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We often get asked the question, “When doesn’t content marketing work for your clients?”

Devesh and I have been thinking about this question a lot lately and having looked back through all of the clients that were challenging to work with (or didn’t lead to successful outcomes), the common theme is that they’re always early stage companies.

We define early stage companies as:

- They haven’t proven that they can market and sell through at least one cold channel
- Their positioning/messaging is still being worked out
We won’t be working with companies that fit that criteria going forward.

The problem with working with early stage companies is that our agency value proposition is tied to helping the company drive leads and revenue, and if a company hasn’t figured the fundamentals like how to market and sell to a cold audience and their positioning and messaging, then all of the traffic in the world coming from the right audience won’t solve those problems.

This is not to say that early stage companies shouldn’t invest in content marketing though — In fact, I think quite the opposite. I think that content marketing can be a huge competitive advantage early on.

  • ZB

    Ziev Beresh

    about 1 month ago #

    Really valuable lessons and a well-written article. The takeaway I got: Getting started with content marketing early on is a competitive advantage for a variety of reasons. But for scaling content production and promotion with conversions as the goal, make sure you understand how that content will drive more of the right people toward an established and proven value proposition that you've worked on perfecting.

  • AC

    Alexandra Cote

    about 1 month ago #

    Finally, someone talking about this. The first company I can think of that did minimal marketing at first is Hunter.io. I'm always amazed at what results you can get just using your product.

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