How to Win With a Strong B2B Content Marketing Strategy in 2022

Powerful content equals powerful results.

Do you want to build your company’s brand, attract and retain customers, earn backlinks, and improve rankings? Then you are going to need great content. But creating content without a solid B2B content marketing strategy is a waste of time. To win in the B2B marketing space next year, you need tailored strategies and tactics that help your business succeed.

When businesses cannot effectively communicate with potential customers, it creates a pain point. When potential customers cannot find what they need, it also makes a pain point. Every successful B2B content marketing strategy targets and cures pain points by delivering results that your prospects and clients need. There are many ways of accomplishing this:

Answer all your audience’s questions.

With B2B interactions, your focus is on informing the audience without them having to ask. Focusing on specific topics they will be interested in can help you quickly create high-quality, authoritative content.

Include testimonials and reviews of the service or product.

Testimonials turn into perfect word-of-mouth promotion that is beneficial to being organic. Studies show that audiences respond much more favorably to testimonials than traditional advertising.

Leverage artificial intelligence.

AI can utilize machine learning to help reduce the time it takes to create and optimize content. Where traditional methods used teams of marketers to edit and perfect content, AI makes it possible with 90% less need for human intervention.

Go beyond video and articles.

Use more specialized content like white papers, case studies, and market analysis. These are highly effective in more technical industries such as chemicals, oil, and gas, aerospace, and electronics.

When you attack pain points with the above B2B content marketing strategies, winning the B2B space becomes much faster, easier, and more effective. But there’s more to consider beyond these four concepts. You have to take on the mindset of a managed content professional and change your workflow to reflect this.

Know Who You’re Talking To

Knowing your client’s needs can help you maintain a rapid pace when creating content. Learn all you can about your target audience so that the message is custom-tailored for their unique perspective. Research what content is most prevalent in those demographics. It’s not about what they need to hear but how they’ll listen to it. Use keywords that are relevant to the topic and SEO friendly. Ensure that the voice and presentation align with what they expect and are looking for.

Become An Expert

Likewise, understand the business values and goals in-depth. Nothing is more deadly to B2B content marketing than incorrect information. If people cannot believe the information they are given, it will be tough to get them to trust the product or service. Remember, you often speak to a highly skilled audience in a given field and will immediately notice any inaccuracies. Therefore, you must be able to present your client’s business content as a trusted resource. It should be accurate, relevant, actionable, and realistic. It should also include a tactically placed Call To Action.

Establish Yourself As An Authority In the Field

The easiest way to do this is to reference subject matter experts (SMEs) in the field of interest. A solid B2B content marketing strategy requires accurate information, so why not take advantage of the tens of thousands of hours of completed research? You can bolster your content with quotes, statistics, and properly cited media. This tactic adds authority to your voice by showing that the leaders in the field support and can back up what your content is saying.

Relevant SEO Matters

staggering 93% of your audience will not look past the first search page when looking for information. Your content will never be found if your SEO strategy is not up to par. Powerful SEO and content marketing work together to increase traffic, boost brand recognition and improve customer retention. Make sure you aren’t making common mistakes that negatively affect your search ranking.

Distributing The Content

Select delivery platforms that synchronize with your audience’s preferences. Placing the content type where it is most likely to be seen gets the highest return on your marketing spending. For example, around 80% of B2B leads come from Linkedin compared with just under 7% for Facebook. Therefore, using Linkedin, even with a smaller user base, will net a higher percentage of potential customers.

Track The Costs

Knowing how much it costs to gain a customer is extremely important for growing a business. ROI is thus critical information that you’ll want to be familiar with daily. In one survey, while 80% of marketers measure performance somehow, only 43% track ROI consistently. Tracking this data point and other KPIs will give other companies a substantial economic and performance advantage.

Account-Based Marketing

Finally, you can use traditional funnels or opt for account-based marketing strategies when working with clients. This strategy treats each account as a single market, with personalized content and a solid personal relationship. Account-based marketing makes it easier to track ROI and offers higher revenue growth, and sales win rates. Usually, account-based marketing is used with larger businesses. However, it can be used in smaller firms with the right automation technologies.

Conclusion

While every B2B content marketing strategy listed here is beneficial, there is one that you should never forget: Above all else, realize that your audience is made of humans. Yes, you can quantify them as clicks, views, or read-throughs. You can also identify them as buyers, accounts, or brands. But all of those metrics represent an individual you are trying to reach. Humanize your content.

As a managed content professional, you shouldn’t just think outside the box. Forget that there is a box in the first place: brainstorm uncommon ideas and ways to translate them into engaging content. Tempesta Media offers advanced automation to help you create the content you need while giving you the creativity to leave the box behind.

Content Marketing Tips to Help Your Business Grow and Thrive

Increasing conversion using proven tactics.

Now that you’re attracting prospects, it’s time to transform them into loyal customers. The field of content marketing may seem like it’s based on luck, but in reality, it is all about planning and consistency. We will show you some content marketing tips that can tilt the scales in your favor with repeatable strategies for content marketing success.

Speaking of Referrals

Referrals make a big difference in conversion rates. Up to 65% of new business opportunities are due to referrals. In addition, a staggering 81% of all purchases are influenced by online posts from friends and family. Whether online or face-to-face, referrals are critical to any business’ growth.

  • Experiential referrals. These are often used when the product or service is vastly different from expected. If a customer purchases a product far better than they anticipated, this can generate an experiential referral. Of course, the opposite is also true where stories of a poor experience can spread like wildfire.
  • Consequential referrals. A byproduct of advertising occurs when traditional marketing spurs discussions and word of mouth about the product. These referrals boost the effectiveness of the advertising.
  • Intentional referrals. When an influencer is paid to extoll the virtues of a product or service, it is considered willful. This individual could be a social media personality up to a Hollywood celebrity. Intentions are one of the least common forms of referrals due to the uncertainty in reception by the audience and difficulty in measuring ROI.

