How to write a blog introduction

How to write a blog introduction: in 3 simple steps

  • Essential tips covering how to write a blog introduction
  • Get your audience's attention and keep them interested
  • Blog introduction examples

Knowing how to write a blog introduction for your company’s tech product or service is an extremely powerful skill.

Writing a good blog introduction keeps people reading about you and your product or service. A bad blog introduction means people will hit their browser’s ‘back’ button. So, get ready to learn how to write a blog introduction with our three simple yet powerful tips.

First things first: know your audience

In themselves, blog introductions are not hard to do. Pick a subject, start writing. Eventually, you’ll have something that introduces your topic and leads into the rest of your blog.

But, introductions are hard to do well.

Why?

Because a good blog introduction is written in a way that will engage your target audience. A lot of people forget that they should be writing for their readers – and not themselves. You need to think about your reader – who they are, what they do, what their challenges are.

Say your company sells software for HR departments. Your ideal reader might well be an HR Director who has been in the job thirty years and has seen everything.

If your blog introduction fails to tell them anything new, is patronising, or just doesn’t chime with their experiences, they’re very unlikely to read on. To put it another way, don’t write a blog introduction that tells the HR director obvious things like ‘human resources is about training and resolving workplace disputes’.

With that caveat in mind, let’s look at how to write a blog introduction with our three expert tips.

Your three tips on how to write a blog introduction

1. Get the audience’s attention with a hook

The purpose of your introduction is to hook the reader into your post so that they read to the end. This is the essence of all good writing - to seduce someone into reading and not stopping.

The introduction is the place to get your audience’s attention and keep it. They may have been intrigued by your headline and clicked on the link to your blog. They will still give you the benefit of the doubt. But the introduction is where you need to win their trust, and make them decide to keep on reading.

Make sure your hook is:

  • Relevant – it must relate to the post and the headline. This seems obvious, but it can be easy to spiral into tangents.
  • Intriguing – the introduction should give them something juicy which they want to learn more about. It could be a stat, a line of dialogue or an interesting observation.
  • Short-lived – no one likes a hook that outstays its welcome. If you can’t fit your hook into two or three sentences, it’s worth asking if it’s really, erm, hook-y enough

EXAMPLE: imagine we were writing a blog targeted at our HR director mentioned above. Our hook might be something like:

“According to a recent survey, X percent of HR directors still use paper for most of their business processes. How does this measure up against your department’s experience? In a world where whole companies are built on cloud-based digital services, is it not time to finally leave paper-based processes in the waste paper basket?”

2. The intro must be connected to the headline of the post

People will begin reading your article because of the headline. Think of how you read a newspaper – you skim through until a headline catches your eye. If you begin reading, and the introductory paragraph doesn’t seem to be linked to the headline, you feel confused and, in a way, taken advantage of.

You therefore need to reassure the reader that the article is going to do what the headline implied.

EXAMPLE: Our headline might read: “Five ways HR departments can save £1000s by abandoning paper”.  Early on in your introduction, you need to confirm that the rest of the blog is going to do what the headline says. For example:

HR departments spend thousands of pounds a year on paper and ink, while also losing a lot of time filling in and filing forms. Is there a better way of using all that time and energy?”

3. The intro leads naturally into the main body of the post with a ‘thesis statement’

Making a smooth transition from introduction to the main text helps lead your readers through the article. It keeps their reading experience as seamless as possible because they aren’t disrupted by content that isn’t relevant.

EXAMPLE: A good transition for our example blog would be to point to the ‘five ways’ mentioned in the title:

In today’s post, we’ll be looking at five ways your HR department can finally free itself of paper.”

Here’s how we’d piece together that sample introduction:

Five ways HR departments can save £1000s by abandoning paper

According to a recent survey, X percent of HR teams still use paper for most of their business processes. In a world where whole companies are built on cloud-based digital services, is it not time to finally leave paper-based processes in the waste paper basket?

Many HR departments spend thousands of pounds a year on paper and ink, while also wasting time filling in and filing forms. This seems like a huge waste of energy. In today’s post, we’ll be looking at five ways your HR department can finally free itself of paper.

