If you’re in the professional services industry, you already know that the competition today is fierce. What many executives don’t know, however, is just how critical a B2B website is in helping professional services firms stand out from the rest of the pack. So, how important is it? The Hinge Research Institute has found that 80% of professional services buyers check out a firm’s website to evaluate them as a potential provider.
Running a business? Want to generate more revenues? Leads are exactly what you need. Only then you can pursue those to convert them into your customers. But how can you do that? Are you using LinkedIn for your business? It is undoubtedly one of the best professional networks available.
How much content do we need to produce before we can just get started? What pieces do I have to create to make this work? And when will I start to see traction on all of this content? These are some of the most common questions I hear when speaking with folks about planning a demand generation-focused marketing approach that is anchored by content.
The social media has today grown into an essential lead generation tool for companies of all sizes and in all manners of business. The platform offers a unique way to search, find and engage prospects. Statistically, more than 58% of marketers who have been using the social media as a marketing tool for the past three years state that it has helped them increase their sales. But not everybody succeeds. A certain level of knowledge is required.
Even if your lead generation plans haven’t rolled out quite how you expected them too, don’t be disheartened B2B marketer. There’s plenty of time for you to pull back those results. By following these 3 steps to recovery you should be well on your way to lead generation success this year.
My advice to people beginning on the same journey? By all means, start on LinkedIn and do it well. It’s a wonderful growth hack. But when you need to generate leads on a larger scale, add more channels into the mix, since it won’t hold its own. And never abandon it – you will always find thought leaders and partners you want to engage with on Linkedin. Last, but not least, don’t stop working other channels too, be it media, non-LinkedIn social distribution, PPC, SEO and especially email where call to actions can and do work wonders. Bottom line, don’t put all your MQL eggs in one basket, but LinkedIn is your yummy icing on the cake.
In order to leverage social media to fill your sales funnel, you’ll need to invest in a tool that will help your business filter content and target influencers and prospective customers. Many small businesses are using social media to build awareness about their services, but you can go much further and target and engage prospective customers.
Twitter is a peculiar platform. For B2B marketers, it doesn’t provide the most functional targeting features. And case studies provide conflicting results on whether B2B lead generation is actually effective on the 284 million strong social network. With the majority of revenue coming from mobile advertising, a channel that leans towards B2C, it’s no wonder B2B marketers look at Twitter lead generation and think: meh...
Content has long been king--but how has content marketing truly changed with the emergence of social media? The real x-factor has been the proven dominance of lead magnets. Creating high quality leads and then placing them exactly where you want in a lead funnel has made lead magnets the "irresistible bribe" that we have always associated with this type of offering.