Want a spin-tastic marketing flywheel? Better have your content game on point with a steady supply of engaging, on-brand creative to gain traction with customers. This means optimizing internal efficiencies and partnering with the right outsourced solutions.
The marketing flywheel challenges the methodical, top-to-bottom drip of the marketing funnel. Instead of a narrow, one-way journey, the circular flow of the flywheel is propelled by customer experiences.
Businesses that adopt the flywheel model have a clear competitive advantage—they make their customers an integral part of building growth.
But it isn't just customers that make the marketing flywheel spin—your content is an equally important force—shaping the attraction, engagement and delight that customers experience.
"We find a lot of opportunities in creating efficiencies that empower everyone to be more agile."
The more growth you want to drive, the more content you need to keep the flywheel in motion.
Websites, blog posts, social media, events, nurture campaigns and more. You must generate high-impact content and lots of it—as quickly as you can get it.
This means thinking in multiple formats and moving quickly in the face of greater competition, shorter attention spans and tighter budgets.
In the sprint to market, time- and resource-strapped teams have to be as inventive and efficient as possible.
Jessica Rosenberg, Director of Brand Design and Creative at Webflow, Anton Mora, Creative Director at Headspace, Monica Benson, Head of Brand Creative Production at Reddit and Ben Pang, Associate Creative Director at Coursera discuss discuss tackling large-scale creative production with Anthony Higgins, Creative Director of Craft and Productivity at Superside.
"Considering how fast the world moves at the moment and lots of brands being as reactive as possible—having brand toolkits helps them react more quickly."
Brand guidelines and creative templates create efficiencies and promote consistency. Rather than having to guess or reinvent the wheel every time, these tools empower marketers, creatives and the other teams they serve.
Templates let people self-serve and guidelines quickly and easily summarize how the logos, icons and templates work together.
Using digital asset management tools or simply placing all brand and design elements in one place makes it easier for everyone to find what they’re looking for—freeing up creative talent to focus on more complex, higher-touch projects.
Partnering with Superside, Doodle Labs took its brand to challenger status.
"Our in-house team fields requests from so many teams that need creative, like marketing, comms, finance and product. We work on about 40 to 50 projects at a time. So, of course, prioritization and allocation of resources is super important."
Whether branded as ContentOps, CreativeOps, MarketingOps or DesignOps, generating optimal workflows through best practices, technology, automation and AI is essential.
Frameworks like RACI (responsible, accountable, consulted, informed) and ICE (impact, confidence, ease) give teams standardized goalposts for determining which work to prioritize.
Tech stacks, featuring Slack, Asana, Canva, Figma and other collaborative and creative technologies, help streamline collaboration and automate manual, repetitive processes.
The use of generative AI for faster concept development is also gathering steam.
Bolt makes online checkout quick and painless. Superside made it shockingly simple to create this motion graphic explainer video.
“Content is king, but distribution is queen. And she wears the pants.” This quote is one of the most famous modern content marketing maxims. With time and resources being of the essence, it’s no surprise that 94% of marketers use repurposing as part of their content strategy.
Content marketing guru Ross Simmonds argues that repurposing is one of the most undervalued marketing tools. If you’ve put the time and effort into making one piece of content, squeezing every last bit of engaging goodness out it is in your very best interest.
SparkToro founder and flywheel fan Rand Fishkin believes that if you aren’t amplifying impact, you’re likely embracing the Sisyphian and unproductive method of boulder pushing. If you don’t work smart, you’re going to work strapped—wasting time, money and resources you just don’t have to spare.
Most in-house marketing and creative teams need more content than they can produce on their own. Content also needs eye-catching creative to connect with customers.
Outsourcing is the logical answer, but traditional options like agencies and freelancers aren’t. They’re one-off solutions that just don’t give these teams the flexibility and scalability they need.
Superside’s Creative-as-a-Service (CaaS) model has been purpose-built to fuel growth. From blog headers and infographics to video production and channel-specific variations, content marketers can outsource projects large or small, simple or complex—with turnarounds in as little as 12 to 24 hours.
Move past restrictive bottlenecks that shackle growth and get your content flowing—at scale.
Michelle enjoys learning from and empowering ambitious marketers and creatives focused on scaling design and fueling growth.🚀 With more than two decades of experience, she’s worked at both agencies and in-house teams at companies of all sizes in the United States and Canada. She began her career as an advertising copywriter, remastering these skills as a content marketer and becoming a subject matter expert on everything from frozen pies and financial statements to SaaS and now CaaS. Connect with her on LinkedIn.