Just add personality

You should now have a nice tidy opening paragraph to your blog post, no matter what the subject. To add a little more personality to your articles, here are some directions to experiment with:

  • Be personal – engage your readers with everyday language and use the 2nd person (‘You’ and ‘Your’) to address them directly
  • Sound excited – if there is no enthusiasm in your introduction, people will be less inclined to continue
  • Tell a story – people are engaged by narrative and beginning your article with an anecdote or a reference to a story will help the reader relate
  • Form a question – this creates plenty of interest. Remember to answer the question in the post!
  • Offer a fact – facts and statistics are great for building authority and with a little research are abundant
  • Quote – a quote can be a great way to start a post - but make sure it’s relevant

 

Discover more tips and advice on producing top quality content to help engage your audience and drive leads right here.


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How to Create Sustainable Content Marketing Plan

Keep the wheel turning: How to create sustainable content marketing plan

  • Interview with our Account Director, Aidan Danaher for his marketing tips and advice
  • Reasons why marketing campaigns can run out steam and energy
  • Tips for making your content marketing plan sustainable and 7 areas to consider

The first recorded attempt at creating a perpetual motion machine was Bhaskara’s Wheel – a wheel which always had more weight on one side than the other invented by an Indian scientist in the 12th century.

Since then, many an engineer has attempted to create a perpetual motion machine – one which will keep on turning without the input of any additional energy. And none has succeeded. The concept is fundamentally flawed because all bodies are subject to the second law of thermodynamics, which states that they are subject to forces and processes that gradually dissipate their kinetic energy.

The point in this short detour into mechanics and physics? Simply put, no motion occurs without the input of some form of energy. When it comes to a marketing plan, the same principle applies. Even if you have the best laid plans, even if your marketing has gotten off to a good start, it won’t simply keep on revolving by itself.

In today’s post, I’m speaking to Fifty Five and Five’s very own Aidan Danaher (our marketing maestro) for his insights into creating a sustainable approach to digital and content marketing plan. Aidan’s a graduate of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and has a lot of experience helping brands differentiate themselves and talk about their products and services in the right way. He provides expert tips for digital and content marketers about how to keep creating content, staying fresh and keeping the marketing wheel turning.

Why do digital and content marketing machines “run out of steam”?

So, you had a load of meetings, you created a content calendar, you got exec buy in and you laid out your digital marketing plans for the next 6-12 months. It was all there in a proposal document, a spreadsheet – or even on a Gantt chart! It looked good and your colleagues got on board from day one. Dave from R&D wrote a blog post about your product. Karen from HR got stuck in with Twitter. Even Kwazi from IT agreed to appear in your video. The perfect start.

But then, three months later, you find yourself looking at the corporate website. No new content has been uploaded since the beginning of the year. The initial bubble of enthusiasm has burst and the digital and content marketing plan seems to have given up the ghost. What went wrong?

  • Falling at the first hurdle. Companies often expect immediate results from digital and content marketing. When their first sorties don’t turn into a rush of leads, they very quickly get dispirited.
  • No time. It’s the excuse any marketing manager has heard when trying to corral colleagues into writing blog posts and other content.
  • No new ideas. After the first enthusiasm, you soon ran out of ideas for engaging Twitter posts and articles.

Aidan notes that these issues are all too common:

“It’s great when people start to implement a new marketing plan. For anyone working in marketing, to see progress is a fantastic feeling. The next challenge is sustaining that progress and keeping momentum. Often, we see companies make a huge effort creating a ‘big bang’ campaign, which very quickly ends up running out of energy.”

Make your content marketing plan sustainable

1. Ownership

Aidan explains that for any marketing plan to be a success, ownership is key:

“From experience, it’s essential that you have one person whose job it is to push your marketing strategy forward. These things don’t happen by themselves; you need someone who’s dedicated to creating new content ideas, publishing said content on your website, monitoring its reach, sharing over social media, creating automation campaigns etc.”

2. Create a process

Content doesn’t publish itself; you need a process in place which will ensure the content is created regularly, and maintain quality standards.

