How Successful B2B Companies Use Social Media

“Focus on how to be social, not how to do social.”

– Jay Baer

B2B customers often require multiple interactions to move them from awareness to interest and finally to desire and action. With over three-quarters of B2B buyers active on social media, platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn are no longer only for B2C companies.

B2B companies that actively employ a social strategy see better returns in the long run. It’s important to remember that creating an online presence is about more than short-term gains.

Here’s how successful B2B companies use social media:

They leverage social media to create brand awareness and get in front of their target audience.

If you want to connect with your customers you need to be where they are. Creating brand awareness is key in separating you from your competitors and getting customers to remember and use your name.

They create content that offers value to their audience.

Providing interesting and valuable content helps your audience identify you as a reliable source of information and authority in your business niche. Content that offers value is essential to driving engagement and generating interest in your offering.

They use social media as a listening tool.

By having a presence on social media, B2B companies can gather comments and feedback to understand what their ideal customers are looking for. It also provides insight into how they view your business and those of your competitors.

They use social platforms as a communication tool.

Using social media as a customer service channel provides B2B companies with a quick and effective way to answer queries and respond to questions raised about your brand.

They use social platforms as a way to generate leads.

Social media is an effective way to generate new leads, by providing valuable content that addresses customer pain points. Warming and nurturing leads by engaging with them regularly helps salespeople build trust and move prospects further down the marketing funnel quicker.

They use their social presence to help drive traffic.

Whether through paid or organic posts, B2B companies can connect with people interested in their service and drive traffic to landing pages, capture forms, or any other apps or websites.

They use social media to positively affect their SEO score.

While social media may not directly affect your SEO score, the links you share on social channels, which in turn may get reshared, and direct traffic to your website indirectly has a positive effect on your search rankings.

They use social media to show their human side.

People connect with people and social media makes it easier for B2B companies to showcase their human side. Being authentic on social platforms is the quickest way to start building trust with your target audience.

Is your business using social media’s full potential?

At Brieffin we use our expertise to unlock everything social media has to offer your business or personal brand. We use our experience in content creation, strategy and planning, and social media management to help build consistency and deliver marketing success. Let’s talk.

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The magic of B2B storytelling in marketing

In the modern world, impactful brand storytelling is about how to look your audience in the eye, digitally.

– Amelia Veale

When marketers seek to develop a deeper connection with their audience, whether to inspire, educate or influence them, they can tap into a fundamental aspect of being human, our love of stories.

Storytelling when done correctly has a profound effect on human emotions. Having a deeper understanding of these emotions and motivations allows companies to lay down their brand’s narrative helping them find common ground with their audience.

B2B brands have long had the problem of how to connect with their target buyers (decision-makers) at other companies. Knowing that these buyers are affected by and base some of their decisions on emotions like all humans, means connecting with them emotionally has a big impact on the success of building trust, forming relationships, and ultimately doing business with them.

The power of stories to create connections between people and ideas, to convey history and values is something world leaders have been doing for a long time to motivate people to take a certain action. When used by industrial companies and B2B’s it can help shift marketing efforts from salesy pitches and boring prospects with endless features and figures to captivating their attention and helping them create a connection to your business. Here’s how.

Stories can be used to highlight and address challenges that clients experience. By using storytelling to show customers that you understand their needs and concerns around a specific problem, or even one they were unaware of, helps them assess whether you are the right partner to solve their pain points.

Humanize your business through stories. Getting an audience to relate to your brand story can be difficult, by humanizing your business it breaks down the abstract side of the business. Humanizing your brand makes it real for your audience. B2B’s can do this by sharing stories about their own failures and successes, show off the people behind the scenes by giving employee’s a voice, showing gratitude, and being transparent.

Utilise case studies and customer success stories. This is a great storytelling technique because it is instantly relatable as a real-world example of success. Why are case studies so effective? It allows you to tell a story without being self-serving, highlights your expertise and the value your brand offers.

