In-person events have always played an important role in B2B marketing. They are powerful brand builders and provide opportunities for meaningful face-to-face connections in a digitally dominated world.
And even though the majority of marketers say they spend at least a quarter of their marketing budget on events, many B2B marketers don’t fully reap the benefits of the largest line item in their budget.
Events can provide a deep — and largely untapped — source of thought-leadership content. To build a content marketing engine, you have to strategically approach events as the content goldmine
that they are.
Content marketing is people-powered. And often all of those people who help power your content are at your events.
Source: Rep Cap Content Marketing Survey 2017
Review your entire event calendar for the year. For each event your company is participating in — big and small — create a list of all the people who are potential sources of content:
Add other content-rich opportunities, such as:
Naturally some events have more content opportunities than others. Flag those with the most as your Tier 1 event content generators.
There’s no sense capturing and creating more content from your events — even if it’s a narrowed list of Tier 1 opportunities — if it doesn’t fit your overall content strategy. Prioritize and focus on generating event content that aligns with your goals. Ask “Why?” “Who” and “What?”
Once you’ve identified your best content-generating opportunities, draft a plan for capturing it. Here’s what your plan should include:
The best way to give your event content a longer afterlife is by capturing different forms and lengths of content:
Where do you need to be, and at what day and time, to capture this content?
Who is responsible for capturing and distributing content? Your team coverage might look like this:
Identify content that will be posted in real time versus content to be published at a later date. For any content to be published during the event, designate who will need to review and approve it, and at what times.
Pull all of the above together and distribute it to the entire team. Your plan might look something like this:
Create templates. Use templates for common post language, social media visuals and even video bumpers to save time.
Pre-schedule at-event content where you can. In advance, set up general announcements, sponsor recognitions and any other pre-planned content so your on-site team can focus on capturing valuable real-time content.
Recycle content. Event content can be repurposed in multiple forms. Take a flagship long-form report and break it into smaller, digestible chunks like focused blog posts. Re-purpose event presentations into SlideShares or infographics to round out your editorial calendar.
Go it on your own or hire a pro? There are several pros and cons for capturing event content:
+ Can feel more causal and authentic
x Adds to your team’s responsibilities
x Poor audio or video quality may diminish impact of final content
+ High quality, especially for audio and video, reinforces your brand
+ Eases burden on your team
x Adds additional cost
x May extend turnaround times
No matter which approach you choose or if it’s a combination of both, good lighting and clear sound make or break your audio and video content. Perform a test run in every location to ensure content quality is top-notch.
Thanks to your solid plan you’re capturing tons of great content. Now what?
While real-time content can be powerful, post-event is where the real magic happens. You spent all that time, money and resources to pull off an amazing event, so why let it go to waste?
Use these best-in-class examples as inspiration for how to keep the buzz going year-round with your event content:
Turning your events into a content goldmine requires a strategic, consistent approach. If you need help planning content to capture, or are looking for creative ideas for how and where to use the content following your event, we’d love to help.
Rep Cap is a marketing consulting firm that specializes in creating and executing digital content strategies to drive growth for B2B companies. Our team of writers, editors, designers and marketers can help you create a content marketing strategy that will connect
with your audience.
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