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How to Implement a First Party Data Driven Approach to Multi-Channel Content Distribution

Khyati Agarwal
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First Party Data Content Distribution

Multi-channel content distribution is a perfect strategy for growing your reach, boosting customer engagement, and driving conversions through content. However, blindly pushing content out on every possible channel will not yield results and will negatively impact the ROI of your content marketing. Instead, the success of your multi-channel content distribution efforts depends on your ability to gauge which channels are relevant to your audiences and deliver targeted content across those channels. But first, you’ll need to adopt a data-driven approach and leverage first party data to optimize your multi-channel content distribution. 

Here, we explain the value of first party data for digital marketers and how it can drive the success of your content distribution.

Role of First Party Data in Marketing

First party data is any data you collect directly from your users as they interact with your brand’s website, app, email, or even in physical stores. It generally includes data like users’ site activity, email engagement, sales interactions, support calls, interests, and preferences, etc.

As you can see, these data points are of immense value to marketers. First, this data helps you unlock insights into user behavior, preferences, and pain points. Second, it is accurate because you collect it firsthand from your audience. 

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With giants like Google and Apple eliminating third party cookies, accurate first party data is more important than ever. Whether you want to understand your audience better, identify content distribution channels, or personalize communication, you’ll need solid first party data infrastructure comprising CRM systems, website analytics tools, email marketing platforms, and event registration software to facilitate data collection and analysis.

Additional Read: Choosing the Right Data Activation Platform for your Business

Impact of First Party Data on Multi-Channel Content distribution

Now let’s understand how first party data can help you implement a successful multi-channel content distribution strategy:

  1. Get to Know Your Audience Better

First party data includes all valuable information about your audiences, including demographics, on-site behavior, email engagement metrics, purchase history, preferences, and more. You can use this data to better understand your audiences and their needs and wants.

Furthermore, you can leverage segmentation and cohort analysis techniques to categorize audiences based on their shared characteristics. Backed with these insights, you can serve them content with utmost precision, boosting engagement and strengthening your relationship. 

  1. Facilitate Data-Backed Channel Selection 

User interaction data collected from various touchpoints, such as a website, mobile app, social networks, email automation platform, etc., will help you assess how users engage with your content across these channels. 

You can track metrics like click-through rates, conversions, and other engagement metrics to identify how well users receive your content across various channels. Then, you can allocate more resources to channels with better return on investment, maximizing content visibility and user engagement.

  1. Tailor Content for the Unique Needs of Your Audiences

As mentioned in the first point, first party data and analytics techniques like segmentation reveal how different user groups interact with your brand, what issues they face, and what they expect from your brand. 

These insights can guide your content marketing decisions. They’re especially helpful in providing tailored experiences to different target groups through personalized website content, tailored email campaigns, and relevant social media posts. 

You can also map content to users’ stages in the customer lifecycle. This will increase the relevance of the content you serve to different audiences, building trust, improving brand recall, and driving conversions. 

Additional Read: How to use First Party data for your e-commerce brand

Using First Party Data Strategies for Content Distribution Success

To effectively use first party data to power your multi-channel content distribution efforts, you must take these steps:

1. Collect Data from All Touchpoints

Data-driven multi-channel content distribution begins with data collection. So, invest in a robust tech infrastructure to collect data from various touch points across customer journeys, from website visits to email and social media engagement. 

2. Manage Users’ Consent

Thanks to laws like GDPR and other privacy regulations, users are now the true owners of their data and control its collection and usage. So, use consent banners to allow users to either opt in or opt out of data collection. Also, use Consent Management Platforms to store and manage users’ consent preferences to remain compliant with the various rules and regulations.

3. Centralize First Party Data

Integrate your various marketing automation tools and CRM systems to store all user data in a centralized storage like a data warehouse. This will allow you to deploy audience modeling techniques and build customer 360 profiles that you can use to guide your marketing decisions.

4. Segment Audiences

Once you’ve collected user data, analyze how audiences vary based on demographics, preferences, and behavior. Use this data to segment your audience into groups with shared characteristics. Segmentation allows you to identify pain points in various target groups and deliver them the most relevant content and experience.

5. Implement Dynamic Content Distribution

Dynamic content is personalized content that varies according to the recipient. While the underlying message may remain the same, other elements of such content vary based on the audience’s behavior, needs, and wants. 

You can use content management systems (CMS) to create dynamic content like web pages and other marketing materials. Similarly, you can use email marketing software to create campaigns with dynamic assets. 

To precisely deliver dynamic content, you’ll also need a personalization engine that tailors content to audiences’ unique needs and tastes. This helps you automate the delivery of personalized experiences across multiple distribution channels.

6. Focus on Data Quality

When relying on data, your outcomes will depend on the quality of the data on which you base your decisions. Inaccurate data leads to wrong decisions, which ultimately hinders your ability to deliver targeted content to audiences. So, regularly audit your data to ensure its accuracy and reliability.  

7. Keep Learning about Users through Progressive Profiling

In this age, when privacy matters the most, users may become reluctant to share data due to frequent inquiries. Instead, you must implement a process called progressive profiling, wherein you gradually collect user data by asking a new question every time they visit the website or app. 

While this may seem like a slow process, it’s quite effective. As users interact more with your content, their needs and wants become more evident. As a result, you get more accurate data with each visit that you can use to build comprehensive customer profiles. 

Suggested Read: Audience Suppression – All You Need to Know

Explore EasyInsights!

Backed by first party data, you can easily identify which marketing channels are ideal for your content distribution efforts. You can also tailor content to the unique needs of your audiences and precisely deliver content that not only engages them but strengthens their relationship with your brand. 

To harness the power of your first party data, you’ll need an activation platform capable of handling multi-channel user data. And EasyInsights is the perfect solution for the job.

EasyInsights lets you automate data collection and leverage data analytics to unlock valuable customer insights. Moreover, features like data enrichment, segmentation, and audience suppression ensure you reach the right user at the right time and place. 

Book a demo with us today to see EasyInsights in action!

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