Perspectives: Digital Transformation Through the Lens of Strategic Marketing extract: Exploring CMO/CIO synergies

Editor's note: This is an exclusive extract from Lynn Scheurell's new eBook, Perspectives: Digital Transformation Through the Lens of Strategic Marketing. This extract, from chapter five, 'Woke Leadership', explores CMO and CIO alignment, as well as questions which need to be asked to drive digital transformation.

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CMOs are masters of alignment in terms of making connections between people, issues, and solutions, empowering both clarity and action, persuading...

How to clean up with the right dashboard strategy: Turning marketing data into business insights

Data and analytics are designed to drive revenue and provide the insights necessary to grow an organisation’s bottom line – guiding key decisions, identifying new customers and determining what is working and what is not. And while data has always been an important part of a business’ strategy, with the increase of digital marketing and increased multi-channel tactical execution, it is more essential than ever before.

What some businesses might not realise, however, is that...

Four steps to optimise your Salesforce instance strategy after a merger or acquisition

If you’re one of hundreds of thousands of companies that use Salesforce, you know how vital it is to your sales and marketing engine. But the financial advantages of a merger or acquisition can be limited if you don't find a way to combine existing Salesforce orgs (also referred to as Salesforce instances) while keeping efficiency at the centre.

Here are four steps companies should take to optimise their Salesforce orgs after M&A activity to ensure that their CRM investment...

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When industry experts were making predictions for 2020, little did they know that this would be a most disruptive year for global markets, with ongoing adversities and anomalies. Covid and the rapid spread of the pandemic have added to the challenges marketers already face, while uncertainty has forced many organisations to put their focus upon their strongest asset: the customer. Customer engagement and loyalty have always been two very important metrics; even more so in today’s market...

The thin line between real and online life is narrowing further with Covid-19 – and marketers need to react

The disruption and uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic has naturally seen consumer behaviour shift drastically. Remote working and eCommerce trends feel as though they have shifted inexorably, with work-life balance becoming re-evaluated in favour of the latter. The question is: which of these behaviours will stick, and form 'the new normal' longer-term?

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