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The Benefits of Thought Leadership Marketing 2022

Introduction to Thought Leadership

Thought leadership is content that displays your brand’s authority and expertise around a particular subject or topic. You’re not focused on selling anything or even presenting your brand’s messaging or core value propositions — it’s all about building credibility, pure and simple.

True thought leadership can present itself in a variety of ways:

  • Breaking down difficult topics so readers can understand them.
  • Commenting on industry trends and developments.
  • Providing expert advice through step-by-step guides.
A 2020 survey jointly conducted by Edelman and LinkedIn found that nearly half of B2B decision-makers (49%) believe thought leadership content influences their purchase decisions.
 

The Benefits of Thought Leadership Marketing

Establish Brand Credibility and Authority

When you have something valuable and original to say, it better establishes your brand profile.

As your brand profile becomes more established, more people will care about what you have to say, making you an authority in your niche.

Thought leadership also reinforces your brand story.

You can push important ideas that you want your audience to believe in and drive a change in their perspective.

Generate Backlinks, Shares, and Mentions

In itself, thought leadership is not necessarily an SEO strategy. However, it can still increase the likelihood of people linking to your content and strengthening your SEO profile.

If your content includes valuable opinions, research, and data, it can naturally encourage others to share and reference your content.

That said, you shouldn’t publish thought leadership articles only for the purpose of generating likes, shares, and backlinks. This dilutes your content and lessens its impact.

Attract Potential Clients

Thought leadership content is not intended to convert prospects directly. Nonetheless, it helps you build a loyal audience and attract potential customers.

Geri Stengel, founder and president of Ventureneer, is a good example of someone who gained new clients thanks to her thought leadership.

As a result of my thought leadership on women entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial funding, I have gotten clients. In other cases, clients haven’t needed to check references because they knew what I stood for.

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