Companies are in the early stages of taking an integrated approach to their marketing, according to new research published this week by Econsultancy, in association with Responsys.

The first Cross-Channel Marketing Report highlights the wide range of different channels or disciplines used for marketing, including websites, email, search engine optimisation and social.

In addition to offline channels such as television and direct mail, significant numbers of companies are also utilising display advertising, paid search, affiliate marketing and mobile-related channels.

However, less than a third of companies (32%) rate themselves as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’ at driving marketing campaigns which are co-ordinated across different channels, highlighting the challenges of adopting an effective multichannel approach to marketing.

This inaugural report is based on a global survey of more than 650 digital marketers working for companies (in-house) and agencies.

A lack of strategy, poor organisational structure and disparate technologies are the main barriers preventing companies from driving effective cross-channel campaigns.

A quarter of companies (25%) report that a lack of a clearly defined strategy is the greatest barrier to success. The fragmentation of departments and poor organisational structures is seen as the next greatest obstacle, cited by 23% of responding companies.

Meanwhile, 14% of marketers said the most significant barrier to effective cross-channel campaigns is technology and systems which are not joined up.

The research also found that there is a discernible positive impact on conversion rates when companies integrate different channels with display advertising, Some 59% of companies say integrating display advertising with social media has had a positive impact on conversions, while 55% say integration with mobile has resulted in an uplift.

Linus Gregoriadis, Research Director at Econsultancy said: “It is encouraging that companies are beginning to integrate a wealth of different online and offline channels, but as this survey has shown, there is still a long way to go. Mobile and email are two areas where companies are still only undertaking basic integration, but as the survey findings show, there are clear benefits to employing an integrated approach, with significant impact on conversions.”

Simon Robinson, Senior Marketing and Alliances Director EMEA, said: “This research points to a staggering gap between what digital marketers in the UK know they should be doing, and what is actually happening on the ground. The results are clear – companies that integrate channels as part of a co-ordinated strategy see significant payback, especially in the areas of display, social and mobile, and those that do not, risk losing out to the competition. To survive in today’s environment, marketers need to do more than just adding new channels to innovate, they must think strategically about how they work together to be effective.”

The full Econsultancy / Responsys Cross-Channel Marketing Report 2012 is available for download at: http://econsultancy.com/reports/cross-channel-marketing-report

Email or call Econsultancy Research Director Linus Gregoriadis for a complimentary copy of the report and / or further information.

Email: linus AT econsultancy.com
Tel: + 44 (0) 207 269 1465

About Econsultancy

Econsultancy is a global independent community-based publisher, focused on best practice digital marketing and e-commerce, and used by over 400,000 internet professionals every month.

Our hub has 120,000+ members worldwide from clients, agencies and suppliers alike with over 90% member retention rate. We help our members build their internal capabilities via a combination of research reports and how-to guides, training and development, consultancy, face-to-face conferences, forums and professional networking.

Econsultancy has offices in London, New York and Dubai and we are a leading provider of digital marketing training and consultancy. We are providing consultancy and custom training in the Middle East, and extensively across Europe and Asia. We trained over 5,000 marketers and ran over 200 public training courses in 2011.

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About Responsys

Responsys is a leading provider of email and cross-channel marketing solutions that enable companies to engage in relationship marketing across the interactive channels customers are embracing today — email, mobile, social, the web and display.

With Responsys solutions, marketers can create, execute and automate highly dynamic campaigns and lifecycle marketing programmes that are designed to grow revenue, increase marketing efficiency, and strengthen customer loyalty.

Responsys’ New School Marketing vision, flexible on-demand application suite and customer success-focused services aim to deliver high return on investment, increased levels of automation and fast time-to-value.

Founded in 1998, Responsys is headquartered in San Bruno, California and has offices throughout the world. Responsys serves world-class brands such as: American Family Mutual Insurance Company, Avis Europe, Deutsche Lufthansa, Dollar Thrifty, LEGO, LinkedIn, Newegg, Orbitz, Qantas, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and United Healthcare.

For more information about Responsys, visit http://responsys.com

Published on: 1:33PM on 29th June 2012