8 Steps To Build A Content Hub That Converts [Slides]

Michael Brenner on Apr 23, 2013 in Content Marketing

Content hubToday’s B2B buyer is overwhelmed with more information than they could ever consume. The last thing they want is to read your product-centric content. Instead, you need to build a content hub that helps your buyers.

I have been asked by the good folks behind the B2B Content 2 Conversion Conference to deliver my view on how to build a content marketing hub. Enclosed here you will find my slides and main speaker notes. Once the video is ready, I will post that too.

Preparing To Build Your Content Hub

Before you can begin building your content marketing destination, you need to understand (and be able to articulate) that your role as a B2B Marketer is not to explain to the world what it is that you sell. But to show the world how what you sell helps your buyers. That’s right, B2B Marketing is not about promotion. It is about telling stories. Stories from your customer’s point of view on how what you sell has helped them.

In my presentation I present a brief history of how the world has changed for marketers. And yet, stories remain a critical component of marketing. Stories present an opportunity for B2B Marketers to not just meet the needs of our buyers, but to delight them as we enable them during the buying journey.

The Content Hub Business Case

The next step is to present your business case. To build a content marketing hub, you need to show how your current content marketing efforts fail to meet the needs of your buyers. A couple of ideas:

  • Search metrics: show how your business is missing out on vital conversations happening in the earliest stages of the buying process.
  • Web analytics: show how most visitors to your site already know who you are.
  • Content analytics: show how the content you create is mostly late stage or isn’t being downloaded by anyone. Calculate the costs of this waste.

Once you’ve presented your business case and gained the approval to move forward, you can take the following steps to build your content hub.

8 Steps to Build A Content Hub That Converts

  1. Design: Look at existing market examples to help you design the site. Weigh the pros and cons of building within your existing domain or creating a new one
  2. Branding: Define how subtle or prominent the branding will be on the site
  3. Keywords: Conduct a ton of keyword research to determine the topics your audience is interested in
  4. Content Strategy: Define the content strategy and sources of your content: how much will you create, curate or syndicate the content that meets your buyers’ needs
  5. Conversion: define the processes that will pull your visitors into an active relationship that converts down the sales funnel. Focus on creating value for the user and test different approaches.
  6. Editorial: Create an editorial board including all your brands’ content resources
  7. Goals: Articulate your goals and report on them consistently
  8. Test and Learn: dream up new ideas to test, analyze the results, learn and repeat.

How and why to create your content marketing hub from Michael Brenner

Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Michael Brenner
Michael Brenner
Michael Brenner is a globally-recognized keynote speaker, author of The Content Formula and the CEO of Marketing Insider Group. He has worked in leadership positions in sales and marketing for global brands like SAP and Nielsen, as well as for thriving startups. Today, Michael shares his passion on leadership and marketing strategies that deliver customer value and business impact. He is recognized by the Huffington Post as a Top Business Keynote Speaker and a top CMO influencer by Forbes. Please follow him on LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook and Subscribe here for regular updates.
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  • Mark Burgess


    Great topic and post. Agree with the importance of not only meeting buyers’ needs but in seeking to delight them as well. I think a critical component of the content strategy is creating the brand story that is essential to fueling the entire content strategy. The content strategy must stem from the brand’s value proposition so the resulting story is authentic, believable and relevant to the audience.


    • Michael Brenner

      Thanks Mark, great point on the brand story. One of the things we are focused on for 2013 is telling compelling brand stories. We’re looking to add an entire section to tell our story and our customers stories and our employees stories.

  • Tim Washer

    thanks for sharing, #Brenner! very helpful insight as always. Really good to see you.

    • Michael Brenner

      Thanks Tim, you know I’m your biggest fan!

  • great post; Especially liked the types of articles that created 10x interested…

    • Michael Brenner

      Thanks Tom, I am really glad you found it useful and hopefully even a little entertaining 😉

  • Nancy @ Release Liners

    Well done Michael, building relationships and making contact and conversions easier for your clients should be a priority for every business.

    • Michael Brenner

      Thanks Nancy, I appreciate the comment and the support.

  • Steve MacDonald

    Really useful facts and info Michael! We should always focus on a long-term success, we should create compelling content and start participating online in social media to get ideas on how we can uniquely satisfy our specific target market’s unmet wants, needs, or desires.

    • Michael Brenner

      Thanks Steve, you said it way better than I did!

  • Jacqueline Prause

    Getting great content out to your target audience early in the buyer decision-making journey not only raises awareness for your products, it helps you shape the buyer’s perception and educational awareness about the market and even what problems these products should solve. That’s why relevant, personlized, and shareable content needs to be made available early in the sales funnel.

    • Michael Brenner

      Thanks Jacqueline, that’s exactly what we’re trying to accomplish. Early signs are good. We are 1 year into the journey and driving leads into our sales funnel that we would have never seen. Thanks for your support!