All of your business-to-business (B2B) content starts with a headline or title. Those words are the most important part of your writing. The right headline captures the reader’s interest. Without it, the rest of the content will never be seen.
Focus on Your Audience
As you review the advice below, remember that your headline and content needs to speak to your audience. Some of the advice may be more or less applicable to the audience you need to reach.
Know your audience. What do they like? Need? Get turned off by? Make sure all of your content is written with the needs and interests of your audience in mind.
The Best Headlines…
- The words that come first in the headline have the most impact on reader interest
- Headlines that introduce steps (“How to”) and lists (“x Tips/Ideas/Ways/Things”) get the most attention
- The numbers 3, 5 and 7 create interest
- Headlines that suggest forward-looking and predictive content provoke curiosity about industry developments
- For B2B headlines, a focus on practicality and industry insights wins out over emotional appeals
7-12 Word Headlines Are Best
Headlines that are 7 to 12 words get the most B2B engagement. Shorter headlines work best for B2B messages.
To build in search engine optimization (SEO) know the focus keyword for your content and make sure that is part of the headline.
Do some research to understand the words that your target audience uses when looking for the content you are providing. Sometimes these are a little different than the words you would naturally use. Whenever possible, factor keyword vocabulary in your writing.
The words of the headline are a strong signal to search engines about the topic of content. Using the keyword first or nearly first in the headline is best.