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State of B2B Marketing 2016


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What does it take to be a high performer in B2B marketing? This presentation looks at the results of the largest study focused on B2B marketing specifically looking at the difference between high performers and under performers. This report details the tools, techniques, and best practices of over 1,000 companies to help you see what you need to do to become one of the best.

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State of B2B Marketing 2016

  1. 1. #CNX16 State of B2B Marketing What the latest research says about the current and future state of B2B marketing Mathew Sweezey Principal of Marketing Insights Author of Marketing Automation for Dummies @msweezey
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  3. 3. The Question 1,158 B2B marketers were surveyed from around the world to answer the question: “What makes a high-performing B2B marketer?”
  4. 4. Who did we survey? B2B demographics (n =1,158)
  5. 5. Breakdown of B2B Marketing Performance Levels This is a main driver @msweezey #cnx16
  6. 6. @msweezey #cnx16
  7. 7. The Answers What is the difference between high performers and underperformers?
  8. 8. Executive Buy-In is #1 This must happen FIRST before anything else will change
  9. 9. 82% of high-performing B2B marketers have their executive team’s complete commitment to their marketing strategy. @msweezey #cnx16
  10. 10. Executive Support High performers are more than twice as likely to have full executive support compared to underperformers. Gaining buy-in is also the hardest obstacle to overcome, since modern marketing is vastly different than what has been previously done. This is the main driver @msweezey #cnx16
  11. 11. Budget is #2 It’s not just about more, it’s about a different budget
  12. 12. Budgetary constraints is the top reason B2B marketers give for not adopting a customer journey strategy. @msweezey #cnx16
  13. 13. 73% of high-performing B2B marketers plan to increase their traditional marketing budgets in 2016, while only 18% of underperformers plan on doing the same. @msweezey #cnx16
  14. 14. The Breakdown on Budgets Tools and Technology High performers plan on significantly increasing their budgets on tools and technology over the next two years, a rate 2.9x greater than underperformers. Traditional Channels Underperformers spend a higher percentage of their overall marketing budget on traditional marketing channels compared to high performers (37% vs. 26%). Social Spending Social spend – advertising on social platforms, social media engagement, and social media marketing – is where most B2B marketers plan to increase spend over the next 12 months. Where the money will go? @msweezey #cnx16
  15. 15. The Breakdown on Budgets (cont’d) 7 out of 10 B2B marketers plan to increase their digital marketing spend over the next two years. 22% plan to substantially increase their traditional marketing spend – by 25% or more – over that same period. Digital marketing spend continues to rise 70% 39% 59% 39% 39% Digital Marketing Spend Traditional Marketing Spend Marketing tools and technology Marketing consulting Marketing headcount Increase in Spending @msweezey #cnx16
  16. 16. Tools and Technology is #3 Tools are a limiting factor to performance
  17. 17. High-performing B2B marketers use, on average, 13 tools and technologies in their marketing execution, compared to only 5 by underperformers. @msweezey #cnx16
  18. 18. Tools Enable a Single Customer Experience High performers are 19.4x more likely to say they excel at creating a single customer view. 62% of high-performing teams excel at creating a single customer view. This allows them to create an omni- channel customer experience. This is critical @msweezey #cnx16
  19. 19. High performers are 7x more likely to be able to create a single customer view than underperformers. @msweezey #cnx16
  20. 20. B2B Technology Breakdown High performers versus moderate and underperformers 56% 57% 61% 48% 49% 51% 28% 21% 18% 18% 21% 17% 12% 5% 4% 5% 11% 4% Marketing analytics Web personalization Emerging technology (e.g., wearables, IoT) Social listening tools Marketing automation Guided selling Percentage who currently use extensively High Performers Moderate Performers Underperformers @msweezey #cnx16
  21. 21. Channels and Tactics is #4 High performers are gleaning at least 1.4x the value compared to underperformers
  22. 22. High performers are able to see at least 2X-3X the value from the same channels as underperformers. @msweezey #cnx16
  23. 23. The Channels of High Performers 15 Channels on Average High performers report extensively using 15 channels to create a seamless customer experience whereas moderate performers use 6 and underperformers use 3. Traditional + Digital The shift away from traditional is obvious; yet, the channel will not die. High performers use this channel when it is appropriate to do so, but they rely on digital the majority of the time. Social Facebook (54%) is the number one most extensively used social channel by B2B marketers, followed by Twitter (49%), then LinkedIn (44%). Where to invest and what works @msweezey #cnx16
  24. 24. Best-in-Class Tactics High performers versus moderate and underperformers 57% 53% 52% 52% 49% 49% 41% 45% 45% 21% 22% 21% 19% 19% 17% 13% 22% 18% 5% 6% 6% 6% 10% 7% 5% 15% 6% Web personalization Advertising on social platforms Account-based marketing Lean/agile methods Lead nurturing and scoring User-generated content eBooks Whitepapers or case studies Infographics Percentage who currently use extensively High Performers Moderate Performers Underperformers @msweezey #cnx16
  25. 25. Tactic To Do Today: Email Onboarding Program(s) Only 50% of B2B marketers use email onboarding of any type. Onboarding costs you $0, and you already have the tool for it. Create a partner onboarding program, a customer onboarding program, and an employee onboarding program. @msweezey #cnx16
  26. 26. Tactic to Do Today: Employ Agile Methodologies 52% of high performers say they extensively use agile methods compared to only 6% of underperformers. Agile Marketing Manifesto The agile marketing manifesto (expatiated from the Agile Manifesto): • Individuals and interactions over processes and tools • Initial value over comprehensive documentation • Customer collaboration over subjective opinion • Responding to change over following a plan That is, while there is value in the items on the right, we value the items on the left more. @msweezey #cnx16
  27. 27. Experience is #5 Marketing is no longer just a single department
  28. 28. 65% of high performers rate themselves as excellent at being able to create a personalized, connected journey, compared to only 1% of underperformers. @msweezey #cnx16
  29. 29. Customer satisfaction is their most important metric they use to measure the overall effectiveness of their marketing efforts. 85% of high performers say customer journey strategies are critical to the success of their overall marketing. High-performing marketing teams are 7.8x more likely than underperformers to strongly agree they’re leading customer experience initiatives across the business. Biggest Business Challenge Customer Journey Cross Department They lead the company towards itIt is their focus They build tactics around it Customer Experience is BIG It’s the number one factor @msweezey #cnx16
  30. 30. Creating a Holistic Experience High performers are 7.8x more likely to strongly agree they are leading the customer experience across their organization. Marketing is no longer a department. It is a mindset. @msweezey #cnx16
  31. 31. Conclusions The big takeaways
  32. 32. The Big Differences A New Idea and Buy-In High performers have a new idea of marketing. They believe in creating a holistic experience, and get the buy- in from the top to move in this direction. Executive buy-in gets you the budget and the approval to create a new idea of marketing. They Constantly Test When reviewing the data it’s clear to see high performers are the first to adopt new tactics, and techniques. They have the budget to do so and see the value in reaching new consumers in new ways. Agile allows them to move at the required speed. Experience Is a Focus They focus on how to use channels and tactics to create a cohesive customer experience and collaborate with other areas of the company to ensure all experiences are supporting the goal. Marketing is more than a department. Between high performers and everyone else @msweezey #cnx16