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Our origins

Not content with content marketing

It all started with a rant about content marketing – the industry we worked in. Or a series of rants. And they all went something like this.

Content marketing is a bloated $50 billion industry that’s eating itself. More, and less-skilled, creators serve up more, and less-nutritious, content – like the eBook factories churning out 1500-word google searches dressed up as ‘thought leadership’.

In short, content marketing’s been choking on its own effluent for years now.

Doug Kessler called it back in 2013 in Crap: the single biggest threat to content marketing. Now, the shite massively outweighs the good stuff and people have put up their defences to keep the crap out.

We moved from rant to depressing introspection.

Looking in the mirror

We don’t know our audience well enough.

We don’t know what stage of the journey they’re on.

We all use different metrics to track what ‘good’ looks like.

We use multiple platforms to figure it out.

We try to understand content with tools designed to do other things.

We hypothesise over numbers.

We trust the ‘gut’ more than the data

We take ages doing it.

We don’t know the why behind success or failure.

Going too far

Rant. Depressing introspection. Then there was a metaphor about euthanising content marketing that went a little too far. So, you won’t see that. Finally, there was something positive – a plan to sit content marketing on one of those massive Acme-style sticks of dynamite and blow the crap out of it.

Just one question. A big question. How do we do it?

Rockee is our answer to that question.

Rockee was born

So, there was a piece missing in the content-performance jigsaw – there was no real way for the people reading content to tell the people making content what they thought of it. So, we built (are building) Rockee. It’s the first B2B audience-feedback platform. It tells you what people think of your content. No more guessing through analytics. No waiting for SEO uplift. No spurious social or media metrics. With Rockee, you can learn what works best 10x quicker than before and, better yet, use that insight to make awesome content.

Saving the world from shit content 

So, it’s early days for Rockee. And we’ve set ourselves a huge goal. But, we know good content marketers want better. So, we’re here to help them embrace feedback. To strive for awesome. And to save the world from shit content.

Meet the team

As of Summer 2022, Rockee is one full time member,  founder – Matt Laybourn. Matt has worked in B2B for the last 6 years as a Content Strategist and as Performance Marketing Director at TMW. Prior to that he built a £million+ e-commerce business. 

Matt is supported by a broader team of mentors, advisors, B2B marketing veterans and customer success specialists. 

Our goal immediate goal with Rockee is to launch Rockee to a limited audience of BETA users. From here, we’ll learn more how people use the solution, iterate and plan a road-map for a subscription model launch in Autumn 2022.

We are boot-strapped at present and intend to continue to build in public. To follow our journey, check out our LinkedIn and Twitter pages for the latest updates or apply to join our Slack community here.