Earlier this month I co-hosted a Webinar with Greg Kelly of Vidyard and Jason Oakley of Uberflip on “Driving B2B Engagement with Personalized Content.” During the event, we discussed trends driving the interest in content personalization, addressed some of the key challenges, and presented examples of B2B companies having real success with their personalization strategies. You can view the recorded version of the event here.
As a sneak preview, here are some of the key takeaways from our discussion:
- Marketing content is devalued. Successful content today is about Value, not Volume. Content personalization maximizes the relevancy, and therefore the effectiveness, of marketing content by making an ad, an email, a Web page or a content asset personally relevant to the target individual.
- Know your audience and your message. Define segments and buying personas. Define messages and value propositions for those segments (i.e. a message deck). If you don’t know what’s relevant to your audience, no amount of personalization will help.
- Personalization doesn’t have to mean creating all new content. Take stock of what content you have and map it against defined segments to identify content “gaps”. Look for core content such as white papers that can be “sliced” into multiple assets and versioned more readily for specific industries, roles, etc.
- Personalization has a myriad of potential use cases proven to generate engagement – display ads personalized to a specific account, personalized video in a sales outreach email, Web pages that generate real-time content recommendations based on a visitor’s profile or behavior. Plus personalization opens up new ways to score or qualify leads, for example: a lead score based on leads that watch 80% of a personalized video.
- Deployed incorrectly, personalization can be creepy. Keys to avoiding creepiness are 1) creating a genuine message vs. canned marketing-speak, 2) keeping it real (ex: personalized videos don’t have to be perfect; it’s almost better if they’re not), and 3) telling a compelling story that weaves in personalization (so the focus is on the story, not the fact that the person’s name appears in the ad.)
- Personalization can have different performance metrics depending on the channel and type of content. But measurement is key to proving success and ROI. Look at basic engagement metrics (opens, clicks, conversions) but also how long people engage with content (average time per page visit, or percentage of video watched), or even how many people reply to an email (because they perceive the communication as more “human”) vs. simply clicking on a button.
To view the Webinar, “Driving B2B Engagement with Personalized Content”, click here.