Brands today find it difficult to produce creative content on time and at scale. According to Forrester Consulting, 70% of marketers say they devote more time to content creation instead of doing what they prefer. But because of the ever-growing need of consumers, marketers have no choice but to keep going.
A recent marketing survey conducted by Bynder shows:
To curb the gap in creative content, brands need to adopt the technology that automates the production, management, and distribution of creatives at scale. And the answer to this growing creative content gap isn’t just producing content on time and at scale, but also managing content to reuse and repurpose to cater to the demand.
This blog probes the primary hindrances that creative teams encounter when meeting content demands, how to address these to liberate creatives, and help them in bridging the content gap.
As our markets continue to expand, our demands also grow exponentially. Not only are brands expected to meet those said demands, but to also stand out among all the other millions of businesses, with fresh and relevant content that adapts to the ever-changing trends of our world. With high expectations and limited resources, eventually content gaps are bound to arise. A content gap happens whenever there is a disconnect between the content the consumer wants and what the brand provides. This “space” must be filled by the brand to ensure consumer satisfaction, which in turn improves overall brand performance. A content gap may be classified into three categories:
The rise of eCommerce and digital marketing during the pandemic has left consumers with limitless access and exposure to new markets and brands from all over the globe. This has made it even harder for creative teams to predict their behaviour and preferences to produce something that will quench their insatiable thirst for more content. Now, the question for all of us creatives: Will we ever close that content gap, or will it inevitably just grow larger and larger?
The reality of advertising today involves heightened consumer expectations, and a greater volume of quality content, which are too numerous for a single team to handle alone. This puts a great burden on traditional creative tools and processes, and tears open content gaps during production.
Which potential roadblocks should you be aware of?
Content designed for the home market of a specific industry may translate poorly for other markets. Often, it fails to take cultural context into account, and by falling short to addressing market-specific nuances, brands end up alienating regional audiences.
The point is not to steer clear of localised content, but to do it effectively and tailor it truly to their respective markets.
Efficiently tailored and localised content boosts awareness, and aids sales teams in the consideration and conversion of the customer. And how do you do it?
Embed localisation into the core of your content strategy.
Volume and Frequency in Creative Content Production
Producing too much or too little are two sides of the same coin, with both creating a gap in content creation, driving you away from your target audience and any goal you may have.
Too much content overwhelms your audience. You end up taking attention away from what you want your customers to focus on, diluting any strong message you may have initially posted.
You’re better off posting less frequently and publishing thoughtful content for a greater impact, than sacrificing quality in favour of quantity.
On the other hand, posting too little content does not give your intended audience a reason to return – no reason for Google or visitors to pay attention simply because you’re not actively sharing valuable content.
So how do you close the gap between volume and frequency of content?
And when it comes to meeting client demands, everyone is better off using the right tools to aid in the volume and frequency of design and content work.
Slow Processes Limit True Creativity
Content creators occupy their time going back-and-forth for approvals or manual adaptation of key visuals, when they could be using that time to create and conceptualise.
There are several things a team can do to speed up the process while letting creativity flourish:
While delays in content production can be caused by many factors, most of the time, it may just be a content workflow bottleneck.
A process bottleneck is a stage in your workflow that gets more requests than it can process at its maximum capacity, creating an interruption and delay on the next stages.
For content creators, bottlenecks usually occur with sequential workflows, processes that are too complex, with too many moving parts that rely heavily on one to finish before they can proceed to the next. Luckily, there are some easy and surefire ways to address sequential workflow bottlenecks:
Learn to see the early signs of sequential bottlenecks and address them as soon as possible for a better creative process.
In a world where information is literally in the palm of our hands with the advent of smartphones and the internet, it’s quite easy to be consumed by too many mundane and sometimes irrelevant pieces of data.
Being bombarded by information all day makes our brain cluttered, making it harder for us to get more important things done. Studies have shown that each person only has a limited amount of attention every day. Using this energy in time-consuming tasks eventually results in brain fatigue, leaving nothing left for creative thinking.
The energy that we use for our creative process is the same energy that fuels our mundane tasks and information gathering. As creatives, we must know and discern what to do to effectively conserve our energy, so we can have more creative juices left to use to produce better outputs and more “eureka” moments.
The creative process is expensive from every angle. And to stand out amongst the rest of the competition doesn’t make it much easier. Not only is there the macro cost of failing to attract consumers, but there is also the cost of missed opportunities to invest in technology that could make the brand’s processes more differentiated or improve the consumer experience.
Stackla’s report on how much marketers spend on average for content per year reveals:
It turns out that having high costs means increased pressure to calculate ROI accurately, while also averting taking needless risks. A study from Kantar found marketers view the importance of their media mix as higher than that of creative quality, although a study on the drivers of profit found that creative quality is second only to brand size in terms of marketing effectiveness.
According to Bynder’s “State of Branding” report, over half of the respondents said they would be pleased to automate administrative tasks to address their company’s growing content demands.
Brands may swiftly and efficiently narrow and bridge the content gap by adopting the technology and processes behind creative automation. Here are the three key areas in which creative automation will successfully transform brands’ creative processes and ultimately close the content gap:
There is no one-size-fits-all solution to the challenge of overcoming creative gaps. By adopting creative automation to your creative assets, you can save more time to put more focus, experience, and talent on what really matters.
Organisations must be ready and willing to delegate at least some creative power to a broader spectrum of employees. While creative automation is not completely responsible for producing quality creative executions, it does provide the organisation with proven cost savings and benefits.
As the volume of content that brands need to produce and deliver grows, the number of platforms continues to expand, resulting in consumer expectations to rise. It is essential that brands invest to meet future demands. Taking the step now to strengthen creative output will later pay dividends down the road.