5 Content Marketing Trends You Need to Know in 2023

March 19, 2023 - 8:03 pm

Amid evolving trends and social media algorithms, one thing has remained a constant–the need for content to market your brand. Every marketing strategy across every marketing channel needs some form of content or the other for proper execution. So even if the strategies and channels change, you will still need content to make them work. 

At the same time, content marketing trends also evolve with time, along with changes in consumer behavior and preferences as well as market changes. If you’re going to make the most of content marketing to promote your brand, it’s crucial to stay on top of those trends so that you’re always catching up to or staying ahead of the competition. For 2023, Smartcom Agency expects to see the following content marketing trends dominating. 

1. There Will Be a Bigger Focus on Quality Over Quantity

At some point, publishing frequency was an important factor that had some impact on social media algorithms and search engine rankings. This compelled brands to push out lots of content consistently to ensure better visibility across social media and search engines. Many of them may have felt forced to keep creating content even if they couldn’t keep up with it due to limited time or resources. As a result, the quality of their content also likely suffered, which really didn’t do them any favors.

According to Smartcom Agency in 2023, there will be a greater focus on targeting the content production process so that it’s of higher quality and, therefore, more effective. Instead of striving to produce a high quantity of subpar or mediocre content at a frequency they can’t keep up with, brands will realign their efforts to improve their content quality.

2. Content Marketing Will Become More Data-Led

As the need to create more targeted, high-quality content increases, brands will have a renewed interest in data. However, this may prove to be a bit more difficult with cross-app tracking getting banned by Google and Apple now requiring brands to ask users for permission to track their IDFA identifier. Fortunately for content marketers, first-party data can reveal high-quality insights to inform your content strategy.

A data-led content marketing strategy will allow you to deliver content based on the unique needs of different audience groups. As a result, you can more effectively address their pain points and drive them closer to a purchase decision.

To keep up with the increased need for first-party data, content marketing teams will also spend more time creating measurement plans that make sense. This may call for a complete shift in how performance is currently measured, especially with GA4 (Google Analytics 4) slated to replace Universal Analytics in July 2023 to offer enhanced measurement capabilities. 

3. AI-Powered Content Marketing Will Grow in Popularity

AI technology is evolving at a rapid pace and is making waves in the content marketing landscape as well. For instance, Google’s RankBrain algorithm uses AI to sort search results and deliver better matches to searchers.

Now there are also AI tools that can automatically write articles or even develop intricate visuals. While AI-generated copy might be able to help marketers create content at scale, there’s much debate about the ethicality and sustainability of this practice. 

In fact, Google’s John Mueller has been reportedly calling AI-created content “spam.” It’s even against the company’s webmaster guidelines, which means that even if they’re not doing it now, Google will soon come up with a strategy to crack down on AI-generated copy. So cautious content marketers are still hesitant about leveraging these tools to aid content creation.

However, this doesn’t negate the rising popularity of AI-powered tools to aid other aspects of content marketing. Tools like Grammarly and Wordtune can help you fine-tune your copy more easily, for example. You can also find tools like MarketMuse, which uses AI to help with content planning, keyword research, competitor analysis, and content briefing. It even analyzes your content and provides you with suggestions to optimize it and improve your overall authority.

4. Podcasts Will See a Steady Rise

With podcasts offering a convenient way for people to consume content while multitasking, their popularity will continue well into 2023. According to the latest podcast statistics, there are more than 2 million podcasts and 420 million people listening to them. 

And as their popularity sees a steady increase, brands are starting to realize the invaluable advertising opportunity they offer. In fact, marketers in the U.S. are expected to spend more than $2 billion on podcast ads this year. Further, the industry is predicted to be worth $4 billion by 2024.

So if your brand isn’t already leveraging podcasts in your content marketing strategy, 2023 could be your year. Whether this involves creating your own podcast content, getting featured in some other podcast, or promoting your products through podcast ads–make the most of their popularity to expand your reach.

If you have an existing podcast strategy, it’s time to ramp it up to get ahead of the competition. Consider experimenting with different styles (interviews, Q&A sessions, etc.) to see what works and make sure to test different durations to fine-tune your strategy. Invite influential guests to get your podcast in front of even more people and expand your reach. The goal is to ensure that your podcast investment yields high returns, so you should constantly revamp and realign your strategy for a bigger impact.

5. Short-Form Video Will Continue to See Exponential Growth

There’s no denying that short-form video has taken over social media in the past couple of years, mostly owing to the advent of platforms like TikTok. In fact, in Q2 of 2022, TikTok had already surpassed 1 billion active users on a monthly basis. And TikTok users were spending 1.5 hours a day on the platform, which speaks volumes about how much people use the app.

Further, with Instagram introducing Reels, the popularity of short-form videos only continued to grow. The platform went so far as to push this content format so that more users would choose to create short videos. Reels got more visibility with the Instagram algorithm prioritizing them over other content types, which even made it easier for users to gain virality for their Reels. 

So we can expect to see the trend continue into 2023. Social media users will consume more short-form video content while also continuing the trend of creating Reels and TikTok videos. Brands can take advantage of this video format when creating owned content while also working with more short-form video creators in their influencer partnerships.

Diversify your 2023 content marketing strategy to ensure that short-form videos are strategically used to drive engagement across various social media channels. You may consider creating more Reels with a sprinkle of regular Instagram posts or even repurposing your TikTok content for other platforms.

Hopefully the information that Smartcom Agency provides above can help you gain more useful marketing knowledge. Don’t forget to visit Smartcom’s website for weekly updates

Source: Influencer marketing hub

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