1. BLOGGING TO BECOME
A THOUGHT LEADER
TAKING THE HIGH ROAD TO MARKET LEADERSHIP
Rockford Social Media Bootcamp – 7/25/09
2. Dana VanDen Heuvel
Dana is the founder of The
MarketingSavant Group and a widely
recognized specialist in thought
leadership and emerging marketing
technologies such as blogging, social
media, RSS, Internet communities
and interactive marketing trends and
best practices and speaks regularly
on these topics at industry events.
Dana is the creator of the American
“TechnoMarketing” training series
and the author of the AMA
Marketech ’08 guide to marketing
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3. After-Event Slides & Resources
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4. What is Thought Leadership?
“Thought leadership centers on earning trust and
credibility. Thought leaders get noticed by offering
something different—information, insights, and
ideas, for instance. Thought leadership positions
you and your company as an industry authority and
resource and trusted advisor by establishing your
reputation as a generous contributor to your
5. Thought Leadership Marketing
Thought Leadership Marketing provides a sustainable
go-to-market strategy based on your competence and
point of view by developing intellectual capital
Marketing employing elements of insurgent marketing principles
and creating clarity in the marketplace through a
balanced digital and traditional channel approach to
achieve market share and demand generation.
Thought Leadership Marketing turns organizational activity into
Insurgent/Under Social Media & intellectual capital that supports relevant advocacy positions, tacit domain
dog Marketing Digital Marketing
expertise and point-of-view platforms to shape and influence market
perceptions and establish your organization a thought leader, knowledge
resource, subject matter expert and ultimately, a trusted client advisor
Social media and digital marketing combine with trusted, classical
marketing tools to form a foundation for sharing and relevant dialogue with
clients and markets that builds market capital and provides the insights,
access, and influence required to create demand generation
Effective Thought Leadership Marketing employs insurgent marketing
principles that deliver immediate and measurable lead and prospect
opportunity improvements and drives demand generation by focusing on
delivering wins and competing on higher ideals, not lower prices, in the age of
the empowered buyer.
6. Insurgent Marketing
7. The Thought Leadership
Competence, purpose and Strategic use of TLM Thought leaders and trusted
core market understanding tools and channels with advisors occupy the
inform the point of view & media collaboration greatest share of mind
thought leadership garner your share voice in among business buyers.
platform. Thought leaders the industry and spark the Share of mind predicts
outshine their competitors industry dialogue around share of market. Thought
who compete on price and your ideas. Leadership Marketing
advertising. As buyers seek out more steadily increases your SOM
real market dialogue, SOV with buyers, growing your
is an increasingly important
share of market.
factor contributing to
8. Thought Leaders
Have a Point of
Too often, firms
capture their ‘thought
leadership’ expertise -
press pitches and so
on—without a point
Source: The Bloom Group‟s 2006 survey “Attaining Thought
9. Thought Leadership Delivers
Coherency out of marketplace chaos
Diminished price resistance
Valid and credible value proposition
Self-qualified leads & opportunities
Shortened sales cycles
Value-forward marketing & selling platform
Ongoing market dialogue
Prospects experience your value before buying
Buyers invested in your ideas before purchasing
Growth in media placements & requests
Search engine find-ability
10. Thought Leadership is Attained
“Thought leadership is the recognition from the outside
world that the company deeply understands its business,
the needs of its customers and the broader marketplace in
which it operates.”
Your customers grant you TL status
You can influence using TLM tools & tactics
It’s not about budget – it’s about Intellectual Capital
Set yourself apart through mandatory TLM attributes
11. Thought Leadership Marketing Mindset
1) They love what they do – energy & motivation
2) They have the drive to teach – no strings attached
3) They reach out and communicate – to everyone
4) They take risks with messaging – on the edge
5) They balance confidence with curiosity & learning –
learn from everyone
6) They put in the time today (TLM activities) for
7) They never stop working, connecting and
communicating – not drip marketing, but constant
12. Mapping the Thought Leadership Marketing Toolkit
13. Blogging for Thought Leaders
14. Get Blogging (Transparency)
STILL a hot topic for marketers
16% of Fortune 500 on board
Blogosphere doubles: 5-7mos
15. Thought Leader Blogging Process
16. Tune In! (It‟s NOT ABOUT YOU!)
Subscribe to content Share content right from reader
Consume feeds Form a reader-based social
17. Build Your “Blog Hub”
One place where your
content is housed
Contains real substance,
not just links
You online home base
18. Create Thought Leading Content
Instructional - Instructional posts tell Lists - One of the easiest ways to write a post
people how to do something. I find that Tips is to make a list. Posts with content like „The Top
posts are generally the ones that are Ten ways to….‟, „7 Reasons why….‟ „ 5 Favorite
among my most popular both in the short ….‟, are not only easy to write but are usually
term very popular with readers and with getting
Informational - This is one of the more links from other bloggers.
