Our 4 step guide to cybersecurity content marketing

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Cybersecurity content marketing teams are often thrown into the deep end of the B2B tech marketing pool. 

The security space is acronym heavy, crowded, and populated by highly skeptical buyers who expect you to know your XDR from your EDR before trusting your product to stop cyberattacks.

Taking a generic approach to cybersecurity marketing will sink your campaign faster than you can figure out what FIPS PUBS stands for. (“Federal Information Processing Standard Publication,” if you're wondering.)

The good news is that with a proper cyber security content marketing strategy in place, those responsible for marketing cybersecurity products can do a lot more than just tread water. 

Learn more: Read a cybersecurity content marketing case study.

This is what a successful cybersecurity content marketing strategy does: it gives cybersecurity companies an industry-specific approach to engage decision-makers with convincing messaging.

Here is our four-step guide to developing a content marketing plan for cybersecurity marketing teams.

Four steps to effective cybersecurity content marketing

1. Find Content-Market Fit 

Cybersecurity content marketing only works when marketers understand exactly how their products/services fit into the broader security solutions marketplace. 

In the wider business sense, this concept is called product-market fit, an idea described in 2007 by legendary Silicon Valley VC Marc Andreessen. At the time, he described product-market fit (i.e., having the right product for the right market) as being the “only thing that matters” for start-ups. 

A similar theory applies to content. We call this “content-market fit.”

You can have the best white papers, blog posts, infographics, and webinars in the world. But if they don’t feature the kind of content your target audience needs, your content marketing efforts can still fail.

When it exists, content-market fit is obvious. It happens when your content is shared online by other people, starts ranking highly on search engines, and is a powerful lead generation tool.

Content Market fit

In the cyber security industry, achieving a content-market fit means being able to answer these four questions:

  • What benefits do your cybersecurity solutions deliver to your customers?

  • What are your potential customers' pain points?

  • How do your solutions fit into the current threat landscape?

  • How solution/problem aware are your customers?

This exercise will help you spot the content gaps your efforts can fill. 

There are always content gaps in a space as fast-moving as cybersecurity. None of your buyers will have a complete understanding of either their problems or the kind of solutions they need to improve their security posture.

Knowing exactly what these content gaps are is at the foundation of any good cybersecurity content strategy.

2. Research Your Audience

Once you understand the content gaps that exist within your market, the next step towards a successful cyber security content marketing campaign is to learn about the humans that will consume your content.

This is where personas come in.

Cybersecurity content marketing Personas

Do you know who your business’s ideal customers are? 

What are their:

  • Job titles

  • Biggest challenges

  • Past experiences with solutions like yours

  • Levels of solution and problem awareness

  • Goals with a product like yours

  • Greatest concerns right now?

The more human you make your buyer personas, and the more you know about your audience, the easier it will be to create content they can relate to. 

For example:

Which persona is easier to create content for?

1. Solutions architect at a mid-sized fin-tech in the EMEA market.


2. Joe, a 45-year-old first-year solutions architect at a fast-growing European fin-tech, who is worried about how his team is going to protect all of the cloud workloads that his company keeps spinning up.

Audience research and customer personas are not a one-time thing. People change, and personas should too. 

Changing environments and business conditions can cause dramatic shifts in people's working lives, challenges, and aspirations. 

For example, your customers' security concerns will be a lot different today than in 2020, when they were in the middle of a pandemic. 

Talk to your existing customers directly if possible, interview your sales team, your CEO and get as much information from your marketing and sales leadership team as possible.

Do this alongside SEO keyword research to better understand how people explore the web looking for products like yours. Its also a good idea to visit forums and B2B social channels like LinkedIn to check out what your audience is talking about between themselves.

You can learn more about how to research your customers in our guide to cybersecurity SEO.

3. Plan and Produce Cybersecurity Content

Once you know what your content will do (content-market fit) and who will engage with it (personas), you can start planning how to create, distribute, and measure it.

