One of the top three challenges B2B content marketers face this year is “producing the kind of content that engages” (according to a recent study by Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs). So how do you create content that drives more buyer engagement? What’s the secret? The answer is deeply rooted in human nature itself.
Humans can’t ignore creativity. And neither can your customers.
Think about your favorite songs, movies, and books … all highly creative, right? The same goes for great Super Bowl ads, memorable speeches, and famous works of art. Creativity is compelling. And the more creative your content, the more your buyers will voluntarily consume it and share it with their networks.
What you can learn from a chimpanzee named Freddie.
Look at MailChimp. They’ve taken a stodgy, technical industry full of antiquated, 1990s HTML code and precarious CAN-SPAM compliance issues … and made it fun, interesting, and accessible to anyone. MailChimp (along with Freddie, their effervescent chimp mascot) cheerfully helps its buyers learn how to do better email marketing by publishing engaging blog posts, videos, and in-depth MailChimp Guides. It’s practical knowledge you can take and use right away to improve your emails – but Freddie’s creative presence is never far away. Proof their content engages? 117,000 Twitter followers. 83,508 likes on Facebook. 3,697 followers on LinkedIn. 2,031 followers on Pinterest. (as of today)
And that’s just MailChimp.
Other smart companies like Coke, Apple, Nike, and Starbucks have built strong brands – and continue to engage their buyers – by being more creative. Just like MailChimp, creativity played a crucial role as these brands rose from their small beginnings to become global brands.
Power to the underdog.
You may not be as big as the competition. You may offer less products or services and have a smaller sales force. But this by no means stops you from shaking up your market with more creative, engaging content. Even if your company never gets a lovable chimpanzee mascot named Freddie, creativity is worth the effort. I’ve seen the creative multiplier make a difference for our own company and for our clients over and over again. It just works. And any company can do it.
Now, get your creativity on and go create some content.
So that’s it. Next time you’re creating content, remember your buyer is a human (like you) who can’t help responding to creativity. Remember a chimpanzee can sell B2B email marketing services. But start small. Something as simple as a lively, attention-grabbing title can make all the difference in the world to your next blog post, ebook, infographic, or webinar. Get creative. And find out why it’s the secret weapon for increasing buyer engagement in your B2B content marketing.