Creative Content Is Winning Content

Your content should not only speak to your audience, but it should be something they want to share. Use catchy, benefit-oriented titles and headlines to draw them in. Make sure the content is entertaining and informative to keep them engaged. The goal is to get your audience to want to take action based on your content. That action could be something as simple as looking for more information. What you’re looking for are steps towards conversion that can be nurtured.

Get Social With Content

You can leverage social media to educate prospects about your company and product. While detailed blogs and articles are very effective conversion tools, visual media should not be ignored. Videos have a much higher reach in social media than articles, although often at the cost of detail. Interactive videos are another option, where proposals and demos can be pre-recorded and delivered to a prospect. Video proposals have demonstrated a 41% higher close rate than traditional methods.

Create Industry-Relevant Thought Leadership Blogs

What better way of showing customers that you are an excellent source of information than with articles and blogs? Using a mixture of expert opinions and advice about prospects’ and customers’ pain points, your content can become a trusted resource for the industry. By using public data and customer experiences, you can write fantastic articles that help cement you as an industry leader. When prospects don’t have to wonder about your knowledge level, converting them becomes that much easier.

SEO Savvy

One of the most commonly mentioned content marketing tips is to optimize SEO. But what does that mean? If you think just throwing a few keywords into an article counts as SEO, guess again. Nearly 100% of people do not look past the first page of a search. You are not being found if you aren’t on the first page. You need to understand the algorithms, write and post in a manner that boosts rankings and be ready to update in the event of search engine changes.

Automate

The future of managed content marketing is automation. SEO and many other marketing functions can be made more accessible through AI. Rather than have multiple people working on editing, optimizing and delivery, AI can do the same with a far smaller workforce. You can even have AI respond to prospects’ questions to vet those who are serious and help drive them towards a personal interaction.

Make your website friendly to mobile users.

Today, more than half of web traffic comes from mobile users. Unlike a desktop or TV, a smartphone is almost always on our person, meaning you have much greater access to prospects. However, if your website is not adaptive, where it can optimize for either desktop or mobile displays, you’re at risk of losing prospects. If your website still uses frames and tiled backgrounds, it’s time to upgrade to a more flexible interface.

Take Action

Adding a call to action (CTA) at the end of the content can often nudge a prospect or lead to a sale. However, CTAs do not have to be heavy-handed. A simple invitation to follow a link, visit a website or connect with someone is all that’s needed. If appropriate, a suggestion to make a purchase can also be utilized. Remember, everything in marketing is about building relationships, not forcing a sale too soon.

Don’t Buy Leads

You may come across services that offer leads for a specific price. While this may sound like a good idea, there are several reasons why this is not a winning strategy:

  • There is no guarantee the leads are fresh. The leads you bought could have been sold before. And if they have been sold, there’s a high probability that they have been converted already. Do you want to buy a lead that your competitors have scooped up?
  • It is costly. There is no way to validate the return on investment. The money you spend on buying stale leads could have been used to generate your fresh leads organically.
  • Quality is often low. Many of these leads are not validated and are essentially glorified cold calls. Some leads do not even have accurate contact information, wasting your time and money.

Instead of buying leads, work on building genuine relationships through content marketing. While it does take more time initially, the trust it builds helps not only with that lead but with referrals. Studies show that companies that work on growing warm leads spend 33% less and make 50% more sales than those who chase cold leads.

In Summary

Converting prospects to leads and then to sales takes work. But with the right tactics, it is far from fruitless labor. In fact, by applying these content marketing tips and staying consistent, you will see your business thrive faster than you expected. Contact us today if you would like to accelerate your success with managed content marketing.

What Will Save a CMO’s Bacon in 2022?

With CMO corporate tenures again declining, we wanted to squarely recognize the most significant digital marketing challenges you’re likely to face in 2022 and ideas on how to address them.

COVID, at least the version and associated environment we all faced in 2020, is coming to an end. States are vowing to remain open. Consumers are spending more than ever before, and businesses are ready to hit the ground running in 2022.

Against this backdrop, there are two elephants in the room that CEOs and CMOs need to acknowledge and address. Those two issues are price increases and staff shortages. 

Price Increases

At Tempesta Media, we expect a bunch of different price increases. One is the cost of vendors and marketing programs. The other is accelerating costs of hiring and retaining staff. With the CPI already at 7.0%, we are bracing for double-digit increases in these areas.  

Despite your 2022 plans being locked in, your company needs to acknowledge that inflation is no longer transitory. If you don’t do this now, you’re going to be caught in an untenable situation later this summer: being forced to improve your marketing program’s performance while effectively facing budget cuts because of the harmful effects of inflation. In short, it’s a no-win situation for CMOs and ultimately impacts the viability of your overall company’s plans.

To get you ready to deal with reality, we’ve come up with four actionable steps that you can take now to insulate yourself and your company.

Automation and Outsourcing 

Automation

Your entire c-suite, including your CEO, needs to embrace automation and outsourcing now. This is not some pie-in-the-sky aspiration. This is an immediate action item. 

Automation is getting implemented across all business sectors and industries. Since technology is advancing so rapidly, areas of your business that could not produce sufficient ROI may now be viable. So, CMOS, go back and reassess your marketing team’s responsibilities.  

At Tempesta Media, we underwent this exercise across marketing and the company. As a result, we uncovered many areas that were ripe for automation. As a result, since Q3 ’21, we’ve allocated dedicated engineering staff to do nothing but implement automation. Fast-forward to January ’21, and we already see results.