Let customers tell the story for you. By using customer testimonials in their marketing brands can leverage the powerful psychological effect a satisfied customer creates by helping build trust and credibility. Testimonial stories provide assurance about the quality and value of the service they received, one of the most important aspects of the buying decision making process.

Storytelling helps breath life into any type of business, and what business doesn’t want to drive connections and engagement in a truly human way.

Is your business using social media’s full potential?

At Brieffin we use our expertise to unlock everything social media has to offer your business or personal brand. We use our experience in content creation, strategy and planning, and social media management to help build consistency and deliver marketing success. Let’s talk.

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Why B2B companies need to be on Instagram

81% of people use Instagram to help research products and services

– Instagram business statistics

Facebook is still undoubtedly at the top of the social media pyramid with more than 2.7 billion monthly active users. Together with LinkedIn, Facebook has become an integral part of most social media marketing strategies for industrial companies and B2Bs.

It’s easy to forget that Facebook owns four of the six social media platforms that boast over 1 billion users. One of these being Instagram which has around 1.2 billion monthly active users.

While Instagram initially started as a social network to share photos with friends and family, it has quickly evolved into a platform that allows brands to blur the lines between the personal (human) and professional sides of their business.

Unlike LinkedIn which is focused on professional networking and career development, Instagram is a mashup of pretty much everything; from travel to fashion and food. So why should industrial companies and B2Bs, in general, consider including Instagram in their organic marketing efforts?

While paid advertising has its place for targeting specific ‘short-term’ business objectives, organic posts have a more long-term effect on customer and prospective employee perceptions.

Though not impossible it’s becoming more difficult to reach users with organic content on Facebook and LinkedIn, this is where Instagram offers the biggest opportunity for B2B businesses.

Instagram is a great platform for building brand awareness, community, establishing credibility, and driving engagement all organically. Using a mix of user-generated content, behind the scenes insights, and appropriate hashtags B2Bs can achieve organic reach in ways they can’t on other platforms.

Because Instagram is essentially a visual search engine, brands can get creative with how they design and share visual content through curated posts, videos, carousels, and stories. It’s through these different types of content that B2B brands can connect with audiences on a more human level and showcase their values and personality.

Why is this type of organic reach such a big deal when paid advertising can generate a return on investment ‘fairly quickly’?

When done well a good organic social media strategy on Instagram can act as a place where potential customers, media members, and prospective employees can research, learn and directly engage with brands. More than that it directly impacts search engine results and lets you promote your products and services without being too direct.

Organic social media should be viewed as a long-term strategy that helps you connect with followers, and Instagram is just the platform to do it on.

Is your business using social media’s full potential?

At Brieffin we use our expertise to unlock everything social media has to offer your business or personal brand. We use our experience in content creation, strategy and planning, and social media management to help build consistency and deliver marketing success. Let’s talk.

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Time for a Career revamp?

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”

– Milton Berle

As we continue to feel the effects of the pandemic into 2021, the ripple effect from the first series of lockdowns has forced change on some people while shifting priorities for others. With the ‘second wave’ playing out around the world more people are having to look at the impact the pandemic is having on their careers, and industries.

For those that have decided to seek out new opportunities, now is the chance to update your resume and cover letter, rethink your LinkedIn profile and start networking in a way that opens new doors.

Updating your resume and optimizing your LinkedIn profile to meet the platform’s best practices doesn’t need to be difficult or time-consuming, here’s where to start.

Resumes & Cover Letters

It’s not always the candidate with the best qualifications or work experience that lands the role. It’s the person who marketed themselves the best. When revamping your resume keep the following in mind.

Your resume is a chance for you to showcase your personal brand. Including a summary or branding statement helps create a focused message that aligns with your ‘brand’, showcases your unique value, and helps differentiate you from other candidates.

Keep your resume relevant. Industries and processes change over time, consider removing old or irrelevant work experience that doesn’t align with your future goals or desired career.

