Peter asks, “What do you recommend for content marketing management software, especially for a B2B company?”
Great question, and a very common one. Content marketing management needs to fulfill one or more of the following functions:
- Creation / management of creation
- Curation and amplification
- Workflows and approvals
- IAM / ACL
Each of these features has a number of point solutions that will run you $10 - $50 per month; when combined, it’s easy to see how the price tag for software just goes up and up.
What I use:
- I create my own content mostly using SEO tools - check out SEMrush as one of many
- I wrote my own curation tools because I was unhappy with what was on the market, but it’s powered by Feedly and Pocket
- I’ve used a number of tools for scheduling but really like Agorapulse now, especially since they finally added LinkedIn
- Most tools offer an enterprise edition for both workflows and IAM; software like Workfront does this well if you need heavy duty workflows and IAM
- Buffer, Hootsuite, and Agorapulse are great choices for publishing and basic monitoring, especially in bulk
- For analytics, Google Analytics is the gold standard for owned media content; most software provides some activity-based monitoring
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In today's episode, Peter asks, What do you recommend for content marketing management software, especially for a b2b company? Oh, great question. A very common question. And
there's a lot to unpack when it comes to content marketing management, because there's so many different aspects of content marketing. So your typical software needs to check the box on at least one of Oh, I don't know, eight or nine different functions. So let's go down the list of those functions. You need to have the creation of content and the management of creation of that content. So asset management and things like that you need curation, an amplification. So I the identification of third party content that you want to amplify. So there's an identification part and then there's the actual curation and gathering part there is scheduling of content calendaring.
And also scheduling and calendaring of internal work for it gets published. So there's there could be a couple of layers of scheduling. And there, there are workflows and approvals, which is an important part, especially when you're working with a third party organization. So if you have an agency, for example, now you're going to need to have workflows and approvals. There is Google. I am an ACL. So identity access management and access control lists the ability to provide different granular levels of security to different parts of the application, depending on who's doing what, again, really important when you're working with subcontractors, agencies, there is the actual publishing and distribution of content. So what platforms that goes out on whether it's a blog, whether it is social media, whether it is any kind of distribution network, there is, of course, the monitoring of the content that you create and monitoring in general and there is analytics the measurement of stuff now
Here's a way to think about this that will help you figure out what you can do. Each of these areas has individual point solutions, single single serving solutions that run anywhere from 10 to 15, maybe 10 to 100 bucks a month for each of these individual bullet points when you start adding them together, of course, that has added a pricing. So if you aren't scheduling and workflows, you're going to pay much more for that than just a scheduling tool by itself. If you want the entire laundry list in one package, now you're talking about an enterprise tool, enterprise tools come with the enterprise pricing.
You could be paying
thousand $2,000 a month for some of the top line software that does it all. But there's a reason why it does it all. It's because you pay for it. So what do I personally do both for myself and for Trust Insights I we use a bunch of point solutions that are knitted together with human elbow grease.
For the creation of content and figuring out what to create content about, I use SEO tools for that, because SEO tells you what's going to happen when I recommend you this will link in the show notes here is is sem rush, but you know, use the SEO tool that you are most comfortable with
for content curation amplification. I wrote my own software because I wasn't happy with what was on the market. It wasn't doing what I wanted to do,
but it's based on feed Lee and pocket to apps that have free additions. And so it's a lot of reading and tagging things like save this for later and stuff and then being able to export the data and then load it into your social media scheduler for scheduling itself. I've used a number of different tools over the years so I'm trying out I've been trying to Agra pulse
and I'm actually really happy with it because it does LinkedIn really well and a lot of tools do LinkedIn.
pretty poorly. And again for b2b marketing that's really important. It does
Instagram Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn Google Plus for like the for people who still use that
but it has it has monitoring and publication built in which is kind of nice
for workflows and identity access management
most that's going to be built in individual software co schedule I know does a lot of that and and does it really well. Work front does that as well.
Those are going to be obviously higher priced software because they do a lot of and they need to do a lot of integration into things like Single Sign On and stuff for publishing and basic monitoring. Again, buffer Hootsuite, Agra pulse all great choices I've used all of them.
Hootsuite is my least favorite just because I don't like their interface. But aggro pulse and buffer are ones that are used and they have good monitoring for seeing like what's happening with
The content you publish to the platform now for analytics to measure your content,
all these tools do activity based monitoring. So you publish a post and it will tell you so what's happened with that post that's not helpful.
The gold standard for content marketing analytics is Google Analytics because a it's free, but be because it's connected to all of your goals and gets connected to all of your revenue, your ecommerce, if you've got e commerce going on, that tells you the actual impact of your content of your social and everything. So there is
really no alternative then like that web analytics layer for the performance of your content marketing in terms of the impact that actually delivers so
if you wanted to replace a giant system of spreadsheets, I would look at Agra pulse I would look at
I would look at and co schedule
Again, that's going to be a little on the expensive side. If you if you have a large team, you should look at work front.
But honestly, there's nothing wrong with a pile of spreadsheets. If work is getting done. If work is not getting done and communication is breaking down, then yes, look for additional software. But the premise behind a lot of these enterprise packages is that
things are breaking down process wise, if you have great process in place the software it's much easier to make do with you know, point solutions. So one of the things like at Trust Insights our CEO is
so focused on process and and so good at process that we can plug any number of tools together as long as they they adhere to the process as opposed to the way that most people do it, which is where they they buy the tool and they hope the tool fixes the process but because process is driven largely by people
software can only do so much. If you fix the people first, then the software is is easier. And if you have great process, you can reduce your costs. Because you can use point solutions for a lot of stuff
navigated by the process you have in place. So something to think about on that front is of people process and platform, which is where's the most broken thing? And if it's not the software,
then then buying or different software is probably not going to fix that. So something to think about. Great question, like I said, a very common question and very popular question. It's going to require a lot of experimentation. And again, I've got links in the show notes. So if you look in the comment below here, or I'm on the blog post for this, you can click through to a lot of these things. A couple of them are affiliate programs. So full disclosure that
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