This article is a guest contribution from HubSpot, published with permission.
If you've been reading the HubSpot blog, you know there's a great deal of talk about inbound marketing and the ineffectiveness of outbound marketing techniques like direct mail, cold calls, and trade shows... and yet, HubSpot organized and sponsored the first-ever Inbound Marketing Summit a few years ago. Contradiction?
What's interesting is -- in an increasingly inbound marketing world, where buyers are ignoring marketing messages and instead going to the Internet to do their research -- there are still conferences, conferences, and more conferences even within the niche topic of inbound online marketing. So what's going on here?