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Content marketing has been huge in 2017 and all signs point towards a very similar growth in 2018. The big issue is, because of its huge success, it means that the market is becoming saturated, making it very difficult for content marketers and businesses to stand out. The question now becomes, how do you make your content stand out in the coming year? What content is going to work best with audiences?
In this blog post, I’m going to share the top types of content that are going to work best in 2018.
Before getting started with the best types of content that will work in 2018, I think it’s important to stress the importance of creating a content marketing strategy.
With so many businesses and marketers employing content marketing, creating a good content marketing strategy can make a big difference to your success. In fact, a study by the Content Marketing Institute has found that strategy issues and a lack of strategy are the major factors affecting the lack of success of content marketers.
So, this year, before beginning to create your content, start by putting together a content marketing strategy to help you achieve your results, more efficiently.
In order to have a good content marketing strategy, you will need to have the following:
Now, let’s get into the types of content that will help you stand out in this coming year:
One of the biggest trends in content this year is sure to be video and live streaming. Watching videos is one of the main activities that people take part in online, with as much as a third of all online activity being spent watching videos.
2017 has also been a huge year for live streaming, with many of the major social networks adding it as a focus (Facebook, Twitter) and others showing signs that they are planning to address it in the very near future.
The issue with live streaming is that because of the massive push from Facebook, it might mean that the trend will start to implode over the coming year. There are simply too many live streams popping up in all of our news feeds, which makes it difficult for any one of them to really stand out.
That said, videos will be a great option in 2018 and it works great both for blogs and websites, as well as for social media. The best part is, it’s also much easier to create videos as a beginner, using tools like Animoto or Biteable.
Interactive content is fun and can really help you improve your engagement, as you get your readers involved in the process.
Social media is full of polls left and right, some getting amazing engagement and some not at all, but websites and blogs are not making nearly as much use of this form of content. This year, try to add a few pieces of interactive content to get your audiences excited and engaged, such as polls, quizzes, lists, or interactive maps, among others.
Another way to stand out in 2018 is to strive to offer more value to your audiences. One of the ways that you can do this is through webinars and online courses. The e-learning industry is huge, surpassing $100 billion in 2016, and yet, it feels like it’s massively underused.
Creating an online course is definitely much more time consuming and a lot more work than most other types of content; but, it’s also a very successful form of content and one that your competitors are much less likely to be using as well. Not to mention, it can even become a new form of monetizing your knowledge online.
When it comes to content amplification, influencer marketing has been huge in 2017 – and will most likely continue to be so in 2018. Influencers can be of huge help when promoting content, but the issue is, influencer marketing is simply becoming too popular; saturating the market.
One of the ways that businesses can work around this in 2018 is to make more use of micro-influencers. These influencers might have a smaller audience, but they are still influential over this group of people, and in fact, their group of fans and followers will likely be more targeted than the biggest influencers in your niche.
It’s also a good idea to make better use of brand ambassadors, meaning users who are fans of your business and your content and helping you promote it. You can use a tool like Agorapulse to discover potential brand ambassadors and influencers already in your list or Buzzsumo for finding the top content and influencers in your niche.
2018 might be a tough year for content marketing because so many businesses and marketers have acknowledged the effectiveness of this form of marketing. That doesn’t mean though that you can’t still be very successful and drive amazing results from your content marketing campaigns; it only means you will need a bit more planning, more varied content and more quality content. What types of content do you think will be most successful this year? What will make or break a content marketing strategy in 2018?