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Rockee BETA Launch

Rockee BETA Launch

What is Rockee?

Rockee is a B2B content measurement and feedback platform. It’s been built around a common problem we have in B2B marketing, in that we make a lot of content – but struggle to prove the value of it.

Analytics leads us to guesswork. SEO takes a long time for traction and lead-gen metrics only tell a very small part of story.

Rockee collects data from the people who matter most – your audience. Our BETA is an on-site widget you can use on any content, be it blogs, videos, e-books, infographics or even gated content. For more info, check out the video below:

The BETA program

    • Rockee BETA is completely free
    • Once we move to a paid SAAS mode. all BETA users – will get a 50% lifetime discount on any future package.
    • BETA users – will get a 50% lifetime discount on any future package.
    • BETA testing is limited to 15 spaces overall – with 4 spaces already taken
    • Ongoing consultancy from the Rockee team – working with you to measure your content performance, and combining Rockee qualitative insights with existing measures used (i.e. analytics, marketing automation, CRM data). We will help you build a content marketing ROI framework for future use. All for free.
    • Managed account setup – the Rockee team will help set up your account, get collection widgets in place and customise your dashboard reporting to suit your business requirements.

If you’re a B2B business, who are heavily invested in content creation and distribution – we’d love to hear from you.

Contact matt@rockee.io or fill out the below form to find out more about the BETA programme and how it could work for your business.

Rockee features in new B2B Content Podcast

Rockee features in new B2B Content Podcast

Rockee founder Matt Laybourn had the pleasure of being invited on leading B2B Content Marketing Podcast ‘B2BQ&A’, by the UK based B2B technology copywriters Radix Communications

Alongside Podcast host David McGuire, Creative Director at Radix and Katie Colbourne, Senior Manager, Global Demand Generation from Basware – the trio tackled the subject of ‘How much B2B content actually gets read?’.

With the top talking points being:

  • Not a lot of people reading is ok! Understanding audience size relative to engagement, and value of small audiences in B2B
  • How to monitor the content marketing metrics that matter. Sort your vanity from your sanity and understand the real impact your content is having.
  • Getting to know all about you. How to research, understand and use audience insights to make awesome content.

Check it out below on Spotify or subscribe via Apple Podcasts.

Let us know what you think through the Rockee feedback tool below 🙂

Confessions of a Content Marketer

Confessions of a Content Marketer

This anonymous confession from one content marketer was delivered to Rockee HQ in a manilla envelope. Alongside the confession was a note that said:

I wish I was brave enough to put my name to this, but I still make a living creating absurdly bad content for some of the world’s biggest brands. I hope one day we’ll live in a world where we can talk freely about how shit most content is without fear of reprisals. And, maybe then, we can start making it better.

Until then, I remain Anonymous Content Creator.

Confessions of a content marketer
Confession no 1
First confession – I hate the word content. It might be useful for some people as a catch all, but it strips whatever the ‘content’ is of any value. You might as well swap it for the word stuff. Or, preferably, call the stuff what it is – a blog, a film, an article, eBook anyone? Don’t get me started on eBooks. Anyway if Vikki Ross, Bob Hoffman, and Dave Trott all agree on this one, there’s probably something in it. Having said all of that, I’ll be using the word ‘content’ (under duress) for the rest of this.

Confession no 2
Second confession – I’m no more convinced about the term content marketing. Most of the time, we’re just talking about marketing. The word content is pretty much redundant. When we do marketing, we need some ‘stuff’ to do it with. But, this isn’t just about trashing content and content marketing. Although there probably is a bit more to come. It is, however, about looking at a rather inconvenient truth for content marketers and creators.

Confession no 3 – the long one
How many of you recognise this scenario? You create content. You research and write things like videos, articles, blogs, eBooks etc for commercial purposes. You might be quite good at it. You take a brief. You do some research. You write something that you think will be helpful to your audience. You get a colleague, boss, client, village elder to review/approve it. You send it out into the world. And then you move on. You might, if you’re lucky, hear about the number of leads it’s generated a little further down the line. Someone might talk to you about increased dwell time or some other spurious metric…But, for the most part, your content goes off into the ether and you don’t hear any more about it. And, in short, you don’t know if your content’s any good. And, by good, I mean it does what you intended it to do for the audience you intended it for.

From confessions to questions
So, is it just me? How common is this? I’m really interested to know who’s making really good content and how they know it’s good. What kind of metrics do you use? How do you collect, and respond, to feedback? How do you learn what’s gone well? How do you learn from what hasn’t?
I suspect most content marketers don’t have those answers. And that might be part of the reason there’s such a lot of shit content out there. I’ve created loads of it (what number confession are we on now?) But shit content is not a new phenomenon. Remember when Doug Kessler called out the deluge of crap in content marketing. The “me-too blog posts”. The “Three-sentence ideas pumped up into 36-page eBooks”. And the “Microsites full of the obvious disguised as the profound”. Things haven’t changed. The research shows what Doug predicted: content is becoming less effective. People don’t trust it, in fact 57% of content buyers receive from vendors is described as ‘useless’ in a Forrester report. 

Torturing analogies
At the moment, content marketing is like sitting an exam and never getting the result. We don’t know if we’re any good at it. Let’s torture another analogy. If you had bad breath, you’d want someone to tell you, right? Might be a little awkward, but at least you wouldn’t be wandering round offending friends, family, and innocent bystanders with your noxious oral health problem. Similarly, if you’re pumping shit content out into the world, wouldn’t it help if someone told you it stank before too many people had seen (smelt?) it?

