When you turn on your TV to watch news, it is likely that most of the time you skip to the same channel. It could be because you find their content trustworthy or you prefer their content delivery style. So that particular channel is the niche leader for you.
82% of business decision makers say that thought leadership increased trust in their organization. But for businesses to go from scratch to leadership, there can be different routes as the target audience changes with the industry.
Also, whether you become a thought leader or not really depends on your customers and/or readers. One cannot simply label oneself as a niche leader without their customers believing in it. So niche leadership is a lot about establishing your authority and earning a solid credibility in your industry.
Here are some such hacks that can help you go from scratch to niche leaders:
1) Build your personal brand to gain exposure
When starting your journey from scratch, it is crucial to first build your presence and aim for brand recognition as it paves the way for easier brand recall. So start by building your personal brand. Create a brand logo using colors that reflect your brand personality. Earn local citations to reap the benefits of local presence. Use social channels to come into your audience’s radar. Personal branding is a very crucial aspect of niche authority and this is where you should start.
2) Utilise content to build niche authority
Building your authority in a particular niche requires you to deliver useful information to your readers. And this works much more effectively when you create engaging content. Take the example of Moz. Moz created its thought leadership through its Whiteboard Friday series where every Friday they publish video content around a topic that covers SEO, content marketing, link building etc. And every Friday, we stay tuned to see what’s coming next. That’s the “authority” they have built.
Another useful way to create niche leadership is to utilise guest posting opportunities to showcase your expertise. The emergence of Buffer as a niche leader can be contributed to guest blogging. In the initial stages, BufferApp acquired about 100k customers through guest posting alone. Guest posting is a useful networking
3) Tap into the power of influencer marketing
Influencer marketing helps you utilise the influence of existing influencers on social channels. Depending on the way you incorporate the influencer in your marketing strategy, you can either get exposure to their audience and build your appeal to a new set of people or you can get influencers onboard and let them speak to your users.
The key is to find niche influencers who can represent your brand in an appropriate manner and resonate with your users. When an influencer vouches for your product, people feel inclined to commit to your brand. This helps you build your influential authority in that industry.
Building brand authority in a particular niche starts from building recognition through personal branding. You can then rely on content marketing techniques to deliver useful content to your audience and become their go-to source for credible information. Additionally, influencers can great bring great value to your brand by helping you build trust and develop better customer relations.