Here are a couple of specific steps that CMOs take to streamline their operations:

  1. Stop manual lead tracking. There is no reason why marketing departments should manually measure, route, and track leads. Use Zapier to get your different marketing campaigns to talk to each other.
  2. Use smart forms. Intelligent forms can handle multiple inquiries from one “contact us” form. There’s no need to send prospects to all kinds of different formats. Use one and make it bright.
  3. Use a social media management solution. Digital marketing platforms, like ours, intelligently connect your social media networks. Now, you can create, schedule, and track your social media posts from one dashboard. Bonus points if your solution is integrated with your content and influencer marketing programs.
  4. Integrate all your marketing data. This is more than implementing Google Analytics. Nearly all marketing programs and tools have open APIs. Stop maintaining your marketing data in different silos. The more silos you have, the more your staff’s time is eaten up generating reports. Even consolidating one or two data silos will take a lot of burden off of your team.     

Outsourcing

Outsourcing is your next low-hanging cost-cutting fruit. Unfortunately, the 2022 digital marketing landscape is nowhere near the same as in 2002. There is simply no way that one person or even a small team can be deep experts across every part of the digital marketing ecosystem. It’s just too complex and requires significant subject matter expertise (SME).

Please stop trying to do it all in-house. Larger enterprises get this and are increasing their outsourcing of marketing SME functions. However, smaller businesses struggle to grasp this concept. So why does the barrier exist, to begin with?  

Once again, it goes back to the early 2000s, when digital marketing was much more straightforward. At that time, marketing generalists did not need to make such deep commitments to learning how to gain proficiency-level knowledge of the marketing tools and programs. Then, it would be hard to justify paying another company to do the work for you. The impression was that there wasn’t much additional value to be gained. 

Today, it’s an entirely different story. Take Google Analytics, for example. If you compare the solution suite of today to what existed even ten years ago, it’s night and day. Employees now need to spend months mastering every aspect of the program – Google Tag Manager, filters, target audience segmentation, attribution, conversion goals, etc. It’s a lot.

I’ve just covered Google Analytics. What about paid search, social media management, content marketing, email marketing, etc.? All of these have become incredibly complex, requiring actual expert knowledge.

At the same time, the cost for SMEs has jumped dramatically. As a result, it no longer makes sense to hire one or more SMEs as full-time salaried employees onto your team, especially when you only need a fraction of that person’s time to do the work required for your company.

For most SMBs over $2M in revenue and lower-middle market companies, building the capability in-house makes neither strategic nor financial sense. So instead, the solution is to outsource SME work and develop your team as a group of company experts, excellent marketing generalists, and superb project managers. Doing so will give you flexibility, cost savings, and, most importantly, better results.

Considering that outsourcing is way more cost-effective, especially combined with automation, it is a great way to handle the price increase of staff and marketing programs.

Here’s a real-life example.  

A company was considering whether or not to build a content marketing team in-house (writer, editor, content marketing manager, and designer) or outsource the function. Once they began modeling the numbers, it became a no-brainer that the operation should be outsourced and an internal generalist marketing project manager hired to manage the program. Here’s how the numbers worked out (note internal salaries are fully burdened):

The CMO initially attempted to justify the added headcount by claiming that these people would also support other initiatives outside of their content marketing program. However, concerned about the additional fixed cost overhead, the CEO brought in the CFO to provide further insight.

Once the CFO got involved, the CMO’s justification quickly melted away. The CFO found that the outsourced content marketing firm could take on a portion of those tasks for an additional $12,000 per year. Further, he found that nearly all the other extraneous marketing projects could be covered by hiring an outside contractor on retainer for $24,000 per year.

The net result:  The CEO got better output, with reduced costs and overhead. The CFO came out as the hero. The CMO…well, he “exited” the company 6 ½ months later. 

The bottom line

Anything not part of your company’s core competencies (this goes beyond the marketing function) is a candidate for automation, outsourcing, or both!

Use Content Marketing Services to Boost Your Business

Scaling your business is challenging, but content marketing services can supplement your team and meet your needs so you can grow and succeed efficiently.

Maybe you’ve been in business for decades, but times are changing and you may not be sure how to reach younger audiences. Or maybe your business has gotten off the ground somewhat recently, but you still haven’t quite figured out who your buyers are. In either case and everywhere in between, content marketing services can make a surprising difference. Content marketing is all about creating useful content that reaches your prospective buyers where they are and helps you grow your business.

What is content marketing?

Content marketing involves developing materials and sharing them with your audience online. For example, you might share blogs, social media posts, videos, or other multimedia content.

The purpose of your content marketing efforts is to engage with your audience to attract, convert, and retain customers.

Content marketing allows you to create digital assets that are designed to be consistent, relevant, and valuable. Marketing strategies have evolved over the years just as audiences have become savvier and more discerning. So, your focus also needs to change to better deliver the authentic, informative, and useful content that your audience now expects. You can offer them the advice they need to make an educated decision.

Every blog post and video should guide and nurture your audience to help them make a buying decision. If you need help creating excellent content, you might want to look into hiring a content marketing services partner.

Who is your target audience for content marketing?

Your target audience is the group of people who would most benefit from your products and services. They tend to share common characteristics, including demographic and behavioral patterns. Once you identify them, you can focus on developing and delivering the content that will best serve them. For example, if you are identifying a financial services content marketing audience, you need to know who is interested in services like:
  • Personal loans.
  • Checking and savings.
  • Lines of credit.
  • Home mortgages.
  • Corporate loans.
  • Wealth management.

