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AUSTRALIA
2018 BENCHMARKS, BUDGETS,
AND TRENDS
Welcome
Differences Between Australian Marketers
by Organisation’s Commitment to
Content Marketing
Usage & Team Organisation
Commitment & Overall Success
Content Marketing Strategy & Technologies
Content Creation & Distribution
Goals & Metrics
Budgets & Spending
Methodology/Demographics
About
TABLE OF CONTENTS
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WELCOME
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Greetings Marketers,
Welcome to the sixth annual Content Marketing in Australia: Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends report.
One of the most striking findings was the increased percentage of Australian content marketers who have become more focused
on building an audience (85%) compared with last year’s survey results (69%). This finding was not unique to Australia; the Content
Marketing Institute team observed it among all groups of content marketers studied.
Building a subscriber base is a key content marketing goal. However, what you do with that list is equally as important. The quality of
content you create (does it speak to your audience’s wants and needs?) … how efficiently you produce it … whether it’s credible … how/
when/where you distribute it – these are just a handful of factors that impact overall content marketing success. And let us not forget the
importance of a documented strategy and a strong commitment to the approach (see page 4 for a glimpse at commitment’s influence).
We wish you success with using content marketing to provide meaningful, long-term value for your audience – and business results for
your organisation. If you need educational resources, please let us know.
Yours in content,
Lisa
Murton Beets
Research Director
Content Marketing Institute
Special thanks to: CMI team members Joe Pulizzi, founder; Stephanie Stahl, general manager; Robert Rose, chief strategy advisor; Kim Moutsos,
vice president of content; Michele Linn, editorial strategy advisor; Nancy Reese, research consultant; Joseph Kalinowski, creative director; and
Ann Handley, chief content officer, MarketingProfs. Thanks also to our report sponsor, LinkedIn Marketing Solutions.
Jodie
Sangster
Chief Executive Officer
The Association for Data-driven Marketing and Advertising
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COMPARISON CHART
Most
Committed
All
Respondents
Somewhat
Committed
Organisation’s overall content marketing approach is extremely or very successful	 43% 22% 6%
Organisation’s content marketing is sophisticated/mature 43% 28% 18%
Has a documented content marketing strategy 68% 43% 27%
Percentage of total marketing budget spent on content marketing (average) 30% 23% 19%
Rates project management flow during content-creation process as excellent/very good 52% 31% 14%
Agrees that organisation values creativity and craft in content creation
and production
88% 66% 54%
Agrees that organisation has realistic expectations about what content marketing
can achieve
84% 54% 35%
Agrees that leadership team gives ample time to produce content marketing results 80% 55% 43%
Always/frequently delivers content consistently 77% 48% 31%
Always/frequently crafts content based on specific points of the buyer’s journey 55% 37% 29%
Differences Between Australian Marketers by
Organisation’s Commitment* to Content Marketing
2018 Content Marketing Trends—Australia: Content Marketing Institute/ADMA
*Chart term definitions: The “most committed” respondents are those who describe their organisation’s commitment level to content marketing as extremely or very committed.
The “somewhat committed” describe it as somewhat committed.
Base: Australian content marketers.
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ATRALIAN CONTENT MARKETING
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USAGE & TEAM
ORGANISATION
The larger the organisation, the more likely it is to have both a centralised
content marketing group as well as individual teams throughout the
organisation.
A higher percentage of respondents than last year reported their
organisation is in the adolescent phase of content marketing (38% vs.
28%); fewer reported being in the young/first steps phase (32% vs. 38%)
or the sophisticated/mature phase (28% vs. 35%).
Approximately three out of five respondents (59%) outsource at least one
content marketing activity; conversely, 41% do not outsource any content
marketing activities.
AUSTRALIAN CONTENT MARKETING
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USAGE & TEAM ORGANISATION
2018 Content Marketing Trends—Australia: Content Marketing Institute/ADMA
Does your organisation 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.”
Base: All Australian respondents.
Yes
No
Percentage of Australian Respondents
Who Use Content Marketing
85%
15%
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USAGE & TEAM ORGANISATION
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How would you describe your organisation’s
content marketing maturity level?
HowAustralianMarketersAssessTheirOrganisation’s
ContentMarketingMaturityLevel
SOPHISTICATED MATURE ADOLESCENT YOUNG FIRST STEPS
3% 25% 38% 28% 4%Providing accurate
measurement
to the business,
scaling across the
organisation
Finding success,
yet challenged with
integration across the
organisation
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: Australian content marketers; aided list.
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USAGE & TEAM ORGANISATION
2018 Content Marketing Trends—Australia: Content Marketing Institute/ADMA
How is content marketing structured
within your organisation?
Australian Content Marketing
Organisational Structure
Centralised content marketing group
that works with multiple brands/product
lines throughout the organisation
Each brand (product line/property)
has its own content marketing team
Both: A centralised group as well
as individual teams throughout
the organisation
Small (or one-person) marketing/
content marketing team
serves the entire organisation
Other
26%
7%
22%
42%
3%
Base: Australian content marketers; aided list.
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USAGE & TEAM ORGANISATION
2018 Content Marketing Trends—Australia: Content Marketing Institute/ADMA
What content marketing activities does your
organisation outsource?
Content Marketing Activities Australian Marketers Outsource
55%
28%
17%
12%
0%
Content Creation
(e.g., writers, designers,
video production)
Do not outsource any
content marketing activities
Content Promotion/Distribution
Content Marketing Measurement
Content Marketing Strategy
Other
41%
Note: Approximately three
out of five (59%) respondents
outsource at least one of the
content marketing activities
listed.
Base: Australian content
marketers. Aided list; multiple
responses permitted.
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COMMITMENT &
OVERALL SUCCESS
AUSTRALIAN CONTENT MARKETING
43% of respondents described their organisation’s commitment level
to content marketing as extremely or very committed; 48% described
it as somewhat committed; and 9% described it as not very or not at all
committed.
Nearly 60% of respondents characterised their organisation’s overall content
marketing approach as moderately successful.
66% of respondents reported that their organisation’s overall content
marketing success increased (much more/somewhat more) compared with
one year ago.
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COMMITMENT & OVERALL SUCCESS
2018 Content Marketing Trends—Australia: Content Marketing Institute/ADMA
How would you describe your organisation’s
commitment level to content marketing?
Base: Australian content marketers; aided list.