Include your custom LinkedIn URL. Why? LinkedIn is part of your overall professional presence and for many industry professionals, the most important social media platform for networking and job searches. 

The visual design of your resume and cover letter should reflect your personal brand as well as your target industry. Colour and layout play an important role in how employers perceive you. Creating a unique visual resume will help your resume stand out while still being you.

You want your resume to tell your story. This is your opportunity to explain why you are so valuable in a way that grabs the reader’s attention, making you more memorable. Use storytelling techniques throughout your resume to highlight your biggest accomplishments. The goal is to create a connection with the reader so they want to learn more about you.

LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn is the social media platform of choice for industry professionals, recruiters, and businesses looking for talent. Optimizing your profile can help you leverage the networking potential of LinkedIn and improve your job search. Make sure you’re ticking the following LinkedIn best practices boxes.

Make sure you have an up to date and professional profile photo. It creates a positive first impression of your profile. Include a cover image that’s both eye-catching and reflects your personal brand.

Customize your LinkedIn URL, www.linkedin.com/in/yournamehere. This allows you to use it across different platforms to market yourself.

Make sure all your relevant contact information has been filled out. People won’t contact you if they can’t easily do so.

Put some thought into your headline. Avoid just putting your job title down. Use your headline to help make a positive impression and explain what exactly it is you do and offer. It’s also a chance for you to include keywords that help your profile appear in LinkedIn searches.

Use the about section of your profile to share your story. Remember to write in the first person. Adding skills to your profile also shows recruiters what your core competencies are, make sure to highlight your strongest skillsets.

When adding your experience, don’t just copy in what it says on your resume. While your resume is more concise and targeted to the position you want. Your LinkedIn profile can and should include a more complete picture of your overall work experience.

Take time to add in your accomplishments. This is where you can add noteworthy information about yourself outside of your employment history.

Need a helping hand putting it all together? Check out our design and copywriting programs for resume and LinkedIn upgrading at www.brieffin.com/personal-brand/.

Is your business using social media’s full potential?

At Brieffin we use our expertise to unlock everything social media has to offer your business or personal brand. We use our experience in content creation, strategy and planning, and social media management to help build consistency and deliver marketing success. Let’s talk.

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The ‘Virtual’ Future of Industrial Events

In a world that is constantly changing, it is to our advantage to learn how to adapt and enjoy something better.

– Kenneth H. Blanchard

Covid-19 has had a profound impact on numerous industries around the world, with the tradeshow and events industry being one of the hardest hit. For those in the industrial sector, these important annual events provide the chance to interact with other industry professionals, analyse national and international trends and developments in various fields, discover new and exciting innovations on show, as well as build and strengthen relationships.

While many of the restrictions and concerns for live in-person events seem set to stay for the foreseeable future, the shift to virtual events has seen a dramatic increase. With advancements in technology and the mass adoption of connecting through video socially and for work, the internet and event platforms have opened new doors to what’s possible with virtual reality and artificial intelligence.

Until now, holding any large event online has always taken a backseat to the real thing. But 2020 has proved just how responsive and adaptable the virtual landscape can be and that it’s here to stay. The virtual events space offers companies, organisers, and attendees several appealing advantages over face-to-face events.

Virtual events have a global reach, allowing planners to engage with more people no matter where they live. They have lower operating and marketing costs, allowing companies with smaller budgets to successfully host online events. The digital nature of the events also allows companies to integrate their brand strategy in new and exciting ways.

Planning and managing virtual events is simpler and more time-efficient, with no staff to manage, logistics and accommodation to arrange, or food and beverage to monitor. Planners can focus on delivering a positive and smooth experience for everyone.

As with any event, it’s what happens after that is most important. Virtual events allow exhibitors to get more feedback using various digital tools, allowing them to make the most of follow-up contact. It also allows planners access to new metrics, so they can collect more accurate information about engagement and activity, helping them plan better events for the future.

