3 easy B2B marketing videos you can create right now (and how to create them)

November 16, 2017

3 easy B2B marketing videos you can create right now (and how to create them)

You’ve heard thought leaders telling you to create more online video.

You’re reading about the importance of video marketing on industry blogs (guilty as charged).

You’re seeing your competitors produce video content, and maybe you’re getting pressure from higher-ups at your company to do the same.

Here’s the thing: If you wait to feel 100% prepared before starting something, you’ll never accomplish anything. (Click to tweet!) It’s time to stop putting it off.

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Professional B2B content marketing writers: Why you need ‘em and how to find ‘em

November 10, 2017

Professional B2B content marketing writers: Why you need ‘em and how to find ‘em

By far, the number-one challenge we hear from prospects and clients when it comes to content marketing is finding the time to do it. Producing content is time consuming.

Behind every blog post, white paper, e-book, case study, infographic and video are countless hours of research, interviewing, organizing, writing and editing for accuracy, word choice, clarity, voice and flow.

At the same time, many in complex B2B industries (like law, manufacturing, technology, architecture, engineering and construction) believe that their businesses are too complex and niche for non-technical professionals (such as writers) to grasp and translate into compelling, digestible content.

“We have to do it ourselves” is something I’ve heard time and time again.

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User-generated content marketing: How your employees can contribute video with their smartphone

November 2, 2017

EMPLOYEE-GENERATED VIDEO

You don’t need a Hollywood movie studio to be a B2B video marketer. In fact, you already have a team of videographers at your disposal: your employees. And they already have access to a high-powered video camera in their purse or pocket: their smartphone.

After all, the best camera is the one you have with you.

So why should you care about employee-generated video content? Glad you asked.

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4 types of video B2B companies should be using in their marketing

October 19, 2017

4 types of video for B2B marketing

It’s likely your B2B company is already incorporating video into its marketing efforts. If not, what are you waiting for? The majority of internet users today watch videos every single day. Not only that, but companies that use video marketing grow their revenue 49% faster than those that don’t.

Strategically produced videos can:

  • Educate your audience
  • Showcase your successes
  • Differentiate your brand
  • Drive viewers to action

But what kinds of video should you focus on? Let’s examine four types of video you should start leveraging to grow your business.

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Content marketers: 7 ways to improve your subject-matter-expert interviews

July 12, 2017

Content marketers: 7 ways to improve your subject-matter-expert interviews

Get the information you need to create persuasive, insightful content by conducting better interviews

I’ll let you in on a little-known secret that sets great content marketers apart from the good ones. It’s not the writing. It’s not video production skills. It’s not even research.

Don’t get me wrong — those are important. But the real secret sauce? Conducting great interviews.

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3 newsroom lessons to improve your sales story

April 21, 2017

3 newsroom lessons to improve your sales story

Humans are natural storytellers and we gravitate to stories — whether around a campfire, the office water cooler or on Netflix. The world of sales is no different.

A compelling narrative can be the difference between a pitch that converts prospects into clients and one that falls flat. That’s why sales stories are so important.

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How to get the most bang for your content buck [infographic]

March 16, 2017

When you put blood, sweat and tears (ok, maybe just a lot of strategy, hours and money) into a top-quality piece of thought-leadership content, it deserves a longer shelf life than one round of LinkedIn promotion and a slot in your website “resources” section. Whether you’re an architecture, engineering or construction (AEC) firm or a law firm, long-form content offers like e-books can cost thousands of precious marketing dollars to produce and design, so you need to squeeze out every lead-generation opportunity you can. Top companies know that repurposing content is the smart thing to do — here’s how:

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Robo-content: What humans face in a world run by machines

January 17, 2017

Robo-content: What humans face in a world run by machines

Reputation Ink’s exclusive interview with Carmen Simon, Ph.D. of Rexi Media

 

They help us find love online, arrive at our destinations without asking strangers, self-diagnose medical symptoms and find the next round of Netflix shows to binge-watch. They are algorithms.

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What is influencer marketing? (And why B2B companies should care)

January 6, 2017

Reputation Ink’s exclusive interview with Promise Phelon of TapInfluence

What is influencer marketing? (And why B2B companies should care)

Consumers today are smart.

Yes, regardless of what many YouTube “fail” videos may imply about the intelligence of the human race, people are in fact pretty savvy — and they’re not easily swayed by old-school marketing tactics. In fact, research shows consumers value customer reviews and peer recommendations over traditional advertising more than ever. Why? Because they value authenticity.

But can brands be authentic? Sure. There are plenty of good examples of this, but influencers can provide a human extension of your brand. They can connect your business to customers in a unique way.

Enter: influencer marketing.

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B2B and video: A match made in ROI heaven

December 16, 2016

Reputation Ink’s exclusive interview with Ed Heil of StoryTeller Media + CommunicationsB2B and video: A match made in ROI heaven

Content may be king, but video has taken the crown for queen.

Don’t believe me? Casually scroll through your Facebook feed. Check out a competitor’s website. Sign up to receive INKsights email newsletters from your favorite agency.

In November, the Rep Ink team dug out our gloves and scarves and headed to Boston for HubSpot’s INBOUND conference. There, our team interviewed Ed Heil, Owner of StoryTeller Media + Communications. We wanted to learn from Ed why B2B companies should be using video, and how to do so effectively and strategically.

When it comes to marketing, B2B companies don’t have the luxury of playing to impulse and low-commitment buys like B2Cs can. What do you do if you aren’t selling cookies, but rather production equipment to cookie manufacturers?

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