Enterprise customer engagement strategies are hard to execute on, and involve a significant amount of people, process, and technology to get right. Marketers and brands alike are looking for guidance and actionable steps to help them progress their strategies from crawl, to walk, to run, and optimize their programs over time.
According to Gartner, nearly 77% of respondents in their recent Marketing Organization Survey reported that their organization had an intermediate maturity level or below.
While marketing maturity is relatively low across many organizations, 80% of marketing leaders surveyed in Gartner’s 2020 CMO Spend Survey now own or share profit and loss responsibility. With CMOs increasingly being held accountable for business results, the importance of aligning resources to programs that maximize growth has magnified.
To address these challenges, we recently launched the Cheetah Customer Engagement Assessment. The assessment is an online survey and digital platform designed to initiate meaningful conversations with marketers and strategists to learn about the challenges you face. Since launching the assessment at the end of last year, hundreds of our clients and prospects have taken the assessment. It includes an evaluation of your scores across 30 questions and a personalized email with specific recommendations based on your answers.
The assessment is hosted as a Cheetah Experience, and includes six key sections with five best practice questions per section. The sections include: Data, Acquisition, Engagement, Personalization, Retention, and Strategy. For each question, you can rate your org. on a three-point scale, including Struggling, Progressing, Strong, or can say Don’t Know. Once completed, you can provide contact info and we instantly identify strengths, opportunities, and areas where you can improve. We automatically score you into one of four personas: Beginner, Tactician, Strategist, and All-Star. We then trigger an email with dynamic recommendations based on each category, which can be any combination of 24 best practices. We also recommend Cheetah collateral and thought leadership content for each of the six specific maturity areas.
Take the maturity assessment here.
We are just starting to aggregate all of the data, but thus far we see these insights:
- 65% of respondents are from North America, 30% from EMEA, and 5% from APAC
- 12% are Beginners, 64% are Tacticians
- 20% are Strategists, and 4% are All-Stars
- 74% are strong at sending email at high volume
- 53% are strong in audience segmentation
- 65% are still planning their customer engagement strategies
- 38% of the brands are able to integrate with multiple systems
- 32% struggle with applying machine learning to their targeting strategies
- 32% struggle with dynamic offer recommendations
- 50% are only “Ok” at personalizing content in channels
- 77% cannot orchestrate multi-step journeys
- 27% struggle with loyalty program growth
- 36% struggle to provide loyalty programs that go beyond points and discounts
Want to learn more? We can help! Once we collect more data, we will create a Benchmark study, publish a report, and allow you to compare your brand to your peers across industries. You can learn more about our Customer Engagement Maturity Assessment watch our latest PULSE episode or check it out for yourself by clicking on the link below.
Patrick is SVP of Product Marketing at Cheetah Digital, focused on the go-to-market strategy and team for the Customer Engagement Suite. A frequent industry event speaker, Patrick has over 20 years of experience in the technology, consulting, and marketing industries. Prior to Cheetah Digital, Patrick was VP of Product Strategy at RedPoint Global, leading the product roadmap and go-to-market for the Customer Engagement Hub. Previously, Patrick was at Adobe through the acquisition of Neolane, focused on email and real-time decisioning. He has also spent time at Pegasystems, leading product marketing for the next-best-action decision engine, and spent many years at Forrester Research in the research and consulting organizations. He is a certified product manager and holds an MBA from Boston University.