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    Content marketing & how B2B brands need to think beyond lead generation

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    B2B marketing very often comes to a halt at the lead generation funnel. Given the economic environment created by the pandemic, the stress on lead generation is not surprising, but working on the lowest hanging fruit is not a long-term strategy.

    B2B brands need to think beyond just lead generation from their content marketing strategy in the aggressively competitive environment. Simply put, what is your answer to this?

    Q: What are you doing to help your customers succeed?

    Your content marketing needs to be a method of helping your customers succeed. I feel that under the pressure of an immediate lead and conversion, we lack business empathy, and thus our content, which is intended to be educational, ends up being more transactional. I encourage B2B brands to use content marketing as a tool to support and help meet customer goals. That is what the purpose of your brand is in the 1st place. Keep connected to the roots of why you thought customers will come to you and chose your product or service. The answer is because there is a specific problem your business solves for your customers, and that should be at the heart of your B2B content marketing strategy.

    Well, it's a whole new ball game, possibly from what most B2B organizations are doing currently. Here are a few things to consider. I have outlined must-haves, good to have, and great haves for your content marketing strategy.

    B2B Content marketing must-haves 

    Blog: While all organizations have a blog on their website, but usually, they are sparsely populated and more focused on SEO than on content value. The resources section is important and needs its due.

    Case Studies: I recommend case studies that are not just a synopsis of what the process was and what the ROI was, but also a customer’s point of view. It may take a lot more work, but in this case, it is an excellent differentiator. A brand will earn 10X credibility vs the increase in effort.

    Whitepapers, Guides, and Researches: What on the top of mind for any business is “who else is in my boat” and what are they doing to navigate a circumstance. White papers are must-have tools in the arsenal. Remember that being unique is the key. Creating content is fairly easy. Creating good content that isn't " hard selling" and provides customers with genuine value — that’s a tricky, time-consuming business.

    B2B Content marketing good to haves 

    Webinars and Events: Online webinars and events are an excellent way to get your product or service to your customers. They also provide you with an opportunity to build an improved relationship with your customers and prove to be a platform to build thought leadership. Profiling and targeted invites are a great way to reach customers with whom you may not have engaged in the past.  

    Training and Courses: Training and enablement is an important part of the B2B marketing content strategy. If you understand your customer, then I recommend that based on your customer personas, develop training and certifications, which not just train customers on your product but also add skills and learning beyond your product.

    Co-Creation and Collaborations: Customers are in the same storm and on very slightly different boats. They are stressed for leads and under pressure to build engagement. Create a partnership with your customer, build value with combined resources, co-host events, webinars, build joint resources and create PR opportunities. You will be surprised that in addition to goodwill and visibility, the value it builds for your business in hard number crunched ROI.

    No matter which tools you choose, remember the Everest of marketing is getting your communication right, and that peak is scalable only if you know and understand your customer.  


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      • The Strategist
      • June 23, 2021

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