Content Marketing Opportunities to Explore: Stats Roundup
In today’s digital landscape, we just have to spend a few minutes searching the internet to find any information we need. It’s becoming easier than ever to find answers to tough questions. And very often we find those answers thanks to content marketing.
Companies of all shapes and sizes are using content to educate their audience and provide value. According to Content Marketing Institute, 88% of B2B marketers are using content marketing as part of their greater marketing strategy. But, of course, it’s not just a B2B tactic. B2C marketers are putting more budget toward content marketing as well. This year, they’re allocating 32% of their total marketing budget, on average, to content marketing (vs. 25% last year).
Despite the high adoption rate, marketers still struggle to get content marketing right. Marketers still find it difficult to generate leads from content. And as more and more companies produce content, it has become harder to stand out from the noise.
That’s why it’s important to explore new opportunities in content marketing. Optimizing content for conversion, developing separate mobile strategies for readers on smartphones, and employing personalization are some ways to improve content marketing effectiveness and create maximum impact.
Here are some compelling stats to inspire your content marketing program in your organization.
Marketers still struggle with lead generation
Content marketing is a great way to lead prospects down a sales funnel, but many companies struggle to connect the dots.
- Even though marketers have good intentions, 80% of marketers report their lead generation efforts are only slightly or somewhat effective. [BrightTALK]
- Because 55% of B2B marketers say they are unclear on what content marketing success or effectiveness looks like, if you’ve defined what success looks like in your organization, you’re ahead of more than half of B2B marketers. [CMI]
- You can also get ahead by ramping up your content marketing production. B2C companies that blogged 11+ times per month got more than 4X as many leads than those that blog only 4-5 times per month. [HubSpot]
Conversion optimization isn’t getting the attention it deserves
If marketers dedicate time and energy to optimizing their sites to convert visitors into leads, they’re likely to see success. There are opportunities to encourage visitors to sign up for email lists, download eBooks and guides, and sign up for demos. If you have great content but aren’t putting enough effort into optimizing the conversion of that content, you may be missing an opportunity.
- Across industries, the average landing page conversion rate is 2.35%, yet the top 25% are converting at 5.31% or higher — meaning there is a huge opportunity to increase content downloads by focusing on landing page optimization. [WordStream]
- A delay of one second in landing page response time can result in a 7% drop in conversions, so visitors could decide not to wait to download your content if the page takes too long to load. [Kissmetrics]