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Rajesh Nanarpuzha is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at IIM Udaipur. Previously, he has worked as a brand manager in Dabur, and as a business consultant in the retail and consumer goods domains at Cognizant and Tata Consultancy Services. Rajesh has an MBA from IIM Indore and a doctorate in marketing from IIM Ahmedabad.

The importance of compelling content to drive digital engagement in B2B settings is being increasingly acknowledged (Taiminen & Ranaweera, 2019). However, the path to success in the use of Digital Content Marketing (DCM) is less well-understood. Partly, this stems from a lack of understanding of what DCM really is. This lack of understanding, in turn, is a consequence of firms focusing too narrowly on tools for DCM implementation – a classic case of not being able to see the forest for the trees.

To gain from efficient use of DCM, it is imperative to view it from a wider perspective. Holliman and Rowley’s (2014) definition of DCM as “creating, distributing and sharing relevant, compelling and timely content to engage customers at the appropriate point in their buying consideration processes, such that it encourages them to convert to a business building outcome” is a good starting point to understand DCM in its entirety. The focus is on targeting the right customer, with the most appropriate content, at the right instant for better business outcomes. In this article, I focus on helpful insights from academic literature on developing an appropriate DCM strategy, and ways to execute it successfully. 


Creating a DCM strategy

As Gagnon (2014) notes, with any product information just a few clicks away, ‘conventional’ marketing is becoming less effective in B2B settings. In this scenario, DCM offers a clear opportunity to engage with potential customers. However, this is effective only when DCM is considered an intentional strategic choice (Johnson & Sparks, 2013).

In creating an effective DCM strategy, the first imperative is to adopt a ‘content-first’ approach. According to Gagnon (2014), this implies that content should form the core of any marketing program. What this also implies is that any content developed by a firm should help in uniquely positioning the product and the firm. Jarvinen and Taiminen (2016) characterize digital content specific to targeted customers’ needs, digital content which helps to create value, and content which helps customers solve problems rather than focus on selling a product as high-quality digital content for B2B environments. Secondly, Johnson and Sparks (2013) mention that firms should never lose sight of the fact that all content should aim to build visibility and help to build trust and credibility. An authoritative voice - calling out the firm’s expertise, suggesting thought leadership - is critical in building trust and credibility (Barry & Gironda, 2017). Finally, firms need to decide on the online vehicles that will be best suited to carry the content to the targeted audience.


Implementing DCM

Academic literature offers pointers for effectively implementing a DCM strategy. For example, Rooderkerk and Pauwels (2016) mention that readable, often controversial posts, with a higher practical utility, written by someone perceived as an expert, gain the higher number of comments on Linkedin posts. Also, Wang et al. (2017) find that attending existing customers’ digital events and consuming their digital content help in increasing sales leads. 

However, I will focus here on a synergistic combination of marketing automation and DCM studied by Jarvinen and Taiminen (2016). For a large industrial products and services company, the authors studied how marketing automation has been combined with DCM for favorable business outcomes. Marketing automation software typically tracks online behaviors of visitors. Through this, it is possible to detect an online visitor’s potential buying stage. Digital content is then tailored to the potential customer’s interests. Then, based on engagement with the digital content, scores are assigned to the visitor. All leads which cross a pre-determined threshold score are then passed on to the sales department. In addition to providing a more structured lead generation process, this enables better integration between the marketing and sales functions. Jarvinen and Taiminen (2016) mention that this combination of marketing automation and DCM has led to greater efficiencies in the sales and marketing functions, better resource allocations for sales closures, increase in the number and quality of sales leads, and greater transparency in the system. This is also an example of DCM helping the marketing department take on a more strategic role in the firm.


CMO implications

In most B2B firms, DCM budgets are rising, indicating an acceptance of its importance in B2B environments. However, its transformational potential is less well-understood. CMOs have the opportunity of creating marketing programs with DCM as its core. Also, it could be important to see what DCM could potentially be combined with in a firm’s business environment, for better business outcomes. DCM is a strategic imperative and CMOs need to be personally involved in creating a DCM strategy and execution plan for their firms, to reap real benefits.


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