In today’s marketplace, customers report being nearly 60 percent through the purchase decision process before ever talking with a sales rep. That’s a finding of The Digital Evolution of B2B Marketing, a January 2013 research report by Google and CEB.

Online information is more influential in buying decisions than ever before, which is why we’re hearing so much about content. It’s an integral part of the marketing strategy for B2B and many B2C businesses. Effective content marketing can build brand loyalty as well as sales leads and conversions, and at a lower cost than traditional marketing methods.