The transformation began several years ago. It works fast and it’s cheap.
B2B marketers ostensibly get a satisfying return on content marketing because that’s the preferred choice for 82 percent of respondents in a survey.
“Content Marketing is now a more popular marketing tactic than search marketing, public relations, events, or print/TV/radio advertising,” wrote the study’s authors.
“Twice as many marketers now implement Content Marketing as do print, TV and radio advertising,” they asserted.
Proving to be timeless, the study, “B2B Marketing Trends 2011 Survey,” was conducted by HiveFire (which markets its software, Curata).
Naturally, the company defines content marketing: “…the creation and publication of original content, such as blog posts, photos, videos, website resource pages, case studies or white papers to enhance a brand’s visibility.”
True, the study appears to be self serving because it was sponsored by a company that helps B2B content marketers.
However, the vast numbers of companies that engage in content marketing would indicate the survey is accurate.
The respondents’ preferences:
- 82 percent – content marketing
- 70 percent – search
- 68 percent – events
- 64 percent – public relations
Respondents also indicate the most salient goals of content marketing:
- 82 percent – engagement
- 55 percent – driving sales
More than three fourths say their goal is to generate sales leads.
“But they have to do it without a lot of help: working with a limited budget (28 percent) and limited staff (23 percent) were the top two marketing challenges cited by respondents,” wrote the authors.
Why is content marketing popular? It’s economical.
“Content marketing is an essential role in B2B strategies but half (50 percent) of content marketers dedicate less than 30% of their budgets to it,” said the authors.
Content marketing does make sense.
The digital age has resulted in highly informed consumers. Content marketing works in branding because prospects get a sense of your business philosophy and approach, and is not costly.
It doesn’t work for all sectors. If content marketing is suitable for your business, note this article: E-mail Marketing Goes Better with Social Media, Study.
And budget permitting and depending on your niche, I wouldn’t forget about traditional marketing as in business radio-TV programs or online business publications.
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“I notice increasing reluctance on the part of marketing executives to use judgment; they are coming to rely too much on research, and they use it as a drunkard uses a lamp post for support, rather than for illumination.”