You also need to answer questions like:

  • What age range am I trying to sell to? Gen Z and millennials looking to build their savings and buy their first home? Or perhaps Gen X looking for retirement services? Startup businesses wanting to scale?
  • What geographic area am I targeting? Do your services only reach regionally? Are you a credit union that focuses on the local community? Or can your online solutions cater to anyone in the US?
  • What is the typical behavior of my audience? Are they smart with money or looking for guidance? What do they like to spend their money on?

Similarly, if your field is healthcare, you might need a healthcare content marketing strategy to help you find the target audience for the specific services you offer. Then you can make sure your content reaches them effectively.

Benefits of content marketing services

Content marketing represents a significant competitive advantage for your company. No matter what industry or focus you work in, such as business services, financial services, or healthcare, it allows you to:
  • Post and distribute effective content.
  • Engage with your audience, which translates to better growth rates for your company and more leads.

Here are a few of the goals you can accomplish with professional content marketing services.

Achieve higher expertise, authority, and trust

Google’s Search Quality Rater guidelines first introduced the concept of Expertise, Authority, and Trust (EAT). It’s a way to evaluate the quality of a website. Google looks at the purpose of your website, but it also considers the content quality and amount, the reputation of the site, and the background. Effective content marketing helps you achieve a higher EAT ranking.

Define brand personality

Your brand is more than the face of the company. It’s not just about your brand colors and logo:
  • Know what your company stands for, what your values are, and what drives you and your team to deliver on your promises to your customer.
  • Allow your customers to understand and appreciate your brand personality.

Content marketing helps you weave a story about your brand. Once you’ve settled on your brand personality, content marketing services can help you use it consistently.

Close gaps in the conversion funnel

You use content marketing as part of your conversion funnel to propel your audience through the stages of their customer journey. You’re moving your customers from awareness to consideration by providing relevant and compelling blog posts and website content.
 
Each of your customers may have a different need for information that will help them make that final decision to buy. As you closely track and test your content marketing efforts using metrics and analytics, you can also gauge where to make improvements. Close those gaps or cracks in the process to achieve greater efficacy.

Develop stronger brand loyalty

Your content marketing allows you to better engage with your audience. You’re demonstrating who you are and what you offer. It’s a relationship predicated on sharing relevant and compelling information.
 
As your audience grows to trust and rely on your company as their go-to brand, you will continue to offer quality content. And you will continually try to guide your audience toward the best buying decisions possible, based on the resources you’ve offered.

Enhance accessibility for a broader audience

You should always look for ways to enhance your accessibility options for your audience. There are customers who need to read and hear your content. Others simply love to skim through the main points and see your beautiful photography:
  • Offer options that will appeal to different types of customers.
  • Support the needs of all your audience members.
  • Consider how you are deploying those digital resources.
Depending on your brand, you might need to provide digital assets. Content marketing services offer many of these content types:
  • Blog posts.
  • Emails.
  • Infographics.
  • Interviews.
  • Live Q&A.
  • How-tos.
  • Webinars.
  • Social media posts.
Carefully track and test your content marketing strategy to find which of these options works the best for you and your audience.

Expand brand awareness

Content marketing can also help you raise brand awareness:
  • Invite your audience to engage in your brand community.
  • Engage with your audience, which can encourage loyalty while growing your army of brand advocates.

Foster better conversion rates

No matter how successful your company is, you still need to focus on your conversion rate. Content marketing is a key factor in improving this metric. It helps your audience discover your solutions so they can learn about and buy your products and services.
 
Content marketing can offer the lowdown on all your customers’ questions and concerns. Your content should be clear, concise, and easy to digest. If it meets these criteria, your content marketing campaign will foster better conversion rates.

Generate more quality leads

The most obvious benefit of content marketing is that you’re able to generate more quality leads by following these steps:
  • Understanding your audience.
  • Creating a content marketing strategy.
  • Effectively using your blog to raise brand awareness.
As a full-service marketing agency, Tempesta Media can help you achieve your goal of putting yourself at the top of the business game. Our content marketing services help you generate the best possible results.

Increase organic search traffic

With your content marketing efforts, you can improve your search engine optimization (SEO). When your articles are optimized to rank for particular keywords, you’ll increase your organic traffic. Be sure that your articles contain straightforward language and insert your keywords naturally in the content. Remember, you’re writing for your audience and the search engines, so you need to make sure the content is readable by the human eye. If you achieve the right balance of readability and SEO, search engines will award you a higher spot on search results, thereby increasing your organic traffic.

Increase social media engagement and PR results

Content marketing is the perfect material to show your authenticity and personality. Use your content partner’s creative expertise to produce a powerful and touching tone across your marketing platforms. As you post engaging content, you can increase social media engagement and PR results:
  • Strengthen the way you interact with your customers.
  • Build and reinforce customer loyalty.
  • Increase your sales.
Be active on social media. Many industries’ core audiences live on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, so posting and interacting on this medium will increase your accessibility and engagement. That way, your customers will feel more confident in what you have to offer since you are building a relationship with them based on their needs and conveniences.

How do content marketing services work?

The best content marketing solutions consider the following factors in how you attract leads:

Awareness

Content marketing uses educational, how-to advice to raise awareness and focus on your audience’s major concerns. In this initial phase, you’re not selling your services yet, so a content marketing agency will aim to:
 
  • Engage with the audience.
  • Help them understand the value of your products and services.
  • Educate them on their problem and potential solutions.

The goal here is to establish yourself as a thought leader and a helpful giver of advice. You want to establish authority at this stage so that the audience will begin to trust your expertise and return to you for further information.

