Content Marketing Trends 2017-2018

2017 is more than halfway and the trends that will determine the ebb and flow of 2018’s Content Marketing have already begun to take form. Content will remain ‘‘King’’, as organizations increasingly rely on its ease-of-use to connect with their target audience. The end goal would remain the same, which is to create engaging content that enables brands to build trust, create qualified leads and earn profits.

Content Marketing Trends to Lookout for:



1. Mobile

Mobile devices drive greater traffic on the internet than desktops because more people are accessing content on it. While 2016 witnessed the rise of online videos – video content has penetrated mobile screens in a big way in 2017 and shall continue to do so. More online viewers are shifting their video preferences to smaller and portable mobile screens. Additionally, they’ll watch more of these videos from social media platforms such as Facebook, WhatsApp, and YouTube.

2. Facebook Shall Rule

Facebook is the 800-pound gorilla of content consumption, content sharing & discovery. The WASP 2016 State of Small Business Report, found that Facebook is still the most-used social media platform for small businesses.

3. Influencer Marketing

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Influencer marketing generates 11x higher ROI than traditional advertising. Influencers are in the game for the long-run because of the critical role they play in organically promoting a brand’s reputation among communities online.

4. Visual Content

Visual content has become so fundamental to the web that it has resulted in entire social platforms such as Snapchat, Instagram, and Pinterest to make images their sole lingua franca.

5. Video Content

Most of the consumer-driven internet traffic comes from video and the trend is anticipated to continue throughout the coming year. As said by Mark Zuckerburg himself, “I think video is a megatrend, almost as big as mobile.”

6. AI Generated Content

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For instance, Forbes’ earning reports are generated using Quill, a Natural Language generation platform based on data and template.

7. User Generated Content

85% of people trust content made by others more than brand content. This trend is a part of influencer marketing, minus the large audiences and authority enjoyed by influencers. This user behavior explains why Facebook, Youtube, Linkedin, Reddit, and Owler have succeeded in content marketing.

8. Virtual and Augmented Reality

Virtual and augmented reality has been generating a lot of buzz. Brands like Samsung and Jaguar are creating immersive customer experiences with their products and brand ambassadors using these technologies.

9. Reinforcing the Buyer’s Journey

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More marketers will leverage content at various stages of the buyer’s journey to create engaging and personalized content. Strategic communication from acquisition to retention will be reinforced through the power of content.

10. Promotion Matters

Most successful content marketers pay to promote their content. Content once published must not be left to itself. While you may think that your content is amazing and possesses the potential to go viral, the truth is that it probably won’t create much of an impact unless promoted.

11. Content Personalization

Content will continue to lead as the go-to medium for reaching out to the target audience, in the most direct and personalized manner. Since one-size-doesn’t-fit-all audiences, content enables marketers to share personalized messages that convey the right message at the right time.

12. Content Distribution Strategy

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Buyers are increasingly using the internet for making their purchasing decisions. Marketers must thus, leverage various methods and distribution platforms to ensure that their communications deliver expected marketing objectives.

13. Rely on Multi-Touch Attribution

Marketers will need to focus on multi-touch attribution to achieve their upper-funnel goals and measure the success of their content marketing efforts. A case in point being, successful content marketers have been gradually moving away from using lower-funnel metrics such as lead generation for measuring the success of their content.

14. Rise of Contextual Content

Branding on social media will take a more contextual turn with the aim of keeping its audience engaged. Brands will revolve their marketing communication around current events and goof-ups, to make content entertaining, valuable, and informative.

15. Dominant Content Marketing Tactics

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Social media and content will continue to make a strong team in the years to come. Blogs, newsletters and social media are likely to be the most-used tactic by content marketers in 2018 as well. Brands will invest in native ads and improve their audience engagement through better quality content.

Key Take Away:

Documented Content Marketing Strategy

According to Content Marketing 2017 Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends—North America – 61% of organizations had a documented content marketing strategy in place. 83% stated that their content marketing strategy was extremely effective.

It’s best to avoid adopting short-lived trends and instead focus on creating a well-planned content strategy that works for your organization. Secondly, it’s a lot more time-consuming to attain influence and results through an unplanned content marketing approach.

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