The end of the year is swiftly approaching. That means you should be in budget planning mode. Is content marketing a part of your efforts? If not, you’re passing up a prime opportunity to enhance your online footprint and drive traffic to your site.
Consider a few statistics. According to research group Aberdeen, year-over-year growth in unique site traffic is 7.8 times higher for content marketing leaders compared to followers. What’s more, according to DemandMetric, content marketing costs 62% less than traditional marketing – and generates about three times as many leads.
That’s an impressive return on investments. And it means, when you’re leveraging content marketing, you’re getting more traffic and more leads – and it costs you less to do so. What are a few other reasons content marketing is so important?
It Builds Trust With Your Audience
When you have relevant, authoritative content to share, it demonstrates your expertise with site visitors – and they come to trust you more for it. In fact, 71% of customers are more likely to buy when they see content about a product or service that’s shared from a friend.
If the above reasons aren’t enough to convince you that you should be budgeting for content marketing, then think about this: If you’re not, then you’re falling behind your competitors. A recent report from the Content Marketing Institute stated that, on average, 29% of a brand’s total marketing budget is spent on content, with 39% of respondents expecting to increase that number. This means your competitors are most likely investing in content marketing – and if you don’t, you could get left behind in 2017.
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