BrandMaker, a leading innovator in Marketing Operations and Marketing Resource Management (MRM) software solutions, today shared the findings of its third BrandMaker Pulse – a global qualitative study into the key issues affecting global marketing organizations. This latest ‘Pulse’ was conducted in September to capture 2022 priorities. Key findings of the BrandMaker Pulse include:
Value-rich customer experiences are everything
Successful marketing depends on creating and delivering value-rich and competitively differentiating customer experiences, 80% of marketing leaders saying they need to offer personalized services tailored to meet individual desires, budgets, and mindsets. Delivering on the customer experience relies on efficient and effective marketing operations to implement the marketing strategy:
- 73% of marketers believe a customer-obsessed strategy needs to be based on detailed customer/market insights.
- 63% of respondents said it’s critical to understand customers better than the competition.
Project management skills and critical thinking will be key to marketing performance in 2022
The BrandMaker Pulse found that in 2022, project management and critical thinking will be even more important to drive performance and succeed in marketing.
- 70% of marketers said organization and project management skills will be critical in 2022 to run multiple and complex digital campaigns
- 67% agreed knowledge and appreciation of automation would be important to optimize marketing efforts
- 67% of respondents said a crucial skill in 2022 will be understanding the full customer experience and providing thoughts and ideas around the best customer experience
- 63% of marketers acknowledged that the ability to analyze data and draw meaningful insights would be a much-needed skill moving forward.
Automated marketing ops leaves time for customers, collaboration, and creativity
By automating and optimizing marketing ops, marketers are freeing their time to focus on high-level planning rather than spreadsheets.
- 43% of marketers would save 5-10 hours a week if marketing operations were optimized and automated; 40% would save 10-15 hours a week; 10% would save 15-20 hours a week.
- Respondents said they would use the time saved to focus on better understanding the customer/market environment (70%), collaborate with team members in other geographies (67%) and develop more creative campaigns (53%).
Said Mirko Holzer, CEO of BrandMaker: “Faced with global disruptions such as the Covid-19 pandemic, marketers must be able to respond and adapt at a moment’s notice. This need for greater agility puts marketing operations at the forefront because it is the key to speed, performance, collaboration, and customer focus. Our Pulse shows that marketing ops is the layer between marketing strategy and customer experience—and it holds the biggest untapped potential for business improvement by allowing alignment of strategy and new levels of marketing performance and accountability.”