Plan and produce cybersecurity content marketing

You also need to know what resources you have. For example, budget for writers, designers, and SEO tools, and whether you can contact internal technical experts for consultation on content. 

Learn more: how to create helpful content

Speaking of resources, artificial intelligence chatbots like ChatGPT can help you gain insights from reports and surveys, but they're not necessarily good for content creation.

Tip: Before you plan a content calendar, audit your existing content. To do this, make a spreadsheet that includes a link to every piece of content on your website, its purpose (i.e., bottom of the funnel sales, sales collateral, etc.), its publishing date, format, when it was last revised, who owns it, and its target keywords (if applicable). 

To plan content, you also need to have clear goals for different content assets as well as your overall strategy. 

A common cyber security content goal is to improve SEO. It could also be to boost brand recognition, establish thought leadership in a certain sector, or increase conversion rates.

Learn more: 9-step SEO content marketing playbook

You might also want to fill content gaps that product and sales teams have identified. 

To do this, you need a:

  • content planner

  • content calendar.

Cybersecurity content planner template

A cyber security content planner will give your team a place to coordinate work. 

It can be shared with other stakeholders in the content production process, such as writers, designers, and product marketing teams.

A content planner’s headers might look something like this:

Title Brief Outline Draft Owner Notes Due

A content planner can give you a high-level overview of what your content is going to do. It can also tell you what kind of relevant content you need to engage your target customers.  

Cybersecurity content calendar checklist

A content calendar helps you see what’s coming up. 

It should include the :

  • A list of the content assets your team is working on (or will work on soon).

  • When these content assets should be completed.

  • A checklist for ensuring that all the correct attributes (design, meta description, email copy, etc.) are present. 

A content calendar is something you can share with your internal team and any relevant contractors. 

You might also augment your calendar with project management tools like Trello or Asana to plan and manage your content production efforts.

Tip: Content teams often get confused when using various tools or spreadsheets at the same time. It’s a good idea to limit team members to one system at a time, i.e., a kanban board or Google Sheet. 

Once you have an effective system for managing content planning and production, you need to harness the means of content production. Namely, you need at least one cybersecurity writer and designer.

Learn more: Our guide to hiring and leveraging a cybersecurity writer

To make it easier for your team to produce content, it is also worth investing in content optimization tools such as Clearscope (to make sure your writers hit the right keywords)  and Grammarly (to ensure content quality). 

AI content production tools such as Chat GPT can be useful for content ideation and creating outlines. However, you should never publish content from these tools on your webpage. 

Cybersecurity Content Examples

The cybersecurity content your organization produces is going to be totally unique. However, to inspire you here are a few examples of security content (including blogs, infographics, and whitepapers) assets we have worked on in the past.

  • This blog about how much a business should spend on cybersecurity works well because it puts key information about security spending in bullet points at the start.

  • A comparison table like the one in this blog comparing DSPM vs CSPM tools shows potential buyers the advantages and disadvantages of your solution versus alternative solutions in a fair and transparent way.

  • An easy-to-find section on your webpage explaining to prospective customers what your integrations are and what integrations you don’t have yet but are working on soon. 

  • Content on your website with first hand advice, based on your experience, about a technical query. For example, “Can you use x solution in y environment?” like this blog about using network detection and response tools to protect remote workforces.

  • An article that helps people concerned about identity theft figure out how to delete themselves from Google such as  this article.

  • A whitepaper aimed at a very specific security solution use case or benefit proposition (not a generic) one like this whitepaper about using AI to save money in your SOC.

4. Distribute Engaging Content

Even the best content won't deliver results if it doesn't get in front of the right audiences.

Here are four methods that cyber security marketing teams can use to distribute content (for more, read our blog post on 8 B2B content distribution channels).

Distribute cybersecurity content

Cybersecurity Guest posting

Getting your cybersecurity writers to work with your subject matter experts (SMEs) and ghostwrite articles on third-party sites is one of the most effective content outreach techniques.

