Content marketing capability building: a conceptual framework
Journal of Research in Interactive Marketing
Article publication date: 11 March 2020
Issue publication date: 22 April 2020
The purpose of this study is to develop a conceptual framework that identifies engaging CM practices, specifically how compelling content is created. Content marketing (CM) is fast becoming a key pillar in a company's marketing mix. It is also a requisite for companies seeking to modernise their marketing practices through digitalisation to enhance online branding. However, overlapping definitions and interchangeable terms arising from different perspectives and methodological practices confound what exactly constitutes CM. Although CM is generally accepted as sharing brand content via owned media to gain earned media, a strategic approach, based on evidence-driven research, is needed to navigate through the overwhelming confusion so that companies can better plan and implement CM.
This paper addresses the scarcity of work with regard to CM practices in Asia. To address this research gap, the study examines content creation practices of five successful companies, based in Singapore, through case studies, interviews and content analyses, to propose a CM capability development framework.
The findings point to the need for content creation to align with brand values and value creation to create and socialise compelling content for positive impact. Content created for audiences and marketed by brands can generate value when it is consumed and shared. The paper also provided much needed clarity in terms of how CM capability can be gained to minimise costly trial and error.
The study is limited to companies operating in Asia. The framework will require implementation in other regions. Another limitation of the study was that it did not extend to how consumers responded to CM posts. This is an area for further research that can help validate the proposed framework.
The analytical framework adopted in this study can also be used as a functional CM model for marketing managers to construct better CM strategies and informed standards of practice by growing capabilities.
CM is also a requisite for companies seeking to modernise their marketing practices through digitalisation to enhance online branding, particularly for small- and medium-sized companies.
This paper addresses the scarcity of work with regard to CM practices in Asia.
The study is funded by the NYP Capability Development Fund.
Ho, J., Pang, C. and Choy, C. (2020), "Content marketing capability building: a conceptual framework", Journal of Research in Interactive Marketing, Vol. 14 No. 1, pp. 133-151. https://doi.org/10.1108/JRIM-06-2018-0082
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