Should I Gate My Marketing Content?

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So let's start off by defining what we mean by gating your content. Gated content refers to anything on your site that a visitor needs to complete a form to access. Basically, it is something of value that a visitor is willing to exchange their contact details to obtain. We most often see gated content in the form of eBooks, whitepapers, trial software, worksheets, and such. The "gate" is merely a form, typically on a landing page, that once completed re-directs the visitor to the piece of content.

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Gating valuable content is a terrific way to generate more leads for your business because it provides you with the tools to collect contact information for website visitors at every phase of the Buyer's Journey. Most companies only have 2-3 forms on their website; Contact Us, Get a Quote, and Book an Assessment or some variation of these three. The problem with these forms is they only target visitors at the end of the Buyer's Journey, and when you do that your only attracting leads who have made a decision on their ideal solution and will often commoditize your solution. For more on this, be sure to read our blog on lead nurturing and the Buyer's Journey.

Types of Content

Content comes in all shapes and sizes and can include any number of different formats. The types of content you'll use in your marketing programs will generally be dictated by:

  • Your Buyer Persona's How does your target market want to absorb information?

  • Your Skill Set & Resources Not everyone has access to proper audio equipment and the knowledge of how to edit audio segments to create a great Podcast.

  • Budget Creating any kind of content is an investment of time and money, but some, such as E-Courses or independent research reports require a much more significant investment.

As I mentioned, content comes in all shapes, sizes and formats and can include any combination of the following:

Articles
Blog Posts
Case Studies
E-Books
E-Courses
Email Marketing
Infographics
Newsletters
Podcasts
Presentations
Social Campaigns
Videos
Webinars
White Papers
Comparisons
News Releases
Contests
Calculators
How To Guides
Lists
Roundups
Compiled Research
Original Research
Best Practices
Product Reviews
Podcasts
Demos
Live Streams
Guest Blog Posts
Polls

Surveys
Quizzes
Guides
Worksheets
Templates
Checklists
Research Reports
Mobile Apps
Software Apps
Kit/Bundle
Tools

 

Should I Gate My Marketing Content?

Now we get to the question you all came here to have answered. You've created some fresh new content, and you are ready to put it online, behind a gated landing page, to generate more leads. Not, so fast buck-o. Not all content should be gated. Think about it, did you have to fill out a form to read this blog article? Do you have to fill out a form to do a Buzzfeed quiz? Would you fill out a form to download a brochure? So how do you know if content should be gated or not? Well, a great place to start would be our handy self-assessment below. This tool will help you evaluate your content and help determine if it's a fair trade of value for contact information, or if you're asking too much.

 
 
 
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About Author
Kevin D'Arcy

As our Chief Marketing Enthusiast, Kevin strives to provide clarity, honesty, and unique insights into every one of our engagements. Kevin helps companies improve their lead generation, enhance customer acquisition, and increase revenue. With over 18 years of inbound and content marketing experience with B2B technology companies, Kevin brings a straightforward approach to marketing with results that can be measured. He also has the most adorable hound dog that frequently comes to work with him.