Unica has published its latest annual “The State of Marketing” for 2011.
Highlights of the survey:
- Marketers Seem Ready to Bridge the Gap Between Analysis and Action – This year, “measurement, analysis and learning” overtook “IT support of marketing needs” as the #1 marketing bottleneck. And after years of analysis paralysis, respondents identified “turning data-into-action” as their #1 organizational issue.
- Marketers Believe Technology Can Ease Their Pain – Over half also cited technology as the key to productivity. Without question, marketers see technology as vital to resolving the challenges of meaningful measurement and analysis and choosing the next best course of action – more so than additional staff or agency support.
- Demand for an Integrated Marketing Suite Continues to Grow – As marketing’s need for technology grows and technology adoption matures, there is a corresponding concern with integration – 87% of marketers express interest in a marketing suite that is better integrated.
- Marketers Believe in Interactive Marketing, but Have More Progress to Make Toward this Vision – While responses suggest that interest in achieving truly integrated cross-channel dialogs with customers is high, nearly half of survey participants report that they are only partially achieving that goal. The key barrier? Organizational structure and internal processes. Regardless, 57% report the adoption of inbound marketing methods (personalized targeting/messaging) in their web channels.
- Web Data Is Highly Prized, but Putting It to Work in Campaign Decisioning Still Lags– Here’s a paradox: 92% of marketers appreciate the value and importance of web data, yet half or less apply that data to customer analyses and campaigns. And of those that do, less than a third believe their efforts are very effective.
- Online Marketing Is Pervasive but Fragmented – Email is pervasive, but nearly three-quarters of respondents complain that their email data is either not integrated with other customer data, or that the integration is mostly a manual effort. Paid search remains immature, with only a little more than a quarter adopting any software to manage keyword bids. Nearly a quarter of those who have adopted a solution simply rely on free tools. Indeed, respondents indicated that search isn’t very well integrated with overall marketing efforts.
- Social Media Marketing Experiences Growing Pains – Once again, social media remains the reigning champion among emerging marketing channels, leading the way with 53% current usage. But marketers’ enthusiasm is burning less brightly than last year, suggesting that we have passed the peak of inflated expectations and are focused on finding the value that social channels can yield.
- Mobile Marketing Continues to Rise – Consumers are rapidly adopting connected mobile devices and smart marketers are aggressively following their audience. 43% of respondents say they currently use the tactic, with another 23% planning to do so within a year. Yet, as with other tactics, today’s efforts are largely not well integrated with other marketing efforts.