A Marketer’s Plea for Content for Sales
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Content Marketing is something you hear a lot about these days – but what about content for sales? Nobody is denying that content marketing is effective for brand awareness and trust building, but B2B sales conversations require more than just awareness.
This episode features Bernie Borges, host of the Social Business Engine podcast recording a solo episode as he prepared to travel to the 8th annual Content Marketing World conference where he is speaking again. In this episode he explains why companies should be thinking not just about content marketing but also about content for sales. He shares convincing statistics that demonstrate how a more intentional focus on content for sales could make a tremendous difference in helping salespeople create more conversations with their desired audience. You won’t want to miss this one!On this episode of @SBEngine host @BernieBorges, #CMO of Vengreso shares why #content for #sales is a powerful way to amplify #DigitalSelling efforts. 🎧 Listen! 🎧 #ContentMarketing #ContentStrategy #SBEShow #CMWorldClick To Tweet
What Are The Most Popular Ways Marketing Sets The Stage For Sales?
A recent Content Marketing Institute study reveals the most popular types of content that marketing departments are producing. They are…
- Social media posts – 94% (not really content, but the promotion of the content)
- Case studies – 73%
- Pre-produced videos – 72%
- E-books & white papers – 71%
- Infographics – 65%
- Photos/images – 56%
These are the things that are getting attention and building brand awareness, but they only matter if they are driving profitability and sales opportunities. Find out how content for sales takes up the baton after marketing has done its job in building brand awareness and top of the funnel leads, on this episode.
Content Marketing VS Content For Sales – Do You Know The Difference?
Profitable customer action is the end goal of content marketing. But as we all know, the content marketing approach is a “slow game,” one that builds top-of-mind presence for brands and establishes a basis for trust with buyers over the long haul. To accomplish this, content marketing has to be done via an omni-channel approach (multiple channels of distribution) and is done on a “one to many” basis.
Content for sales is also aimed at obtaining profitable customer actions but has a significantly different approach. Content for sales is used to create or sustain sales conversations, which are not carried out through a one to many approach like content marketing. Sales conversations happen on a one to one basis – one in which the content being used is leveraged in a more personal and powerful way by salespeople. With such a marked difference, it’s important to understand the most effective ways to approach content for sales, which you’ll hear as you listen to this episode.What are the most popular #marketing approaches? @BernieBorges, #CMO of Vengreso reveals them and emphasizes the importance of #contentforsales. 🎧 Listen! 🎧 #ContentMarketing #ContentStrategy #SBEShow @SBEngine #CMWorldClick To Tweet
What Is The Role of Content In Helping Sales Pros Improve Quota Achievement?
Recent studies show that 94% of buyers consume several pieces of content from the company they wind up buying from. Think that through – if your buyers are doing their research via content you provide them, isn’t it vital that your company HAS valuable and informative content in order to move their buying decision along?
What types of content should you be creating for salespeople to use to create conversations? There’s no study that definitively shows what works best, but Bernie shares from his experience with clients, podcast guests, and conversations at conferences that these are some of the best forms that content for sales can take:
- Internal podcasts
- Case studies
- Use case examples
- Competitive intelligence
- Research reports
- Technical papers
- Industry-specific papers
- Inspirational content to attract conversations
- Third party content
- Personalized video
You can hear Bernie explain each of these and how he sees B2B salespeople use them effectively, on this episode.
The Powerful Edge You Can Give Your Sales Team Via Content For Sales
As Bernie wraps up this episode he highlights some important principles for producing effective content for sales…
#1 – Content for sales should be vaulted! Your sales team needs to know they have exclusive content their buyers are unable to find anyplace else. That way they can present the content as an expert consultant and in a controlled environment during their sales conversations.
#2 – Content for sales should map to the buyer’s journey and be specific to the buyer’s persona. It cannot be a “one size fits all” approach.
#3 – Assessment is vital. There are ways to effectively track content for sales by using UTMs to ensure each piece of content is unique to each individual. Use content libraries and distribution platforms internally then measure the contribution the content is making to the sales pipeline by using marketing automation technology.
Bernie explains each of these steps in detail on this episode and how a content for sales approach can help salespeople have more conversations with qualified buyers, which is an important step on the journey to achieving quota.You can give your sales team a powerful edge through #content for #sales. @BernieBorges, #CMO of Vengreso explains on this episode of @SBEngine. 🎧 Listen! 🎧 #ContentMarketing #CMWorld #SBEShow #SocialSellingClick To Tweet
Outline of This Episode
- [2:38] Do you know the difference between content marketing and content for sales?
- [8:30] Overcoming the “Glass Building” syndrome
- [11:06] The most popular type of content that comes from B2B marketing
- [12:23] The type of content we should make useful as “Content For Sales”
- [16:29] Why content for sales should be vaulted content
- [18:52] The simple concept of how to gauge the effectiveness of content for sales
- [20:07] How YOU can be a guest on the Social Business Engine podcast
Resources & People Mentioned
- The Digital Selling Benchmark Assessment Report
- Viveka Von Rosen – Chief Visibility Officer at Vengreso
- CSO Insights Buyer Preferences Study
- The Content Marketing Institute
- DemandGen Report 2018 Content Preferences Survey
- McKinsey Study About Marketing and Sales
- Content Marketing Institute Study About Most Popular Forms of Content
- Episode 220 with Henry Menke of Balluff
- Episode 204: How Content For Sales Creates More Sales Pipeline
- Previous episode with David Meerman Scott: The New Rules For Marketing
- The Selling With Social Podcast with Vengreso CEO, Mario Martinez, Jr
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