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15 Reasons Why Marketers Don’t Use Content Marketing

Had some fun today going through my archived blog posts and this one stuck out.  I decided to unearth and dust it off a bit. I also added a few additional reasons compliments of the community.

  1. It’s hard. It’s more difficult to consistently create valuable and relevant content for your customers than place media. It’s easier to just place an ad.  Listening, creating, co-creating, commenting, and actually having real customer conversations is harder.  Higher payoff (and a content asset), but harder none-the-less.
  2. Your company is set up to sell products or services, not to provide relevant and valuable information to customers and prospects. It takes a real mindset change to start thinking about your customers’ informational needs as part of your marketing strategy.
  3. Thinking like a journalist doesn’t come naturally. Most marketers don’t know how to connect the company’s knowledge/experience/expertise with the hopes, fears, desires and objectives of their target market (from Jonathan Kranz).
  4. You have well-worn marketing paths that are easy to follow. Going off the beaten path into uncharted territory is intimidating.
  5. You have strong relationships with media partners that may go back decades.  It’s not easy to break those relationships by pursuing a
    brand-new content marketing strategy.
  6. The reduced effectiveness of traditional marketing may have occurred so slowly that no alarm bells have gone off within your
    . You also may think things will come back at some point…and there are folks in your marketing department that actually think that social media is just a fad.
  7. You think you’re doing it already. A number of B2B marketers point to their random collection of poorly done white papers, their mediocre newsletter, and their occasional articles or reports or corporate blog posts and call it thought leadership. They think they’re already doing a decent job even though there is little strategy, consistency, quality or results (from Rob Leavitt).
  8. Many companies (possibly yours) aren’t measuring their marketing, so you may not even be sure what is and what is not effective. Hard to make any changes when you don’t know.
  9. You lack both the right people and the right processes to implement a new kind of marketing.
  10. You are reluctant to abandon traditional marketing tactics for what your superiors may believe to be unproven content marketing or
    new media practices
  11. You lack content marketing role models from whom they can learn best practices.
  12. You place very little value in marketing versus other aspects of the organization (operations, product development). Little
    do you know, that every part of the organization is affected by (or actually is) marketing.
  13. Even though I’d hate to think this one is true, I’ve seen it first hand…You have some real idiots closed-minded employees running marketing for your company that don’t have a clue about the needs of your customers or what to do about it. Before you can even look at content marketing, you have to ditch them.
  14. You don’t know where to start.  It’s just not as easy as writing (or have someone write) a few articles and slap them up on your website. A plan is required. A strategy/strategies to have content marketing address real business objectives. Pre-determined metrics to measure the effectiveness of the efforts. A crystal-clear view of your end customer, what makes her tick, and what her higher-order needs are (that can be delivered by your brand). This is why, according to our recent content marketing research, that the majority of companies outsource their content marketing in some way (from Keith Weigold).
  15. We think ROI BEFORE we build the business case. CMI lead strategist Robert Rose makes this case in Managing Content Marketing. Before defining what we want to see in results, we need to first understand the need, define how big the need really is, organize the business model, understand what your differentiating value really is to your customers, and define the risks involved.  For example, what are the risks if we move forward?  What are the risks if we don’t (do we open an opportunity for someone else)?
What’s the biggest reason you see?  Let’s add a few more to the list.