Author: Michael Brenner / Source: Marketing Insider Group We live in a time of tremendous innovation, massive disruption, and constant ch
We live in a time of tremendous innovation, massive disruption, and constant change. Our customers are rewriting the rules on how they engage with brands, media, content, and each other. As marketers, we need to rethink the way we reach our target audience. It’s time for marketing that really matters.
But often our companies, executives, and teams lack the vision, skills, or understanding of how to address the changing business landscape and green-light the right projects.
These times call for a new leader to emerge — one with the right vision to focus on delivering amazing customer experiences, and one with the leadership skills to inspire executives and internal teams to get on board.
Equally important, we need leaders who know how to communicate the impact of our marketing on customers and the business value it brings to our company.
It’s time for marketing that matters. This starts with understanding where we are today:
- CEOs are unhappy with the performance of their marketing teams.
- CMOs are feeling the pressure to deliver ROI.
- Employee satisfaction surveys show an overall decline in engagement.
- Customer engagement with marketing campaigns is falling across nearly every channel.
The boss isn’t happy. Managers aren’t happy. Employees aren’t happy. Customers aren’t happy. But why?
In my own client interviews, external surveys, and research, I’ve found that the majority of CEOs are expecting more ROI from marketing, in addition to demanding marketing campaigns that have questionable, if any, business value.
While putting your logo on a bus, a stadium, or a golfer’s hat sounds like fun, most campaigns fail because the content we create simply misses the mark.
As employees, we’re tired of being told what to do and coming up with new ideas that executives won’t approve. And as customers, we’re punishing the brands that interrupt our media consumption with advertising we don’t want.
B-to-B buyers tell me they have a real need for information from brands to support the buying process. But too often they get promotional sales messages and content they aren’t ready for.
The bottom line: marketing needs to change, and change fast.
Here are four steps marketing leaders can take right now to drive the change they need for their company, their career, and their customers.