What are inbound marketing services exactly and what do they cost? Inbound marketing is a broad undertaking that encompasses a range of activities. When done correctly, in unison, it is perhaps the most effective means to drive new leads and sales to a website. Actually implementing inbound marketing services goes well beyond simply buying automation marketing software. Here’s why: The software only goes so far - be it Hubspot, Pardot, Maketo or any other platform. Here's the disconnect - people often buy inbound marketing software without fully understanding the real effort required to fully benefit from the software investment.