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Good morning, Marketers, and here we are again.
Does it seem like just yesterday we were preparing to say goodbye and good riddance to 2020? Well here we are about to do the same to 2021 and I wish we were going out on a healthful high note.
But this is not the season to be miserable, so let me say on behalf of the MarTech team that we hope your individual 2021s were fruitful and rewarding — and let’s hold out some positive hopes for 2022. We may as well: As the saying goes, “What way is there but forwards?”
You’ll see stories on MarTech over the holiday season, but this Daily Brief is taking some time off. You’ll receive it again come January. Cheers!
Kim Davis is the Editorial Director of MarTech. Born in London, but a New Yorker for over two decades, Kim started covering enterprise software ten years ago. His experience encompasses SaaS for the enterprise, digital- ad data-driven urban planning, and applications of SaaS, digital technology, and data in the marketing space. He first wrote about marketing technology as editor of Haymarket’s The Hub, a dedicated marketing tech website, which subsequently became a channel on the established direct marketing brand DMN. Kim joined DMN proper in 2016, as a senior editor, becoming Executive Editor, then Editor-in-Chief a position he held until January 2020. Prior to working in tech journalism, Kim was Associate Editor at a New York Times hyper-local news site, The Local: East Village, and has previously worked as an editor of an academic publication, and as a music journalist. He has written hundreds of New York restaurant reviews for a personal blog, and has been an occasional guest contributor to Eater.
What Does a Content Marketing Career Path Look Like?
Are you looking to pursue a content marketing career path? You’re in a good place. Content marketing is blowing up, set to be worth $600 billion in 2024 (Technavio research).
What’s more, 89% of companies that hire content marketers plan to either continue or increase their current investments throughout 2022.
If you have natural writing ability, a knack for creativity, and are driven by data, content marketing may just be your dream field.
But, what does it take to be successful in content marketing? Are there specific hard skills you need to have? Let’s take a closer look.
Why Choose a Career in Content Marketing?
For starters, it’s a growing field with a lot of opportunities. Additionally, it allows you to be creative and work independently – two things that are increasingly important in the modern workforce.
Content marketing continues to grow as an industry for one main reason; it works. In a recent Semrush survey, 73% of companies who increased their content marketing spending from 10% to 70% of their total marketing budget were very successful.
In addition, 72% of companies have stated they plan to increase their content marketing budget in 2022. As the industry continues to grow, the need for individuals in the field also increases.
While having a career that feeds your creativity can be rewarding, the paycheck is a significant factor.
As a content marketer, you can create a stable and solid income. The average base salary for a content marketer in the United States is $56,036. Not too shabby for an entry-level position.
It only goes up from there. According to PayScale, the median base salary for a management position is $70,332 and $168.183 for an executive-level role.
One thing a career in content marketing won’t be is stagnant. The way people consume content is constantly changing, meaning the way you create it will also shift. You’ll need to stay updated with the latest trends and best business practices.
The learning doesn’t end there. Depending on your role, you may be creating content for various industries. This means you may have to educate yourself on topics you have no experience in.
The more you increase your knowledge, the more room you have for personal and professional growth.
If you consider yourself a lifelong learner, this is an excellent career.
What Does a Content Marketing Career Path Look Like?
The content marketing industry is a sprouting field with many opportunities for those willing to invest time and effort. While a bachelor’s degree may help you start on the right foot, it’s not a surefire ticket into the industry anymore. Instead, think of building skills that clients and employers will immediately hire for.
There are specific skills that are vital to your success in content marketing.
6 Key Skills You Need to Succeed in a Content Marketing Career
This rapidly growing field will require essential hard skills to land jobs. While this may slightly vary depending on your specific role, we found the skill set listed below as being necessary for all positions within content marketing:
Writing skills: This is a must. The majority of content marketing is writing, so it is vital that you can craft compelling copy that draws in your target audience.
Knowledge of SEO: To ensure you create the content your audience wants to consume, you need a basic understanding of search engine optimization.
Data & analytics skills: This is essential in determining the success of the content; whether it’s measuring engagement, subscriptions, or clients, you need to be able to quantify your success.
Social media literacy: You may need to craft and distribute content for a range of platforms, knowing how to leverage multiple channels will set you apart in the industry.
Research skills: Depending on your role, you may be crafting content for several industries. You need to know how to find reliable and factual information no matter the field.
Time management skills: Your content is only strong if it’s still relevant. Adhering to deadlines is crucial so employers can publish on time, in season.
Seem to be missing one or two skills from your portfolio? Don’t get discouraged. We offer a wide range of resources that can set you up for success, such as our Head of Marketing Bootcamp.
While the knowledge mentioned above is going to be key to getting you into the door you can’t forget about some essential soft skills.
To truly enjoy your career and continue to grow in your field, the additional skills below are another essential set to add to your content marketing toolkit:
Content Marketing Roles
A career path in content marketing can look different for everyone. In fact, content marketing is a pretty broad term, and you’ll have your pick from various roles within the industry.
Typical roles within a content marketing team include:
Community Manager: The middleman. The community manager acts as the brand voice through content distribution, community support, and digital engagement.
Social Media Manager: Responsible for creating and distributing content across social media platforms. This can also include content strategy, analyzing analytics, and digital campaigns.
Video Marketing Manager: Helps brands tell their story through engaging videos to connect with potential customers on a deeper level.
Brand Journalist: Produces a variety of written content that communicates the capabilities and values of the company. They grab the attention of potential clients and turn them into customers.
SEO Specialist: A research and analytical guru that uses search engine optimization to create strategies and in-demand content.
Graphic Designer: Responsible for the visual aspect. From websites to logos, the graphic designer creates engaging visuals that are brand and captivate the audience.
Copy Editor: Ensures all written content is in tip-top shape before distribution.
Managing Editor: Also known as a content manager, this individual often oversees designers, writers, and researchers to ensure the success of all visual and written content.
Director of Editorial: The boss of the boss. This editor manages a team of producers, along with creating and implementing strategies and upholding vendor relations.
Chief Content Officer: This is the top dog. The CCO oversees all content creation and distribution, ensuring it is on par with the company’s brand.
Start Your Content Marketing Career
In today’s digital age, content is king. The best way to succeed in content marketing is by producing high-quality content that engages your audience.
If you want to start a career in content marketing, we can help. We offer courses and training that will give you the skills you need to succeed. Check out our Content Marketing Mastery course to start your content marketing career path.
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