How to Deliver Sequential Messaging to Enrich Your B2B Multichannel Strategy

How to Deliver Sequential Messaging to Enrich Your B2B Multi Channel Strategy

With over two-thirds (69%) of senior B2B marketers citing less than ‘high’ confidence levels in delivering sequential messaging across multiple channels, how can they improve their approach in line with the overarching goal to drive and develop their B2B multichannel strategy? What repurposing techniques are key to achieving this?

Confidence levels in delivering sequential messaging across multiple channels

Sequential messaging and content repurposing are not only essential for aligning your messaging to deliver seamless channel experiences, these established practices also address two top pain points previously identified from our first-party research:

  • Not producing enough content at pace to immerse target audience (50%)
  • Not producing enough formats to support different channel content consumption behaviors (50%)

As the average buyer spends more than 10 hours a day using digital devices, it’s no wonder cross-channel integration and alignment have become such an important contributor to B2B multichannel strategy success.

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B2B Multi Channel Strategy 2022

Every B2B multichannel strategy needs a multi-touchpoint content strategy. Why?

Accomplishing your overarching demand generation objectives through an advanced multichannel strategy should aim to transform net new engagements into multi-touchpoint engagers. This is why a multi-touchpoint content strategy is essential; it ensures the multiple channels and touchpoints are continually delivering engaging, timely and relevant content with messaging that resonates with the right individuals at every opportunity.

One leading way marketers are tackling this is through content journey mapping and intent data. They enable the delivery of timely messages via multichannel methodologies to develop always-on, always-present immersive content ecosystems that essentially keep your brand front of mind.

What is sequential messaging?

Sequential messaging is a marketing technique that involves sending a series of messages or ads to a targeted audience over a period of time. This approach is designed to create a consistent and engaging experience for the recipient, by delivering a series of related messages that build on each other. With sequential messaging, B2B marketers can create a narrative that tells a story and guides the customer through the buying process.

Sequential messaging is usually used in combination with other marketing techniques such as email marketing, social media advertising, or retargeting campaigns. These messages are often timed to coincide with specific events or actions taken by the customer, such as abandoning a shopping cart or signing up for a trial account. By using a series of messages that are linked together, marketers can create a more personalized experience for the customer, which helps to build trust and establish a relationship.

How to master sequential messaging

Although there are numerous ways to approach sequential messaging, it all comes down to two key elements:

  • Understanding what engagement or buying state your target user is in
  • Adapting your message to improve its relevance and ability to resonate with the individual or group of individuals with a common state.

Mapping your message to the customer journey

A good way to look at sequential messaging is as stages of the funnel: interest vs desire (and all in between). Joining up messaging and content this way can generate significant benefits.

Whether adopting a dynamic approach using cookies and feeds or simply rotating the messaging to enable platforms to understand what state the user is in and optimizing accordingly, so long as the end goals are clear and well defined, both methods can deliver the desired results as well as an uptick in performance.

Sequential messaging can be used to tell a story and take a user on a journey from Why you need to increase efficiency > Ways to increase efficiency > How to increase efficiency > Which are the best providers for efficiency? Or, it can take users from Learn More >Trial > Buy Now. Either way, the ability to create a sequence of messaging which drives a user to the next intended stage is why a sequential messaging strategy can be so powerful when executed effectively.

7 steps to setting up a sequential messaging strategy

Setting up a sequential messaging campaign can be broken down into 7 steps:

1. Start with a segment, be it your target accounts or target personas

If you seek to understand your total addressable market (TAM) you can model that segment with lookalikes within the platforms or use AI to create optimal segments. Where possible, leverage intent data to overlay behavioral targeting as this will enhance your targeting activity and effectiveness across all channels.

2. Develop a strong understanding of your target buyer cycles

In order to identify key touchpoints for engagement, you need to understand the buyer cycles of your target audience. This will enable you to win their interest through relevant messaging.

3. Utilize these lists in your email, programmatic display and paid social activity

To engage, reach and drive a pre-qualified audience to your owned channels, use introductory content formats optimized for channel engagement. These will assist in stimulating your audiences to continue engaging.

4. Set up lists for sequential retargeting

Create a follow-up message using re-marketing activity to encourage strong alignment with your audience’s needs.

5. Further categorize the content within a feed for the platforms or your site XML feed

If you wish to take this even deeper, you can also consider categorizing this within some of the Demand Side Platforms (DSPs) or feeds for paid social platforms. If you intend to use sequential messaging in platforms, set out your ad suite in the campaign and then run the ads simultaneously until engagement is sustained, before further segmenting with the next message in the sequence.

