folded dollar representing why marketing innovation failsWhy does marketing innovation fail? With all the changes in the content and consumer landscape brought on by digital, social and mobile technology, you would think that innovation in marketing is a foregone conclusion.

Marketing innovation fails at most companies simply because it isn’t funded as part of a formal approach to testing new ideas. Innovation happens when marketing leaders commit to it.

And unfortunately, in those places where it is funded, too few are tracking the effectiveness.

Those are the findings of a recent Forrester report, covered by MediaPost. The report was based on in-depth interviews with 45 marketing executives, almost half from companies with more than $1 billion in revenue.

The article states that only 11% of marketers budget and plan for investments in innovation and experimentation. And only 27% of those who do have budget set aside for innovation actually track the impact of those investments.

Only 38% of marketing leaders say they look inside and outside the company for new ideas.

How about developing new talent and the marketing leaders of the future? Only 22% actively monitor and promote internal talent and just 12% have a dedicated program to develop internal marketing talent.

My takeaways from the report:

  1. ALL marketing executives should be looking inside and outside the company for new ideas to help reach, engage and convert new customers.
  2. Marketing budgets need to include funding for innovative ideas and experimentation.
  3. The Marketing planning process should include a full review of all investments made and the business results that each achieved.

So if you want marketing innovation, you simply have to fund it and then you have to track it!

The report pointed to Coca-Cola’s approach as the example to follow. They set aside 70% of the marketing and advertising budget for “now,” 20% for “new” and 10% for “next generation” marketing programs. While that formula may not work for every company, it seems like a good place to start the discussion.

Now it’s your turn: why does marketing innovation fail at your company?

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About Michael Brenner

Michael Brenner is the Vice President of Global Marketing for SAP where he leads content strategy and serves as the managing editor of the company’s award-winning Business Innovation thought leadership blog site. He is also the author of B2B Marketing Insider, a contributor to Forbes and a frequent speaker at industry events covering topics such as marketing strategy, social business, content marketing, digital marketing, social media and personal branding.  Follow Michael on Twitter (@BrennerMichael)LinkedInFacebook and Google+ and Subscribe to B2B Marketing Insider by Email

3 Comments

  1. Joe Rizzo said…

    It’s a Skunkworks line item!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skunkworks_project

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