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. 

Contact Us 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.  

 

Recent Blog Posts on Thought Leadership Content Development

We all know what happened in the 1980s when the Japanese began exporting cars to the U.S. with fewer defects than those made in Detroit. Toyota, Honda and Nissan began stealing market share from Ford, GM and Chrysler. For 30 years now, the U.S.-based automakers have been forced to boost quality. The same story has played out in industry after industry.
Developing a compelling, research-based point of view on any topic can take many months. Marketing that POV can take many more months. So what do you do when the phone isn't ringing or email box pinging with inquiries?
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.

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Articles on Thought Leadership Content Development

An interview with Steve Cokkinias, VP Sales and Marketing, FMG Leading, about the company's journey.
How four motivations drive superior content.
Surveys have an important role to play in thought leadership marketing. Done well, they create interest, credibility and leads and journalists will often report on them as they’re easy to turn into stories. Not done well they get no traction in the marketplace. Here are 10 rules to make sure yours are successful.
A good white paper outline or template willsave you multiple calls, rejected drafts, endless rewrites and unhappy subject matter experts.

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