Demand for businesses to provide their readers with the best content available is on the rise and 76 percent of marketers increased their content marketing budget in 2015. Because of this, the content marketing tools universe has expanded.
I have attempted to put together a map of content marketing tools available to online marketers. My hope is that this will help guide you through the many content marketing technologies and tools alike to the right one that fits your needs.
This Ultimate Content Marketing Tools List has been updated as of July 30, 2015 to include over fifty new tools and several new categories including advocate marketing, event marketing and Content Marketing Platforms.
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Why am I doing this
There has been a major growth of content marketing tools available to content marketers. While many of these tools have existed for years prior to the advent of content marketing and would normally be deemed as simply internet marketing tools, many of them are rechristening themselves as content marketing tools.
Yet many of these tools are quite different from each other and serve vastly different purposes within content marketing. Some technologies may help create content, some may help distribute your content, yet others may help you simply measure the effectiveness of your content marketing. Based on attending dozens of content marketing conferences over the years, I have seen most marketers, and even analysts, not know where to start or how to make sense of the universe of content marketing tools.
Hasn’t this been done before?
A few dedicated folks have attempted to put together comprehensive collections of content marketing tools. But I have found each of these attempts to have fallen short in one regard or another. Some have been limiting in the amount of tools they covered, while others have been comprehensive but have not grouped the tools together in an intuitive manner.
Regardless here’s a list of honorable mentions of people and organizations who have done this in the past:
- Everything PR. In January of 2013, Everything PR put together a list of 100 Content Marketing tools. While it’s one of the most comprehensive lists, I have seen, it doesn’t strictly list “tools” in the sense of technologies. Many of the entries are resource sites and blogs such as the Content Rules Blog or events such as Content Marketing World 2013. While such resources can be helpful for marketers, they are not strictly tools. The list also makes no attempt to organize and group together tools.
- Eloqua. In December of 2012, Eloqua published an infographic called the Social Business Shift. While it’s a nice graphic, it doesn’t strictly focus on content marketing and instead focuses on tools with a social component such as Kiva and Kickstarter for crowd funding or Taleo for talent sourcing.
- Altimeter. In April of 2013, Rebecca Lieb of Altimeter started a list of 15 content marketing vendors. We were flattered to have Curata included in the initial list. More recently, Altimeter has published a content marketing vendor landscape that includes over 100 tools. However, this list does not include some of the broader categories we have included here.
- Content Amp. Also in April of 2013, Content Amp, a UK based content marketing agency created an impressive and visually appealing infographic with a wide variety of content marketing tools with an attempt at groupings as well. While this is perhaps the best map of the content marketing vendor set I have seen, it is still lacking in the number of vendors covered and the categories. For example, it missed content curation tools entirely and has a confusing category called Curated Content & Forums that including technologies such as the commenting system Disqus, which have no relevance to curated content. The infographic is not strictly restricted to “tools” and has a category for content marketing agencies (which also includes Content Amp).
I have been piecing together this graphic for several months now, but it’s hard to keep up with the rapidly evolving space of content marketing tools. Here are a few disclaimers and areas where things could be better.
- It’s not comprehensive. For every tool you see in the map, there is a long tail many other tools that are similar or performs parts of functions of the tool included in the graphic. I have tried to include the tools that I feel stand out the most of their categories. For a further breakdown of some of these categories, see the following lists:
- It’s not as clear cut as it seems. There are many tools that fall into multiple categories, but I have placed them in the category that represents them the best. For example, Marketing AI measures analytics for your content, then helps you better optimize your content. In this case, should Marketing AI fall into Analytics or Optimization tools group? In this case, I placed them in the Analytics group. However, Parse.ly is a relatively similar tools, which I decided to place into the Optimization category.
It’s not complete. I am sure there are entire categories missing here. I hope you will recommend and suggest additions to this map.
