7 Content Marketing Strategies to Take Your Company to the Next Level

7 Content Marketing Strategies to Take Your Company to the Next Level

7 Content Marketing Strategies to Take Your Company to the Next Level

Content marketing tends to get a bad rap. First of all, it’s hard. It takes a lot of effort, and no matter what type of content marketing strategies you’re invested in, you need a writer to make it happen. 

As a content strategist and writer myself, I could be a little biased in my love for content marketing, but study after study has shown that content marketing is one of the most effective inbound marketing methods to take your company to the next level when it comes to digital presence, lead generation, and most importantly to you — ROI. 

Once you have a good content marketing strategy in place, it can provide some of the highest returns, with very little investment on your part. With all of those awesome benefits in mind, then how do you get started with content marketing? 

Are there some strategies that are better, more proven, or easier than others?

We say yes. 

While nearly all forms of content marketing are effective, there are a select few that are proven to drive serious results, especially when implemented and executed properly. We’re here to talk about those seven. Use the menu below to jump to the strategy you’re most interested in, or read all the way through for everything you’ve ever needed to know to set your company apart from the competition with intuitive content marketing strategies. 

7 Content Marketing Strategies to Take Your Company to the Next Level

#1 Blogging Strategy

Blogging feels like a given, but we’re going to talk about it anyway because it’s that important. If you want to up your company’s digital presence — that is, rank ahead of key competition, be the first in search results, and more — you need to blog, and you need to blog with intention. 

Start by developing a true blogging strategy. Do keyword research and figure out which search terms are:

  • Relevant to your business
  • Highly searched
  • Easy to rank for (that is, they have low competition for organic search results)
  • Interesting and useful to your ideal buyer personas

Then, develop a blogging schedule and strategy around those keywords. When you’re developing a blogging strategy to stick to, keep these best practices in mind:

  • Blog regularly (on a monthly or weekly schedule)
  • Write blogs that satisfy a buyer persona’s pain point or question
  • Ensure that your content creation structure makes sense. This is important for SEO and ranking purposes. See this blog on topic clusters for more information there. 
  • Write blogs that are long enough to satisfy readers and search engines alike. We recommend at least 1,000 words.

If you blog regularly, on topics that are relevant and useful to your ideal buyer personas, you’ll start to see results. And if you’re honest, and your information is actually helpful to those ideal buyer personas, you’ll keep rising up through the SERPs for those keywords that matter most to you, and your ideal buyers. 

#2 Email Marketing Strategy

If blogging is how you leverage content marketing to reach strangers, then email marketing is how you leverage content marketing to reach leads you already know. 

Email marketing gives you a decided advantage when it comes to nurturing leads through to close: 

  • You already have the lead’s contact information
  • You have a general sense of what they’re looking for — which product or service they’re interested in
  • You likely know what company they work for
  • You know that they already have at least some interest in your company — they did give you their email address, after all. 

Use this information to your benefit. Email marketing is about strategy. Given what you know about your contacts, what information will they need to keep moving towards closing a sale?

And, considering that many email marketing tools allow you to automate workflows, you can use these features to set up email workflows and let the tools do the work for you. While you can’t quite forget about your workflows, you can check back on the analytics and optimize as you go. 

Email marketing is one of the only tools that allows you to market directly to people who are already interested in the products or services you’re offering. If you’re looking to boost your digital presence and close more deals while you’re at it, a solid email marketing strategy is a must. 

#3 Social Media Marketing Strategy

If we’re talking about taking your company to the next level, we have to talk about social media. 

There’s no better way to get the word out about your company, and build a brand and personality, than on social media. And remember that building your social media presence is about more than just getting likes and comments. The more followers you have, the wider reach the rest of your content will have. 

Your social media marketing strategy should be just as calculated as your blogging strategy — it’s a common misconception that keywords don’t apply to the wild west of Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, and Twitter. 

