Why content holds the key to marketing automation success

In the ever-evolving world of digital marketing, automation marvelously streamlines the process. The benefits of marketing automation are undeniable: it save tons of precious time and resources while opening up an avenue for tremendous growth. However, its success would be impossible without a vital component—the content itself.

Content as the foundation

If marketing automation platforms were ships destined to conquer the digital seas, then content would be their sails, propelling them towards their goals. As someone who has navigated these digital waters for several years, I can assure you that creating quality content is indispensable to fuel marketing automation initiatives for your organization.

"Content is the atomic particle of all digital marketing"

Rebecca Lieb, keynote speaker and author specialized in content strategy and content marketing, once said this quote, and she couldn’t be more right. Without content, convincing your target audience is just impossible.

Here’s why: Quality content is the foundation of any successful marketing automation strategy. It not only keeps audiences engaged, but it can transform visitors into loyal customers. Content generates leads, it educates consumers, and overall, fosters long-term relationships with your target audience. 

Types of content

It’s no surprise that 72% of marketers consider content creation as their most effective SEO tactic (Ascend2). This is because great content simultaneously sits at the heart of SEO, social media, and email marketing efforts—fueling automated campaigns that drive business growth.

I remember when we first started our blogging journey. I was content with just pressing the “publish” button and moving on to the next marketing task. It didn’t take me long to find out that’s not how it works in the world of digital marketing. Creating meaningful, informative, and engaging content became the driving force behind our marketing endeavors.

Did you know that webinars, in particular, generate an average of 1,000 leads per session across industries? We love statistics, and this is a random fact I came across while researching the benefits of valuable content. 

Start with a strategy

In order to maximize your marketing automation efforts, you need t invest time and resources into crafting exceptional content. Start by developing a content strategy that balances promoting your business with providing actionable advice and tips for your audience. Mix short and long-form pieces, cater to different reader preferences, and aim for a coherent, genuine voice.

Make it (visually) appealing

Moreover, content in itself needs to be visually appealing and engaging. Think about incorporating eye-catching images, videos, infographics, and even interactive quizzes to keep your audience interested. Granted, for some businesses, making it visual is more a challenge than for others. Keep in mind that the type of content you create must align with your target audience’s preferences and interests.

When done well and executed as part of a solid marketing automation strategy, content creation serves as a powerful tool that delivers long-lasting results for your brand. Good content drives results. How to measure content marketing ROI is a different matter, which we covered in this blog post.

As you venture on this marketing journey, bear in mind that great content forms the very essence of marketing automation. In a digital world where things change quickly and people are bombarded with information, it is the quality of your content that will set you apart. So, go forth and conquer the digital seas; be the trailblazer who brings value and takes marketing automation to greater heights through the power of storytelling.

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