Using Thought Leadership to Amplify Your Brand Authority

Your organization has many subject matter experts — now is the ideal time to begin bundling this expertise into thought leadership.

This can help build brand awareness, draw in better leads, and fix engage and nurture existing client connections.

So What is Thought Leadership?

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As stated in my book “The Thought Leader Way”, thought leadership is associated with sharing the brand’s insight and expertise to instruct, impact, and persuade the target audience toward making a buying decision. By showcasing thought leadership you get an opportunity to showcase your brand as a go-to resource for all things relevant to that topic of the domain.

So What is the Most Effective Method to Pick Thought Leadership Content Topics?

Here are a few ways to identify your thought leadership content topics:

• Use research and surveys to identify potential focus areas, pain points, and interests of your target audience.

• Analyze your competitor’s content assets to identify white spaces that you can focus upon or take an alternative point of view to what is being presented already.

• Use social listening tools to identify trending topics and map them to your areas of expertise.

• Read industry association reports, analyst reports, and academic journals to identify focus topics.

Adopting some of these strategies can help build your content calendar. Alternatively, you can also set up brainstorming sessions with your internal subject matter experts to identify themes and topics and build on them further.

When You Have Identified Your Content Marketing Theme, How Can You Create Quality Thought Leadership Content?

The biggest challenge faced by most marketers is getting the time of the subject matter experts to create these thought leadership assets. Most of them will be pressed for time, yet it must be their voice and mastery that is reflected in the content piece. Here are a few ways you can work around that challenge:

• Record the subject matter expert (SME) talking through the topic or the topic in focus. You can send questions about SME in advance before the meeting so that they can have their thoughts together for the briefing. Using some of the phrases, and style of narration in your content writing can give the content asset more credibility.

• Support the SME with an expert professional writer. An expert writer has the insight into molding the creator’s thoughts and considerations into a story that can capture the reader’s attention. An expert writer additionally can create content in the voice of the SME. Additionally, it helps the SME to turn around the content asset faster in the manner they are looking at — that’s what they like.

The Thought Leadership Content Asset is Created — What Next?

Keep in mind that the impact of thought leadership content is not only in its creation but also in its dissemination. Long-format content can be promoted through SEO, and SEM while shorter formats of blogs and articles can be promoted through social channels like LinkedIn and Medium while using YouTube or Vimeo to promote video assets among others. The more accessible your content is to your target audience, the better would be its engagement and thereby lead to conversions.

Thought Leadership is a Long Term Game

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The key aspect to keep in mind while embarking on the thought leadership journey is that it’s a long-term game. Many times, you may not see positive traction for a long time- doesn’t mean the program isn’t working, it’s just that building thought leadership takes time. Companies that stay invested in it with razor-sharp focus will surely see positive ROI in the long run. Working with experts who can help design and run these thought leadership programs can help accelerate your results faster.

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