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12 B2B Content Marketing Examples and Case Studies for 2014

Lee Odden on Jun 25th, 2014     B2B, Content Marketing

Killer B2B Content Marketing

Content Marketing has long been a staple for the B2B Marketing world with an increased boost in popularity due to changes in consumer information discovery and consumption. Over 90% of B2B marketers are using content marketing according to CMI and MarketingProfs. Far more research is conducted before sales contacts are made providing B2B companies an opportunity to satisfy buyer information hunger with some killer content.

But what works and what doesn’t? What are B2B brands, big and small, doing to achieve results with content marketing? Those are great questions we’re answering every day through our own work with B2B companies and through industry examples.

For some inspiration for your B2B content marketing programs, check out these mini-case studies from the 2014 C2C Killer Content Awards, which include a mix of brand content marketing program examples and the results they produced. From print to video to coordinated multi-channel content programs, there’s a nice variety here.

Lee Odden

Content Marketing Trifecta: How to Repurpose, Reuse & Refresh Content – Intel’s @PamDidner at #C2C14

Lee Odden on May 7th, 2014     B2B, Content Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences

repurpose content

We all know the importance of creating original content, but the reality is, it’s hard.

Out of necessity many content marketers have developed their skills at “re-imagining” (h/t Ann Handley) their content to extend the life and value it can deliver.

Beyond the value extension of content through repurposing is the function of personalizing content for different markets and using a modular approach to segmenting useful information for specific audience targeting. Reusing content is efficient and it’s also effective when architected through a smart strategy that sees beyond simply publishing the same thing 3 ways.

At the B2B Content2Conversion conference in New York this week, my friend Pam Didner (Global Integrated Marketing Strategist at Intel) gave an excellent presentation on repurposing content.

Lee Odden

8 Questions About B2B Content Marketing You Really Need the Answers To

Lee Odden on Oct 14th, 2013     B2B, Content Marketing

B2B Content MarketingIf you work in the B2B marketing world, content is one of the most important tools you have to create awareness, nurture and convert prospects to customers. For proof, look no further than the recent CMI & MarketingProfs industry survey for 2014 that reports 93% of B2B marketers use content marketing.

Part of gaining confidence in the right direction for your B2B content marketing efforts means asking and answering the right questions. Not just for your potential customers, but internal questions to open doors of consideration for your content marketing strategy.

Here are 5 essential questions many marketers are facing now and my answers to consider. I invite you to think of your own answers and share them in the comments.

Lee Odden

Why SEO is Relevant When It Comes to B2B Thought Leadership

Lee Odden on Jun 10th, 2013     B2B, Content Marketing, Online Marketing

b2b thought leadershipI’ll start this post off with my point: Dismissing search is ignoring demand from buyers & the media.

A digital marketing exec I follow on Twitter shared a CMI article that posted this weekend: “Why SEO May Be Irrelevant When It Comes to B2B Thought Leadership”. As a long time realist about the role of search in online marketing, I wasn’t sure if this was simply linkbait or a well reasoned, data-informed argument.

It’s a cliche to respond to “SEO is dead” articles because those writers are almost always uninformed or have an agenda unrelated to optimization. However, this post was on CMI, a highly respected site.

The article does offer some great tips on building thought leadership including advice on academic and professional journal publishing, publishing on client-facing media outlets and public speaking opportunities.

Lee Odden

11 Examples of Killer B2B Content Marketing Campaigns Including ROI

Lee Odden on May 16th, 2013     B2B, Content Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences

b2b content marketingAccording to a CMI and MarketingProfs study, 91% of B2B Marketers are using content marketing and that means a few things:

First, it means content marketing has gained critical mass within the popular marketing mix and any company in a competitive industry would be hard pressed to attract business without it.

Second, it means competition to stand out with your brand’s content is only going to get harder as more companies adopt content marketing best practices and mature in their skills.

As companies evolve from simply recognizing the important role of content and experimenting with it, to achieving content creation competency and quality, the need to optimize content marketing skills becomes increasingly important. But where can B2B marketers find new ideas and expand their opportunities to grow content marketing capabilities?

Lee Odden

B2B Marketing Innovation: What B2B Marketers Can Learn From Cartoons with Tom Fishburne

Lee Odden on Sep 27th, 2012     B2B, Interviews, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing

Customer preferences for information discovery, consumption and engagement have evolved in a way that requires marketers to adapt. In particular, B2B marketers have had to find new and innovative ways to communicate with customers over long sales cycles filled with digital distractions from smartphones, tablets, computers and other connected devices.  Content types are equally diverse and can range from videos to white papers to infographics and even cartoons.

Tom Fishburne is the Founder and CEO of the wildly popular Marketoonist and in this interview, he’ll share a sneak peek into his B2B Marketing Forum presentation, the importance of storytelling, deciding on visual content and his prediction on the future of B2B Marketing and innovation.

We’re big fans of your work!  Please describe how you become a “Marketoonist”.  Did your journey really start with doodling on business cases at Harvard?

