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How Content and Marketing Automation Work Together to Maximize Your Marketing Efforts

A study found that 84% of people now expect brands to publish content that entertains, provides solutions and is engaging. Content really is the brand ambassador of an organization and as a marketer, you have to make sure it’s curated that way. To maximize the power of content, it’s essential to combine it with marketing automation. Here’s how.

Why We Need Content and Marketing Automation Together: 

Obviously, we want our content to be insightful, relevant and engaging so our customers continue to keep our brand in mind. Marketing automation gives content a pipeline so that it’s delivered to the right users at the right time. It also allows you to track which content works best for you. 

Content and marketing automation work together through channels such as: 

  • Social: Marketing automation can assist you in discovering insights on customer engagement across all platforms. With the ultimate goal of creating channel-specific content to better nurture leads. 
  • Email: Marketing automation ensures email messages are personalized and relevant to your recipients. 
  • Web: Web personalization collects behavioral insights on each visitor so that each time they visit, it alters content to their preferences.  
  • Mobile: With insights from marketing automation, you can determine what type of content brings higher engagement rates and channelize your efforts into it. 

How Does Content and Marketing Automation Actually Work Together? 

1. Content Marketing 

Today, content marketing is an essential business asset to all brands. It helps with brand awareness, lead qualification, customer engagement and retention and drives sales. 

It also helps with lead nurturing, which aims to bring prospects closer to conversion and builds a better relationship with them. Different forms of content should be used at each stage of the sales funnel. 

The top of the funnel, which is where they’re identifying their pain points, newsletters, eBooks and blog posts are the most effective forms of content. The middle of the funnel is where you want to provide more details on these pain points. Content pieces like data sheets, case studies, webinars and personalized email campaigns are best here. Lastly, at the end of the funnel, you should explain why you’re the best solution to their problem. Here you would use industry reports, product demonstrations, white papers and highly-trafficked content from your assets. 

2. Hyper-Personalization 

The modern customer does not only prefer content that’s tailored to their needs, it’s expected. That’s why hyper-personalization is so essential. Backed with AI tools and real-time data, brands get actionable insights into customer needs. 

3. CRM

These tools help you understand what your audience really wants, tracking user engagement. Content marketers should take these insights and use them to curate a variety of content tailored to each audience, maximizing their efforts. 

Final Thoughts 

With the expectation of the modern consumer, it’s evident the clear need for material to be tailored to each stage of the buyer journey. When combining the power of content and marketing automation, you can guide your customers in making those purchasing decisions more efficiently and quickly. 

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Marketing Automation: Why It’s Essential and What to Avoid

As more businesses shift away from traditional marketing tactics, agencies should follow suit. The times of one-time projects, lower value relationships, and thoughtless solutions with no unified reporting will lead to failure. The demand for full digital marketing services continues to increase, meaning agencies are taking on new clients while trying to keep existing ones happy. But with the rise for the need of digital services also comes the rise of resources available that makes providing those services easier. 

Some agencies have started using automated marketing systems to increase both sales revenue for both their company and their clients. These solutions allow repetitive tasks like email marketing, social postings, and ad campaigns to be automated, not only for efficiency, but to also create a more personalized experience for users. Not to mention, every step customers make can be triggered and tracked as they go through your marketing funnel. Allowing marketers to make appropriate adjustments to ads, campaigns, website, etc. 

Marketing automation is becoming a must have for agencies to stay relevant, but it can lead to failure if it’s not correctly implemented. 

 

Why You Should Use Marketing Automation 

 

Higher Value Relationships 

Marketing automation presents the ability to build and provide hyper personalized services for clients. This includes things like initial automation technology adoption and strategy, creation of email templates, nurture sequences, landing pages, as well as ongoing campaign assets, analytics, and optimization. Providing all these services ,in addition to the initial transition, makes it difficult for clients to change agencies. Not to mention it sets you apart from the competition, as many agencies have not yet integrated automation into their marketing strategy. 

Recurring Revenue 

Marketing automation is what can make an agency go from completing endless one-time projects, to being a consistent, must have resource for a number of companies. Marketing automation is necessary for almost any client and many companies struggle with technology. Many companies also struggle with knowing where exactly they need to personalize messages and where they shouldn’t. That’s where you should come in, and ultimately move towards a retainer-based relationship and consistent revenue. 

Proving Value 

Clients always want to know they’re getting the best ROI possible. When marketing automation is carried out correctly, there should be no issues presenting results. It gives you the ability to show measurable results with comprehensive lead-to-revenue reporting. Since it’s rooted in data, you’re provided the necessary numbers to help clients pinpoint what should be focused on and what should be tossed. Marketing automation also becomes more valuable and a better investment the longer it’s used. The more data there is, the more accurate the results will be, and can hopefully show month to month improvement. 

It’s Necessary to Stay Afloat 

According to Ad Age’s Agency Report 2018, U.S. agency growth is the slowest it’s been since 2010, except for those offering digital marketing services. With the need for digital services growing, marketing automation is basically becoming a must to stay in business. Companies need more data than ever to feel confident about their spending. Marketing automation can assist with all of these aspects when executed correctly. You can create new streams of revenue, attract new clients, provide real evidence of ROI and a service too complicated to take on in-house. 

 

Marketing Automation Mistakes 

A misconception has grown around automation that is can salve for any slowdown in marketing growth, including the need for generating new leads. This leaves many marketers with sophisticated tools automating the middle-of-the-funnel, but no real strategy or solution to generate new leads to nurture in the first place. This commonly results in marketers purchasing email lists to nurture instead of generating inbound leads. While this is a quick solution, it doesn’t work long term. This strategy fails to create a solid foundation for healthy, long-term customer relationships. Instead, it produces spammy content and incredibly low ROI. 

Another mistake is using marketing automation to force customers through a funnel with arbitrary touch points and irrelevant content. Marketers try to pass customers on to the sales department as quickly as possible, creating a disjointed customer experience. When marketing automation operates in a silo like this, points of friction are introduced that stall and strain what could have been productive, long-term customer relationships. Instead, there should be a contextual experience built on each customer’s individual needs. 

 

Final Thoughts 

Marketing automation can be a powerful and effective tool. To make it work it’s essential to understand all components and distinctions. Marketing automation should always be backed by an inbound strategy centered around the prospect, using all the information known about a person to inform the automation strategy. The ultimate goal is to deliver the information people need to make a purchase, when they need it, right where they’re looking for it. 

 

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