The automation of digital marketing processes is here to stay. Thanks to mass disruption accelerated by the pandemic, privacy regulations, walled gardens, and technology complexity, only the brands and publishers that dive headfirst into the flexible future of automated marketing processes will succeed.
In fact, 77% of marketers achieve an increase in conversions after implementing automation. Standardized automation marketing processes are no longer optional; they are mandatory for business success.
Here are a few tips to help B2B enterprise marketers develop a smart strategy for their automated marketing processes as brands around the globe prepare for the flexible future of marketing in a post-pandemic era.
Why Automated Marketing Processes Are a Must for the B2B Enterprise Community
As the number of channels grows and audiences become difficult to reach, the ability to balance human and machine processes while scaling via automation has become a competitive imperative.
B2B brands can no longer afford to sacrifice revenue as a consequence of internal knowledge gaps or team time constraints. Automated marketing processes are essential to close those internal knowledge gaps, save teams time, reduce error margins, and keep up with competitors.
But marketing automation isn’t only about having the right technologies; it’s also about having the correct strategy built around what automation means for your brand. To create a winning automation strategy, companies need to know, up front, what works for them.
Before an organization can implement any kind of useful automation strategy, it must establish a well-defined and achievable set of objectives and goals for the business as a whole. Organizations must begin with strategy planning and goals that have the end in mind.
The next step is establishing which basket of technologies will help achieve that goal. The end goal could be a reskilling of employees, scaling of marketing tasks, or ROI, among others.
Once goals and objectives are set, companies must also take into account factors such as current skills, a fit-gap analysis of skills that will affect reskilling and upskilling, and career pathing for employees.
Companies must also note future savings across a one-, two- and three-year horizon. They must keep in mind the budget for technology licensing, the impact of client-facing pricing and its impact on overall ROI, and the overall impact on an organization’s ongoing operating model based on marketing process automation initiatives.