Know what’s harder than keeping a small business blog updated regularly?
Creating blog content that actually drives results for your business.
If you’re not sure how to do that, I have some good news for you:
With a few tweaks and some hard work, you can turn your small business blog into a powerful, lead-generating machine.
And it’s definitely worth your time. Check out these statistics:
- 57% of companies with a blog have acquired a customer from it.
- B2B marketers who use blogs generate 67% more leads than those who don’t.
- Small businesses that blog get 126% more lead growth than small businesses that do not blog.
Ready to learn how to improve your business blog yet?
Let’s talk about 3 mistakes you’re making that are stopping you from getting leads.
1. You’re not sharing content that attracts your target audience.
I see it all the time. Businesses use their blog just to share company news updates, press releases, and endless product promotions.
If you’re doing that, you’re making a huge mistake.
Because, chances are, your target audience just doesn’t care about that stuff.
Don’t get me wrong – you can share company updates and promotional content from time to time. But most of your blog posts should give your target audience valuable information that helps them solve a specific problem or reach a goal.
You can see that these topics are completely focused on helping Freshbooks’ target audience: small business owners.
Note how they include two strong CTA’s bookending the meat and potatoes content that their audience seeks. You don’t always need to be converting but should make it easy to subscribe and soak up emails of your readers.
To use this strategy for your business, you’ll need to pinpoint topics that’ll attract your audience. You can do that by:
- Using Buzzsumo. This tool allows you to search for the most popular blog posts about any topic.
- Hanging out in industry-specific forums. Doing this can help you discover what questions your target audience is asking in relation to your business.
- Reading comments on your successful competitors’ blogs. Chances are, their readers ask questions in the comments section or on social. Can you write a blog post that addresses those questions? If so, do it!
If you have an email list or social following, you can survey your audience to find out what kind of content they want to read.
Use Google Forms or a similar tool to track your audience’s answers, and let those answers guide your small business blog content strategy.
2. You don’t share opt-in freebies in your blog posts.
With an ROI of around 4,300%, email marketing is essential for growing your small business.
You’ll find email marketing can seriously strengthen your ROI, as well as your ROAS.
Maybe you already know that – you just don’t know how to collect emails.
Well, I can tell you one thing for sure:
If you’re just using a “Sign Up for Company Announcements” form on your site, you’re not getting nearly as many leads as you could.
A better approach?
Incentivize your opt-in forms by giving your target audience something they can’t resist in exchange for their email address.
Though the design could use a refresh, notice how this blog post topic is super relevant to their target audience (IT companies).
On top of that, the free trial is closely related to the blog post topic with an invitingly clickable button.
That means that anyone reading the post is likely interested in the freebie content too.
And that is how you create an opt-in freebie that entices a reader to give you their email address.
But you don’t have to insert a different freebie in every blog post – you could also create one high-value freebie that’s relevant to your target audience.
Not sure what kind of freebie to offer?
Consider creating a free checklist, video training, workbook, eBook, or audio recording – any downloadable resource that helps your reader.
As a rule, if you provide real value – you gain valuable leads.
As long as your freebie is useful and relevant to your target audience, you should have no problem using it to collect new leads. In fact, be proud that you created something your audience finds helpful!
That’s the magic of content marketing. If you put in the work, the work pays off.
3. You don’t promote your blog posts effectively.
You can create the most in-depth, impressive blog posts in your industry, but if your target audience doesn’t know those posts exist, you’re going to have a tough time collecting leads.
Don’t let that happen.
Instead, market your blog posts in a way that makes them easy for your target audience to find.
One way to do this is to join industry-specific Facebook groups, LinkedIn groups, and forums. Then, build a presence, answer questions, and share your blog content.
For example, if you sell marketing services to realtors, you could hang out in the realtor subreddit and answer their questions related to marketing. Then, you could share your blog content when appropriate.
A word of warning:
Being too self-promotional will hurt your brand. Your main priority should be providing value to your target customers, so don’t share your content until you’ve built a presence.
It takes time, but if you do it right, people will naturally become interested in your business!
But don’t feel like you have to use every single marketing tactic available.
Figure out which ones are best for getting your content in front of your specific target audience, and focus your efforts there.
[Related reading: How to Choose the Best Social Media Site for Your Business]
Notice a common theme here?
All of the strategies in this post rely heavily on one thing:
In-depth knowledge of your target audience.
So if you’re not clear on your target customer, it’s time to do some research. Once you gather enough information, you should create an ideal customer profile and write all of your content as if it’s for that one specific person.
(You can learn how to create an ideal customer profile here!)
Blogging can work well when it comes to generating leads for small businesses. But it won’t work for you if you approach it with no strategy.
Take the time to figure out what your audience wants, and give it to them – consistently. Then, all that’s left is to be patient and watch the leads pour in!
Whether you’re looking to improve your existing ad strategy or develop a new lead generation magnet, Credo can help you meet your requirements.
Schedule a free consultation to get started today.