Marketing Report Card Benchmark Report

Resource Overview

In January & February of 2014, Demand Metric and Pardot partnered to explore marketing's evolution from a lead generation service bureau to a strategic, center of influence and revenue engine.

Executive Summary

In a study sponsored by Pardot, Demand Metric conducted a survey to explore marketing’s evolution from a lead generation service bureau to a strategic, center of influence and revenue engine. Answers to these questions were pursued to better understand the current perception of marketing:

  • How is marketing perceived internally?
  • What level of influence does marketing have in the organization?
  • How is marketing connecting its activities and programs to revenue results?
  • How difficult is it for the marketing team to justify its budget?
  • How current or “state-of-the-art” are the marketing team’s skills?
  • How well equipped is the marketing team with technology infrastructure?
  • How aligned are the sales and marketing teams?

 

These study results provide a record card of sorts, providing benchmark data useful for comparison, planning and improvement.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Executive Summary
  3. Current Perception of Marketing
  4. Marketing's Contribution to Objectives
  5. Marketing's Leadership & Respect
  6. Marketing Revenue Impact
  7. Marketing Skills
  8. Analytics, Alignment & Orientation
  9. Marketing Infrastructure
  10. Looking Ahead
  11. Analyst Bottom Line
  12. Acknowledgements

  13. About Salesfusion & Demand Metric
  14. Appendix - Survey Background

 

Research Methodology

The Demand Metric 2014 study, “Keeping our Seat at the Table: A Marketing Report Card” was administered online during the period of January 17, 2014 through February 10, 2014. During this period, 259 responses were collected, 207 of which were qualified and complete enough for inclusion in the analysis.