MoEngage, the insights-led customer engagement platform, has released its new report, Future of Marketing: Why Personalisation Matters. The report includes new data compiled from a survey administered by ClickZ of more than 100 senior-level marketing executives who shared their opinions on the current state of their own personalised marketing.
The researchers reveal that marketing executives do not believe that their current personalisation efforts are strong enough. Just 34% of respondents ranked their satisfaction score as a 4 or above regarding their personalisation results.
Among the possible reasons for their dissatisfaction, marketers cited budget limitations or a lack of resources (64%) as the most significant barriers to successful personalisation, followed by a lack of visibility and actionable data (41%) and an inability to move fast and personalise campaigns (40%).
In perhaps the most revealing data point from the survey, 40.2% of marketers admitted that the inability to move fast and create personalised campaigns is the most significant barrier to achieving successful personalisation. Over half of the respondents indicated that 'translating data into action' can take weeks or even months.
Meagan White, Vice President of Marketing, North America for MoEngage, comments, "Consumers are willing to permit brands to use their personal data in marketing communications; however, that permission is given with the expectation that customers will get something meaningful back from the brand. This survey shows that brands still have a long way to go towards delivering on that promise of a truly personalised experience for every customer across every engagement channel.
"This research confirms what many of our global customers have already shared with us: marketers have volumes of data about their customers, but they suffer from a lack of analysis and insights to use that data correctly."
Other key findings from the report include:
- Marketers need better data to move faster: When asked to score their satisfaction with available customer data, almost 60% of respondents ranked 3 or below. As a result, it takes more than four days for a large share of respondents to turn marketing data into actionable campaigns.
- Marketers are spending more but still dissatisfied: Just over half of survey respondents (51%) will invest more in marketing technology in the coming year to help personalise their customer's experience.
- Email remains top marketing technology: Email marketing (66.3%), marketing automation (56.7%), customer data management (54.8%), personalisation (50%), multichannel customer engagement (46.2%), mobile marketing (37.5%), and artificial intelligence (32.7%) are some of the top technologies where brands are focusing their investments when it comes to marketing technology.
- Investment priorities are shifting for personalisation: In the past, brands have focused their marketing personalisation efforts on traditional channels such as email (69%), content (56%), and web pages (24.3%). However, teams are likely to shift where they focus their personalisation going forward. SMS/text messaging, chat apps, and mobile-in-app marketing were respondents' top three channel priorities when it came to personalised marketing.