That’s not true, especially for a platform like Linkedin, where people are searching for companies and employees by the keywords you’re already trying to rank for. For a killer social media marketing strategy check out this post, and keep the following tips in mind: 

  • Follow a regular posting schedule
  • Curate content that’s specific to each platform. What resonates on Instagram isn’t what resonates or is appropriate for Linkedin.
  • Vary your topics. Don’t just talk about what’s happening in your office or promote your blog posts. Share great posts from other industry leaders, share fun content when appropriate, and make sure you’re curating an interesting feed for followers.
  • Incorporate your keywords where it’s relevant. Don’t spam your followers with unnecessary hashtags, but do be conscious about what terms you’re using in social media copy. 

If your company is new to social media, we always suggest starting small. Pick one platform, like Linkedin or Facebook, and put all of your efforts into building a following there. When you feel comfortable managing one platform, and you feel like you have a handle on how to get and maintain followers, you can expand into additional platforms. 

#4 Video Strategy

Video is hands-down one of the best ways to engage visitors. 

People love video content, search engines love video content, and you should love video content, too. 

That said, we know that developing a video strategy can be a little scary. It’s a much more involved process than writing a blog post, and it takes more time and money than any other content marketing strategy out there.

Remember that you don’t always have to produce professional-quality videos. While you might invest in professional help for videos that are going up on your website, a simple how-to video can be done on a smartphone, as long as your audio quality is good, and you have plenty of natural light. 

It’s true that video is a lot of work. It’s usually one of the last content marketing strategies that companies tend to invest in, for that reason. But if you’re really looking to stand out online, video is a surefire way to do it. Don’t take my word for it, though. Here are a few stats that should convince you, if I haven’t already:

Okay, so not only are most marketers already using video content, but one-third of all the internet activity online is spent watching video. Put that with the fact that video is highly shareable, and that most marketing professionals report it as having a very high ROI, and you really can’t go wrong. 

We live in a visual culture. 

People are watching videos constantly. 

Most millennials would prefer to watch a two-minute explainer video that tells them about your services, rather than read about it. 

Investing in a quality video strategy will boost your digital presence far beyond your competitors. Just make sure you’re transcribing all of your videos, so search engines can rank that valuable content for you, too. 

#5 Content Offer Development

One of the most tried-and-true content marketing strategies to exist in the digital world is content offer development. Plain and simple, content offers work. 

When you take the time to put together a valuable resource that someone interested in your product or service genuinely wants or needs, it’s going to pay off. 

Since we’re content marketing strategy fiends, we’ve tested, written, rewritten, and retested about a million content offers. I can tell you with confidence, nothing converts leads better than a quality content offer. 

So what does this do to grow your company? 

Well, if you have an awesome content offer, you can share it around social media and promote it on your email marketing strategy. It’s great for your company’s digital presence in that way. But, if we’re talking big picture, which we should be, content offers are what get you leads. 

If someone is interested enough in what you have to say that they give up their email address, they’re a qualified lead. 

And when your content offers are drawing in qualified leads, your company is going to see some growth. 

But how do you develop content offers that work?

Think about the questions you get the most often.

What holds people up from making a purchasing decision? Do they have trouble deciding between your products? If so, create a product comparison guide. Are they on the fence about how much of a difference your service will make for their company? Create a content offer that talks about the specific benefits your service provides. 

Develop content offers for specific stages of your buyer’s journey.

You know who your buyer personas are. You know what they’re looking for. You should know the places that they tend to fall out of the buyer’s journey. Whether they get stuck comparing your product to a competitor, or they just can’t decide if your service is worth the money, develop content offers that speak to those specific stages of the buyer’s journey. 

When you have at least one content offer for the awareness, consideration, and decision-making phase of the buyer’s journey, plus content that nurtures potential leads through some of your most common sticking points, you’ll start seeing more leads convert, in less time. 

Only gate the content offers that matter most. 

No matter how many content offers you’ve developed, make sure you’re only gating the ones that matter most. 

The new, most effective trend in digital marketing is to leave most of your content offers open to the public. Instead, you can offer those content offers as downloadable PDFs. This works to help you weed out unqualified contacts. Readers who are really interested in what you have to say, and want to take your offer home with them to read again, are likely to download the PDF and give you their contact information.

While you can still gate a few content offers — like checklists or product pricing guides — try to make your content as accessible to leads as possible, while still giving them the opportunity to give you their contact information. 

