Erica Garman VP of Marketing

Erica Garman, VP of marketing at Intero Digital, is an experienced marketing strategist with over 12 years of experience in digital marketing. Erica has a passion for helping brands build meaningful connections with their audiences. With a deep understanding of consumer behavior and trends, she specializes in developing integrated marketing campaigns that leverage both traditional and digital channels for maximum impact.

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Why In-Person Events Matter to a Successful Content Marketing Strategy

Why In-Person Events Matter to a Successful Content Marketing Strategy

Erica Garman, Vice President of Marketing • Intero Digital • March 21, 2024

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Imagine stepping into the bustling world of a major industry conference for the first time. The air is charged with anticipation, the halls are packed with professionals eager to learn and connect, and every conversation is an opportunity to discover something new. This is the exhilarating atmosphere of events like HubSpot’s annual INBOUND conference, a gathering that draws thousands from around the globe who are keen to dive deep into the realms of content and inbound marketing. 

Even if you haven’t been to an industry conference yourself, it’s easy to see why these events are gold mines for learning and networking. Picture a scenario where marketing mavens are soaking up insights in workshops while their sales counterparts are on the ground forging meaningful connections. This isn’t just about swapping business cards; it’s about creating relationships that could shape the future of their businesses. 

The Power of Face-to-Face Connections

It’s a well-established fact, supported by research from Content Marketing Institute, that B2B marketers view in-person events as their ace in the hole. Nearly half of marketers say in-person events are the B2B content assets that produce the best results. 

The beauty of it is that you don’t need to be the host to leverage the power of face-to-face interactions. Simply being there, engaging, and participating can spark a chain reaction of opportunities. 

Why do in-person events have such a magnetic pull? The answer lies in the craving for genuine human interaction. 

No matter how engaging your online content is, it can’t give a firm handshake or share a laugh over a hot cup of coffee. This is where in-person events bridge the gap, turning digital dialogues into real-world connections. When your team members meet leads face to face, they’re not just exchanging information — they’re building trust and understanding and making every subsequent interaction more meaningful and impactful. 

Leveraging Events for Content Marketing Success

In-person events offer a unique platform to not only meet potential clients and partners, but also truly connect with them. Understanding their challenges and needs firsthand enables your team to create tailored content that hits the mark, transforming prospects into loyal followers and ultimately customers. 

  • Before the event: If you’re excited about an upcoming conference, channel that enthusiasm into a blog post or social media blitz. This not only positions you as a go-to source for insider info, but it can also open doors to in-person meetups with readers who resonate with your message.
     
  • During the event: Utilize the event’s hashtags, join online forums, and share your insights to spark conversations. This proactive approach not only amplifies your visibility, but also sets the stage for meaningful exchanges during the event.
     
  • After the event: Gather your team to distill their experiences into fresh, compelling content. This post-event brainstorm is an invaluable opportunity to align your online content strategy with the insights gained from personal interactions, ensuring your messages resonate more deeply with your audience. 

In the grand tapestry of digital marketing, weaving together online and offline strategies is the key to a holistic approach. By recognizing the unparalleled value of in-person connections and marrying them with targeted, relevant content, you set the stage for a robust marketing strategy that captivates and converts. Welcome to the future of content marketing, where the personal touch is not just appreciated it’s essential. 

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Erica Garman VP of Marketing

Erica Garman, VP of marketing at Intero Digital, is an experienced marketing strategist with over 12 years of experience in digital marketing. Erica has a passion for helping brands build meaningful connections with their audiences. With a deep understanding of consumer behavior and trends, she specializes in developing integrated marketing campaigns that leverage both traditional and digital channels for maximum impact.

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