While “big data” may be the buzzword du jour, many marketing organizations have never really prioritized and operationalized the value of “regular data”. Organizational silos, disparate data sources, legacy planning processes, and constrained resources have all contributed to “the data-driven organization” being more of an aspirational state than a strategic imperative for making more informed marketing decisions.
However, the tide is turning, and the competitive and operational advantages are clear. Being data-driven is as much a mindset as it is a set of processes, guidelines, systems, tools and analytics capabilities. Effective integrated marketing requires new approaches to cross-channel analytics and cross-functional collaboration in order to develop the ongoing actionable insights and business intelligence that can improve marketing performance — all while supporting, rather than stifling, creativity and innovation.