9 ways to make your B2B content stand out

Content marketing can be hugely effective but with so much content vying for peoples attention how do you get your carefully crafted words noticed?

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There is a misconception that B2B content has to be written and presented in a certain way.

If you step away from the preconceived ideas and take a different path there are lots of ways you can easily make your content stand out from the crowd – and more readable.

Here are 9 ideas to get you started:

  1. Make sure your headline is firing on all cylinders

Your headline needs to tell people what the piece is about and intrigue them so they want to find out more. People don’t click through to read out of charity or mild curiosity, so your headline has to be something they think might be interesting, useful or entertaining.

2. Tell stories

People love stories, it’s human. Writing in a way that tells a story, that takes readers on a journey can be a really compelling way to present information.

3. Use quotes

A pithy quote can grab attention, particularly if it is a view that seems initially incongruous to popular opinion. Use in a headline or as an opener for the piece.

4. Talk about the process

So much B2B content is focused on the end result of your work but there is great value in talking about how you got there, decisions made, problems solved, lessons learned.

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Benefits of publishing regular B2B content or practicing what you preach

I’m a bit of a hypocrite. When it comes to posting regular content on my business website, I don’t practice what I preach.

In my work as a B2B content strategist and writer for property businesses, my advice is to publish articles or blog posts regularly to get results.

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Sporadic publishing isn’t going to increase traffic to your website – and potential business leads.

The reason?

💻 It takes time to build up an online presence.

💻 It takes time to build authority.

💻 It takes time to build trust.

💻 It takes time for people to get to know you and want to do business with you.

If you publish regular, interesting and useful content on your website it helps to demonstrate your knowledge and expertise.

It shows what value you offer – and what you value.

And it can make you more visible in searches.

But when it comes to posting regular content on my own website, my efforts fall way short.

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Why writing about your failures can help you stand out

Do you write about your failures as part of you content marketing?

It might feel counterintuitive particularly when a lot of business communications are about success but it can really help you stand out from the crowd.

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And here’s why.

Not everything goes to plan. Not every plan is successful.

I was listening to an interview with Jamie Oliver yesterday and he reckoned his failure rate was at around 40%.

What made it a really interesting listen is in how he talked about his failures – he talked about what he learned from them.

Learning from failures

No one gets everything right first time. We learn from what doesn’t work.

We figure out why something wasn’t a success and we adjust our approach, our strategy, our thinking. And we try again.

Quick tip: How to make online content more readable

Here’s a simple tip.

It’s for making your content more readable.

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Add in some paragraphs. 😮

No seriously, add in some paragraphs.

Give your sentences some space.

It doesn’t matter if your content is only a few sentences.

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How do you create great content from your online event?

Webinars and online roundtables have become the norm for the property industry during this period of lockdown and restricted movement.

And they generate a lot of rich content but maximising that content isn’t always part of the event planning process.

While hosting events online means you don’t have to organise a venue or catering it still takes time to find panellists, make sure you have the right tech and promote so you get an audience.

If you’ve spent time putting your real estate event together there is a lot you can do with the information that comes out of that hour-long discussion.

It is valuable content for your website, client newsletter and social media.

Here are just a few suggestions from big to small:

📹 Give people the chance to watch the session back by posting the video recording online.

📹 Create bite-sized videos around specific questions which you can also use on social media channels.

🎙 Create a podcast from the audio for people to download and listen to while on the go.

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