In our recent popular post, Inside the Mind of the B2B Buyer, the data showed that buyers today look for educational content at every stage of the buying process. That means you need tons of great content for Lead Nurturing. And you need content mapped to every variable – industry, title, stage of the buying process, and more.
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One of the reasons we introduced the Marketing Automation Acceleration Service recently is the inability of companies to create enough or the right content for lead nurturing in their demand generation programs, which hampers their ability to generate sales leads.
Content is so important that we constantly search for new ways to create great content, which leads me to this post by a good friend, Jim Burns, CEO of Avitage, an expert on content marketing. In the post below, Jim explains how webinars can become a great content acquisition vehicle.
(You can link to the original post here. http://blog.avitage.com/avitage/2010/05/rethinking-why-do-you-do-webinars.html)
In our recent blog post “7 Ways to Take Your Webinars to the Next Level”, we discussed some specific techniques that can help you get more out of your webinars. The blog post was well received with engagement through our inbox, blog comments, LinkedIn, Twitter and was requested as a guest blog post by Shari Weiss (@sharisax).
As we engaged in this dialog, it occurred to us that if you are running a webinar program or thinking about doing so, there is a fundamental “step forward” that you can take to best leverage the medium for your organization.
Several years ago, if you asked a marketer why they run webinars, 10 times out of 10 the answer would be for two reasons:
- “To get our message out”
- “To generate sales leads”
Today, while these are still important outcomes from a webinar program, we believe that they are trumped by this:
Use webinars as a vehicle for content acquisition.
Running a webinar offers the opportunity to capture insights (audio and visuals) from a subject matter expert. The value of this content extends well beyond the webinar – webinar content can be and should be edited to give your organization content to fuel lead nurturing and sales enablement programs.
One of my colleagues recently attended Silverpop’s B2B University in Boston, and five speakers (including Thor Johnson, Adam Needles and Malcolm Friedberg) all reiterated the same message –
The single biggest challenge in implementing lead nurturing and marketing automation programs is a lack of relevant content. (Don’t forget our Marketing Automation Acceleration Service.)
If properly executed, webinars give B2B sales & marketing organizations a low-cost, and convenient mechanism to address this.
The key to making this a success is to pre-produce the webinar and capture modular content. Use the opportunity of engaging the subject matter expert with “purposeful interviewing” and collect and organize the right content. An example of the type of content that you should come away with when producing a webinar is:
- A 25-minute webinar (people no longer want to sit through 45-60 minutes of webinar content!)
- Preliminary “starter content” that can be shared with the registrants before the webinar to prepare for the topic
- Modular excerpts from the webinar, extracted and organized by key subjects
- Purposeful, moderated Q&A
- Live audience Q&A
- Additional outtakes and “deep dives”
- Audio that can be re-purposed as podcasts
- A transcript, that can be sourced for articles, blogs and used as a keyword attractor for inbound marketing efforts
Webinar content is a natural fit for lead nurturing programs, as it combines audio with visuals in way that is more compelling than just text. And it should fit naturally into nurturing programs as the content can be mapped to beginning, medium and advanced stage audiences (think pre-webinar, webinar and post-webinar audience).
Due to domain theft, we had to make some changes.
- Business website: http://www.FindNewCustomers.net became www.FindNewCustomers.com
- Blog: http://www.FearlessCompetitor.com (our popular B2B marketing blog) became www.FearlessCompetitor.net
- Email: email@example.com became firstname.lastname@example.org
- How to Find New Customers (sponsored by Marketo,)
- Definitive Guide to Making Quota, and
- Moving from Transactional to Conversational Email Marketing (sponsored by Genius.com)
as well the e-book, Prospect Driven Marketing (with Communication Strategy Group) and holds a degree in Marketing from the University of Notre Dame. (Notre Dame is teaching B2B marketing to the next generation using this content.