[Slides] Content Marketing Vendor Landscape: Marketer Needs & Vendor Solutions by Rebecca Lieb

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In this one-hour webinar, Rebecca Lieb will share findings from her recent research report on how content marketers should go about selecting content marketing tools. With input from 143 ecosystem contributors, we'll explore the plethora of content tools available, how the market is evolving, and how marketers should think about content tool selection.

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[Slides] Content Marketing Vendor Landscape: Marketer Needs & Vendor Solutions by Rebecca Lieb

  1. 1. Webinar Content Marketing Software Landscape: Marketer Needs & Vendor Solutions Rebecca Lieb, Industry Analyst Jessica Groopman, Sr. Researcher June 4, 2014
  2. 2. Growing channel and media complexity + increasing adoption of content marketing
  3. 3. This has created a complex, disparate content marketing software ecosystem
  4. 4. Agenda · Welcome · Trends Driving Market Complexity · Media Convergence is Driving Content Stack Evolution · Technology Decisions Must Begin with Use Cases · Content Tool Best Practices · The Vendor Landscape
  5. 5. Organizations lack a cohesive, coherent, strategic approach to content. of marketers surveyed lack a consistent or integrated content strategy. 70%
  6. 6. Trends driving market complexity · Content creation pressure · Lack of strategy begets tool proliferation · Lack of enterprise integration · Misaligned buyer needs vs. planned investments
  7. 7. Buyers’ Needs Don’t Match Planned Investments
  8. 8. Tangled and Emerging Vendor Landscape adds to the complexity •  Solution proliferation •  The landscape is bifurcated •  Content marketing evolution is driving consolidation
  9. 9. As marketer needs evolve over time, so will solutions sets." The key is not more or better point solutions but how they come together."
  10. 10. Media Convergence is Driving Content Stack Evolution
  11. 11. Media Convergence Drives Content Stack Evolution
  12. 12. By 2016, there will be “content stack” offerings in the marketplace — end-to-end solutions akin to ad stacks.
  13. 13. Currently, no single vendor has an end-to-end solution. Eventually, a few will partner, merge, acquire, and/or collaborate to create a total solution.
  14. 14. Technology Decisions Must Begin with Use Cases
  15. 15. Altimeter recommends taking the following 3 steps to determine your content marketing tool stack: 1.  Determine your content marketing use cases. 2.  Plan for integration and evolution. 3.  Identify and prioritize vendors based on those use cases.
  16. 16. Altimeter recommends taking the following 3 steps to determine your content marketing tool stack: 1.  Determine your content marketing use cases. 2.  Plan for integration and evolution. 3.  Identify and prioritize vendors based on those use cases.
  17. 17. Three Common Content Marketing Scenarios Drive Tool Selection
  18. 18. Feed the Beast þ Is your organization struggling to keep up with the unrelenting demands of regularly creating quality content for one or more channels? •  This scenario is about mastering the foundational use cases in content marketing: efficiently creating and collecting content at scale
  19. 19. Refine þ Is your organization struggling to apply process to creation and production? •  In this scenario, roles expand, intelligence & optimization increase: •  Analytics, audits, channels, audience, personas, repurposing, optimization, etc.
  20. 20. Govern þ Does your organization need to formalize and communicate content strategy throughout the enterprise? •  This scenario is characterized by scale, and the ability to create experiential, cross-channel, transmedia content while ensuring compliance
  21. 21. Determine Content Marketing Use Cases & Sub-categories
  22. 22. Gather Cross-Functional Requirements Solicit stakeholders’ and end user requirements, input, collaboration •  Workshops •  Workflow requirements •  Permissions •  Employee empowerment & adoption
  23. 23. “We did a series of workshops with the content creators and manipulators… So much came down to workflow, particularly around transparency and the ability to understand what’s happening with content at any given point.” -- Meg Walsh, Senior Director of Digital Strategy & Distribution at Marriott International
  24. 24. Altimeter recommends taking the following 3 steps to determine your content marketing tool stack: 1.  Determine your content marketing use cases. 2.  Plan for integration and evolution. 3.  Identify and prioritize vendors based on those use cases.
  25. 25. 10% 
 of marketers say their content marketing technologies are “fully integrated across people, processes, and platforms.”
  26. 26. Integration needs are essential, and tripartite:   1.  Integrations with systems. This includes legacy and often future platforms, such as data and analytics, CRM, and inbound marketing. 2.  Integration with the organization, such as internal communications, corporate intelligence and internal networks.   3.  Integration with processes, including workflow and organizational structure. This may include taking outside partners and/or agencies into account
