You Ask, I Answer: Measuring Content in the Customer Experience?

Stephanie asks, “How can marketers measure if their content is improving the customer experience?”

In the buyer’s journey portion of the customer experience, measure by pipeline acceleration; what content is moving people towards conversion? In the owner’s journey, look to your marketing automation data.

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In today’s episode, Stephanie asks, How can marketers measure if their content is improving the customer experience? So really good question.

When it comes to the customer experience, we have to remember that the customer experience is divided into fundamentally two parts.

There’s the buyers journey, which is the experience the person has up until the point of purchase.

And then there’s the owners journey, which is the, the experience you have after ownership.

And each half of the customer’s journey has four stages to it.

You can make an arbitrary and divide them in more granularly if you want, but the generally accepted at least by like all the big consulting firms is that there’s going to be for three or four stages in each.

On the buyers journey side.

That’s awareness, consideration, evaluation and purchase.

So awareness is do I even know what the thing is considered? is a big vendor set evaluation is you know, winnowing that down to a choice and then purchases the actual making the decision on the owners journey side there is ownership, satisfaction, retention, loyalty and evangelism.

And each of these stages has behaviors that you would expect a person to be doing so for example, in the loyalty phase and of the owners journey, is this person buying add ons? Are you able to upsell them? Are they engaging with your content, your your marketing on the evangelism phase a very important one are people really sharing and recommending your stuff even if they’re already customers? This is especially true important for businesses where there isn’t a lot of repeat business.

Example real estate, when you buy a house, you won’t buy another house and you know if days, right? You will buy a house and weigh three to seven years.

So that relationship and that loyalty and that evangelism is so important to the real estate industry to be able to say to somebody, you know, who’s asking, Hey, I’m thinking of selling my house, who should I talk to, and you come up with a name that you want to recommend a person to as as an agent.

That’s the important part of the owners journey.

So when it comes to measuring the content throughout the customer experience, there’s two different ways to do it.

In the buyers journey portion, there is the ability to look at the content you’re creating, and see how it accelerates pipe the pipeline.

There’s a bunch of different ways that you can do this.

The way that I like best is using what’s called Markov chain modeling is a machine learning technique.

In fact, I’ll bring this up here.

And what you’re seeing here is a model from my website, my personal website for the month of August and what pages accelerated somebody towards a conversion like they were on this page and this page played a part in their path to conversion.

The way the mathematical technique works behind this is that it’s like the old archetype, archetypical story of a college that didn’t pave any sidewalks then they let students walk around on campus for a year, and then paved over where students walked the most.

If you can imagine something on your website, where what is the content that people walk over the most on the way to conversion in this case, is a few blog posts in here, there’s a few landing pages in here.

And these are the pages that are helping nudge people towards conversion, this may not be the last page that they visited, but this is one of these are the key pages that people visited in their path to conversion.

And so we will use this analysis to determine Yeah, is this page is this content, helping improve the customer experience on the buyers journey? The answer Yes, the fact that the number one piece of content there is a blog post tells me that blog post needs to be constantly optimized and improved, so that it continues to help convert people.

So it continues to help push people forward.

Now, on the other side of the coin is the owner’s journey.

And you could do similar things like this.

restricted if you have the data and user ID turned on in Google Analytics to just people who are already customers.

But it’s probably easier to use either your marketing automation software or your CRM software.

Most good Modern Marketing automation software tells you what pages people visit on a website.

And so for the people who have converted who who are customers, you absolutely should be tracking the same information.

What are the pieces of content that customers engage with that help them remain loyal, that helped them evangelize if you’re depending on how good your marketing automation software is, you made Be able to determine that piece of content to something that customer is sharing with others.

And that is a lot of value in that and that information knowing that this is the content that customers find valuable.

With your marketing, if you’re following customer centric marketing, meaning that you’re trying to help people solve their problems, the best content you have, should be almost equally applicable to a prospect as to an existing customer.

If you sell coffee, and you’ve got you’re in the middle of a pandemic, maybe you’re not fully open.

You can absolutely be sharing content like how to prepare the perfect cup of coffee at home, how to store your coffee beans at home safely, and in doing so you’re helping obviously prospects, you’re demonstrating your expertise, but you’re also helping existing customers, customers who have bought your stuff and you want to help them get more out of it.

Their purchase.

And so you can solve the problem for both audiences and create content that’s valuable to both of them.

But the measurement part is the key.

Depending on your marketing automation system, and how easy it is to export data out of it, you may be able to even construct a similar kind of model.

You just have to figure out what the objective is that you’re tuning in for.

At the very least, you should be able to export all the URLs of all the content that your marketing automation system is tracking, this is in the owners journey.

And just do a quick tally month over a month.

What are the what are the pieces of content that customers go to visit more often? And that will help you match it up.

Now, where there’s going to be interesting value is when you compare the two data sets you say okay, what are the prospects like what a customer is like, how much overlap is there? If there is very little or no overlap in these two datasets? That tells you that you have content serving very different audiences and you may Want to think about is there a point where there should be more intersection? And if so, that may be a blind spot in your content marketing you can feel.

On the other hand, if they are completely converged, you may have opportunities at the edges of each section of the customer journey, that you’re not fully fulfilling, right? You’re not you don’t have enough content maybe on the far and the awareness side of the customer experience in the beginning of the buyers journey, or you may not have enough content that is suited for evangelism that people are sharing that people want to be sharing.

So you use this data to help identify gaps in your content marketing for improving the customer experience.

But that’s the measurement system that I would recommend is using a marketing automation software data using Google Analytics data to fill in the blanks for both sides of the customer experience and delivering a better overall customer experience with improved content marketing.

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