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What skills do digital marketers possess in 2016? [#ChartoftheDay]

By Robert Allen 13 Sep, 2016
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The current state of the digital marketing skills landscape.

The results from our survey of over 700 marketing professionals are in! The responses have allowed us to develop a picture of the current state of digital marketing skills. They come from across the UK and US, but were predominantly from UK marketers, so help us to accurately understand the digital skills landscape of the UK marketing industry in 2016.

Marketers tend to fancy themselves as fairly skilled in strategy, content marketing and social media marketing. Although interestingly no one area had over 50% ranking themselves as skilled or highly skilled, and a considerable 38% also said they wanted to improve their strategy and planning skills. This was the skill marketers were most likely to say they wanted to improve.

At the other end of the spectrum, there is a real shortage of more technical expertise like coding, mobile marketing and graphic design. A lack of coding and graphic design knowelege may not be an issue in larger businesses with dedicated departments, but for marketers in small organisations it's useful to at least know the basics so things can be tweaked and the operation doesn't grind to a halt when a specialist member of staff is off on his or her holidays.

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By Robert Allen

I was the Editor of Smart Insights between 2015-2017. I managed the blog and you will find blog articles on a range of subjects- Marketing Technology trends and latest tech developments are a regular focus, as well as exploring key marketing concepts. You can get in touch with me on Twitter and connect with me on LinkedIn. The new Editor is Carolanne Mangles.

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