While tech media was once the key player in leveraging innovation to offer advanced marketing solutions like programmatic buying, marketing automation, and retargeting, the digital media industry is increasingly investing in these technologies. B2B marketing companies can no longer rely on organic adaptation or be slow to respond to the digital market shift; they must employ strategic and tactical moves to stay on top of customer needs and market trends.
The good news is the B2B marketing industry is already responding to the shift, with a report from research firm Gartner finding a double-digit increase in digital marketing in 2013, which represents about 29 percent of the overall marketing budget. “B2B companies have woken up,” said Laura McLellan, VP of marketing strategies at Gartner. “Some of this is catch-up spending, because they are just now seeing the need for this, but they are definitely spending more. A lot of B2B marketers are still finding their way, and this is going to be a journey for them.” Read the full entry