The State of Content Marketing in 2021 [Stats & Trends to Watch]

Content marketing is the process of planning, creating, and sharing content with your target audience. It helps you generate brand awareness, convince customers to take action, and drive revenue. There are various types of content marketing, like social media and blogs, but new trends and techniques emerge every year that change the ways businesses reach their audiences. As a marketer, it’s essential to know what your competitors are focusing on, so you can create a strategy and stand out from the crowd. In this post, discover important stats to know about the state of content marketing in 2021 and trends to…

4 Content Types That Get Non-Organic Traffic, According to Content Strategists

Traffic is a low-impact word for most people but a high-impact word for marketers. Traffic can ultimately dictate success, whether it’s the number of leads that come to your website, visit your social channels, or watch your videos. There are two different types of traffic you can have, organic and non-organic, that can come from all over: email, social media, organic searches, backlinks — the list goes on. Non-organic traffic can be a bit harder to come by, which is why, when creating non-organic content, you want to ensure that it will drive results. However, it’s easier said than done…

6 Content Marketing Skills That’ll Only Get More Important

A few years ago, I got hired as a content marketer at a small web design company. At the time, I thought one skill — and one skill only — would serve me well enough to succeed: the ability to write. I was a proud English graduate who had no idea how to make it successfully as a content marketer. Fortunately, I’ve picked up some critical skills over the years that’ve enabled me to grow as a content marketer. Most of those skills have nothing to do with writing. Whether you’ve been a content marketer for years or you’re looking to…

How do you win brand visibility in a crowded market without overspending on resources? For SaaS companies, content marketing is, in many ways, the most powerful opportunity to achieve growth and outshine competitors. It’s no secret the SaaS market is highly saturated – some would even say polluted. In fact, nearly 60,000 software companies are listed on the G2 Crowd across over 700 verticals as of 2020. Additionally, startups don’t have the luxury of being unique anymore. They must be better – not just different – from competitors if they want attention and sales. Whenever brands come to me with…

The Surround Sound Series: How We Built a Bespoke SERP Tracker and Measured the Results of Our New Content Program (Part 3 of 3)

This post is a part of Made @ HubSpot, an internal thought leadership series through which we extract lessons from experiments conducted by our very own HubSpotters. As our three-part series comes to an end, there’s one last question (or two) we need to address: Does the surround sound strategy really work? And what results have we seen since we started using it? The TL;DR answer is yes. It’s working and we’re sharing our preliminary results in this article. So if you’re looking to use surround sound in 2021, the two of us (that’s Irina Nica and Alex Birkett) thought…

The Surround Sound Series: How We Created A New Content Marketing Program & Improved SERP Visibility Beyond SEO (Part 2 of 3)

This post is a part of Made @ HubSpot, an internal thought leadership series through which we extract lessons from experiments conducted by our very own HubSpotters. The way people shop has radically changed. Back in the day, going shopping meant visiting a few shops — maybe some with brands you knew you liked. Now, customers have a wealth of options available online 24/7. They can compare features and prices, read recent reviews, or even get suggestions from influencers and magazines. They can go back and forth between their best options, until they find what suits them best. In this…

The Surround Sound Series: A Behind-the-Scenes Look into HubSpot’s Newest Content Marketing Strategy (Part 1 of 3)

This post is a part of Made @ HubSpot, an internal thought leadership series through which we extract lessons from experiments conducted by our very own HubSpotters. How do customers discover new products nowadays? Despite there being many ways of becoming aware of a product, there is a simple route to considering it for purchase. If you’re like me, you do it every time you’re looking to buy or try something new: You turn to your friends (and in many cases, Google) and ask, “What are the best X products?” If you’re using Google, your query looks something like this:…

A Behind-the-Scenes Look into HubSpot’s Newest Content Marketing Strategy (Part 1 of 3)

This post is a part of Made @ HubSpot, an internal thought leadership series through which we extract lessons from experiments conducted by our very own HubSpotters. How do customers discover new products nowadays? Despite there being many ways of becoming aware of a product, there is a simple route to considering it for purchase. If you’re like me, you do it every time you’re looking to buy or try something new: You turn to your friends (and in many cases, Google) and ask, “What are the best X products?” If you’re using Google, your query looks something like this:…

If you’re even a casual reader of the business blogosphere, you’ve probably heard more than once about this great big shift in how consumers buy. And although we have plenty of jargon in the marketing world, another term is rising in popularity in response to that shift: multi-channel marketing. What Is Multi-Channel Marketing? Multi-channel marketing is defined by many organizations, unsurprisingly, as communicating with and marketing to prospects and customers across many channels, online and offline. That means instead of running a single start-and-stop campaign or using one marketing tactic, like TV or email, marketers today are pacing with how…

The Ultimate Guide to Content Marketing in 2020

It’s no secret that traditional forms of marketing, which interrupt audience members, are less effective than they once were for reaching prospects and converting leads into customers. That’s why content marketing has become a popular way for businesses to reach and engage their target audience. By providing audience members with useful content to educate them on your products and services — and show them how those products and services effectively solve their pain points and challenges — you can increase conversions, improve brand awareness, boost revenue, and more. Sound interesting? Keep reading to learn about the ways your business can…