Content marketing is shown to be three times more successful than traditional marketing strategies and can even cost less than doing things the old fashioned way. Knowing this, content marketing can be extremely beneficial for your business when done correctly.
Let’s examine five ways you can leverage B2B content marketing for lead generation and conversion.
1. Gate Your Best Content with a Lead Capture Form
When you create content that is more dynamic and comprehensive than an average blog post (such as an ebook or a white paper), make sure to gate it with a lead capture form. This will help with lead generation exponentially right away. Downloading your content immediately self-identifies these leads as having an affinity for your brand.
When you create a lead capture form, keep it short and sweet. You want to have a balance of getting all the information you need, while only having a few fields to fill in. If you ask for too much information, the lead may give up in frustration. Key fields include:
- First and last name
- Email address
- Company name
- Role at the company
2. Send Leads Content Not a Sales Pitch
It’s likely that you have an email marketing campaign all queued up. But, you might want to take a moment to examine your campaigns and make sure that you’re sending your leads thought leadership content as opposed to a sales pitch about your brand.
Of course, you want to present them with a sales pitch eventually, but you want to “warm them up” with resources they will actually find useful. This positions your brand as a trusted source of information and will make the lead more receptive to your sales pitch when it comes time. A good rule of thumb is to drip your leads with 5 emails before sending them an email about your brand and then asking them if they would like a demo or phone call to learn more.
3. Create a Dynamic Content Strategy for Lead Generation
There are many forms of content to leverage that position your brand as a thought leader. A balance between a stream of blog posts and more thorough pieces of content like eBooks is crucial. This means that multiple channels will be helping with lead generation. A sample editorial calendar to use as a springboard may look like:
- 1 blog post per week
- 1 eBook per month
- 1 white paper per quarter
- 1 infographic per quarter
This balance and steady stream of valuable content will help with lead generation and nurture current leads. You may want to consider a weekly round-up of your brand’s content, and the FeedOtter tool is a great way to streamline this process.
4. Learn Your Consumer’s Journey
Sit down with a hot cup of tea and draw out on a piece of paper the stages that consumers go through that lead them to your brand while noting specific pain points they may encounter or different questions they may have. Seeing these stages on paper will help you create the right content that will appeal to those target consumers and help you line up your email drip campaigns.
Case studies are key pieces of content but need to be strategically dripped. Knowing where your leads are in the buying process is crucial to understanding when and how you should distribute case studies. Theoretically, the lead should be dripped thought leadership resources like blogs and ebooks to establish brand trust. Once that trust has been established, case studies are key to converting that lead into a consumer.
5. Embrace User-Generated Content
Consumers don’t want to hear from a brand itself. Rather, they are more likely to trust the recommendations of their peers. This is where user-generated content (UGC) comes in. Content created by consumers and/or influencers is ideal content to promote and share with your current leads and potential leads. Here are some areas where you might want to use user-generated content:
- Social media (paid and organic)
- Weekly or monthly newsletter
- Blog posts
To earn more user-generated content, you may want to offer incentives in the form of discounts from your brand or gift cards. Sometimes, clients need a reason to produce content about their experience with your brand, and it’s so worth it!
Additionally, it’s wise to seek out influencers who have an affinity for your brand and explore how you can work together to have them produce user-generated content in the form of a product review. This earned media adds an extra layer of authenticity surrounding your brand and can generate a lot of new interest. If this type of content is put in front of current leads, it may get them to the finish line and convince them to convert into a client.
Have you tried any content marketing strategies for lead generation that you want to share? We’d love to hear from you!