For attendees, it cuts out costly travel expenses and delivers more value with on-demand video content, VR, and other new experiences.

With many countries now rolling out vaccine plans, it might not be long before we can safely attend live events again. But with so many advantages being offered by virtual events a mixture of the two known as a hybrid event will most likely become the norm. Allowing for the benefits of face-to-face networking sessions while still offering inclusivity to a wider audience. Advances in technology and AI will further strengthen the possibilities of bringing future virtual events and experiences into our homes.

Is your business using social media’s full potential?

At Brieffin we use our expertise to unlock everything social media has to offer your business or personal brand. We use our experience in content creation, strategy and planning, and social media management to help build consistency and deliver marketing success. Let’s talk.

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How to identify customer pain points

“Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.”

Henri Kaiser

Every customer has pain points (or problems) they are experiencing and would like to solve, in some cases, they aren’t even aware of any problems that need solving.

A marketer’s job is three-fold:

Firstly, to identify a customer’s true needs.

Secondly, to then help them realize these needs if they haven’t already become aware of them themselves.

And thirdly, convince them of the best solution to resolve the pain points they are experiencing (hopefully the one you or your business is offering).

Being able to effectively find and resolve customer pain points not only sets you apart from your competitors but also communicates the value you bring. Identifying the root causes of your customer’s pain points may require you to look at potential problem areas from multiple perspectives.

While each pain point is unique, they generally fall into four broad categories of pain points.

Financial pain points: Your client simply wants or needs to reduce their spending on a specific aspect of their business.

Process pain points: Internal business processes need to be improved to increase efficiency.

Productivity pain points: These are barriers to the effective use of time and being more efficient with it.

Support pain points: Identifying wherein a sales or customer journey additional support may be needed to achieve the desired goal.

But how exactly to go about uncovering your customers’ unique issues? The first thing to do is allow them to fully explain their problem and where they believe the roadblocks in their business may be.

Get feedback from sales or customer support teams. Their interactions with existing customers (and lost ones) will shed light on where pain points may lie.

Conduct surveys of existing customers to see how they feel. Viewing an experience from their perspective often shines a spotlight on a problem that was otherwise invisible from a different point of view.

Look to see what your competitors may be doing differently to you. Studying their strategies may expose flaws in yours.

Then there’s Social Media, one of the quickest and most powerful ways to check what’s being said about your products, services, and brand. Studying comments and reviews is an excellent way to identify common pain points customers are experiencing.

Once a pain point has been uncovered, it needs to be solved. And while there is no instant fix formula that can be applied. Each issue that needs to be addressed must first be fully understood, and the solution offered personalized for each customer. Not only does this show you fully understand their needs but you are the right person to trust in solving them.

Is your business using social media’s full potential?

At Brieffin we use our expertise to unlock everything social media has to offer your business or personal brand. We use our experience in content creation, strategy and planning, and social media management to help build consistency and deliver marketing success. Let’s talk.

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Proud, Honored, and Everything in Between

We love awards, especially when we get them!

Adaptation from Ben Gazzara’s quote

We are so excited to announce our winning nomination for the Industrial Social Media Specialist of the year 2020 Spain, by Corporate Vision Magazine’s Media Innovator Awards.

The digital world of social media is fast-paced and continues to evolve in ways that push us to find creative ways to turn challenges into opportunities and shift our mindsets to align with not only the times but a brand’s communication style and goals as well. This award strengthens our commitment to helping Industrial brands overcome the challenges that come with digital marketing. With a conscious strategy, well thought out content plans, and a bit of creativity we believe that any brand can enjoy social media success.

A huge THANK YOU to our awesome clients and collaborators for their trust and support! We couldn’t have done it without you and we look forward to continued success in the years to come.

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How to create personas for B2B companies

If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.

