Digital Marketing for Engineers Blog

Three important content trends for engineering marketers

Posted by John Hayes

Aug 10, 2016 1:40:31 PM

 

It’s frustrating to be an engineering marketer.  You create an excellent piece of content, only to see it get no views. This post covers three trends that are impacting the distribution of your content.

 

These trends are spelled out in the Reuters 2016 Digital News Report.  While it does not speak specifically to marketing to engineers, it does highlight broader content trends that we can put into an engineering context.

 

  1. People are increasingly accessing their news through aggregation platforms like Google and Facebook

  2. Smartphones are used by 53% of news readers

  3. Video news is not as popular as expected

 

Read on for my take on why this matters to engineering marketers and what you can do about it.

 

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Topics: Digital media and online marketing, Social Media for Engineers, Content marketing for engineers, Content Promotion

Formula to Measure Success of Content –or How Not to Be a Lazy Bastard

Posted by Roopinder Tara

Aug 3, 2016 8:30:00 AM

 

Relying on too-easy metrics like page views for your content won’t give you the whole picture.  

Get ready. One day soon your boss will ask you to justify your paid content scheme with some measure of success. If the only answer you can muster is, "We’re getting a zillion page views," then your boss might think, "Why did we hire this lazy bastard?" before sending an email to HR and questioning the legitimacy of your marketing degree.

How do you measure the success of your content? We use a formula that accounts for many factors, including page views, to give a single success score. You can, too.

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Topics: Digital media and online marketing, Content marketing for engineers, Analytics

Two Ways to Boost Your Engineering Content Reach on Facebook

Posted by John Hayes

Jul 27, 2016 4:10:41 PM

 

Focusing on distribution is a great way to make sure that you earn a return on your content investment. In
addition to other social media channels, Facebook can be an important part of the engineering marketer’s distribution strategy.

 

Why use Facebook to reach engineers?  Mostly because of the volume of inventory.  That volume can make up for the fact that marketers consider Facebook to be a less valuable audience platform than Linkedin, Youtube or Twitter (according to the ENGINEERING.com 2015 marketer survey).

 

This post breaks down two keys to maximizing your reach on Facebook. 

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Topics: Content marketing for engineers, Sponsored posts and content amplification, content reach, Content Promotion

Five New Campaign Ideas to Juice Your Engineering Marketing Success

Posted by John Hayes

Jul 6, 2016 11:27:16 AM

 

This is the time of year when engineering marketers are looking for new campaign ideas.   Sometimes it’s
because their year-to-date results are falling short. Sometimes they are looking to experiment before committing to their 2017 budgets.  Either way, they want to know what’s new that they can test. 

When it comes to trying new ideas, we’ve tried plenty: from video series to contests, from users surveys to graphic novels (don’t call them comic books!).

 

By their nature, new ideas don’t always work.  Here are five proven campaign ideas that you may not have tried:

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Topics: Sponsored video marketing to engineers, Lead Generation, Content marketing for engineers, Sponsored posts and content amplification

Webinars: Marketers are Going where the Engineers Are

Posted by John Hayes

Jun 23, 2016 2:38:54 PM

 

We surveyed 1,589 engineers to understand how they get their news and information.  More than ¾ said that they planned to attend a webinar in 2016. 

The fact that engineers say they are going to webinars matches the anecdotal evidence we have seen both at ENGINEERING.com and what I hear from other publishers - engineering marketers are signing up for more webinars than ever. 

In this post we’ll look at the increased commitment to webinars, what sorts of webinars marketers are running, and dig into more detail about the engineers who attend them.

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Topics: Content marketing for engineers, Webinar for engineers, content strategy

Proving that Content Marketing Works for Manufacturers

Posted by John Hayes

Jun 1, 2016 8:41:11 AM

Marketers often ask us, “Do you have a new way to reach our audience?” They want to ensure that they aren’t missing any new weapons from a publisher’s arsenal.

Marketers need to gain more traction within their specific target markets. That has them wondering whether more emphasis on content marketing will pay off.  The reason they ask us is because publishers know how to tell stories that will resonate with their audience and provide value to their readers. 

One valuable way to answer their question is with an experiment.  A well designed experiment can prove the value of content marketing to reach a targeted audience.  In this post I’ll outline a way to do that.

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Topics: Content marketing for engineers, Sponsored posts and content amplification, content strategy

Three Free Research Reports for Engineering Marketers

Posted by John Hayes

May 11, 2016 10:31:12 AM

 

There is no denying that marketing is becoming a data science.  That applies to the world of engineering marketing as much as to any other industry.  Every year there are many important pieces of research that help the engineering marketer better understand what campaigns are working.

With that in mind, here are a few recent reports that no engineering marketer should be without:

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Topics: Content marketing for engineers, Industry trends and research

Four myths about content marketing to engineers

Posted by John Hayes

Apr 14, 2016 1:43:22 PM

 

I had a good chat with the CEO of a major industrial publisher this week. He said they were seeing record levels of interest in content marketing campaigns from industrial marketers.  

This is news because it represents a shift in who is using content marketing.  It is no longer the sole domain of  software companies.  Instead, it is now factoring into the marketing plans of a much broader group of engineering marketers.

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Topics: Content marketing for engineers

Surveys can help you create outstanding downloadable content for your prospects

Posted by John Hayes

Mar 31, 2016 12:13:19 PM

Some of our best customers have asked for help in creating downloadable content that they can use to drive leads. 

Since I’m a bit of a data nerd (as many of you already know), I offered to create surveys that would provide insights for their prospects.  We then turned those surveys into research reports that we put behind a gated form to drive leads.

And here’s a cool thing that happened.  The marketers were able to use the survey to ask about the business concerns of their prospects.  Questions like, “Do you have this specific pain point that our solution addresses,” gave them insights into the buying behavior of their prospects in the same survey as we used to generate a valuable white paper for those prospects. 

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Topics: Content marketing for engineers, Webinar for engineers, Industry trends and research

Manufacturers say Content Marketing Isn’t Working, But Will Do More Anyway

Posted by John Hayes

Mar 10, 2016 11:57:25 AM

The Content Marketing Institute’s 2016 report has a somewhat confusing finding.

North American Manufacturers say that the effectiveness of content marketing is down compared to last year.   Almost twice as many say that content marketing is NOT effective compared to those who say that it is. 

 

From B2B Manufacturing Content Marketing 
2016 Benchmarks, Budgets and Trends – North America

 

And now for the big surprise.  Almost all of those marketers say that they will keep spending the same or more budget on content marketing as last year.  “How can this be?”, you rational marketers might ask?

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Topics: Content marketing for engineers, Sponsored posts and content amplification, Industry trends and research, Advanced manufacturing

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