Webtrends – This digital marketing company offers tools for measuring and optimizing digital campaigns. Webtrends offers analytic intelligence including customer intelligence and behavioral segmentation, targeting and scoring, and more.
Mixpanel – Instead of measuring pageviews, this analytics tool measures actions such as searches or shares to gain greater insights into user behavior.
Woopra – Using real-time stats that can be broken down to an individual-level view, Woopra helps brands tracks visitors across multiple devices and build comprehensive timelines for every user.
Kissmetrics – This ecommerce customer intelligence tool person-centric data in real time and ties anonymous activity to known activity once a visitor becomes a customer.
Google Analytics – Google’s web analytics tool allows companies to customize reports, measure the impact of social media and mobile on website traffic, and measure conversion rates.
Docalytics – Cloud-based platform that allows departments across a company to view documents, review analytics and track leads.
Simplereach – By collecting real-time data, this tool helps track the impact of digital content and allows users to gain insight into what direction they should take their created content strategy.
Parse.ly – This predictive analytics tool empowers publishers to track the performance of authors or topics, capitalize on web trends, promote in-demand content, and tap into the potential of recommended topics.
Trial Fire – This visual editor for analytics helps marketers circumvent coding their website in order to put tracking on different pages.
Social Media Analytics
Curalate – This tool uses data to allow users to discover which images in Pinterest and Instagram are most engaging for their audiences.
Social Bakers – View metrics and statistics for Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, YouTube and LinkedIn.
Visible – This social intelligence solution lets users monitor, analyze and engage with topics across social media platforms.
CrowdBooster – Track your company’s social media engagement with information about interactions, follower growth and more.
Nuvi- Nuvi provides real-time data visualizations that portray social chatter in a way that is easy to understand and show to others.
Trendspottr – This tool uses real-time data to identify trending information across social media platforms before these topics become popular.
TrackMaven – This tool gathers together information on your competitors from across all social media channels into one platform.
Simply Measured – This tool helps users analyze social media posts across nine different platforms by creating comprehensive reports, such as a competitor comparison analysis.
Crimson Hexagon – Use Crimson Hexagon to measure the impact of past social media campaigns and improve future campaigns by backing up changes with data.
Rival IQ – This analysis tool helps optimize content promotion by reporting on past and competitor performance.
Zuum – Get insights into competitor content on social media with this tool that identifies viral content and popular influencers.
SumAll – This tool measures your social channels, websites and eCommerce to provide you with a complete look at the success of all online initiatives.
IBM Social Analytics – Analyze and predict customer behavior with this tool from IBM, which also allows you to create custom social media campaigns.
Quantcast – Users will receive audience insight through geographic and demographic data, in addition to information about interests and related website activity.
Alexa – This web traffic tool provides traffic data and global rankings for commercial websites.
Compete – Gain insight into the competition by examining what websites and keywords others are using to drive traffic online, compiling lists of the top websites based on a variety of metrics, and tracking online market share by industry.
Full Circle CRM– A marketing performance management tool that gives Salesforce users insight into their overall marketing impact.
Squeeze CMM – Measure the ROI of content with this tool that generates reports and tracks audience activity and interests.
Insight Squared – An all in one analytics software for sales, finance, marketing and support data.
Bright Funnel – B2B Platform that allows CMOs to attribute, forecast, and benchmark their demand generation efforts
Raven Tools– Report on all marketing campaigns using metrics that pertain to SEO, PPC and social media.
SEM Rush – This tool gives users the ability to track keywords across both paid and organic search campaigns.
moz – This platform enables users to monitor social media, manage SEO campaigns, and more.
BrightEdge – Measure and improve the SEO of your site with this content performance tool.
MarketMuse – Allow MarketMuse to crawl your site and identify gaps in content, find prominent keywords and determine how your site stacks up against competitors.
gShift – Gauge your company’s web presence with this analysis tool, then use these insights to improve the discoverability of your brand on search and social.
SerpStat – This software conducts in-depth competitive analysis based on SEO performance through domain lookup.
