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The Most Important Trends Impacting the Future of Public Relations

April 19, 2017

Digital storytelling will be the most important communication trend affecting public relations in the next 5 years, according to those who probably should know best: public relations professionals. In its Global Communications Report 2017 [pdf], the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism also found that social listening is a key trend likely to impact the future of PR. Read more »

Who’s Making Agency Selection Decisions, Anyway?

April 12, 2017

As one might expect, CMOs are most likely to be in the driver's seat throughout the process of agency selection, according to a 4A's survey [download page] fielded by Advertiser Perception. But in certain instances, the marketing team cedes its influence to the CEO and executive management. Read more »

Top 10 Marketing Charts of the Month – March 2017

April 10, 2017

This month's quick-hit set of top charts includes the following topics: email list growth and deliverability metrics; shopping around vs. loyalty; Millennials' new media milestone; financial status, by generation; improving digital ads; obstacles to marketing analytics; CMOs and brand-building; corporate reputation drivers; and CX leader. Read more »

Programmatic Digital Ad Buyers Key In On “Brand Safe” Environments

March 24, 2017

The vast majority (81%) of programmatic digital ad buyers agree that ensuring a "brand safe" environment for advertising is a high priority, and an equal proportion feel that in today's fragmented digital landscape, using brand safe, trusted environments is more important than ever, per a Trusted Media Brands report [download page] that's timely given the recent furor involving Google brand safety. 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 »

Top 10 Marketing Charts of the Month – February 2017

March 13, 2017

This month's quick-hit set of top charts includes the following topics: budget trends, by channel; Super Bowl ads; B2B lead gen channels; trustworthy B2B info sources; Millennials' brand loyalty; distribution of affluents by generation; "most powerful" brands; how brands are using Snapchat; and the top opportunity for marketers this year. 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 »

Where Are Performance Marketers Finding Challenges And Opportunities?

March 8, 2017

Marketers are allocating greater resources to target mobile users, according to a report from AdRoll [download page], which surveyed more than 1,300 marketers with heavy digital marketing spending. While the report suggests that mobile retargeting budgets are on the upswing, marketers are facing several mobile advertising challenges. Read more »

Why Aren’t CMOs Making Greater Use of Marketing Analytics?

March 6, 2017

There's been no progress in CMOs' use of marketing analytics, according to the latest edition of the biennial CMO Survey from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. If anything, the use of marketing analytics is losing steam: respondents say that fewer than one-third of projects used analytics prior to a decision, down from 37% five years ago. Read more »

US Marketing Confidence Rising; Most Expect Function’s Influence to Grow

March 3, 2017

Overall confidence in marketing has increased to a record level, even though marketers express less confidence in their understanding of ROI and investments in the right customers. That's according to the latest Marketers Confidence Index from the AMA and Kantar Vermeer, which also reveals that young marketers are the most optimistic about their function's outlook. Read more »