48%
1%
34%
9%
AustralianOrganisations’CommitmenttoContentMarketing
Extremely
Committed
Very Committed
Somewhat
Committed
Not Very
Committed
Not At All
Committed
8%
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COMMITMENT & OVERALL SUCCESS
How would you characterise the success
of your organisation’s current overall
content marketing approach?
Base: Australian content marketers; aided list.
Note: The survey defined success as
achieving your organisation’s desired/
targeted results.
57%
19%3%
18%
4%
How Australian Marketers Rate the Success of Their
Organisation’s Overall Content Marketing Approach
Extremely
Successful
Very
Successful
Moderately
Successful
Minimally
Successful
Not At All
Successful
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COMMITMENT & OVERALL SUCCESS
How does the success of your organisation’s
current overall content marketing approach
compare with one year ago?
How Australian Marketers Rate Their
Organisation’s Content Marketing Approach
Compared With One Year Ago
18%
48%
23%
4% 2%
6%
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: Australian content marketers; aided list.
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COMMITMENT & OVERALL SUCCESS
To what factors do you attribute your organisation’s
increase in overall success with content marketing?
Other factors cited: Content Measurement
(growing in ability to show results) (37%);
Spending More Time on Content Marketing
(36%); More Budget for Content Marketing (24%);
Content Marketing Technologies/Tools (24%);
We Have Given Our Efforts Time to Bear Fruit
and Are Now Getting Results (22%); Content
Marketing Training/Education (16%); Assistance
of Outside Expertise (16%); Changes in Our
Target Audience(s) (4%); and Other (1%).
Base: Australian content marketers who said
their organisation’s overall content marketing
approach is much more or somewhat more
successful compared with one year ago.
Note: Due to the low number of Australian
respondents who said their organisation’s
content marketing success had decreased
compared with one year ago, this report does
not include a chart showing factors contributing
to decreased success.
Factors Contributing to Australian Marketers’
Increased Success Over the Last Year
75%
72%
55%
48%
Content Creation (higher
quality, more efficient)
Strategy (development
or adjustment)
Content Marketing Has
Become a Greater Priority
Content Distribution (better
targeting, identification
of what works)
Management/HR (organisational
changes, staffing, new content
marketing roles)
54%
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OPINIONS ABOUT CONTENT MARKETING
2018 Content Marketing Trends—Australia: Content Marketing Institute/ADMA
Indicate your level of agreement with the following statements
concerning content marketing in your organisation.
Australian Marketers’ Opinions About Content Marketing
85% 9% 6%
66% 12% 22%
61% 25% 14%
55% 26% 19%
54% 24% 22%
47% 33% 20%
17% 23% 60%
Our organisation is focused on building audiences
(building one or more subscriber bases)
We are discontinuing specific content marketing
activities that we’ve found to be ineffective, so we
can concentrate on those that yield the best results
Our organisation values creativity and craft
in content creation and production
Over the last year, it has become increasingly
difficult to capture our audience’s attention
Our organisation has realistic expectations
about what content marketing can achieve
Our leadership team gives us ample
time to produce content marketing results
We are creating less content than one year ago,
but that content is driving greater results
■ Agree ■ Neither Agree Nor Disagree ■ Disagree
Base: Australian content marketers; aided list.
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AUSTRALIAN CONTENT MARKETING
The percentage of respondents that said their
organisation has a documented content marketing
strategy is nearly the same as last year (43% vs. 44%).
Respondents reported their organisations use an average of
four digital technologies specifically for managing content marketing
efforts.
The two types of technology with the highest reported use are analytics
tools (88%) and email marketing-focused technology (78%).
CONTENT MARKETING
STRATEGY & TECHNOLOGIES
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CONTENT MARKETING STRATEGY & TECHNOLOGIES
2018 Content Marketing Trends—Australia: Content Marketing Institute/ADMA
Does your organisation have a
content marketing strategy?
38%
14%
43%
5%
Percentage of Australian 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
43%
38%
Base: Australian content marketers; aided list.
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Which type(s) of digital technologies does your organisation
use specifically for managing its content marketing efforts?
Base: Australian content marketers. Aided list; multiple responses permitted.
Other technologies used: Video
Tools/Platforms (24%); Webinar/
Online Presentation Platforms
(22%); Content Promotion/
Distribution Software (19%);
Content Collaboration/Workflow
Software (17%); Content Planning/
Creation Software (12%); Digital
Asset Management (DAM) System/
File Storage (11%); Content
Optimisation Software (6%);
and Other (4%).
Technologies Australian Marketers Use to
Manage Content Marketing Efforts
(Top 4)
88%
Content Management System
Email Marketing Technology (email-focused)
Analytics Tools
78%
68%
49%Marketing Automation Software (automation-focused)
AVERAGE NUMBER USED:
Most Committed............. 4.7
All Respondents.............. 4.0
SomewhatCommitted.... 3.5
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CONTENTCREATION
&DISTRIBUTION
AUSTRALIAN CONTENT MARKETING
When asked how well content-creation projects flow within
their organisations, 31% of respondents rated the flow as
excellent or very good; 35% rated it as good; and 34% rated it as fair or poor.
Among the content types, distribution formats, and social media platforms
that respondents use, they rated social media posts, email, and LinkedIn as
most effective in helping their organisations achieve specific objectives.
48% of respondents use monthly enewsletters for content marketing purposes.
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CONTENT CREATION & DISTRIBUTION
2018 Content Marketing Trends—Australia: Content Marketing Institute/ADMA
How often do you take the following concepts into
account while creating content for your organisation?
Base: Australian content marketers; aided list.
How Often Australian Marketers Consider
Various Concepts While Creating Content
84%
69%
67%
66%
64%
58%
48%
37% 38% 25%
35% 17%
28% 14%
27% 9%
19% 15%
22%
25% 8%
9%
11% 5%
Ensure that our content is
fact-based and/or credible
Consider how our content impacts the overall
experience a person has with our organisation
Prioritise delivering content quality
over content quantity
Focus on creating content for our
audience versus our brand
Differentiate our content from
our competition’s content
Prioritise providing the right content to
the right person at the right time
Deliver content consistently
(e.g., on a defined, regularly scheduled basis)
Craft content based on specific
points of the buyer’s journey
■ Always/Frequently ■ Sometimes ■ Rarely/Never
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CONTENT CREATION & DISTRIBUTION
How would you rate the project management flow during the
content creation process (from concept through completion)
within your organisation?