Good people make shit content

So, we’ve trashed content. And content marketing. Used the word crap and shit quite a lot. And covered stinky breath. Can we get to a positive and less excretory point? Most of the people I know who create content want to do a good job. They’re always looking for ways to improve their content. They look for, follow and share advice. They do their research. Adopt new tools. Take feedback on board. They just don’t usually get feedback from the right people – their audience. If they had that feedback, they’d do something with it. They’d learn from it. They’d respond to it. They’d make better content. So, content marketers, does any of this ring true? And is this blog just adding to the tide of crap? What do you think? Give me some feedback.

How to measure content marketing – what does great performance look like?

How to measure content marketing – what does great performance look like?

What is good content in 2022?

This is a challenge most B2B marketers are asking themselves this year. To give you some context, the content marketing machine shows no sign of slowing – growing to a $60 billion+ industry, according to Research Dive. The global pandemic sent that growth into over-drive as marketing budgets turned away from traditional methods like offline and events – into digital and content.

Content marketers as a result of this are facing new challenges, research shows we’re being asked to prioritise two things with our content marketing 1. Get more leads and 2. Improve content quality. No pressure, yeah?

Another consideration in this mix is our audience. More now than ever they are being totally saturated with content and some of it is great – but also, some it is… let’s just say they might have to kiss a lot of frogs to get to something that truly answers the problems they might be facing.

So, whilst we went into a content creation frenzy for our audiences – we forgot to notice that vendor created content isn’t what it used to be. In fact, according to Trust Radius our audience ranks vendor created content as one of the least trusted sources they go to for information.

That’s a major problem. For all the SEO optimised copy, forms-filled or comments on social media – we’re failing to ask the people that matter, our audience what do they think about our content?

What is good content performance then?

The age-old question isn’t it – depending on where you go – you will find a wide range of thoughts, that tend to be crafted from the background of that creator. Whether it’s an SEO leaning, an analytics preference or how many leads we can attribute to an asset.

The last one is a funny one too, in that we measure forms-filled on a gated landing pagebut – we’re really just assessing how good the copy was to advertise the asset, as opposed to the asset itself. We kind of miss the point there, in that we can’t make better content based on one number alone.

How do we measure content performance now?

The industry authority on content is arguably the Content Marketing Institute have produced this helpful graphic to show all the ways we can measure content:Common content marketing goals and metrics

Equally, there’s several excellent articles to be read from the liked of Smart Insights and OptInMonster, which follow a similar formula, but the core values tend to be:

  • Awareness – Web traffic, bounce rates, visit dwell time & user flows etc.
  • Engagement – Blog and social media comments, likes etc.
  • Lead gen – Forms completed, and emails signed up for…
  • Sales – Arguably Tenuous links to how many ‘sales’ can be attributed to content on the journey from attribution data.

You will spot a common theme here and that it’s nearly all quantitative data. Which leaves huge amounts of room for us to speculate on what ‘valuable content’ looks like. It’s incredibly unstructured and unhelpful for content creators to work with.

Was it the low bounce rate? The number of subscribers acquired? Or the keyword ranking of the asset – that makes it good content? These are all valuable metrics for sure – but we’re missing something crucial. We’re missing context

None of these metrics will tell us whether the content helped our audience, assisted in solving a problem or inspired a user to request a demo or better yet actually ring an inbound team (does this happen still?)

You know, real actual, living, breathing context behind the content. Marketing has missed a trick that software engineers have nailed for years, in that they combine quantitative metrics with the context from qualitative data to shape, mould and hone their craft.

Measuring the real value of your content

We think there is a solution, and it’s so obvious it’s staring us in the face. Ask the people that matter – your audience. With Rockee you can collect content marketing ratings and reviews platform on all your assets. The concept is super simple, once a user has read your content, they are given the option to leave a rating (1-5) and to leave a review of how they found the asset.

Whether it’s a gated hero asset or something as simple as a blog. In just seconds you can get real user feedback that gives you a value to understand whether you’re hitting the mark with your target audience.

All this data sits in a dashboard which allows users to segment and measure content performance by content name, asset type and campaign – giving you real-time results as they come in.

What about the problem of waning trust in vendor content?

Here’s where fortune will favour the brave. E-commerce had this problem over a decade ago with a boom in websites selling online – but then it started suffering from those with less than honourable intentions, or a bad service. So, what did the best ones do? They collected user reviews and published trust badges across their website. Bezos become a billionaire off the back of it (or is it trillionaire these days, if that’s a thing?)

B2C has done it so well, that it’s now ingrained in every purchase decision we make. Whether I’m buying a holiday, booking a table at a restaurant or shopping for Air Jordan 1 Chicago’s (I tried to sound cool here ). We read a review. We validate the experience. We want to learn from the wisdom of the crowd.

For us as B2B marketers, there is a huge opportunity for the best content creators, who put real craft and pride in their work to stand out. Rockee is not for those churning out endless whitepapers or regurgitated research reports, with a click-bait hook to encourage a download.  

It’s a way for the best creators to keep making the great content, iterate when it could be improved and use Rockee ratings and reviews trust badges to show the world you’re the best at what you do.

This is a chance to celebrate the content makers and creators who make content that truly rocks. It’s time for the very best in B2B to stand out.