The best B2B content of 2021: which is your favourite?

Draw inspiration from this year's finest examples of B2B marketing content – then help us choose the best.

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If you’re looking for 2021’s best examples of B2B content, look no further.

Our annual quest to find the Best B2B Content is always a source of inspiration and ideas – and this year’s contenders are just a scroll away. But this time, we’re running things a little differently.

Our 2021 shortlist has been hand-picked with help from two leading content marketers in the field of B2B tech, and sorted into three semi-final groups. The best example from each category will then contest the final.

11 content examples, hand-picked by experts

As ever, we’re indebted to everyone who made a nomination. But we’re even more grateful to Atlassian‘s Content Strategy Lead for Software Teams, Ashley Faus, and Nadya Khoja, Head of Content Strategy at Boast.AI, who sifted through the resulting mountain to help us find eleven great content examples worthy of the shortlist.

The nominees will play off until Tuesday November 30th, across three semi-final groups:

  • Best short-form standalone content
  • Best long-form white paper or report
  • Best B2B content programme or hub

…and the three winners will progress to a straight shoot-out in the final, with voting closing on Tuesday December 7th.

Are you ready? Let’s go…

Semi-final 1: Best short-form standalone content

A) The Chicken McNuggets’ secret ingredient is not what you think…

Blog post by Barry McCarthy, Assure Hedge

The chicken mcnuggets secret ingredient is not what you think - Assure Hedge

Nominated by FinTech writer André Spiteri, this unexpected story of fast food, farming, and finance has a lot to love. Nadya especially enjoyed it, commenting on its “strong copywriting”.

B) Postmark Express: Journey to the Inbox

Online comic by Postmark

Postmark jouney to the inbox comic illustration

At Radix, we’ve long been advocates of comic book formats (in fact, here’s a blog post about it from 2014) so we’re delighted to see this fun comic among the contenders. “Super original and engaging,” says Nadya.

C) Faites le test: quel type d’entrepreneur êtes-vous en matière de wifi?

Interactive quiz and tailored content by Telenet

Business personality assesment web page

You don’t need to speak French to get the point of this one: the “business personality assessment” asks engaging questions, then you get an asset that’s tailored to your answers. It’s powered by Turtl, whose CEO Nick Mason reveals: “This got five times as many leads as they normally see with a landing page.”

D) 8 Graphic Design Trends that Will Define 2022

Infographic by Ronita Mohan, Venngage

Venggage graphic trends of 2022

We like the way this clear, simple infographic shows as well as tells, with each panel illustrating the trend it covers; always an effective approach. “It’s well designed, with good information,” says Ashley.

Which is your favourite in semi-final 1? Vote on LinkedIn or email your vote here.

Semi-final 2: Best long-form white paper or report

E) Polarised perceptions of corporate health and wellness

Survey report by Aetna International

perceptions of corporate health and wellness whitepaper

Original research content is always valuable – and often gets results to match. For anyone whose role involves workplace wellbeing, this mega-stack of survey results is bound to be full of juicy morsels to support your business case. “I really liked this,” comments Ashley.

F) The Electric Opportunity

Survey report by Kalibrate

the electric opportunity pdf

This in-depth report unpacks a survey into attitudes towards electric vehicle charging across ten countries, before using this information to construct a case for retailers to offer charging on site. This is another favourite of Ashley’s: “I thought some of the strongest submissions were the research reports,” she adds.

G) Customer data breaches: when will you find out?

White paper by Skurio

The last few years have changed everything in cybersecurity, and this informative white paper explains why companies need a more realistic approach. Full disclosure: this one’s a Radix client. So we’re delighted that Nadya thinks: “This could be a boring, technical topic, but the copy is written very accessibly.”

Which is your favourite in semi-final 2? Vote on LinkedIn or email your vote here.

Semi-final 3: Best B2B content programme or hub

H) Animalz Blog

Content marketing blog by Animalz

Animalz blog

Content about content always runs the risk of navel gazing, but this blog by Animalz achieves the rarest of things: thought leadership that actually contains some leading thoughts. Nadya agrees: “It’s engaging, thoughtful and well articulated while focusing on B2B audiences.”

I) Team Playbook 

Workshop resources by Atlassian

Atlassian team playbook website

The best B2B content provides tangible value to a clearly defined audience and this collection of team workshop resources does exactly that – with templates, step-by-step instructions, and lists of what you’ll need. Yes, one of the panel works at Atlassian, but we all love this; Nadya says it’s “strong on format and easy to read”.

J) What will you design?

Interactive website by Canva

canva design website

Right from the homepage, Canva’s web content gets you hands on with the product, to design whatever you’re looking for. Ashley comments: “Canva are killing it. Right from the SEO there’s a path into the product that’ll educate you, with a mix of free and pro subscriptions. It’s not just smart; it’s delightful.”

K) Realise Your Vision

Content hub by Sohonet

sohonet website

Sohonet know exactly who their audience is, and this collection of interviews with visionaries across film production are precision-tooled to compel that core market: filmmakers who want to get creative. Nadya says it’s “well planned and executed”.

Which is your favourite in semi-final 3? Vote on LinkedIn or Email your vote here.

Highly commended: more great content from 2021

There were plenty more excellent nominees which didn’t make the shortlist this time. In particular, we’d like to draw your attention to:

So, which one inspires you the most?

Once you’ve selected your favourite in each group, it’s time to vote. You can do that by email (we’ll email back to let you know when the winner has been announced, but we won’t use your information for any other purpose), or look out for polls on LinkedIn. No more than one vote in each group per person, please.

If you have any problems or questions, please contact us at the same address: vote@radix-communications.com.

Look out for the grand final vote in a week’s time… and we’ll crown the winner on B2BQ&A episode 103.


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