Global CMO Club Study Reveals That Marketers Are Re-Examining Measurement Methods In Quest For Growth

The CMO Club and Catalina Marketing Issue Call for Holistic Approach to Multi-Touch Attribution

The CMO Club, in thought leadership with Catalina Marketing, has fielded research among senior marketing executives across the country to create a CMO Club Solution Guide addressing “The REAL Drivers of Brand Growth in a Digital World.” The guide offers insights into the importance of marketers establishing a unified approach to measuring the efficiency and effectiveness of their multi-touch digital and traditional media efforts.

There is a business imperative to do so. According to the CMO Club study, 72 percent of those surveyed cited a business growth rate of less than 10 percent last year despite a robust economy and the mountains of consumer data at their fingertips.

According to Pete Krainik, CEO & Founder, at The CMO Club, “The biggest opportunity marketers can leverage when it comes to driving growth is effective data measurement. By getting a better handle on the results their online and offline marketing efforts achieve, they should be able to adjust their targeting and messaging accordingly to achieve stronger results. This CMO Club study shows how CMOs are making strides in developing new, more effective methods in achieving higher growth in multi-touch attribution.”

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Among the study’s findings:

  • 76% of the companies surveyed believe their digital efforts best drive growth, yet the majority (59%) say they would use a mix of digital and traditional media if budget was not an issue.
  • 45% admit to not having a unified approach to measuring their offline and online marketing activity.
  • Those that do have a unified measurement approach are more than twice as likely to report growth greater than 10%.
  • 78 percent of respondents plan to make changes to their marketing mix within the next 12-18 months. Most expressed the pressing need to get a better handle on what’s working and what’s not.

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In assessing the current measurement landscape, the majority of senior marketers expressed skepticism that the widely used Marketing Mix Attribution model is still relevant, even while still being heavily reliant on it. Hence, the second half of the Survey is devoted to “Finding the Best Attribution Model.”

“It’s important to close the attribution gaps between online and offline data, and to measure across all types of digital media,” said Marta Cyhan, CMO at Catalina. “Multi-touch attribution that’s tied to a shopper ID’s purchase history allows brands to build customer profiles that deliver hyper-targeted media – and even to measure the effectiveness of marketing campaigns  inflight to optimize sales performance in a much more meaningful way. Net, it’s great to have all this data, but it needs to be used to its full advantage.”

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