We summarise here the most interesting bits of the 38-page report on the 8th annual B2C Content Marketing Benchmarks survey.
It cites 2,190 respondents from a wide range of industries and company sizes. 44% of the respondents were in Marketing / Communications / PR Management, and a further 18% were in Content Creation / Management.
The majority were North America-based, but the trends, as ever, would seem to have validity globally.
This question asked respondents to state what their company's content maturity levels are. Their frank assessments of their lack of maturity bodes well for marketing agencies seeking to offer their services:
Another gratifying statistic for creative and marketing agencies and PR consultancies. Half of the respondents outsource content creation:
Only 28% of B2C marketers think that their content efforts are very or extremely successful. Room for improvement, then...
It's great to see so many companies valuing the creative craft needed for content creation. As for their main goal: it's audience building:
The craving for facts and credibility heads the pack, so if you're pitching for business it's useful to remember that clients don't want any more padding:
The prominence of social will surprise no-one, but would you have expected how close behind email is?
Note that this question isn't about increasing general awareness, it's about achieving specific objectives. On that criterion, email wins out.
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