October 29, 2013

Three Things You Need to Do to Become a Top Content Marketer in 2014

No one likes coming in second or third place; they want to be number one. With 73 percent of marketers producing more content now than they did one year ago –a pattern that is expected to be consistent year over year – you don’t want to be a content marketer; you want to be the content marketer.

Speaking on the above findings from the Content Marketing Institute (CMI)’s “B2B Content Marketing 2014 Benchmarks, Budgets and Trends –North America,” survey, founder Joe Pulizzi explains, “[B2B] marketers who have a documented strategy are more effective and less challenged with every aspect of content marketing.” 

While we are still a ways away from counting down to the year 2014, it doesn’t mean you can’t start thinking about your New Year’s resolution (which, of course, should be doing whatever it takes to become the top dog in the content marketing realm). In an effort to help you determine your resolutions for 2014, below are three things you simply cannot compromise on if you want to secure that highly coveted top spot:

1.)    Infographics, Infographics, Infographics
Did we mention infographics? Between YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest and Vine, visual content is at its prime, and there’s a pool full of hungry content sharks that are well aware of this fact. According to the aforementioned survey, infographics saw the biggest rise in usage by marketers, even when compared to 27 other content marketing tactics, including mobile apps, social media and eNewsletters.

If you want to go from a guppy to a Great White, you need to become hyperaware of how you approach infographics. Click here to learn some quick tips for accelerating your infographic strategy.

2.)    Onboard New Team Members
We get it, the economy isn’t that great and, as a result, your company’s budget has taken a serious blow. Sure, the working standard has called for one person to wear many hats, but at the end of the day, one person can only do so much. Don’t spread yourself too thin when it comes to providing for your content marketing strategy. CMI’s research not only shows that the most effective companies used an average of 15 content marketing tactics, but that 95 percent of B2B marketers are segmenting their content to provide all-time customization. We know you have a lot on your plate right now; onboard some new team members to help you oversee the program. 

Eighty-six percent of the most effective content marketers currently have someone else overseeing their content marketing strategy. If you’re currently on the fence about whether you should look to hire next year, do yourself a favor and commit.

3.)    Don’t Underestimate the Importance and Influence of Being In-Person 
Content marketing can oftentimes confuse marketers in that they think it’s onlytextual or visual content they’re dealing with (i.e. infographics, blogs, eNewsletters, videos). This is of course important; however, marketers can sometimes forget about another critical element of the content marketing game: in-person events. In fact, the majority of CMI’s survey participants ranked it as the most effective way of reaching an audience, positioning it as more important and influential than case studies, videos and blogs.

Take a look at some of the in-person events we’ve covered and you’ll see just how powerful in-person experiences are in conjunction with high-quality content.

Focus on these three things and you’re bound to see your content marketing game spike in 2014.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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