Zig Ziglar

A massive 72% of B2B buyers expect personalized engagement from vendors, tailored to their needs – this, according to research by US software giant, Salesforce, titled State of the Connected Customer. Even more interesting, or perhaps unsettling for business owners, is how 76% of the customers surveyed, feel it’s never been easier to take their business elsewhere, thanks to technology.

In today’s fast-paced digital era, the old saying; time is money has never rung truer. The average B2B buyer has no time for the one-size-fits-all sales pitches of the pre-technology days, or to sift through a minefield of information to find what they need.

Today’s buyer wants customized solutions and expects you to understand and meet his needs.

So, how do you “get into” your clients’ minds to understand their needs? The simplest way is to create buyer personas, or archetypes, in layman’s terms.

Personas are detailed profiles of your ideal clients, based on your team’s combined research, and data: Designed to help you understand their needs to tailor your solutions accordingly.

Now, there are no shortcuts to creating high-value personas, but a carefully crafted profile can be invaluable to your marketing strategy. Done right, it could increase your conversions by 73%, according to Aberdeen research. To do so, you need to consider these factors:

1. Buyer demographics

First and foremost, you need a proper understanding of your buyers’ background. This includes:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Education
  • Income
  • Geographical location
  • Interest
  • Job title and role
  • Career goals
  • Job-related challenges
  • Challenges and,
  • Necessity points

2. Their company’s DNA and what drives them

Dealing with B2B buyers often means you’re dealing with multiple decision-makers. To understand what drives your buyers, it’s imperative to have a detailed understanding of their firms, as well as the industries in which they operate.

You need to learn about:

  • Their company sizes
  • Culture
  • The average day of a typical employee
  • Reporting structure
  • Relevant decision-makers

Equally important, you need to find out about the industries the companies clients belong to, and what products or services your buyer’s firm provides for them. Bear in mind when dealing with multiple decision-makers, you’ll need to create multiple personas to help give you a better understanding of the personality traits involved.

3. Influences

These include questions about how your buyers absorb information, their preferred platforms, and sources of information. To do this, you’ll have to consider the social media platforms they use and other networks they’re on, popular keywords and language used your buyers’ circles as well as the type of publications they’re interested in. Simply put, if your buyers are all on LinkedIn, there’s no use trying to engage them on Facebook. You need to go where they are.

4. Challenges and deal breakers

Lastly, you need to learn about your buyer’s challenges, as well as those faced by his organization. The more you know about these, allows you to optimize your messages for maximum conversion.

Is your business using social media’s full potential?

At Brieffin we use our expertise to unlock everything social media has to offer your business or personal brand. We use our experience in content creation, strategy and planning, and social media management to help build consistency and deliver marketing success. Let’s talk.

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The Four Biggest Opportunities in Industrial Social Media Branding

There are no challenges, only opportunities.

Us

It no longer matters if you are a B2C company that sells directly to your customer or a big B2B corporate that sells complex industrial machinery, with the right strategy any type of company can find success and create a winning social media formula with a positive result.

Industrial companies have always had the challenge of how to portray their products and services without making them seem overly complex. The good news is that they can take a few pages out of the B2C playbook and add their own twist.

It’s a good idea to first understand some of the challenges that industrial firms face before brainstorming solutions. Here are 4 challenges to think about:

#1 Sales vs Marketing

Industrial companies generally have a much longer sales cycle, with a number of people involved in the buying/decision-making process. Marketing and Sales departments need to work together to agree on the type of content that will help buyers gather information and knowledge about the company as well as products and services, through every step of the customer’s decision-making journey (awareness, consideration, evaluation, and purchase). Closing the gap between sales and marketing teams means that content is produced with a specific aim or type of customer in mind. Creating content that can inform and engage while forming the building blocks of a relationship should always be the end goal, helping turn prospects into qualified leads in less time.

#2 Creating vulnerability

Releasing the technical overcoat and showing the human side. Vulnerability is a fundamental human condition and something all humans can relate to. By tapping into this universal feeling, industrial companies can stand out from their competitors and create new connections in a way they haven’t before.

