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A guide to thought leadership strategy

Specialist insight on thought leadership strategy from our team of experts

Behind every successful thought leadership campaign sits a clear, robust strategy. Yet all too often, companies rush into producing content without stepping back and thinking about why they’re doing it, who it’s for and how their campaign fits into the wider business environment.

This page brings together all of our Strategy resources in one place to help you build a better strategy for your thought leadership.

Seven lessons for thought leadership strategy

HOW TO GET YOUR CAMPAIGNS OFF TO A FLYING START

We know that strategy can seem a bit theoretical, so we have turned to the arts for inspiration.

Here are seven lessons for thought leadership strategy drawn from art, music and popular culture. Because behind every successful creative project is a strategy of some sort – just ask Bruce Springsteen and Winnie the Pooh.

A Sideways Look at Strategy

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Why is strategy so often overlooked? Probably because it’s seen as too abstract, complex and, yes, even boring.

We couldn’t disagree more. And to prove it, we will show you in this webinar why strategy matters by drawing on lessons from some of our favourite stories and characters from popular culture, history and mythology.

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Five reasons your thought leadership campaign needs to start with the right strategy

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Five reasons your thought leadership campaign needs to start with the right strategy
If you do not take the time to plan and consider your goals, audience and messaging before you start developing the content, your campaign is likely to fall flat.

Six ways to improve your thought leadership strategy

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Six ways to improve your thought leadership strategy
Often, clients are preoccupied with the inputs and the outputs of their thought leadership, and they don't give enough thought to overall strategy. Take a look at some of the fundamentals of strategy here.

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Download our Thought leadership strategy ebook
Are you struggling to get your thought leadership started? Download out Thought Leadership Strategy ebook for a step-by-step guide to developing your strategy.

Know your audience

HOW TO BUILD A DETAILED AUDIENCE MAP

Classic buyer personas only show a partial picture of your target audience, and a narrow one at that. Often they fail to take into account the wider landscape, which is prone to change — now more than ever. Over the last 12 months, priorities have shifted. What matters to individuals and organisations today is likely to be quite different to a year ago.

Our online tool provides a step-by-step guide on how to develop a map of your target audience, including their motivations, purchasing behaviour and interactions across the buyer group.

More insight on better understanding your target audience

Addressing audience needs: How to build a detailed audience map of your buyers

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Addressing audience needs: How to build a detailed audience map of your buyers
To help get clarity on the people you want to target, we recommend that you build a detailed mental map of your audience, including buyers, influencers and non-buyers.

Think, Feel, Do: How to use rational and emotional content to get an audience response

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Think, Feel, Do: How to use rational and emotional content to get an audience response
We use his simple set of guiding principles to help shape our clients’ thought leadership programmes and links directly back to their overall objectives.

The Way Ahead: Meeting new audience needs with distinctive, timely content

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The Way Ahead: Meeting new audience needs with distinctive, timely content
To stay relevant, retain trust and remain at the front of audiences’ minds, companies should move thought leadership to the centre of what the business does.

Why a deep understanding of your audience is key to content success

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Standing out is challenging, but it’s even more difficult if you don’t first define the audience you are trying to reach and think about the messages that are likely to resonate with them.

In this webinar, our audience insight specialists explain how to gather and distil critical information that will help to ensure that your campaign achieves maximum cut-through.

More insight on getting your stakeholders on board with your thought leadership

What’s at stake: Why stakeholder alignment is your best thought leadership bet

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What’s at stake: Why stakeholder alignment is your best thought leadership bet
Different teams don’t always agree on what a thought leadership campaign should achieve. Instead of being glossed over, the differences need to be unpicked.

Sales and marketing alignment: How to get client-facing teams on board with thought leadership strategy

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Sales and marketing alignment: How to get client-facing teams on board with thought leadership strategy
Tensions between marketing and sales teams are unlikely to disappear entirely, but approaching thought leadership strategy the right way can reduce them.

How to get the business on board

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How to get the business on board
How do we tackle this misalignment with the business? There are five barriers to alignment that the marketer needs to overcome to get the business onboard.

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Looking for something else?

Is strategy not your focus? We’re here to share best practice in thought leadership and content marketing. Book a free call with one of our thought leadership experts so we can better understand your B2B content marketing needs.

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Seven lessons for thought leadership strategy

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