What Makes a Thought Leader


Brands today struggle to stay relevant in the eyes of the consumer. Consumers are so used to being advertised-to that ads hardly phase them. They don’t want to give just any company their business, they want give the their business to the best company.  This is when becoming a thought leader is beneficial to brands.

A thought leader is an individual or firm that is recognized as an authority in a specialized field and whose expertise is sought after and often rewarded. Sure that may sound like a great goal to have for any brand, but how to businesses achieve this level or status? It may be easier than you think.

Content creation and publication is key to positioning your brand as an industry thought leader. By creating educational, interesting and helpful articles, and having them published on a blog or better yet, on a media outlet, you can show your target audience that you are an expert in your field and that they should come to you for the best service or products.  But you can’t just create content for the heck of it, there are a few rules.

1. You Must Actually Work In The Industry That You Are Commenting On

A brand that works in the insurance industry can’t just start writing articles on best practices in the field of technology startups. To be an expert in your field you must first be in that specific field.

2. Self-Promotion Will Ruin Your Credibility

The thing about being a thought leader is that people will only look to you for advice or knowledge if they think that you are providing it for the sake of education. If your content appears to be only promoting your brand’s goods or services, consumers will see right through your veiled attempt at advertising and ignore you.

3. Keep It Relevant

Try to only create content around topics that are relevant or even mentioned in mainstream media. This will help increase your thought leadership by showing your audience that you are trying to educate them on items that they need to know now.

 

Want to become a thought leader in your industry? Let the content strategy experts at Brand Iron help you create a plan that will have your desired audience seeking you out for the best information and service. Contact Brand Iron today for more information.

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