As technology is quickly disrupting the business and marketing worlds, it’s important to continuously evolve your content marketing strategy to keep up with the quickly changing world.
What is 2023 going to look like for content marketers? Is there any way to get prepared?
Let’s dive in now to these 5 content marketing trends for 2023:
1. AI Makes Content Process Much More Efficient
ChatGPT, launched in 2022, caused quite a disruption in the marketing world in general, and content marketing in particular.
Suddenly, marketers saw that many of their daily tasks could be performed in seconds, without any human intervention. Breathlessly, we were watching AI write poems and stories, read and explain images, generate original visuals, turn text into videos, and even find names for our startups.
Many marketers even went so far as to assume they would not be needed anymore.
Well, the good news AI takes advantage of repurposed knowledge: It doesn’t have experience and expertise of its own.
Yes, generic (and sometimes fluff) content became easier to create but AI is rather a smart and efficient assistant than a replacement for a human being.
Use AI as a content marketing tool, and you will likely see you’ll have more time for creativity and ingenuity.
But better content productivity means more content being published online. These days, we are all forced to invest more time and money into getting our content noticed.
Yet, my favorite thing about content marketing is that creativity and flexibility can win over big budgets, and that is not going to change!
2. Consumers Are Getting More Demanding
Today’s (and next year’s) consumers are more web-savvy and use technology more often, regardless of age. And they expect quick answers; otherwise, they will go to the next page on the list.
Consumers turn to technology to fulfill an immediate need. According to Google, more than 90% of their users use devices for help and inspiration while in the middle of a task.
New consumers are “well-advised,” “right here” and “right now,” with Google having introduced the term “micro-moments” to describe consumers’ expectation of an immediate answer in the moments they want to know, go, do, and buy.
Customer experience has become crucial to any brand’s success. According to the CX report, 85% of US residents claimed that customer experience could make a small company win their business over a large company.
Your content needs to be part of that positive experience by fulfilling your customers’ immediate needs and doing an excellent job of making answers easy to find. Tools like Text Optimizer help create content in the problem/question + solution/answer format, allowing you to address popular questions on any topic. You can also use Text Optimizer’s AI introduction to create content answering each question right away:
Tools like Text Optimizer help create content in the problem/question + solution/answer format, allowing you to address popular questions on any topic.
On top of that, think “mobile first” — it’s no longer enough to have a mobile-friendly website. You need more mobile assets to better serve customers.
Examples of mobile assets to invest in include mobile apps and in-game mobile marketing. But even if you lack the budget for the standalone assets, you can take smaller steps to mobile-friendly brand discovery and optimization:
- Create mobile-focused (i.e. simplified) CTAs and lead-generation forms
- Create faster, clutter-free conversion funnels allowing one-click “Buy now“ options
- Optimize for local searches. Let’s not forget that “Near me” is one of the most popular mobile search queries. Investing in the efficient management of your business’s local listings is one the most effective ways to get discovered through mobile search
- Use third-party plugins to integrate mobile-experience enhancing features. Examples include integrating auto-complete for your in-site search engines (for quicker product discovery), faster mobile opt-in options, etc.
- Include 5-second testing and mobile experience in your regular website auditing
3. Content-Driven Remarketing Is Always a Good Idea
As the competition is getting tougher and buyer journeys are becoming more complicated, generating actual sales from your content is not going to be easy.
Most of your site readers will come, find their answers, and leave to complete their tasks.
This is where content-driven personalization is going to help.
What is content-driven personalization?
Content-driven personalization is about encouraging your returning site users to continue whatever they were doing when they initially left your site.
Here are a few content personalization techniques to adopt now (those that require no in-house technology or outside help):
Find one or more personalization technology partners that will fit your budget and needs. Luckily, there are quite a few powerful players in the marketing personalization space.
4. Streaming Video Content is Getting Even More Popular
Ever since Covid lockdowns video streaming has become a norm. Lots of in-person events around the globe moved online. Just about every brand I know has hosted a virtual event or online conference this year.
Streaming videos have become an effective way to engage niche influencers, generate leads and even create an additional income method.
And most importantly, it has become much easier to execute.
Admittedly, as of last year, I personally never had enough time to figure out live-streaming software. This year, I am well-versed in about three of them! I can record, co-host, stream to multiple channels, etc.
And most people are like that too! Think about all the teachers who suddenly become experts in Google Meets, and all the remote workers who have no choice but to figure out Zoom meetings. Video streaming has become the new norm for both content creators and consumers.
5. Multi-Channel Marketing is More Important Than Ever
Finally, being everywhere is more important than ever because consumers are quickly adapting to new technology and exploring new channels. Brands need to keep up!
On the bright side, the more channels you include in your marketing plan, the more demographics you will learn to cater to. Cross-channel marketing allows you to amp up your marketing game on many levels by:
- Giving you access to more data
- Allowing you to analyze more diverse buyer journeys
- Forcing you to get more organized and learn to make sense of more tasks.
The old marketing adage “Content is King” is still very much true. Consumers are still driven by the thirst for content. But the fast-evolving technology is changing the ways content is delivered. While just a few years ago, creating cool video and visual content was quite enough to engage a customer, these days, businesses are forced to look for more content formats and channels to stand out.