Marketing Organization

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Marketing organizations need to deliver growth

Nearly 66% of marketing leaders report having centralized structures in their marketing organization

Marketing organizational design and operation is an ongoing challenge for marketing leaders. CMOs are evolving their marketing teams through increased centralization, functional alignment, and continued exploration of agile marketing practices. 

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  • Determine an ideal marketing organization structure
  • Compare the strategic plans for your marketing organization with your peers and competitors
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of agile marketing principles over traditional project management approach

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    I went [to Time Inc.] to really transform the company, to optimize the business, and to create new revenue streams to drive growth — with a very, very short runway. I spent a lot of time with Gartner and the experts ... to bring in outside best practices ... So It was really a team — [Gartner was] helping me and helping my leadership team to succeed, go to market quickly, to put the strategies together quickly.

    Leslie Doty

    Former CMO, Time Inc.

    Marketing Leaders can deliver growth through integrated marketing departments

    CMOs or Marketers tasked with delivering growth in their marketing org must be able to operationalize their strategic plans. This includes gathering and deploying the resources, processes and tools that power capabilities of marketing departments according to marketing strategy plans — and executing those plans effectively and efficiently.

    Marketer profile types in Marketing organization: Traditional T, Fat T, Specialist and Emerging

    Marketing Organization Insights you can use

    Gartner insights and advice help leaders optimize their marketing organizations to achieve their business goals.

    Prove the value of marketing

    To link marketing initiatives to business value, CMOs must seek out metrics that are indicators of marketing success and operational excellence. Find out how to plan and prepare for measuring marketing’s quantitative value in your Marketing Organization and develop a future outlook.

    5-Step Framework to Navigate Marketing Transformation

    Marketing Leaders often feel ill-equipped to successfully guide their teams through change. Learn how our 5-step framework can help you identify your marketing team’s capability, potential and action steps to navigate marketing transformation.

    4 Steps to Building an Agile Marketing Organization

    Marketing organization leaders have more complex performance expectations than ever before. Use our 4-step guide to build a diverse and adaptable agile marketing team and stay competitive among rapid marketplace shifts.

    Maximize Marketing Impact With a Marketing Operations Leader

    Less than 50% of marketers say that their team contains marketing operations leader role. Watch our on-demand webinar to discover how a marketing operations leader can help the marketing organization become more effective by increasing ROI, productivity, and flexibility.

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    Marketing organization questions Gartner can help answer

    A marketing organization refers to the way a  business’s marketing department is structured and designed. It takes into account the roles and responsibilities of marketing within the framework of the business’s strategic objectives. An effective marketing organization delivers a strong focus on driving customer engagement and retention through a project-centric work style. 

    Due to the flattening of organizational structures, increased adoption of dynamic, adaptable work environments is required to lead and manage the marketing organization of tomorrow, as well as establish a marketing team capable of strong internal and external collaboration.

    The effectiveness of marketing organizational structures depends on the right mix of critical skills and talent aligned to business objectives and goals. This enables effective management of outsourced talent (agency and service providers) and marketing operations.

    Marketing delivers measurable value to an organization. You can have the best product or service in the world, but without an effective marketing strategy, no one will know about it, and your business goals will fail. 

    Marketing operations works to establish the processes and tools that power marketing planning, investment, campaign execution and performance measurement. From this vantage point, business leaders can review the performance of a product or service marketing strategy and identify improvements to drive a more successful campaign, ultimately achieving broader business goals. 

    The more effective your marketing strategy is, the more successful your business strategy will be.

    Marketing leaders in the evolving digital landscape need to optimize their organizational structure by transforming their existing project management approach. This means using agile marketing practices to build a more scalable, flexible and resilient marketing organization.

    Agile marketing is a flexible approach to managing marketing projects that uses frequent iterations to test and learn, enabling responsiveness to change. One of the core agile principles is frequent calibration of work and resources, which enables marketers to more quickly adapt to disruption and effectively change course as needed. Agile marketing planning is about setting a simple primary goal and adjusting details over time by iterating continually based on feedback from your team, your customers and your analytics.

    For greater flexibility and agility within marketing organizations, marketing team members should be able to “toggle” between roles, filling gaps where required on individual campaigns or projects. That means they should be capable of leading one project, contributing to another, and planning or collaborating on multiple initiatives.

    Your objective should be to build a balanced portfolio strategy, ensuring that safer bets such as servicing existing customers and driving repeat purchases are balanced with more transformative options. Most marketing organizations consider brand strategy the most important marketing capability, followed by marketing analytics, marketing operations, digital commerce, and market research and competitive insights.

    The metrics you focus on also shape the customer experiences you deliver. At the top of the list is return on investment, with marketing qualified leads a close second. Sales qualified leads and conversion rate are additional critical metrics.

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