The modern marketer is a hybrid creature who combines content, brand, and web marketing who needs both art and science to boost return-on-investment for clients.
So says “Defining the Modern Marketer: From Real to Ideal,” a report created in conjunction with BtoB Magazine that offers in-depth insight into how marketing’s role has evolved to include both art and science and more specifically, what skills and technologies marketers need to improve ROI.
Modern Marketer Defined
The study found that the modern marketer persona is ideally three-fold – a hybrid of content marketer, brand marketer and web marketer.
These three “marketer types” were chosen by survey participants when asked about the current modern marketer role.
Five areas make up the marketing scorecard
Successful marketing, however, includes more than three roles and should factor in the use of marketing technology (CRM systems, marketing automation), analytics, targeting, conversion (prospect to customer) and engagement (the right content through the right channels).
These five marketing areas were chosen to make up the ideal modern marketer scorecard. The ideal modern marketer has the optimal percentage of all five skill areas – adding up to 100 percent.
However, when it came time for survey respondents to rate themselves based on the five core skills, their current performance was barely passable, adding up to only 65 percent.
The Right Blend of Art and Science
Respondents recognize it’s crucial to have both art and science as part of their marketing efforts.
But while today’s modern marketer needs to be equal parts creative, analytical, and tech savvy, survey participants feel unprepared to handle the science side of the equation.
The scorecard revealed that marketers gave themselves the lowest ratings in the areas of analytics and marketing technology.
Marketers need to focus on getting the right tools and technologies in place to address the science of marketing in 2013 and beyond.
Traditional Marketing Tactics Dominate While Content is On the Rise
Despite an onslaught of new vendors in the social media space, B2B marketers today still very much rely on more traditional digital channels, including email and their company websites.
When asked to rank the three most important channels for a marketer’s organization, the survey found that the company website, email, and face-to-face events topped the list in that order.
Content marketing helps provide the right information for these channels and according to the survey results, is still in high demand as respondents declared content marketing as “very important” to their overall marketing mix.
Roadblocks to Become Modern Marketers
The survey also identified the major obstacles marketers face as they try to become more modern. Respondents pointed to lack of budget and poor data analytics infrastructure as the two top roadblocks.
“The B2B buying process has fundamentally changed,” said Joe Payne, CEO, Eloqua.
“As prospects conduct the bulk of their research online, sales reps enter the buying cycle much later. The process has become marketing-driven and today’s marketing team plays a critical role.
“Marketing is adopting new digital strategies to improve the buying process and more importantly the overall customer experience. This study presents a deep view of where marketers stand today and where they need to go to be successful.”
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