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B2C Content Marketing: 2013 Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends—North America

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MarketingProfs produced B2C Content Marketing: 2013 Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends (North America) in partnership with the Content Marketing Institute. Our goal was to give you a clear view of the …

MarketingProfs produced B2C Content Marketing: 2013 Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends (North America) in partnership with the Content Marketing Institute. Our goal was to give you a clear view of the State of B2C Content Marketing. Among the questions this report answers: What's really happening? What are your biggest content marketing challenges? What slice of the budget will be dedicated to content next year, and what social channels are most relevant?

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  • 1. B2C Content Marketing:2013 Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends–North America SponSored by
  • 2. Overview: The State of B2C Content Marketing IN NORTH AMERICAHello Consumer Marketers!Welcome to B2C Content Marketing: 2013 Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends—North America.For three years we’ve looked at B2B content marketing trends, and this year, we are excited to bring you these compelling B2C findings.Here are some of the key research results: 86% of B2C marketers use content marketing, employing 12 individual tactics on average. B2B marketers use social media more often than their B2C counterparts; however, B2C marketers consider it more effective (57% of B2C marketers think social media is effective vs. 49% of B2B marketers). On average, B2C marketers use four social media platforms, compared with the five used by B2B marketers. On average, 28% of B2C marketing budgets are allocated to content marketing, and 55% of consumer marketers plan to increase their content marketing spend.According to our research, both B2B and B2C marketers are still struggling with the effectiveness of their content marketing. So while weare happy that more marketers are engaging in content marketing to attract and retain customers, we also realize we have a ways to go.On with the content marketing revolution... Joe Pulizzi Ann Handley Founder & Executive Director Chief Content Officer Content Marketing Institute MarketingProfs SponSored by 2
  • 3. 86% of B2C marketers use content marketing. Percentage of B2C Respondents Using Content Marketing 14% do not use content marketing 86% use content marketing 2013 B2C Content Marketing Benchmarks–North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs SponSored by 3
  • 4. B2C marketers use an average of12 content marketing tactics. Number of Tactics B2C Marketers Use 20+ Tactics 11%  In general, the larger the B2C company, the more tactics used. 16-19 Tactics 12% Companies with 10,000 or more 13-15 Tactics 15% employees use an average of 10-12 Tactics 15% 16 tactics, whereas the smallest 5-9 Tactics 36% companies use an average of 10. 1-4 Tactics 8% Average: 12 0 10 20 30 40 2013 B2C Content Marketing Benchmarks–North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs SponSored by 4
  • 5. 100 B2C Content Marketing Usage (by Tactic) 84% 84%  Compared with their B2B counterparts, 80 78% B2C marketers use more mobile content, 70% 69% mobile apps, print magazines, and print newsletters. 63% 61%60  Compared with their B2B counterparts, B2C marketers use far fewer case studies, white papers, webinars/webcasts, and 43% 42% 42% 41%40 40% % research reports. 38 37% 33% 33% 33% 32% 32% 29% 28% 28% 28% Social Media–Other than Blogs Licensed/Syndicated Content 26% Articles on Other Websites 21% 17% Articles on Your Website Branded Content Tools20 Games/Gamification Webinars/Webcasts Virtual Conferences Research Reports Digital Magazines Print Newsletters In-person Events Print Magazines Annual Reports Mobile Content White Papers eNewsletters Case Studies Infographics Mobile Apps Microsites Podcasts eBooks Videos Books Blogs 0 2013 B2C Content Marketing Benchmarks–North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs SponSored by 5
  • 6. CONTENT MARKETING TACTIC EFFECTIVENESS Confidence Gap Effectiveness Ratings of Tactics Among B2C Users Believe It’s Effective Believe It’s Less Effective 62% In-person Events 38%  More B2C marketers rank social media as 62% eNewsletters 38% “effective” or “very effective” than B2B marketers (57% of B2C marketers vs. 61% Videos 39% 49% of B2B marketers). 57% Blogs 43% 57% Social Media–Other than Blogs 43%  More B2C marketers rank print materials (both magazines and newsletters) as 56% Webinars/Webcasts 44% “effective” or “very effective” than B2B 55% Branded Content Tools 45% marketers (51% of B2C marketers vs. 54% eBooks 46% 34% of B2B marketers for print magazines, and 42% of B2C marketers vs. 28% of 53% Articles on Your Website 47% B2B marketers for print newsletters). 52% Virtual Conferences 48% 51% Print Magazines 49% 100 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 2013 B2C Content Marketing Benchmarks–North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs SponSored by 6
  • 7. B2C Facebook 90% Twitter 69% YouTube 65% LinkedIn 51%  B2C marketers use an average of four Google+ 41% social media sites to distribute content, whereas B2B marketers use an average Pinterest 35% of five. 14% Flickr  B2C marketers most often use Facebook, 14% Foursquare whereas B2B marketers most often use 12% Vimeo LinkedIn. 12% Instagram 9% StumbleUpon 7% SlideShare 7% Tumblr 3% Quora 0 20 40 60 80 100 2013 B2C Content Marketing Benchmarks–North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs SponSored by7