Pardot – This lead management tool lets marketers and salespeople move prospects through the sales funnel by creating automated targeted messaging that based on prospects’ activity.
Genius – Sales and marketing people can collaborate using this online-sales lead tracking software system to send personalized campaigns, see who’s visiting the website or opening emails, and assess prospect interest for follow up.
Marketo – This marketing automation tool integrates email, social media, offline events, content, and more, helping sales and marketing teams prioritize prospects based on demographic and behavioral criteria, measure performance of marketing campaigns, and more.
Eloqua – The flexible campaign editor offers a whiteboard-like canvas where users can drag and drop elements such as email, segments, actions, and more to create smart marketing campaigns.
Act-on – This cloud-based platform helps marketers organize campaigns, integrate marketing into sales and support systems, and measure results.
Silverpop – Using this digital marketing platform that unifies marketing automation, email, social media, and mobile, marketers can carry conversations across multiple devices and measure return on relationships.
HubSpot – Marketers use this integrated inbound marketing system to create personalizable landing pages, emails, web pages, and more, plus tap into HupSpot’s vast knowledge base around content marketing best practices.
Bislr – With this marketing automation tool, users can draw collaborative automated campaigns on a whiteboard, listen to prospect behavior and create database prospects through social media hashtags and keywords.
AutoPilot – Multi-channel marketing automation software for email, SMS and direct mail.
Route – This tool serves as a marketing and sales automation system to convert leads into customers.
Right On Interactive – This lifecycle marketing automation software uses a Customer Lifecycle Map™ to help their users visualize where their prospects and customers are in their lifecycle/journey with the organization.
Monetate – Turn real-time into relevant digital experiences by taking a snapshot of every visitor, creating multivariate tests and rules-based product recommendations, and more.
Demandbase – Create targeted, relevant conversations with buyers at every stage, personalize the web experience, segment and analyze companies and more using this B2B marketing tool.
40 Nuggets – Harness marketing automation strategies, audience-analytics, and predictive intelligence to personally engage with and tailor content to each customer.
Resonance – This tool retargets content for your audience, and keeps your messaging in front of them, by tracking what your site visitors are viewing and making them aware of more relevant content.
Idio – Improve content marketing strategy by examining specific customer interests and increasing the engagement of content.
Email Marketing Tools
Constant Contact – Design professional-looking emails, grow and manage your email list, and track results. In addition to email, Constant Contact offers tools for social campaigns, online surveys, and more.
iContact – Create HTML emails and signup forms, send campaigns to customers inboxes, track email campaigns, and more. iContact also offers social social media marketing tools.
Campaign Monitor – Customize your email template, send campaigns, conduct A/B testing, integrate with your blog, and more.
Vertical Response – This free tools enables companies to send emails and newsletters that are responsive on all platforms.
RapidMail – RapidMail is an email newsletter software that also delivers statistics and insights needed to grow a subscriber base.
Sales Panda – This tool help to create better marketing collateral, improve SEO and share relevant content on social media to build your sales pipeline.
GetResponse – GetResponse is an email marketing software that assists in the design and distribution of content for better consumer engagement.
Emma – This email marketing software offers several different editions, customized for businesses, agencies, non-profits and universities.
MailChimp – Use this email marketing software to create a subscriber base, automate and personalize emails.
Seismic – This tool helps users make sure all of their content is up to date and relevant to create polished presentations and forecasts.
Savo – Savo benchmarks users’ sales enablement process against the industry they’re in and has a set of integrated sales enablement tools to accompany an organization’s existing process.
Docurated – This tool helps to create presentations with repurposed content and surfaces users’ most relevant content to be included.
Postwire – This solution helps marketers post, edit and share various types of content on their page and manage relevant content for their sales teams in one spot.
Qvidian – These sales enablement solutions help businesses reduce the sales team onboarding time and allow these teams to collaborate more efficiently.
