Many of the posts published here are heavily weighted with surveys and reports. There are a couple solid reasons behind this approach.
First, I think data provides a wide canvas of the happenings in the industry. It’s good to know where and how other marketers are finding success.
Second, pouring over such reports is a great way to stay smart, relevant and maintain a competitive edge. Writing is thinking, but more than that its the application of thinking; it transforms a passive activity into an active one. We are after all forever students of marketing.
In the continuing effort to put a bow on content this year, I went back through each of 80 posts published this year pulling out interesting statistics and linking back to the original piece.
In the process of building this piece, I tried to group these into categories people might find helpful. Those categories are:
- Content marketing statistics
- PR and media relations statistics
- Social media marketing statistics
- Paid media and advertising statistics
- Marketing measurement statistics
- Search marketing and SEO statistics
And here we go…here are the benchmarks from 2017.
Content Marketing Statistics
1) How long should a blog post be?
The average post today is 1,142 words long but it’s clear that blog posts are getting longer – 41% longer than the typical post three years ago.
2) Content marketing supports lead nurturing.
A Chief Marketer report found the content most effective at moving prospects through the B2B sales funnel are articles and blogs [49%].
3) Quality matters in content marketing.
78% of B2B marketers say better quality content has driven success.
4) Audience building emerges as a pivotal skillset.
92% of the top-performing B2B content marketing programs say they are focused on building audiences.
5) Thought leadership builds trust and drives sales
82% of respondents to an Edelman study “said thought leadership has increased their trust in a vendor organization.”
6) Reliable sources build trust.
“Some 72% of B2B buyers say they have been placing a higher emphasis on the trustworthiness of content sources over the past year.”
7) Content marketing platform preferences.
Bloggers, by an overwhelming majority (76%), choose to run their blogs on WordPress. The next most commonly used platform for blogging is Squarespace at 8% and Blogger at 3%.
8) Content marketing remains a top priority.
“37% of the respondents cited content marketing as the most important initiative. While that percentage is a plurality, the next highest priority, brand building, trailed with 24% of the votes.”
PR and Media Relations Statistics
9) Even advertisers want to invest in PR.
“Sixty-two percent of respondents answered that they planned to increase internal public relations staffing over the next five years and a full 75 percent said they planned to increase overall spending on PR over that same time period.”
10) Two sides of the political issue for brands.
“More than half of consumers – 57% – say they buy or boycott brands based on the brand’s stance on a social or political issue…Additionally, 65% of ‘belief-driven’ buyers will not buy a brand if it stays silent on an issue they feel that it has an obligation to formally address.”
11) Corporate reputation suffers with bad experiences.
“82% of consumers stopped doing business after a bad experience.”
12) Emotion in crisis communications works.
“But then the researchers took a closer look at CEO apologies, specifically—16 out of the 29 cases. They found that when an apology was delivered by a CEO who looked sad, the company’s stock price actually rose post-apology.”
13) Is PR broadening its horizons?
“87% of PR executives believe the term ‘public relations’ does not describe their future.”
14) Public relations salaries were flat.
The median salary for PR professionals was $91,000 in 2017, which is a small drop compared to the median salary reported in 2016 survey of $92,125.
Note: This number reflects the combination of both client-side and corporate salary averages. It’s a median NOT a mean.
As the old adage goes, pay for performance and promote for potential.
15) Still got it. The venerable email pitch.
“92% of journalists and influencers prefer email pitches.”
16) Pitch in the morning.
61% of reporters prefer pitches in the morning, 30% in the afternoon, and 9% in the evening.
Social Media Marketing Statistics
17) Social media spending grows.
Senior marketers report spending 9.8% of the marketing budget on social media — here and now. They expect that figure to rise to 13% over the next 12 months – and to 18.5% over the next five years.
18) We buy what we follow.
62% of survey respondents said they are either likely or somewhat likely to buy from a brand they follow online.
19) Employees have huge impact on social sharing.
Jason Miller of LinkedIn said, “one single employee sharing three items of content a day can add up to 23 million in additional reach over the course of a year. It can add up to 60,000 additional occasions when people engage with your content.”
20) The rise of visual search.
Pinterest says it’s 150 million users conducted two billion searches per month and have published 75 billion pins.
21) The sinking confidence of social advertising metrics.
“With the exception of Google search advertising, confidence in digital or social platforms is significantly below 50%.”
Paid Media and Advertising Statistics
22) Most marketers are just dabbling in native ads.
Most marketers have dabbled in native advertising – upwards of 90% while just 10% have not experimented.
23) Non-compliance with FTC.
37% of publishers are not in compliance with FTC guidelines on native ads.
24) In advertising, we trust.
In 2017, 61% of Americans say they trust advertising which is up from 50% in 2014, according to YouGov study.
25) Thanks to programatic, “brand safety” is a thing.
“30% of respondents say when they see a brand being advertised alongside offensive material, they believe the advertiser is somehow endorsing that material.”
26) Online advertising explodes; tops TV in 2017
Internet advertising is a $73B market in the US with double-digit growth.
Search Marketing and SEO Statistics
27) 10 weeks to see a search benefit from a backlink.
The search experts at Moz say it takes about 10 weeks for backlinks to impact organic search.
28) The long hard slog to rank in search marketing.
Ahrefs says it crunched petabytes of data to show “that almost 95% of newly published pages don’t get to the Top10 within a year. And most of the ‘lucky’ ones, which do manage to get there, do it in about 2–6 months.”
29) Billions of searches.
There are an estimated 3.5 billion searches every day on Google.
Marketing Measurement Statistics
30) Challenges in marketing ROI.
More than 70% of respondents to a survey cited an “inability to attribute top-of-funnel activities to business outcomes” as the top challenge in ROI.
31) A marketing seat at the business strategy table.
The survey of roughly 300 top marketers found “60 percent said marketing is viewed by the Board and CEO as a revenue generator.”
32) Acquiring emails is expensive.
The average B2B company spends $150 to acquire a single email address.
Note: mistakenly, some marketers call this a “lead” which is why it’s so expensive.
33) Marketing budgets are poised for growth.
59% of respondents believe their budget will increase over the next year .
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