In 2016, 3PL Central hired SmartAcre®, a HubSpot Partner, to build out an integrated marketing program. We became a natural extension of the 3PL Central marketing team, providing additional expertise and bandwidth to accelerate their marketing ROI.
Within the first year of working with 3PL Central, we focused on creating a scalable marketing program that maximized the power of HubSpot and Salesforce. Content was at the center of almost every campaign, using multiple-channels and tactics to drive prospects to a landing page with gated content for lead generation. This creation of high-quality content helped increase 3PL Central’s opportunities won by 25%, grow traffic to their site by 45%, and increase paid search Monthly Recurring Revenue (MRR) by 75% – all within the first year of working together.
After seeing success, we continued to build on what was working by producing helpful content that was missing from the third-party logistics industry. Until we hit a roadblock…
Enter, the challenge. After almost two years of standing out against the competition, the competition started to catch up. Competitors were emulating 3PL Central’s content marketing strategy, which started to impact site traffic, lead generation, and metrics critical to business success. We had to create an unrivaled piece of content and change our strategy.
Instead of going head-to-head with competitors, we decided to do something different and give away content for free. Yes, you read that correctly – ungated content for both competitors and prospects to have at their fingertips.
We started by using an annual report that 3PL Central was about to update – the 2018 State of the Third-Party Logistics Industry report. We conducted keyword research and outlined the updated report using a pillar content strategy, allowing us to have more pages that rank in search engines and ultimately helping 3PL Central’s audience find the answers they need. The pillar centered on the logistics industry while cluster content focused on core solutions or improvements pivotal to everyday success.
Even with ungated content, we had big goals to drive 2,000+ page views and generate 150 net new leads in the first month of launch. To achieve these goals, we created a multi-touch campaign that included digital PR, paid advertising, email marketing, social media and more. Here is a full breakdown of the tactics:
The results far exceeded our goals. In measuring and comparing the initial one-month results of the 2017 State of the Industry report to those of the redesigned and ungated 2018 State of the Third-Party Logistics Industry report pillar page, we found:
Pillar content helped 3PL Central become an industry leader, streamline their marketing program, and hit revenue goals for the quarter. Pillar content now has a permanent place in 3PL Central’s content strategy. Not only will they continue to update the State of the Third-Party Logistics pillar page, they are also in the process of building out a new pillar for the second half of the year.
“SmartAcre was able to take our existing report and pivot it into an end-to-end campaign that we were able to use to start driving demand from its initial use actually through an entire quarter without having to create multiple assets,” said Chelsea Levengood, the Director of Marketing at 3PL Central. “This allowed 3PL Central to focus on creating content that our competition could not mimic.”
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