#6 Targeted Landing Pages

If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a million times — your home page is NOT a landing page. You’ve dedicated time and effort to a specific, relevant content development strategy that’s designed for multiple buyer personas — why would you send them all to the same bland, basic landing page?

They don’t have the same goals for your company, they don’t have the same needs, and they’re not all at the same place in the buyer’s journey. Targeted landing pages are one of the most effective content marketing strategies you can implement to directly improve your company’s digital ROI. 

Don’t take my word for it though. This company increased online ROI by 60%, just by optimizing their landing pages. 

That’s so easy! Landing pages are some of the shortest, most simple pages of content. Just write a lot of them, and develop them with specific keywords in mind, and you’ll start to see some serious results. 

Before we get off the landing page rant train, let’s just close with one more example. 

Say you’re scrolling through Instagram, and an ad comes up for a really awesome hoodie. It’s exactly what you’ve been looking for, and you’re ready to make the purchase. But when you click the ad, instead of being sent directly to that hoodie’s product page, you’re sent to the Amazon home page. 

What a disappointment. 

Are you going to search through Amazon’s massive website to find that specific hoodie and checkout while you’re on your 10-minute coffee break? Yeah. Didn’t think so.

That’s all targeted landing pages are. Pages that offer your ideal buyers exactly the content they were looking for in the first place. Invest just a bit of time in landing pages that are targeted to specific buyer personas and specific content offers, and you’ll start to see results. 

#7 Content Promotion Strategy

Our final content marketing tip is to have a content promotion strategy. All of your other content marketing strategies — your blog, your social media, and even your email marketing — won’t mean much if you’re not working to get the word out. You should spend at least as much time promoting content as you do creating it. 

When it comes to content marketing, you can do all the work of building and developing an awesome content marketing strategy, but if you’re not drawing people into your website to read your content, you’re not going to see the benefits you were looking for. Here are a few ways to take your content promotion strategy to the next level:

  • Cross-Channel Promotion. Promote your blogs on social media channels. Add social media buttons to the bottom of your email newsletters. Share your email subscribe link on social media, at the bottom of blogs, etc. You’re creating content in a variety of channels, as this blog has shown. Make sure your followers know about all of the opportunities you’re offering them to read more amazing content. 
  • Search Engine Optimization. The better optimized your site and content are, the more likely you are to boost organic traffic coming to your site. And when you have more traffic, you have a greater potential for leads. Check out this blog for tips on ensuring your content is following SEO best practices. 
  • Paid Search Advertising. If you’re just getting your content marketing strategy up and running, paid search is a great way to draw in the traffic you need now, without waiting for your site to organically come up in SERPs. Make sure you’re only bidding on relevant keywords, and stick to a budget, but with a little help from paid search, you’ll start seeing the traffic you’ve been looking for. 
  • Boosted or Paid Social Media. Boosted social media posts and paid social media promotion is a great way to get your social media marketing strategy off the ground, too. Boosted posts help ensure your content is reaching all of your followers. Social media ad campaigns can help you expand your reach, by getting more likes, more followers, or just getting the word out about your company.

Start with one or two of these content promotion tactics, and see how they work. Then, make sure you’re adding them to your content marketing strategy and schedule. When you’ve scheduled in time to focus on content promotion, you’re more likely to make it happen.

Content marketing is tough. It takes a lot of work and it takes a good writer — or three. If you don’t have a writer on staff, or if you’re just not sure how to jump into more content marketing strategies, we can help. Get in touch with the Evenbound team for more information, or check out the case study below to see exactly how we’ve helped our clients stand out from the competition with killer content marketing strategies.

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Building Better Landing Pages With HubSpot

Building Better Landing Pages With HubSpot

Building Better Landing Pages With HubSpot

When it comes to nearly any digital marketing strategy, landing pages are absolutely essential. The way you build, track, and optimize your landing pages can make or break your lead generation strategy, which is why we’re going to talk about building better landing pages using HubSpot’s landing page tool. But first, let’s make sure we’re all starting on the same page (no pun intended):

What is a Landing Page?

