Getting approvals across the line isn’t always a simple feat. In fact, approval delays remain a key challenge for marketing teams when it comes to producing content. We recently talked about how to improve and refining your approval workflow to ensure that you’re maximising your marketing time and resources. The next step is implementing the new marketing process and achieving uptake. Given that people are typically creatures of habit and don’t like to invite change, how do you make the experience easier?
There are many important factors that lend to creating great marketing content. Brilliant ideas are the bedrock of memorable campaigns, but you also need amazing talent to bring your ideas to fruition. Less glamorous, yet no less important, is implementing an effective approval workflow process to ensure that your marketing output meets your objectives. A critical component of this process is the humble brief.
You’ve done the preliminary work in getting the right people onboard, so now your creative team should be operating like a well-oiled machine. Right? Well, not exactly. Even if you’ve got the best people on the job, they still need to be supported by effective processes, an organised project framework, transparent communications and schedules that allow them to be at their creative best. Here are four strategies that will enhance your team’s performance:
No-one would argue that producing marketing content is easy. And yet many marketing professionals still rely on traditional tools to manage their approval workflow.
According to Adweek, “the traditional back-and-forth process of getting ideas developed, presented, refined, re-presented, refined again, approved … is time-consuming and expensive.”
Fortunately, with the recent boom in marketing solutions and workflow management software, attitudes are changing. In a 2017 report by Content Marketing Institute, 66% of marketers indicated that their greatest educational requirement was to learn “how to better use technology to manage content as a business asset.”