How Australian Marketers Rate the Project Management Flow
During the Content Creation Process
EXCELLENT VERYGOOD GOOD FAIR POOR
9% 11%22% 35% 23%
Thevast
majorityofour
projects move
alongefficiently
Most of our
projects
move along
efficiently
Some of our
projects move
along efficiently,
but we face
bottlenecks
Most of our
projects are
held up by
bottlenecks
Many of our
projects
move along
efficiently
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CONTENT CREATION & DISTRIBUTION
Which types of content does your organisation use
for content marketing purposes?
Base: Australian content marketers. Aided list; multiple responses permitted.
Other types of content used:
Podcasts(14%);MobileApps(13%);
Videos (live-streaming) (11%);
Film/TV (e.g., documentaries,
short films) (11%); Virtual Reality/
Augmented Reality (VR/AR)
Experiences (10%); and Other (8%).
Types of Content Australian Marketers
Use for Content Marketing Purposes
(Top 8)
90%
75%
67%
66%
64%
49%
39%
31%
Social Media Posts – excluding videos (e.g., tweets, pins)
Videos (pre-produced)
Illustrations/Photos
Case Studies
Infographics
Ebooks/White Papers
Research Reports
Interactive Tools (e.g., quizzes, assessments)
AVERAGE NUMBER USED:
Most Committed............. 6.0
All Respondents.............. 5.5
SomewhatCommitted.... 5.2
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CONTENT CREATION & DISTRIBUTION
Of the content types you use, select up to three
that are the most effective in helping your
organisation achieve specific objectives.
Base: Australian content marketers who use the types listed. Maximum of three
responses permitted. Results shown based on response frequencies.
Other content types rated
as top three most effective:
Ebooks/WhitePapers(29%);
Infographics(28%);Illustrations/
Photos(22%);InteractiveTools
(e.g.,quizzes,assessments)(14%);
ResearchReports(12%);Other(7%);
andNone(ofthoseused)(2%).
Top 3 Most Effective Types of
Content Australian Marketers Use
56%
Videos (pre-produced)
Case Studies
Social Media Posts – excluding videos (e.g., tweets, pins)
46%
43%
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Which formats does your organisation use to
distribute content for content marketing purposes?
Base: Australian content marketers. Aided list; multiple responses permitted.
Other formats used: Print
Magazines (29%); Digital Magazines
(25%); Separate Content Hubs (e.g.,
microsites, resource centers) (25%);
Webinars/Webcasts/Virtual Events
(25%); Print (other than magazines)
(22%); Online Presentations (19%);
and Other (3%).
AVERAGE NUMBER USED:
Most Committed............. 5.0
All Respondents.............. 4.5
SomewhatCommitted.... 4.1
CONTENT CREATION & DISTRIBUTION
Formats Australian Marketers Use to Distribute
Content for Content Marketing Purposes
(Top 4)
91%Email (e.g., newsletters, welcome emails)
Social Media Platforms (e.g., LinkedIn, Twitter)
Blogs
In-Person Events
90%
72%
50%
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CONTENT CREATION & DISTRIBUTION
Of the formats you use, select up to three that are
the most effective in helping your organisation
achieve specific objectives.
Base: Australian content marketers who use the formats listed. Maximum of
three responses permitted. Results shown based on response frequencies.
Other formats rated as top
three most effective: In-Person
Events (34%); Print Magazines
(9%); Separate Content Hubs (e.g.,
microsites, resource centers) (9%);
Webinars/Webcasts/Virtual Events
(8%); Digital Magazines (6%); Print
(other than magazines) (5%);
Other (5%); and None (of those
used) (2%).
Top 3 Most Effective Formats
Australian Marketers Use to Distribute Content
73%Email (e.g., newsletters, welcome emails)
Social Media Platforms (e.g., LinkedIn, Twitter)
Blogs
58%
49%
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2018 Content Marketing Trends—Australia: Content Marketing Institute/ADMA
Which social media platforms does your organisation
use as part of its content marketing efforts?
Base: Australian content marketers who use social media platforms to distribute content.
Aided list; multiple responses permitted.
Social Media Platforms Australian Marketers
Use for Content Marketing Purposes
(Top 6)
93%Facebook
LinkedIn
Twitter
YouTube
Instagram
Google+
87%
74%
47%
30%
64%
Other social media
platforms used: Pinterest
(16%); Snapchat (8%);
SlideShare (7%); Medium
(3%); and Other (2%).
AVERAGE NUMBER USED:
Most Committed............. 4.7
All Respondents.............. 4.3
SomewhatCommitted.... 4.0
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CONTENT CREATION & DISTRIBUTION
Of the social media platforms you use, select up
to three that are the most effective in helping your
organisation achieve specific objectives.
Base: Australian content marketers who use the social media platforms listed.
Maximum of three responses permitted. Results shown based on response
frequencies.
Other social media platforms
rated as top three most
effective: Twitter (23%);
Instagram (22%); Google+ (5%);
Pinterest (2%); Other (2%); and
None (of those used) (4%).
Top 3 Most Effective Social Media Platforms
Australian Marketers Use for Content
Marketing Purposes
64%LinkedIn
Facebook
YouTube
63%
27%
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Which type(s) of email does your organisation use as
part of its content marketing efforts?
Base: Australian content marketers who use email to distribute content for content
marketing purposes. Aided list; multiple responses permitted.
53%
51%
48%
35%
34%
33%
30%
Types of Email Australian Marketers
Use for Content Marketing Purposes
(Top 7)
Automated Confirmation Emails
(e.g., a welcome email)
Ad hoc Newsletters
(i.e., no set schedule)
Drip Campaigns (e.g., welcome series)
Promotional Emails
Lead Nurturing
Event Emails
Monthly Newsletters
Other types of email used:
Bi-weekly Newsletters (every other
week) (15%); Partnership Emails
(15%); Weekly Newsletters (14%);
Daily Newsletters (3%); and Other
(10%).
AVERAGE NUMBER USED:
Most Committed............. 4.0
All Respondents.............. 3.5
SomewhatCommitted.... 3.0
GOALS&METRICS
AUSTRALIAN CONTENT MARKETING
48% of respondents reported that their organisation does an
excellent, very good, or good job in terms of aligning metrics with content
marketing goals; however, another 44% rated their organisation as doing a fair
or poor job.
Respondents who do not measure content marketing ROI (41%) cited the
top two reasons as “we need an easier way to do this” and “we don’t know
how to do this.”
More than 70% of respondents agreed they can demonstrate, with metrics,
how content marketing has increased audience engagement and number of
leads. They are less likely to be able to show how it has increased sales (47%)
and decreased the cost of customer acquisition (34%).
