How technology is playing a crucial role to transform content marketing is a matter of debate. We will start by assering the role of technology in today’s ever changing content strategy.
Due to a surge in consumption and usage of digital media, almost every brand is concerned towards focusing and implementing new strategies related to content marketing. The prime reason for this is an increased dependency of customers towards digital marketing platform.
What is content marketing?
In today’s business perspective, customer retention has become a big challenge for every marketer. So, what can be the best solution that one should go ahead to retain them? Well, out of a plethora of available ones, you must adopt right content marketing tactics to achieve success.
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This is how we explain the term content marketing which is simply a tactic to retain users through mindful creation and distribution of information. In fact, it has become an indisputable part of the entire digital marketing strategy.
The content planning, if done in a legitimate way can produce astonishing results. That’s why it would be safe to say that all the content generated through different means not only helps driving digital marketing in the right direction but also enhances the value of a particular brand.
While discussing the role of content marketing in 2017, we must admit that the concept is not new but has only changed in terms of its packaging and perception.
Traditional Content Marketing Role Is Becoming Diluted
A company’s web page happens to be one of the most rudimentary style of content marketing. As you see, all these static sites that maintain their own blogs share only one-way information and that happens generally from a brand to the consumer.
The information which is primarily static is available to the public in general. In the same ways, blast SMSs and periodic emailing to users have also become a crucial part of this traditional content strategy.
While recording the number of clicks for a few websites, we failed to record the actual behavior of customers at the time of showing their interest in one of the products. Also, we deliberately failed to ascertain the reaction of such users. This indicates there were no tactics, how to engage users to the optimum levels.
Generation of Emails
We should be grateful to the ever changing mode of technology that has given us a boon to survive in the realm of groundbreaking competition.
In the present scenario, there has been a drastic change in the behavior of consumers who have become more tech frenzy and seem to be more focussed towards digital marketing platform. Today, brands only heighlight what their customers wanted to see or purchase.
The ‘hidden’ form of content marketing
There was a time when email marketing came into existence and helped a plethora of brands to experiment with alluring social networks. This in turn, generated more hidden form of content over private networks.
This not only proved beneficial in terms of customer’s perspective but also helped users to interact in a two-way communication. The technique helped consumers to interpret and submit the required feedback to the content served to them. In this form of user engagemnent, the conversion proved to be almost instantaneous.
Modern ages tools have shown a drastic shift of content marketing concept
In today’s world of advancements, technology is going at a faster pace than ever and has superseded everyone’s imagination. For example, there are so many web tools and dynamic websites available, that have been responsible for changing the mode of communication space.
Today, the user is free to customize everything as per his browsing history and interest. In the present context, brands are using advanced marketing tools for the production of content and some other exclusive platforms.
CMS (Content Management Systems)
As CMS have evolved, they have enabled a user to manage the brand’s messaging and content more effectively. They are a kind of back-end platforms that are easy to handle as per the preference of a user.
Content Management Systems also happen to be one of the most powerful features of a company’s content marketing strategy.
In the same ways, there are some other CMS systems that have evolved lately and are known to track the presence of online customers at any given stage, the time spent by the user, page views, etc. They also track the number of clicks made by the customers and when users opened the email, etc.
Social listening tools
Like other tools, social listing tools have also been evolved in the recent past that better manage content marketing. They are easy to integrate and users can more easily manage or integrate their data. By using these new-aged tools, brands are now able to trace what usesr exactly want.
Now, kindly take a look at a plethora of tech advances that are most likely to transform such a landscape in the year 2017 and beyond.
- Artificial Intelligence (AI)
What do you think AI (Artificial Intelligence) can do for you? Well, it can solve many purposes but at the moment, you need to understand one thing.
Those who already know how to take advantage of technology to accomplish their tasks are found performing far better than what machines or humans do alone.
This is the reason why marketers who sincerely want to take advantages of artificial intelligence seem to benefit from harnessing the powers of artificial intelligence. Don’t you think so?
Well, the message that we want to convey here is that Artificial Intelligence (AI) seems to have all the potential to almost change the content marketing landscape in better ways.
You can use this technique to understand your content in a far better way by using your keywords (as per your niche). And this way you would also be able to curate your content that truly resonates with the audience.
You may also use AI to format your content for
- SEO purpose
- Automate distribution
- Discover relevant content for development purposes.
So, in a nutshell, all we can say that marketers can definitely gain a lot with the help of AI integration.
- Improved Search Engine Algorithms
As you better know, SE algorithms are continuously evolving and becoming truly automated with the passage of time, and that’s the reason why most marketers specifically want to design their marketing campaigns hovering around manual search algorithm modes.
Well, due to their self automation, they are manually updated from time to time.
However, if we talk about RankBrain– A self-updating machine learning algorithm, it basically scours the power of internet and engages in fine-tuning of search queries.
This kind of algorithm (RankBrain) will obviously make it harder for marketers to “cheat” their ways to achieve quick and favourable organic results.
- New Devices & IoT
In the world of technology, we often come across with several new devices coming every now and then. Such devices mostly work smarter, having the abilities to better communicate to the world through networked connections. This has become possible due to IoT (Internet of Things).
Using this, you may find users no longer restricting to their laptops, PCs, and smart phones while interacting with content.
For example, refrigerators that are going smarter have the capability to communicate using Bluetooth speakers. So, the challenge for the content curators will be to develop a content that is able to respond all such devices within IoT space.
Well, using such a technique, marketers can easily curate location based customized content, various real-time alerts (from time to time) straight to your device, can monitor your data, and so on.
- Live Streaming
Live streaming is more specifically related to live events like sports. In order to have a glimpse for any such live events, you now have the privilege to use supporting Apps on your Smartphone like Periscope and Meerkat. Well, these apps are becoming quite [popular among users.
The technique of Live Streaming basically offers marketers and content developers to offer live and in-demand content.
In the same ways, you can also notice how Facebook is jumping more into the live streaming arena.
The reason why such a practice is on a high is because more users come likely to come forward and appreciate such a content that is very well moulded around live experiences.
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Role of Technology in Content Marketing