While I’m constantly interested in and thinking about content, one of the ideas that excites me most is intelligent content and the conversation that surrounds it.Continue Reading
Each year we publish a series of core research reports that highlights the state of content marketing:
- B2B marketers in North America
- B2C marketers in North America
- Nonprofit marketers in North America
- For-profit marketers in Australia
- For-profit marketers in the United Kingdom
While you can read the individual findings at the links above, it’s useful to look at the trends and differences across each of these markets.Continue Reading
Even though CMI’s mission is to advance the practice of content marketing, we find that a lot of people still need help with the basics. Even more specifically, people need help connecting the dots with all of the information available (and, according to Google Trends, searches for content marketing have been skyrocketing).
In 2014, we published a series of posts to help marketers get back to the basics of content marketing or to improve what they are doing. In case you missed some or all of the series, here is a quick primer.Continue Reading
If you’re not making friends, you’re doing it wrong #contentmarketing #CMWorld
Andy Crestodina @crestodina
This sentiment from Andy Crestodina aptly describes our feelings about our #CMWorld Twitter chat community, which is hundreds of content marketers strong.Continue Reading
I’ll admit it. I have a love-hate relationship with checklists (and templates, which we shared in yesterday’s post). On one hand, I thrive on process and consistency. On the other hand, I think check-the-box mentality can result in unoriginal and rote thinking.
That said, checklists are great for some activities. When you have so many moving parts, lists can keep you grounded. Or, if you want to figure out how to tackle a new project, templates can provide the framework to get started.Continue Reading
Whenever I look at the stats to see how CMI’s content is performing (which I do more often than I like to admit), one conclusion is always clear: You LOVE templates. We published template roundups in 2011 and 2013, which consistently receive a lot of traffic, even years later.
As I was reviewing the templates we have, I realized they fall into three categories: editorial planning, social media, and influencer marketing. If you are someone who loves Excel (and we know from our #CMWorld Twitter chats that many of you do), then this list is for you.
We all know content marketers are working on too much, but some of our latest research puts this challenge into perspective.
When presented with a list of 28 initiatives, B2C marketers indicated they are working on an average of 13 initiatives now, and they’ll be working on an additional nine initiatives on average in the next 12 months. And, these initiatives aren’t easily achieved (i.e., better converting website visitors, creating higher-quality content, developing a better mobile strategy).Continue Reading
Each year we track the challenges marketers are having with content marketing in our research. This year, one challenge was far more pronounced than it has been: finding trained content marketing professionals.
This challenge has seen a 320% increase for B2C marketers over the past year. Only 10% cited finding trained content marketing professionals as a hurdle last year, and 32% did this year. The research shows this is one challenge that is not alleviated with a documented content marketing strategy, which is the No. 1 indicator for content marketing success.Continue Reading
Is there anything better for you as a marketer than having your customers share their passion for your company or product?
In the content marketing space, we spend a lot of time (maybe too much time) focused on brand awareness. We don’t focus enough energy on using content to turn our customers into advocates or strengthen their evangelism for our brands.Continue Reading
While we have talked a lot about the need for a documented content marketing strategy, CMI research also reveals that effective marketers are using more paid advertising, which makes sense. As we often say, you need to market your marketing. And, while earned and owned media are quite prominent, those who fare better in content marketing rely on paid media as well. Our qualitative, executive research and conversations with marketing leaders reveal the same thing.