|According to the global newspaper website MailOnline, 66 per cent of brands and 65 per cent of agencies say that branded content marketing has become very important or most important to their marketing mix. When asked "Have you employed branded content marketing for advertising purposes in the last year," three fourths of both brands and agencies said "yes," indicating that this tactic is enjoying great popularity.
Sean O'Neal, Global Chief Marketing Officer for MailOnline, says "given the on-set of social media, there (is an) evolution of this marketing approach... a new emphasis placed on it by both clients and their agencies... now a top tactic for driving brand lift and sales lift online... "
The most preferred method, by agencies, of measuring the effectiveness of marketing program content the top response for agencies is Brand Lift (30%), and the preferred method for brands is Sales Lift. When rating tactics for their ability to achieve your branding objectives, brands cited branded content as among the most effective, virtually tied with video as a leading tactic.
Mr. O'Neal adds that "... content marketing is intended to take advantage of the one key difference between marketing and content. Consumers are more guarded against marketing messages... "
71 per cent of agencies said they partner with the publishers from whom they are buying the media, leading all others.
83 per cent of the respondents have used their content marketing activities for their website or email , but over two-thirds have partnered with content providers to create and distribute branded content beyond their own websites.
The survey also reveals that brands are increasing their investments in content marketing with 72 per cent saying their spending on branded content increased in the past year and 69 per cent predicting a budget increase on top of that in the coming year. 71 per cent of agencies say their clients spent more in the last 12 months on branded content marketing and 73 per cent say their clients' spending on branded content marketing will increase over the coming 12 months.
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