The Difference Between Content Sharing and Content Creation [Infographic]

Creating and sharing both have value, but it's important to be aware of your goals and understand the purpose behind the tactics.

It’s important to consider your goals when apportioning your marketing budget. Are you trying to engage more customers? Trying to generate more leads? Trying to raise awareness? A new infographic from marketing consulting firm Rebuild Nation examines whether your company should be creating content, or sharing content.

When a business creates content, it is generally centered around what the business has to offer. By offering promotions and deals, they are trying to reach out directly to the customer to generate leads and sales.

Sharing content has a slightly different purpose. In the context of social marketing, sharing news articles about the business or industry, trending stories or reviews, is an attempt to start a conversation with fans, followers and customers. Exposing the customer to the information this way usually isn’t seen as marketing, and could increase trust in your brand.

A mix of both tactics — creating and sharing content — will yield the best results. 71 percent of B2B clients get their information online, and they frequently use Google for research. 94 percent of search engine users click on organic search results, while only six percent click on associated ads. A blog filled with original content is completely necessary to capture these clicks.

For tips on how Google treats your created content, or to see how to optimize what you share on social sites, view the infographic below.