Content Marketing Consultant and founder of Valuable Content
Sonja Jefferson, MD of Valuable Content, is a writer, consultant and thought leader in the art of high quality content generation for sales results.
Sonja’s early career in various business-to-business sales positions, from telemarketing to sales management, taught her at ground level why some sales approaches worked whilst others fell short. An early adopter of blogging as a business development tool, Sonja proved that companies of all sizes and remits could attract the interest of their target audiences through generously sharing useful content – creating unprecedented levels of interest and engagement compared to traditional, self-oriented marketing campaigns.
As the founder of UK marketing communications firm, Valuable Content Sonja now helps owners of professional service businesses to place high quality content at the heart of their marketing. She advises on how to get the best out of digital marketing methods, creates high performing websites and quality business books – all based on the valuable content principles.
Sometimes referred to by clients as the marketer who thinks like a sales person Sonja understands the high-pressured demands of sales and the solution which is proving to be the future of marketing.
She lives in Bristol with her young family, spending her free time travelling to West Country beaches in her camper van where she loves to surf, swim and run.
Contact Sonja if you are looking for help to create a lead-generating website, compelling written marketing material, sales collateral or a business book, or if you want advice on how to use what you write across the social web to generate sales. Sonja will join it all up for you, finding and managing the team and process you need to make your project happen and get your message across.
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“Sonja is an absolutely outstanding consultant and writer. She has quickly got under the skin of our business helping to turn what we do into clear, understandable and relevant messages. Her understanding of marketing has been invaluable throughout the process. Perhaps most importantly – she’s really easy to work with and makes the process fun!” Jo Twiselton, owner of Twist Consultants
“Over the last few years our business has gone from strength to strength. I have no doubt that Sonja’s input has played a real part in our success. She has helped us redefine the way we pitch. Our offer is now more obvious, more tangible and brings us greater success. We see ourselves as thought leaders in our field, and this is helping us to secure more beneficial client relationships.” Nick Walrond, MD of RSG Sanderson Plc
“Sonja, your contribution to my book must be recorded for posterity. First, because I commented on your website, I got approached by Financial Times Prentice Hall to write a book – WOW – I didn’t think that ever happened! Clearly, all the right publishers know you as the “go-to-gal” for great new authors. Next, because I’d no idea what to do, you patiently guided me through several iterations until I’d got the content, the tone and the message all singing in harmony together. I simply could not have written my proposal, and therefore got a publisher, without your help. Everybody who’s looking to write a business book needs your help with the contacts, the content and the steady hand on the tiller when we’re going through emotional trauma of yet another rewrite! Thanks again.” Lee Duncan – The Double Your Business Coach
(You can find more client testimonials here)
Sonja’s background and approach
Here is a recent interview with Sonja to give you a bit more background:
Sum up your approach to marketing in one sentence:
“Know your clients and make yourself useful; create valuable information that solves their problems and proves your expertise; share this across the web.”
Describe your career path:
“After graduating from Bristol University I worked in business development, selling first recruitment, then HR & training services and finally management consultancy to large corporate clients. I set up my own company in 1999 to provide consultancies like these with compelling sales and marketing content that helps them generate consistent business.”
What did your background in professional sales teach you?
What was the idea behind setting up your own business?
“When I worked in sales I was frustrated by the lack of useful sales and marketing collateral available to me: out-of-date or poorly written case studies, over-promotional, static websites and a pile of glossy brochures did not help me drive sales. So I started working with subject matter experts in these companies to create valuable thought-leadership-type material which solved customer problems and demonstrated their expertise: a win-win! The result was good leads which I could convert into sales, and ultimately, the idea behind my own business.
A lot has changed since 1999 when I set up on my own. Web innovations and the meteoric rise of blogging and social media have made it much easier to publish and spread valuable content today. It is now possible to establish yourself as a trusted authority in your field faster than ever before.”
Biggest frustration in marketing land?
“Form before function and over-hyped, inward-looking marketing solutions that waste client money.”
Biggest kick you get out of work?
“When action happens and progress is made: when an article goes out; when a blog or content-rich website is launched; when a business book is published; when a clear message results in sales.”
How can clients get the most out of working with you?
“Be open; share your ideas; collaborate in trusted partnership; take action.”
What did you want to be when you grew up?
“An archaeologist, digging for old fossils. Still digging!”
“Sennen Cove or any wild, open, sandy, west coast beach with my family and friends. I love running, swimming and surfing (albeit pretty badly). Cornwall or West Wales is my idea of heaven.”
Who inspires you?
“Anyone who has the courage to follow their instincts and forge their own path in life.
Business authors whose ideas inspire me include: David Meerman Scott on the new rules of marketing ; Charles H Green and his focus on trust, Seth Godin, Hubspot’s ‘Inbound Marketing’; and my client Jane Northcote on taking action and staying focused.”