But, as a small business marketer, you might panic when thinking about a content marketing strategy. After all, these tactics take time and resources to build out. Content marketing also requires you to create a number of assets, such as video, images, or other high-quality content without knowing if it will yield an ROI.
If you already have a blog, you can also easily use it to scale up your content marketing efforts. This is because you can use the platform to publish and experiment with new blog formats -- such as video or infographics.
But, with any content marketing strategy comes challenges that you'll need to keep in mind.
Although it's easier to craft blog posts than it is to roll out a huge multichannel marketing campaign, you'll still need to understand the barriers that come with your blog audience. This could include low attention-spans, a need for easily-skimmable content, and their growing interest in content that has additional assets like graphics and videos.
To show you the benefits of blogging, and better prepare you for its challenges, here are 31 stats you should keep in mind when planning your 2020 strategy.
General Blogging Facts
There are over 600 million active blogs globally in 2020. (Growth Badger)
52% of bloggers say it's getting harder to engage with readers through their content. (Orbit Media)
Although content creators say that producing original visuals provides results, 35% say they struggle with creating this content consistently. (Venngage) The chart below highlights content creators' biggest struggles when it comes to implementing visual content in articles:
43% of people admit to skimming blog posts. (HubSpot)
Buffer, a marketing blog site, recently revealed that 55% of its visitors only read articles for 15 seconds or less. (Buffer)
Building a Successful Blog
Now that you've seen the benefits of running a business blog, you might be eager to get one started on your site or improve upon your current blog.
Regardless of where you are in blog development, be sure to brainstorm ideas for interesting posts that keep your buyer persona in mind, optimize your web content for SEO, and follow other best-practices that have led businesses to gain ROI from their online content.