Have you ever purchased something and received an email thanking you? Perhaps you have received a birthday email from a company with a special offer on it? Or maybe after hitting the slopes for the first time this year, you received a message thanking you for your first day shredding the gnar. What all of these campaigns have in common is that they are hitting the customer with the right message, at the right time.

Using behavioral marketing as part of your overall content strategy will not only help increase engagement, but also provide relevant content and timely messaging to your most valuable audience. Behavioral marketing uses a customer’s actions to trigger specific marketing campaigns. Whether that is making a purchase, registering a product, or simply joining a company’s email newsletter list. The time to talk to your customer is after they have made a direct interaction with your brand, and automated behavioral campaigns make that possible.

The best thing about an automated campaign is once it is set up, it is running until you decide to make a change. The hardest thing about these types of campaigns is deciding what content to put within them and making sure that you are collecting the right data to make that possible. If I have skied five times this year, I don’t want to receive an email asking me how my first day was but would rather get an offer for 10% après ski on my next visit for being a loyal customer. Making sure you have the right data is the first step in creating successful behavioral campaigns.