Key insights: ClickZ benchmark survey, state of industry M&As, and more

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30-second summary: Board members, C-level, and Director+ level executives from retail and ecommerce, technology, media and publishing, and other businesses participated in our ClickZ and Search Engine Watch: Benchmark survey 2020 29.3% marketing leaders thought their current marketing technology stack is average in terms of achieving their marketing goals 46.3% said their marketing budgets are staying the same, while 28.4% said their marketing budgets are increasing Marketing leaders are planning to increase their marketing technology spends The top six technology marketers want to evaluate and invest in were – Search and social advertising, ecommerce marketing tools, experience building and management Lots more to discover in a quick snapshot We picked the brains of Director+ level executives to bring you juicy data insights on martech spending budgets, the technology they are keen on buying with a further detailed drill-down of each segment. More observations from the industry’s biggest acquisitions in the first quarter. ClickZ and Search Engine Watch: Benchmark survey 2020 We recently started tracking six core marketing trends to understand what’s brewing in the marketing technology industry and what exactly are marketing leaders thinking. Board members, C-level execs, and Director+ level participants from professional services, retail and ecommerce, technology, media and publishing, and education businesses across UK, USA, and India participated in our benchmark survey. Here are results of the ClickZ and Search Engine Watch: Benchmark survey 2020. Some key takeaways: 46.3% respondents are keeping the same marketing budget Majority are looking to invest in search and social advertising technology 29.3% marketers thought their current marketing technology stack is average in terms of achieving their marketing goals Marketers are more focused on maintaining their marketing budgets 46.3% said their marketing budgets are staying the same 28.4% said their marketing budgets are increasing 25.3 said their marketing budgets are decreasing 32% are increasing their spend on marketing technology 45.2% said they are sticking with their current spends on marketing technology, while 32.9% are increasing their marketing technology spends. There was also a smaller segment of 21.9% said they plan on decreasing their marketing technology budget. How much marketing budget have marketers dedicated to marketing technology? 40% of the marketing budget is dedicated to marketing technology. What technology are marketers keen on evaluating or purchasing right now? Content and experience, data, advertising and promotion stood out as the most looked at technology investments. The next segment gives you a detailed view of …

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Key insights: Our pulse survey uncovers key marketing technology trends

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30-second summary: 35% of marketers said their marketing budgets were decreasing, the slump, however, shows signs of recovery in the past week On the contrary, 36% increasing spend on marketing technology while 40% of marketers chose to maintain the same budgets for martech spending ‘Content and experience’ and ‘data’ are the top two technologies marketing leaders are keen on purchasing The least preferred technologies were ‘Social and relationships’ and ‘Management’ We’ve been tracking six core marketing trends since May 1st to identify industry dynamics and project marketing leaders’ thoughts about their budgets, marketing technology spend preferences and more. There have been some remarkable shifts since the first report was released. Read on to derive some exciting insights. Marketing budgets overall see a recovering uptick As the global recession continues to surge, the figures mentioned below reinstate the downward movement trend for marketing budgets. However, if you observe the graph shared …

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Key Insights: Marketing technology industry August snapshot and CMOs’ plans

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30-second summary: As of August, nearly 42% of marketers reported decreasing marketing budgets. Interestingly, 33% of marketing budgets are allocated to marketing technology. 44% of CMOs experienced mid-year budget cuts with 11% expecting significant budget cuts. Top marketing technologies on marketers’ minds that will win wallet share. CMOs’ plans, strategic preferences, and intentions to give 2021 revenues that extra push. Will they explore beyond their existing markets? Find out what’s in store. All things new, exciting, and technology that happened at ClickZ this month Businesses are now acclimatizing as focuses shifted from surviving COVID-19 to co-existing with the pandemic. We’ve been tracking six-core marketing parameters and this week’s insights give you a quick snapshot of where the industry is headed and how CMOs plans are looking for 2021 growth. The marketing budget situation The market has been highly volatile due to the COVID-19 pandemic and following the global recession. Marketing …

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Key Insights: Top 12 Marketing technologies, budgets sky rocket, and why B2B vendors lost business

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30-second summary: Marketing technology budgets have risen from 32% to 42%, a straight 10% jump. The top 12 marketing technologies that are winning 2020. Top challenges businesses face with existing B2B vendors. Our Pulse Survey helps you look into the cracks with reasons why technology vendors could be losing business. How competitive pricing is a major reason for buyers to switch vendors. Curious to unravel all these answers? Dive in! As the holiday shopping season inches closer, this week we revisit our Pulse Survey to uncover key insights around the marketing technology industry, budgets, top tier technology, why B2B vendors possibly lost business, and more. Pulse Survey 2020: Latest findings We’re back with some interesting findings from our Pulse Survey 2020 which peeks into Director+ level executives’ minds to discover where the marketing technology industry is headed in terms of budgets, technology preferences, and more. These are some key findings: …

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Key insights: Effect of COVID-19 on consumer behavior, the world’s more video content savvy, and Apple shakes up AR

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30-second summary: According to Global Web Index’s findings, 80% of consumers in the U.S. and UK say they have consumed more content since the outbreak. According to emarketer, 49% of marketing professionals and agencies held back a campaign launch until later in 2020 and 45% stopped or paused a media campaign midway. Admoik shared that there was a 17.2% drop in week-over-week ad revenues, direct deal and programmatic guarantee being the biggest drops. Despite the 8.3% decrease of retail industry’s M&A deals, Apple acquired AR technology startup, NextVR for a $100 million with an intention to launch its AR headset in 2022 and AR glasses in 2023. 53% of consumers prefer brands to communicate through TV ads. According to McKinsey, UK, Spain, and Italy are least optimistic, whereas the US (37%) and China (48%) are optimistic about their economies jumping back to normal in the next two-to-three months. Purchases are …

