B2B businesses are constantly looking for ways to attract more visitors to their websites and to eventually turn those visitors into sales leads. While more traffic is a good thing, more of the right traffic is better for generating leads.

The beauty of organic traffic is you’re getting attention from users who are willingly looking for your content. Users type what they’re looking for into search queries, and those keywords bring up relevant content in the search engine results pages (SERPs). Knowing what your users are searching for and interested in is invaluable.

There are several ways B2B companies can ensure they’re driving quality traffic and potential leads to their websites, and we’ve outlined five of those ways below.

1. Start With Personas

I know what you’re thinking. What do personas have to do with organic traffic? The answer is everything. Personas should be the foundation of your marketing strategy. If you don’t know who your target audience is, how can you market to them?

Part of B2B companies understanding their audience is knowing what types of things they’re searching for online. What questions are they asking? What products and services will help their businesses grow? What content are they looking for?

Luckily, there are a few ways B2B companies can find answers to these questions.

 

Example of a user persona.

An example of what a finished user persona could look like.

 

Participate in a Persona Workshop

The first way B2B companies can identify their target audience is to participate in a persona workshop, which helps determine demographics of your primary target audience, what their goals are, what frustrates them, and what matters the most to them. It’s highly recommended to elicit the help of a professional marketing agency that not only has personification expertise but also brings a fresh, outside perspective.

Be Active on Quora

Another way is to use a tool like Quora, which is a social media platform where users ask a wide variety of questions. You can search keywords and see questions and answers from users related to your keyword. While not every question will be relevant to your brand, many questions can help you understand the mindset of your personas and what types of content matters to them.

 

Quora search results for "best content marketing tools."

 

In the example above, I searched for the phrase “best content marketing tools.” For a B2B company that provides content marketing software to other companies, it’s valuable to know some of the questions users are asking, what the responses are, and if your company is being talked about positively or negatively. By knowing what your users are searching for, you can create content that will be incredibly valuable to them.

2. Keyword Research

Once you know the type of information your audience is searching for, you can then start to determine relevant categories/topics and conduct research to figure out the exact keywords you want to target. Keywords that are directly related to your products, services, and industry will be very relevant to your audience, but figuring out long tail keywords may be more valuable to your business.

Long tail keywords, or keywords that are lengthier and more specific, can be a better match for customers who are closer to making a purchase, or that know exactly the type of information they’re looking for online. Long tail keywords generally have a lower search volume than more standard keywords, but less volume often means more quality.

Let’s say you own a wholesale clothing company and want to get rid of a new shipment of seasonal jackets to an online retail clothing company. What you name the jacket and how you describe it on the product page and in the meta title and description can make a world of difference. Think of the difference between the two keywordsbomber jacket” and “wholesale bomber jacket.”

Screenshot of search volume for keyword "bomber jacket." Screenshot of search volume for keyword "wholesale bomber jacket."

While “bomber jacket” definitely has more search volume, it’s less specific and doesn’t imply if it’s coming from a wholesaler or not. “Wholesale bomber jacket,” however, is much more specific, relevant, and less competitive in terms of monthly search volume. Using this keyword more closely matches not only the product but the user’s search intention and needs.

Related Read: PPC Advertising: How B2B Companies can Increase Lead Generation

3. Quality Content

Identifying who your users are and the types of keywords they’re searching for allows you to begin creating content that caters directly to them. Users need content that is informative, educational, and engaging.

Keyword-rich content elevates SERP rankings and better positions your content to be found by your target audience. Content pieces like blog posts, whitepapers, infographics, landing pages, and more all help drive traffic to the website, which can potentially become leads.

When it comes to content, quality is far superior to quantity. While a good amount of content helps, optimized content will outperform an abundance of poor content. For content to be optimized and best set up for success, it needs to:

  • Include internal links to other pages on site
  • Be keyword rich
  • Utilize a proper heading structure (H1s followed by H2s, H2s followed by H3s, etc.)
  • Have an eye-catching title
  • Contain a well-placed CTA
  • Be approximately 1,000 words or more

4. Link Building

Once B2B companies start creating valuable pieces of content, a solid link building strategy is needed to ensure that more people are finding it through organic search. Links are the most important factor in ranking for competitive keywords, so quality links are crucial for making sure your target audience can find your content.

Despite what many believe, links from your website to another don’t impact search rankings. What matters in link building is picking up backlinks, which happen when other websites link to your website from their own.

Graph showing average number of external links vs average organic traffic.

The graph shows the correlation between backlinks and increased organic traffic. Source: Matthew Barby

While this might sound simple enough, it can be quite challenging, but the most important things to focus on are: creating relevant content that provides value the user and identifying who would want to link back to this content.

Just like with content creation, backlinking is all about quality over quantity. Determining who your ideal backlinks are is a critical step in a link building strategy. Generally, quality links will come from industry-related publications, popular bloggers, media outlets, and so on. The better your content is, the more compelled these publications will be to link to it.

5. Landing Page Optimization

For B2B businesses, the importance of a good landing page is invaluable. Landing pages are essentially the gateway to a sales lead, so making sure they’re best optimized to convert is key. Below, we’ve compiled some tips on how to properly optimize a landing page.

Write eye-catching headlines

Headlines are the first thing a prospective client will see. The headline needs to not only grab the reader’s attention, but it should also be clear as to what the value proposition of what you’re selling is.

Include benefit-focused copy

The body copy on a landing page is your opportunity to promote the benefits of what you’re selling. It’s important that you don’t waste valuable space on the page with copy that doesn’t provide the user with value on your products or services.

A/B test headlines, body copy, and button copy/placement

The best way to determine what’s working on your landing page and what’s not is to conduct A/B tests, which consists of altering a variable on a page and testing the altered version against the original. Remember not to change multiple variables because you won’t know which changes lead to the differences in analytics. Variables to consider changing are headlines, body copy, button copy, and images.

Keep form length brief

Once a user clicks your call-to-action (CTA) button from your landing page, the last thing you want to do is overwhelm them with a lengthy form to fill out. Make sure that the information you’re requesting from the user is brief and necessary. If a contact us form is too long, the user may get frustrated and exit the page entirely.

Related Read: How to Write Email Subject Lines That Increase Open Rates

Lead Generation Takes Time

B2B companies should understand that lead generation won’t change overnight; it’s a process. By following all of the above steps, B2B companies are better positioning themselves to drive more organic traffic to their website, which can ultimately turn into sales leads.

It’s important to note that none of the steps from above should be ignored since they’re all dependent on each other. There are several more ways to increase lead generation for B2B companies, but this blog post should get you off to a good start!

If you’re interested in learning more about generating more leads through organic search for your B2B company, reach out to our expert team.

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