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11.1% of budget is spent on marketing, how does your business compare?

By Robert Jones 17 Apr, 2018
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Chart of the day: 11.1% of businesses budgets is spent on marketing activities on average

Research by The CMO Survey has found that 11.1% is the average budget spent on marketing. As shown in the chart below, 11.1% on average is how much businesses are spending n marketing. If your business is spending less than this, it's worth considering whether there are missed opportunities.

Across sectors, the research has found that marketing spend is mixed, but there are a number of industries that spend considerably more than others. Shown below is the percentage of budget spend on marketing in each sector listed. Energy, healthcare, media and tech industries are leading the highest average marketing spend

Digital marketing also dominates marketing spend across B2C and B2B sectors when compared to "traditional" marketing spend.

Marketing is also around 7.9% of revenues, showing similarities between budget assigned and percentage of revenue spent being quite similar.

Marketing spend based on revenue is highest for customer services industry and education.

It makes sense that marketing spend based on revenue and marketing spend assigned are close, not a hugely different as it shows how businesses are using revenue estimates to assign marketing and it shows the importance of marketing to businesses.

By Robert Jones

Robert Jones is a specialist in CRO, UX Research, insight and digital Marketing. He is CRO Analyst at Enjoy Digital. He has a Psychology Masters of Research, has run large digital marketing campaigns to build research panels and worked in insight roles for Vision Critical, ASDA and WhatUsersDo. He also managed all of Smart Insights member resources and published several guides including "How to conduct Persona Research" as well as contributing over 100 blog posts to the Smart Insights blog. When he isn’t working on marketing campaigns he is most likely eating authentic Italian food or planning his next short trip. You can connect with Robert on LinkedIn or follow him on Twitter.

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