We write a lot about LinkedIn as part of an inbound digital marketing strategy for B2Bs. That’s because it’s an extremely useful and underutilized social media tool, with applications that are particularly suited to industrial manufacturers and other B2Bs. To help you truly take full advantage of this platform, we’ve compiled all our content on LinkedIn in one place for you. Click the header of the section most relevant to you for more in-depth information on using LinkedIn to promote your B2B.
LinkedIn Ads are one of the best forms of PPC for B2Bs for numerous reasons, the most important of these being that your audience, business professionals in your industry, is using LinkedIn, and you can target them with a great deal of accuracy, almost down to the exact person you want to sell to. Plus, LinkedIn offers comprehensive metrics to help you improve your campaigns and discover who you’re reaching.
Creating LinkedIn Content
A major benefit of LinkedIn is its publishing platform, which allows you to produce and promote content to your professional network and to others in your industry, boosting your credibility and name recognition. But just because it’s easy to hit the publish button doesn’t mean you should be posting anything. With LinkedIn and other online content platforms, it pays to be intentional with your topics, titles, length, and all other aspects of your writing.
LinkedIn also has a great way for you to showcase specific products or services with their Showcase Pages. These pages create curated feeds that users can follow, and where you can post and share relevant content. They’re a useful way to organize content as well as segment and target specific customer types with specific interests and needs.
LinkedIn has a ton of features that you can be using to market your business, from the social networking features like sharing content and making connections to advance search and premium accounts. And when we say easy ways, we really mean easy. These features are all just waiting for you to take advantage of, and require little expertise or time to get started.
Company pages are an excellent tool for marketing with LinkedIn, but you’ve got to be intentional about how you build your page to attract your ideal clients. Our visual guide will help you create the perfect page for your company and enhance your online presence and social impact.
If you’re ready to expand your digital reach and start using LinkedIn to its full potential, Evenbound can help. We have a lot of experience with LinkedIn, content creation, inbound marketing, and PPC advertising, and we can create a digital strategy that gets results. Get in touch and let’s get started.
Instagram is a sort of brave new world when it comes to marketing, and when used properly, for the right business, it can be an extremely powerful tool. If you’re looking to grow your brand, and you can showcase your product or service in a visual way, Instagram might be right for you. But to help you decide more definitively whether Instagram is a good direction for your company to steer, here’s a bit more information about what Instagram does, and how it can work for you:
Instagram is a powerful social media platform, now with more than 800 million active monthly users regularly scrolling through feeds and tapping through stories. More curated than Facebook, Instagram is a space for people to capture the beauty they see around them day to day, and to check in with lifestyle influencers on new products, methods, and items of interest. Instagram is highly visual, and the majority of users do curate their instagram feeds more specifically to their tastes, choosing to follow brands and users who post content they genuinely like to see. This works to set Instagram up perfectly for businesses with something to showcase. No matter what you sell, produce, or provide, if you can create a way to display that good or service beautifully, you’re likely to do well on Instagram.
Instagram for Brand Awareness
Instagram is well known as the key platform for brand awareness, because it’s one of the only social media platforms that’s image forward. While other social media platforms value multi-media content, text captions are still important, and often lengthy. Instagram instead favors images first, providing a calmer, more aesthetic user experience that does not mesh well with a hard sell or in-your-face ad experience.
Instagram is a great place for a brand to grow a following by posting engaging content that’s interesting and that people want to know more about. If you’re looking to boost brand awareness, check out these tips below. If you’re interested in learning a bit about Instagram advertising, stick with me or jump down a few paragraphs for more on that!
If you want to see any kind of success on Instagram, you absolutely have to have beautiful, high quality photos. Even if you don’t feel like your product is that cool or interesting, a high quality photo can still stop an instagram viewer, and make them read a little bit more about you. If you sell a service, a video of what you do is equally engaging. The first step in growing your brand is getting eyes on your instagram account, and that means quality content.
It’s easy for businesses to fall into the trap of only posting about themselves. Whether it’s promos, a new product, or exciting news about your company, that’s all great content to put out, but you need to balance it with something else. If you’re only posting about your company, your followers are likely to become tired of what you’re putting out. Add in posts that are engaging, beautiful, and relevant to their lives too. For example, if you sell camping gear, post some pics of your staff’s favorite camping sites, or ask your followers to send in photos from their favorite trips with your gear. That’s a great way to change up what you’re posting about, while still staying true to your brand.
