Content Marketing Benchmark Report

Resource Overview

In a February 2014 study sponsored by Marketo, Demand Metric partnered with Ascend2 to identify how marketers will be pursuing content marketing success in the upcoming year.


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Executive Summary

Content is an essential component of marketing.

Buyers self-educate more deeply into the sales cycle than every before. Content marketing is an essential strategy to attracting, engaging and acquiring customers during this self-education process. Yet only 13% of respondents believe their content strategy is very successful at achieving important objectives.

What will content marketing success look like in the year ahead and how will marketers achieve it?

To find out, Demand Metric in partnership with Ascend2 fielded the Content Marketing Survey and completed interviews with 521 marketing and sales decision-makers and practitioners from around the world. We thank these busy professionals for sharing their valuable insights with you.

The charts in this report compare the strategies and practices of small and mid-size businesses (SMB) with large enterprises.

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Table of Contents

  1. Executive Summary
  2. Content Marketing Objectives
  3. Current Content Marketing Success
  4. Obstacles to Content Marketing Success
  5. Premium Content Usage
  6. Content Type Effectiveness
  7. Content Type Execution
  8. Content Campaign Resources
  9. Content Marketing Software Usage
  10. Channel Effectiveness for Content
  11. Content & The Sale Cycle
  12. About Marketo
  13. About Demand Metric & Ascend2
  14. Appendix - Survey Background


Research Methodology

Surveys are conducted online from a panel of more than 50,000 Ascend2 research subscribers, representing US and international marketing and sales decision-makers and practitioners in a range of contact roles, company types, sizes and geographic regions.

The questionnaire used incorporates standardized research practices across all studies while maintaining a proven 3-minute survey format. Survey findings are examined in a quantitative context by experienced analysts and reported objectively.

The Demand Metric and Ascend2 2014 Content Marketing Benchmark Report was administered online in January 2014. During this period, 521 responses were collected that were qualified and complete enough for inclusion in the analysis.