Websites such as Dark Reading and HackerNoon are always open to contributions from industry experts on topical issues. 

Learn more: 31 no-cost cyber security marketing guest post opportunities

You more than likely have access to cyber security SMEs within your organization. Pair these individuals with a cybersecurity writer to pitch and write articles for placement on other sites. 

If allowable under the site's terms of submission, you can use guest posts to link back to content assets on your website. 

Social media 

B2B marketers can use B2B social media marketing, i.e., posting on LinkedIn, to share content via newsfeed posts.

To share content through LinkedIn posts:

  • Pick a talking point from your content.

  • Break it up into short one/two sentence paragraphs.

  • Link to your article in the comments section of your post with “to learn more, check the link in the comments section.”

For example, if you wanted to distribute a blog post about five security challenges healthcare security teams face, you could create a LinkedIn post where you list the five challenges and write an introduction that explains how you know this.

 “We spoke to two dozen healthcare CISOs about their main challenges, and these were the top 5…..” 

This lets readers know you did your research and sparks their interest in learning more.

Cybersecurity Email marketing

There are two ways to distribute content through emails:  

1. Through a newsletter people subscribe to (or one that goes out to existing clients) 

2. Via cold email as part of your sales outreach efforts.

To distribute content through a newsletter, give your readers a conversational entry point into whatever it is you want to say. 

Learn more: How to write a B2B newsletter in 5 steps

Your newsletters should ask questions that lead your readers into them organically and attract attention back to the content you want them to see.

Tip: Use questions for subject lines and preview your email content. Don’t be afraid to use attention-grabbing statements, like “We spoke to healthcare CISOs, and this is what we learned.”

Content can also help boost your email outreach efforts. Pitching prospective customers with something that gives them value, i.e., an article you published that they might learn from, can help spark conversations. 

Cybersecurity SEO

You can driving traffic through search engine optimization (SEO) to your content. Even in the age of Search Engine Generative Experience (SGE), B2B SEO is still one of the most powerful marketing channels in existence.

The most important SEO factor for Cybersecurity content success however is be super precise. Optimize content (using meta descriptions, headers and title tags) for low volume, high intent searches.

For example, instead of trying get get searches for a term like "Antivirus" go for more specific terms like "antivirus solutions for schools" that also tie in with your customer personas.

Set Clear Goals, And Measure Results

Content can deliver measurable ROI for digital marketing teams by generating and converting leads. 

However, to get results from content, you need to measure the right metrics. 

To determine what metrics to measure, you have to define your content marketing goals. Here, it is important to separate clear goals for content from fuzzy ones.

For example:

Increasing website traffic is a fuzzy goal. Growing the number of first-time visitors to our website’s blog by 50% by Q4 is a clear goal.

Other clear goals include:

  • Increasing the conversion rate for website visitors signing up for our newsletter by 2%. 

  • Growing the download rate for our case studies by 10% before Q3.

  • Having 2% of all second-time visitors to our website try a product demo for the rest of the quarter.

  • Driving a 4% increase in the number of leads coming from our newsletter by Q1 next year.

These clear goals have three things in common. They are specific, measurable, and they drive business growth.

They are not vanity metrics. Vanity metrics for content are statistics that look good but don’t indicate whether or not your content is helping your organization grow. For example, visitor traffic (on its own) can be a vanity metric.

It’s OK to say that traffic is going up. But what kind of traffic is it, and is the increase in visitor numbers actually contributing to your business in any measurable way? Are visitors staying on your site and going elsewhere after they land? If not, it's time to rethink your goals.

Hiring a cybersecurity content marketing agency

It is possible to implement the four steps listed above with an in-house security marketing team.

However, for most cyber and information security companies, it makes more financial and operational sense to bring in an cybersecurity content marketing agency partner.

Contact us for more information

Written by Laura Martisiute