Ashley Zeckman

Think Like A Rockstar: How to Build An Owned Media Empire With Epic B2B Content Marketing

Ashley Zeckman on Oct 25th, 2016     B2B Marketing, Content Marketing

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True to form, LinkedIn’s Jason Miller rocked his presentation at the MarketingProf’s B2B Marketing forum by opening up with some inspirational words from The Clash:

If you don’t like the world, then change it.”

As Jason shared, the Clash changed the world, and so can today’s B2B marketers. But they’re facing some interesting challenges such as the fact that:

  • 60% of B2B content goes unused (Content Marketing Institute & MarketingProfs)
  • 44% of consumers consider ending a brand relationship because of irellevant promotions (Chief Marketing Officer Council)

How can marketers overcome these challenges? Below are a few ways that LinkedIn built their content empire.

Focus on Goals, Objectives, Strategy & Tactics

When starting down this journey, LinkedIn had a singular goal:

To create a world class global content engine that fuels demand generation, increases brand awareness, and drives thought leadership. 

To meet that goal, the team put together a series of measureable objectives, which are universal for other B2B organizations and included:

  • Increase awareness of marketing opportunities on LinkedIn
  • Increase MQLs driven by big rock content
  • Increase referral traffic by x% by Y date
  • Increase direct traffic y by x% by Y date
  • Increase blog subscribers by x by y date

When you lead conversations that matter, you give audiences a reason to follow.”

To accomplish the overarching goals and objectives, there had to be a sound strategy in place. For LinkedIn, this was:
Create helpful, relevant content and deliver it to the right person at the right time.

Exact tactics for execution will vary by organization. You need to utilize the content tactics that resonate most with your audience, and to be honest, those that you know your team is capable of executing. Some of the tactics that you could deploy might include:

  • Blogging
  • Customer Stories
  • Email Marketing
  • SlideShare
  • Infographics
  • Webinars
  • Influencer Content

Big Rock Content, Turkey Slices & Repurposing

It’s important to think about the full spectrum of elements and repurposing opportunities for each content campaign that you create. ­­To be truly effective, your content must be focused on the questions customers are asking. In order to identify the conversation you should be having with content, you have to conduct the proper amount of research.

In his session, Jason gave kudos to the TopRank Marketing team for the work that we have done to help LinkedIn Marketing uncover what it is that their ideal audience is looking for based on extensive SEO research.

While most top of funnel content programs will contain big rock content (such as an eBook or whitepaper), it’s also important to consider the other smaller pieces of content that will accompany it.

If you have a big rock asset such as an eBook, there are opportunities to create other forms of content and promotions that might include videos, webinars, blog posts and infographics.

A well-structured content campaign will also include many opportunities for repurposing. A great example of how you can repurpose content is The Sophisticated Marketer’s Guide to LinkedIn included below.

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Explore New Content Formats

Great content marketers always set aside time to push the limits of their capabilities. In many cases, that includes testing new content formats. It could be that most of the content you’re creating is focused on blog articles, while your audience is actually very interested in video or audio content.

Based on data, Jason knew that his audience consumes video, and a lot of it. Also, recent industry research has found that over 90% of B2B customers watch videos online.

At last year’s B2B Marketing Forum, Jason decided to try his hand at creating some influencer driven video content to see how it resonated with his audience. While the first attempt was not as perfect as he would have liked, it was a step in the right direction.

Here’s a preview that his team created prior to releasing all of the videos:

For the full series, click here.

Start Building Your B2B Content Empire Today!

These tips only scratch the surface of the helpful and actionable information that Jason shared during his session. However, it gives you a great starting point for planning, executing and adapting your B2B content strategy.

What do you think are your biggest areas of opportunity for creating more impactful and measurable B2B content?

Disclosure: LinkedIn Marketing is a TopRank Marketing client.

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Ashley Zeckman About Ashley Zeckman

Ashley Zeckman is the Director of Agency Marketing for TopRank Marketing. In addition to finding innovative ways to showcase the exceptional work of her team, she is also responsible for creating digital marketing programs that drive customer acquisition and growth for the agency. Her background includes expertise in everything from content marketing strategy to branding, account management and social media.

Outside of her role at TopRank Online Marketing, Ashley prides herself on being a great home chef, painter, prankster and dog mom.