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14 Statistics to Justify Content Marketing

We often work with folks that have trouble understanding the benefits of content marketing. They may be advertising on traditional media or be driving sales with a fantastic outbound team. While we’re not in any way against that, the investment is quite different. With advertising, the audience is owned by someone else and you’re paying a premium to access that audience. You’re not the authority or trusted source, they are. And with outbound sales, your expense is proportional to the volume of sales you’d like. More sales requires more people (or more expensive people).

Content marketing is very much like any financial investment you’d make. Each piece of content or interaction is stock purchased for your future. As you grow your content marketing, the investment grows. Each month, you have more and more content working on your behalf to build trust, authority and your own audience or community. After a while, the community itself begins to work in your favor driving even more sales.

Justifying a long term investment requires some solid stats, though, and Smart Insights has accomplished just that. Download their guide and template to making the business case for investment in digital marketing for a more quantitative approach – and how to win the emotional arguments, too. Here are some supporting stats they’ve put together:

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About Douglas Karr

Douglas Karr is the founder of The Marketing Technology Blog. Doug is the CMO of CircuPress and CEO of DK New Media, an agency specializing in assisting marketing technology companies with their inbound marketing - leveraging social media, blogging, search engine optimization, pay per click and public relations. Their clients include Angie's List, GoDaddy, Mindjet and many more. Douglas is also the author of Corporate Blogging for Dummies.

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