通过罗伯特·罗斯published2020年7月22日 EST读取时间:11min

To Gate or Not to Gate? Is That Really the Question?

When it comes to B2B content marketing, a tension typically arises between marketing and sales teams over how much (if any) content should be gated. How much content should be accessible only to those willing toprovide contact information


一些内容营销人员愤怒说gated content always loses because it makes engagement more challenging, can’t be indexed for SEO purposes, creates false impressions with people, and acts as a barrier betweenaudience buildingand selling. This, of course, is also wrong. There are engaged buyers who come through gates.

Despite the right answer lying somewhere in the middle, most B2B内容营销团队尽量平衡大量短期的,以需求为根,销售启用内容请求是导致盖茨和“自由”的内容,以打造品牌的既有媒体发布体验。简而言之,他们试图平衡资产的创造,燃料领先一代,并与建立差异化拥有的媒体体验编辑内容培育活动。



让我们清楚。没有什么本质上错门一些内容(尽管GDPR,CCPA,等compliance issues abound– but that’s the topic of another post). Gated content can produce its fair share of leads, opportunities, and sales. Gated content often is the very first step in a successful买方的旅程。一个wards have been given,case studies写的,budgets increasedall because content marketing campaigns that lead to gated assets have produced results.

但是,也是如此,有积极的结果来自内容营销的意图建设的audience journey。These audiences may be filled with people who provide their contact information because they are genuinely interested in a future relationship with your brand through your consistent delivery of valuable content.

且慢,如果这些人是不是注定要成为买家,我们为什么要关心他们的观众的旅程?因为观众可以的一个通过营销组织管理最重要的资产。In some instances, an audience member can be even more valuable than a singular purchase-making customer.



Dan was never part of our buyer’s journey. But he was an integral traveler on our audience’s journey.




These are the two customer journey goals enabled by content experiences. Put simply: Some content efforts feed short-term, usually external活动从他们的旅程到未来的一个部分移动受众。而有些内容努力构建和持续满足观众沿着它的旅程一步。

To be clear, it’s not an either-or choice. It is a “yes and” choice. We have to acknowledge that they are inherently different目标, and so the question that remains is how to balance our efforts between them.

要开始创造这种平衡,我们可以看看我有什么(用我的舌头牢牢脸颊)come to term the “three laws of audience motion.” Similar to Isaac Newton’s laws of motion, these are three foundations to better understand (and measure) how audiences behave when entering and traveling along either the buyer or audience journeys.


Let’s explore.

1stlaw of audience motion




观众,而另一方面,不一定准备移动。当他们提供他们的信息订阅free and unfettered access to content – it means they are NOT subscribing to what they just received. Theyaresubscribing to the unknown future value inherently promised in the value of the content they received. In other words, they just became customers – not of your product, but of the ideas you are evangelizing.



2NDlaw of motion


The true benefit of building an audience is that either you engage a pool of people who can help you reach others who are willing to move (i.e., my story of Dan, above) or you and your brand will be top of mind for when they are willing/able to move.

One of the main purposes of advertising, cold calling, or any sort of external campaign to move audiences is to find (as quickly as the campaign is designed to run) the number of people who are ready, willing, and able to move into the buyer’s journey.

But additionally, as we move buyers forward, there are many things that may stall their progress. And providing the ability to move them into an audience to “rest” can be productive. Audiences move back into the buyer’s journey when they are ready and not before. And while your amazing, persuasive ad copy, brochure, or campaign call to action may convince someone to be ready to move sooner, the further along in the buyer’s journey they are, the more likely they are to become valuable audience members.

例:We recently worked with a global enterprise B2B software company. It launched a thought leadership email newsletter. And at the end of each newsletter the call to action directed people to its website to speak with a consultant who would give them a quote. That effort fell flat on its face.

Then, the company noticed that a high number of cold leads from its other sales campaigns was subscribing to its newsletter. It switched the newsletter content slightly to be more how-to and stopped selling to this audience. Instead, the calls to action led to other thought leadership platforms such as webinars and physical events. The company found that this cold-lead audience shared the webinars and physical events at twice the rate of customers. This group also answered polls and provided excellent data for both keyword and SEO benefits. And, over the long term, many of those cold leads came back to become buyers again.

3RDlaw of audience motion


One of the main benefits of audience building is that it establishes a moretrusting relationshipfrom the outset. By delivering valuable content, you immediately position your company as more differentiated and valuable from the beginning.

But the value of an audience as a corporate asset has many facets. We’ve discussed at some length theexamples and definitions of these audience values。但关键,一般来说,是营销人员可以看作为有价值的影响购买事半功倍的受众的价值。从事,认购,并测量受众通常购买速度更快,多买多,停留时间较长,并宣传与更多的频率。

Example:Frontline Software created前沿性的研究与学习研betway让球究所,一个独立的网站与该公司的原创性研究和思想领导力教育专业人士期待在他们的学校,以改善运营。betway让球观众建设工作的重点是汇聚潜在客户,并让他们成为自己的时间导致的长期战略。它已经发展成为一个非常流行前线的受众平台,发展到代表公司的新业务的32%。它也改变了电子邮件通讯into one that has enjoyed a 195% increase in open rates and a less than 1% opt-out rate.

Establishing the balance of audience motion

If we build distinct business goals for the types of content we create, we cansegment并针对各类值平衡移动和构建受众的每种方法的预期。



  • Optimized behavior
  • Number of leads
  • Lead value
  • Opportunity value
  • 一个verage selling price (ASP)/transaction value
  • 顾客价值

Then, if our goal is to build an audience, we can deliver similar conversion points where we can measure the value of the audience as it grows:

  • 贡献值 - 在延长距离或影响的乘数效应
  • 能力值 - 能力利用数据来洞察市场
  • Campaign value – multiplier effect on pooling willing but not ready prospects
  • 顾客价值– creation of better, higher value customers through extra value
  • Cash value – ability to generate revenue or cost savings through the audience asset
  • 一个udience value – value of the audience asset monetized in multiple ways


That gets us back to two questions: Wherecould we最大价值?哪里你呢最大价值?



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Robert is the founder and chief strategy officer ofThe Content Advisory, the education and consulting group for The Content Marketing Institute. Robert has worked with more than 500 companies, including 15 of the Fortune 100. He’s provided content marketing and strategy advice for global brands such as Capital One, NASA, Dell, McCormick Spices, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Robert’s third book –Killing Marketing与合着者乔Pulizzi被称为“书,改写市场规则。”他的第二本书 -经验:市场营销的第七时代是最畅销的,并已被称为“论文,和一个呼吁武装营销人员在21世纪领先的业务创新。”罗伯特的第一本书,管理内容营销, spent two weeks as a top 10 marketing book on Amazon.com and is generally considered to be the “owners manual” of the content marketing process. You can catch up with Robert on his popular podcast -The Weekly Wrap。按照他的Twitter@Robert_Rose