Effectively marketing content can be difficult, but when you consider that best practices, audience preferences, and content creation techniques change frequently, things move from being difficult to nearly impossible for marketers to keep up with. Among all the confusion, finding the data they need to make educated decisions is perhaps one of the trickiest tasks for marketers and content creators.
But before you resign yourself to hours of Googling the most relevant data for your marketing efforts, read on. We have collected some of the best marketing studies from the past few weeks into one location, so you can have direct and easy access to the information you need to know.
1. Longer blog posts generate more social media shares.
A recent study of 912 million blog posts (yeah, really) sponsored by Backlinko and BuzzSumo found that people are more likely to share long blog posts than short blog posts on social media. Likewise, blog posts that are 3,000 words or longer receive 77 percent more referring domain links than articles that are 1,000 words or fewer.
The study also found that the ideal length for optimizing a blog post for social is most effective when the post is between 1,000-2,000 words. Additionally, articles with headlines between 14-17 words are more than 75 percent likely to be shared on social media than articles with headlines between 1-5 words.
2. Influencer marketing continues to be double-edged sword.
While pundits and experts continue to tout influencer marketing, there continues to be as many pitfalls as there are opportunities. In fact, in a recent survey of 800 marketing professionals, almost 70 percent of respondents said that influencer marketing is a top priority in 2019. However, nearly 40 percent of those respondents also said that measuring ROI with influencer marketing is a major challenge.
Perhaps one reason why ROI is so tricky to measure is because 2/3 of those surveyed said their influencer marketing efforts are centered around the nebulous idea of brand visibility.
3. eMarketer forecasts that digital ad spend will top traditional in 2019.
Though digital ad spend has gained steam in recent years, it still has not overtaken the behemoth of traditional ad spend — until now. A report from eMarketer forecasts that 2019 will be the first year in which marketers spend more on digital ads than on traditional ads.
Digital ad spend is predicted to grow nearly 20 percent in 2019 — all the way to $129.3 billion this year. This is expected to amount to a little more than half (54 percent) of all ad spend in the United States this year.
4. More than half of your email list doesn’t open marketing emails.
Building a mailing list for your digital communication takes hard work and creativity, but it turns out that building list might be the easiest aspect of email marketing. AdWeek reports (subscription required) that more than half of recipients of marketing emails delete most emails before ever reading them. If that isn’t enough to make you worry, nearly 80 percent of people say they have unsubscribed from a brand’s email list.
Check out our advice on how to attract — and keep — your email subscribers.
5. Square videos outperform other types.
In an effort to show the format in which social videos perform best, Buffer performed an experiment to test video types and came to some enlightening conclusions. For example, square video outperforms landscape video in engagement, views, and completion rate. In some instances, square social videos resulted in as much as 35 percent higher views and as much as a 100 percent increase in post engagement.
The report also found that it costs 7.5 percent less on Facebook and 33 percent less on Instagram to get a user to engage with your video if it is square instead of landscape.
6. Get ahead of stats for B2B content marketing in 2019.
The B2B 2019 Content Marketing 2019 report delves into several facets of marketing that are important for B2B marketers to understand — especially those who are asked to wear multiple hats. The report discusses audiences, video marketing, email campaigns, content spending, and more.
- Nearly 9 out of 10 successful B2B content marketers say they prioritize the informational needs of audiences over their own sales or promotional messages.
- More than half (56 percent) of B2B content marketers said they increased their content creation spending over the last 12 months. More than one-third (37 percent) said they increased spending on content marketing staff.
- Nearly two-thirds of B2B marketers (64 percent) say that their use of audiovisual content has increased over the last year. Similarly, 61 percent of respondents say that written digital content — such as blogs, ebooks, and articles — increased year-over-year.
7. Make your email marketing more effective.
Every email marketer knows that the more you can personalize content to recipients in meaningful ways, the more likely you are to have success in your email marketing efforts. However, success is difficult to attain because, well, good personalization efforts are hard to accomplish, as Ascend2’s Strategies, Tactics, and Trends for Email Marketing report points out.
- According to the report, a personalized messaging email is the most difficult type of email to deploy. Conversely, respondents also say that personalized messaging emails are the most-effective emails.
- Survey respondents claimed that the second-most effective email to send is a single-topic/dedicated email. However, unlike personalized emails, respondents claimed that these kinds of emails are among the easiest to send.
- Marketers responded that milestone/birthday emails are the easiest to deploy, but not as effective as personalized messaging or single-topic emails.
8. Catch up with the state of video marketing.
In December 2018, Wyzowl surveyed more than 600 respondents in its State of Video Marketing 2019 report and found that video production, as well as video consumption, is set to increase again in 2019. Because nearly 9 out of 10 businesses are now developing video content for their marketing efforts, the state of digital video marketing is robust.
- Nearly 9 out of 10 (87 percent) of video marketers say they have used YouTube as a distribution channel. From that group, 4 out 5 respondents say the channel has been successful for them.
- Facebook Live appears to not be gaining much traction. One year ago, 34 percent of respondents said they had used Facebook Live. This year’s study yielded a response by 35 percent who said they would use Facebook Live. The number of respondents who say they will utilize Facebook Live in the next year is 36 percent.
- Roughly one-third of respondents (34 percent) say they watch digital video mainly on mobile devices, while 17 percent of respondents say they watch videos mainly on desktop. Just under half of respondents (42 percent) say they watch videos “pretty much equally” on desktop and mobile devices.
9. Investigate why Instagram advertisers stay loyal, keep spending more.
While marketers have seen organic reach decrease on Facebook in recent months, the same is not true for Instagram. In fact, it may be true that Instagram’s ability to reach people organically is also spurring businesses to trust the platform and explore ad spend options as well. Kenshoo’s Q4 2018 Quarterly Trends Digital Marketing Report references some of the successes Instagram is experiencing thanks to new — and existing — ad buyers.
- Instagram experienced a 120 percent year-over-year increase in ad spend. Even from 2018 Q3 to Q4, the platform saw an increase of 43 percent.
- Existing advertisers are driving much of the ad spend growth on Instagram. The study concludes that more than 80 percent of the year-over-year increase in ad stems from existing advertisers.
- Perhaps even more impressive is that 97 percent of the ad spend increase from Q3 to Q4 also came from existing advertisers.
- Despite the increase in Instagram as spend, Facebook continues to be the big brother. Of the marketers who spend ad budget on Facebook and on Instagram, they rarely spend more than half of their ad budget on Instagram — opting instead on most of the ad spend going to Facebook.