“Put in place a simple and consistent process. Use tasks to ensure things get done. A lot of the most successful content marketers are producing new content regularly. For the team here, we’ve created an internal calendar and stick to it (most of the time!). But say you’re a small tech start-up – producing 2 or 3 blogs a week isn’t a reality. So aim to create at least one per week/every day 10 days. Again build a process around that goal. Ensure each blog is well researched, edited, proofed and then published at a time and day when it will most likely be shared.”

3. Have an editorial theme

Very often, companies produce a lot of ‘generic’ content. To make your blog stand out, it should be personalised to your target audience. Aidan says:

“Understand who your audience is, the value you can offer them, and be consistent in what you say. Let’s say you deliver managed IT services for example, it’s a crowded industry. So how do you stand out and get people visiting your site? It’s no good writing about general IT news for instance – people will head to magazines for that. Instead, your blog, eBooks, email newsletter and tweets should be very clearly targeted at specific people, problems and solutions. A marketing persona is a great way to kick things off.”

4. Store ideas in a shared place

From time to time, you’ll have a great idea for a new article for the website, or even a brand new marketing campaign. However, if you only jot that down on a piece of paper then forget all about it, don’t expect it to ever materialise.

“At Fifty Five and Five, we use a shared OneNote page in Office 365, where everyone can add new ideas, give feedback and see what we’ve each contributed. Whatever you use – be that a SharePoint team site, Evernote or some other app – it’s really important for ideas to be stored in a shared space where everyone can access them.”

5. Create a content pipeline

No matter what your content marketing goals are, creating a pipeline of content for the next few weeks or even months will ensure you don’t get caught out. Aidan explains:

“By having a view of the number of blogs, email campaigns, eBooks, infographics and whatever other content you expect to publish in the coming weeks, you can build a much stronger long term strategy.”

6. Short and long-term strategies

Ideally, content marketing plan should come in two forms. You need a long term ‘editorial’, where you write about company news, produce great newsletters, and simply produce content on topics that are important to you. However, this also needs to be combined with occasional pushes around new products and events, Aidan says:

“The content marketing owner needs to combine long term strategy with short term pushes. We recommend about 66% of your content should be ‘regular’ content, then the last third needs to be your short term campaign content.
“For example, in Q1, you might be releasing a new product. So, naturally you want to push that new product and make people aware of it, but not at the expense of your wider plan. This isn’t an exact science of course, but say you post 40 Tweets a month. I’d say about 25 of those need to be general content, the rest should be focused on your new product. If you’re only talking about your new product, your followers will get bored.”

7. Stay inspired

The greatest challenge for any content creator is keeping new ideas coming in. Aidan recommends a variety of ways of generating these ideas:

“It’s very important to stay inspired, and I always recommend people follow people who are influential in their field on Twitter or LinkedIn for content ideas. Every day I read check my Feedly account to read up on content related to our field too. Besides that, a good old ‘brainstorming’ session is generally effective, and if you’re ever really stuck for ideas, go back to your personas and think about questions those people would be likely to ask. Think about your audience’s problems then start providing them with the solutions.
A marketing machine will never ‘run itself’. In order to keep your digital and content marketing strategy wheel moving, you need to build up a strategy and then keep driving it forward with consistent, quality content. It’s important to stay motivated and measure how you’re doing to ensure it’s having the intended impact. However, once you get there, it’s amazing to see just what impact content marketing can have.”

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How to write b2b technology blog posts: 7 simple steps

  • Learn how to write a great B2B technology blog
  • Why it's important to find the right angle
  • Understanding your audience, adjusting your tone, using calls-to-action and more

A high-quality B2B technology blog that offers your audience value (‘How-to’ guides, thought leadership, feature updates, etc.) can help you stand out in a highly competitive market.

Along with being high-quality, your content also needs to be consistent. This is especially true in an industry where there are a lot of organisations that are providing similar solutions or selling similar services. One of the best ways of differentiating your organisation from the competition is through inbound marketing excellence. So, whether you are an ISV with your own product or a consultancy specialising in Microsoft solutions, improvements across your inbound marketing and your B2B technology blog will set you apart.

