Business-to-business (B2B) marketers' confidence in content marketing continues to grow; content marketing usage rates are up from last year; and, not surprisingly, marketers with a documented content strategy are having the greatest success, according to just-released research.
The report, B2B Content Marketing: 2014 Benchmarks, Budgets and Trends—North America (PDF), is published by MarketingProfs and the Content Marketing Institute, and sponsored by Brightcove.
Some 93% of B2B marketers in North America are using content marketing, and, of those, 42% consider themselves effective at content marketing, up from 36% last year, the study found.
For the first time, the annual study asked marketers whether they have a documented content strategy (44% do) and a person who oversees content marketing strategy (73% do). Marketers who have a documented strategy are not only more effective but also less challenged with every aspect of content marketing.
Marketers are also continuing to invest both budget and time in content marketing. On average, B2B marketers allocate 30% of their budgets to content marketing, and 58% of marketers plan to increase content market spend over the next 12 months.
Compared with last year, marketers are using more content tactics (13 vs. 12) and more social media platforms to distribute content (6 vs. 5). Moreover, 73% of are producing more content than they were a year ago.