Jive Software – This software allows teams across a company to collaborate in one workspace to get collateral out the door quickly, stay organized and better enable sales.
SalesFusion – Use SalesFusion to align marketing and sales with lead scoring, marketing automation and much more. This tool that was created specifically for mid-sized B2B companies.
Social Media Management & Listening
Sprinklr – Large global companies use this social media management system to engage with customers, connect with CRM systems, build custom widgets, publish and manage content, and more.
Tweetdeck – Track brand mentions and hashtags, manage multiple Twitter accounts, schedule Tweets, and more all in a single Twitter platform.
Hootsuite – Manage multiple social media accounts, analyze social media traffic, track brand mentions, collaborate with other team members, and schedule messages and tweets through this social media management tool.
Buffer – Add articles, photos, and video, and this social media tool will automatically post the content on your social media accounts throughout the day.
Topsy Pro – This tool allows users to track tweets over the last several years, discovering popular topics, trends and experts.
Sprout Social– This management tool lets multiple users schedule, publish and analyze social media posts across several platforms.
Social Bro – Follow trends on Twitter and capitalize upon them with this fully functioning twitter listening and publishing tool.
Salesforce Marketing Cloud – Find and analyze what’s being said about your brand, along with your competitors, with this monitoring tool to find out what customers want, what content is working and how to keep up with the conversation.
Social Mention – Social search engine that searches for and analyzes real-time aggregated content across 100+ social media platforms.
Bottlenose – Users are able to track what’s trending in their industry and get warnings about breaking news stories using advanced topic discovery and NLP (Natural Language Processing).
Spredfast – This tool creates company-wide social media collaboration & monitoring and configures social analysis reports.
Meltwater Buzz – This social media marketing SaaS combines monitoring & analytics with engagement to give users a complete lifecycle approach to social media community management.
Marketwired Resonate – With this platform, users are connected to their industry marketplace in real time through social media and traditional distribution.
CisionPoint – PR software that helps users reach their audiences and manage campaigns across traditional, digital and social media.
Mr. Social – Schedule and manage social media updates across several platforms with this tool that also suggests posts for your target audience.
Mentia – This tool helps you find relevant content and schedule social media updates to earn a better ROI.
MavSocial – Free social media platform for managing distribution.
Post Planner – This tool makes it easy for marketers to find & post content to social media consistently, while getting predictable and measurable results.
ReachPod – This platform helps to monitor and manage web presence and social media accounts
Twitter – With over half a billion registered users, Twitter lets users post messages of up to 140 characters, share photos and videos, create custom lists, send direct messages, and more.
Facebook – This social media platform has over a billion users and lets users connect with friends, share links, photos, videos, and events, join groups, and more.
Pinterest – Pinterest users share and tag images and videos on customizable boards, follow brands and individuals, “repin” images, and more. Pinterest has nearly 50 million users.
LinkedIn – A business-focused online network that includes features such as sharing links, adding connections, joining groups, writing recommendations, searching for connections by company, industry, skills, and more.
Google+ – Google’s social network that allows users to set up hangouts using video chat, create “circles” of people for organizing contacts and targeting messaging, and more.
Offerpop – Offerpop is a social media platform for businesses to recruit, engage and convert customers.
For a deeper dive into content promotion tools, consult our ultimate list.
Blogging & CMS
Percussion – This streamlined CMS offers editable templates, shared assets, versioning, automatic link management, drag and drop editing, and more, enabling content producers to simplify their content editing and publishing process.
Tumblr – Known for its community of content creators and curators and its capabilities for sharing multimedia content, this microblogging platform hosts over 100 million blogs.
WordPress – This popular CMS and blogging software lets users create custom themes, add plugins, publish content, moderate comments, and more.
Livejournal – With over 63 million journals and communities, Livejournal offers a free, open-source platform for blogging and sharing content.
Drupal – This open-source CMS powers millions of websites and applications. Add-on modules and designs let companies or individuals tailor a site to their needs.
