Is Content Marketing Dead?

Small business asking if content marketing is dead

Many Small Business Owners Are Asking: Is Content Marketing Dead?

There was a time in the recent past when people thought it was only a matter of time before content marketing lost its place in the modern digital business space.

Content marketing is still alive and well and is one of the most important drivers of sales a few years later.

The same was said about SEO. Again, still alive and well.

But this doesn’t mean that things haven’t changed.

The truth is that content marketing has evolved to accommodate the new challenges faced by modern businesses.

Let’s find out more.

The evolution of content marketing

As the years go by, businesses have had to deal with changing market conditions and consumer preferences.

Content marketing has needed to evolve to be able to remain relevant and grab customer attention.

Some of the changes we’ve seen include:

More use of video

From 2017 to 2020, users increased the average time spent watching video from 20% to over 80%.

Video content will take center stage in 2022 and will be the main form of content uploaded by businesses.

Multimedia has reached an all-time high

The use of multimedia which includes both video and images continues to rise.

As a result, the attention span of customers has dropped significantly. Consequently, marketers have been forced to find ingenious ways to use multimedia to grab and retain customer attention.

One of the ways marketers are doing this is by breaking up the text by inserting images and short videos.

Clever SEO techniques

Remember what we said about people thinking that SEO was going to die in recent years?

Well, it grew from 64% in 2020 to 69% in 2021.

Marketers are creating personalized experiences for online shoppers with the help of SEO.

But here’s the thing.

SEO has also changed as marketers move from SEO optimization to creating more engaging content.

The goal now is to create content that offers value but is also different from what the competition is offering.

Personalized content

Marketers are now creating content that speaks to the user. In other words, personalized content.

This means investing time and resources in learning about the customer’s desires, wants, and needs and creating content around this.

As a result, content marketing is geared towards attracting a more loyal clientele.

One of the best sources for customer information is the business website. It allows marketers to learn what pages customers visit and what products they view.

Creating value over the quantity

As more customers shifted their time and shopping online, they were exposed to more content.

There was a need to shift from offering more content to offering something unique.

Churning out more and more content doesn’t mean anything if you are not offering your customers value.

Content that is of the highest quality can therefore provide solutions to customers’ problems.

Repurposed content

Content marketing is now seeing more repurposed content. This is where marketers have already created valuable content but want the content to have more reach.

Instead of starting from scratch, marketers take the content and give it more information and more value.

For instance, including screenshots of customer reviews.

Final thoughts

Content marketing is not dead but has changed over the years to respond to new business challenges.

By keeping up to date with the content marketing trends, we’ve mentioned above, you can stay ahead of the curve and help your business stay relevant in 2022 and into the future.

Are you ready to try content marketing for your small business? Contact us online or call (561) 247-2776 today to hear how we can help.