Engage With Your Audience
If you’re looking to grow your brand on Instagram, you need to get active. Instagram users are very responsive, and will comment and like posts they feel speak to them. Reach out to other industry influencers on Instagram, comment on photos tagged with hashtags your company often uses, and don’t be afraid to DM influencers and accounts you’d consider partnering with. Another great way to boost engagement is to ask questions. Create content that’s interesting, and ask your followers to share their own stories. The more you engage with your followers, the more likely they are to engage with you, which will help grow your brand awareness.
Instagram for Leads
If you’re not as concerned about growing your brand, and have heard about Instagram’s ad potential, then you might consider Instagram as a new avenue to generate leads. Instagram features the same powerful ad targeting tools as Facebook, because it’s run through the Facebook ad portal. What’s more, Instagram ads are typically more effective, as 67% of consumers value detailed images when making a purchase, rather than product information or even customer ratings. This makes Instagram advertising a powerful tool for businesses with quality visuals. If you’ve been thinking about Instagram Ads, here are a few things to know.
Instagram Ads are Scheduled Through Facebook Ads
If you’ve already dabbled in Facebook Advertising, you’re in luck! Instagram ads are run through the same platform. You simply go through the Facebook Ad portal, and when asked about “Placements” you can specify that you’d like your ad to go to Instagram. This makes it easy to manage multiple ad campaigns, and keep your budget under control. You’re able to choose how much you’d like to spend on a daily or weekly basis, and you can choose when the post will start and stop. Instagram Ads are fairly easy to put out, but it’s deciding on the content to go in those ads that’s the difficult part.
Throw out Promos
People love free stuff, and they love great deals. If you can offer a discount or a free item with their first purchase, you’re well on your way to boosting those leads. Offer a high-quality video or image of what they’ll be getting for making a purchase, heading to your website, or signing up for your email newsletter, and you’re likely to capture a few leads.
Know Your Audience
Like Facebook, Instagram Ads can be set to go out to only a very slim, targeted group of users. This can save you money and boost your potential of gathering legitimate, qualified leads, but you have to know your audience to do so. Do some research before you start buying ad space: What are your key demographics? Who is buying your product or service, and who needs it most? What do they do in their free time, and when are they most likely to be on social media? Answers to these questions will help you develop an ad that’s highly targeted, and that will successfully reach your target buyer.
Scheduling Ad Time
Another benefit of the Instagram Ad platform is that you can specify what times you’d like your ads to go out. While there are tons of studies that show when Instagram users are most active you’ll also want to take into account your target buyer. If you’re targeting stay-at-home moms, you might consider putting ads out around 10 a.m. on weekdays. Even though that’s not a high engagement time for Instagram, maybe your research shows that 10 a.m. is right after your target buyer has dropped the kids at school, and might be sitting down for a second cup of coffee. No matter who your target buyer is, it’s important to think about their lifestyle, and what a day in their life might look like. Then compare that against the high engagement times for Instagram to make an informed decision about when your ads should go out.
If you’re looking to kick your social media marketing strategy up a level, Instagram is a great go-to platform. It features all the targeting tools of Facebook, but many ads tend to see more engagement on Instagram, because of their visual nature. If you’ve got more questions on growing your brand awareness, social media following, or boosting your lead generation potential, don’t hesitate to get in touch! And if you’re looking for more info on Inbound Marketing check out the case study below:
If you’ve read any of our previous blogs for homebuilders, you’ll know that we’re very pro-Houzz. It’s an excellent marketing tool for any homebuilder, because it’s full of qualified leads just waiting for your advice. What we haven’t talked all that much about is Pinterest. Very similar in layout to Houzz, Pinterest attracts many of the same users and followers as Houzz, making it another ideal social media platform for home builders to take advantage of. If your home building company is already engaging regularly on Houzz, it’s a good idea to take some of that great content you’re putting out, and post it to Pinterest as well.
Why Should Homebuilders Market on Pinterest?