Consideration

In the consideration phase, content marketing experts use case studies, how-to articles and videos, checklists, and worksheets to:
 
  • Educate your audience.
  • Help them understand which features will best meet their needs.
  • Help them differentiate the option that’s best for them.

At this point, the audience is actively looking for a solution to their problem. They understand the issue they’re having and are now searching for the best way to solve the problem. Here is where you want to plant your solution in their head.

Closing

In the closing stage, a content marketing services provider uses buyer’s guides, case studies, user-generated content, product videos, and research reports to help your audience finalize their decision. You want to show your knowledge and expertise while differentiating benefits. Closing often focuses on the end goal of the sale, but your audience still needs enough information to move forward with that decision. Top-tier content marketing services can help you reach your goals at every buyer stage.

How to get started with content marketing

With all the complexity and variables involved in content marketing, you might not know where to start. That’s okay. The important thing to remember is to not get overwhelmed. Just start at the beginning, and work your way through the process.

You’ll soon find that your content marketing efforts are much more manageable than you expected. Here’s how to get started.

Identify your target audience

You need to know your target audience. So, understand the groups of people who will benefit from your products and services. Consider the challenges they face and how you can meet their needs across industries.

In financial services content marketing, as mentioned above, you might be targeting prospects who are interested in a mortgage, a loan or other credit scenarios.

In healthcare content marketing, you may target low-income patients, or maybe you are in B2B healthcare, so you may want to reach hospitals, clinics, or other organizations. Whatever your industry, you will need to:

  • Develop a profile of the ideal customer.
  • Deliver compelling content that will inspire them to move forward.

Often, you can find content marketing services that specialize in your field.

Determine your digital assets

You should build upon what you’ve found about your target audience:
 
  • Consider which assets and formats will best deliver your message.
  • Size and optimize your digital assets so that they can best showcase your content on the platforms.

In financial services content marketing, you might rely on social media posts, blog posts, and white papers to connect with your clients.

In healthcare content marketing, you might post website content or send emails to encourage prospective patients to schedule an appointment.

Build your editorial content

The next step is to create and optimize your content. Write, edit, proofread, and hone your content to target your ideal audience. The quality of your content directly affects how your audience will respond to your messaging. If it’s poorly written with lots of errors, your audience may judge you negatively.

Determine distribution channels

You have lots of options for distribution channels, but that doesn’t mean you should post content everywhere all at once:
 
  • Look at demographics and behavior to determine where your audience spends their time, and focus on those first.
  • Consider posting on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, as those are some of the most generally popular platforms.
  • Remember that you don’t need to have a presence on every platform. While you want to be accessible, don’t waste resources on channels that won’t give you an ROI.
  • Take advantage of analytics and data to find out what channels work best for your needs.

Develop best practices

As a marketer, you should develop best practices for your content marketing efforts to maintain success and grow. Here are a few:
 
  • Conduct research to determine which topics are most interesting to your audience.
  • Focus on readability.
  • Keep content simple and helpful.
  • Write for people, not just search engines.
  • Develop a persona as necessary.
  • Use imagery effectively.
  • Publish unique and compelling content.
  • Make your content responsive.
  • Use concise, action-oriented language.
  • Target optimal keywords.
  • Use credible, timely sources.
Make sure to cover all your bases. After all, forgetting a step in the process can make your content look sloppy. Create a checklist to ensure quality control, and build out your editorial calendar so you can deliver high-quality content at consistent intervals.

Partner with an expert

Tempesta Media is a content marketing services partner that offers performance-based solutions. Our goal and purpose are to drive revenue for your business. We offer a range of services designed to meet your needs. It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting out or you’ve been marketing for years.

Signs that your business needs help with content marketing

Most companies use content marketing, although not every company uses it as effectively as possible. To make sure you’re getting the most out of it, keep an eye out for a few red flags. Here are some signs to watch out for and ones that a content marketing services company can help you address:

Your audience is not first

You need content marketing when you are not focusing on your audience as an essential part of your business strategy. Effective content marketing depends on finding the best ways to serve your audience.

Aim to improve the lives of your audience members.

You haven’t determined the makeup of your target audience

You need to determine the buyer personas for your audience. Why? When you don’t know your audience or understand how to reach them, you’re just wasting money and time. But with an effective buyer persona, you’ll be able to create valuable, relevant content. You’ll also be able to effectively convert your audience.

Your company website and blog don’t look professional

Your company website pages are some of the most basic elements of your content marketing. There may be a number of reasons why your website or blog does not look professional:
 
  • The website domain is confusing or convoluted.
  • Your website template looks outdated.
  • The site takes forever to load.
  • It’s not clear who your audience is.
  • You don’t have a good system for searching your website.
  • There are spelling and formatting errors.
Your website is also one of the easiest things to fix. You can build a sleek, professional website by following these steps:
 
  • Set up a custom domain name.
  • Use a compelling template.
  • Optimize the site for fast loading.
  • Target your audience with your language and graphics.
  • Proofread and edit the content on your site.

You don’t optimize your content

A key part of your content marketing efforts will always be to optimize your content. Google expects “freshness” when it ranks web pages. Continue to optimize your content and you can achieve the results you want and need.

Tempesta Media services and features

At Tempesta Media, we are a full-service content marketing services partner that can help you at any stage of your journey.

