Lead Generation is both the biggest goal and the biggest challenge of every marketing team out there. Countless tactics and initiatives can be carried out, and I’m sure either you or your marketing team has tried them all. But ensuring that your plan of action is effective and will yield the results you’re after is no simple feat.
At Influence & Co., we’ve found that our most consistent and cost-effective strategy for generating leads is content marketing. In the same breath, we understand that a lot of companies struggle with it.
Content Marketing is a long-term play, and in order to see results, you need a perfect combination of the right strategy and the right content, and you need to create that content consistently.
For the past decade, content marketing has become all the rage, and with good reason.
It has become the vehicle businesses use to communicate with customers. It allows businesses to transform from nameless enterprises looking to make a sale to organizations that want to add value to customers by providing valuable content.
A content audit is an essential part of any content marketing strategy.
At its simplest, a content audit starts with gathering all of your data that is associated with the content you have created. Then by analyzing that data you can identify and better understand patterns in how your audience engages with your content.
The goal of a content audit is to perform a qualitative analysis of all the content your business has created, and use the insights gained to improve future content marketing strategies.
There are lots of ways to drive conversions. We’re always told how much copy matters - how it builds trust with people, how using social proof and reviews add credibility, and how telling a story pushes emotional buttons.
If content marketers thought marketing couldn’t get any more technologically advanced, they were sadly mistaken.
Content Marketing has gone through many transformations in recent years. From more of an emphasis on marketing analytics to the increased use of automation, the intersection of content marketing and technology is evolving.
Now, content marketers are looking to dive deeper into the possibilities of what content can do. How can they align their content marketing goals with their business goals in one place? Is that even possible? Content Intelligence is a prime example of how technology can complement content marketers.
Storytelling is an Art. As a business, when you tell a story about your values, products or solutions, it paints a picture and allows your audience to connect with your business.
When your audience hears a relatable story or similar anecdote to their real life experiences, they are intrigued and establish a connection with your brand.
Storytelling not only enhances the perception of your brand, but when executed correctly can actually impact your business. Neil Patel states, "62% of B2B marketers rated storytelling as an effective content marketing tactic in 2017".
Content Marketing has become incredibly vital to the success of businesses and organizations in recent years, and its importance will only continue to grow in the future. If you’re new to the world of content marketing, there’s no better time to perfect it than now.
According to a survey conducted by the Content Marketing Institute (CMI) in 2016, 88% of B2B respondents were using content marketing.
Before we dive into content marketing trends to look out for, you may be asking yourself, “what exactly is content marketing?”
Honestly, who doesn’t want to improve their conversion rates?
Consistent conversion improvement is a goal that drives every functional area within a company.
However, the marketing team has some tools at their disposal to increase this number drastically. The difficulty comes in how to do this properly. While there are many methods marketers may take to improve conversion rates, one of the best is creating compelling and engaging content. Why is content so important to conversions?
It can catapult an unknown business into a brand people rely on. As a brand, you can create data-driven content guided by your content marketing strategy, adding value to their business and building a community until they become your loyal customers and brand advocates.
Did you know that 96 percent of individuals who visit your website are not ready to buy anything (but likely will in the future)? Many consumers and business product buyers are doing the online equivalent of window shopping when they find their way to your products and services.
According to a 2015 Google Survey, 89 percent of B2B researchers used the internet during their product research process.
So, how do you keep them engaged until they are ready for a B2B sale?