Are you B2B in a niche market and wondering if social media is relevant to your audience?
Drillinginfo, a software as a service (SaaS) company serving the global oil and gas industry, is a B2B provider in a very specialized niche market, which has been actively using social media since September 2012.
Their goals are to emphasize their role as an oil and gas intelligence company and boost the perception of the company as a thought leader in the industry.
Since September 2012, they have increased their blog readership by over 2000% and developed relationships with influential industry leaders through social media.
Current and potential customers have indicated that the Drillinginfo blog is a premier source of information in the oil and gas industry, which is exactly what the company wants.
In this article I’ll cover how B2B marketers can best approach these sites and provide eight recommendations for generating qualified leads and driving sales.
Note: The examples used all come from actual Q&A site conversations, with names removed for privacy purposes.
Overview of Question and Answer–Based Sites
When Q&A social media sites first came out, they were intended for people to exchange ideas and gather information. Unfortunately spammers and non-experts took away from their usefulness for a while.