common blog post types where you simply Interviews - Sometimes when you‟ve run out of
give information on a topic. It could be a insightful things to say it might be a good idea
definition post or a longer explanation of to let someone else do the talking in an
some aspect of the niche that you‟re writing interview (or a guest post). This is a great way
on. This is the crux of successful sites like to not only give your readers a relevant
Wikipedia. expert‟s opinion but to perhaps even learn
Reviews - Another highly searched for something about the topic you‟re writing
term on the web is „review‟ - I know every yourself.
time I‟m considering buying a new product Case Studies - Another popular type of post is
that I head to Google and search for a the case study where you profile a client, a
review on it first. Reviews come in all peer, an organization or person that you
shapes and sizes and on virtually every admire either through direct contact or an
product or service you can think of. interview with them or by doing some of your
own benchmarking activity.
19. Create Thought Leading Content
Link Posts - The good old „link post‟ is a Research – Due some serious due diligence on
favorite of many bloggers and is simply a your industry, create a benchmarking report, or
matter of finding a quality post on another compile data that your readers would find
site or blog and linking up to it either with value in. Research posts can take a lot of time
an explanation of why you‟re linking up, a but they can also be well worth it if you come
comment on your take on the topic and/or up with interesting conclusions that inspire
a quote from the post. You can also people to link up to you.
automate this process. Memes and Projects - write a post that
Contrasting two options - Write a post somehow involves your readers and gets them
contrasting two products, services or to replicate it in someway. Start a poll, an
approaches that outlines the positives and award, ask your readers to submit a post/link
negatives of each choice. or run a survey or quiz.
Rant - get passionate, stir yourself up, say Hypothetical Posts – Write a „what if‟ or
what‟s on your mind and tell it like it is. hypothetical post by picking on something that
Rants are great for starting discussion and „could‟ happen down the track in your industry
causing a little controversy. and begin to unpack what the implications of it
would be. „What if….Google and Yahoo
merged?‟ „What if…
20. Hubspot says…
“Each thoughtful post on your blog is a public
demonstration of your thought leadership, personal
integrity, humor, and professional insights. You don’t have
to refute one of Einstein’s theories to get respect.”
21. Share, Link and Guide
What will your audience
Share competitors info –
it drives them nuts, and
gets them to link to you!
Easy, time-conscious way
to stay relevant without
creating original content
22. Make Your Content Work (Harder) For You
23. Syndicate & Synchronize
24. What is Thought Leadership Blogging?
“Thought Leadership is exploiting your unique
position in your markets to generate valuable
insight and advice on issues your customers and
prospects care most about.”
25. Thought Leadership Marketer
25% reduction in marketing spend
Major account wins
Entire organization involved
in the „community‟
26. Thought Leadership Marketer
“[Being a Thought Leader] is
being considered the best, most
authoritative, trusted source. It
means being the “go to” people.
It means being given the first
look, being invited into a
development project and asked
for advice. It means being the
organization that others MUST
HAVE involved with a project.
And it all leads to increased sales,
profits, and image or it simply
Rick Short, Indium
27. The 4 A‟s of
Thought Leadership Marketing
Assets – Attitude – Acceptance – Alignment
Read the entire article: http://www.marketingsavant.com/articles/four-as-thought-leadership-marketing/
28. Are You Ready for Thought Leadership?
1) Do you love what you do?
1) Passionate enough to push TL
2) Sustain interest in years to come
2) Are you willing to teach?
1) “Educate the market” mentality
2) Do you “enjoy helping your customers & prospects”?
3) Are you comfortable with “reaching outside”?
1) Expand beyond your existing network
4) Are you will to take a stand with your message?
1) Do you have a unique position on industry issues?
2) Can you frame & express those views?
3) Can you get people to notice?
29. Are You Ready for Thought Leadership?
5) Are you a “confident learner”?
1) Balance your positions with listening
2) Ears to the ground for trend shifts & opportunities
6) Do you have a “long-term” perspective?
1) Spend time today for reward tomorrow
2) “Faith in the future”
7) Are you comfortable with “no end point” to TL?
1) Willing to work a long time toward this goal
2) Stay motivated!
30. Five Keys to Successful TLM
Be Generous With Your Knowledge
Share beyond the marketing speak
Calendar your activities – daily, weekly, monthly
Always Deliver Value
Listen, think, revise, teach, repeat
Take A Stand
Take your strong positions to market
Focus On The Long-term Benefits
Track your results in months & years
31. Altruism Before Capitalism
“In short, this is simply an organization putting the
needs of its constituents ahead of its own needs. Or,
aligning itself with advancing the welfare of its
customers before (and while) advancing its own. “
Dana VanDen Heuvel
32. Success Metrics
How many hear your message?
Who’s attention did you get?
What information did you gather?
Who can you contact as a “lead”?
Who follows you after the acquisition?
33. Blogging for Thought Leaders
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