According to the Content Marketing Institute’s (CMI) “2016 Benchmarks, Budgets and Trends—North America” report, B2B marketers continue to be heavily focused on creating engaging content. In fact, 72 percent of marketers surveyed by CMI claimed it’s their top priority for 2016.
So, what exactly is engaging content?
That is, what kind of content should teams be producing to attract and, more importantly, retain readers? And how can content then convert those readers into repeat customers and loyal brand advocates?
At this point, you’re already sold on the idea of starting a blog for your business, and using it to move forward with content marketing like 81 percent of B2B organizations are currently doing.
So what’s holding you back from getting started?
You have questions. Lots of them. And so you’re dragging your feet about moving forward with the project, as you don’t want to rush into the process and risk painting your organization in the wrong light. Meanwhile, your competitors are pumping out multiple blog posts per week.
If this describes your situation, I understand what you’re going through. After all, there are a lot of things to consider when starting a blog, such as:
Tone and style: Should your blog be loose and creative, or strictly business? A blog is a direct reflection of your corporate brand, and so it’s vital that your messaging aligns with the image you are trying to create for your company. Continue reading →
A lot of people ask me, “should my business be blogging?”
It leads me to believe that there is still, amongst the majority of professionals—particularly at the small-to-medium sized business level—a fundamental misunderstanding as to how blogs fit into the sales funnel.
If you don’t grasp how the sales funnel works, it can be easy to dismiss a blog as a frivolous expenditure and thus, a gigantic waste of time. But rest assured, blogs have an important place in the sales process.
Here is how a blog fits into the sales funnel. Keep in mind that the sales funnel works from the top-down: Continue reading →
You’re still trying to decide whether a content strategy vendor is right for your business. After all, partnering with any vendor is a big decision and one that requires a lot of trust.
By outsourcing either some or all of your content needs, you can spend less money on the resources required to obtain professional, compelling copy. There are also several hidden benefits to outsourcing content production that you may not be aware of.
Here are three unexpected perks of working with a content strategy vendor:
What winds up happening is you lose the spark of interest that is needed to make your brand exciting to consumers. Continue reading →
Back in April, PepsiCo made headlines when the company announced plans to stop shipping bottles of Diet Pepsi containing aspartame—a widely used but controversial artificial sweetener. And this week, the first shipments of its new aspartame-free beverages, containing the sweeteners sucralose and acesulfame potassium (or “Ace-K”), will slowly make their way onto grocery store shelves.
It’s a big change for the Diet Pepsi brand, and one that comes at an important time as we’re exactly one month away from the big September 10 kickoff to the NFL season. So executives at PepsiCo are waiting with bated breath to see how customers will react to the change.
The big question is, will the change encourage consumers to continue reaching for Diet Pepsi? Or will more people start reaching for Diet Coke? Only time will tell how consumers react to the new product.
As you can see, making a change to a product can be a stressful experience. This is especially true in the food and beverage industry, where making even a small adjustment—like replacing an ingredient—can have a massive impact on taste, and thus consumer perception. Continue reading →
It’s time we had an important talk: Your editorial process is killing your beautiful content. Here’s why.
First, one of your staff writers creates a witty, thought-provoking article for your website. Next, the piece must go to an editor—or two—for quality inspection before landing back on your writer’s desk. It may go back and forth multiple times. After that, the post may go to a high-ranking executive for messaging approval before being passed along to a board of directors. Finally, it must pass through your legal team. Several weeks—or sometimes months—later, the post winds up on your website—a tired, bland, and likely outdated version of its former self.
And you wonder why nobody is sharing your content on social media! Continue reading →
Editors note: This blog post originally appeared on the Mad Marketer website and was re-posted here with the permission of the author and Mad Marketer team.
The modern blog has come a long way since its use as a digitized personal diary in the early ‘90s. Today, blogs have become a necessary corporate tool for disseminating pertinent brand and industry information to target markets.
One catalyst in this evolution was a demand for higher quality content from modern consumers who increasingly began to ignore advertisements in favor of online content. In fact, recent research finds that 75 percent of today’s consumers don’t believe companies tell the truth in advertisements and would rather turn to online sources and reviews to guide the purchasing decision. This, of course, makes your company blog an essential resource for leads and customer retention.