A landing page is any web page a visitor lands on when they navigate to your website from somewhere else. Technically, a landing page could be any page on your website — your home page, a blog, or a services page. But if you’re doing digital marketing right, your landing page is an important lead capture tool that looks a little something like this.

What’s On a Good Landing Page?

We’ve covered just about all there is to cover when it comes to building a landing page, so if you’re looking for more in-depth information about what a landing page is, why you need one, and what a good one looks like, check out these awesome blogs for more detailed information:

To give you a quick refresher, just know that a great landing page has these four key elements: 

  • Attention-Grabbing Title
  • Helpful, Concise Content
  • Interesting Imagery
  • Easy to Complete Contact Form

These four elements make up the basic design of an awesome landing page.  

What Does HubSpot Have to do With Building Better Landing Pages?

If all you need is a title, content, an image, and a contact form, then how hard could building a landing page be?

Honestly, the design and build of your landing page is just a small component of a great landing page. The goal of any landing page is not just to get you leads, but also to give you information about the overall success of the product, offer, or event you’re promoting with this landing page.

Okay, So How Can I Use HubSpot to Build Better Landing Pages?

Now that we know why we care about HubSpot landing pages, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of building a better landing page with HubSpot CRM. HubSpot offers a ton of features with their landing page tool, so while we won’t cover every single one in this blog, we will cover the features most important to the success of your lead generation and digital marketing strategy. Let’s start with our favorite benefit of HubSpot’s landing pages:

Optimize with Detailed Reporting

HubSpot’s best landing page feature is the detailed reporting they offer. You can assign landing pages to a specific campaign (more on this next), attach a landing page to a workflow, and generally just see everything you’ve ever wanted to know about how your visitors and leads are interacting with your offers, products, and events. A HubSpot landing page report looks a little like this: 

While HubSpot’s reporting is interactive, this image still gives you a great initial feel for how much data you can receive.HubSpot can tell you exactly how many views, submissions and new contacts that landing page delivers. Click To TweetIt will also tell you where those views, submissions, and contacts are coming from, whether that’s organic traffic, referrals, direct traffic, etc.  

You also get a bunch of helpful information that tells you how people are reacting to the landing page, like what the page’s bounce rate is, what its exit rate is, and how long (on average) people spend on that landing page. All of this data can help you improve your landing pages for even better performance.

For example, let’s say your bounce rate is really high. That tells you that people coming to your landing page aren’t getting what they thought they were going to get. Maybe your landing page is still connected to an old ad or an old social media post that’s no longer making the same offer.

You can use HubSpot’s reporting to see where the visitors to that landing page are coming from and troubleshoot your high bounce rate from there. Now that’s optimization made easy.

Inbound Marketing Tools that Improve your HubSpot Landing Pages

In addition to offering you in-depth data and reporting on the performance of your landing page, HubSpot has really geared their landing page tool to help inbound marketers succeed. Their landing pages are paired with some exceptionally robust inbound marketing tools that make your landing pages work for you, without you putting in a ton of extra work. This is where the HubSpot landing page feature really starts to flex its muscles.

Here are just a few of the tools we love to use when we create our own HubSpot landing pages:

Add to Workflow

You’re into marketing automation, right? Us too. HubSpot makes it really easy to associate any new landing page with an existing workflow. Just click the “Add to Workflow” button, and any contact who completes the landing page form will immediately be entered into the workflow of your choice. This is great when you’re building landing pages for specific content offers or webinars geared to just one buyer persona.

Send a Follow-Up Email

That all-important follow-up email. Let’s automate it. HubSpot also offers another easy button you can click to send a follow-up email immediately after a lead completes your form. You can develop the follow-up email however you like, but it’s a really important tool to keep those new leads in your sales funnel.

Add to Campaign

 If you’re on the inbound marketing train, you identify potential leads according to their buyer persona. You’ve developed a number of marketing campaigns geared specifically to each of those personas. Easily add a new landing page to any of those campaigns, and track that landing page’s performance in relation to that campaign. This sets you up to get all of the reporting data you need to see how successful your product, offer, or event really is.

