What's Trending: Key Content Marketing Trends in 2018

March 9, 2018

Typing on old Typewriter

Recently I came across a digital scan of a newspaper from the early 1900s. It was cool to see the historic recordings of another era, but what really surprised me was how similar its contents were to what you’d find in a newspaper today.

Sure, the layout was more chaotic, and the subject matter drastically different. But the writing — the headline structures, the attention-grabbing ledes, the inverted pyramid format, the stylistic conventions — it was all so familiar. And it all still works.

That’s a far cry from the world of content marketing, which truly seems to change by the day.

“If you’re sticking with your content approach from three years ago, it’s now 50% less effective,” asserts Steve Rayson in introducing BuzzSumo’s new Content Trends 2018 report. And the data certainly bears that out.

To help ensure your strategy remains 100% effective, let’s dig deeper into BuzzSumo’s findings as we kick off another round of your weekly top trending content for marketers.

What Marketers Were Reading and Sharing Most This Week:

1. Content Trends 2018

BuzzSumo’s SlideShare recap of its research has already been viewed more than 20,000 times in a little over a week — a good reminder that your content can still explode if you hit the right note. But the challenge of gaining traction is undoubtedly magnified today amid content saturation and declines in social sharing. As you’ll see, though, the downward trends don’t apply to every network.

2. How to Diagnose SEO Traffic Drops: 11 Questions to Answer

SEO presents its own constantly shifting landscape, of course. If you’ve noticed a downturn in visitors arriving at your website via search, Daniel Marks offers some diagnostic tips.

3. Strategies for Video Marketing Success in 2018 (Infographic)

We know that B2B video is a fast-rising priority for marketers. This infographic via Broadcast2World offers up several tips and stats from various sources to help shape your video marketing strategy.

4. Get Inside Your Customer’s Head: A Guide to Writing Irresistible Calls to Action

Creating an effective CTA that converts is a matter of understanding your audience’s intent and motivations, writes Jake Baadsgaard. He shares pointers on identifying them.

5. #B2BMX Recap: What Every B2B Marketer Should Focus on in 2018

Here’s a great collection of takeaways from Demand Gen Report's B2B Marketing Exchange, which took place a couple of weeks ago in Scottsdale, AZ. One trend discussed by Jennifer Wyne is the convergence of influencer marketing and millennials - a topic Lee Odden and I presented on at the conference!

6. Key Marketing Metrics for Buyer Journey Conversions

Accurately assessing a prospect’s path from awareness to purchase, and aligning your marketing strategy to that path, requires measurement throughout the lifecycle. Patrick Groover explains the fundamentals of benchmarking and evaluating buyer journey velocity.

7. Weapons of Mass Conversion

These slides, courtesy of Roland Frasier, contain around 300 marketing, management, and analytics tools aimed at driving conversions. Solid resource.

8. What One Brand Did After It Created a Top 10 Blog

What should you do after you’ve built up a highly successful blog with a loyal audience and sustained traffic? The team at Agorapulse decided to go ahead and start a brand new one. Lisa Kalner Williams shares the team’s story, and what they learned.

9. Why B2B Marketers Neglect Important Data Quality Issues

Disjointed databases are a primary culprit for poor-quality B2B leads, writes David Crane. He traces underlying causes of this issue and outlines some ways that marketers can help resolve it.

10. 3 Easy-to-Use Motion Graphics Tools for Marketers

Kim George shows you how to bring your visuals to life with these slick tools for creating animated motion graphics.

Some things never change. Marketing is clearly not one of them. Stay on top of the latest trends in content, social media, SEO and beyond by subscribing to the LinkedIn Marketing blog.