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GOALS & METRICS
What type of job does your organisation do in terms of
aligning metrics with content marketing goals (i.e., are
you measuring the “right things”)?
How Australian Marketers Rate Alignment
Between Content Marketing Metrics and Goals
EXCELLENT VERYGOOD GOOD FAIR POOR
3% 23%12% 33% 21%
TOOSOONTOTELL DON’TUSE CONTENT
MARKETINGMETRICS
UNSURE
3%4% 2%
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GOALS & METRICS
Does your organisation measure the return on
investment (ROI) of its content marketing efforts?
41%
41%
17%
Percentage of Australian Marketers
That Measure Content Marketing ROI
Unsure
No
Yes
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GOALS & METRICS
Why doesn’t your organisation measure the return on
investment (ROI) of its content marketing efforts?
Base: Australian content marketers whose organisations do not measure
content marketing ROI. Aided list; multiple responses permitted.
46%
32%
27%
15%
17%
5%
Why Australian Marketers
Don’t Measure Content Marketing ROI
We need an easier way to do this
We don't know how to do this
No formal justification required
Too time-consuming
Other
Unsure
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GOALS & METRICS
Indicate your level of agreement with each statement
concerning the content marketing metrics used
in your organisation.
Australian Marketers’ Metrics Agreement Statements
77% 12% 11%
73% 14% 13%
47% 29% 24%
34% 37% 29%
I/my team can demonstrate how content marketing has…
Increased audience
engagement
Increased our
number of leads
Increased our
organisation’s sales
Decreased our cost of
customer acquisition
■ Agree ■ Neither Agree Nor Disagree ■ Disagree
Base: Australian content marketers who use metrics to determine content
marketing results. Aided list.2018 Content Marketing Trends—Australia: Content Marketing Institute/ADMA
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BUDGETS&SPENDING
AUSTRALIAN CONTENT MARKETING
Respondents said their organisations spend 23% (on average)
of their total marketing budget on content marketing, which
is less than what was reported last year (30%).
Organisations that are more committed to content marketing
tend to spend more of their total marketing budget on
content marketing: the most committed report spending 30%,
on average, whilst those that are somewhat committed spend 19%.
Compared with last year, fewer respondents reported that they expect their
content marketing budget to increase in the next 12 months (36% this year
vs. 47% last year).
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BUDGETS & SPENDING
Approximately what percentage of your organisation’s
total marketing budget (not including staff) is spent
on content marketing?
Percentage of Total Marketing Budget Spent
on Australian Content Marketing
1%
3%
6%
14%
26%
29%
20%
1%
100% 75-99% 50-74% 25-49% 10-24% 1-9% 0% Unsure
AVERAGE SPENT:
Most Committed...........30%
All Respondents............23%
SomewhatCommitted....19%
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BUDGETS & SPENDING
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How do you expect your organisation’s content
marketing budget to change in the next 12 months?
Base: Australian content marketers; aided list.
Australian Content Marketing Spending
(Over Next 12 Months)
Increase
Remain
the Same
Decrease
Unsure
52%
5%
7%
36%
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METHODOLOGY/DEMOGRAPHICS
Content Marketing in Australia 2018: Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends was produced by Content Marketing Institute in partnership with the Association for
Data-driven Marketing and Advertising (ADMA) and sponsored by LinkedIn Marketing Solutions.
The eighth 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, ADMA, MarketingProfs, WTWH Media, and Technology for Marketing (TFM).
A total of 2,190 recipients from around the globe—representing a full range of industries, functional areas, and company sizes—responded to the survey during June
and July 2017. This report presents the findings from the 120 respondents who indicated their organisation is for-profit in Australia.
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.
Note: The Australian content marketers referred to in the base lines and bullet points in this report are respondents who indicated their organisation uses content marketing.
Australian
Industry Classification
Size of
Australian Company
(by Employees)
Australian
Organisation 2016
Total Annual Revenue
Australian
Job Title/Function
17%
32%
27% 13%
■ Small (10-99 Employees)
■ Micro(Fewerthan10Employees)
■ Midsize (100-999 Employees)
■ Large (1,000+ Employees)
■ Agency (Advertising, Digital Marketing,
Content Marketing, PR, Marcom)
■ Technology/IT/Software/Hardware
■ Manufacturing
■ Professional Services
■ Consulting
■ Healthcare/Medical/Pharmaceuticals
■ Travel/Tourism/Hospitality
■ Financial Services
■ Other
5%
3%
3%
■ Marketing/Advertising/
Communications/PR Management
■ Corporate Management
(Owner, President, CEO, CMO)
■ General Management (GM/VP)
■ Content Creation/Management
■ Marketing – Staff/Support/Administration
■ Sales and Business Management
■ Consultant
■ Other
■ More than $1 Billion
■ $500,000,001 - $1 Billion
■ $100,000,001 - $500,000,000
■ $50,000,001 - $100,000,000
■ $10,000,001 - $50,000,000
■ $1,000,000 - $10,000,000
■ Less than $1,000,000
■ Unsure
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26%
12%
12%
7% 11%
6%
5%
4% 24%
47%
12%12%
12%
6%
16%
6%
11%
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15%
14%
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2018 Content Marketing in Australia: Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends

  • 1. SPONSORED BY CONTENT MARKETING IN AUSTRALIA 2018 BENCHMARKS, BUDGETS, AND TRENDS
  • 2. Welcome Differences Between Australian Marketers by Organisation’s Commitment to Content Marketing Usage & Team Organisation Commitment & Overall Success Content Marketing Strategy & Technologies Content Creation & Distribution Goals & Metrics Budgets & Spending Methodology/Demographics About TABLE OF CONTENTS 3 4 5 10 16 19 34 37 38 29 2 SPONSORED BY
  • 3. WELCOME 3 SPONSORED BY Greetings Marketers, Welcome to the sixth annual Content Marketing in Australia: Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends report. One of the most striking findings was the increased percentage of Australian content marketers who have become more focused on building an audience (85%) compared with last year’s survey results (69%). This finding was not unique to Australia; the Content Marketing Institute team observed it among all groups of content marketers studied. Building a subscriber base is a key content marketing goal. However, what you do with that list is equally as important. The quality of content you create (does it speak to your audience’s wants and needs?) … how efficiently you produce it … whether it’s credible … how/ when/where you distribute it – these are just a handful of factors that impact overall content marketing success. And let us not forget the importance of a documented strategy and a strong commitment to the approach (see page 4 for a glimpse at commitment’s influence). We wish you success with using content marketing to provide meaningful, long-term value for your audience – and business results for your organisation. If you need educational resources, please let us know. Yours in content, Lisa Murton Beets Research Director Content Marketing Institute Special thanks to: CMI team members Joe Pulizzi, founder; Stephanie Stahl, general manager; Robert Rose, chief strategy advisor; Kim Moutsos, vice president of content; Michele Linn, editorial strategy advisor; Nancy Reese, research consultant; Joseph Kalinowski, creative director; and Ann Handley, chief content officer, MarketingProfs. Thanks also to our report sponsor, LinkedIn Marketing Solutions. Jodie Sangster Chief Executive Officer The Association for Data-driven Marketing and Advertising
  • 4. SPONSORED BY 4 COMPARISON CHART Most Committed All Respondents Somewhat Committed Organisation’s overall content marketing approach is extremely or very successful 43% 22% 6% Organisation’s content marketing is sophisticated/mature 43% 28% 18% Has a documented content marketing strategy 68% 43% 27% Percentage of total marketing budget spent on content marketing (average) 30% 23% 19% Rates project management flow during content-creation process as excellent/very good 52% 31% 14% Agrees that organisation values creativity and craft in content creation and production 88% 66% 54% Agrees that organisation has realistic expectations about what content marketing can achieve 84% 54% 35% Agrees that leadership team gives ample time to produce content marketing results 80% 55% 43% Always/frequently delivers content consistently 77% 48% 31% Always/frequently crafts content based on specific points of the buyer’s journey 55% 37% 29% Differences Between Australian Marketers by Organisation’s Commitment* to Content Marketing 2018 Content Marketing Trends—Australia: Content Marketing Institute/ADMA *Chart term definitions: The “most committed” respondents are those who describe their organisation’s commitment level to content marketing as extremely or very committed. The “somewhat committed” describe it as somewhat committed. Base: Australian content marketers.
