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Top 5 Content Marketing Trends for 2020
Since 2020 is just around the corner, it is worth having a look on what trends will dominate content marketing next year.
First of all we can be certain, that content marketing will more relevant than ever.
However, content creation and delivery will experience a major change in 2020.
- Video is the key to success
- Purposeful content wins
- Own a topic and become an authority
- Customer-first with ultra-targeting
- Align content with user and search intents to be top of the game
If you think you need more insights on how to get started to succeed in content marketing, please feel free to reach out to us.
In case, you are a pro already and want to stay at the top in 2020, feel free take the following insights to win.
1. Video is the key to success
So far, blog posts have been the most trusted type of content for creators.
But do customers really read pages of blog posts? No.
People love video
And people love live-streams, too. 80% would rather watch a video from a brand than read a blog. Video keeps audiences engaged longer than any other type of content.
2. Purposeful content wins
Continuing from 2019 trends, the need for stellar, purposeful content isn’t stopping as we head into 2020.
More and more creators and marketers understand the need for content of the highest quality.
The content marketing area where spending increased the most from 2018-2019 was content creation.
Marketers are understanding you need better content to win in the SERPs and with readers.
3. Own a topic and become an authority
Google’s algorithms have evolved. Not only do they look on the quality of a single page when ranking said page.
Also, Google evaluates the context of a given page within the entire site. In a sense, Google now assesses the holistic value of a web page and website from the perspective of the individual searcher.
To help you understand, here’s an example. Imagine there exist two ultimate guides to explain content marketing. Let’s say, each guide is similar in quality, but one is posted on a digital marketing website and the other one is posted on a website sailing equipment.
Though both may rank for the term “content marketing guide” the former will definitely outrank the latter. Reason being, in addition to the value provided by the actual page in question, the other content on the website promises to provide much more value to the user than the latter.
4. Customer-first with ultra-targeting
It will be crucial for success in 2020, to prioritise the informational needs of customers above sales messages. Building trust is extremely relevant to foster the brand-client relationship and to make the customer feel valued.
It puts the audience first – in some cases, the niche-niche audience, nails their user search intent. And serves a purpose and fulfills an information need. That’s the kind of content Google is prioritizing now, and it is what we need to focus on for the future.
How to win the game:
– Offer guidance, help, information or entertainment without a catch – Find out what you customers need from your content – Engage with the community and discover who they are – Once you have achieved that more intimate relationship, you can speak to your customers on a much deeper level -> That is ultra-targeted content
5. Align content with user and search intents to be top of the game
The last topic brings us to the next trend as user and search intent drives content creation.
Broad queries used when the user is looking for information (e.g., “Why do dogs bark?” will return thousands of results, any of which will likely provide the answer the user is looking for)
Specific queries used when the user wants to visit a specific site (e.g., instead of typing “Instagram.com,” the user just searches Google for “Instagram”)
Action-focused searches used when the user wants to do something (e.g., “Buy pink dress” etc.)
While this has been common knowledge for quite a while, recent updates to Google’s algorithms have brought search intent front-and-center with regard to content creation.
Basically, because Google can now detect the type of search a user is conducting (along with more specific aspects of intent), the search engine is now equipped to point searchers to type of content they’re looking for at the given moment.