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State of Marketing Report Shows Growing Use of Various Channels, Troubles With Message Personalization

June 21, 2017

Salesforce Research has released its 4th annual "State of Marketing" report [download page], surveying the landscape of the evolving function. While the study covers several different areas, one particular takeaway underscores the rate of change, at least in channel usage: marketing leaders responding to the survey estimated that on average, one-third of their budgets are spent on channels they didn't know existed 5 years ago. Read more »

LGBT Consumers Feel Underrepresented in Advertising

June 20, 2017

Advertisers may be missing out on the potential benefits of advertising that better represents the LGBT community, according to YouGov research. The market research firm finds that LGBT consumers are more apt than the public as a whole to respond to advertising by searching for products and services, but also wish they were represented more in ads. Read more »

The Most Bothersome Aspect of Brand Marketing Is…

June 13, 2017

Consumers don't necessarily dislike advertising - in fact, in some instances they like it. But what really irks them most about brand marketing is false or misleading advertising, according to a new CMO Council study [download page] produced in partnership with Dow Jones. In fact, this is the single biggest bother with brand marketing, per the consumers surveyed, far ahead of irritating TV commercials and brands not keeping their promises. 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 »

Only About Half of Americans Say They Trust the Internet

May 5, 2017

The internet's development has had a transformative effect on consumers and industries, but it hasn't engendered much trust along the way. In fact, just 53% of adults in the US say they generally trust the internet, according to results from a Centre for International Governance Innovation survey. Globally, the result wasn't much better, with just 56% saying that overall, they trust the internet. 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 »

Retail Site Search Queries Are Getting Shorter; Most Are A Single Word

April 21, 2017

In a unique look at the all-important field of retail site search, a new study from SLI Systems [download page] reveals that the majority of search queries are only 1 word in length - and that the percentage of single-word queries has gradually risen over the past 4+ years. 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 »

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 »

How Marketers Feel AI Can Enhance SEO

April 3, 2017

Virtually all marketers (96%) believe AI can enhance SEO, according to a SearchDex survey of 100 marketers across industries. The biggest benefit cited was the ability to focus on SEO while AI analyzes the data (73%). Other advantages that marketers feel AI could afford them include the capability to search and fix anomalies in their current SEO strategy (61%) and the ability to keep SEO strategy current based on what competitors are doing (58%). Read more »