Because Pinterest is a captive audience made up of your target buyers. The majority of Pinterest users are women, 77 percent of those users are between 18-54 years old, and 87 percent of women on Pinterest trust it as a reliable source for information. Women between the ages of 18-54 are a homebuilders target market. Most often, it’s the women of the household who are making the final decisions when it comes to building a home or hiring a contractor for a renovation. That’s what make Pinterest such a rich source of potential leads for home builders.
How Homebuilders Can Market on Pinterest
Now that it’s clear why you’d want to use Pinterest—your target buyer lives there—let’s figure out how to use Pinterest. It’s certainly a tricky one, since there’s no real linear timeline or news feed like you’d find on other social media platforms. Instead, Pinterest functions on boards and pins. You can create boards, and pin different articles, images, and blog posts to those boards. You can post to other people’s boards if they’re public, and you can invite people to pin things to your board as well. For you, the homebuilder, it’s best to start small.
Create a Board that Showcases Your Work
Whether you’ve got some stunning before and after photos, or you’ve got some killer images of a staged home you just completed, that’s all great content to put on a Pinterest board. Make sure you follow standard best practices for optimizing your Pinterest pins:
Link to your website
Include high quality images
Provide detailed descriptions
Don’t forget NAP
Name of your business
Address and city name
Phone number or a way to contact you
Create a Board That Draws People In
Now that you’ve got your work up there, it’s time to start drawing people in. Create a board that answers a common question that’s relevant to the housing industry, and that you know people will be searching. For example, let’s say there’s a holiday coming up. A board that puts together cool DIY projects to decorate your home for the holidays is going to draw in a ton of people, and get eyes on your company’s Pinterest.
Say you wrote a blog about 10 Classy Holiday Place Settings: pin that to your holiday DIY board, and make sure it links back to your website. This will help grow your company’s awareness, increasing the chances that you get quality leads. In addition, the more people you get coming to this holiday DIY board, the more people you’re going to have checking out your original board—the one with all the awesome photos of your past work. More eyes on that board mean more calls to your sales team about how someone can get a home that looks like the one they saw on Pinterest.
Create an Engaging Board
Finally, while you’re getting your Pinterest account up and running, create a board that engages people. As a home builder, you can set yourself up as an authority, and as a place of inspiration for those considering building a home in the near future. By creating a board that invites people to contribute, you’ll boost the number of pins your board gets, and boost your visibility on Pinterest.
For example, create a board that asks followers to pin a photo of their favorite room in the home. This invites people to get involved in the conversation, and the more people who pin to your board, the more people who are likely to see it. This boosts your authority as a place for information and inspiration, while simultaneously growing your company’s brand awareness, and reminding people that you’re an engaging, interested builder they might turn to when they decide to build their own home.
Pinterest can certainly be a bit daunting at first. It’s a bit of information overload, and it can be hard to tell what’s what when you first start. But, if you stick with it and continue to post rich, relevant content that those Pinterest users want to read, you’ll grow your following and boost your number of incoming leads in no time at all. For more information on boosting your social media marketing strategy, get in touch with the team at Evenbound. We’re here to help home builders boost their lead generation potential, and break into better markets. See how we helped one construction pro increase their average web traffic and streamline sales in the free case study below:
If you’re not on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or LinkedIn these days, it’s almost like you don’t exist. Nowadays, social media is just as crucial for B2B companies, including industrial manufacturers, as it is for B2C companies. Sure, social media marketing seems more intuitive for B2Cs, but the truth is that nearly everyone is using social media, which means that your customers, and the decision-makers at those companies, are using social media.
And just having a profile for your business isn’t going to cut it. If a page exists on the internet and no one reads it, does your company get more leads? No, it doesn’t. That’s why you need to invest in your social media presence and attract followers on the platforms you use. Your social media presence will create the network where you can share and promote your company and your digital content, attracting and converting leads.
LinkedIn: A Great Place to Start
If you read our blog regularly, you know how we feel about LinkedIn. For B2B manufacturers, it’s the social media platform you should be using to reach your potential clients, for a variety of reasons; most importantly, it’s where your target audience is networking and researching suppliers. Getting more followers on your company LinkedIn page requires that you regularly post relevant, insightful content specific to your industry and your potential customers’ pain points. You can even target each of your different types of client with specially tailored showcase pages (read more about how showcase pages work for B2B marketing here).