  • 5. 5 ATRALIAN CONTENT MARKETING SPONSORED BY USAGE & TEAM ORGANISATION The larger the organisation, the more likely it is to have both a centralised content marketing group as well as individual teams throughout the organisation. A higher percentage of respondents than last year reported their organisation is in the adolescent phase of content marketing (38% vs. 28%); fewer reported being in the young/first steps phase (32% vs. 38%) or the sophisticated/mature phase (28% vs. 35%). Approximately three out of five respondents (59%) outsource at least one content marketing activity; conversely, 41% do not outsource any content marketing activities. AUSTRALIAN CONTENT MARKETING
  • 6. SPONSORED BY 6 USAGE & TEAM ORGANISATION 2018 Content Marketing Trends—Australia: Content Marketing Institute/ADMA Does your organisation 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.” Base: All Australian respondents. Yes No Percentage of Australian Respondents Who Use Content Marketing 85% 15%
  • 7. SPONSORED BY 7 USAGE & TEAM ORGANISATION 2018 Content Marketing Trends—Australia: Content Marketing Institute/ADMA How would you describe your organisation’s content marketing maturity level? HowAustralianMarketersAssessTheirOrganisation’s ContentMarketingMaturityLevel SOPHISTICATED MATURE ADOLESCENT YOUNG FIRST STEPS 3% 25% 38% 28% 4%Providing accurate measurement to the business, scaling across the organisation Finding success, yet challenged with integration across the organisation 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: Australian content marketers; aided list.
  • 8. SPONSORED BY 8 USAGE & TEAM ORGANISATION 2018 Content Marketing Trends—Australia: Content Marketing Institute/ADMA How is content marketing structured within your organisation? Australian Content Marketing Organisational Structure Centralised content marketing group that works with multiple brands/product lines throughout the organisation Each brand (product line/property) has its own content marketing team Both: A centralised group as well as individual teams throughout the organisation Small (or one-person) marketing/ content marketing team serves the entire organisation Other 26% 7% 22% 42% 3% Base: Australian content marketers; aided list.
  • 9. SPONSORED BY 9 USAGE & TEAM ORGANISATION 2018 Content Marketing Trends—Australia: Content Marketing Institute/ADMA What content marketing activities does your organisation outsource? Content Marketing Activities Australian Marketers Outsource 55% 28% 17% 12% 0% Content Creation (e.g., writers, designers, video production) Do not outsource any content marketing activities Content Promotion/Distribution Content Marketing Measurement Content Marketing Strategy Other 41% Note: Approximately three out of five (59%) respondents outsource at least one of the content marketing activities listed. Base: Australian content marketers. Aided list; multiple responses permitted.
  • 10. 10 SPONSORED BY COMMITMENT & OVERALL SUCCESS AUSTRALIAN CONTENT MARKETING 43% of respondents described their organisation’s commitment level to content marketing as extremely or very committed; 48% described it as somewhat committed; and 9% described it as not very or not at all committed. Nearly 60% of respondents characterised their organisation’s overall content marketing approach as moderately successful. 66% of respondents reported that their organisation’s overall content marketing success increased (much more/somewhat more) compared with one year ago.
  • 11. SPONSORED BY 11 COMMITMENT & OVERALL SUCCESS 2018 Content Marketing Trends—Australia: Content Marketing Institute/ADMA How would you describe your organisation’s commitment level to content marketing? Base: Australian content marketers; aided list. 48% 1% 34% 9% AustralianOrganisations’CommitmenttoContentMarketing Extremely Committed Very Committed Somewhat Committed Not Very Committed Not At All Committed 8%
  • 12. SPONSORED BY 12 2018 Content Marketing Trends—Australia: Content Marketing Institute/ADMA COMMITMENT & OVERALL SUCCESS How would you characterise the success of your organisation’s current overall content marketing approach? Base: Australian content marketers; aided list. Note: The survey defined success as achieving your organisation’s desired/ targeted results. 57% 19%3% 18% 4% How Australian Marketers Rate the Success of Their Organisation’s Overall Content Marketing Approach Extremely Successful Very Successful Moderately Successful Minimally Successful Not At All Successful
  • 13. SPONSORED BY 13 2018 Content Marketing Trends—Australia: Content Marketing Institute/ADMA COMMITMENT & OVERALL SUCCESS How does the success of your organisation’s current overall content marketing approach compare with one year ago? How Australian Marketers Rate Their Organisation’s Content Marketing Approach Compared With One Year Ago 18% 48% 23% 4% 2% 6% 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: Australian content marketers; aided list.
