It’s almost time to update our recent compilation of content marketing statistics from around the Web—which means I’ve been busy scanning the most recent reports looking for new and relevant information to include in our autumn edition.
It was while I was browsing through the Content Marketing Institute’s (CMI) fifth annual Benchmark Report that I noticed something interesting. Despite the fact that content marketing is well past its nascent stage, content marketers are still getting caught up with the same challenges year-over-year, which is cause for concern.
Consider the fact that in 2013, CMI reported that 52 percent of marketers were struggling to produce the kind of content that engages. This number dipped to 47 percent last year, which was an improvement. But this year, it increased to 54 percent. The same can be said for overcoming the challenge of producing a variety of content, which dropped last year, but is now more of an issue than it was in 2013, as 42 percent of marketers are struggling in this regard.
By and large, the most startling statistic is the fact that last year, only 33 percent of marketers reported that measuring content effectiveness was a top challenge. But according to the 2015 report, this is now a problem for 49 percent of marketers.
It’s worth it to stop and ask whether your organization is actually improving annually, or if it’s merely dragging its feet. If your organization is experiencing the same issues year after year, it’s okay to ask for help. Continue reading →
I’ve just return from a two-and-a-half week belated honeymoon to Europe (it’s hard to believe I was in Paris Monday and am somehow in Connecticut today). I’m sure you’re thinking that what I took away from the trip was an amazing dinner cruise on the Seine in Paris, an exhausting but incredible visit to Vatican City in Rome and more pasta and pizza than I can count.
And that’s all true.
But I’ve also come back refreshed, invigorated and bustling with new content marketing ideas. Yes, let’s face it, as a content marketer we can never turn it off, even when we are traipsing across Rome, Florence, the Italian Riviera and Paris.
While he may be the newest member of the Content Boost team, Rick Sobey has quickly solidified his role as one of CB’s Content Producers. Having worked at “The Daily Voice” and “The Lowell Sun,” this Bostonian taps into his extensive writing and marketing experience to help clients take their marketing strategies to new heights with high-quality, custom content.
“Moving from journalism into content marketing has been a natural transition as my past interviewing and research skills have played a key role in creating valuable content for our clients,” explains Rick. “I also still get to tell real-life, impactful stories that resonate with consumers.” Continue reading →
The battle for consumer attention in the e-commerce food and beverage market is starting to heat up.
Coca-Cola, for instance, recently made headlines when the company re-introduced its widely popular Surge soft drink back onto the market after well over a decade of discontinuation. First introduced in 1996, this beverage was pulled off of shelves after only a few years. Now, after much petitioning, the beverage is back. But there is a twist—it’s being sold exclusively online. Continue reading →
Every marketing team has someone who always thinks outside the box. For Content Boost, that team member is Gerald Baldino. With an impressive writing background having worked at AOL’s Patch.com and New Haven’s “Groove Magazine,” Gerald has helped numerous clients launch successful content marketing campaigns. His right-brain mentality and affinity for the written word has enabled him to take the least sexy topic and turn it into something exciting.
“I think there is an interesting angle to any story,” explains Gerald. “It’s just a matter of uncovering it. Sometimes that angle is easy to find, and sometimes you have to dig for it. But it’s always there.” Continue reading →
Taking a new product to market is both an exhilarating and nerve-wracking experience. If the launch generates a buzz, the future is limitless. If it falls flat, months or even years of hard work go down the drain.
To be sure, the stakes for a launch are high, which is why businesses need a detailed strategy to execute during a product’s infancy. Here are five essential components of a flawless product launch that can help you take the market by storm:
We’ve all received this email: “Fill out our 10-minute survey for the chance to win an Amazon gift card [or insert other gift here].” And chances are you’ve probably deleted it. After all, who really has the time to fill out a survey these days? And 10 minutes? Yeah right.
So I have something better for you. I know you are in need of some sort of content marketing help. How do I know this? My good friends at Content Marketing Institute (CMI) contend that 93 percent of B2B and 90 percent of B2C marketers are leveraging content marketing even though only 42 percent of B2B and 34 percent of B2C marketers feel they are effective at it. The market research overwhelmingly confirms a central theme: marketers want in with content marketing but they are wholly unprepared to launch a successful strategy because they deal with time, resource and budgetary constraints.