Inbound marketing in 2016: 16 social media and content marketing tips to start off the new year

inbound marketing tips for 2016 - social media and content marketing

Happy New Year, folks! I’m starting off 2016 with a quick list of 16 must-try inbound marketing tactics. Check them out below.

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What you need to know about B2B content marketing in 2016

What sales and marketers need to know about B2B content marketing in 2016

Effective B2B content marketing in 2016 is not just about creating the best, highest quality content. 

Content Marketing Institute’s annual B2B content marketing benchmark study was recently released—and as usual, it brings some interesting insights for marketing and sales professionals. If you want to elevate your content marketing practice, the report is worth checking out.

Here are three lessons from the 2016 edition of the study that are particularly notable.

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Epic content marketing: Tips and examples on how to cut through the content clutter

Epic content marketing: How to cut through the content clutter

Companies like Chevrolet, Unbounce, Timberland and Lego are already doing epic content marketing. Here’s how you can do the same. 

This time of the year is when many marketing pros share their industry predictions for the new year.

My prediction is fairly simple: epic content will rule content marketing in 2016.

I know what you’re thinking: isn’t this the case already? Actually, not yet. The truth is while many companies already create a huge amount of content, their content is rarely epic. The marketing graveyard is littered with mediocre content. Lots of it.

The stats on content marketing are staggering: as of 2015, 88% of B2B companies and 76% of B2C companies do some form of content marketing, according to the Content Marketing Institute. A study by PQ Media is predicting that content marketing will become a US$313 billion industry by 2019, highlighting the continued growth of this practice.

Creating good content is no longer good enough, and the pressure to stand out will only increase. Just ask Buffer. By many standards, the social-media management company has amazing content, but it has seen a significant drop in social media traffic in the past year. This just goes to show that even content marketing rockstars could find themselves struggling to increase (or even maintain) traffic and attract new audiences.

For you to build an audience with your content in 2016—for you to generate leads and sales—you need to stand out from the crowd. The way to do that is to be epic. Be bold. Be better than your competition.

Here’s how you can do that, along with some examples.

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