I‘m sure you've noticed that becoming seen as an authority or “go to expert” has become rather fashionable as a marketing strategy. It seems that no matter what new tactic, tool or technique is being promoted, one of the main selling points is always that it will help you become seen as an authority in your field.
Write a book and become seen as an authority in your field. Do guest blog posts and become seen as an authority in your field. Do a podcast and become seen as an authority in your field. Be everywhere on social media and become seen as an authority in your field. Do live video…you get the idea.
Every guru and marketing trainer seems to want to teach you how to become seen as an authority.
Maybe you're a little bit skeptical?
I don't blame you.
The truth is that hundreds of thousands of people write books, yet only a tiny fraction of them are seen as authorities.
Millions of hours are spent on guest blog posts, podcasts and live video and again, very few people who do it are known as authorities.
And “being everywhere” on social media? Even if you had the time, there are countless thousands of other people doing it too – and again, very few of them ever get close to authority status.
There's no doubt in my mind (and my experience) that being seen as an authority in your field is the best way for people in expert businesses like consultants, coaches, trainers and other professionals to win more high-paying clients without having to become marketing geniuses or spend all their time on sales.
But of course, becoming seen as an authority is easier said than done.
Late last year I ran a survey asking what your biggest challenge in the area of building authority was. There were a huge number of answers which I then used to help me shape my Authority Breakthrough Program. But overall, three big challenges came out well ahead of the others:
There's been a big trend in the last few years that says that the way to win clients as a professional service provider is to become seen as a leading expert in your field.
As a result, more and more professional services marketing has become focused on creating mounds of content which showcases and proves the expertise of the service provider.
It makes sense, in theory. When clients want help for complex, tricky problems, they call the best expert they can find.
Or do they?
Let's give this idea a little reality check.
Think about the last few times you pitched for a piece of work with a client and didn't win. How often was it because you weren't seen as being enough of an expert by that client? Or because the winner was seen as a bigger expert?
My experience: very few times indeed.
The reasons you win or lose work are rarely because they don't see you as an expert.
This is a strategy that anyone prepared to invest the time in creating great content and in researching and reaching out to publications can follow. Not only will it build your authority in your field, it can have an immediate impact on website traffic and email subscribers.
PR Expert Debbie Leven
Shortly after publishing the podcast I got a wonderful email from PR expert Debbie Leven expanding on the interview with some very practical tips on finding relevant opportunities for guest articles, blog posts and other media appearances.
I liked Debbie's email so much that with her permission I've turned it into an article with a couple of my own tips added in. I think you'll find it really helpful in implementing the strategies Dorie and I discussed.