a bigger tapestry, all playing a part to improve the world now and for future generations. The knowledge-filled week wrapped up with one of the conference’s most anticipated interviews, former President Barack Obama. He analogized the founding of the United States to the founding of a business, highlighting its greatest feature and biggest bug. He left the audience with a few key takeaways:

1) In order to have confidence in your decisions, even with the most complicated problems, you need to establish a good decision-making process.

2) While it may feel like people are divided, we must avoid unintentionally shutting down debate. It’s the discussing, the questioning, and the answering that help us grow.

3) Having diverse sets of viewpoints improves decision-making.

Top 3 Sessions

How To Navigate Marketing Around Search and Social Algorithms

Search engine algorithms have gotten increasingly harder to crack over the years. Social platforms have reduced your organic reach, and paid ads are getting more and more expensive. So, how do you overcome these challenges? In this session, CMO of NP Digital, Neil Patel, breaks down some new and exciting ways you can beat the system, with simple hacks you can start implementing in your marketing today.
Watch the full session.

Seller Free Economy

A recent study done by Google shows that buyers are now 80% through the sales process before they talk to a salesperson. According to McKinsey & Company, 75% of buyers and sellers prefer digital self-service and remote human engagement over face-to-face interactions. This “seller-free” economy is based on creating websites that focus on making the user feel in control of the buying. Offer them something other sites do not – like self-scheduling, self-selection, or self-pricing and get a foot in the door of this new type of sales.
Learn more about the seller-free economy.

The Future of Customer Privacy with Google

Did you know that almost 66% of people don’t trust companies to protect their personal data and privacy? Customer privacy is causing a major paradigm shift in the way we market. Google’s Head of Ads Measurement and Privacy, Parish Aggarwal’s ‘The Future of Customer Privacy with Google’ highlights the importance of customer privacy and trust. This session helped enlighten us on ways to move forward without things like third-party cookies and how to successfully implement the use of first-party data.

Take the next step in protecting your customers.

It was another fantastic year at INBOUND 2022. We found that the content was engaging, the sessions were intriguing, and the hybrid experience went off without a hitch. We hope our insights help you navigate through the many incredible sessions now available on demand!Looking for more information about INBOUND 2022? Fill out this short form to get in touch with somebody from our team, or shoot us an email at info@allaroundcreative.com.

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Kevin Delorenzo - Content Operations Specialist

Kevin DeLorenzo
Content Operations Specialist