There are a lot of ways to fail at B2B blogging and sometimes we feel as if we have seen them all, but then from out of the blue – and yes, the internet is in fact, mostly blue; we looked it up – will come a daring and original new form of just plain terrible blogging.
We’re looking at you, .com
But you don’t have to be super creative to fail at B2B blogging. There are plenty of ordinary ways to create B2B blog content that is limp, unreadable, ineffective or that actively repels or offends your prospects.
We’re going to walk you through some of the best ways to accomplish all of those things, because while the concept of terrible blogging can be somewhat subjective, terrible B2B blogging happens in some pretty specific ways.
Your clients have a lot of things to worry about right now. First of course, is protecting the health and safety of their employees and others around them.
But while that’s the priority, the economic risks are hard to separate from our other worries right now. Your clients, like all of us, are navigating the health threat while also scrambling to keep it from spilling over into a threat to their businesses.
How do you communicate with them without simply adding to the noise, or worse – creating the impression that you put profits ahead of public health?
Here are three recommendations on how to communicate with your customers or prospective customers during this crisis:
Share the State of Your Operations
Your customers need to know if there are changes to your capacity or availability. If you’re still fully operational,
In a world full of countless, noisy marketing messages vying for our attention from a multiplying list of platforms, many companies mistakenly try to compete with messaging that is louder. HEY! LOOK AT US, LOOK AT WHAT WE CAN DO!
Meanwhile, your prospects are struggling to figure out whether you are a good fit for helping them do what they do. Hey, look over here! Look at what we need…
Brand Story marketing, adapted from sources like Donald Miller’s book, Building a StoryBrand and Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces, reframes the traditional view of marketing, placing the customer at the center of the message rather than the company. By focusing on prospects and their issues, businesses can better capture the attention of their target audiences, converting leads into engaged customers.
Are you leading with the blah, blah, blah in your marketing? Yawn.
Do you want prospects to see you as just another vendor or a trusted business advisor?
Many companies make the same mistake in their messaging and branding: they lead with their products and services, features and benefits. You know Sandler preaches against this, so why is it so… everywhere in marketing? It’s the same tired story. Prospects have heard it so many times… blah, blah, blah. It’s just noise to them.
Problems Solved vs. Features & Benefits
Lead with the problems you solve and the people you solve them for instead – and you’re likely to find prospects who want to share their problems with you. Because it’s their story you’re really telling.
We’ve adapted elements of Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces and Donald Miller’s Building a StoryBrand to help you create B2B brand story messaging that puts your prospects first,
As a B2B-focused digital marketing firm with a track record of creating lead-generating marketing content and strategy for a wide variety of businesses, we are proud to have been named to a list of the top marketing and consulting firms serving Chicago.
The ranking, created by Seattle-based research firm Expertise, used 25 variables across five categories that include reputation, credibility, experience, availability and professionalism to establish its list. The agencies on the list were culled from a starting point of more than 600 marketing consultants serving Chicago.
B2B Expertise that Drives Lead Generation
Our president Sean Parnell said the ranking reflects the hard work and specialized expertise that the Innovaxis Marketing team brings to its B2B clients both in Chicago and across the United States.
“Too many B2B companies spend too much money on marketing efforts that aren’t aligned with a successful B2B marketing strategy – which requires a focus that is far more targeted than churning out generic content and Facebook posts,”
In T.H. White’s The Once & Future King, Merlyn explains how he predicts the future: “Now ordinary people are born forwards in Time… But I unfortunately was born at the wrong end of Time, and I have to live backwards from in front, while surrounded by a lot of people living forwards from behind. Some people call it having second sight.”
If you want to predict the future of your business, then start by developing your exit strategy and work backwards. Here are three steps for doing so.
Step 1: Create Your Exit Strategy
It can be uncomfortable to explore the answers to questions like, “How long will I live? How much money will I need for retirement? When should I retire?” This may require the help of a financial advisor who can guide you through the process of determining:
How much you will need to live on in retirement
How much your investment portfolio will provide
The gap between the two – or what you’ll need to generate from the sale of your business
How much revenue and profit you’ll need to generate to sell the business for what you want
How many years it might take to generate that business,
SEO is easier than you think when you understand what works: apply these best practices to increase lead generation by 30-300%+…
Creating B2B website content that ranks high and generates leads shouldn’t feel like a baffling exercise in hit-or-miss tactics. High keyword rankings and sales leads are built on practices that leverage expertise in Google architecture and the unique demands of B2B marketing.
Learn how to update your website to reach the right prospects. Overcome your fear of Google algorithm updates and learn techniques that may leave you looking forward to them. Create quality, high-performing content that brings the right prospects to your site and keeps them there.
Though first published in 1932, the fifth edition has been updated so that its even more relevant today and, in our opinion, is relevant for every blog post title and meta description, email campaign subject line and preview test, Google AdWords and other pay-per-click ads, company tag lines, as well as in today’s advertising headlines.
Why is this book so good? Because it takes a simple and powerful approach to writing headlines and other copywriting that generates leads and other results.
3-Step Approach to Headline Creativity
For example, here are John Caples’ three-step approach to creativity:
Capture the Prospects Attention: nothing happens unless something in your ad, your mailing, or your commercial makes the prospect stop long enough to pay attention to what you say next
Effective content marketing can generate ROI of at least 300% within 9-18 months, sometimes sooner. Unfortunately, ineffective content marketing is more common, can cost several thousand per month and may only result in a handful of leads. How can you tell the good from the bad so you don’t waste a lot of time and money?
Here are five common mistakes made by content marketing agencies, and how to avoid them.