Email Marketing for Business Training Companies - case study # 2

featuring Catherine Mattiske · 10 min read
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Every company engaged in content marketing can learn from B2B training/education/e-learning companies. For these companies, their content is a product they must sell. To spark your best ideas for doing that, today we bring you specific marketing examples with results from the training industry.

Training and consulting organizations goes from 0 to 2,078 subscribers on LinkedIn for free using 3-part targeted content

“One of our most successful marketing campaigns has been our GQ [Genius Quotient] Playbook, a weekly LinkedIn-based newsletter where we provide unique and useful posts to fuel success,” said Catherine Mattiske, Inventor, Genius Quotient. The team’s goal was to get closer to its ideal target market: business leaders and decision-makers in large global corporations. “Despite having a sizeable Facebook following, nearing 100,000, we knew our business audience was on LinkedIn,” Mattiske said. She already had a fairly successful LinkedIn network in this demographic — almost 14,500 people were already LinkedIn connections — but simply having connections is no guarantee they’re going to subscribe to your newsletter.
Creative Sample: LinkedIn newsletter for training and consulting organization
A Leader's Roadmap
Every Monday, the team posts an article to the GQ Playbook that is rich in three things:

1. Facts and research

“We provide researched facts, as well as link to research and other articles from media that our target audience frequents, such as McKinsey & Company and Harvard Business Review,” she said.

2. Topics catering to the target persona

They write topics with these questions in mind:
  • What does our target persona care about?
  • What are their problems right now?
  • What are their gaps?

They then come in at the back end and say, “If you’ve got this gap, here are all the facts around the gap, and here's what to do about it.” And there's a solution at the end that’s tied in — not as a blatant advertisement, but just to say, “Hey, this writer has a solution for your problem.”

3. Every article is structured on the Inner Genius Wheel

The articles are structured for all 12 Inner Genius Archetypes, which were developed by Mattiske to help people understand their communication and learning styles.  

“Each member of your audience learns differently; for example, some want to connect to the big picture, while others want the facts, figures, and data. Once your audience is given ‘their’ piece of information in their style, their attention is hooked. However, the average writer/presenter unconsciously writes/presents in the way they themselves learn best,” she said.

In the first 24 hours after launching the GQ Playbook, the team had about 700 subscribers. The next week, that went up to about 1,200. Now a couple of months in, and they recently went past 2,000 subscribers. This is entirely organic with $0 advertising spend.

“It's not just another piece of puffery or a ‘look what I've done…me, me, me’ type of article like you’ll commonly see on LinkedIn; instead, it’s a valuable piece of writing that has:
a) facts and research,
b) topics that cater to our targeted audience, and
c) balanced communication to hook the attention of every one of our readers,” Mattiske concluded.

original article published on marketing sherpa

4 OCT 2022
About Catherine

About Catherine mattiske

Catherine Mattiske, best known for creating ID9 Intelligent Design and the Genius Quotient (GQ), is a leading light in the corporate learning and team-building industries. She regularly works with large and small organizations to help team members better understand one another while effectively collaborating and boosting individual and team morale and productivity in the workplace.

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