CLEVELAND, March 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — More technology marketers say they’re focused on creating the right content for the right person at the right time – but fewer report they’re crafting content for specific points on the buyer’s journey. That’s one of the key findings from the just-released research report by the Content Marketing Institute. The Technology Content Marketing 2018: Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends report, sponsored by IDG Communications, Inc., looks at how technology marketers have changed their content marketing practices over the last year.
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What did we find?
In 2018, 63% of tech marketers say they prioritize providing the right content to the right person at the right time. That’s a big jump from 49% the previous year. However, 50% said they always or frequently craft content for specific points in the buyer’s journey compared to 60% the previous year.
What does this mean?
“It could be a semantical difference to some degree, but rather than the ‘old-school’ development of content for the buyer’s journey, we’re seeing a focus on dynamically serving up content in the audience’s time – no matter what stage they happen to be in,” explains Robert Rose, Chief Strategy Advisor for the Content Marketing Institute. “We’re also seeing a general maturing of the market and a shift to ‘other’ types of content programs like account-based marketing.”
Other Key Highlights:
- 31% of tech marketers say their content marketing is extremely or very successful – that’s up seven percentage points from the previous year, when 24% reported high success.
- Like last year, nearly 70% say their organization is much or somewhat more successful with content marketing compared with one year ago; as they did last year, respondents attributed that increased success primarily to doing a better job with content creation and developing or adjusting their content marketing strategy.
- 66% of technology marketers agree their leadership team gives them ample time to produce content marketing results, compared with 51% the previous year.
- 67% of technology marketers outsource at least one content marketing activity, with content creation being cited most often (56%).
- Technology marketers indicated their organizations use an average of five digital technologies specifically for managing content marketing efforts, with 91% reporting use of analytics tools and 75% reporting use of marketing automation software.
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Content Marketing Institute is the leading global content marketing education and training organization, teaching enterprise brands how to attract and retain customers through compelling, multichannel storytelling. CMI’s Content Marketing World event, the largest content marketing-focused event, is held every September in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, and the Intelligent Content Conference event is held every spring. CMI publishes the bi-monthly magazine Chief Content Officer, and provides strategic consulting and content marketing research for some of the best-known brands in the world. Watch this video to learn more about CMI. Content Marketing Institute is organized by UBM plc. UBM is the largest pure-play B2B Events organizer in the world. Our 3,750+ people, based in more than 20 countries, serve more than 50 different sectors. Our deep knowledge and passion for these sectors allow us to create valuable experiences which enable our customers to succeed. Please visit www.ubm.com for the latest news and information about UBM.
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