If you've heard this buzz phrase floating around the marketing ecosystem, and it brought you here, that's a great sign. It means you're ready to start thinking big about how to reach your contacts at any point in their lifecycle — a tactic that can earn you customers and, over time, loyal evangelists.
But what exactly is lifecycle marketing? And how do you "do" it?
Lifecycle Marketing for Better Relationships
The simplest way to describe lifecycle marketing is to say it's one aspect of your marketing strategy that dictates the context of when you communicate with your prospects and customers, and how. Lifecycle marketing focuses on the entire customer experience, from first touch all the way through to customer acquisition and retention. It doesn't drop off after you make the sale.
Lifecycle marketing is designed to nurture your relationships with prospects and customers based on their progression, meaning you must be aware of that progression. After all, you wouldn't want to send your customers emails that are meant for your prospects, right? Lifecycle marketing facilitates keeping each relationship's context front of mind.
We use the email example because most often, marketers use email as the tool to execute on lifecycle marketing. But you can also use your website to carry out lifecycle marketing, if your functionality allows for smart content and smart CTAs.
So, how do you separate your contacts in order to send them the right emails or provide them with the content that best corresponds to their stage in the lifecycle?
Well, that depends on your automation platform. In HubSpot, "Lifecycle Stage" is a default property in HubSpot Contacts. You can change the stage within the tool, or allow it to change based on criteria you dictate in a Smart List, as well.
The stages New Breed likes to use are as follows:
- Site visitor
- Free trial signed up
- Free trial activated
The defaults in HubSpot are:
- Marketing Qualified Lead (MQL)
- Sales Qualified Lead (SQL)
As mentioned, a contact's current stage will change based on rules you create. Information about what content your contact has downloaded, for example, might be the deciding factor in moving them into a new lifecycle stage.
Now we're getting into the technical stuff! If you're ready to deep dive into lifecycle marketing, visit HubSpot Academy's tutorials. But remember, lifecycle marketing is a way of thinking — a tactic, not a one-time execution. And if you get it right, and commit to the idea through time, your relationships with visitors will grow into relationships with evangelists for your brand. What's better than that?