  • 8. B2C marketers cite customer retention/loyaltyas their top content marketing goal. Organizational Goals for B2C Content Marketing Customer Retention/Loyalty 77%  Though customer retention/loyalty is the top organizational goal for B2C marketers, Customer Acquisition 75% B2B marketers rank it fourth. Brand Awareness 74% Engagement 66%  Customer acquisition and brand awareness Website Traffic 61% are top goals both for B2C and B2B marketers. Lead Generation 52%  More B2C marketers site sales as a goal Sales 50% than do B2B marketers; however, more Thought Leadership 32% B2B marketers cite lead generation, Lead Management/Nurturing 25% lead management/nurturing, and thought leadership as priorities. 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 2013 B2C Content Marketing Benchmarks–North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs SponSored by 8
  • 9. B2C marketers most often use web traffic to measurecontent marketing success. Measurement Criteria for B2C Content Marketing Success Web Traffic 62% Direct Sales 55% Social Media Sharing 52%  Both B2C and B2B marketers rank web traffic Time Spent on Website 43% the most important measurement criterion. Qualitative Feedback from Customers 42% SEO Ranking 42%  B2C marketers place more emphasis on direct Increased Customer Loyalty 37% sales, whereas B2B marketers place more Sales Lead Quality32% emphasis on the quality and quantity of Sales Lead Quantity 30% sales leads. Inbound Links 25% Benchmark Lift of Company Awareness 25% Benchmark Lift of Product/Service Awareness 22% Cross-selling 16% Cost Savings 10% 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 2013 B2C Content Marketing Benchmarks–North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs SponSored by 9
  • 10. More than half of B2C marketers plan to increase theircontent marketing budget over the next 12 months. B2C Content Marketing Spending (Over Next 12 Months) Significantly Decrease Unsure 1% 11% Decrease  55% of B2C marketers say they will 2% increase their content marketing spend. Increase Remain the 45%  Overall, B2C marketers are planning to Same increase content marketing spend at a 31% rate similar to B2B marketers. Significantly Increase 10% 2013 B2C Content Marketing Benchmarks–North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs SponSored by 10
  • 11. 28% of B2C marketing budgets are allocatedto content marketing. Total Marketing Budget Spent on B2C Content Marketing  The average share of marketing budget spent on B2C content marketing is 28% Micro (Fewer than 10 Employees) 37% (on average, B2B marketers allocate a bit more: 33%). Small (10-99 Employees) 24%  Large B2C companies allocate a greater Midsize (100-999 Employees) 14% share (27%) of their total marketing Large (1000+ Employees) 27% budget to content marketing than large B2B companies do (22%); however, Overall 28% B2B companies of all other sizes allocate slightly more budget than B2C companies. 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 2013 B2C Content Marketing Benchmarks–North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs SponSored by 11
  • 12. 53% of B2C marketers say they create contentonly in-house. Insourcing vs. Outsourcing of B2C Content Creation  B2C marketers create content in-house and outsource it in proportions that are In-House Only 53% nearly equal to those reported by B2B marketers. Outsourced Only 2%  It’s rare for either a B2C or a B2B Both 44% company to completely outsource content creation. 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 2013 B2C Content Marketing Benchmarks–North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs SponSored by 12
  • 13. On average, 46% of B2C companies outsourcecontent creation. Percentage of B2C Companies that Outsource Content Creation Micro (Fewer than 10 Employees) 27%  The larger a B2C company is, the more Small (10-99 Employees) 50% likely it is to outsource content creation. Midsize (100-999 Employees) 50%  Large B2C companies outsource content Large (1000+ Employees) 67% creation more frequently than large B2B companies. Average 46% 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 2013 B2C Content Marketing Benchmarks–North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs SponSored by 13
  • 14. Most B2C marketers tailor their content.How B2C Organizations Tailor Content Profile of Individual Decision Makers 45% Stage in the Buying Cycle 41%  85% of B2C content marketers Personalized Content Preferences 31% tailor their content in at least one way, compared with 91% Company Characteristics 23% of B2B marketers. None 13% Other 8% 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 2013 B2C Content Marketing Benchmarks–North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs SponSored by 14
  • 15. Lack of budget is the top challenge faced byB2C content marketers. Challenges that B2C Content Marketers Face Lack of Budget 52% Producing Enough Content 51% Producing the Kind of Content that Engages 49%  52% of B2C content marketers Producing a Variety of Content 42% are challenged with lack of budget, Inability to Measure Content Effectiveness41% compared with 39% of B2B content Lack of Knowledge, Training, and Resources 35% marketers. Lack of Integration Across Marketing 31% Lack of Buy-in/Vision 21% Finding Trained Content Marketing Professionals 13% 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 2013 B2C Content Marketing Benchmarks–North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs SponSored by 15
