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.
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:
Shifting the perspective of your communications and taking on the role of an industry advocate can bring many benefits for your company. Offering customers valuable, objective advice on your industry can boost your credibility, website traffic, social media engagement – and give you better sales leads.
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