ScribbleLive – This tool combines content planning and publishing tools to allow marketers to create robust content hubs and websites.
Contentful – Content Management platform helping editors and developers oversee and serve content into mobile and web applications.
Content MX – Platform to help define and implement a content strategy across blogs, social media and email newsletters
Brightcove – This provider of cloud content services offers an online video platform for adding custom video players to websites, social media profiles, and mobile destinations.
PR Newswire – Distribute news releases to a global media database of more than 700,000 journalists and blogger contacts, monitor traditional and social media, and engage in real time with journalists, bloggers, and other influencers.
SlideShare – Upload and share slide presentations, gain insight into who’s viewing your presentations, collect business leads, and more.
Cadence9 – This unified solution for managing content marketing lets marketers plan content using an editorial calendar, assign tasks to team members, manage content creation and publishing workflow, and more.
Papershare – Cloud-based promotional tool for content marketers that distributes to multiple channels and alerts marketing and sales teams when content is published. Leads are also integrated into salesforce and marketing automation softwares.
PixxFly – Automate the distribution and syndication of all your content with this outbound marketing automation solution.
Influencer Marketing Tools
Traackr – Manage influencer relationships with this tool, which lets users discover influencers, nurture relationships and then demonstrate the impact of these relationships.
Little Bird – With this social monitoring tool, users can create lists of peer-validation ranked influencers across social platforms on various topics to stay on top of the conversation in their industry.
Onalytica – Onalytica provides influencer marketing software and supporting services to help users identify industry influencers and improve relationships with these influencers.
BuzzSumo – This content performance analysis tool can be used to identify the influencers who are creating popular, newsworthy content.
Klout – Klout scores social media users’ influence on a 100-point scale and takes into account platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WordPress and LinkedIn.
Appinions – This software analyzes and reports on industry topics, influencers, and social channels so users can best decide what topic to write about, which influencers to target, and where to distribute content.
Exposely – Exposely pairs brands with influencers who are willing to sell advertising space on their social channels and other owned platforms.
Tap Influence – This marketplace makes it easy for brands to identify and communicate with social media influencers and collaborate on content creation.
Kred – Users can identify social media influencers with Kred, which measures influence based on Twitter and Facebook output.
Advocate Marketing Tools
GaggleAMP – Amplify social media efforts with this tool that allows you to create “gaggles” of people who can share company social media updates to their followers.
SocialChorus – Create brand ambassadors out of employees, customers and partners with this tool that allows for the amplification of social media posts.
Amplifinity – This tool creates advocacy programs across several mediums such as email, direct mail and social media.
EveryoneSocial – Allow employees and customers to build their own social profiles while simultaneously sharing your company’s created and curated content.
SoAmpli – Encourage employees to become brand advocates with this tool that helps you feed content to employees and reward them accordingly.
Influitive – Create an army of advocates with this tool that fosters a community of customers to share your content across various platforms.
SociaLook – Increase content traffic and conversion rates by sending messages through employees’ social media presence.
Paid Promotion Tools
ContentGain – This widget places links to third-party content on other websites to boost distribution. The original content publisher shares ad revenue with the website sharing the content.
Disqus – This discussion platform helps bloggers and website publisher engage readers through the comment section.
OneSpot – This tool automatically turns owned or earned content into optimized ads, distributes the content across OneSpot’s ad inventory, retargets users, and monitors results.
Gravity – Using algorithms based on users’ reading and sharing history, Gravity enables websites to deliver personalized recommendations.
Limk – Content distribution and discovery platform that helps websites grow traffic while reaching highly engaged audiences.
Outbrain.com – This content discovery tool recommends your content to readers of other premium publishers, offering a personalized reader experience and exposing your content to engaged readers.
Vocus – This tools scans for prospects looking for companies like yours, suggests relevant social conversations and distributes your press for traffic and search.
