Enough I hear you say!
Enough about content marketing, and thought leadership, storytelling, brandscaping, big data; and while we’re at it, enough about tailored content, content consumption and low hanging fruit.
I promise not to use any of those buzzwords (again).
But there’s just one more thing we should discuss about your B2B content marketing strategy: Marketing Automation.
No, it’s not just another piece of technology that will sit unused in your virtual cupboard like the popcorn maker of marketing appliances.
Marketing Automation is quite possibly the one thing standing between your content marketing strategy and utter pointlessness.
Back in 2015, SirusDecisions published research that suggested anywhere from 60-80% of B2B content was wasted- as in never read and never nurturing or generating a single lead.
And it’s not getting better.
The beauty of Marketing Automation is that it brings process and measurability to content marketing.
Process to what content is created when, for whom, with what messages, for which stage of the funnel.
Measurability to what content actual contributes to lead generation and lead nurturing—for the right kinds of leads.
It can make sure that your content strategy is the right strategy and that it’s being implemented effectively.
Well it doesn’t really make popcorn.
But by combining your content library, landing pages, email marketing, social marketing, SEO, website prospecting, lead scoring, testing, and analytics in a single platform, marketing automation helps you understand what content you should create and how it performs once you have.
Most MA tools offer so much functionality that I’d need a whitepaper rather than a blog article to discuss each one, but for the purposes of convincing you that content marketing without marketing automation is a waste of time, let’s briefly discuss one.
Leading Marketing Automation provider Act-On defines lead nurturing as systematically contacting prospects over a set amount of time and providing relevant content that eases them through the buyer’s journey.
Sounds good, right? And the whole point of your content strategy is providing relevant content. Right?
But how do you know it’s relevant? For whom? At what stage of the buying journey? And how do you know when it does and doesn’t work?
Marketing automation provides the following functionality to answer these questions. Or test possible answers to these questions. In real time. In a single place.
So, if you plan to do any content marketing in the next 12 months, please make Marketing Automation part of your strategy.
And if you need a popcorn maker, I have one in my cupboard for sale.