3 B2B Content Marketing Myths You Need to Know the Truth About

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We know what you may be thinking already: Content marketing? Blogs and social media are for those fun, energetic B2C brands (you know, the ones those crazy millennials are always talking about). There’s no place for that kind of frivolous marketing in the B2B world.

Well, we understand why you may think that — but we’re here to tell you that we’d beg to differ. As it turns out, 88 percent of B2B marketers use content marketing. Eighty-eight percent! That’s a lot. It’s okay if you need to take a second to let that number sink in.

In the meantime, let’s back up real quick and talk about what this really is. The Content Marketing Institute defines content marketing as a strategic marketing approach focused on creating and distributing valuable, relevant and consistent content to attract and retain a clearly defined audience—and, ultimately, to drive profitable customer action.

Still not convinced it’s the right move for your B2B business? It probably has something to do with the common misconceptions that’ve been thrown your way. Not to worry, though. Your favorite Buffalo content marketing agency is here to break down four B2B content marketing myths you need to know the truth about.

1. A blog won’t do anything for a B2B business.

Blogs are an integral part of any marketing strategy that drive traffic directly to a website. By blogging about specific topics, issues and trends tailored to their target audience, B2B businesses can provide valuable solutions and position themselves as industry thought leaders. Additionally, blogs serve as a great way to convert traffic into leads. Organizations can use call to actions to learn more or an offer to download additional content in exchange for names, emails and other information.

So how does this work, exactly? Well, 94 percent of B2B buyers conduct online research at some point in the buying process. What B2B content marketing experts like Quinlan do is produce content that answers a buyer’s questions and can be found easily when they use search engines like Google. Once they read your content, there’s a higher chance that they’ll trust your company’s brand and click through your site to find their specific solution. We do this by taking an SEO-based approach to our content creation (which means we’re measuring topic viability, keywords and search volume upfront to determine the best opportunity to rank in search).

2. Other people can’t write about our industry.

It’s true that your company produces a unique, complex product or service. However, a trained writer will be able to use a variety of resources and collaborate closely with you to make sure their content meets your business’ goals, the audience’s preferences and the right brand voice and tone.

Take us, for example. We write content that converts for O-Rings, seismic dampers and process temperature control solutions. Many of our clients are focused on the same industries such as medical, energy, food and oil and gas. We’re able to take our experience and leverage this knowledge across various business types.

3. Social media doesn’t make sense for B2B.

This one couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, 93 percent of B2B marketers report using social media content as a marketing tactic. Social media allows engineers and manufacturing professionals to search or share information with their professional contacts and stumble upon work-related articles.

Of the available social media platforms, most B2B marketers use LinkedIn (94 percent). This makes sense, since businesses can take advantage of LinkedIn is by using groups, share content, find answers to important questions, view jobs and establish themselves in the industry. Not too far behind is Twitter (87 percent) and Facebook (84 percent).

And it’s not enough just to put your content out there. Once you’ve decided you’re going to use social media, you also need to have a plan for promoting it in order to get it in the eyes of the right people (we’re talking about your past, current and potential customers).

When leveraging social media for B2B companies, our media team completes an in-depth review to determine the available audience pool based on your target. For example, we can get as granular as looking for procurement and buying professionals within the composites industry. By determining the appropriate share of voice and spend level (based on your business goals), we’re able to set specific expectations upfront so your business isn’t left in the dark.

4. We don’t have the time or budget.

You’re not alone in this one. One of the biggest issues marketers have come across is creating engaging content in high quantities. In fact, 60 percent of B2B content marketers report that they struggle to produce engaging content, 57 percent believe they can’t produce it consistently and 35 percent say there’s a lack of budget.

One way to avoid this issue is by creating long-form, quality blogs that can be repurposed into other popular forms of content. That means that all of the time put into producing one blog post, for example, could see a second (or third, or fourth) life in the form of a video, whitepaper, etc.

Currently, the CMI reports that B2B marketers are using the following tactics as part of their entire content marketing strategy:

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By creating new titles and reusing parts of a well-performing blog to produce eBooks, infographics, whitepapers or other mediums, content creators can extend their reach and attract a new audience.  What this really comes down to is having a solid strategy in place that effectively utilizes your budget.

If you’re looking for B2B  content marketing help, make sure you’re partnering with experts who are able to take your budget and provide you with an efficient, cost- effective content strategy.

B2B content marketing right at home in Buffalo.

Are you ready to start a content marketing strategy? Still not convinced it’s the right method for your B2B business? Either way, we’d love to sit down and talk with you about how content marketing can transform your business. To set up an in-person meeting with us or to learn more about our content marketing capabilities, contact us online or tweet us at @QuinlanCompany.

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