  • 14. SPONSORED BY 14 2018 Content Marketing Trends—Australia: Content Marketing Institute/ADMA COMMITMENT & OVERALL SUCCESS To what factors do you attribute your organisation’s increase in overall success with content marketing? Other factors cited: Content Measurement (growing in ability to show results) (37%); Spending More Time on Content Marketing (36%); More Budget for Content Marketing (24%); Content Marketing Technologies/Tools (24%); We Have Given Our Efforts Time to Bear Fruit and Are Now Getting Results (22%); Content Marketing Training/Education (16%); Assistance of Outside Expertise (16%); Changes in Our Target Audience(s) (4%); and Other (1%). Base: Australian content marketers who said their organisation’s overall content marketing approach is much more or somewhat more successful compared with one year ago. Note: Due to the low number of Australian respondents who said their organisation’s content marketing success had decreased compared with one year ago, this report does not include a chart showing factors contributing to decreased success. Factors Contributing to Australian Marketers’ Increased Success Over the Last Year 75% 72% 55% 48% Content Creation (higher quality, more efficient) Strategy (development or adjustment) Content Marketing Has Become a Greater Priority Content Distribution (better targeting, identification of what works) Management/HR (organisational changes, staffing, new content marketing roles) 54%
  • 15. SPONSORED BY 15 OPINIONS ABOUT CONTENT MARKETING 2018 Content Marketing Trends—Australia: Content Marketing Institute/ADMA Indicate your level of agreement with the following statements concerning content marketing in your organisation. Australian Marketers’ Opinions About Content Marketing 85% 9% 6% 66% 12% 22% 61% 25% 14% 55% 26% 19% 54% 24% 22% 47% 33% 20% 17% 23% 60% Our organisation is focused on building audiences (building one or more subscriber bases) We are discontinuing specific content marketing activities that we’ve found to be ineffective, so we can concentrate on those that yield the best results Our organisation values creativity and craft in content creation and production Over the last year, it has become increasingly difficult to capture our audience’s attention Our organisation has realistic expectations about what content marketing can achieve Our leadership team gives us ample time to produce content marketing results We are creating less content than one year ago, but that content is driving greater results ■ Agree ■ Neither Agree Nor Disagree ■ Disagree Base: Australian content marketers; aided list.
  • 16. 16 SPONSORED BY AUSTRALIAN CONTENT MARKETING The percentage of respondents that said their organisation has a documented content marketing strategy is nearly the same as last year (43% vs. 44%). Respondents reported their organisations use an average of four digital technologies specifically for managing content marketing efforts. The two types of technology with the highest reported use are analytics tools (88%) and email marketing-focused technology (78%). CONTENT MARKETING STRATEGY & TECHNOLOGIES
  • 17. SPONSORED BY 17 CONTENT MARKETING STRATEGY & TECHNOLOGIES 2018 Content Marketing Trends—Australia: Content Marketing Institute/ADMA Does your organisation have a content marketing strategy? 38% 14% 43% 5% Percentage of Australian 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 43% 38% Base: Australian content marketers; aided list.
  • 18. 18 SPONSORED BY 2018 Content Marketing Trends—Australia: Content Marketing Institute/ADMA Which type(s) of digital technologies does your organisation use specifically for managing its content marketing efforts? Base: Australian content marketers. Aided list; multiple responses permitted. Other technologies used: Video Tools/Platforms (24%); Webinar/ Online Presentation Platforms (22%); Content Promotion/ Distribution Software (19%); Content Collaboration/Workflow Software (17%); Content Planning/ Creation Software (12%); Digital Asset Management (DAM) System/ File Storage (11%); Content Optimisation Software (6%); and Other (4%). Technologies Australian Marketers Use to Manage Content Marketing Efforts (Top 4) 88% Content Management System Email Marketing Technology (email-focused) Analytics Tools 78% 68% 49%Marketing Automation Software (automation-focused) AVERAGE NUMBER USED: Most Committed............. 4.7 All Respondents.............. 4.0 SomewhatCommitted.... 3.5 CONTENT MARKETING STRATEGY & TECHNOLOGIES
  • 19. 19 CONTENTCREATION &DISTRIBUTION AUSTRALIAN CONTENT MARKETING When asked how well content-creation projects flow within their organisations, 31% of respondents rated the flow as excellent or very good; 35% rated it as good; and 34% rated it as fair or poor. Among the content types, distribution formats, and social media platforms that respondents use, they rated social media posts, email, and LinkedIn as most effective in helping their organisations achieve specific objectives. 48% of respondents use monthly enewsletters for content marketing purposes. SPONSORED BY
  • 20. 20 SPONSORED BY CONTENT CREATION & DISTRIBUTION 2018 Content Marketing Trends—Australia: Content Marketing Institute/ADMA How often do you take the following concepts into account while creating content for your organisation? Base: Australian content marketers; aided list. How Often Australian Marketers Consider Various Concepts While Creating Content 84% 69% 67% 66% 64% 58% 48% 37% 38% 25% 35% 17% 28% 14% 27% 9% 19% 15% 22% 25% 8% 9% 11% 5% Ensure that our content is fact-based and/or credible Consider how our content impacts the overall experience a person has with our organisation Prioritise delivering content quality over content quantity Focus on creating content for our audience versus our brand Differentiate our content from our competition’s content Prioritise providing the right content to the right person at the right time Deliver content consistently (e.g., on a defined, regularly scheduled basis) Craft content based on specific points of the buyer’s journey ■ Always/Frequently ■ Sometimes ■ Rarely/Never
  • 21. 21 SPONSORED BY 21 CONTENT CREATION & DISTRIBUTION How would you rate the project management flow during the content creation process (from concept through completion) within your organisation? How Australian Marketers Rate the Project Management Flow During the Content Creation Process EXCELLENT VERYGOOD GOOD FAIR POOR 9% 11%22% 35% 23% Thevast majorityofour projects move alongefficiently Most of our projects move along efficiently Some of our projects move along efficiently, but we face bottlenecks Most of our projects are held up by bottlenecks Many of our projects move along efficiently 2018 Content Marketing Trends—Australia: Content Marketing Institute/ADMA Base: Australian content marketers; aided list.