#3 Resources and consistency

Limited resources such as time, budget, and backing for content ideas are challenges industrial companies may face when trying to create high-quality content. A social media strategy is essential to successfully plan so that the available resources are used in a way that marketers can consistently share high-quality content and grow the company’s audience. Limited resources can however force companies to think outside the box or focus on a particular segment of their market.

#4 Patience and managing expectations

Good content marketing takes time. Industrial companies need time to grow their online presence and authority with the understanding that producing quality content and building relationships cannot be rushed. Setting and managing expectations early on will help align goals, limit frustration and confusion, and increase the chances of success. 

Is your business using social media’s full potential? At Brieffin we use our expertise to unlock everything social media has to offer your business or personal brand. We use our experience in content creation, strategy and planning, and social media management to help build consistency and deliver marketing success.

Let’s talk!


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Why Social Media is a Great Idea for Industrial Companies

Social media is the ultimate equaliser. It gives a voice and a platform to anyone willing to engage.

Amy Jo Martin, Founder and CEO of Digital Royalty

Being in business in the connected age we currently live in and putting social media on the back burner, could mean overlooking your most effective marketing channel. While mastering social media as a company in the industrial sector is a bit trickier, the benefits of investing time and resources into these channels are clear.

Here are 8 reasons industrial companies should have an online social presence to help build their brand and explore the benefits they could gain by developing their virtual identity.

Creating a Virtual Identity

Taking control of your companies’ online identity shouldn’t be ignored. Customers and competitors alike are all participating in online conversations. Crafting your virtual identity on social media channels helps in shaping your brand’s footprint in the eyes and minds of your audience.

Educating and Creating Authority

Creating content for industrial companies on social media calls for creativity, like many others, but these platforms provide an excellent opportunity to educate potential customers on the benefits a company’s solutions can provide. Educating and informing audiences also positions a company as a credible and professional authority, and source of information, which leads to an increase in engagement and potential leads. 

Adding the Human Touch

One area of challenge for many industrial companies is how to add the human component of the company to their technical or industrial image. Social media provides an opportunity to display that human side that would have otherwise remained hidden. Business is ultimately done between people and the less ‘corporate’ you can come across the more potential peers are likely to engage with you. By using storytelling industrial companies can begin a new conversation with their audience, one more centered around people.

Assisting With Sales

Social media may shorten the amount of time needed to close potential sales, by providing audiences with insights into different manufacturing processes, technology, or solutions you could offer them. This gives them a more informed opinion of your business and reduces the amount of time needed to educate peers or customers on your service offerings. Using social media platforms such as LinkedIn is a great way for industrial companies to find prospects and begin developing professional relationships by building trust, providing support, or answering questions.

Driving Traffic

The majority of valuable information that might be of interest to customers is usually located on a company’s website, the question is how to get them there? The content shared on social media is generally different pieces of information designed to educate, inspire or inform audiences about a company, but the ultimate goal (besides getting them to follow your social channels and engage with you) is to direct them to your website where they can be exposed to a wider and more detailed array of information that might interest them.

Keeping Your Audience Informed

Technological advancements and innovation move fast, and social media is a reliable way to stay informed about what your potential prospects or competitors might be doing. Likewise, it gives peers and decision-makers insight into the advances and new offerings your company might be launching, keeping them in the loop before you have even made contact.

Discovering More Benefits as You Grow

As your company grows on social media and you discover what works for your business, more and more benefits will present themselves.

Higher SEO rankings as a result of an active social media page. Aligning with other brands on campaigns on social media may allow you to build additional credibility in the market. Building a community online also attracts new talent, making your company an attractive option for future assets.

However, the true value of investing in social media can only be experienced in time. Like any other solid and sustainable relationship, it requires time, commitment, and clear communication. A more engaged community, better customer relationships, and access to new leads can only be obtained if social media is used in a way that educates, inspires, and engages people.

 

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