Content Marketing Institute’s newest research report, B2B Content Marketing: 2014 Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends- North America, gives insight into what technology marketers are using content marketing for. This research, sponsored by International Data group (IDG), focuses on key differences between the most effective technology marketers and their less effective peers. Watch this video on content marketing budgets, outsourcing and challenges.
This report highlights key areas of difference between the most effective technology marketers and their less effective peers. This infographic specifically focuses on content marketing volume, effectiveness, metrics and goals for technology marketers.
The great news is that nearly every technology marketer we surveyed this past year currently uses content marketing. However, I’m concerned that while 46 percent of them have a documented content marketing strategy, the majority either does not or is not sure (click to tweet). Our research has shown time and again that marketers who have a documented strategy are more effective than their peers who do not — they face fewer content marketing challenges, as well.
According to CMI’s B2B Content Marketing 2012 Benchmarks, Budgets and Trends Report, 70 percent of B2B marketers find case studies to be an effective content marketing tool. That’s because they can increase customer confidence in your organization, educate prospects on how to solve their challenges, and provide social proof that your solutions are valuable.
What sets best-in-class marketers apart from average marketers? For starters, the best content marketers spend more, align with the buying cycle, and secure executive buy-in, according to the B2B Content Marketing: 2012 Benchmarks, Budgets & Trends report, published by the Content Marketing Institute (CMI) and MarketingProfs.
I listen to a lot of podcasts. Whether I’m in the car, riding the train, or even just sitting on the couch in my living room, I enjoy hearing people share off-the-cuff opinions on interesting topics. Conversations are fun — that’s just me.
But I also create a lot of podcasts: Every week onOpenView Labs, we post a new podcast episode on varying areas of company development, often with the help of influential guests from around the industry. There are a lot of reasons why podcasting works. As CMI has pointed out many times, different people consume content in different ways, and it’s important to get your message and brand out across multiple channels.Podcasts can also help add variety to a mostly text-based content strategy.
The last time you heard from me on CMI was just before Content Marketing World in Cleveland.
Since then, I’ve changed gears a bit, moving from the entrepreneurial life of an independent social business consultant to the team-focused corporate environment at Bob Evans Restaurants. It’s been an interesting move for me, especially in terms of building out our own content marketing department.