If you've read much of our content, you know that we're big believers in high value content and some of the most powerful pieces of high value content are white papers. White papers are great tools to generate new leads and educate your prospects, but they have to be valuable and well written. So today we're going to teach you how to write a white paper.
While almost every website has a "Sign up for our Newsletter" form, how many leads are actually being generated from that form? If you're like most businesses, the answer is probably not many. Forms like that have a very low conversion rate. The trick to generating leads online is giving something in return. Very few businesses have the following and content to get a visitor so excited about their business to sign up for their newsletter with a simple form like that. For almost every business, a form like that is one of the lowest converting calls-to-action.
In order to gain information from your visitors, you need to offer something in return. That is where high value content offers come in.
It's no secret that content is one of the most effective forms of marketing. The fact of the matter is that consumers are doing a TON of research on their own before reaching out to companies for more information. In fact, 57% of the sales process is actually complete before a prospect ever reaches out to a salesperson! This is because we, as consumers, have access to so much information that we feel there's a lot we can do on our own prior to contacting a company. Although it might be concerning, this is no different for businesses in the legal space. When a person is faced with a legal issues, oftentimes the first place they'll go to learn more information is Google. Not only do you, as a law firm, want to make sure that person finds your firm to work with, you also want to make sure that they're getting the best information available so they don't end up ultimately hurting their case. Content marketing is a great way to do both of those things! While blogs, social media, website design, and email marketing can be very valuable tools for legal marketing, one of our favorite content tactics for lawyers specifically are high value content offers. Let's take a look at why and how it can help your firm.
I know what you're thinking, "DUDE! It's only September! I'm not ready to start thinking about snow and the holidays!". Well, unfortunately, it's time to start thinking about it. The companies that perform the best during the holidays are the ones that start planning and implementing their campaign ideas now.
Do you know what specials you're going to run (if any)? How will you stand out amongst the noise this holiday season? Let's take a look at four campaign ideas that can help you brand your business, engage your past and current customers, and even entice new customers to do business with you!
There are a lot of moving parts to digital marketing and creating content. There is no magic bullet to creating great content, but there are definitely rules that you should be following in order to show up correctly and increase engagement. Character count comes up a lot with digital marketing, but it's usually only a big deal when you're talking about Twitter. Yes everyone knows that you're very restricted with your character count when it comes to tweeting, but character count has a major impact on many other parts of digital marketing. Let's take a look at some best practices for character count across your digital marketing.
We all know that business. You know...the one that tries to sell you something with every single post. Every day is a new special. A new reason to buy something from them. OMG.
We all hate them.
Social Media Marketing is more than this. Remember that first word in this marketing tactic? Yeah...SOCIAL. As in being social, engaging with your fans, being part of the community. So many businesses get caught up in the last word. MARKETING. Yes, you and your business are probably on social media for marketing purposes, but it's more than that.
Want to know the easiest way to lose a follower or to get tuned out by your followers? Try to sell them with every post.
Our 80/20 Rule will help you avoid losing followers, help you actually gain followers, and in the end your sales posts will be much more successful. Let's take a look...
Podcasting, originally called "audioblogging" began in the 1980s but didn't really hit it's stride until 2005 when Apple added the ability to download podcasts to iTunes. In the early 2010s, it seemed like podcasting might be fizzling out into a thing of the past. A lot of us (myself included) claimed it was dead. But we were wrong. Podcasting is seeing a resurgence in popularity (thanks in large part to the success of Serial) and is bigger than it's ever been. And I, for one, am totally on the podcasting bandwagon.
There are tons of genres of podcasts out there but, being the marketing junkies we are at HIVE, I wanted to introduce you to some of the best marketing podcasts. The list below contains hours of marketing news and insights that can serve to help you become a better marketer. And most of these shows have commute length episodes perfect for filling your morning drive.
Chances are you've come across this post because you already understand how important it is to be writing blogs for your business (If you're not convinced yet, check out Dustin's post: 5 Reasons Blogging For Business Is A Must) and now you're ready to get started. But before you jump into blogging, let's make sure you're going to get the most out of your writing time.
Blogging for the sake of blogging will impact your search ranking with Google because Google's algorithm values new content and new pages but there are additional steps you have to take to fully optimize your blogs and ensure they are positively impacting your SEO.
Let's take a look at what additional steps you need to take to optimize your blogs for SEO:
We've talked a lot about blogging in the HIVE blog. We've covered everything from why blogging for your business is crucial to how to ensure your brand voice comes through in your blogs. If you've missed some of these past topics, be sure to check them out:
- 5 Reasons Blogging for Business is a Must
- Writing Blogs and the Importance of Brand Voice and Authenticity
- 5 Steps to Amazing Blog Titles
- Character Count 101: Your Guide to Optimal Content Lengths
But what if you hate writing, or even just hate blogging. What then? How do you blog if you hate writing blogs? Well the good news is that we have some great tips and tricks to help you navigate the increasingly important world of blogging even if it's not necessarily your thing. After all, companies that blog regularly generate almost 2x more leads than companies who don't. So you really can't afford to avoid blogging.
Here at HIVE, we often have to field questions about the ideal character count for any given type of content. And this is a completely valid question. We all know that content is crucial for so many reasons but it can't do it's job unless your prospects are willing to consume it. And developing content that is a digestible length is an important component of ensuring it will be consumed. Now, I'll admit, there is not a one-size-fits-all solution for any type of content. A lot of it depends on your industry, the complexity of what you're offering and your audience. But there are some benchmarks that serve as great starting places for you to determine what will work best for you.