What marketers are saying about themselves


(Marketingmagazine.com.my) – By The Hammer

If the latest IBM Global CMO Study launched at The IBM BusinessConnect2016 event recently in KL is anything to go by, Marketing is in for a massive wardrobe makeover.

Since a total of 723 CMOs from more than 50 countries took part in CMO Study, let’s sit up and take note….

Some key observations:

CMOs everywhere recognize that the barriers between formerly distinct industries are collapsing, as companies in one sector apply their expertise to others – creating new hybrids and overturning traditional taxonomies in the process.

This, they say, is the single biggest trend transforming the business arena.

Industry convergence is creating completely new opportunities for growth by shifting the focus from products and services made by solo entities to cross-sector customer experiences.

But it’s also exacerbating competition, because other enterprises can seize an organization’s core business as they expand into adjacent spaces.

One company’s convergence is another’s encroachment.

“We’ll have to think differently. We can’t be so monolithic; we need to expand our perspective,” the CMO of a British retailer remarked.

“The CMO will have to take the lead in creating an integrated experience and transforming customers into fans,” shared Paulo A. Pedó Filho, Brand Director, Grendene, Brazil.

“There won’t be CMOs in the future; there will be Chief Experience Officers who are responsible for the overall customer journey,” adds Mohamed AlTajer, Head of Marketing, Branding and Corporate Communications, Commercial Bank International, PSC, United Arab Emirates.

What to do: Rethink everything through the lens of customer experience

Fiercely champion your customers. Rethink every aspect of your strategy, design and operations to enhance your customers’ experiences with your organisation.

Focus on forming ecosystems, so that you can devote more energy and resources to developing unique products, services and experiences that are truly better – and make sure you are first to market.

Challenge people in every function to demolish internal organizational silos and provide a consistent, authentic face to the customer.

How to do it: Embrace the new digerati 

Infuse digital DNA into your team.

Grow the digital expertise that’s essential to create differentiated experiences for your customers.

Set up digital “boot camps” to train your existing staff, and fill critical skill gaps with a mix of new hires and talent from partners in your ecosystem.

And don’t forget to tap customers as a great source of expertise. Incorporate customer feedback and invite customers to participate as co-creators and innovators.

What you need to do it: Drive with data, digital and cognitive 

Use data-driven decision-making to deliver customer experiences that are personalized, relevant and timely – on a large scale. Leverage predictive and prescriptive analytics to identify the best course of action to recommend for customers.

Create innovative, improved experiences that increase customer engagement with new digital interfaces, mobile solutions, Internet of Things and cloud computing; and pilot cognitive technologies, which have the potential to reinvent customer interaction.

At the end of the session, IBM Malaysia Marketing Director, Eric Wong threw a live fuse into the discussion…

He declared that the new CMO’s department will consist of new skill-set players that sounded more like new age geeks looking like happy misfits.

Jokes aside, this may all be happening already as we speak: Customer Data Analysts, Customer Experience Managers, Customer Experience Designers, Channel Owners, Creative Managers, Marketing Operations Managers….

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By The Hammer

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