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Ten Content Marketing Mistakes (and how to avoid them!)
Ten Content Marketing Mistakes (and how to avoid them!)
Ten Content Marketing Mistakes (and how to avoid them!)
Ten Content Marketing Mistakes (and how to avoid them!)
Ten Content Marketing Mistakes (and how to avoid them!)
Ten Content Marketing Mistakes (and how to avoid them!)
Ten Content Marketing Mistakes (and how to avoid them!)
Ten Content Marketing Mistakes (and how to avoid them!)
Ten Content Marketing Mistakes (and how to avoid them!)
Ten Content Marketing Mistakes (and how to avoid them!)
Ten Content Marketing Mistakes (and how to avoid them!)
Ten Content Marketing Mistakes (and how to avoid them!)
Ten Content Marketing Mistakes (and how to avoid them!)
Ten Content Marketing Mistakes (and how to avoid them!)
Ten Content Marketing Mistakes (and how to avoid them!)
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Ten Content Marketing Mistakes (and how to avoid them!)

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Content marketing continues to prove itself as an effective tactic for generating quality sales leads. With most buyers now doing their own research on the Web before having any contact with a …

Content marketing continues to prove itself as an effective tactic for generating quality sales leads. With most buyers now doing their own research on the Web before having any contact with a salesperson, the need to create and offer compelling, informative, relevant content for those buyers is more critical than ever. However, most marketing organizations are finding that content marketing is easier said than done. In this e-book, the author presents ten all too common content marketing mistakes and how to avoid them.

Readers of this e-book will learn:

