The Edelman Trust Barometer recently reported that 57% of people admit to worrying about the media they use being “contaminated with untrustworthy information.”
The same Edelman trust barometer also found it’s an organisation’s technical experts we trust most. 68% of the senior management interviewed rated this source type to be ‘very credible’ or ‘extremely credible.’
We know that when you are able to tap into the rich expertise within your business you can provide material of real value and quickly become a trusted advisor.
So how do you engage with your experts? They are extremely busy people with important day jobs and you are asking them to do even more.
There is of course no one size fits all solution to engaging your experts. However, here are some tried and tested principles you might consider:
Celebrate and advocate
Make sure that your expert’s input is known throughout the business and beyond.
Encourage SMEs to share any content that they have been involved in on their own social media – LinkedIn etc. Help them build up their own thought leadership profile.
Demonstrate that participation is strategically beneficial for them both internally and externally.
What you are asking for is really valuable so it’s important to demonstrate that you recognise this.
Incentives can go a long way to encourage participation. “Contributor of the month/quarter” awards for example. An Ipad is an often used but none the less effective prize.
Smaller regular incentives such as gift cards, snack or beverage delivery, or company branded materials can all show appreciation of their time and knowledge and increase the chances of involvement.
Keep it simple
Be sure to keep communications straightforward when working with your experts.
They’re experts in their particular fields – not necessarily the experts in yours.
Avoid using industry-specific jargon as much as possible and be sure to include them in conversations around feedback and decision making related to their contributions.
Most importantly – make them feel heard. Validate suggestions from your experts via peer reviews and encourage ownership of their input.
Every business is different and in many ways that’s the whole point. It’s your insights, your ideas, your stories generated by your team. We built oogsta for exactly this reason. To enable you to unlock the particular knowledge in your network so you can produce relevant, targeted, trusted content that engages prospects and clients, results in greater demand generation and helps to drive your sales process.
Don’t just take our word for it. Here’s how some of our clients do it…
Use case 1– engaging senior buyers in the world’s largest consumer businesses.
This client’s EDRs are constantly in need of original stories to tell clients and prospects. Their marketers use oogsta to gather insights and inspiration from their delivery teams (their experts). They track and communicate the effectiveness of these campaigns at their weekly sales meetings. The marketing team then reward the experts who have contributed to these campaigns. They also utilise the oogsta leaderboards to track and reward ongoing contributions. This is very important as you cannot just reward experts on the success of the final content. It is essential to reward overall contributions in order to ensure continuous engagement.
Use case 2 – engaging international technology communities to further the industry
This leading global organisation is dedicated to furthering the technology industries that it serves with international communities based in the US, UK, APAC and Benelux and a range of technology communities made up of experts in their field. Community leaders use oogsta to connect and engage volunteer community experts in multiple initiatives. Leaderboards are used to monitor and encourage engagement and enable each community to easily demonstrate their contribution. Experts can view their contribution against their peers and gain recognition. There has been a 38% uplift in overall engagement since implementing oogsta.
Use case 3 – Sourcing thought leadership level insights to build audience and drive inbound leads
In a crowded cybersecurity market its vitally important that this vendor stands out as a thought leader. Marketing had the challenge of working with a globally distributed workforce. oogsta enables this company to engage internal and external experts in multiple time zones. Content contribution was implemented as part of each expert’s monthly KPIs and leaderboards are reviewed as part of the monthly company KPIs. The marketing team implemented a ‘content journey’ that demonstrates the outcomes of insight provided: understanding the impact contributions have on company growth has increased overall engagement significantly.
There’s no magic formula for engaging your experts but if you:
- Make it as easy as possible to participate and collaborate
- Celebrate and reward great ideas and insights
- Demonstrate that you value you their time and effort
I guarantee you will generate more contributions and produce more trusted, targeted content. Continuously.
Book a demo and see how oogsta can help you.