Planning

We can help you develop a content marketing plan that will best address your company’s needs both now and in the future with the following processes:
 
  • Voice Profiles™. Our comprehensive Voice Profile questionnaire helps us understand your company’s voice by gathering details about your values, solutions, and perspectives. It’s an essential step that allows us to deliver the high-quality content you need.
  • Writer auditions. We offer you an audition functionality so you can test the quality of a writer’s work before we add them to your content marketing team. Writer auditions are the best way to assess whether a writer will deliver the voice and content you need.
  • Competitor analysis. You can’t develop and optimize your content marketing efforts in a vacuum. Your competitors are going after the same audience with their marketing strategies. That means you must regularly conduct a competitive analysis to learn from and react to those efforts.
  • Dynamic content calendar. Your editorial calendar is an essential part of your content marketing efforts. This dynamic content calendar lets you track due dates, content production, and distribution channels in one place.

Content services

Content services is one of our most popular content marketing packages. It allows you to tap into a wealth of expertise and resources to meet your needs:
 
  • Order from 13 different types of content. We offer a variety of content types for every stage of your sales funnel. With our pool of talent, we can support your content needs across industries and topics. We make it easy for you to develop the content you need for your content marketing campaigns.
  • Editing-only for content you create. Tempesta Media offers editing services to quickly optimize your content. We remove errors while standardizing your language and formatting. We also optimize for brand and voice, promote readability, and streamline production.
  • Unlimited revisions. With unlimited revisions, we ensure you’re satisfied with the content you’ve ordered. We work to provide quality, well-researched content, with your satisfaction guaranteed. We’re dedicated to your success, so we work to give you the best possible results.
  • Defined content turnaround times. We offer clearly defined content turnaround times. You’re never left wondering or guessing. You’ll know when to expect the content you need for your content marketing campaign based on your editorial calendar.
  • Multiple content download formats. As a special benefit of our content marketing services, we offer a range of digital assets, such as blog posts, emails, social media posts, and more. We make the content you need available in PDF, HTML, RTF, and DOCX formats.
Social media
 
Tempesta Media is a social media management company. We deliver custom content marketing services to help you save time while successfully managing your social media networks. We make it quick and easy to be consistent with your audience engagement via social media:
 
  • LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. Content marketing via the most popular social media channels can be a full-time job. We offer comprehensive recommendations for publishing on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. Our services support the types of content you need for each platform.
  • Curated and custom social posts. We develop the best curated and custom social posts to reach your audience. Our services generate interest, but we also boost traffic to your business as a full-service marketing agency. Our team of professionals can create the social posts you need to drive traffic and encourage engagement.
  • Post scheduling and management. We consult with you to optimize your social media post scheduling and management. We can help you determine which social media platforms your company will post to, as well as the frequency at which you will post. We can take you through the entire process, from creation through distribution and optimization.
Influencer marketing
 
Influencer marketing has grown in popularity in recent years. It allows you to better engage with your audience via your employees and other advocates. Our services help you manage your influencer programs by ensuring that the messaging is positive and effective. Our micro-influencer content marketing services program drives brand engagement and proven results:
 
  • Employee Advocacy Program. Our Employee Advocacy Program fosters authenticity and trust from the ranks of your employees. You can tap into the power of social media. Those voices personify the strategic approach and culture of your company and add a personal touch.
  • Fan Manager Program. You may not have the time and resources to support an in-house Fan Manager Program. We provide this important content marketing service for your company at a low cost. It’s a great way to propel action and engagement.
  • Brand Ambassador Program. Our Brand Ambassador Program highlights and supports a customer-product-service relationship. We help you manage ambassadors who have influence over a large audience. It takes special care to ensure the ambassador embodies your corporate identity and represents your values, image, and ethics.

Integrations

We offer integrations that are a cornerstone of your content marketing efforts. Our integrations save time and money so you can spend more resources on growing your company:
 
  • WordPress and HubSpot. We take care of all the elements of content writing and editing, and we even make it easy for you to publish content via WordPress, making the process quick and easy.
  • Google Analytics. If you fail to use Google Analytics effectively, you can experience detrimental effects. This means you may not see an increase in traffic and you may not know where your traffic comes from. We allow you to track and optimize your content with this integration. You can track your publications to see what topics are performing and what areas you are lacking in. Ultimately, you can use this data to improve organic searches, bounce rate, and average session duration.
Analytics
 
We offer analytics as part of your content marketing strategy. Our services allow you to track metrics and further optimize your program. With our help, you can be better prepared to make business decisions and be better able to deliver the content and services your audience wants:
 
  • Content analytics. Our content analytics platform allows you to review and measure content performance metrics so you can optimize your messaging to resonate with your audience and inspire them to buy. We offer insights and understanding about your customers so you can learn what your prospects want. Our wealth of content analytics allows you to make better decisions about your business growth and development.
  • Social media analytics. Our social media analytics services allow you to track your progress. We look at your comments, cost per lead, follow count, and impressions. We also consider your lead conversion rate, likes, mentions, number of customer service issues resolved, and share of voice.
  • Influencer analytics. Our influencer analytics services allow you to track audience growth factors. We look at conversions, referral traffic, and various engagement KPIs to help you identify the top-performing influencers.

How Tempesta Media can help with content marketing services

No matter what type of business you’re in, there’s no better way to reach out to your prospective customers than to add content marketing to your strategy. Superior content sets you apart from your competitors and shows your audience that you’re listening.
 
Need help? Our content marketing services offer you the tools and expertise to launch, optimize, and scale your content marketing program. Our platform and seasoned writing and editing teams are ready to support your efforts at every stage of the sales funnel so you can achieve the results you’re looking for.
 
If your program isn’t performing, we offer a wide range of services and content marketing packages to fit your company. To learn more, contact us today.

Tempesta Media Announces a $1K Digital Marketing Scholarship for Talented Third- and Fourth-Year Undergraduate Students

November 30, 2021, MICHIGAN CITY, IN: –Tempesta Media announces the launch of its scholarship program for talented third- and fourth-year undergraduate students who are majoring in journalism or marketing. The scholarship is for the field of digital marketing and is valued at $1,000, which will be given to one worthy student each year.

