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Thursday, October 18th, 2012
Featured Research: Take the First Step to Improve Your Marketing PerformanceBy Julie Schwartz, ITSMA, and Laura Patterson, VisionEdge Marketing
If you could make just one change to significantly improve your marketing organization’s ability to measure and manage performance, what would it be? According to the ITSMA/VEM Marketing Performance Management Survey, alignment is critical to marketing.
One quarter of the 405 marketers who participated in the ITSMA/VEM survey reported that the CEO would give the marketing organization an A for implementing initiatives that enable the company to achieve its objectives. What are these “A” marketers doing differently? It all starts with alignment.
Best-in-class marketers are better at aligning marketing’s objectives with the goals of the business and are able to both measure and communicate their contribution, thereby more clearly demonstrating marketing’s impact and value to the leadership team.
The aspect of alignment that marketers seem to find most challenging is measuring marketing’s contribution. 90% of the “A” marketers strongly agree or agree that they are good at measuring their contribution, compared to only 51% of the middle of the pack marketers and 38% of the laggards.
What is it about measuring marketing’s contribution that marketers find so difficult? There are two key components to the challenge:
Marketers who are able to demonstrate their value and contribution to the business reap significant benefits. First and foremost, with the financial benefits of marketing investments clear, marketing is less likely to see budget cuts. Marketing is also more satisfied with its relationships with and reputations among the business leaders. Marketing is more confident with its ability to allocate resources to maximize effectiveness. And finally, marketing is better able to predict the outcomes of campaigns and programs.
For the full version of this article, read Take the First Step to Improve Your Marketing Performance.
For more information, read The Path to Better Marketing Results, attend the Mastering the Six Principles of Marketing Performance Management online briefing or view an easy-to-read infographic.
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