Smart content is the type of content that adjusts to every user based on their demographics, behavior, and engagement. It is also called dynamic content. Marketers create it to attract user attention, increase their retention, and convert into clients.
Smart content is widely used on sites, in apps, email campaigns, web push notifications, and chatbots on social media. You can bring your communication with users to the next level with SendPulse, so stay tuned.
In this article, we'll uncover the benefits of smart content, explain the way it works, and show how to create it with SendPulse.
Why should you use smart content?
Generally, it helps you improve the user experience. It's no wonder that modern-day users prefer brands that treat them as individuals rather than those that aim to reach wide audiences with the same techniques. People appreciate customer-oriented companies that keep consumers' needs in the heart of their business.
Creating smart content allows marketers to reap several benefits. Firstly, it implies advanced personalization. Users are much more likely to engage with personalized content. This type of content includes not only using a client's name in an advertising message, but takes into account their previous touchpoints with a brand, history of purchases, and personal data (location, age, gender, etc). Secondly, smart content enables companies to target particular segments of their audience and automate communication with customers based on their common characteristics. Thirdly, brands can convert users into clients more effectively with the help of dynamic content. Besides, you can easily track the effectiveness of your dynamic content to improve your strategy.
Now that you know how valuable smart content is, it's time to discover the way it works.
How does smart content work?
To answer this question, we should consider the information you can use to create smart content. Mind that this data you can get either by asking your clients to share it with you or using third-party platforms and developers to obtain it technically.
To use smart content in your marketing strategy, you may need the following information:
- location (you can find out the user's country by the IP address, if you need a more concrete location, you can get it with the help of the HTML Geolocation API);
- demographics (you can ask users to share their gender, age, education, employment, marital status, ethnicity via a subscription form);
- language (based on a user's language set in a browser);
- device (you can retrieve it by checking the user agent of a browser)
In fact, you can use any information that may be valuable to your business. The only thing to remember — follow the laws and be ethical.
You can include the above-mentioned data into your email campaigns, push notifications, chatbots, landing pages, user accounts. This way, every client will see personalized offers that fit their needs the best. In the next section, we'll show you how SendPulse tools support using smart content for better performance.
How to create smart content with SendPulse?
SendPulse is an all-in-one communication platform that enables companies to build long-lasting relationships with their audience via email campaigns, web push notifications, SMS, chatbots, landing pages, and CRM. To work with our services, you don’t need coding knowledge or any technical skills, because every feature provides an intuitive drag-and-drop builder. So, we’ll show you how to use smart content to promote your product effectively.
Email marketing is a powerful channel. It allows brands to keep their customers informed about recent updates, news, the status of their orders as well as share valuable content. It won’t take you more than an hour to create a professional email template, or you may choose one from ready-made templates.
If you already use email personalization, consider smart personalization. It is an advanced technique that uses smart content to both save your time and send more relevant campaigns. Let's say you want to inform your audience that you are offering free shipping to some cities and discounted shipping to other cities. In this case, you would have to create separate emails, but with the help of smart personalization, there’s no need. It allows you to personalize either your subject line or any part of an email body.
For this purpose, you need to have the variable “city” in your mailing list. If you don’t have one, go to your SendPulse account, click “Mailing lists” and “Create variable”.
Now add its name, choose the variable type and let subscribers edit it.
Then, add the cities of your subscribers.
Alternatively, you can add the “City” field to your subscription form so that this data will be added automatically after users submit it.
Now, when creating an email campaign, choose the desired place of your email body, click “Add criteria”, select a variable, and set conditions. This way, the users from New York will receive an email with the free shipping, and other subscribers will see the alternative text.
To get a detailed guide and see the example of emails, follow our article in the Knowledge Base.
With the help of push notification, you can notify your audience about the release of a new feature, recent articles on a blog, a time-limited discount, or any special offer. To use smart content, you can apply segmentation if you have more than 10 subscribers.
For this purpose, tick “Segment the list” when creating a notification. You can either use saved filters or select new criteria such as browser language, region, subscription page, subscription date, browsers and platforms used, or add any specific variables. This way, each subscriber on a list will receive a message with smart content.
Follow this guide, to send segmented and personalized web push notifications.
SendPulse provides an easy-to-use chatbot builder which enables marketers to create chatbots for Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Telegram. With their help, you can automate answering FAQs, consult leads, and convert them faster into your clients. Smart content in chatbots is possible with the help of tags. They allow you to segment users to provide them with relevant offers.
Tags are attached to buttons. When a user clicks a certain button in your chatbot, a particular tag is attached to them. Then, you can filter all your users based on tags and send them valuable offers.
Take a look at the chabot flow below. A user has to choose the type of cheese they like, after which they receive different messages based on their preferences.
For more information on how to use chatbot tags, check out the instructions in our Knowledge Base.
Now you know the benefits you can reap with the help of smart content, so it’s time to develop a strategy. Make use of SendPulse promotional tools for free to improve relationships with your audience and blow up sales.
Last Updated: 06.07.2021