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

While the practice of marketing is fundamentally changing because of the Internet, some practices will never change y. One of them is the need for a compelling reason, clearly communicated. If you don’t have a point of view that is new and substantiated with examples, you can tweet about it all you want but buyers will ignore you.
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. 

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Articles on Thought Leadership Content Development

To get clients to respond to their marketing campaigns, professional services firms must demonstrate deep and novel insights on business issues--a business point of view. Such insights capture client attention by making high-stakes, confusing issues coherent. And they lower the risk of choosing the wrong advisor.
Following the footsteps of professional services firms, companies in amny other sectors have recognized the power of seminal ideas that create order out of chaos, and are flooding the marketplace with their insights. This article explains how to make sure that those insights are good enough to capture the attention of prospects.

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