Scholarship overview

Tempesta Media’s scholarship program seeks upperclassmen undergraduate students (those entering their junior or senior years) who are majoring in journalism or marketing. They must be attending an accredited educational institution in the United States. Tempesta Media will provide $1,000 to a worthy students to help them pursue their interests and develop their skills towards their marketing career path.

What are the requirements and criteria?

Only one applicant will be awarded the scholarship annually. Candidates must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5, and a minimum major GPA of 3.75.

In addition to these objective requirements, the Tempesta Media review board will also consider candidates’ answers to a series of essay questions. The winning candidate will best display their passion for digital marketing and knowledge in their intended field. This subjective portion of the application process will enable students to express their interest and capabilities in their own words, showing Tempesta Media why they believe they are deserving of the scholarship.

Purpose of the scholarship

Tempesta Media’s company values

Tempesta Media’s culture is inspired by its core values. The team is passionate about quality digital marketing and is guided by these drivers. The winner’s values should align with Tempesta Media’s. They want to see in the winner an aspiring professional who exemplifies integrity, initiative, drive, and a willingness for constant self-improvement. These values are also key pillars of digital marketing, and Tempesta Media is looking for a candidate who they believe has the morals, goals, and enthusiasm to learn and excel in this field.

The company’s goals for the scholarship

Tempesta Media is an industry leader and pioneer in digital marketing. They are committed to the future of digital marketing and always aim to champion the young professionals in the industry. It is Tempesta Media’s goal to push the quality of the industry, and the team believes this is found in the hearts and minds of new digital marketers. They hope these students will continue to foster quality in their field. And as part of their commitment, Tempesta Media intends to open its doors and offer an ongoing internship as part of this program.

Tempesta Media prides itself on giving back to help ensure the digital marketing community will always strive for the highest quality. They believe this program will contribute to that quality.

Important dates to remember

Tempesta Media’s scholarship will be awarded for use during the fall 2022 semester:

  • Deadline to apply: April 30, 2022
  • Winner announcement: May 16, 2022

For more information or to apply, visit this page.

About Tempesta Media

Founded in 2011, Tempesta Media is a leading performance-based provider of content, social, and influencer marketing solutions that drive revenue for businesses. Our managed service brings together cutting-edge technology with world-class expertise and industry knowledge to drive leads and revenue for B2B companies. We serve businesses across North America in financial services, manufacturing, business services, technology, and trade services. For more information, please get in touch with us at (312) 371-0555 or Sales@TempestaMedia.com.

Working With an Outsourced B2B Marketing Agency Can Boost Your Website Ranking

When you partner with the right B2B marketing agency, you’ll be able to create a coherent content management strategy and maximize your SEO campaign results.

In today’s digital world, you have to be seen or you may be forgotten. Companies that sell to other businesses need to stay in front of their customers and prospects. Creating great content and improving your website ranking keeps you visible and in demand, and the right B2B marketing agency can help drive success.

The importance of search engine optimization (SEO)

You may have the best products or services, but if the market doesn’t know about them, it is hard to gain traction. SEO helps you rank higher on search engine results pages.

When customers or prospects are looking for a specific product or service, they often turn to a search engine for their answer. In fact, 53% of all web trackable website traffic comes from organic searches like these. Ranking in the top tier of search results can provide the perfect sales lead funnel for your business.

Your SEO ranking can make or break visibility

Creating a great website and optimizing your ranking is not an easy task. Many companies find that it’s best if they focus on their core business competencies, and partner with a B2B marketing agency for content development and SEO.

When you have SEO success, you will find that your visibility and audience engagement increase, propelling more readers to visit your page and learn about how you can help them. This forms the basis of a prospect relationship, as people who find your content helpful will likely return to your page and view you as a thought leader they can trust.

If your company has a high listing for a Google search, between 26.9-32% of mobile and desktop users (respectively) will click through to your page. By contrast, some 90% of pages are so poorly ranked that they never get any Google traffic at all.

What is B2B marketing and why is it essential for your business?

If your company sells to other businesses, then B2B marketing is critical to your success. Your marketing has to build your company image, create the ideal positioning and increase your brand awareness. Unlike impulse consumer purchases, most business sales are the result of creating long-term relationships.

When you create a B2B marketing plan, you want to be sure that it delivers. Everything must be letter-perfect if you hope to turn prospects into customers and customers into repeat buyers. For that reason, businesses often choose to work with a proven B2B marketing agency that has the expertise to produce professional content and implement a sophisticated lead generation program.

The main goals of an effective B2B marketing campaign

Business buying decisions are very complex, and sales likely emerge as a result of long-term relationships and trust. An effective B2B marketing campaign must focus on key elements, ranging from establishing thought leadership to crafting a powerful story and building brand awareness. Future customers must come to know your business and understand why you are different and better than your competitors. This all ties to SEO, as people will only learn about you if they know you exist.

If you work with the right B2B content marketing agency, they can help you create a campaign that is compelling and brings prospects and leads to you. The marketing campaign can also help remove roadblocks to future sales and get your prospective customers excited about doing business with you. Buyers want to do business with companies that they truly respect and trust. With the combination of content marketing that showcases your authentic brand and an SEO strategy that enhances visibility into that authenticity, you can reach more potential customers.

Why SEO is an important part of a marketing strategy

The global events of 2020 ushered in an even deeper reliance on digital resources and content. In their quest for answers, businesses found that their customers gravitated toward a search for expertise, authoritativeness, and trustworthiness. Search engines, rather than in-person meetings, became the new place where knowledge was gained and trust was developed.