6. Ensure all sequential content and calls to action (CTAs) are relevant and logical

If your target personas viewed one of your infographics and came to your owned media from this, retarget them with the next piece of content in the series.

7. Harvest intelligence about your users

Capturing and tracking real-time engagements across all of your media powers you with the agility to create highly accurate and relevant follow-up messaging that truly resonates with your audience. Utilize this intelligence in your sales follow-up and use it to control the user experience, enhancing your message accuracy and relevancy.

How can you repurpose core content into multiple short-form assets?

Alongside your sequential messaging campaign, repurposing larger, pillar piece content into various shorter, bitesize assets is a great way to support message alignment towards providing a seamless cross-channel experience. But what core assets should you consider for repurposing?

Here’s some to include:

Topic extensions and campaigns

Rather than focusing on a single topic and producing an abundance of related assets with significant overlaps, consider how the topic can be extended to further your content offerings and display broader knowledge. Take account-based marketing (ABM), for example. This overarching topic can be extended to include:

  • Lookalike marketing
  • Content personalization and content strategy,
  • Targeting techniques
  • And so on…

Matching format to channels and buyer stage for optimization

Breaking your core assets down into easy-to-digest, quick and convenient content that matches and complements specific channels and buyer stages can go a long way in ensuring content relevancy remains high and timely on every channel.

The following diagram demonstrates how you can match your content to each stage of the buyer journey – an interesting process for how it allows you to delve into the psychology of each persona’s mind. As buyers pass through the Cold > Warm > Hot stages of the funnel, you can match your personas to the sequential messages and align these to their pain points to build a content journey relevant to each type of buyer.

Sequential messaging - How to match content to each stage of the buyer journey


If your buyer is top of the funnel they are at the Awareness stage – looking for research data, resources, answers and insight. Short-form blogs that drill down into specific areas of your whitepaper research and deep dive into topics further can go a long way in showcasing your expertise, knowledge and capabilities.

Videos offer an alternative format that can be shared on social channels to display key messaging in a more visual, quick way. Engaging videos can attract 300% more inbound links than blogs with only text, so are well worth investing resource in. Infographics also have the ability to provide top insights on one easy-to-digest page

Those middle of the funnel buyers are at the Evaluation stage – they are researching whether your product or service is capable of addressing their needs. Whitepapers packed with key stats and first-party research insights are an ideal resource for how they act as an essential pillar piece to showcase your first-party market research findings and capabilities.

What better way for buyers to make their decision than providing case studies with testimonials and star ratings to give them honest, unbiased feedback from those who have experienced your brand first-hand.

Buyers at the very bottom of the funnel are in the Purchase phase – trying to figure out which brand they wish to buy from. Offering free trials allows them to try your product or service before committing, which gives them peace of mind before investing. Likewise, live demos are a great way to build their understanding of how well your offering will meet their needs and solve their problems.

Sales enablement and promotion

Providing your sales team with multiple short-form assets not only gives them more sales collateral to entice prospects with, it also displays the sheer volume of, and knowledge behind, the content you have to offer. It also promotes message consistency by delivering multiple content formats and pieces that align with your commercial offerings.

What’s more, repurposing content into sales follow-up sequences for your Sales Development Representatives (SDRs) to hook the attention of prospects – alongside marketing nurture – will demonstrate even stronger message alignment towards a seamless channel experience.

Use of intent data and content intelligence to know what to serve when

Digital intent signals have the ability to capture interests, opinions and trends that are shaping B2B markets, building reputations and influencing buying behaviors. Using these to understand exactly what your audiences are searching for enables you to form effective targeting and remarketing messages based on what they are interested in right now.

Run this alongside powerful content intelligence to understand what content your competitors are creating so that you can identify the best opportunities to get ahead.

Aim to build accumulative knowledge

By feeding knowledge and insights out gradually over time through multiple short-form assets, you are effectively helping to build progressive knowledge in and around the topic in question. Again, this showcases your own expertise and indicates strong thought leadership which can go a long way in generating trust in your brand.

It’s time to get your sequential messaging strategy up and running

You’re now equipped with the essential steps to deliver a successful sequential messaging strategy to drive your B2B multichannel strategy forward and gain a strong competitive advantage. Combined with effective content repurposing, sequential messaging can help align your messaging to deliver a seamless channel experience that immerses your target audience and complements their channel content consumption behaviors. Investing the time and resource now to get this right will deliver significant rewards in the future.

B2B Multi Channel Strategy 2022

Dan Smith

In his role of Head of Campaign Strategy at Inbox Insight, Dan helps B2B marketers plan, design, activate and measure integrated demand generation campaigns that are powered by intent data and account insights. His experience stretches across lead generation, paid digital media and content creation.
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