Taboola – This promotional tool takes your content and places it on publishing websites, targeting it towards your selected audience.
nRelate – This platform helps content developers and publishers find an easier path to their target audience and grow their reader-base from their sites or elsewhere on the web.
Content Blvd – Connect with brands and publishers to create relevant and rewarding product placements.
Vibrant Media – This native advertising tool places content directly within other editorial content and all triggers are user-initiated.
issuu– Publish content such as magazines, catalogs, eBooks and more on this free platform.
Shareaholic – Implement sharing buttons and advertise content with this all-in-one content amplification platform.
Cooperatize – Promote sponsored content with this tool that connects brands with the most popular bloggers and publishers across the internet.
For a deeper dive into content promotion tools, consult our ultimate list.
Zemanta – This plug-in creates connections between bloggers, content creators, and publishers that publish content on similar topics.
ReadyTalk – This online conferencing tool offers a single interface for web, audio, and video conferencing, as well as the ability to record and share webinars and integrate with mobile conferencing.
Webex – Using Cisco’s webinar products, users can host or attend meetings using HD video, share files, and more.
BrightTalk – Run interactive live webinars with features including real-time polls, downloads, question and answer, and more.
GoToMeeting – This online meeting platform allows users to host unlimited meetings with up to 25 attendees and is supported for Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, and Android.
iMeet – A cloud-based video conferencing platform that allows up to 15 users to talk via webcams.
Event Marketing Tools
CVENT – Offers software solutions to event planners for online event registration, venue selection, event management, mobile apps for events, email marketing and web surveys.
Double Dutch – Mobile event applications, with a unique focus on capturing and surfacing data from live events.
Certain – This tool was designed specifically for marketers and other professionals to easily organize, manage and produce live events.
EventPro – This tool can be used for all of your event scheduling needs, from booking rooms to catering and beverages.
eTouhes – This tool will help your whole team collaborate and manage the event planning process from end to end.
Eventbrite – Use this tool to set up events, control ticket prices and communicate with attendees.
Digital Asset Management
Widen – Create, manage, distribute and preserve content with this digital asset management system.
WebDAM – This tool gives enterprise customers the ability to store, organize, find, retrieve and share digital files.
Canto – Canto simplifies the management of all digital assets within a company, creating smarter workflow processes and organization opportunities.
Razuna– This tool stores, shares, secures and indexes digital files and then makes them available in a search tool.
Adobe Experience Manager – Companies can create, manage, and optimize digital customer experiences across a number of channels including web, mobile apps and sites, as well as social communities.
IntelligenceBank – IntelligenceBank offers four different asset management apps based on your business size and specific needs, providing features such as file storage and risk and compliance.
Media Valet – Access and manage your assets from virtually anywhere with this cloud computing software.
Content Audit Tools
Content Insight – Develop a content inventory with this auditing tool that provides you with a summary all existing content.
Sources for Content Creation
Scripted – Subcontract writing projects to an online writing team through this online platform, which also offers copyediting and the ability to request pitches from writers.
Textbroker – Assign writing projects including SEO and website localization through this online platform.
Skyword – This content production system allows companies to optimize manage and pay writers, use an SEO scorecard to optimize content, and more.
Brafton – Using its in-house search engine optimization and social media marketing expertise, this online news and content agency creates news content, videos, infographics, and other items for businesses.
Zerys – This project management tool and content marketplace allows businesses to locate professional freelance writers, assign and review content, export or auto-publish content, and more.
Pulse Point – Technology platform that combines programmatic targeting, distribution and optimization with content marketing.
DOZ – This tool sources, qualifies and selects the best local marketing professionals to execute marketing tasks
Contently – Find and collaborate with high-quality freelance writers, manage payments and assignments, and more using this online platform for content marketing.
Copify – Platform that helps users looking to outsource content creation. Marketers can find qualified copywriters by providing details such as topic and format.
For a deeper dive into content writing services, consult our ultimate list.