  27. 27. 8.81 8.76 7.87 7.35 6.97 6.49 6 5.9 5.56 5.38 4.56 4.34 0 2 4 6 8 10 Business communications (e.g. telecom, ESN) E-commerce solution Public data integration Customer support solution Advertising/Native advertising Email markteting solution Business intelligence CRM solution Community platform Brand monitoring solution Web analytics Marketing automation Marketers’ top ranked content marketing software integrations Q. Which of these would be most valuable when integrated with content marketing solutions? Which would add the most value to content marketing strategy? (Forced Rank) Source: Altimeter Group Content Marketing Survey 2014, Base: n=80 marketers
  28. 28. of the content marketers we surveyed report that the lack of inter-departmental coordination is leading to disparate tools used. 40%
  29. 29. Altimeter recommends taking the following 3 steps to determine your content marketing tool stack: 1.  Determine your content marketing use cases. 2.  Plan for integration and evolution. 3.  Identify and prioritize vendors based on those use cases.
  30. 30. “You can’t retrofit activities to the tool; you have to align the tool with your activities.” --Kristina Halvorson, CEO & founder of Braintraffic
  31. 31. How to Identify & Prioritize Key Criteria ü  Understand priority use cases & sub- categories ü  Identify priority integration needs (immediate and long-term) ü  Map these needs in a checklist to help prioritize your most important buying criteria
  32. 32. Content Marketing Needs Checklist
  33. 33. How to Prioritize Vendors ü  Now assess which vendors satisfy the requirements of priority use cases ü  Shortlist 3-5 vendors ü  Consider full suite vs. multiple point solutions ü  Leverage Altimeter Group’s Vendor Use Case Matrix to aid
  34. 34. Individual Vendor Capabilities
  35. 35. Content Tool Best Practices
  36. 36. Content Tool Best Practices · Train staff · Avoid redundancies · Build for speed · Consider IT support (or lack thereof) · Scale towards the future
  37. 37. I. Train staff ·  Educate staff on content strategy, and train to leverage tools of the marketers we surveyed say employees are formally trained and empowered to publish on behalf of the brand. 24%
  38. 38. II. Avoid redundancies ·  Eliminate redundant toolsets with overlapping secondary or tertiary features ·  Integration helps drive “one version of the truth” vs. “multiple realities that don’t align when viewed in aggregate.”
  39. 39. III. Build for speed ·  Real-time Marketing requirements require speedy deployment ·  Rapid personalization, delivery, and the ability to build content based on buzz are primary considerations •  Speedy implementation, set-up, training, and ease of use are key to adoption
  40. 40. IV. Consider IT support (or lack thereof) ·  Assess the level of support needed for software implementation and ongoing support ·  Many solutions today bypass IT for day-to-day publishing needs
  41. 41. V. Scale towards the future ·  Monitor emerging technologies and potential integration needs ·  Mobile ·  Real-time marketing ·  Localization in international markets ·  Native advertising ·  Sensors, beacons, etc. ·  Adopt a test and learn approach
  42. 42. Vendor Landscape
  43. 43. Investment & Acquisition Have Not Yet Peaked
  44. 44. Bigger doesn’t mean better– and vice versa
  45. 45. Content Marketing Vendors Most Frequently Cited as Competitive Altimeter Group asked all Content Marketing Vendors surveyed to list their top three competitors. These 10 vendors received the highest number of mentions. The size of the cloud correlates with the total number of mentions for that vendor. Source: Altimeter Group Content Marketing Survey Q2 2014 Base: n=80
  46. 46. Thank You Disclaimer: Although the information and data used in this report have been produced and processed from sources believed to be reliable, no warranty eXpressed or implied is made regarding the completeness, accuracy, adequacy or use of the information. The authors and contributors of the information and data shall have no liability for errors or omissions contained herein or for interpretations thereof. Reference herein to any specific product or vendor by trade name, trademark or otherwise does not constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation or favoring by the authors or contributors and shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes. The opinions eXpressed herein are subject to change without notice. Altimeter Group provides research and advisory for companies challenged by business disruptions, enabling them to pursue new opportunities and business models. Jessica Groopman Senior Researcher @jessgroopman Rebecca Lieb Industry Analyst @lieblink
  47. 47. 67% 67% 60% 53% 48% 46% 46% 35% 25%25% 25% 34% 26% 38% 29% 22% 24% 21% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% Audience & Target Analytics Creation Distribution Curation & Aggregation Workflow Optimization Legal Integration Marketer Needs vs. Investments by Use Case Needs Investments Figure 1: Marketer Needs Don’t Align with Investment Priorities Source: Content Marketing Software Landscape: Marketer Needs & Vendor Solutions, Altimeter Group (May 13, 2014) Data: Altimeter Group Content Marketing Survey Q2 2014 Base: n=80 Content Marketers

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