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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 »

Top 10 Marketing Charts of the Month – April 2017

May 19, 2017

This month's quick-hit set of top charts includes the following topics: traditional TV viewing trends and live vs. OTT viewing; Netflix vs. cable-TV subscriber count; biggest video ad challenges; youths' purchase influencers; teens' top social platforms; businesses' use of social listening tools; marketing ROI headaches; most important PR trends; and fastest-growing e-commerce categories. Read more »

How Are B2B Firms Measuring Account-Based Marketing?

May 16, 2017

Account-based marketing has seen a surge in popularity of late, and B2B marketers are reporting increasing effectiveness of the tactics they're using. But how are they measuring success? A new study [download page] from Demand Gen Report provides some answers. Read more »

Social Now Seen As Top Distribution Platform for Digital Video Campaigns

May 16, 2017

The pendulum seems to be swinging towards social platforms as the most important partners for digital video campaigns, according to a Trusted Media Brands Inc. (TMBI) survey. Some two-thirds (68%) of marketers and advertisers involved in digital and mobile advertising said that social platforms are their most important partners, up from 56% in the prior survey fielded just 10 months earlier. Read more »

Retailers Are Shifting From Google Text Ads to Shopping Ads And Seeing More Mileage From Smartphones

April 28, 2017

For the first time in 2016, retailers spent a greater portion of their Google AdWords budgets on shopping ads (53%) than on text ads (47%), reports Sidecar in a new study [download page]. Google Shopping ads saw a concurrent jump in share of sitewide sales, almost doubling from 9% in 2015 to 16.1% last year among the retailers analyzed, as performance also improved on mobile devices. Read more »

Mobile Marketing ROI Has Come A Long Way in the Past Decade, But Email’s Still Tops

April 25, 2017

Email marketing continues to provide the best ROI of any digital channel, closely followed by SEO, according to Adestra and Econsultancy in their latest Email Marketing Industry Census [download page]. The survey of almost 700 in-house marketers - the majority of whom are UK-based - found close to three-quarters (73%) reporting that email offers a good or excellent return on investment, with SEO (72%) also highly regarded. Read more »

What’s the Biggest Challenge in Proving Marketing ROI?

April 19, 2017

While most marketers feel that it's getting easier to prove marketing's impact, only slightly more than one-quarter of marketers feel very effective in their ability to demonstrate marketing's value internally, new research from TrackMaven has found. The main challenge appears to be attributing social and content to revenue, per the report. Read more »

What Do B2B Marketers Enjoy Most About Their Jobs?

April 11, 2017

The majority of B2B marketers say that they enjoy the more creative and strategic aspects of their jobs, such as developing and launching new campaigns (76.7%), according to [download page] a survey from the Martech Industry Council and Leadspace. Likewise, they take pleasure in creating and building new marketing programs (69.8%) and planning and executing major events (38.2%). Read more »

Marketers More Confident Measuring ROI From Paid Search & Email Than Other Digital Channels

April 5, 2017

Measuring the ROI of marketing and advertising efforts has been a consistent obstacle for some time, brought to light by greater pressures from the C-suite to prove marketing's value. Digital advertising - for all its growth - hasn't been spared this challenge, but some channels seem easier to measure than others. Indeed, respondents to SEMPO's latest State of Search Report seem relatively confident in their ability to measure the ROI from paid search and email. Read more »

Enterprise MarTech Investments Made Chiefly to Better Understand Customers and Prospects

March 10, 2017

Marketers at enterprise companies (at least 500 employees) are investing in marketing technology primarily to better understand customers and prospects (62%), a task seen as both a key priority and challenge for marketers. That's according to the results of a Squiz survey of 608 marketing professionals in the US, Australia and the UK, a majority (57%) of whom also seek to automate processes and reduce time on admin. Read more »