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

There is a lot of advice on how to write white papers, but it rarely addresses the creation of the core idea, which is generally presumed to exist. But advice like “Break up the gray space with diagrams” isn’t going to help much if the recommendations are unconvincing, or have already been made elsewhere.
Herman Miller, the office furniture manufacturer, publishes lots of thought leadership on its site about ergonomics and workplace productivity. So do its competitors. But they seem to have missed the point.
We have been looking at the use of ‘thought leadership” marketing outside of professional services We’re increasingly seeing those companies use quality content, instead of or as well as traditional advertising, to attract customers.
Chris Koch of ITSMA makes the point in a post here that if we are selling complex offerings to highly educated people who expect a degreee of intellectual rigor in their reading materials, that's not a formula for brevity. 
A new study by MetLife on the evolving American Dream is treading where few have gone before - taking Thought Leadership Marketing into B2C.

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Articles on Thought Leadership Content Development

The siren song of becoming a best-selling author is strong for many advice-givers. The prospect of having one’s ideas consumed by thousands or millions of people can be difficult to resist. However, it takes a great deal of work to produce a successful book. This article explains how to get it right.
Too many professional services firms unintentionally erode their sizable sales and marketing investments with poor writing. Poor writing makes a firms’ products—the expertise of their professionals—appear inferior. In this article, the authors explain how bad writing happens, and how to ensure it doesn’t.
How can professional services firms ensure that their white papers, articles, website content, research reports, books and email newsletters generate substantial interest in the firm. This article explains how marketing organization holds the key.
Case study research has a pivotal role in developing a compelling point of view.
U.S. professional services firms said having strong intellectual capital (IC) was the most important ingredient of effective marketing—more important than having a compelling brand, big marketing budget, a sound marketing strategy or capable sales force, according to a recent survey conducted by The Bloom Group.

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