You know a lot about your particular industry. Like, A LOT. You could write a very detailed blog post about one aspect of it, but you have one question: who will read it? Or at least, who will read it to actually get the information, not as a sleep aid?
At this point, you’re probably aware that inbound marketing is a great way to increase traffic and convert leads into customers. You know that it’s a targeted approach to marketing, as opposed to traditional marketing’s more scattershot approach. But how do you incorporate inbound into your B2B company’s marketing plan? Let’s take a look at what inbound would look like for your organization.
Whenever you write (or publish) a clickbait post, do you feel a bit spammy? Does it make you feel like you're one step away from used car sales? I'm not going to deny that those types of posts and that brand of content marketing doesn't get results - it does. If you get a lot of traffic, you're going to get some click-throughs. The thing is, that kind of content doesn't usually result in a customer that sticks around (or that's the kind of lead you want).
In my last blog post, I revealed the best types of content for manufacturers to get noticed at the Awareness stage of the buyer's journey. Now that you're cranking out your blog articles and LinkedIn posts, it's time to think about the content your customers are looking for at the next stage: the Consideration stage.
As a manufacturing or an engineering company, you know why your prospects should buy from you, but they don't know it...yet. So you need to court them, like a suitor wins his bride. There was a time when a caveman just grabbed a mate and dragged her off to the cave, but times have changed. Now you need to take it slower, get to know her, fall in love, and finally pop the question.