The following is a guest post by Candyce Edelen, CEO of PropelGrowth Financial Marketing & Content Strategy. This post originally appeared on the Propel Growth blog.
Account-based marketing (ABM) can be a powerful marketing strategy for the investment management or asset management industry. This is particularly true when investment managers target institutional investors or sell through intermediaries. Both of these client bases have complex decision processes that involve a number of influencers. Account-based marketing approaches can help investment management marketers improve marketing ROI and have a more direct influence on revenue.Read More
In May 2017, we hosted a private roundtable, moderated by Candyce Edelen of PropelGrowth. At the table were 15 senior marketers from various investment management firms. This was our second annual event, with about half of the participants returning from last year. The participant firms included boutique asset managers, medium-sized regional and global investment firms, and 3 of the top 20 global asset managers. AUM for the firms represented ranges from $20 Billion to more than $2 Trillion. All of the participants serve multiple channels including institutional (trusts, foundations, pensions, corporations, etc.), intermediary and direct retail advisor channels.Read More
In a recent blog post by our CEO, he draws an interesting comparison between the setting up a rock concert and setting up a content marketing automation solution for an investment management company. The point he makes in the post is that the critical behind-the-scenes logistics of an operation are often not fully realized or appreciated, even though they’re absolutely vital to the outcome.
Think back to a concert you attended where you arrived a bit early. The roadies can be seen methodically working to get all the equipment set up perfectly so that the band can just get up on stage, grab their instruments, and put on a great show. The roadies and logistics teams don’t get the attention from all the screaming, raging fans but they deserve some serious recognition (and pay) for the role they play.
Every investment marketer would love to get tedious tasks, like updating factsheets, off of their plate. Automation is a great way to accomplish this. When you’re considering how to automate your factsheets or other investment marketing collateral, there are essentially four different approaches you can consider.
Your options are:
- Outsource to a service bureau,
- Implement a “DIY” solution in-house,
- Buy a technology-enabled service (a hybrid of #1 and #2), or
- Build a custom solution in-house (Read our Build vs. Buy guide).
There are pros and cons with each of these options and, depending on your firm’s situation and goals, one of these options will be the best fit. Firms operating under tight budgets and resources will often gravitate toward the first option on this list — outsourcing to a service bureau. The manual production of marketing collateral like factsheets, commentaries, and client reports is labor intensive and laden with risk. Not to mention, it’s often the least gratifying work that the marketing team does. “Kicking it over the fence” to a fully outsourced service provider often seems like the most attractive option. Read More
I recently wrote an article about why automating within desktop publishing environments can be a bad idea. When we talk about “desktop publishing environments” we’re referring to programs like InDesign, PowerPoint, or Quark. If you’re looking for a way to effectively scale your literature production, you simply must say goodbye to your desktop defaults. And, I’ll tell you why.
This topic is front-of-mind for me today, following a meeting with a prospective client last week. This client described their frustration with their current automation solution. They told me a story about how their automation provider is currently supporting their suite of about 50 documents using about 50 InDesign templates. Even the client recognizes that this is a problem and knows that if the templates were being shared properly as shared entities then there should be, at most, eight of them for this catalog of documents. Fewer templates allows changes to be made centrally, without needing to apply a change 50 different times.
I smiled in sympathy as they told me about this problem. This is precisely the issue with automation solutions that are based on desktop publishing applications. This client articulated the issue even more simply and perfectly than I have in my past musings on the topic.
If a Microsoft or Adobe desktop publishing application is being used as the foundation of the automation solution, that system is then dependent on that desktop publishing tool, as well as the people who use the tool. It’s easy to overlook or dismiss this reality. People really love these programs, and understandably so. They are familiar, intuitive and your collateral is probably already designed in one of these formats. But, the hard truth is that almost always lead to bad long-term results in a commercial document production environment. This is due to what we call the “Save As Phenomenon”.Read More