  • 22. 22 SPONSORED BY 2018 Content Marketing Trends—Australia: Content Marketing Institute/ADMA CONTENT CREATION & DISTRIBUTION Which types of content does your organisation use for content marketing purposes? Base: Australian content marketers. Aided list; multiple responses permitted. Other types of content used: Podcasts(14%);MobileApps(13%); Videos (live-streaming) (11%); Film/TV (e.g., documentaries, short films) (11%); Virtual Reality/ Augmented Reality (VR/AR) Experiences (10%); and Other (8%). Types of Content Australian Marketers Use for Content Marketing Purposes (Top 8) 90% 75% 67% 66% 64% 49% 39% 31% Social Media Posts – excluding videos (e.g., tweets, pins) Videos (pre-produced) Illustrations/Photos Case Studies Infographics Ebooks/White Papers Research Reports Interactive Tools (e.g., quizzes, assessments) AVERAGE NUMBER USED: Most Committed............. 6.0 All Respondents.............. 5.5 SomewhatCommitted.... 5.2
  • 23. 23 SPONSORED BY 2018 Content Marketing Trends—Australia: Content Marketing Institute/ADMA CONTENT CREATION & DISTRIBUTION Of the content types you use, select up to three that are the most effective in helping your organisation achieve specific objectives. Base: Australian content marketers who use the types listed. Maximum of three responses permitted. Results shown based on response frequencies. Other content types rated as top three most effective: Ebooks/WhitePapers(29%); Infographics(28%);Illustrations/ Photos(22%);InteractiveTools (e.g.,quizzes,assessments)(14%); ResearchReports(12%);Other(7%); andNone(ofthoseused)(2%). Top 3 Most Effective Types of Content Australian Marketers Use 56% Videos (pre-produced) Case Studies Social Media Posts – excluding videos (e.g., tweets, pins) 46% 43%
  • 24. 24 SPONSORED BY 2018 Content Marketing Trends—Australia: Content Marketing Institute/ADMA Which formats does your organisation use to distribute content for content marketing purposes? Base: Australian content marketers. Aided list; multiple responses permitted. Other formats used: Print Magazines (29%); Digital Magazines (25%); Separate Content Hubs (e.g., microsites, resource centers) (25%); Webinars/Webcasts/Virtual Events (25%); Print (other than magazines) (22%); Online Presentations (19%); and Other (3%). AVERAGE NUMBER USED: Most Committed............. 5.0 All Respondents.............. 4.5 SomewhatCommitted.... 4.1 CONTENT CREATION & DISTRIBUTION Formats Australian Marketers Use to Distribute Content for Content Marketing Purposes (Top 4) 91%Email (e.g., newsletters, welcome emails) Social Media Platforms (e.g., LinkedIn, Twitter) Blogs In-Person Events 90% 72% 50%
  • 25. 25 SPONSORED BY 2018 Content Marketing Trends—Australia: Content Marketing Institute/ADMA CONTENT CREATION & DISTRIBUTION Of the formats you use, select up to three that are the most effective in helping your organisation achieve specific objectives. Base: Australian content marketers who use the formats listed. Maximum of three responses permitted. Results shown based on response frequencies. Other formats rated as top three most effective: In-Person Events (34%); Print Magazines (9%); Separate Content Hubs (e.g., microsites, resource centers) (9%); Webinars/Webcasts/Virtual Events (8%); Digital Magazines (6%); Print (other than magazines) (5%); Other (5%); and None (of those used) (2%). Top 3 Most Effective Formats Australian Marketers Use to Distribute Content 73%Email (e.g., newsletters, welcome emails) Social Media Platforms (e.g., LinkedIn, Twitter) Blogs 58% 49%
  • 26. 26 SPONSORED BY CONTENT CREATION & DISTRIBUTION 2018 Content Marketing Trends—Australia: Content Marketing Institute/ADMA Which social media platforms does your organisation use as part of its content marketing efforts? Base: Australian content marketers who use social media platforms to distribute content. Aided list; multiple responses permitted. Social Media Platforms Australian Marketers Use for Content Marketing Purposes (Top 6) 93%Facebook LinkedIn Twitter YouTube Instagram Google+ 87% 74% 47% 30% 64% Other social media platforms used: Pinterest (16%); Snapchat (8%); SlideShare (7%); Medium (3%); and Other (2%). AVERAGE NUMBER USED: Most Committed............. 4.7 All Respondents.............. 4.3 SomewhatCommitted.... 4.0
  • 27. 27 SPONSORED BY 2018 Content Marketing Trends—Australia: Content Marketing Institute/ADMA CONTENT CREATION & DISTRIBUTION Of the social media platforms you use, select up to three that are the most effective in helping your organisation achieve specific objectives. Base: Australian content marketers who use the social media platforms listed. Maximum of three responses permitted. Results shown based on response frequencies. Other social media platforms rated as top three most effective: Twitter (23%); Instagram (22%); Google+ (5%); Pinterest (2%); Other (2%); and None (of those used) (4%). Top 3 Most Effective Social Media Platforms Australian Marketers Use for Content Marketing Purposes 64%LinkedIn Facebook YouTube 63% 27%
  • 28. 28 SPONSORED BY CONTENT CREATION & DISTRIBUTION 2018 Content Marketing Trends—Australia: Content Marketing Institute/ADMA Which type(s) of email does your organisation use as part of its content marketing efforts? Base: Australian content marketers who use email to distribute content for content marketing purposes. Aided list; multiple responses permitted. 53% 51% 48% 35% 34% 33% 30% Types of Email Australian Marketers Use for Content Marketing Purposes (Top 7) Automated Confirmation Emails (e.g., a welcome email) Ad hoc Newsletters (i.e., no set schedule) Drip Campaigns (e.g., welcome series) Promotional Emails Lead Nurturing Event Emails Monthly Newsletters Other types of email used: Bi-weekly Newsletters (every other week) (15%); Partnership Emails (15%); Weekly Newsletters (14%); Daily Newsletters (3%); and Other (10%). AVERAGE NUMBER USED: Most Committed............. 4.0 All Respondents.............. 3.5 SomewhatCommitted.... 3.0
  • 29. GOALS&METRICS AUSTRALIAN CONTENT MARKETING 48% of respondents reported that their organisation does an excellent, very good, or good job in terms of aligning metrics with content marketing goals; however, another 44% rated their organisation as doing a fair or poor job. Respondents who do not measure content marketing ROI (41%) cited the top two reasons as “we need an easier way to do this” and “we don’t know how to do this.” More than 70% of respondents agreed they can demonstrate, with metrics, how content marketing has increased audience engagement and number of leads. They are less likely to be able to show how it has increased sales (47%) and decreased the cost of customer acquisition (34%). 29 SPONSORED BY
  • 30. 30 SPONSORED BY GOALS & METRICS What type of job does your organisation do in terms of aligning metrics with content marketing goals (i.e., are you measuring the “right things”)? How Australian Marketers Rate Alignment Between Content Marketing Metrics and Goals EXCELLENT VERYGOOD GOOD FAIR POOR 3% 23%12% 33% 21% TOOSOONTOTELL DON’TUSE CONTENT MARKETINGMETRICS UNSURE 3%4% 2% 2018 Content Marketing Trends—Australia: Content Marketing Institute/ADMA Base: Australian content marketers; aided list.