On your personal LinkedIn account, you can search for specific people in specific positions at the companies you’re looking to make clients out of, and then connect with those people. Joining discussion groups relevant to your industry and sharing your knowledge and expertise is also a great way to establish your credibility and gain new followers. For more on LinkedIn, read our 6 Easy Ways to Make LinkedIn Work For Your B2B Marketing Strategy.
Social Media Campaigns
Another critical aspect of gaining, retaining, and making leads out of your social media followers is by executing targeted social media campaigns. Just like other advertising campaigns, strategy is necessary to make your efforts successful. Well-planned social media campaigns will help you accomplish goals such as increasing brand awareness and promoting your digital content. To do this, you’ll need to determine the exact type of client you want to attract, and target them specifically with content matching their place in the buyer’s journey and their needs and pain points, through indirect (social sharing) and direct (PPC ad promotion) means.
Don’t fall behind the competition by neglecting your social media presence, either by failing to have one at all or by not investing time into engaging with your followers and working to attract new ones. If you’d like to learn more about social media marketing for B2Bs, or digital marketing in general, you should talk with the team at Evenbound.
Be sure to check out our other posts on how to make social media work for your B2B, such as this one on LinkedIn Ads and B2B Marketing, as well as the free case study below, that shows how paid search and social worked wonders for one B2B:
Today’s home buyer is skeptical. They know there are a number of builders out there looking to make a quick dime, and they won’t even consider talking to anyone before they’ve done a great deal of research. They’re looking for a home builder who understands the type of home they want to build, and one they can trust to get the job done in an honest way. If you’re a home builder in today’s market, you’ll have noticed that it takes a bit longer to get clients on board, and you’re probably looking for ways you can close sales more quickly. One of the absolute best ways to ensure your home building company stands out from the competition is to include video testimonials.
Why Video Testimonials?
Video testimonials offer the highest level of social proof to skeptical home buyers. Not only do they serve as a great way to get positive content up about your building abilities, but they also prove that the quality service you talk about on your website is a genuine benefit of working with you. It’s a way of providing word of mouth referrals in a digital age.
Video testimonials give your company authority and credibility. Any home builder can say that they offer superior communication, and strive to build the dream homes that each of their clients are looking for. By providing video testimonials, you’re proving that your company really is that great by offering a credible third-party review to your potential clients. Video testimonials function just like the online reviews you see on Amazon, but better. If you were purchasing a new blender on Amazon, it’s likely that you’d select a few promising options, and then compare the reviews for each model.
That’s exactly how video testimonials work, but the interesting thing about video testimonials is that they’re irrefutable. Some consumers are still wary of written testimonials because, in reality, anyone could have written them. Video testimonials are much harder to fake, which makes them all that more credible. They’re especially useful for home builders because choosing to build a new home is a major investment. New homeowners are going to want all the proof they can get that your company is legitimate and honest before they even consider calling up your sales department.
How to Get Video Testimonials
It’s actually surprisingly easy to get video testimonials for home builders. If you think about it, you’ve worked closely with a homeowner for months while their home was under construction. You know the homeowners well, and you’ve provided them with the space they’ll call home for decades. Most previous clients will be comfortable talking to you, since they know you well, and as long as they’re satisfied with their home, most of them will be happy to provide a video testimonial.
To get video testimonials from previous clients, all you really need to do is ask. Think of the projects you’re most proud of, and the homes you know your clients love. Then ask if they’d be willing to help your company out by offering a short video testimonial.
It’s a good idea to encourage those giving testimonials to talk about the entire process. You want to leave the testimonial up to the client as much as possible because it should be authentic, but if they ask for a little direction, make it clear that they can talk about the process as a whole. How was it like to work with you through the building process, and of course, how did they feel about the end product? Consumers love a story, and the more information they can get on how your home building company functions throughout the process, the better.
Add Progress Photos
Your video testimonials can be relatively informal if you like, but it’s also helpful to consider putting together images of the end product and adding them into the video. This way, potential clients watching your testimonial videos can see and hear from the client but also see visual proof of the work you did for that client. It’s a great way to add another layer of authenticity and showcase the beautiful craftsmanship your company is known for.
