Please Don’t Write About Your Products on Your Blog
People don’t want to read it. It does you no good. So why are you still using your blog to talk about your business?
It seems like a natural use for your company blog. But I’m here to tell you that writing about your products, services, and business is hurting your blog more than it’s helping it.
You shouldn’t write posts to push certain products. You shouldn’t conclude every post with promotional language about your company and what it does. In fact, your business should be virtually invisible in your blog content.
That may seem counterintuitive to some. But it all goes back to basic content marketing principles: Demonstrating expertise and building trust will drive profitable customer action when the customer is ready to purchase.
Why your sales pitch is bad for business
Today’s consumers have no tolerance for overt, interruption-based marketing. You can probably think of examples from your own life to prove this point.
For example: when you’re trying to find something to watch on TV, how often do you stop on a channel to watch a commercial? Probably never, right? If you’re flipping around, it’s probably because you’re looking for content that is appealing to you, not seeking advertisements.
Or, consider this scenario: You are in the market for a new car. You’ve done extensive research on different makes and models and have narrowed your list down to a choice few. You head to the dealership to do a few test drives. Once there, you are greeted by an enthusiastic salesman. Brushing aside your questions, he launches into his pitch about his dealership’s unbeatable prices and repeatedly pushes a model that you that isn’t what you’re looking for. Turned off by his tactics, you make a quick exit.
Remember those two examples when you think about blog readers and internet browsers. They have their pick of the 27 million pieces of content shared on the internet every day. If they sense a sales pitch, they’ll ex out of your website faster than a Google search query.
What’s more, studies show that B2B buyers are about 60% of the way through the purchase decision-making process before ever engaging with a sales person. That means they are actively avoiding sales pitches in favor of their own research. If your blog is just another avenue to pitch your products and services, your content will fall on deaf ears.
Well, then, what should you write about?
DemandGen’s 2016 B2B Buyer’s Survey Report offers some interesting insight on why buyers end up choosing a particular vendor. After timeliness of vendor response (98%), 97% of respondents said that the winning vendor “demonstrated [a] stronger knowledge of the solution area and business landscape.” Not that the vendor had the most modern products. Not that they got the best deal. That the vendor understood the solution area and business landscape.
That’s what your blog should be all about.
Write about the problems your products solve (without mentioning your products). Write about the kinds of businesses you can help (without mentioning your name). Use content to demonstrate your expertise and to inform prospects about the solution area and business landscape in which your clients operate.
See, it’s not about you. It’s about them. They want a vendor who understands their pain points and how their business operates. If you and your content provide value, offer information, and demonstrate expertise, your audience will come to know you as a trusted source of knowledge.
And that’s who buyers purchase from. Vendors who understand their business. Not those that can only talk about themselves.
So, please, don’t use your blog to push your products or your business. Salesy and self-promotional language will only turn buyers off. Instead, use this platform to show your prospects that you understand their situation, and they’ll come running when it’s time to make a purchase, no sales pitch required.
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