[Ebook] 4 Steps to a Successful Global Deployment of Marketing Automation



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In my work, I have had the pleasure of speaking with numerous enterprise marketers from around the world. And I’ve learned something crucial in the process—many companies seem to face the same woes when it comes to implementing their marketing automation solution, particularly those who are attempting it on a global scale. Why is this a common theme? Two of the biggest culprits I’ve seen are a lack of a sound deployment strategy and a lack of alignment within the organization.

But, trust me, we can move past this! How? By following a set formula for achieving deployment success. According to research from the Marketing Leadership Council, the formula for successful marketing automation deployment is comprised of:

  • 50% of your success comes from organizational alignment
  • 20% of your success comes from your marketing tool, and
  • 30% of your success comes from the particular methodology to implement these tools.

4 Steps for Global Deployment Success

Whether you’ve bought or inherited a marketing automation solution and are now tasked with going global, we’ve outlined the key elements for a successful global deployment. Going global with marketing automation requires a broader set of thinking that covers not only issues related to identifying and segmenting differential, regional buyer personas, but also the concurrent challenges inherent to managing your marketing operations.

Here are four steps to follow for global marketing automation deployment success:

1. Ask the right questions

Understand the unique challenges that your organization could potentially face before rolling out a global deployment strategy. Ask yourself:

  • What is our current size and growth potential?
  • Has our company attempted deployment in the past? If so, what worked and what didn’t?
  • Realistically, how long is rollout going to take us?
  • What will onboarding and training in each region look like?
  • How will the rollout be staffed?

2. Select a deployment method

Cost and time are two considerations enterprise company executives are most concerned with when selecting a deployment method.

  • Decentralized Model: A decentralized model allows companies to roll out a new marketing automation platform across all locations simultaneously, since each location has its own deployment team.
  • Centralized Model: A centralized deployment model also creates more effective reporting because a core group or individual is handling all of the major decisions applicable to new software implementation.

3. Drive organizational readiness

Implementing marketing automation software into an enterprise requires more than just technical work. Beyond the technical side lays the political and cultural aspects that come with any change to the status quo.

4. Measure metrics that matter

Prior to getting started with deployment, it’s crucial for the enterprise to outline and settle on success metrics for all locations to use. Otherwise, each location will naturally adopt its own metrics and there will be inconsistencies around the organization.

Want to learn more about how to enable your enterprise to have a successful global deployment of marketing automation? Check out our new ebook, How to Think About the Global Deployment of Marketing Automation for Enterprises.

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And now, I want to hear from you! Which tips and tricks have worked for you as you’ve deployed your marketing automation solution globally?

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Social Deployment And Content Marketing are NOT the Same


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There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to the term “content marketing.” One of them is the belief that content deployment should be carried out with same approach you would use with a traditional mixed-media campaign.

Although social deployment and content media are indeed entangled in the same marketing fabric – they are not the same thing.

Social deployment is the selection of social media channels based on your goals and objectives, along with the scheduling and the selection of media type.

Content marketing  is how your goals and objectives translate into various media types that will most likely engage your customer audience. This content can take countless forms, such as pictures, video, infographics, white papers, podcasting, etc.

Think of social deployment as freight trains delivering coal. Trains on different tracks deliver coal to the good people in different locations. The coal is your content. The tracks carrying the trains represent deployment.

Diving Deeper

There is a popular myth that winning at social marketing means deploying against all popular channels. Nothing could be further from the truth. Without making too many assumptions about your business model and the future direction of your product or service, let’s presume you and the key players in your marketing team have a grasp of the following:

  • A precise understanding of your brand and how it differentiates against the competition
  • The same rich understanding of all products and services within the brand
  • An understanding of both short-term and long-term goals and objectives for the business
  • A firm understanding of your audience demographic, and a tertiary understanding of their geographic location
  • Something that is seen as a major plus would be a persona development of “the perfect customer” —  within that vision include a rich understanding of their social propensities

Once you have the meat on these bones, the appropriate social media channels will be more evident. That is of course unless the campaign would call for a one-channel approach. For example, a photo campaign would be best suited to Instagram, and YouTube is the place for a collection of webisodic video content.

Content Marketing

As stated above, this is where you select the appropriate media type as it pertains to progressive messaging, creative campaign, or conversational engagement type. You need to develop content that your audience will not only respond to, but will have virality. Additionally, the new-media marketer needs to think about the volume of available content based on the timing of the campaign.

Take for instance a live event; it’s not just enough to be tweeting about “what’s happening.” That content needs to play in concert with photography, videos, and inspiring your audience to participate within the channels to in a way that creates the perception of spontaneity. Prior to this event, you may have done two to three weeks of pre-teasing using e-mails, Tweets and Facebook posts. Perhaps you peppered in some short-form video to build excitement among your attendees. All of these elements are going to make up your “pre, during and post” campaign strategy.

So where do we go from here?

Well as many of you may know from my blog at JusticeMitchell.com, I have been an integrated marketing professional for more than 20 years. Within that time I have  surrounded myself with an amazing array of eclectic talents and experiences that range from absolute failures to epic advertising for some of the world’s largest brands. It is indeed my hope that in the following articles I will educate you on all of the facets of both traditional, interactive and other marketing techniques. The goal is for your social media business to not only grow, but flourish inside your overall marketing objectives!

If you have specific questions about content marketing, social media or integrated marketing, please feel free to leave your questions in the comment area. But fair warning: Your questions might make a great article :)

About the Author:

Justice Mitchell

This monthly Content Marketing and Social Media column is contributed by Justice Mitchell. Justice brings two decades of experience in concepting, designing and deploying integrated marketing campaigns. At present he is responsible for various marketing and social business objectives that emerges from his twelve year-old consulting practice named Big Block Studios.

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