Feature a Number of Testimonials
Be sure to feature testimonials that are relevant to each target persona. Whether you often work with doctors, wealthy stay-at-home moms, or new couples looking for that first home together, be sure to collect video testimonial from clients who fit into each of your target personas. The more testimonials you have, the better. If you start getting more testimonials than you know what to do with, make a separate page on your website that’s dedicated to testimonials. You can still feature individual videos on other pages, but it’s helpful to have a spot that’s easy to find for those potential clients looking to hear from past clients.
Where Do I Put My Video Testimonials?
Once you have a few video testimonials put together, don’t be afraid to share them anywhere and everywhere. Definitely put them on your website, consider featuring them on your blog, and share them on your social media accounts. Don’t flood every channel of your digital platform with video testimonials all at once, but consider sprinkling those testimonials in anywhere it seems relevant, in a way that’s not aggressive.
For example, you don’t want every single Facebook post you make this month to be a video testimonial, but you might consider posting one new video each week. You won’t want to have 15 testimonials on your homepage, but you could feature one or two in convenient locations, and link to the rest if potential clients want to learn more. It’s also worth considering embedding a video in your regular email newsletter. The testimonial shouldn’t be front and center, and it shouldn’t overshadow whatever helpful content you’re providing in the newsletter, but it’s a good idea to include a testimonial at the end of the email, where people are sure to see it after they’ve gotten through your helpful content.
Use Video Testimonials to Shorten Sales Cycle
If you’re a home builder looking to boost leads and shorten the sales cycle, video testimonials are one great way to do it. They offer credibility and authenticity to your home building company, and they help assuage the worries of skeptical consumers. While video testimonials alone can’t get you more sales, they’re an integral part of a comprehensive, effective digital marketing strategy for any quality home builder. If you’ve got more questions about growing your company’s online presence, or you’d like to professionally implement video testimonials to your website, get in touch.
If your B2B has a website or social media accounts (or both), you know how frustrating it can be when your number of views, likes, shares, and comments is low. You’ve probably tried a lot of things, but it’s clear that you’re not seeing the results you want. It’s not easy to increase engagement, especially as a B2B, when your products and services lack mass consumer appeal. Nevertheless, there are still a few more things you can do to increase engagement with your B2B social media and website.
We love LinkedIn. We talk about LinkedIn all the time on this blog. Why? Because it’s the most effective social network for B2Bs. If you want audience engagement, LinkedIn is the place to get it because that’s where your audience is; after all, your product or service is targeted toward the needs of a specific business need or industry. With LinkedIn, you can reach potential leads in a variety of ways: sharing relevant industry news and content, creating and sharing your original content (through LinkedIn’s publishing platform or by sharing your blog content), engaging with the pages of leads, and targeting leads through LinkedIn ads.
We weren’t kidding about loving LinkedIn. To use your LinkedIn presence as effectively as possible, check out our other posts on LinkedIn for B2Bs:
People love to talk, whether in person or online. So, to increase engagement with your site or social media, you need to get people talking. Okay, you might say, about what? My product isn’t flashy or exciting. No matter how unsexy or mundane your product may be, you can still create content that engages your audience. How? By creating content that is relevant to your customers’ needs.
If your company manufacturers a metal component that goes inside of small appliances, rather than focusing on the product, focus on your customers’ needs relating to your product. Maybe they need to know how to find the best supplier of metal components—you can provide them with that information, which is relevant and interesting to them, which in turn will encourage them to engage with your site or social media account and possibly even become a lead. Don’t just create content, post it to your blog, and expect to get a ton of views, though. Make sure you’re sharing your content on social media (hint, hint, LinkedIn) so that people can see it and engage with it.
Engage with Other Industry Leaders
Cultivating an effective digital presence is about more than just producing and sharing content. Another way to increase engagement is to engage with others. When people comment on the blog posts or articles that you share, respond to their comments. When someone in your industry posts interesting content, like it, share it or comment on it. If your ideal client is shares industry news, engaging with their post is a good way to start a conversation with them. It’s also a good way to enhance your reputation as an informed, engaged member of your industry.
We know that it’s not easy to increase website and social media engagement as a B2B, but getting people talking on the right platforms can really make a difference. Are you interested in increasing engagement with your B2B website and social media profiles? Evenbound can help you enhance your digital marketing strategy and increase engagement from leads and future clients.Contact us online to start the conversation.
For more information about how Evenbound can increase social media engagement and digital leads for B2Bs, be sure to check out the case study below: