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Technology Content Marketing 2017 - Benchmarks, Budgets & Trends - North America

Welcome to our annual report on the content marketing practices of technology marketers. This report focuses on the North American technology marketers who participated in our seventh annual content marketing survey. New for this year, we asked technology marketers about their success with content marketing: • 24% said their organization’s overall approach to content marketing is “extremely” or “very” successful • 64% said that compared with one year ago, their organizations are “much more” or “somewhat more” successful with content marketing • 92% of those reporting increased success attributed that success to doing a better job with content creation. Seventy-four percent said their organization always or frequently prioritizes delivering content quality over content quantity. That stat is even higher (92%) among the top-performing technology marketers (see the chart on page 4 for our definition of a “top performer”). Read on for more insights into how your peers are approaching their content marketing—and where they are heading over the next 12 months.

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Welcome
This Year’s Technology Content Marketing
Top Performers At-A-Glance
Section 1: Usage & Team Organization
Section 2: Clarity, Commitment &
Overall Success
Section 3: Content Marketing Strategy
Section 4: Content Creation & Distribution
Section 5: Goals & Metrics
Section 6: Budgets & Spending
Methodology/Demographics
About
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Hello Technology Marketers,
Welcome to our annual report on the content marketing practices of technology marketers.
This report focuses on the North American technology marketers who participated in our
seventh annual content marketing survey.
New for this year, we asked technology marketers about their success with content marketing:
• 24% said their organization’s overall approach to content marketing is “extremely”
or “very” successful
• 64% said that compared with one year ago, their organizations are “much more” or
“somewhat more” successful with content marketing
• 92% of those reporting increased success attributed that success to doing a better job
with content creation.
Seventy-four percent said their organization always or frequently prioritizes delivering content
quality over content quantity. That stat is even higher (92%) among the top-performing
technology marketers (see the chart on page 4 for our definition of a “top performer”).
Read on for more insights into how your peers are approaching their content marketing—and
where they are heading over the next 12 months.
Yours in content,
Joe
Joe Pulizzi
Founder
Content Marketing Institute
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SPONSORED BY
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COMPARISON CHART
This Year’s Technology Content Marketing
Top Performers At-A-Glance
2017 Technology Content Marketing Trends—North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs
Most
Successful*
All
Respondents
Least
Successful*
Organization is clear on what an effective or successful content marketing
program looks like
82% 41% 7%
Organization is extremely/very committed to content marketing 95% 69% 35%
Describes organization as sophisticated/mature 68% 31% 0%
Has a documented content marketing strategy 68% 42% 15%
Content marketing strategy is extremely/very effective 86% 38% 0%
Measures content marketing ROI 91% 76% 58%
Percentage of total marketing budget allocated to content marketing (average) 38% 28% 15%
Always/frequently delivers content consistently 93% 62% 35%
Always/frequently prioritizes delivering content quality over content quantity 92% 74% 45%
Agrees that organization is realistic about what content marketing can achieve 91% 67% 34%
Agreesthatleadershipteamgivesampletimetoproducecontentmarketingresults 81% 51% 20%
Always/frequently prioritizes providing right content to right person at right time 78% 49% 24%
*Chart term definitions: A top performer (aka “most successful”) is one who characterizes his or her organization’s overall content marketing approach as extremely or very successful.
The “least successful” characterize their organization’s approach as minimally or not at all successful.
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ORGANIZATION
31% 46% 50%Are in the
sophisticated/
mature phase of
content marketing
maturity
Have small content
marketing teams
serving the entire
organization
Have experienced
management changes
that have had a
positive impact on
the organization’s
content marketing
USAGETEAM
ORGANIZATION
TECHNOLOGY CONTENT MARKETING
SPONSORED BY
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USAGE  TEAM ORGANIZATION
2017 Technology Content Marketing Trends—North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs
Does your organization use content marketing?
Content marketing is defined as “a strategic
marketing approach focused on creating
and distributing valuable, relevant, and
consistent content to attract and retain a
clearly defined audience — and, ultimately,
to drive profitable customer action.”
Note: Of the nonusers, 64% said they plan
to launch a content marketing effort within
12 months; 36% had no immediate plans to
begin using content marketing; and none
had used content marketing in the past, but
stopped.
Base = Technology marketers.
Yes
No
Percentage of Technology Marketers
Using Content Marketing
95%
5%

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  • 2. Welcome This Year’s Technology Content Marketing Top Performers At-A-Glance Section 1: Usage & Team Organization Section 2: Clarity, Commitment & Overall Success Section 3: Content Marketing Strategy Section 4: Content Creation & Distribution Section 5: Goals & Metrics Section 6: Budgets & Spending Methodology/Demographics About TABLE OF CONTENTS 3 4 5 10 18 23 40 43 44 34 2 SPONSORED BY
  • 3. WELCOME Hello Technology Marketers, Welcome to our annual report on the content marketing practices of technology marketers. This report focuses on the North American technology marketers who participated in our seventh annual content marketing survey. New for this year, we asked technology marketers about their success with content marketing: • 24% said their organization’s overall approach to content marketing is “extremely” or “very” successful • 64% said that compared with one year ago, their organizations are “much more” or “somewhat more” successful with content marketing • 92% of those reporting increased success attributed that success to doing a better job with content creation. Seventy-four percent said their organization always or frequently prioritizes delivering content quality over content quantity. That stat is even higher (92%) among the top-performing technology marketers (see the chart on page 4 for our definition of a “top performer”). Read on for more insights into how your peers are approaching their content marketing—and where they are heading over the next 12 months. Yours in content, Joe Joe Pulizzi Founder Content Marketing Institute 3 SPONSORED BY
  • 4. SPONSORED BY 4 COMPARISON CHART This Year’s Technology Content Marketing Top Performers At-A-Glance 2017 Technology Content Marketing Trends—North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs Most Successful* All Respondents Least Successful* Organization is clear on what an effective or successful content marketing program looks like 82% 41% 7% Organization is extremely/very committed to content marketing 95% 69% 35% Describes organization as sophisticated/mature 68% 31% 0% Has a documented content marketing strategy 68% 42% 15% Content marketing strategy is extremely/very effective 86% 38% 0% Measures content marketing ROI 91% 76% 58% Percentage of total marketing budget allocated to content marketing (average) 38% 28% 15% Always/frequently delivers content consistently 93% 62% 35% Always/frequently prioritizes delivering content quality over content quantity 92% 74% 45% Agrees that organization is realistic about what content marketing can achieve 91% 67% 34% Agreesthatleadershipteamgivesampletimetoproducecontentmarketingresults 81% 51% 20% Always/frequently prioritizes providing right content to right person at right time 78% 49% 24% *Chart term definitions: A top performer (aka “most successful”) is one who characterizes his or her organization’s overall content marketing approach as extremely or very successful. The “least successful” characterize their organization’s approach as minimally or not at all successful.
  • 5. SPONSORED BY 5 USAGETEAM ORGANIZATION 31% 46% 50%Are in the sophisticated/ mature phase of content marketing maturity Have small content marketing teams serving the entire organization Have experienced management changes that have had a positive impact on the organization’s content marketing USAGETEAM ORGANIZATION TECHNOLOGY CONTENT MARKETING
  • 6. SPONSORED BY 6 USAGE TEAM ORGANIZATION 2017 Technology Content Marketing Trends—North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs Does your organization use content marketing? Content marketing is defined as “a strategic marketing approach focused on creating and distributing valuable, relevant, and consistent content to attract and retain a clearly defined audience — and, ultimately, to drive profitable customer action.” Note: Of the nonusers, 64% said they plan to launch a content marketing effort within 12 months; 36% had no immediate plans to begin using content marketing; and none had used content marketing in the past, but stopped. Base = Technology marketers. Yes No Percentage of Technology Marketers Using Content Marketing 95% 5%
  • 7. SPONSORED BY 7 USAGE TEAM ORGANIZATION 2017 Technology Content Marketing Trends—North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs How would you describe your organization’s content marketing maturity level? HowTechnologyMarketersAssessTheirOrganization’s ContentMarketingMaturityLevel SOPHISTICATED MATURE ADOLESCENT YOUNG FIRST STEPS 5% 26% 38% 26% 5%Providing accurate measurement to the business, scaling across the organization Finding success, yet challenged with integration across the organization Have developed a business case, seeing early success, becoming more sophisticated with measurement and scaling Growing pains, challenged with creating a cohesive strategy and a measurement plan Doing some aspects of content, but have not yet begun to make content marketing a process Base = Technology content marketers; aided list.
  • 8. SPONSORED BY 8 USAGE TEAM ORGANIZATION 2017 Technology Content Marketing Trends—North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs How is content marketing structured within your organization? Technology Content Marketing Organizational Structure Centralized content marketing group that works with multiple brands/product lines throughout the organization Each brand (product line/property) has its own content marketing team Both: A centralized group as well as individual teams throughout the organization Small (or one-person) marketing/ content marketing team serves the entire organization Other 26% 9% 17% 46% 2% Base = Technology content marketers; aided list.
  • 9. SPONSORED BY 9 USAGE TEAM ORGANIZATION 2017 Technology Content Marketing Trends—North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs Has your organization undergone any management and/or structural changes over the last 12 months that have impacted your content marketing approach? Base = Technology content marketers; aided list. Technology Management Changes Impacting Content Marketing Yes, had a positive impact Yes, had a negative impact No changes 37% 13% 50%
  • 10. SPONSORED BY 10 CLARITY,COMMITMENT OVERALLSUCCESS 69% 24% 64%Are extremely or very committed to content marketing Are extremely or very successful with their overall approach to content marketing Are much more or somewhat more successful with content marketing than they were one year ago TECHNOLOGY CONTENT MARKETING
  • 11. SPONSORED BY 11 CLARITY, COMMITMENT OVERALL SUCCESS 2017 Technology Content Marketing Trends—North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs In your organization, is it clear what an effective or successful content marketing program looks like? 28% 31% 41% Percentage of Technology Marketers Whose Organizations Have Clarity on Content Marketing Success Yes No Unsure Base = Technology content marketers; aided list.
  • 12. SPONSORED BY 12 CLARITY, COMMITMENT OVERALL SUCCESS 2017 Technology Content Marketing Trends—North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs How would you describe your organization’s commitment level to content marketing? 26% 0% 47%22% Technology Organizations’ Commitment to Content Marketing Extremely Committed Very Committed Somewhat Committed Not Very Committed Not At All Committed 5% Base = Technology content marketers; aided list.
  • 13. SPONSORED BY 13 2017 Technology Content Marketing Trends—North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs CLARITY, COMMITMENT OVERALL SUCCESS How would you characterize the success of your organization’s current overall content marketing approach? 55% 20% 1% 19% 5% How Technology Marketers Rate the Success of Their Organization’s Overall Content Marketing Approach Extremely Successful Very Successful Moderately Successful Minimally Successful Not At All Successful Base = Technology content marketers; aided list. Note: The survey defined success as achieving your organization’s desired/targeted results. This report defines the Top 2 respondents (extremely/ very) as “most successful” or “top performers,” and the Bottom 2 (minimally/not at all) as “least successful.”
  • 14. SPONSORED BY 14 2017 Technology Content Marketing Trends—North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs CLARITY, COMMITMENT OVERALL SUCCESS How does the success of your organization’s current overall content marketing approach compare with one year ago? How Technology Marketers Rate Their Organization’s Content Marketing Approach Compared With One Year Ago 22% 42% 24% 4% 1% 7% Much More Successful Somewhat More Successful About the Same as One Year Ago Somewhat Less Successful Much Less Successful Does Not Apply (program is less than one year old) Base = Technology content marketers; aided list.
  • 15. SPONSORED BY 15 2017 Technology Content Marketing Trends—North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs CLARITY, COMMITMENT OVERALL SUCCESS To what factors do you attribute your organization’s increase in overall success with content marketing? Base=Technologycontentmarketerswhosaidtheirorganizations’contentmarketingismuch/ somewhatmoresuccessfulthanoneyearago.Aidedlist;multipleresponsespermitted. Other reasons cited: More Budget for Content Marketing (33%), Content Marketing Technologies/ Tools (29%), We Have Given Our Efforts Time to Bear Fruit and Are Now Getting Results (22%), Content Marketing Training/ Education (16%), Changes in Our Target Audience(s) (10%), Assistance of Outside Expertise (9%), and Other (3%). Factors Contributing to Technology Marketers’ Increased Success Over the Last Year 92% 74% 55% 49% Content Creation (higher quality, more efficient) Strategy (development or adjustment) Content Marketing Has Become a Greater Priority Spending More Time on Content Marketing Content Distribution (better targeting, identification of what works) Management/HR (organizational changes, staffing, new content marketing roles) Content Measurement (growing in ability to show results) 54% 48% 48% 2017 Technology Content Marketing Trends—North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs
  • 16. 16 CLARITY, COMMITMENT OVERALL SUCCESS SPONSORED BY 2017 Technology Content Marketing Trends—North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs To what factors do you attribute your organization’s stagnancy in success with content marketing? Base=Technologycontentmarketerswhosaidtheirorganizations’contentmarketingsuccessis aboutthesameasoneyearago.Aidedlist;multipleresponsespermitted. Other reasons cited: Lack of Content Marketing Training/Education (22%), Our Program Hasn’t Had Enough Time to Bear Fruit/Produce Results (21%), Lack of Adequate or Effective Content Distribution (19%), Changes in Our Target Audience(s) (9%), and Other (7%). Factors Contributing to Technology Marketers’ Stagnant Content Marketing Success Over the Last Year 53% 46% 43% 37% Strategy Issues (lack of strategy, developing/adjusting strategy) Content-Creation Challenges Management/HR (organizational changes, staffing issues) Content Marketing Technologies/ Tools (lack of, or new systems that require a learning curve) Content Marketing Not Prioritized Highly Enough Content Marketing Budget Issues (inadequate budget, budget cuts) Content Measurement Challenges Not Enough Time Devoted to Content Marketing 43% 37% 31% 28% Note: Due to the low percentage of technology marketers who said their organization’s overall content marketing success is somewhat or much less successful compared with one year ago, this report does not include a chart for “Factors Contributing to Technology Marketers’ Decreased Content Marketing Success Over the Last Year.”
  • 17. SPONSORED BY 17 OPINIONS ABOUT CONTENT MARKETING 2017 Technology Content Marketing Trends—North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs Indicate your level of agreement with the following statements concerning content marketing in your organization. Technology Marketers’ Opinions About Content Marketing 92% 5%3% 74% 14% 12% 69% 19% 12% 67% 16% 17% 66% 17% 17% 62% 14% 24% 62% 21% 17% 51% 23% 26% Content marketing is an important component of our organization’s marketing program Our organization is focused on providing an overall exceptional experience for our audience Our organization is focused more on building long-term relationships than on getting quick (campaign-like) results from our content marketing Our organization values creativity and craft in content creation and production Our organization is focused on building audiences (building one or more subscriber bases) Our organization has realistic expectations about what content marketing can achieve We are able to respond quickly when necessary to adjust our content marketing strategy Our leadership team gives us ample time to produce content marketing results ■ Agree ■ Neither Agree Nor Disagree ■ Disagree Base = Technology content marketers; aided list.
  • 18. SPONSORED BY 18 CONTENTMARKETING STRATEGY 42%Have a documented content marketing strategy 73% 38%Say their strategy includes a plan to operate content marketing as an ongoing business process, not simply a campaign Say their strategy is extremely or very effective at helping their organization achieve its current content marketing goals TECHNOLOGY CONTENT MARKETING
  • 19. SPONSORED BY 19 CONTENT MARKETING STRATEGY 2017 Technology Content Marketing Trends—North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs Does your organization have a content marketing strategy? 41%2% 42% 15% Percentage of Technology Marketers Who Have a Content Marketing Strategy Yes, and it is documented No, with no plans to have one within 12 months Yes, but it is not documented No, but plan to have one within 12 months Base = Technology content marketers; aided list.
  • 20. SPONSORED BY 20 CONTENT MARKETING STRATEGY 2017 Technology Content Marketing Trends—North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs Which of the following elements are included in your content marketing strategy? Base = Technology content marketers who have a content marketing strategy. Aided list; multiple responses permitted. Elements Technology Marketers Include in Their Content Marketing Strategy 73% A plan to operate content marketing as an ongoing business process, not simply a campaign Content mission and a differentiated story/value to deliver Deep understanding of audience personas A process to align with other sales/ marketing/loyalty initiatives Well-defined business goals for content A measurement plan to provide both insight and progress toward the business goals The ability to scale over time (i.e., to grow along with your organization) Other elements Unsure 62% 61% 60% 57% 51% 37% 20% 3%
  • 21. SPONSORED BY 21 CONTENT MARKETING STRATEGY 2017 Technology Content Marketing Trends—North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs How effective is your content marketing strategy at helping your organization achieve its current content marketing goals? Base = Technology content marketers who have a content marketing strategy; aided list. 51% 10% 1% 31% 7% How Technology Marketers Rate the Effectiveness of Their Content Marketing Strategy Extremely Effective Very Effective Moderately Effective Minimally Effective Not At All Effective
  • 22. SPONSORED BY 22 CONTENT MARKETING STRATEGY 2017 Technology Content Marketing Trends—North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs How effective is your content marketing strategy compared with one year ago? Base = Technology content marketers who have a content marketing strategy; aided list. How Technology Marketers Rate the Effectiveness of Their Content Marketing Strategy Compared With One Year Ago 28% 48% 18% 3% 3% 0% Much More Effective Somewhat More Effective About the Same as One Year Ago Somewhat Less Effective Much Less Effective Does Not Apply (content marketing strategy is less than one year old)
  • 23. SPONSORED BY 23 CONTENTCREATION DISTRIBUTION 74% 72% 71%Always/frequently focus on creating content for their audience versus their brand Always/frequently prioritize delivering content quality over quantity Always/frequently consider how their content impacts the overall experience a person has with their organization TECHNOLOGY CONTENT MARKETING
  • 24. SPONSORED BY 24 CONTENT CREATION DISTRIBUTION 2017 Technology Content Marketing Trends—North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs Which content marketing tools does your organization currently use? Base = Technology content marketers. Aided list; multiple responses permitted. Fewer than 50% of technology marketers said they use the following tools: Measurement KPIs/ Dashboard (49%), Social Media Guidelines (44%), Media Plan/Paid Advertising Calendar (35%), Content Collaboration/Workflow Software (19%), Editorial Mission Statement (15%), Digital Asset Management (DAM) System/File Storage (14%), Content Distribution Software (10%), Content Planning/Creation Software (9%), and Other (5%). Technology Marketers’ Content Marketing Tool Usage 83% Brand Style/Tone of Voice Guidelines Social Media Calendar Buyer Personas Content Management System Editorial Calendar Marketing Automation Software Dedicated Email Platform Analytics Tools 74% 68% 60% 60% 60% 59% 58%
  • 25. SPONSORED BY 25 2017 Technology Content Marketing Trends—North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs CONTENT CREATION DISTRIBUTION Which techniques does your organization use to gain knowledge about its target audience(s), so you can create the right messages? Base = Technology content marketers. Aided list; multiple responses permitted. Fewer than 45% of technology marketers said they use the following techniques: Secondary Data Analysis/Internet Searches (38%), Database Analysis (36%), Qualitative Primary Research (35%), Quantitative Primary Research (31%), Auditing Existing Buyer Data (29%), Expert Advisory Boards (14%), Usability Testing (11%), and Other (1%). 2% said they do not use any techniques. Techniques Technology Marketers Use to Learn About Target Audience(s) for Purposes of Creating the Right Messages 61% Customer Feedback/Panels Competitive Analysis Social Listening A/B Testing Employee Feedback Keyword Research Website Analysis 61% 57% 56% 51% 50% 47%
  • 26. SPONSORED BY 26 CONTENT CREATION DISTRIBUTION 2017 Technology Content Marketing Trends—North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs Compared with 2016, do you expect your organization to produce more, the same amount, or less original content in 2017? 22% 3% 5% 70% Expected Change in Technology Content Creation (2016 vs. 2017) More Same Amount Less Unsure Base = Technology content marketers; aided list.
  • 27. SPONSORED BY 27 CONTENT CREATION DISTRIBUTION 2017 Technology Content Marketing Trends—North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs Which content marketing tactics does your organization use? Base = Technology content marketers. Aided list; multiple responses permitted. Fewer than 60% of technology marketers said they use the following tactics: Online Presentations (54%), Illustrations/Photos (40%), Interactive Tools (40%), Research Reports (38%), Mobile Apps (17%), Separate Content Hubs (17%), Print Magazines (16%), Video [live-streaming media] (15%), Books (14%), Virtual Conferences (14%), Digital Magazines (13%), Podcasts (12%), Print Newsletters (6%), and Other (12%). Technology Content Marketing Tactic Usage 91% Ebooks/White Papers Webinars/Webcasts Video (pre-produced) Infographics In-Person Events Email Newsletters Blogs Social Media Content 89% 81% 81% 78% 75% 74%37% 79% 79% Average Number Used: 10
  • 28. SPONSORED BY 28 CONTENT CREATION DISTRIBUTION 2017 Technology Content Marketing Trends—North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs Which content marketing tactics that your organization uses will be most critical to its overall content marketing success in 2017? Base = Technology content marketers who use the tactics shown; multiple responses permitted. Tactics Used That Technology Marketers Say Will be Most Critical to Content Marketing Success in 2017 57% Video (pre-produced) In-Person Events Ebooks/White Papers Email Newsletters Blogs Social Media Content Webinars/Webcasts 49% 49% 42% 40% 40% 36% Fewer than 20% of technology marketers whose organizations use the following tactics said the tactic will be critical to overall content marketing success in 2017: Infographics (18%), Research Reports (16%), Interactive Tools (12%), Online Presentations (12%), Illustrations/Photos (6%), Mobile Apps (5%), Separate Content Hubs (5%), Video [live-streaming media] (4%), Books (3%), Print Magazines (3%), Virtual Conferences (3%), Digital Magazines (2%), Podcasts (2%), Print Newsletters (1%), and Other (4%).
  • 29. SPONSORED BY 29 CONTENT CREATION DISTRIBUTION 2017 Technology Content Marketing Trends—North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs How often do you take the following concepts into account while creating content for your organization? How Often Technology Marketers Consider Various Concepts While Creating Content 74% 21% 5% 72% 18% 10% 62% 26% 12% 60% 28% 12% 60% 28% 12% Prioritize delivering content quality over content quantity Consider how our content impacts the overall experience a person has with our organization 71% 20% 9% Differentiate our content from our competition’s Focus on creating content for our audience versus our brand Deliver content consistently 49% 34% 17% Craft content based on specific points of the buyer’s journey Prioritize providing the right content to the right person at the right time ■ Always/Frequently ■ Sometimes ■ Rarely/Never Base: Technology content marketers; aided list.
  • 30. SPONSORED BY 30 CONTENT CREATION DISTRIBUTION 2017 Technology Content Marketing Trends—North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs Which channels does your organization use to distribute content? Base = Technology content marketers who use any channels. Aided list; multiple responses permitted. Fewer than 15% of technology marketers said they use the following channels: Pinterest (12%), Medium (8%), Snapchat (4%), iTunes (3%), Tumblr (2%), and Other (23%). Channels Technology Marketers Use to Distribute Content 98% YouTube Google+ SlideShare Instagram Print Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email 92% 84% 74% 38% 33% 26% 23% 80% Average Number Used: 6
  • 31. SPONSORED BY 31 CONTENT CREATION DISTRIBUTION 2017 Technology Content Marketing Trends—North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs How important is each channel your organization uses to its overall content marketing success? Base = Technology content marketers who use the channels shown; multiple responses permitted. Note: Percentages comprise marketers who rated each channel a 4 or 5 on a 5-point scale where 5 = Extremely Important and 1 = Not At All Important. Importance ratings for iTunes,Medium,Pinterest,Snapchat, and Tumblr are not reported due to low incidence of use. Channels Technology Marketers Use to Distribute Content Rated by Importance to Overall Content Marketing Success 93% YouTube Google+ SlideShare Instagram Print Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email 71% 62% 39% 37% 32% 22% 11% 52%
  • 32. SPONSORED BY 32 CONTENT CREATION DISTRIBUTION 2017 Technology Content Marketing Trends—North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs Which paid methods of content promotion does your organization use in its content marketing efforts? Base = Technology content marketers. Aided list; multiple responses permitted. 22% Content Discovery Tools 6% Do Not Use Paid Methods Technology Marketers Use to Promote Content 91%Social Promotion Print or Other Offline Promotion 81% Traditional Online Banner Ads 56% Native Advertising 50% Search Engine Marketing 66% Average Number Used: 4
  • 33. SPONSORED BY 33 CONTENT CREATION DISTRIBUTION 2017 Technology Content Marketing Trends—North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs How effective are the paid methods of content promotion that your organization uses? Base = Technology content marketers who use the paid methods shown; multiple responses permitted. Paid Methods Technology Marketers Use to Promote Content Rated by Effectiveness Print or Other Offline Promotion Social Promotion Search Engine Marketing Native Advertising Content Discovery Tools Traditional Online Banner Ads 57% 55% 37% 30% 24% 19% Note: Percentages comprise marketers who rated each paid method a 4 or 5 on a 5-point scale where 5 = Extremely Effective and 1 = Not At All Effective. The survey defined effectiveness as accomplishing your content marketing objectives.
  • 34. SPONSORED BY 34 GOALSMETRICS 88% 80% 79%Will focus on lead generation as a content marketing goal over the next 12 months Use website traffic to measure how well their content marketing is producing results Can demonstrate how content marketing has increased audience engagement TECHNOLOGY CONTENT MARKETING
  • 35. SPONSORED BY 35 GOALS METRICS 2017 Technology Content Marketing Trends—North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs Which content marketing goals will your organization focus on over the next 12 months? Base: Technology content marketers. Aided list; multiple responses permitted. Organizational Goals for Technology Content Marketing for Next 12 Months Customer Retention/Loyalty Customer Evangelism/ Creating Brand Advocates Building Our Audience via Subscription Growth Lead Generation Lead Nurturing Sales Brand Awareness Engagement 88% 79% 75% 71% 70% 53% 52% 51% Fewer than 50% of technology marketers cited the following goals: Upsell/Cross-Sell (45%), Cost Savings (16%), and Other (2%).
  • 36. SPONSORED BY 36 GOALS METRICS 2017 Technology Content Marketing Trends—North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs Which metrics does your organization use to determine how well its content marketing is producing results? Base = Technology content marketers who use metrics. Aided list; multiple responses permitted. Technology Content Marketing Metrics Usage Sales Lead Quantity Higher Conversion Rates Time Spent on Website Website Traffic Sales Lead Quality Sales Social Media Sharing SEO Ranking 80% 72% 63% 60% 59% 57% 54% 53% Fewer than 50% of technology marketers said they use the following metrics: Subscriber/ Community Growth (42%), Inbound Links (39%), Data Capture (30%), Qualitative Feedback from Customers (28%), Customer Renewal Rates (20%), Brand Lift (19%), Purchase Intent (16%), and Other (5%). 1% said they do not use metrics.
  • 37. SPONSORED BY 37 GOALS METRICS 2017 Technology Content Marketing Trends—North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs Which metrics that your organization uses provide truly measurable results of your content marketing efforts? Base = Technology content marketers who use the metrics shown; multiple responses permitted. Metrics Used That Technology Marketers Say Provide Truly Measurable Results of Content Marketing Efforts SEO Ranking Social Media Sharing Sales Lead Quantity Sales Higher Conversion Rates Sales Lead Quality Website Traffic 47% 42% 35% 29% 28% 28% 23% 20% Time Spent on Website Fewer than 20% of technology marketers whose organizations use the following metrics said the metric provides truly measurable results of their content marketing efforts: Subscriber/Community Growth (18%), Inbound Links (11%), Data Capture (9%), Customer Renewal Rates (7%), Qualitative Feedback from Customers (7%), Brand Lift (6%), Purchase Intent (6%), and Other (2%). 5% said none of the metrics they use provide truly measurable results.