  • 31. 31 SPONSORED BY GOALS & METRICS Does your organisation measure the return on investment (ROI) of its content marketing efforts? 41% 41% 17% Percentage of Australian Marketers That Measure Content Marketing ROI Unsure No Yes 2018 Content Marketing Trends—Australia: Content Marketing Institute/ADMA Base: Australian content marketers; aided list.
  • 32. 32 SPONSORED BY GOALS & METRICS Why doesn’t your organisation measure the return on investment (ROI) of its content marketing efforts? Base: Australian content marketers whose organisations do not measure content marketing ROI. Aided list; multiple responses permitted. 46% 32% 27% 15% 17% 5% Why Australian Marketers Don’t Measure Content Marketing ROI We need an easier way to do this We don't know how to do this No formal justification required Too time-consuming Other Unsure 2018 Content Marketing Trends—Australia: Content Marketing Institute/ADMA
  • 33. 33 SPONSORED BY GOALS & METRICS Indicate your level of agreement with each statement concerning the content marketing metrics used in your organisation. Australian Marketers’ Metrics Agreement Statements 77% 12% 11% 73% 14% 13% 47% 29% 24% 34% 37% 29% I/my team can demonstrate how content marketing has… Increased audience engagement Increased our number of leads Increased our organisation’s sales Decreased our cost of customer acquisition ■ Agree ■ Neither Agree Nor Disagree ■ Disagree Base: Australian content marketers who use metrics to determine content marketing results. Aided list.2018 Content Marketing Trends—Australia: Content Marketing Institute/ADMA
  • 34. 34 SPONSORED BY BUDGETS&SPENDING AUSTRALIAN CONTENT MARKETING Respondents said their organisations spend 23% (on average) of their total marketing budget on content marketing, which is less than what was reported last year (30%). Organisations that are more committed to content marketing tend to spend more of their total marketing budget on content marketing: the most committed report spending 30%, on average, whilst those that are somewhat committed spend 19%. Compared with last year, fewer respondents reported that they expect their content marketing budget to increase in the next 12 months (36% this year vs. 47% last year).
  • 35. 35 SPONSORED BY BUDGETS & SPENDING Approximately what percentage of your organisation’s total marketing budget (not including staff) is spent on content marketing? Percentage of Total Marketing Budget Spent on Australian Content Marketing 1% 3% 6% 14% 26% 29% 20% 1% 100% 75-99% 50-74% 25-49% 10-24% 1-9% 0% Unsure AVERAGE SPENT: Most Committed...........30% All Respondents............23% SomewhatCommitted....19% Base: Australian content marketers; aided list.2018 Content Marketing Trends—Australia: Content Marketing Institute/ADMA
  • 36. 36 SPONSORED BY BUDGETS & SPENDING 2018 Content Marketing Trends—Australia: Content Marketing Institute/ADMA How do you expect your organisation’s content marketing budget to change in the next 12 months? Base: Australian content marketers; aided list. Australian Content Marketing Spending (Over Next 12 Months) Increase Remain the Same Decrease Unsure 52% 5% 7% 36%
  • 37. 37 SPONSORED BY METHODOLOGY/DEMOGRAPHICS Content Marketing in Australia 2018: Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends was produced by Content Marketing Institute in partnership with the Association for Data-driven Marketing and Advertising (ADMA) and sponsored by LinkedIn Marketing Solutions. The eighth 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, ADMA, MarketingProfs, WTWH Media, and Technology for Marketing (TFM). A total of 2,190 recipients from around the globe—representing a full range of industries, functional areas, and company sizes—responded to the survey during June and July 2017. This report presents the findings from the 120 respondents who indicated their organisation is for-profit in Australia. 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. Note: The Australian content marketers referred to in the base lines and bullet points in this report are respondents who indicated their organisation uses content marketing. Australian Industry Classification Size of Australian Company (by Employees) Australian Organisation 2016 Total Annual Revenue Australian Job Title/Function 17% 32% 27% 13% ■ Small (10-99 Employees) ■ Micro(Fewerthan10Employees) ■ Midsize (100-999 Employees) ■ Large (1,000+ Employees) ■ Agency (Advertising, Digital Marketing, Content Marketing, PR, Marcom) ■ Technology/IT/Software/Hardware ■ Manufacturing ■ Professional Services ■ Consulting ■ Healthcare/Medical/Pharmaceuticals ■ Travel/Tourism/Hospitality ■ Financial Services ■ Other 5% 3% 3% ■ Marketing/Advertising/ Communications/PR Management ■ Corporate Management (Owner, President, CEO, CMO) ■ General Management (GM/VP) ■ Content Creation/Management ■ Marketing – Staff/Support/Administration ■ Sales and Business Management ■ Consultant ■ Other ■ More than $1 Billion ■ $500,000,001 - $1 Billion ■ $100,000,001 - $500,000,000 ■ $50,000,001 - $100,000,000 ■ $10,000,001 - $50,000,000 ■ $1,000,000 - $10,000,000 ■ Less than $1,000,000 ■ Unsure 17% 26% 12% 12% 7% 11% 6% 5% 4% 24% 47% 12%12% 12% 6% 16% 6% 11% 9%15% 15% 14%
  • 38. SPONSORED BY 38 ABOUT Thanks to all the survey distribution partners and respondents who made this research possible, and to everyone who disseminates and shares the findings across the industry. 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. To view all research and subscribe to our emails, visit www.contentmarketinginstitute.com. About the Association for Data-driven Marketing and Advertising The Association for Data-driven Marketing and Advertising (ADMA) is the principal industry body for information-based marketing and advertising and is the largest marketing and advertising body in Australia with more than 600 member organisations. ADMA is the ultimate authority and go-to resource for creative and effective data-driven marketing across all channels and platforms, providing knowledge, advocacy, insight, and innovation to advance responsive and enlightened marketing. About LinkedIn Marketing Solutions LinkedIn connects the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful and transforms the ways companies hire, market, and sell. Our vision is to create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce through the ongoing development of the world’s first Economic Graph. LinkedIn has more than 450 million members worldwide and over 8 million in Australia. With LinkedIn Marketing Solutions, brands can build a presence, establish relationships, and reach the people that matter most through content marketing and advertising solutions.