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Four Company Departments That Can Use Your Review Content to Increase Revenue

by Julia Frohwein Comments: 0

Once you have invested in user reviews from your customers, the opportunities are endless for how you can use this quality, authentic content as part of your marketing strategy.  But how can your company really maximize these user reviews to bring in the highest ROI?

Here are four departments in your company that stand to benefit from user reviews:

1. Your SDR team

In-depth user reviews can be a great tool for your SDR team. We frequently hear from our own SDR team about their struggles to grab the attention of potential buyers.

Traditionally SDR teams use top-of-the-funnel marketing materials to demonstrate why it’s worth getting on the phone. Since user reviews are more compelling than nearly all other forms of top-of-the-funnel content, including white papers and analyst reports, this content is optimal for making the most impact with that first initial pitch.

2. Your Sales team

Your sales team loves marketing materials that demonstrate the value of your solution for users, especially when it differentiates you from your competition. Yet when marketing materials don’t reflect the values potential users care about, your lead generation efforts are in danger of producing a low number of B.A.N.T qualified leads.

User reviews provide evidence of where your solutions stand out vis-a-vis your competitors, helping your sales team to make a compelling case and bring in more revenue.

3. Your Customer Advocacy team

Customer Advocacy teams gather user feedback for marketing and sales, but each case study can generate hundreds of work hours. Finding users willing to display their identities and be an evangelist for your company is certainly no easy task, and compliance, both internally and from your user’s company, adds its own set of issues.

Positive user reviews, gathered by an external source allows users to be more honest than in a case study, and questions aren’t limited by internal protocols and regulations.

4. Your Lead Generation team

Your lead generation team wants to create gated content that resonates with your potential users. User reviews discussing both the pros and cons of your solution can be the key to bringing in more leads.

While a white paper may generate interest, and a case study will be even more powerful, user-generated content brings the highest returns. Retargeting to user content consistently has a higher click-through rate than vendor-generated content, leading to more leads, and more engaged prospects.

How To Integrate Customer Advocacy Into Your B2B Marketing Strategy

by Julia Frohwein Comments: 1

When planning your 2018 marketing strategy and budget, you’ve probably covered activities related to online marketing activities, PR and brand building, along with designated time and budget for social media promotion, but have you included the voice of your user or customer in your marketing activities?

According to Forrester, 74% of B2B buyers are doing more than 50% of their purchasing research online. A recent study done by Gartner also revealed that 68% of a customer’s buying time is spent away from the actual vendor.

What type of content are users consuming online, if they are not doing their research on vendor sites?

As you can see in the infographic below, interested buyers are engaging with peer experiences, and product ratings and reviews. While users are spending less time on vendor sites, they are seeking out the experiences of your current customers to hear what they have to say.

 

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Instead of sitting by passively when your users seek out alternatives, B2B Enterprise marketers in 2017 have a unique opportunity to harness this content. Marketers can integrate feedback from happy customers to produce detailed user reviews, testimonials and case studies.

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How to Leverage Social Media to Amplify Your B2B User Reviews

by Julia Frohwein Comments: 0

Why is it important to share user reviews on social media? What can existing and potential customers gain from reading peer reviews about your product on channels such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn?

Social Media and User Reviews: A B2B Marketing Power Couple

Forbes CMO Network contributor, Steve Olenski, hits the nail on the head with his answer for this very question: “It’s a fact. Your prospects are making up their minds about what to buy by reading social media content. Make use of this behavior. Integrate real reviews and ratings into your social media feeds to increase customer engagement and get more sales.”

Jeff Bullas adds another layer of brand value that social media can enable when used to distribute your user reviews:

“Sharing real-time experience of your buyers on your website, blogs, social media accounts, etc. will show how you deliver on your brand promise in the real world. Plus, your chance of drawing in more traffic to your site increases when customers write good reviews about your brand on social media platforms.”

Users would rather hear authentic feedback and read reviews written by real users, who have tried and tested the product themselves.

But how can you make sure that your user reviews are seen on social media, and that you’re tapping into your optimal target audience?

In this post, we share:

  1. Examples of vendors who have mastered the technique of sharing their products’ user reviews on social media channels.
  2. A Step-by-Step guide for how B2B tech marketers can expand the reach of their user reviews to a growing audience, all through social media.

Sharing your user reviews over Twitter

As of May 2017, Twitter’s social network boasts 313M active users on a monthly basis. A lucrative social engagement platform, Twitter allows us to generate more traffic to user reviews, so that as many tech professionals as possible can consume our valuable, peer-reviewed content.

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Viki Paige, a Senior Principal Product Marketing Manager at CA Technologies, tweeted this infographic that shows how CA Technologies Solutions rank as the #1 solution in various IT Central Station categories, such as APM, Network Management Applications, Network Troubleshooting, and others.

Viki’s tweet generated 91 Retweets and 18 Likes, engaging users in their peer-review content.

Sharing your user reviews over Facebook

With 1.13 billion daily active users, Facebook’s social network generates 36% of all social media-referred traffic to B2B websites.  

When Nagios shares review content that emphasizes their software’s ranking as the #1 network monitoring tool on IT Central Station, by means of a ‘thank-you post’ on their company Facebook page — they amplify their role as the industry leader for network monitoring.

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Sharing your user reviews over LinkedIn

When BMC Software’s Senior Technical Marketing Consultant for TrueSight ITOps, Patrick T Campbell, shared an insightful user review written by an IT Central Station user, it generated 13 likes, a significant amount of engagement for an enterprise technology company posting on LinkedIn.

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So how can B2B tech marketers leverage networks like Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to generate traffic to their user reviews?


Step-by-Step Guide: How to Leverage Social Media to Amplify B2B Reviews

1. Share your User Reviews on Twitter

Example:

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  • Tweet valuable, engaging quotes from your user reviews.
  • When you can, add an engaging image to your tweet that’s relevant to the content. Users are much more likely to click when you’ve caught their eye.
  • Always add the relevant hashtags associated with the topic or industry of your product:

Hashtags that are relevant to your target audience will introduce you to online audiences that may never have met you before.

  • Check the rankings for every hashtag you want to use. These scores can be found on sites such as hashtagify.me or semrush.com:

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  • If your user review’s author has a Twitter account, mention their handle in the tweet!
2. Post user reviews on Facebook

Example:

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  • When linking to your review content on Facebook, think of a catchy phrase that will encourage users to click.

Facebook users are more inclined to click on posts that ask questions they want answers for. Some ideas:

Some ideas:

  • “What do users really think?” about your solution?
  • “Who was ranked as a top solution?
  • “This user chose Solution X over Solution Y. Find out why in their review.”

Once you’ve identified the geographical location(s) of your target audience, schedule your posts according to their time zones.

If you can catch commuters on their morning train ride while they’re browsing their news feed, you’re much more likely to find engaged readers.

3. Distribute Review Content on LinkedIn

Example:

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  • Use industry-related terminology in your LinkedIn posts, that show users that your content discusses topics and questions they want to read about.
  • Search for (and join) LinkedIn groups where your target audience is most likely to be found. If you’re publishing user reviews that will interest storage professionals, for example, join active LinkedIn groups that are built for these users, such as:

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