SEO Help

One thing we don’t touch on a lot with landing pages is how they help with SEO. The quality of your landing page is one of the big factors Google and other search engines use to determine the quality of your ad. So, if you’re directing a paid search ad to one of your new HubSpot landing pages, you’ll be happy to know that HubSpot makes on-page SEO a breeze.

Custom URL

Easily create a custom URL for your landing page. While any landing page’s URL will default to whatever your page title is, HubSpot makes it easy to change your URL to a more custom option.

This is great when you’re trying to get a particular keyword in there or shorten the URL up so it’s easy to for potential leads to remember or share on social media.  

Meta Description

It’s easy to forget about a meta description when you’re developing landing pages. Since they don’t hold a lot of content, they don’t jump out as an SEO ranking opportunity.

But, writing a quality meta description that tells both visitors and search engines what your landing page is about can be that extra step that sets you apart from the competition.

HubSpot’s landing page builder has an easily accessible meta description field that allows you to write and save a custom meta description to fit your new landing page, so you reap all the potential SEO benefits. 

Quick, Intuitive Layout with HubSpot Templates

Of course, we couldn’t talk about building better landing pages with HubSpot without talking about their handy, fast design features. Whether you’re not comfy as a web designer in your own right, or your in-house designer just doesn’t have time to crank something out every time you need a new landing page, you really don’t have to worry when you’re using the HubSpot landing page tool.

HubSpot offers a variety of landing page templates, or, your in-house designer can develop one or two landing page templates, and you can build out unique landing pages from each of those templates. Either way, you benefit from a beautiful, high-quality design that puts your offer front-and-center, without taking up your entire day.

Simply choose the template that best fits your landing page, and make sure it has those critical four elements we talked about earlier:

  • Title
  • Copy
  • Image
  • Form

Setting up a landing page is as easy as choosing a template, filling in your information, and hitting the publish button.

Simple Drag and Drop Design

Last but not least, we just couldn’t leave this blog alone without mentioning HubSpot’s easy drag and drop landing page builder. While it might not sound like a huge feature, the amount of time it will save you makes it worth mentioning.

When you build your landing page in HubSpot, you can easily add and move around modules on your landing page with a simple drag and drop. Each module will snap into place on your template, making for a flawless design in a fraction of the time it would take you to manually build a page. Whether you’re adding fields to a form, reformatting your landing page’s imagery, or working to get that headline just right, HubSpot’s tools make it easy to develop an intuitive landing page in just a few minutes. 

And that’s our spiel on HubSpot landing pages! If you’re looking for a landing page builder that offers fast, intuitive design, reporting and seamless connectivity for your existing digital marketing strategy, you really can’t beat HubSpot. 

Their landing pages are fast and fun, and you really won’t find better data reporting with any other tool. Combine that with the fact that you can easily connect any HubSpot landing page with an existing campaign, automated workflow, or follow-up email campaign, and you’ve got a robust tool that can help you get way more out of your landing pages.

Not sure if HubSpot’s right for you? No worries. Evenbound is a HubSpot Gold Agency Partner, and we’d be happy to show you the ropes. Get in touch with our team for a quick run-through of HubSpot’s tools, and an honest consultation about whether the platform is right for your company.

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Why Your Landing Pages Aren’t Converting

Why Your Landing Pages Aren’t Converting

Why Your Landing Pages Aren’t Converting

You finally have an up-to-date website, ongoing PPC campaigns, and an accurate Google business listing. Your inbound marketing strategy is tight. The leads should be rolling in, right? But for some reason, your landing pages aren’t getting the results you hoped for. Why aren’t your landing pages converting?

You’re Not Using Any

You need landing pages if you want visitors to your site to become leads. Very few people are going to find your site then go to your contact page, find your phone number, and give you a call.

A landing page directs visitors to your form and the content that is relevant to them, rather than just the homepage of your site, where they may or may not navigate away. Need more convincing? Here’s why your B2B manufacturing website needs landing pages.

You Allow Visitors to Navigate Away Before Converting

Effective landing pages have limited navigation options—they are either nonexistent or hidden. This is to keep people on the landing page so that they complete and submit the form, providing you with their information. If your landing page has your website’s complete navigation bar accessible, some visitors will click away to other pages of your site and never convert by giving you their contact information.  

