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2 in 3 Marketers Say That Marketing Understands What Sales Needs to Succeed

June 22, 2017

In the US, 7 in 10 marketers are satisfied with their collaboration with other departments, according to the latest State of Marketing survey [download page] from Salesforce Research. In fact, respondents across all of the markets surveyed feel fairly confident about their collaborations with other departments, including sales. Read more »

Marketing Performance Measurement (MPM) Efforts Prioritize Specific Channels & Content Impact

May 30, 2017

Only about 1 in 4 digital marketers at Fortune 500 companies believe that they're doing a very good or excellent job of managing their marketing performance data to produce a holistic view of their activities. That's according to a report [download page] from Origami Logic and Brand Innovators, which keyed in on the activities that respondents are prioritizing in their marketing performance measurement (MPM) efforts. Read more »

Inbound Marketing Prioritizes SEO as Traffic Generation Proves Challenging

May 22, 2017

Proving ROI has long been a top challenge for marketers. But marketers participating in HubSpot's latest annual State of Inbound report [download page] have bigger fish to fry: generating traffic and leads. In fact, growing traffic is not only a bigger challenge than proving ROI, it's also a bigger priority. Read more »

B2B Marketers and Salespeople Point to Problems with Lead Management

May 8, 2017

Only around half (52%) of B2B marketers and salespeople believe that their teams are properly aligned to achieve business goals, according to a recent LeanData survey [download page]. Such misalignment could be leading to routing issues, with the report finding that on average 1 in every 4 leads is routed to the incorrect account owner. Read more »

Few B2B Marketers Feel That Their Company Is Effective At Maximizing Potential Revenue from Major Accounts

April 26, 2017

Only about one-third (35%) of marketers think that their companies are effective at maximizing the potential revenue from their major accounts, according to a report [download page] from Altify. Not too surprisingly, those in sales roles had more confidence in their ability to gain optimal revenue (48%) than their marketing counterparts. Read more »

How Do Marketing and PR Pros Think Their Roles Will Converge?

April 21, 2017

A majority of marketers believe that public relations will become more closely aligned with marketing in the next 5 years, something that many PR professionals agree with. But there are some differences in opinions among other respondents to USC Annenberg's Global Communications Report 2017 [pdf]. Read more »

Budgets, Cultures Holding Back Data-Driven Strategies

March 22, 2017

Inadequate budgets are the biggest obstacles to implementation of truly data-driven customer strategies, cited by 54% of marketers responding to a new CMO Council survey [download page]. Challenges associated with internal cultures are also proving impediments: 43% cited a failure to fully embrace a customer-centric culture, and 32% feel it's due to a lack of senior-level support to spark change. Read more »

Which Content Assets Do Sales Request Most From Marketing?

March 21, 2017

Product flyers and spec sheets (75%) are the content assets most requested by sales teams, according to a study [download page] from Demand Metric in partnership with MarcomCentral. Presentations (56%) are also popular, with research suggesting that these have a significant impact on buyer behavior. Read more »

B2B Marketers Say Email Delivers the Highest ROI Leads

February 20, 2017

Score another one for email. On the heels of recent research showing that email is the top lead- and revenue-producing vehicle for B2B marketers, a newly-released study [download page] from Chief Marketer reveals that email is also the channel producing the highest ROI leads in the B2B space. Read more »

How Companies Plan to Boost Marketing Agility

February 13, 2017

More marketers consider technology (45%) to be critical to agile marketing success than do process and organization (33%), according to a report from Aprimo and Forbes Insights [download page]. But when it comes to their top agile marketing challenges, the pendulum swings to process and organization, as too much organization bureaucracy (47%) is the leading challenge, with the lack of right technologies (17%) trailing distantly. Read more »