It’s a noisy world. Despite best efforts to speak directly to an audience with content and campaigns designed to capture their attention, too frequently those campaigns will fall on deaf ears.
If you feel like you’ve experienced this kind of challenge, there is a solution – one that’s been around for much longer than the terms “content / engagement marketing” have existed, but not a lot of companies have given it the time and energy it requires. The solution is simple – Become part of the conversation. Then you’re no longer talking at your audience, but talking with them. Becoming a thought leader is the most efficient way to achieve the kind of loyalty and brand value that helps you stand out from the crowd.
Establishing you and your team as thought leaders is extremely valuable. There are challenges to measuring your thought leadership efforts, but looking at the right metrics prove what is common sense – when someone provides valuable information, they become a trusted advisor. And when the time comes, those advisors are the ones business leaders will turn to.
You may not have named it “thought leadership”, but you’ve likely participated in efforts to establish both your credibility…
The President and Founder of Moss Networks, Bonnie Moss, created an article “What International Payments Businesses Need to Know about Branding in the US” that was published in PaymentsJournal this month.The article details what international payments businesses need to know about branding themselves to a US audience. Bonnie discusses how these businesses can use their offshore expertise to win US clients, as long as they tailor their marketing strategies to the needs and concerns of the US merchant audience. To be most effective, she argues, businesses must build their brands in the US starting from scratch and demonstrate expertise, build trust, and establish authority.
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A picture may be worth a thousand words, but visual content can be much more valuable. As more people get most of their information from screens, content tools such as photos, illustrations, infographics, and video are the keys to engaging your audience. Research from many sources shows that including visuals can get more audience members to read, share, and use your content. In this post, we’ll look at three of visual content marketing’s biggest benefits.
Science says our eyes and minds tend to wander when confronted with a page of text – one often-cited statistic says that site visitors read about 20 percent of the words on a given page. That means that if you want to get your message through, you need visual information to combat text fatigue and keep your readers’ eyes on your pages and posts.
Visa Europe’s library of infographics takes complex topics like cross-border payment tokenization, multi-lateral interchange fees, and contactless payment adoption and distills them into easy-to-scan packages of visual information. Each infographic uses the traditional Visa blue and gold color palette for heightened brand visibility.
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Humans are hardwired to seek out and appreciate good stories, from ancient Greek tales to modern-day Netflix series, and that preference makes storytelling one of the most powerful marketing tools. Narratives have power in the marketplace because prospects can identify with the pain points stories describe. An effective story will emotionally connect readers with your brand by letting them imagine themselves accomplishing something great—usually by overcoming a challenge or solving a tricky problem. Stories are also a practical tool for educating your prospects and delivering information in a way that’s easy to remember. Each of these story characteristics can strengthen your B2B marketing by positioning your brand as trustworthy, relatable, and reliable.
Stories help your audience remember your brand and products
The connection between stories and memory is critical for good marketing, especially in crowded and highly competitive industries. Stanford Business School research found that people remember information up to 22 times more often when it’s shared in story form, compared to a list of facts. That makes storytelling a must-have tool for raising your company’s profile and standing out in customers’ minds.
Stories tell your customers how they can succeed
B2C marketing tells stories that help consumers identify with brands. Workout…