Lee Odden

B2B Marketing Innovation: Why Before What in Social Media Strategy – B2B Insights from Mack Collier

Lee Odden on Sep 26th, 2012     B2B, Interviews, Marketing PR Conferences

Determining why your company should engage in a social media plan is one of the first and most important steps.  Working towards the “what” without the “why” can result in wasted time, money and set a B2B marketing program off track.

Next up in our B2B marketing innovation interview series is Mack Collier, a well known and respected social media strategist and trainer specializing in helping companies better connect with their customers via social media. Mack is also the force behind #BlogChat, the largest organized chat on Twitter.

In this interview, Mack dives into four things brands can do to cultivate and connect with fans, as well as well as three basic questions every marketer should ask themselves before embarking on a social media marketing program. He also offers sage advice on B2B marketing innovation and tools.

Lee Odden

B2B Marketing Innovation: Create More Compelling Content from Rob Yoegel of Monetate

Lee Odden on Sep 25th, 2012     B2B, Interviews, Marketing PR Conferences

Rob Yoegel - Speaker- MarketingProfs B2B Marketing ForumBuilding a solid marketing team and ensuring the company is on the same page with prospect and customer communications is essential for B2B marketing success.

In the 3rd interview of this week’s series on B2B Marketing Innovation, Monetate’s Rob Yoegel takes a deep dive into working with a team to create compelling content for more effective B2B marketing.  From marketing on a shoestring budget to practical tips on being more innovative with B2B content, Rob gives a great overview on the importance of innovation for B2B marketing success.

Please tell us about your role at Monetate and the kind of B2B marketing work you’re most excited about there.

Lee Odden

Secrets of Content Marketing World: Agent Pam Didner, Intel

Lee Odden on Aug 27th, 2012     B2B, Content Marketing, Interviews, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing

Pam Didner - Content Marketing World Secret Agent

Here’s the second in our series of Content Marketing World interviews. This time we’ve uncovered a secret stash of worldly wisdom from one of the most sought after global content marketing experts, Pam Didner, Global Integrated Marketing Manager at Intel.  Pam will be presenting at Content Marketing World on managing global, multi-lingual content on a large scale that will be a must see session for anyone involved with content marketing internationally.

Let’s dive right into our interview with Pam where she shares her secrets on the evolution of content marketing, where it fits in the B2B marketing mix, her session on global content management and how large enterprise organizations can scale long term content creation. Enjoy! But shhhhh, remember: It’s a secret.

Lee Odden

How to Boost the ROI of B2B Social Media? Optimize Across the Entire Sales Cycle

Lee Odden on Aug 1st, 2012     B2B, Online Marketing, Social Media

optimize brand consumer alignmentMost forms of online B2B marketing and advertising focus on attracting and engaging business customers through a sales cycle to create awareness and interest, through consideration and ultimately to purchase. That’s reasonable since there’s a clear investment and return.

While a lot of social media-savvy business to business companies are leveraging social channels to engage with communities and for customer service, most implementations of corporate social media marketing are no different than any other sales-focused marketing effort. Expectations are high to influence a social return on investment (ROI).

In fact, a recent survey by PulsePoint Group and The Economist Intelligence unit reports that, “Executives who said their companies had established an extensive social media presence reported a return on investment that was more than four times that of companies with little or no social network engagement activity.”

Lee Odden

5 Ways to Win with B2B Content Marketing & Social Media

Lee Odden on Apr 9th, 2012     B2B, Content Marketing, Online Marketing, Social Media

Dominate Your B2B Content MarketingIn the world of B2B online marketing, content and media have been used in a variety of forms to educate and persuade customers across long buying cycles with great success. Over the past few years I’ve heard from many B2B marketers that prospects are leading themselves through much of the initial phases of awareness, interest and consideration by consuming useful content discovered through social channels and published by the brand.

The result of smarter content and social engagement is a more qualified and educated consumer by the time they get to sales discussions which can mean a shorter sales cycle and even an impact on order volume and referrals.

Lee Odden

SAS on Results-Driven Blogging for B2B Brands #cmworld

Lee Odden on Sep 8th, 2011     B2B, Blogging, Content Marketing, Online Marketing

Alison Bolen SAS CMWorld

The B2B Track during day one of Content Marketing World in the “Gold Room” was jam packed for each session. That includes this session about Corporate Blogging and Globalizing your Editorial with two speakers from SAS and Intel. Since the topics were so different, I decided to split the liveblog post into two. This is part one.

Speaker: Alison Bolen @alisonbolen Content Editor SAS
Presentation: Results-Driven Blogging for B2B Brands

Alison’s presentation focused on corporate blogging and the blog program at SAS (a $2 billion business analytics company).

The history of SAS and social media started in 1976 with the first SAS Global Forum, 2004 internal blog program, 2006 SAS communities launched, 2007 the first external blog launched and in 2011 the transition to the WordPress platform. You can find SAS blogs here: blogs.sas.com

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