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Putting your organisation in the window with an awesome B2B technology blog

Writing blogs about business problems and how they are solved by specific technology and solutions is useful because it allows you to showcase your organisation’s knowledge of your industry and customers. This type of B2B technology blog also showcases you as an expert in your field.

Be laser-focused

In putting together our annual Top 50 report on the best inbound marketing that Microsoft Partners have to offer, we read a wide variety of blog content. From thought leadership to practical guides on updating your systems, we’ve seen the good and the great; what works and what to avoid. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the most important steps we think you should take when drafting a quality, value-driven, tech-focused blog post.

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Summary: Here's how to write a B2B technology blog post

  1. Understand your audience
  2. Build a structure around problems and solutions
  3. Research your topic
  4. Adjust the tone for the medium
  5. Search Engine Optimisation
  6. Find the right angle
  7. Include a call to action

Seven steps to write a great B2B technology blog post

Here's how to write a B2B technology blog post in seven simple steps.

1.   Understand your audience

Writing of any kind is always concerned with its audience. The importance of this is even greater when your subject matter is technology-specific. So, it’s important to ask:

  • Who is this blog aimed at? Is this a high-level post that is targeted at decision-makers like the CEO, CFO or CIO? Or will it be targeting a more technical audience, like developers, in which case you can afford to be more esoteric with your language and delve deeper into technical explanations.
  • What do you think they hope to get from reading your blog? Are they looking to find a solution to a known issue or bug in a Microsoft solution? Or are they hoping to discover a better solution to a business problem?

Answering these questions will help define how you draft your post.

2.   Build structure around problems and solutions

When you are setting out to write a blog about a piece of technology, it is important you remember that age-old writing advice: show don’t tell. A good way of structuring a blog post, no matter how technical the subject matter, is to think of it from a business problem to business solution perspective. This helps you avoid the pitfall of laboriously telling us the features of the tech by instead showing us how it’s useful in a business context.

You might structure your post roughly along the lines of:

  • Introduction
  • Business problem – perhaps your employees are finding it difficult collaborating
  • Show how the technology solves the problem – Office 365 and SharePoint are designed to enhance and speed up collaboration by providing tools for flexible working
  • Call to action – find out more about the technology...and how your business adds value

3.   Research your topic

If you don’t know what you are writing about it shows. If you don’t have practical experience using the product or aspect of technology you are describing, read as much as possible around the subject, or talk to someone who does.

4.   Adjust the tone for the medium

Tone of voice is your brand’s personality expressed in words. So, the tone you use for your blog should reflect the type of language you use in other areas of your marketing and communications. However, your blog is a medium where you can add in a little more personality, than say a press release or a longer piece of content like a whitepaper, which calls for a more formal tone.

So, why not make the most of the opportunity? Encourage your teams to write posts in their own voice. Add a human dimension to corporate communications. But remember to stay on topic and keep your focus in the right direction, i.e. there’s not much point producing content that isn’t related to what you do as an organisation – no matter how ‘fun’ the post is.

5.   Search Engine Optimisation

It’s more important than ever that your content is optimised correctly. What’s the point of producing great content if you’re not giving yourself the best chance of it being seen? Appearing on the first page of a Google search is one of the most important ways of being seen. That means finding and using keywords in your blog posts. We recommend coming up with keywords for posts at the same time you come up with blog ideas.

6.   Find the right angle

Blog writing is mainly about producing content that is relevant to the product/service you are promoting. It’s important that your posts are not just being produced for the sake of it; there should be a good reason for your latest blog entry. If you’re suffering from writer’s block, you may just need a jumpstart. Here are some boosters to help – just make sure your product or service finds its way in:

  • Tell a story about your topic
  • Start with a definition
  • Write a how-to guide
  • Write a beginner’s guide
  • Predict the future
  • Compare and contrast
  • Write a list

7.   Include a Call to Action (CTA)

We are all familiar with the final line of a post asking us to ‘find out more’, but you may not have noticed the other smaller calls to action dotted around the post. These include links to other areas of your website or other posts you have written. Include a balanced blend of these smaller calls to action as well as the final one to increase your chances of turning a curious reader into a potential customer.