If you’re looking to increase your company’s digital presence and lead generation, one place to spend time auditing is your company’s blog. Does your blog do a good job of answering questions your buyers have? Are you consistently blogging and optimizing your posts for SEO? Are your titles compelling enough to attract the reader’s attention?
I could list numerous more questions to ask, but in this post I wanted to specifically talk about how your blog should function as a triage for your lead generation efforts by creating momentum with visitors who are likely to buy.
Since the end goal of a business blog (or any customer facing content asset) is to stimulate demand and generate enquiries, here are a few tips to increase conversions:
Offer recommended reading
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Offering visitors another post on the same page gives them a reason to stay and click around other content. Related post plugins like this can also help with SEO.
Many marketers spend countless hours/dollars creating outstanding eBook and whitepapers only to use them sporadically in email campaigns. Apply a bit of creativity on your blog and showcase your solutions with an offer to download related content. Offering downloadable content on your blog increases your website’s secondary conversion points, and a great way of generating reconversions.
Show that your blog isn’t just one way communication by asking for feedback. Serial Atlanta entrepreneur, David Cummings, does a good job of always ending his blog posts with a question.
Encourage discussions by seeding comments on new blog posts so visitors aren’t shy about being the first one to comment.
Use your site’s analytics to establish which topics people liked the most.
Gain permission to send specific updates by email
Email remains critical to business marketing communications– securing an opted-in email address is a primary goal for most businesses in the process of building a new business pipeline.
Dig a bit deeper and you can build targeted email lists based on specific site content.
Targeting content at niche groups builds trust and moves a minority towards transacting.
And Most Importantly
Don’t give up! Most blogs fail in the first few months because companies start one with the best of intentions, but then quickly realize it takes time, money, and resources. If you’d like some help identifying your buyer personas and coming up with a content strategy feel reach to reach out to us. We’d love to help.
What other demand generation techniques have you used on your blog?