Optimized SEO can boost your company and its message to the top level of the search results page. This translates to more click-throughs, more time spent on your site, and more qualified leads. The key to a successful SEO strategy is a great content marketing plan. It’s important to remember that you are writing not only for your customer but also for search engines.

The hidden complexities and lost opportunity costs of keeping all marketing in-house

While in-house marketing has a certain appeal, in reality, the decision to keep all of these activities in-house is riddled with hidden complexities. First, it’s extremely expensive to fully staff a marketing department with top-caliber professionals. The cost rises dramatically when you factor in benefits and training in addition to salary.

An in-house marketing department is almost always fully booked. It’s nearly impossible to add content management and SEO duties to their already long list of tasks. It’s not cost-effective to staff up to meet peak demands. This highlights the issue of lost opportunity cost. When the CEO or VP of Marketing comes up with a truly brilliant campaign, the in-house team rarely has the luxury of dropping everything to work on this new, highly profitable strategic plan.

How a B2B marketing agency can help save money

When you partner with an outsourced B2B content marketing agency, you’ll find that they have the specific skills and expertise to get the job done quickly and correctly. They will have experienced professionals who can augment your staff and offer the exact, proven talent that you need when you need it. These efficiencies will save your company money.

Producing content in-house can be very costly. Your B2B marketing agency can help reduce turnaround times and give you the flexibility to tackle more demanding strategic projects. They can also bring years of top echelon creative and technical expertise to the table. With the right agency, you’ll be able to leverage your partner’s skills so that your firm can not only lower costs but also reach higher levels of profitability.

Strategies your B2B content marketing agency can use to improve SEO

In some ways, SEO is like an endless puzzle that needs to be solved constantly. Yet core elements remain the same. Your content partner can implement a few key strategies (that they can tailor to your unique business) to start optimizing for SEO:

  • Choose the right keywords. It’s important to choose the best keywords for your website, including a mix of both search and buying terms. You may also want to explore long-tail keywords that have less traffic but more opportunity for top ranking. Incorporating keywords and long-tail phrases on your landing pages will also help with SEO.
  • Write personalized content that meets audience needs. By understanding what your audience’s pain points and goals are, you can get a solid idea of what type of information they are searching for. Paired with keyword research, you can determine what topics your audience is most interested in and tailor your content (and keywords) to address those needs.
  • Use natural language while also optimizing for SEO. Search engines can tell when a page is manipulated to rank well on results pages. Tactics like keyword stuffing, where pages are overly filled with keyword phrases at the expense of clarity and conciseness, are penalized. It’s important to insert keywords naturally into normal language so users can still find value in the content.

Your B2B marketing agency can create quality content, which is critical when it comes to SEO. It’s important to follow the guidelines for formatting content for SEO. When a customer clicks on your link, you want them to stay on your page and not bounce back to the search listing. Highly relevant content will draw the customer or prospect further into your site, and you can begin creating your relationship with them.

If you want to make your company rank higher in search results, leverage the skills of a B2B content marketing agency. Contact Tempesta Media today and find out how you can maximize your SEO results and get more leads and customers for your business.

What to Consider When Choosing a Full-Service Marketing Agency?

Tips to Help You Connect With the Right Full-Service Marketing Agency

When seeking to hire a full-service marketing agency, you want a partner who thoroughly understands your requirements and pain points. The agency you choose should also have a good grasp of your industry or the particular type of business you run. When selecting a managed service provider for your content marketing strategy, consider the following.

1. What are my business’s goals and overall mission?

A good B2B marketing agency will seek to thoroughly understand your business goals and your company’s mission. The more information you can provide up front, the better. The right agency will ask questions to clear up any uncertainty.

If your potential partner doesn’t have a clear grasp on the marketing goals you want to accomplish, it will almost always lead to poor results. On the other hand, a full-service marketing agency that “gets” you right from the start will be equipped to drive results and offer a better ROI.

2. What do I need in terms of resources and staffing?

Not all managed service providers are created equal. The right full-service marketing agency marketing agency possesses the expertise in your industry to deliver high-quality results. It will have all the tools it needs to help with audience research, determine SEO, create and track metrics, produce content, develop a social media strategy, and execute influencer marketing and email marketing.

Additionally, when connecting with a full-service content marketing agency, you want to make sure it has the resources in-house to get the job done right. For instance, it will have enough strategists, writers, designers, and other staff available and ready to work on your account.

3. What kind of budget can I allocate for marketing?

Chances are you have a firm (or at least approximate) budget to adhere to. Be sure to have this settled before you reach out to content marketing agencies, and then be prepared to discuss it during your conversations.

This will help your potential partner understand what you have to work with and determine if it can cover the scope of services you seek. If not, the agency might have alternative suggestions to jump-start your content marketing campaign.

4. What is the track record of the managed service provider?

Your ideal partner will not only exemplify your brand, but also drive conversions. This means you’ll be able to bring your company to its full potential and keep it on the path of positive growth. When speaking with potential agencies, be sure to learn about the following:

  • How does the marketing firm keep up with marketing trends? (See if it can cite examples of how it has adapted to changing trends.)
  • Does the B2B marketing agency know how to effectively and efficiently use technology?
  • Can the company show examples of past work and/or demonstrate experience in your niche?

The bottom line is the right agency will be thoroughly prepared to manage your marketing activities while keeping within your budget.

A full-service marketing agency can offer you 360-degree service while bolstering your company’s brand. If you need help taking your business to the next level, Tempesta Media’s managed solution will help. We have the resources you need to create or expand your content strategy.

Contact us today for a no-obligation consultation.