  • 16. Biggest B2C Content Marketing Challenge Lack of Budget 23%  More B2C marketers than B2B marketers Producing Enough Content 15% cite lack of budget as their biggest challenge (23% B2C vs. 14% B2B). Producing the Kind of Content that Engages 15%  More B2B marketers than B2C marketers Lack of Knowledge, Training, and Resources 10% cite producing enough content as their Inability to Measure Content Effectiveness 8% biggest challenge (29% B2B vs. 15% B2C). Lack of Buy-in/Vision 8%  Nearly the same percentage of B2C and B2B marketers cite producing the kind of Lack of Integration Across Marketing 6% content that engages as their biggest Producing a Variety of Content 5% challenge (15% B2C vs. 18% B2B). Finding Trained Content Marketing Professionals 2%0 10 20 30 40 50 602013 B2C Content Marketing Benchmarks–North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs SponSored by 16
  • 17. Just 32% of B2C marketers believe they are effectiveat content marketing. How B2C Marketers Rate the Effectiveness of Their Organization’s Use of Content Marketing  Slightly more B2B marketers (36%) than B2C marketers (32%) believe 5 Very Effective 7% they are “effective” or “very effective” 4 25% at content marketing (defined as an answer of 4 or 5 on a scale of 1 to 5). 3 45%  B2C companies with 1,000 employees 2 18% or more rate their organizations as “effective” or “very effective” more 1 Not At All Effective 2% often than smaller B2C companies do. 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 2013 B2C Content Marketing Benchmarks–North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs SponSored by 17
  • 18. Profile of a best-in-class B2C content marketer. Comparison of Most Effective B2C Content Marketers with Least Effective B2C Content Marketers Most Effective Overall/Average Least Effective Share of marketing budget allocated to content marketing 40% 28% 17% Number of tactics used 14 12 8 Number of social platforms used 5 4 3 Plans to increase content marketing spend next year 49% 55% 59% Tailor content to profile of decision maker 46% 45% 30% Challenged with producing engaging content 35% 49% 63% Challenged with lack of buy-in/vision from higher-ups 14% 21% 33% 2013 B2C Content Marketing Benchmarks–North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs SponSored by 18
  • 19. Profile of a best-in-class B2C content marketer. The most effective B2C content marketers:  Spend a higher percentage of their marketing budget on content marketing  Use more tactics and distribute content on more social networks  Tailor content to specific profiles/personas more frequently  Are far less challenged in terms of producing engaging content  Are less challenged with lack of buy-in/vision from higher-ups SponSored by 19
  • 20. B2C Content Marketing: 2013 Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends–North America was produced by Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs and sponsored by Pace. The survey was mailed electronically to a sample of B2C marketers from among members and subscribers of MarketingProfs and Content Marketing Institute. A total of 354 responded from North American companies in August 2012, representing a full range of industries, functional areas, and company sizes.B2C Industry Classification Size of B2C Company B2C Job Title/Function (by Employees) Sales Administration/Support Website/Technology Retail Sales/Business Management 2% Programmer 1% Trade/Distribution Advertising/ Large 2% 10% Marketing (1000+ Employees) Consultant Other 8% Healthcare/Medical/ 22% 3% 6% Other Pharmaceutical Midsize General Management 8% (100-999 Micro 41% Employees) (Fewer than 5% Marketing/Advertising/ 19% 10 Employees) Marketing Administration/Support Communications/PR 7% Travel/Tourism/ Hospitality 34% 9% 34% Content Creation/ 6% Small Management (10-99 Employees) 10% 4% 6% Banking/Accounting/ Financial 24% Corporate Management/Owner 5% 5% Publishing/ 29% Real Estate Media Education Insurance SponSored by 20
  • 21. About Content Marketing Institute:Content Marketing Institute (CMI) is the leading global content marketing education and training organization.CMI teaches enterprise brands how to attract and retain customers through compelling, multi-channelstorytelling. CMI’s Content Marketing World event is the largest content marketing-focused event. CMIalso produces the quarterly magazine Chief Content Officer, and provides strategic consulting and contentmarketing research for some of the best-known brands in the world. Get more content marketing resources atContentMarketingInstitute.com. CMI is a division of Z Squared Media, a 2012 Inc. 500 company.About MarketingProfs:MarketingProfs is a professional development resource that offers actionable know-how designed to makeyou a smarter marketer. More than 423,000 MarketingProfs subscribers rely on us to stay up-to-date on themost important trends in marketing—from social media and content marketing to lead generation and emailmarketing. MarketingProfs delivers enhanced professional development training via online seminars andshort webcasts, in-depth how-to reports, research, interactive planning tools, online courses, and in-personevents. Subscribe to our actionable daily newsletter at MarketingProfs.com.About Pace:Pace is a custom content marketing leader, producing multi-channel content that delivers results for a diverseclient base. Our staff of more than 300 professionals consistently produces award-winning work in a variety ofmedia, including digital, mobile content, social media, magazines, catalogs, books, videos, and e-commercesolutions. Pace was founded and is owned by Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, the current chair of the American RedCross, and is based in Greensboro, NC. For more information, please visit paceco.com,http://twitter.com/PaceComm, or http://www.linkedin.com/company/pace-communications. SponSored by 21