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Key Insights: Marketers reveal their confidence, fears, and marketing technology inclinations

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30-second summary: Marketing technology spend has risen from the March slump towards the early phase of June A seven-day rolling of the statistics showed that 41% are increasing their marketing technology spend budgets Our benchmark survey revealed that 62% of marketers are confident about achieving their goals Search & Social Advertising, Ecommerce marketing, SEO, and Mobile & Web Analytics stand strong as marketers’ favorite technologies across April, May, and early June The chariot is only as fast as the slowest horse, so how will marketers achieve their goals? The world has moved from lockdown to an unlock phase into the new normal, and as that happens here’s a quick look at the progressions of the marketing mix. Current marketing technology stacks haven’t won confidence The chariot is only as fast as the slowest horse, so how will marketers achieve their goals? Our benchmark survey revealed that 62% of marketers are …

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Key insights: Day one post COVID-19, the mobile app economy takes centre stage, the martech-scape and more

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30-second summary: Chiefmartec released the much anticipated martech supergraphic 2020, 615 Martech businesses faded away in 2019 and didn’t make it to the 2020 martech-scape graphic. People won’t be very comfortable eating out in the post COVID-19 world but they showed an inclination towards wanting to support local restaurants and engage in more virtual get-togethers with family and friends. Algolia’s search trend report showed that education-related sites grew over 10X and grocery sites grew over 6X. But there’s more of a surprise in the findings, read on to discover. Consumers want ads to mention pricing, empathy, availability, and a few more. Video ads are the hero of advertising as TV and social media advertising soar. The pandemic sunk its teeth into the world economy but the mobile app economy has set its foot for success. Adjust’s App Trends 2020 report reveals the types of apps that are succeeding and their …

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Key Insights: Marketers pivot strategy to change, microscopic view of ad spend, and more

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30-second summary: There’s no doubt that brands will be judged for a long period on the basis of their sensitivity and approach towards the COVID-19 situation 21% of marketers pulled creatives to prevent looking insensitive Social media ads saw the biggest set back while print and TV ads followed Top three marketing technologies that are winning attention are Content & Experience, Data, and Advertising TapClicks predicts increasing partnerships between telehealth businesses and Insurance companies As 2020 continues to surprise the world, more surprises are something business heads aren’t looking forward to. In order to help you stay a step ahead, we bring to you a quick wrap up of key movements and trends from across the marketing industry. Marketers prepared to pivot strategy to fit the changing environment A recent survey by Sixieme Son and DiSanti Hicks found that 68% of marketers have pulled advertising campaigns due to COVID-19. The …

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Key Insights: Retail giants closed on Thanksgiving 2020, ecommerce set to see the biggest shopping season

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30-second summary: The golden hours for customer acquisition are chiming with the much-more-talked-about holiday season. With Walmart, Target, Home Depot, Best Buy, Kohl’s, and other retail chain giants announcing that their stores will be closed on Thanksgiving 2020, ecommerce will champion holiday season shopping. Despite the fact that American households with <50K to the ones minting 100K+ per annum have shrunken holiday spending they’re looking out for brand promotions and deals. Android devices predicted to surpass one billion hours on shopping apps. Q4 2020 is positioned to see the largest ecommerce holiday shopping season despite all the crunched budgets. Is this a curious case of a confused concoction? Or are you missing something in the mix? Let’s find out. It’s already September, congratulations on making it this far! We have kept a real-time eye on the market movement to help businesses pivot, survive, and even thrive in the face of …

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Key Insights: Email marketing the titanium of martech, global dips can’t curb strategy, and more

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30-second summary: The World Bank predicts that the global economy will see a 5.2% contraction in global GDP in 2020. This could mark the darkest recession since post-WW II. While CFOs face the reality of revenue drops by 25%, they’re in no mood to focus on their cornflakes In fact, PCW’s CFO pulse survey shows that 50% of CFOs plan to accelerate automation and new ways of working Our Pulse Survey finds that 44% of marketing leaders are maintaining their marketing budgets 42% of marketing leaders are increasing spend on marketing technology Email marketing remains the classic favorite for brands to drive customer engagement, tap into their customers’ minds, and influence customer experience through their inboxes Special focus on industry wise share of email marketing campaigns, region-wise email marketing stats, and the most read email content types The best performing email message was… can you guess it? CFOs’ take on …

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Key insights: Consumer trust segmented, the power of push notifications, martech stacks lack strategy, and more

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30-second summary: Healthcare and educational institutes win consumer trust while media and government struggle March saw push notifications reach their highest direct open rates and 32% of website visits were through these mobile app push notifications Mobile remains the best way to engage people with push notifications DemandLab’s recent ‘Martech stack optimization survey’ reveals that 53% of marketing leaders have no plan in place for their martech stacks Deals have shown a positive graph, Australia and Germany are opening up their economies due to some relief from the COVID-19 hit Conviva study segments streaming behavior across regions and devices – TV, PC, live streaming, and video on demand Standard ads vs COVID-19 based ads, what performed better? More on what CMOs’ immediate budget actions should be Information is power and mental health is key. In light of current events, we took the onus to save you the effort and have …

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