Prediction Series 2019: Interview with Jennifer Toton, VP of Marketing, Rollworks

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What is your vision of the Marketing Technology landscape for 2019?

Marketing is constantly changing as the underlying technology for many key marketing functions is innovating and enabling new insights and achievements for global marketers. Although change does not happen overnight, we still expect to see massive shifts in Marketing Technology in 2019 on both the B2B and B2C sides. This is in part driven by the increasing need to target key companies, accounts and targets with buying power in efficient, effective and measurable ways — increasing revenue for companies, while decreasing cost.

Based on these factors, I have worked with my colleagues, who champion both the RollWorks and AdRoll products, to identify the following MarTech Predictions for both B2B and B2C marketers in 2019:

How do you see the Data Management platforms evolving for better Marketing and Sales alignment?

Quality data will be essential for a successful B2B marketing strategy

As marketers shift their investments towards Account-Based Marketing (ABM), they need to build a strategy around their target accounts and the right customers to focus on. In 2019, there will be a shift from volume of data to quality of data. When determining your ideal customer profile or target account list, having duplicate or unrelated accounts and contacts in your CRM will hinder your ability to focus on the right accounts. Working with vendors with high-quality data will yield better results than those with a higher volume of data.

What are your predictions on the state of ABM?

Blending of demand-gen and account-based

B2B marketers now see ABM as a specialized marketing function. In 2019, ABM will go mainstream and B2B marketers will understand it as more of a focused strategy in their toolbox — an extension of their current and trusted marketing strategies. Account-based strategies are now proven to reach and engage more of the right people in the right accounts — making them a win for marketers and brands alike.

What would CMO’s Marketing Technology stack look like in the coming months? Do you have any specific advice for marketing teams?

Platforms will win over point solutions

Most marketing teams already have a staggering number of technologies as part of their Marketing Tech stack. This only complicates matters for companies, and requires a great deal of time in making sure these technologies are working together effectively. In 2019, we expect that they will look to reduce the number of technologies, and seek out platforms that support multiple needs rather than purchasing highly specialized tools.

 How did GDPR impact your Marketing and Sales goals in 2018? Tell us more about the paradigm in data privacy.

 Privacy regulations will continue but customer relationships will prevail

GDPR was an important milestone in stepping up the legal protection of personal data in 2018. In 2019, we will see more privacy regulations, including in the US, get introduced, as well as the visible punishment of companies in violation of those rules. But the real losers in the war on privacy and integrity will be those companies who don’t put the customer first, and protect their privacy and keep their trust — regardless of the laws of the local country.

 What are your views on Marketing Attribution and last-click analytics?

 Marketers will take a leap beyond last-click measurement

Measurement is hard. For SMBs and mid-market companies, the stakes are often higher. Although last-click measurement is an archaic way to measure performance and impact, many marketers still rely on it because they don’t see accessible alternatives, as sophisticated tools are often difficult to set up or not flexible enough to work within their data model. Yet, marketers are hungry for change and searching for a better way to provide visibility and optimize their campaigns.

My colleague Scott Gifis, President of AdRoll, sees 2019 as the year modern marketers stop relying on vanity metrics and outdated measurement models and start looking at what is actually driving sales. Further, marketers need to embrace multi-channel adoption and prioritize creating connected stories across all touchpoints. This can only be done by integrating solutions powered by Machine Learning and AI into their marketing toolkit. This will better provide an actionable view on the customer journey and attribution on a level that has never before been available.

How would customers benefit from the innovations in Marketing Technology for personalization and customer experience?

Less focus on transactions, more on customer lifetime value

The world is changing and with it consumer behaviors and expectations. Scott predicts that brands that aim to survive, let alone thrive, will need to prioritize developing deeper, more meaningful connections with their customers. This will require deeper investments in personalization and connected storytelling across all touchpoints, automation and tools to enable those interactions, and strong measurement platforms to help them optimize and realize growth for their business.

Jennifer joined AdRoll Group in December 2017 as Vice President of Marketing of RollWorks, AdRoll Group’s B2B division. She is responsible for brand building, demand generation, content marketing and social media. Her team’s mission is to empower B2B marketers to drive growth by making meaningful connections with the right people, wherever they are online. Prior to joining AdRoll Group, she owned strategy, GTM, customer positioning, messaging and buyer’s journey for Autodesk’s $500M ARR AutoCAD product line. Jennifer has significant expertise launching and growing cloud / SaaS and mobile offerings, and is experienced in building brands at startup through Fortune 500 companies and accelerating revenue in mature business lines. She has a BA in psychology from Stanford University and an MBA in marketing and finance from Northwestern University.

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