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Very Few Americans Trust Advertising Practitioners’ Honesty

December 27, 2016

When it comes to rating the honest and ethical standards of people in various professions, American adults rate medical professionals highly. But advertising practitioners? That's a different story. In fact, just 11% of adults rate advertising professionals highly for their honesty and ethics, according to Gallup's latest research on this topic. Read more »

Are Marketers Facing Tech Overload? Plus, Where’s the Money Going?

December 14, 2016

steelhouseforrester-marketing-tech-vendor-management-dec2016Recent research has offered competing visions of marketing technology needs, as the flexibility offered by best-in-breed solutions is contrasted with the array of choices and vendors that need to be managed. And while it seems that more marketers opt for a best-in-breed architecture as opposed to a single-vendor, newly-released survey results [download page] commissioned by SteelHouse indicate that marketers truly are managing a variety of vendors. Read more »

B2B Marketers See Customer Experience As An Exciting Opportunity. So What Are Their CX Priorities?

November 7, 2016

econsultancyadobe-improving-the-customer-experience-nov2016Optimizing the customer experience is the single most exciting opportunity for B2B marketers this year, and will remain one of the most exciting opportunities in five years' time, according to the B2B Digital Trends 2016-2017 report [download page] from Econsultancy and Adobe. Strategy is the most important element to success, per the survey's respondents, though well-designed user journeys are also considered critical by many. Read more »

Here Are the Initiatives That Content Strategists Say They’ll Be Rallying Around

November 2, 2016

altimeter-content-strategists-future-investments-nov2016Content marketing is set to be more of a cross-departmental effort, according to a new study [download page] by Altimeter, a Prophet Company. Based on a survey of more than 500 content strategists in North America and Europe, the report looks at the level of investment in future activities such as technology investment and paid content promotion. Read more »

3 in 4 Enterprise-Level CMOs Believe That Marketing Has a Critical Role in Innovation

November 1, 2016

accenturestrategy-cmos-role-in-innovation-nov2016Virtually all CMOs believe that disruptive growth is at least somewhat behind their company's overall growth today, and three-quarters feel that they have a great deal of control over the disruptive growth levers in their company, according to a new study from Accenture Strategy. Read more »

Chief Communications Officers See Digital Comms, Reputation Mgt as Growing Functions

October 28, 2016

spencerstuartwebershandwick-areas-increasing-focus-for-ccos-oct2016More than 7 in 10 global chief communications officers (CCOs) expect to increase their focus on digital communications in the coming 12-18 months, and 91% expect to work more closely with digital/social media departments over the next few years, according to a report [pdf] from Spencer Stuart and Weber Shandwick. Read more »

European Marketers See Critical Future Role of Data and Technology

October 24, 2016

adobe-critical-future-tactics-european-marketers-oct2016Almost 3 in 4 marketers in the UK, France and Germany agree that marketers need to be prepared to implement new technology in order to succeed, and an equal percentage (73%) agree that marketers are expected to adapt to tech advancements to keep pace with the industry. Trouble is, only about 1 in 4 consider themselves tech savvy, according to an Adobe report [pdf]. Read more »

Social Ads, Influencer Marketing and Employee Advocacy Programs Get Marketing Leaders’ Attention

October 11, 2016

gartner-social-ad-influencer-advocacy-program-adoption-oct2016More than one-third of North American marketing leaders have a social advertising program in place, but that figure is expected to more than double in the coming year as 42% plan to start advertising on social media for the first time. That's according to results from Gartner's 2016 Digital Marketing Channel survey, which polled 250 marketing leaders across North America. Read more »

Top 10 Marketing Charts of the Month – September 2016

October 7, 2016

mctop10sept-16-entryThis month's quick-hit set of top charts includes the following topics: consumers' content engagement motivations; media and device reach; top smartphone activities; mobile share of digital time; mobile's impact on in-store retail sales; leading email personalization tactics; email-driven conversion days; receptiveness to podcast ads; omnichannel marketing activities; and social advertising CPMs. Read more »

Top 10 Marketing Charts of the Month – August 2016

September 14, 2016

MCTop10Aug-16-EntryThis month's quick-hit set of top charts includes the following topics: the ideal marketing mix; annoying social media behaviors; the core of the influencer trend; tracking the customer journey; digital ad personalization triggers; the importance of analytics skills; leading B2B analytics tools; optimizing though leadership content; top lead gen tactics; and most effective sales content types. Read more »