Want your brand to digitally dominate the Malaysian B2B arena?
Call it a long shot, but it will be close to a possibility once you have established yourself as a thought leader and made important strides in terms of influencing buyer decisions. Crimson Marketing CEO Glen Gow has outlined five important points to building thought leadership.
1. Authenticity Is key
According to Michael Brenner, former VP of Marketing and Content Strategy at SAP, in an article for Forbes, “thought leadership is simply about becoming an authority on relevant topics by delivering the answers to the biggest questions on the minds of your target audience.”
Rather than push out half-baked content that’s merely trying to give the impression that you’re an authority in your field, you need to actually acquire the necessary knowledge and provide B2B buyers with purposeful, practical advice.
2. Do your homework
Do you know what pains your B2B buyers? You better if you hope to make any sales. B2B buyers will be more likely to engage with you if they feel comfortable with you and see that you’ve spent the time to get to know the kind of problems they deal with on a daily basis. It should not seem like you’re simply pushing them to buy your product.
Thought leaders are perceived as being entrenched in the pains that exist in the market, and that’s not something you can fake. You’ve got to spend ample time getting to know your B2B buyers’ pain points, by speaking with end users, reading relevant content, and attending industry events.
3. Think outside the box
Once you’ve familiarized yourself with your B2B buyers’ pain points, it’s time to hit them with content that demonstrates your knowledge of said points. As mentioned above, it’s not as easy as spending millions of dollars (as if that were easy to begin with.) It comes down to creativity.
Your competitors are likely pumping out blog posts and e-books to establish thought leadership themselves. The Internet is practically clogged with this kind of content. If you want to stand out in the sea of would-be thought leaders, you’ll have to go a step further with your content.
4. Be a presence
You know the saying “out of sight, out of mind?” That certainly applies to B2B brands trying to establish thought leadership on the web.
Once you’ve amassed a content arsenal, it’s time to get it out there. By strategically placing your content throughout the web on popular content marketing blogs, YouTube, podcasts, social media, online magazines, etc. you’ll start gaining more recognition.
5. Don’t Take Shortcuts with Your Content Marketing
Content marketing isn’t something you can “hack” or do in “just fifteen minutes a day!” It takes a concerted effort on your part and a willingness to really learn the pain points of your B2B buyers. By becoming an actual thought leader, as opposed to one solely doing it just for the sale, you’ll create more meaningful content and, in turn, will be more likely to have a more comfortable, open conversation with the buyer.