How to Create Google-Friendly Content that Increases Your Conversions

By Rachel Foster   If you’re using SEO as a marketing strategy, you’ve probably heard about Google’s recent algorithm changes. The updates are designed to penalize websites that are engaged in shady content practices, such as keyword stuffing and publishing bad content just to get traffic. I recently received an email from Outbrain stating that […]

3 Keys to Increasing Your Content Conversions

By Rachel Foster Do you know how well your content is working for you? Although a growing number of marketers are turning to content marketing to increase their conversions, many have a hard time determining how well their efforts are paying off. I recently interviewed Scott Armstrong, general manager of Brainrider, a Toronto B2B content […]

The Biggest B2B Content Marketing Mistakes [Video]

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of speaking at the Toronto B2B Marketing Meetup. This regular networking event is sponsored by BrainRider and includes short presentations on all aspects of B2B marketing. If you’re in Toronto, I encourage you to attend the next meetup. Here is a video of my presentation – The Biggest B2B Content Marketing Mistakes …

3 Keys to More Compelling Case Studies

This post was originally published by the Content Marketing Institute. According to the Content Marketing Institute’s B2B Content Marketing 2012 Benchmarks, Budgets and Trends Report, 70 percent of B2B marketers find case studies to be an effective content marketing tool. That’s because they can increase customer confidence in your organization, educate prospects on how to […]

Is Your Content Marketing Too Safe?

Asking tough questions and challenging your customers can strengthen your content marketing. The B2B sales cycle is long – with customers reviewing multiple service providers before they make a purchasing decision. If your content is too general or “safe”, you won’t stand apart from your competition or show potential customers that you really understand their issues.

By challenging your customers – or providing them with content that forces them to think deeply about their problems and how to solve them – you will make your messages stick. Your content will resonate more with your target audience, which can lead to increased sales and improved ROI. Here are three ways that you can challenge and inspire your customers …

3 Keys to Corporate Blogging Success

Outbrain recently published The State of Content Marketing 2012. The report revealed that 82% of brand and agency marketers plan to increase their content marketing efforts this year, namely to increase brand awareness and target early-stage leads. The report also revealed that social media is the most popular way to drive traffic to content, with 96% of respondents currently utilizing social media.

Since a blog can be the center of your social media strategy, I’d like to suggest some ways that you can use a blog to increase your brand awareness and drive more people to your content …

How to Get More Sign-Ups for Your Software Trials and Demos

If your organization sells software, you probably rely on demos and trials to attract leads and fill your sales funnel. However, since most software vendors now offer free trials, giving something away for free is no longer enough to convert leads. You’ll need to make your offers more engaging and relevant to your customers’ needs. Here are three ways you can increase the opt-ins for your demos and free software trials …

The 3 Biggest Shifts Needed for Successful B2B Content Marketing

Content marketing is a fairly new concept that many marketers are struggling to figure out. To achieve benefits from content marketing – such as increased brand awareness, web traffic, leads and sales – many technology marketers have to rethink most of what they were taught about marketing. Here are 3 shifts in thinking that will help you compete with your content marketing-savvy competitors and increase your ROI …

How to Increase the Conversion Rates on Your B2B Product Pages

According to MarketingSherpaʼs 2011 B2B Marketing Benchmark Report, generating high-quality leads is still the #1 challenge faced by B2B marketers. If you work for a B2B organization, much of your marketing probably aims to drive high-quality leads to landing pages for your products or services. However, once leads arrive at these pages, how many of […]

How to Bring New Life to Your B2B White Papers

There’s a debate happening about the value of white papers. In an effort to produce more content, many businesses are pushing out poorly-written white papers that do little to engage their target audiences. This is flooding people’s inboxes with boring content and causing marketers to question the format’s ROI. However, there are new ways to reimagine the classic white paper to excite and influence your audience …

3 Things a DJ Can Teach You About Content Marketing

Since I spend a great deal of time thinking about both marketing and Lindy Hop, it’s not surprising that learning how to DJ for dancers reminds me of marketing. Some marketers are like inexperienced DJs. They blast out a message when their audience may want something completely different. However, if you don’t pay attention to your audience and give them what they want, they will ignore you and go to your competitors. Here are 3 ways to play to your crowd:

5 Ways to Improve Your Landing Pages for Better Conversions

As a B2B marketer, you put a lot of effort into getting your target audience to visit your website and opt in for your white papers, videos and reports. However, if your landing pages don’t entice people to request your content, a lot of your hard work will be lost. That’s why I wanted to provide advice on how to improve your landing pages …

How to Select a White Paper Topic that Drives Leads

White papers can be a key element in your lead generation mix, especially if you sell technology products or services. According to the Eccolo 2010 B2B Technology Collateral Survey Report, 83% of technology buyers said “white papers were moderately to extremely influential in helping them make their final purchase decision.” However, many white papers miss the mark when it comes to engaging an audience and driving leads. One reason could be because readers don’t relate to the topic …

The 5 Biggest Questions About Creating Social Media Content that Drives Action

Many B2B marketers are turning to social media for lead generation. However, with an overwhelming amount of information shared within social media channels, it is becoming harder for companies to stand out and engage their target audiences. In my recent live chat on Twitter with host The Social CMO, I answered the top questions on “How to Create Social Media Content that Drives Action.” Here’s a summary …

3 Keys to Creating Social Media Content that Converts

Originally published by the Content Marketing Institute.   According to a recent study by FUSION b2b, the top B2B marketing priority for 2011 is lead generation. This supports what I’ve been hearing from my clients and peers – that their biggest challenge is attracting high-quality leads their sales teams will love. More marketers are turning to […]

Do White Papers Still Work?

Lauren Carlson from Marketing Automation Software Guide sent me a link to a blog post that questions the value of white papers. She argues that, “Once scholarly in their ambition, white papers have devolved into thinly-veiled, lengthy sales pitches that no longer appeal to the educated buyer’s shortened attention span.” She recommends companies find new […]

5 Ways to Promote Your White Papers and Generate Leads Online

Although many marketers take the time to create white papers, their messages may only reach a fraction of their potential audience. This is because some marketers simply post white papers on their websites, sit back and hope their ideal customers will find them. If you want to increase your readership and the amount of leads you generate, you must make it easy for your target audience to find your information. This post contains 5 ways you can promote your white papers online and direct more leads to your website.

What Count Basie Can Teach You About Writing B2B Marketing Copy

One of my favourite musicians is Count Basie. He was known for his minimalist approach to playing the piano and leaving lots of space between his notes. His music was exciting not just because of what he played, but what he didn’t play. I was listening to Count Basie the other day and began to think about how his minimalist approach could be applied to writing marketing copy. Here are my thoughts …

5 Ways Content Marketing Can Benefit You

Content marketing is one of the hottest B2B marketing developments. According to Compendium, content marketing will be to 2011 what social media was to 2010. That’s because marketers are discovering how important it is to use compelling content to educate and entertain their target audience. Read on to discover 5 benefits you can achieve when you implement a content marketing strategy.

What You Must Know When You Use Social Media to Attract Customers or to Position Yourself as a Leader in Your Industry

Do you want your social media efforts to lead to high-quality leads and recognition from your industry? While both of these goals can be reached, many marketers attempt to accomplish too much at once. They may use only 1 social media profile to try to bring leads to their websites and share the latest industry trends with their peers. This post will show you the key differences between using social media to generate leads versus displaying thought leadership.