Like many entrepreneurs, I used the final couple of months of 2021 to replicate on what occurred through the yr and to plan for 2022. Due to the unprecedented occasions of 2020 and 2021, I spent extra time than regular taking inventory of the state of B2B advertising and marketing and assessing what the main target of my content material ought to be in 2022 and past.
The COVID-19 pandemic turned 2020 right into a nine-month-long train in disaster administration for a lot of firms. Enterprise shutdowns and work-from-home insurance policies compelled many B2B entrepreneurs to pivot their go-to-market technique and to make fast and substantial modifications to their advertising and marketing plans and techniques.
2021 was a blended yr in a number of methods. The US economic system skilled a sturdy restoration, and COVID-related fears and issues eased considerably with the rollout of vaccines, the approval of vaccine boosters and the event of efficient antiviral therapeutics.
Then, close to the tip of final yr, the Omicron variant appeared, and the world confronted the prospect of one other main surge of COVID-19. Within the US, that surge is now properly underway, however there’s proof the Omicron variant could produce proportionately fewer extreme circumstances of COVID-19, and there’s hope that this surge shall be shorter than earlier ones. So 2021 demonstrated that COVID is not more likely to disappear any time quickly.
There’s little doubt the pandemic modified the expectations and behaviors of customers and enterprise patrons, and it is also clear that a few of these modifications will persist after COVID-related issues recede. The present problem for entrepreneurs is to find out which of these modifications shall be longer-lasting and the way their advertising and marketing methods might want to evolve to achieve success.
Over the previous a number of weeks, I have been considering by way of whether or not or to what extent the occasions of the previous two years ought to have an effect on the content material I publish right here. My goal for this weblog has all the time been to offer content material that readers will discover informative, thought-provoking and helpful. I have been gratified by the engagement this weblog has obtained, and I consider it is largely reaching its main objective.
However there’s all the time room for enchancment, and subsequently, I will be making just a few modifications right here starting subsequent week. Throughout every calendar month, I plan to publish three new kinds of posts.
E-book Evaluations – Many essential matters can solely be addressed adequately in a full-length e book, so I will be writing a e book overview submit on a month-to-month foundation. Most of those opinions will talk about books which were just lately printed (normally inside the previous 1-2 years). Often, nonetheless, I could overview an older e book that’s notably related for entrepreneurs within the present enterprise surroundings.
Analysis Spherical-Ups – Common readers of this weblog will know that I continuously talk about the findings of marketing-related analysis research. Over the previous a number of years, the amount of such research has elevated dramatically, as firms have realized they are often efficient for constructing thought management.
These Analysis Spherical-Up posts will briefly summarize the outcomes of just lately printed analysis research. Every submit will normally cowl 2 – 4 research, though I could sometimes deal with a single examine after I consider it is notably precious for entrepreneurs.
Deep Dives – Analysis signifies that enterprise professionals worth content material sources that present reliable and in-depth info and insights. Till just lately, weblog posts weren’t sometimes seen as an excellent automobile for addressing a subject in an in-depth manner, just because the traditional view was that weblog posts ought to be comparatively quick.
That is altering, and I now continuously see longer weblog posts which might be extra like function articles in a periodical. For instance, the Harvard Enterprise Evaluate web site and the Sloan Administration Evaluate web site usually publish longer on-line articles.
So this yr, I am planning to publish one submit every month that gives a extra in-depth therapy of an essential matter. It will allow me to deal with sure matters in a extra cohesive and complete method.
The remaining one or two posts every month shall be much like these I have been writing since I launched this weblog greater than ten years in the past. I am hoping to incorporate just a few posts based mostly on interviews with main advertising and marketing and enterprise thinkers, and I plan to publish a number of posts offering sensible, “how-to” steering that readers can put to speedy use.
Let’s have an awesome 2022!
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