“Can we use the term, COVID-19, in our marketing?” “Will people think we’re trying to take advantage of the situation?” “Is it OK to mention COVID-19 when our products don’t protect or help cure people?” – does this sound like you?
COVID-19, for some businesses, has become the disease whose name must not be mentioned in the context of commercial gain. But could this be doing more harm than good?
No-one would blame you if you were to rapidly re-evaluate your marketing priorities in 2020. We are facing an unprecedented rate of change that will surely affect the way business will be done in the future.
But already now, I believe a new foundation for business is being established. Let’s face it. Even at a time when digital communications is the norm for most, many have still relied on face-to-face meetings for effective collaboration or to truly seal a relationship.
Out of necessity, however, this belief is currently challenged, and many are already adopting – and beginning to cope with – a new reality.
When I tell people I work as a copywriter, I’m usually faced with a blank look or a slight nod of the head, followed by the question, “So what do you do?” Truth be told, I didn’t even know what a copywriter was when I applied for the job! What I’ve learnt is that we are a special breed, not everyone is good at it and that I’ve developed a skill for life.
I delve into the nooks and crannies of what a copywriter is – you can decide whether this is a skillset you would like to get a hold of.
There is no doubt that LinkedIn is the most successful social media channel for B2B marketing. Whether it’s used for content marketing, recruitment or account-based marketing, the opportunities stretch far and wide.
In this three-part blog series, I will cover how to make the most of your LinkedIn company page analytics, best practices for distributing content on LinkedIn and how to use LinkedIn when B2B events or shows are cancelled. This blog post is the first of three and delves deep into LinkedIn analytics.
that, when times get tough, the tough get going. And that’s probably why, in a
time where many companies have reduced or even stopped spending on marketing
efforts for fear of COVID-19’s impact, we’re seeing a growing number of
companies turning the current situation to their advantage.
Right now, companies are in a battle for market share and, in some cases, survival. Some, however, fight smarter than others.
Watching our clients around the globe during the past month, we have noticed three different ways people are reacting to these tough times:
mention of a ‘white paper’ is likely to send shivers down the spine of any
marketing manager today. And it’s no surprise, because the work it takes to
produce a good white paper should not be underestimated.
But it’s worth it! Here, I’m going to look at some of the key reasons you should start planning your white papers now!
As 2020 blows full speed ahead, we wanted to take a moment to appreciate some of the finer things in life from 2019—like all the super helpful, astute blog posts we produced.
“There’s a seat for everyone at the Thought Leadership table,” says Morten Floee Knudsen, Thought Leadership Content Manager at global engineering company FLSmidth. In a highly competitive market with discerning buyers, thought leadership is an important tool in the B2B marcomms toolset.
“People can be intimidated,” said Morten Floee
Knudsen, when I asked him about thought leadership as a marketing mechanism in heavy
“The idea of spending resources on creating or sharing inspiring, thought-provoking content that does not talk about your product and won’t sell products tomorrow can be a scary thought. But raising issues and debating broader industry challenges show that you care, that you take ownership of the market, and that you speak the same language as your customers.
Promoting your B2B brand, its products and services is an essential part of successfully marketing yourself. But it can be tricky to navigate the multiple media types and with a lot of marketing jargon flying around.
What is the difference between paid, earned, owned, shared media? And what is gated and non-gated content? Here is a quick overview of how you can use these four media types to enhance your content marketing strategy.
Public service announcement: this serves as
a gentle reminder for why you set about adopting thought leadership in the
If you work in a B2B company and haven’t
yet implemented a content marketing strategy with a thought leadership
undertone, then you are way behind. While not a novel concept (it
came to a head around eight years ago), not all B2B companies have adopted
the approach. On the other hand, some have been doing it for years.
For old time’s sake, let’s revisit the definition of thought leadership: