Thought Leadership Content Development

Thought leadership marketing has long been important to companies for which expertise is a significant part of their offering. While it began in the professional services sector, in the 1990's the practice spread to the IT industry and since then has increasingly been adopted in other B2B sectors. 

But to be effective, this material must be good. To get clients to respond to their marketing campaigns, firms must demonstrate deep and novel insights on business issues. Such insights capture client attention by making high-stakes, confusing issues coherent, and lowering the risk of them choosing the wrong firm.

From this page, you can access many articles, interviews, and research reports we’ve written on how to produce great thought leadership content. If you’d like us to help you create yours, you can get the ball rolling here. 

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Recent Blog Posts on Thought Leadership Content Development

Most B2B blogs aren’t read by decision makers and don’t drive business. This was brought home to me last week when a friend at a law firm told me they don’t do social media marketing because the blogosphere is an ocean of bad content and “even the name blog suggests a fat, unwieldy, ugly thing that demands to be fed—regardless of what it is fed. Think Jabba the Hut!”
OK, there are 12, but bear with me. I have grown weary of blog post titles with numbers in. I had hoped this was a fad that would pass. However, since it hasn’t, I decided find out what is going on.
Producing more and better content is now the single biggest issue for professional services firms and many other B2B companies too. There are several things companies can do to relieve the pressure for more and better content and different things will suit different firms. But more focus would benefit most.
Nice to see we’re not the only ones who complain about indecipherable business communications. Check out this Oct. 29 column by New York Times media critic David Carr about a CEO’s internal memo at magazine magnate Conde Nast (Vogue, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, etc.).  Looks as though employees are having a hard time understanding their boss’s lingo.
I talked last week with a friend at a consulting firm about the challenges of extracting thought leadership material from a firm’s professionals, and how the process often degenerates into a long series of rewrites. This is actually very common, and I thought it might be helpful to explain how and why it happens.

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Articles on Thought Leadership Content Development

A good white paper outline or template willsave you multiple calls, rejected drafts, endless rewrites and unhappy subject matter experts.
Getting the structure of a white paper or other thought leadership piece right requires a white paper outline template. Here is ours in seven parts.
You'd think consultants would embrace ghostwriters. Ghostwriters can help them to publish more often in less time with less effort. And internal marketers who know thought leadership builds business are all for it. But many consultants are averse to using ghosts. Why? We asked several, and we also asked for their ideas on how to fix the sometimes dysfunctional ghost-client relationship.
Managers are always looking for answers to their most pressing problems. In this article, we explain how to write a white paper that will attract and engage an executive audience.
Having an online presence is increasingly important for professional services firms and other B2B marketers. For most businesses, it has become essential. But ranking high in search engine results is increasingly important too. This article explains how to get higher rankings with quality content. 

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