“No matter what your business model is, content is still king. One research study a few years ago revealed that many B2B marketers have documented plans to increase their lead generation budgets by up to 50% the following year. That investment is still on the rise overall.”
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When we think about successful content marketing, the first thing that comes to most minds is RedBull. Fortunately for every marketer in this world – including myself -, over the past 5 years content marketing became lean. That means SMBs can now generate leads through content because it is now:
- experimentable & scalable: traditional marketing required money, time and complexity. Now you can get started small with online tools, try it out for yourself in a few hours, and then grow.
- leverageable: this is probably the most important part. Becoming a media would remain tough and out of scope for small companies with limited budgets if there weren’t many ways to piggyback on existing resources and audiences. But through guest blogging, content curation and good community management, startups and SMBs can get way more return for their content efforts.
- measurable: “Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don’t know which half” is no longer true. You can track, measure and analyze to separate what works from what doesn’t. Better yet, “what works” does not need to be gut feel anymore: you can not only measure what brings traffic but also how much that traffic converts into leads and customers.
If you want to generate leads through content marketing in general and blogging in particular, here are the 3 pillars to consider:
And don’t forget that only 20% of your content should be about your brand, so the remaining 80% have to answer questions your audience needs insight on.
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