Your Form Doesn’t Capture the Right Information

If your form doesn’t ask for the right information, you might not get as many conversions as you could. If your questions are too invasive and ask for highly personal information, visitors might not be comfortable completing and submitting the form. If you’re not requiring the most basic contact information in the form, like name and email address, you might not even be able to get in touch with your converted leads at all.

For your purposes, capturing the right information is important to turning the leads you do convert into qualified leads. If you only ask for visitors’ names and email addresses, you won’t be able to segment them effectively, and therefore provide them with content that is highly relevant to them and their stage in the buyer’s journey.

Consider also asking for their company name and their role or position. In order to help you determine the effectiveness of your various ad campaigns and calls to action, you might even consider asking how they heard about your company/product/service.

Your Content Offer Isn’t Worth Converting For

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If visitors to your landing page don’t think that your content offer is worth converting for, they won’t give you their personal information. Make sure that your content is relevant to the visitors you want to convert.

You should also make sure that the content is unique and valuable enough to get visitors to convert. It needs to be something that visitors want to take with them and reference later—otherwise, they’ll look for it elsewhere, where they don’t have to give up their contact info.  

If you’re serious about implementing effective content offers and landing pages, get in touch with Evenbound. We’re a growth agency with proven results in lead generation and marketing ROI.

Want more info? Check out our Smartass Guide to Inbound Marketing for slightly hilarious tips on what not to do to grow your inbound marketing strategy.

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Landing Pages: Why Your B2B Manufacturing Website Needs Them

Landing Pages: Why Your B2B Manufacturing Website Needs Them

Landing Pages: Why Your B2B Manufacturing Website Needs Them

If you’re looking to improve your B2B manufacturing website’s digital marketing ROI and the effectiveness of your paid search and pay-per-click (PPC) campaigns, you need to incorporate landing pages into your strategy. Landing pages allow you to control visitors’ interaction with your site and are a valuable tool in gathering visitor information to convert them to leads.

What’s a Landing Page?

A landing page is where visitors land on your site when they navigate to it from a specific interface, for instance, an ad on Google. More specifically, the term landing page is used to refer to a page that visitors land on where you can capture their information. These pages generally have limited navigation options (to keep visitors from wandering to other areas of your site and failing to provide their information) and offer something in exchange for the visitor filling out the form with their contact information, such as a case study, ebook, or whitepaper, which is called a content offer.

 

Landing pages are a super-effective way for B2B manufacturers to convert visitors to leads because they simplify the process. A landing page presents the visitor with two options: enter their information in exchange for the content offer, or navigate away from the page.

Why Use Landing Pages?

Directing visitors to a landing page, rather than the homepage of your B2B manufacturing website, ensures that they see content which is relevant to them and that they are directed to the content, offers, or calls to action that you want them to see. If visitors are directed simply to the homepage of your site, you risk having them navigate away.

Target your Buyer Personas

A landing page allows you to be extremely specific in your targeting, as well. For each of your different keyword campaigns, you can have different landing pages with content and offers specific to those keywords—a tactic that is much more effective than something general; visitors will be more likely to enter their information (convert) when presented with a highly relevant offer.

Track your B2B Manufacturing Website Analytics

Additionally, you can track the traffic and conversion rates of these landing pages to determine the effectiveness of the campaign and the content of the landing page itself. You’ll be able to track how many people navigate to the landing page from your ad, and what percentage of those visitors convert. With that information, you can adjust your campaign, landing page content, or content offer accordingly.

If you’re running ad campaigns but directing visitors to your B2B manufacturing website’s contact or homepage, you’re missing out on a ton of leads. A simple landing page that provides your visitors with value, a content offer, in exchange for their contact information will incentivize them to convert and will allow you to better calculate the effectiveness of your efforts and marketing ROI, in addition to increasing that ROI.

If you’re interested in incorporating landing pages and PPC and social media advertising into your digital strategy, we should talk. For firsthand experience on how we use landing pages to generate leads for our B2B manufacturing clients, be sure to check out the free case study below:

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