* The three key areas on which to focus

* Ten common content marketing mistakes, and how to avoid them

* Tips for success in content marketing

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  • 1. Ten B2B Content [Title Goes Here] Marketing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them An Informative E-book from the An Informative E-book from the Marketing White Paper Series Sponsored Marketing White Paper Series Sponsored byby WinGreen Marketing Systems WinGreen Marketing Systems #contentmarketing
  • 2. Ten B2B Content Marketing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them Page 2 10 B2B Content Marketing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them By Kim Cornwall Malseed Not sure what content marketing is? A quick definition: Content marketing is a marketing technique of creating and distributing relevant and valuable content to attract, acquire, and engage a clearly defined and understood target audience - with the objective of driving profitable customer action. (Source: Junta42) Note the bold terms - relevant and valuable, clearly defined and understood target audience, profitable customer action. These three areas are the most critical parts of content marketing, but are often not delved into deeply enough by BtoB marketing pros. During my initial discussions with clients about their content marketing strategy or a specific piece of content they want me to produce, most have a general idea of who they are marketing to, what is valuable, and what action they want the audience to take. But as we discuss these areas further and go into detail, many clients either can’t describe specifics or they make assumptions, both of which can lead to failure. In order to succeed with content marketing, BtoB marketers should focus on those three key areas and avoid these 10 big mistakes: The Marketing White Paper Series from WinGreen Marketing Systems
  • 3. Ten B2B Content Marketing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them Page 3 Mistake #1: Not Developing Buyer Personas Once you’ve determined the target audiences you want to influence, develop “buyer personas” for each target group. A buyer persona is a detailed profile of an example buyer that represents the real audience - their goals, concerns, preferences, and decision process that influence their choices. Developing buyer personas helps you understand exactly who you are marketing to, and therefore what content will be most valuable to them. The Marketing White Paper Series from WinGreen Marketing Systems
  • 4. Ten B2B Content Marketing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them Page 4 Mistake #2: Not Understanding the Needs of the Audience If you want people to read your content it should be about them, not about you. If your content provides practical, helpful knowledge to the reader that they can use to solve a problem or make their lives better, they will continue to read it and recommend it to others. However, if your content reads like an advertisement and lacks useful information they will leave and not come back. Rely on your buyer personas and free online ‘listening posts’ such as Google Alerts and Twitter to figure out what is (and is not) interesting and helpful. The Marketing White Paper Series from WinGreen Marketing Systems
  • 5. Ten B2B Content Marketing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them Page 5 Mistake #3: Failure to Plan Plan out content in advance and you won't have to rush to get content out. Set up an editorial calendar including topics, writing deadlines, publishing deadlines, promotion deadlines, who each piece of content is assigned to, and any other information that keeps the process organized and manageable. The Marketing White Paper Series from WinGreen Marketing Systems
  • 6. Ten B2B Content Marketing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them Page 6 Mistake #4: Lack of Focus on a Niche With so much information freely available on the Internet, you need to stand out by focusing on a niche that interests your buyer personas. This enables you to demonstrate and share your unique knowledge and attract a dedicated audience. The Marketing White Paper Series from WinGreen Marketing Systems
  • 7. Ten B2B Content Marketing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them Page 7 Mistake #5: Not Keeping Content Fresh Once or twice a year, do a "content audit" to determine what content is still relevant and up-to-date, and what videos, white papers, case studies, customer interviews, articles, and other information needs to be refreshed. You can also refine your content based on feedback from readers. It's also important to keep publishing new, original content on a regular basis in order to attract a dedicated audience. The Marketing White Paper Series from WinGreen Marketing Systems
  • 8. Ten B2B Content Marketing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them Page 8 Mistake #6: Not Asking for Help Many companies rely solely on their internal marketing or PR staff to do everything involved with content marketing. But based on my own experience while managing marketing and PR for a multiple B2B software companies, these people have many other responsibilities that often push developing content strategies and creating the content itself to the back burner and it can take weeks or months to accomplish one white paper or article. Almost all businesses can afford to partner with an independent consultant or writer that has expertise in content that is important to their audiences. The Marketing White Paper Series from WinGreen Marketing Systems
  • 9. Ten B2B Content Marketing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them Page 9 Mistake #7: Giving Up on Content Marketing Too Soon It takes time to build a real relationship with your audiences and develop a loyal following. Some companies start a blog, newsletter, or other tactic and expect to see fantastic results in three months. It doesn't usually work that way. But stay with it, and your patience will be rewarded! The Marketing White Paper Series from WinGreen Marketing Systems
  • 10. Ten B2B Content Marketing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them Page 10 Mistake #8: Not Integrating Content Marketing with Overall Marketing In some companies, a corporate newsletter, magazine, articles contributed to other publications, and similar content are done separately from other marketing initiatives like the company website, blog, and events. Integrating all of these initiatives so they support each other is extremely powerful. The Marketing White Paper Series from WinGreen Marketing Systems
  • 11. Ten B2B Content Marketing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them Page 11 Mistake #9: Forgetting Search Engine Optimization Your content strategy really pays off when it appears in the first few pages of Google, Yahoo, and Bing search engine results. This will drive many more people to your content, at no additional cost. However, for this to happen you need to optimize your content and its landing pages so the search engines can find them and rank them. Receiving links from other websites and blogs to your content is also key to receiving high search engine rankings. The Marketing White Paper Series from WinGreen Marketing Systems
  • 12. Ten B2B Content Marketing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them Page 12 Mistake #10: Using Social Media as a Bullhorn Instead of a Two-Way Radio Social media isn't a medium for simply promoting your company and content, without interacting with others and sharing helpful information that you didn't create but may help someone you're connected to. If you use Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and other social media avenues simply to toot your own horn, you are missing an invaluable opportunity to get closer to your key audiences and begin to better understand their needs. The Marketing White Paper Series from WinGreen Marketing Systems
  • 13. Ten B2B Content Marketing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them Page 13 Kim Cornwall Malseed, principal at MarCom Ink [http://www.marcomink.com], has over a decade of global marketing, public relations, analyst relations, and inside sales experience with Fortune 500 and startup high-tech companies. As the founder of B2B technology marketing and PR firm MarCom Ink, Kim has worked with clients on marketing strategy and implementation that significantly increased lead generation and sales conversions, leading to improved revenue. Check out the B2B Technology MarCom Blog [http://www.marcomink.com/b2b-technology-marketing-blog/] for more practical advice on what works - and doesn't - in B2B high-tech marketing. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Kim_Cornwall_Malseed =========== END of ARTICLE ===================== WinGreen Marketing Systems is not responsible for broken links in content provided by third parties. The Marketing White Paper Series from WinGreen Marketing Systems
  • 14. Ten B2B Content Marketing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them Page 14 This e-book is part of the Marketing White Paper Series sponsored and brought to you by WinGreen Marketing Systems. WinGreen commissions original new e-books and white papers and curates informative, well-written content on topics related to content marketing, email marketing, and inbound marketing. Do you have a topic you’d like to see covered in a future e-book or white paper? Send us your suggestions to support@wingreenmarketing.com Are you an expert on content marketing and lead generation? Would you like to be a contributor to the WinGreen Marketing White Paper Series and have your writing be seen by tens of thousands of marketing and sales leaders? Contact us at www.wingreenmarketing.com/contact-us. The Marketing White Paper Series from WinGreen Marketing Systems
  • 15. Ten B2B Content Marketing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them Page 15 About the Sponsor WinGreen Marketing Systems is a content marketing agency specializing in inbound marketing, outbound marketing, and high-impact lead generation programs for technology companies in the United States and Canada. Headquartered in Downingtown, PA, the company was founded in 2009, and is a business partner of Salesforce.com, Microsoft, Ringlead Inc., and Predictive Response. WinGreen’s content marketing services include authoring and publishing of clientbranded content in all digital forms, including white papers, e-books, articles, blog posts, social media posts, webcasts, videos, and podcasts. WinGreen delivers compelling content that attracts target buyers and influencers across the entire spectrum of buyer personas and buying phases. The company’s inbound marketing services utilize WinGreen-authored content in its many forms to attract and engage target buyers and influencers to its clients’ websites. WinGreen uses Hubspot’s world-leading inbound marketing automation to manage content, campaigns, and analytics. The combination of content published by WinGreen and inbound marketing supported by Hubspot tools is unbeatable for building prospect pipeline and revenue growth. WinGreen also provides outbound content marketing services for predictable, reliable, cost-effective lead generation. In addition to authoring all required content, WinGreen also builds target email databases, delivers mass email marketing, plans and executes regularly scheduled campaigns, and utilizes its own commercial-grade, cloud software infrastructure for all marketing automation. WinGreen’s outbound content marketing is the perfect way to get immediate lead generation results while building long-term inbound marketing engagement. Contact WinGreen at www.wingreenmarketing.com/contact-us or call (650) LEAD GEN (650-532-3436). Learn more at www.wingreenmarketing.com. This page © Copyright 2009-2013, WinGreen Marketing Systems, LLC. All Rights Reserved. WinGreen Marketing Systems, The WinGreen System of Marketing, and The WinGreen Systems Architecture are trademarks of WinGreen Marketing Systems, LLC. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. The article published herein is used with permission from ezinearticles.com The Marketing White Paper Series from WinGreen Marketing Systems

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