  • 38. SPONSORED BY 38 GOALS METRICS 2017 Technology Content Marketing Trends—North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs At which phases of the buyer’s journey does your organization measure content marketing ROI? Base = Technology content marketers. Aided list; multiple responses permitted. Phases of Buyer’s Journey Where Technology Marketers Measure Content Marketing ROI Top-of-funnel • Lead generation • Building an audience Mid-funnel • Developing relationships with qualified leads and existing customers Bottom-of-funnel • Conversions • Sales Post-sales • Retention • Upsell/Cross-Sell • Loyalty • Evangelism Do not measure content marketing ROI 59% 43% 47% 21% 24%
  • 39. SPONSORED BY 39 GOALS METRICS 2017 Technology Content Marketing Trends—North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs Indicate your level of agreement with each statement concerning the content marketing metrics used in your organization. Base = Technology content marketers who use metrics to determine content marketing results; aided list. Technology Marketers’ Metrics Agreement Statements 59% 26% 15% 31% 36% 33% I/my team can demonstrate how content marketing has… 77% 15% 8% Increased audience engagement Increased our organization’s sales 79% 10% 11% Increased our number of leads Decreased our cost of customer acquisition ■ Agree ■ Neither Agree Nor Disagree ■ Disagree
  • 40. SPONSORED BY 40 BUDGETSSPENDING 28%Is the average proportion of total marketing budget that is spent on content marketing 43%Plan to increase their content marketing spending over the next 12 months 38%Plan to keep their content marketing spending around the same level over the next 12 months TECHNOLOGY CONTENT MARKETING
  • 41. SPONSORED BY 41 BUDGETS SPENDING 2017 Technology Content Marketing Trends—North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs Approximately what percentage of your organization’s total marketing budget (not including staff) is spent on content marketing? Base = Technology content marketers; aided list. Percentage of Total Marketing Budget Spent on Technology Content Marketing 0% 3% 11% 14% 22% 18% 1% 100% 75-99% 50-74% 25-49% 10-24% 1-9% 0% Unsure 31% Average: 28%
  • 42. SPONSORED BY 42 BUDGETS SPENDING 2017 Technology Content Marketing Trends—North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs How do you expect your organization’s content marketing budget to change in the next 12 months? Base = Technology content marketers; aided list 38% 3% 16% 43% Technology Content Marketing Spending (Over Next 12 Months) Increase Remain the Same Decrease Unsure
  • 43. SPONSORED BY 43 METHODOLOGY/DEMOGRAPHICS TechnologyContentMarketing2017:Benchmarks,Budgets,andTrends—NorthAmerica was produced by Content Marketing Institute and sponsored by IDG. The seventh annual content marketing survey, from which the results of this report were generated, was mailed electronically to a sample of marketers using lists from Content Marketing Institute, MarketingProfs, The Association for Data-driven Marketing Advertising (ADMA), and WTWH Media. A total of 2,562 recipients from around the globe—representing a full range of industries, functional areas, and company sizes—completed the survey during July and August 2016. This report presents the findings from the 300 respondents who indicated they worked for technology organizations in North America that primarily sell products/services to businesses (B2B) [92%] or to both businesses and consumers (B2B+B2C) [8%]. Additional reports based on the annual survey are available at www.contentmarketinginstitute.com/research. Special thanks to MarketingProfs for their assistance with the annual survey and the B2B North America and B2C North America reports. 2017 Technology Content Marketing Trends—North America: Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs Other■ Consulting■ Size of Technology Company (by Employees) Technology Job Title/Function 5% 36% 33% 26% ■ Small (10-99 Employees) ■ Micro(Fewerthan10Employees) ■ Midsize (100-999 Employees) ■ Large (1,000+ Employees) 52% 18% 17% 5% 3% 2% 1% 2% Marketing - Staff/Support/ Administration ■ ■ Marketing/Advertising/ Communications/PR Management Corporate Management (Owner/President, CEO, CMO) ■ Content Creation/ Management ■ ■ Sales and Business Management ■ General Management (GM, EVP, SVP, VP)
  • 44. SPONSORED BY 44 ABOUT Thanks to all the survey respondents and survey distribution partners who made this study possible. About Content Marketing Institute (CMI) Content Marketing Institute is the leading global content marketing education and training organization, teaching enterprise brands how to attract and retain customers through compelling, multichannel storytelling. CMI’s Content Marketing World event, the largest content marketing- focused event, is held every September in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, and the Intelligent Content Conference event is held every spring. CMI publishes the bi-monthly magazine Chief Content Officer, and provides strategic consulting and content marketing research for some of the best- known brands in the world. Watch this video to learn more about CMI, a UBM company. To view all research and to subscribe to our emails, visit www.contentmarketinginstitute.com. About IDG IDG connects the world of tech buyers with insights, intent, and engagement. IDG is the world’s leading media, data, and marketing services company that activates and engages the most influential technology buyers. Our premium brands, including CIO®, Computerworld®, PCWorld®, and Macworld®, engage the most powerful audience of technology buyers, providing essential guidance on the evolving technology landscape. Our global data intelligence platform activates purchasing intent, powering our clients’ success. We execute complex campaigns that fulfill marketers’ global ambitions seamlessly with consistency that delivers results. For complementary research on the content consumption habits of enterprise tech buyers throughout the IT purchase process, including how that content is consumed, discussed, and shared, and insights on lead nurture/sales follow-up strategies specific to tech marketing, visit www.idgenterprise.com. To learn more about content marketing for technology marketers, attend a full-day Industry Lab at Content Marketing World on September 8, 2017.