Seventy-Eight Percent of Marketing Executives Expect Digital Technologies to Drive a Transformation of Corporate Marketing Over the Next Five Years, Accenture Survey Finds
To drive this digital transformation, marketing executives must play a bigger role In C-suite collaboration and technology and channel integration
NEW YORK; June 17, 2014 – Seventy-eight percent of marketing executives believe corporate marketing will undergo a fundamental transformation over the next five years due to the use of analytics, digital and mobile technologies, according to a new global survey by Accenture (NYSE:ACN). However, a similar number of respondents (79 percent) believe their company will not be a fully operationalized digital business in the same amount of time.
Accenture Interactive’s new report, CMOs: Time for Digital Transformation or Risk Being Left on the Sidelines, notes that marketing executives are chasing the digital vision as more than one third of the executives surveyed expect digital spending to account for more than 75 percent of their marketing budgets within five years, and 41 percent believe their spending on digital marketing will increase by more than five percent next year alone. This is a key finding from the new report based on survey responses of nearly 600 executives in 11 countries conducted between November 2013 and January 2014.
“As marketing executives are increasingly embracing digital they can be catalysts to help their company take advantage of the wider digital opportunity and protect against broader digital threats,” said Brian Whipple, senior managing director, Accenture Interactive. “Marketing executives are well positioned to assume this role because the opportunities, as well as the potential and real threats, are all about the customer, the brand, the interface with the customer and how the customer is empowered. To be part of their enterprise’s digital transformation, marketing executives should extend their vision of marketing beyond traditional boundaries.”
Only 62 percent of survey respondents, however, believe their company currently provides a good customer experience. To turn this situation around, the report says that companies will have to improve their ability to build long-lasting customer relationships, design and deliver branded customer experiences, and make use of multiple channels, including an increased leverage of digital channels.
The report recommends several broad concepts that businesses should consider as they work toward achieving that goal:
- Increase collaboration with the C-suite, including chief digital officers and chief information officers
- Reverse engineer corporate marketing initiatives around desired outcomes rather than focus on sales transactions.
- Empathize with customers by changing the focus of marketing from something you "do to" a customer to something you "do with" a customer. Don’t build marketing programs based on initiatives that target, capture and convert customers, focus instead on efforts that influence, engage, stimulate and help customers.
- Remember that the customer is not a transaction but an ongoing dialogue, a continuous engagement. It is a relationship that covers the whole spectrum of sales, service, retention and loyalty.
Among the additional survey findings:
- There appears to be a generational divide in the importance of mobility. Marketing executives who grew up with digital – those under 35 – give more significant weight to the use of mobile (38 percent) than the older respondents (18 percent). Additionally, seven out of 10 marketing executives under age 50 believe mobile is an important channel for reaching customers and prospects, compared to fewer than five out of 10 who are 51 or older.
- Respondents believe that front-line employees and customer word of mouth are still very important marketing channels, but the increase in effectiveness of email marketing, online display advertising and search engine optimization was significant with jumps of 14, 10 and nine points respectively from the 2012 survey. Interestingly, telemarketing saw a huge drop in both importance and effectiveness, decreasing by 23 percent and 10 percent respectively.
- Marketers in emerging economies are much more confident than executives in mature markets that their company has the ability to make the transformation to a digital business (70 percent vs. 38 percent) and more confident that their company can achieve that goal (71 percent vs. 42 percent).
- Although marketing executives have had success in hiring more talent with digital, analytical and technical skills, the survey shows a 10-point decline in customer and digital analytics capabilities compared to the 2012 survey.
- One in four marketing executives state a lack of critical technology or tools as the chief barrier to digital integration.
The 2014 CMO Insights survey is the fourth in a series of studies sponsored by Accenture and aimed at understanding the opinions, challenges and points of views of senior marketing executives from around the world. The results are based on online surveys across 11 countries and 12 industries with 581 senior executives in marketing surveyed. Most companies (91percent) included in the survey have at least US$1 billion in annual revenues. The remaining nine percent have annual revenues of at least US$500 million. The survey was done online in November 2013 through January 2014.
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with approximately 289,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. The company generated net revenues of US$28.6 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2013. Its home page is www.accenture.com.
About Accenture Interactive
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Geography Analysis Global:
Functional Title Analysis Global:
|Chief Marketing Officer or other senior marketing executive||44%|
|Other Vice President/Director of Marketing||32%|
|Head of Brand||11%|
|Head of Communications||7%|
|Head of Digital||6%|
Business Model Analysis Global:
|Business to Consumer Company||38%|
|Business to Business Consumer Company||32%|
|Business to Business Company||30%|
Industry Analysis Global:
|Industry||Count||Percentage of Value|
|Consumer Goods & Services||80||13.8%|
|Life Sciences-Pharma and BioTech||51||8.8%|
|Insurance-Property & Casualty||49||8.4%|
|Electronics and High Tech||48||8.3%|
|Media & Entertainment||38||6.5%|
|Transportation & Travel||37||6.4%|
|Life Sciences-Medical Products||15||2.6%|
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