Before we look at some of the findings of the latest research into the world of content marketing could we look at the term ‘content marketing’. Is it me or is this just a phrase for the act of simply sharing what you know?
It’s not a revolutionary concept like many seem to try to convey. Content marketing is simply about being a little more intentional about how you share information that makes you and / or your company look better because you are putting your knowledge on display and not keeping it too close to the vest. Many companies get overwhelmed at the idea of ‘content marketing’ when really all they need to do is take information they already have and share it. Pretty basic, right? If you want to add to or debate this please do in the comments.
As for the intent of content marketing for the B2B space? It’s lead gen as the main goal or objective, no matter who does the research. These findings from blogger Holger Schulze, a blogger who writes at Everything Technology Marketing and VP of Marketing at eG Innnovations found (as repackaged by eMarketer)
While BtoB Magazine’s findings look quite similar.
While the goal seems to be consistently that lead generation is what content marketing is about the next chart shows the difference in the B2B space with regard to online marketing. Take a look at the third leading reason why B2B marketers are using this tactic. It’s because of the rise of the use of digital marketing. Hasn’t that been happening for 15 plus years?
Do you feel that B2B marketers are behind the curve or is the online space finally offering options that they can sink their teeth into?
What’s your take? Let’s hear you in the comments.