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B2B Content Marketing Strategy: Step By Step Guide

I know how frustrating it can be to read articles that leave you with more questions than answers. That's why this article is all about providing clear, practical solutions.


 

A well-planned and executed content marketing strategy can help businesses attract and engage their target audience, build brand awareness, and drive conversions.


In this step-by-step guide, we will outline the key steps to creating an effective B2B content marketing strategy.



What is a B2B content marketing strategy?


Simply put, a strategic marketing plan is the process of creating and sharing content to boost brand awareness, drive traffic, generate leads, and increase sales for companies that operate in a business-to-business context.


Why B2B content marketing strategy is important?

Just to give you an idea, 84% of C-level and VP-level buyers are influenced by social media when making purchasing decisions​ and 55% of B2B buyers use social media for researching opportunities, appreciating social proof in their decision-making process​.


If you're unsure about why you should allocate a significant portion of your 2024 budget to content marketing, I urge you to read another article I've written titled 'Reasons B2B Companies Should Use Content Marketing.' In it, you'll find compelling statistics that underscore the urgency for B2B leaders and companies to embrace this strategy now. Additionally, the article offers insights on how to effectively measure your content's ROI, a crucial aspect for any marketing endeavor.


By producing content that aligns with the interests and needs of your target audience, several opportunities arise:

  • Achieving higher rankings on search engines, which can lead to increased traffic to your website

  • Stimulating social media shares, thus enhancing brand visibility

  • Acquiring backlinks that not only drive traffic but also strengthen SEO efforts

  • Positioning your brand as a thought leader within your industry

  • Fostering trust among both potential and existing customers

  • Educating potential customers about what your brand and solutions offer

  • Securing a strategic advantage over competitors

How to create and implement a B2B Content Marketing Strategy


To gain a comprehensive understanding of how to formulate and execute your content strategy, consider the following steps:


  1. Clearly define your goals and identify your target audience.

  2. Conduct a content audit to analyze any existing content you may have.

  3. Establish the key content pillars that will guide your strategy.

  4. Develop a thorough strategy tailored to your objectives.

  5. Optimize your profiles

  6. Choose an appropriate content management system to organize and streamline your process.


Clearly define your goals and identify your target audience for your B2B marketing.


It's vital to define your goals and identify your target audience clearly. Here are some questions to help pinpoint your objectives:

  • What are your aims with content marketing?

  • Do you want to generate leads, enhance brand visibility, or educate your audience?

To define your target audience, remember it's a process—perfection isn't necessary from the start. Avoid overthinking. There are numerous approaches to identifying your audience. For a quick guide:

  • Start by defining your niche. If unsure, begin with your skills and expertise.

  • Use platforms like LinkedIn, where your target audience might frequently engage.

  • Search and filter through industries to identify your target audience.

  • Analyze your competitors. Check their websites to see their clientele, often listed in a 'trust' or 'partnership' section.

  • Research their clients. Utilize tools like LinkedIn's Sales Navigator for deeper insights. Study their copywriting and solutions to understand the pain points they address. Use LinkedIn and industry forums to learn about potential clients, including company sizes, market positions, and key decision-makers.

  • Continuously test and refine your approach based on your findings.

Additionally, consider using tools like ChatGPT for insights into your target audience, or explore other AI-based tools.


Conduct a content audit to analyze any existing content you may have:


Part of my strategy involves taking a thorough inventory of any existing content I have. This means evaluating the performance of each piece of content to understand what's working and what isn't. I identify which content has resonated with my audience and which pieces could use improvement. This process is crucial for understanding what types of content connect with my audience and informs my future content creation. I pay special attention to the content that receives the most engagement or impressions, and then I assess if it aligns with my target audience.


Establish your key content pillars that will guide your strategy


Typically, content strategies revolve around three to six key pillars. Common pillars include Education, Culture, Trust, Promotion, Inspiration, and Information. I strongly recommend placing a significant emphasis on educational content, as it can be highly effective.


Develop a thorough strategy tailored to your objectives


Your strategy should be based on your target audience, business goals, and the time you're willing to invest. Consider the type of content you wish to focus on, such as blogs, YouTube videos, podcasts, etc. Here's a breakdown I personally suggest:

  • 7 pieces of educational content addressing your audience's primary challenges

  • 4 pieces of inspirational content drawing from your industry experience

  • 2 case studies or testimonials

  • 1 promotional piece

I know it's a lot, but you can customize it based on your time. I tend to focus less on case studies and promotional content. This approach yields 14 pieces of content, equating to two per day. If time is a constraint, I have written an article on how to create 15 pieces of content in just an hour a week.


Finally, consider the channels for distributing your content. Tools like Buffer can be used for scheduling and distribution, or you can utilize individual platform scheduling features like LinkedIn and Instagram scheduling.



Optimize your profiles


No matter the nature of your content marketing strategy, an unoptimized profile can hinder your ability to convert visitors and grow your brand. By providing valuable content, you pique the curiosity of listeners, followers, and others, encouraging them to check out your profile. This is often their first impression of you.


How to optimize your profile? Begin by articulating the value you offer to people. A highly effective format to use is:


'Helping [your target audience] to [address their desires] and avoid [specific pain points] through/by [your solutions].'


Here's an example based on this format:



LinkedIn profile snapshot of Sam Hajighasem, featuring the header of Venture Podcasting. The profile highlights Sam as a builder of branded media that converts and scales, and a B2B podcast expert. Tags for branding, podcasting, B2B marketing, content strategy, and content marketing are visible. The header states 'Helping B2B Companies Establish Strong Online Brands by Launching and Growing Podcasts' with a note 'We Transform Your Podcast Guests into Paying Customers'. The location is listed as Irvine, California, United States with a contact information link.


Choose an appropriate content management system to organize and streamline your process.


In my approach to content marketing, choosing an appropriate content management system is crucial to organize and streamline my workflow. This step is key to maintaining consistency and efficiency.


There are many options available, including Buffer, Hootsuite, and others. These tools have been invaluable in helping me manage and analyze my content's performance across different platforms.


Measure and Analyze Performance


Regularly monitor and analyze the performance of your content marketing efforts. Track metrics such as website traffic, engagement, conversions, and social media shares to gauge the effectiveness of your strategy. Use these insights to refine your approach and optimize future content. If you want to learn how to calculate your content ROI, read this step-by-step guide.


By following this step-by-step guide, B2B businesses can develop a robust content marketing strategy that drives results and positions them as industry leaders. Remember, consistency, quality, and relevance are key to success in the world of B2B content marketing.


 

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