New marketing measurement research from Equifax’s Data-Driven Marketing (DDM) division and Forrester Consulting found that marketers with high measurement maturity earn approximately $4 for every dollar they spend on marketing measurement.

In Leader Of The Pack: How Holistic Marketing Measurement Drives Business Success, the researchers explored the state of marketing measurement in a survey of 300 marketing, data and analytics decision-makers at U.S. enterprises across more than 10 industries that have active marketing performance strategies.

How top CMOs gain $4 for every $1 invested in marketing measurement

A small group of marketers from 51 companies (17 percent) have high measurement maturity, enabling them to produce accurate, unified and actionable insights applied strategically as well as tactically. These companies are considered leaders, and they stand apart from peers in critical performance metrics. Forrester found that on average, marketing leaders:

  • Earn approximately $4 for every dollar they spend on marketing measurement
  • Secure more than $73 million in additional revenue; about a 3 percent increase in revenue overall
  • Generate nearly 3 percent more leads
  • Decrease their marketing spend by over $2 million
  • Increase their Net Promoter Score by more than 7 points
  • Better match offline sales to their digital marketing efforts

“This new data shows the incredible impact of successful marketing measurement, creating significantly higher business benefits that impact a company’s bottom line,” said Mykolas Rambus, general manager at Equifax DDM, in a news release. “While most companies still struggle with holistic measurement maturity, leaders pull ahead of the pack with their efficiency in managing data, better insights and less wasted spend, resulting in more targeted campaigns and better acquisition conversions. Their CMOs are focused on campaign improvement, they own their data, and they leverage it more effectively.”

How top CMOs gain $4 for every $1 invested in marketing measurement

Other study findings:

Leaders use more measurement techniques

While all marketing leaders use unified measurement, they also more heavily use tools such as mix modeling and advanced digital attribution. Still, less than half of companies surveyed (43%) use unified measurement, or what Forrester calls the “most mature approach to measurement,” leading to varied levels of accuracy for firms.

Leaders’ No. 1 goal is customer insights

Marketing measurement leaders do a better job focusing on optimizing and getting the most out of their campaigns. Leaders optimize the targeting of campaigns (65 percent), manage more contextual (54 percent) or personalized (48 percent) marketing and gain better customer insights (52 percent). Their peers focus on more tactical efforts such as customer targeting, forecasting and planning.

Leaders are better at data integration

Successful data integration provides a better understanding of the customer journey and is key to campaign success for leaders, who integrate online and offline data at a far higher rate. Around 63 percent of leaders have integrated their digital and offline channels, while 87 percent have integrated their digital channels alone.

Leaders leverage more data

A full 75 percent of leaders use both customer ID and regular data, vs. around 50 percent for their peers. Leaders use far more demographic data (58 percent) and leverage more types of data including CLV, digital media performance and direct response. These investments in marketing measurement drive across-the-board efficiency improvements as teams are more effective with proper insights.

Marketing measurement is ripe for investment

Firms are clearly seeing the benefit of increasing the percentage of their budget allocated to measurement. By 2020, marketers expect measurement will make up 10 percent of their overall marketing budget, up from 5 percent two years ago—doubling over four years.

Download the full report here.

How top CMOs gain $4 for every $1 invested in marketing measurement

Equifax highlighted findings of the study at the Forrester Consumer Marketing 2019 conference in April in New York. 

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Richard Carufel

Richard Carufel

Richard Carufel is editor of Bulldog Reporter and the Daily ’Dog, one of the web’s leading sources of PR and marketing communications news and opinions. He has been reporting on the PR and communications industry for over 12 years, and has interviewed hundreds of journalists and PR industry leaders.

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