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The challenge of integrating digital marketing

Author's avatar By Expert commentator 05 Feb, 2015
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Only 7% of businesses have an optimised effect

We know social media is here to stay,   despite any backlash, but so too is traditional marketing. Omnichannel marketing is driving the need for Marketers to integrate digital marketing strategies rather than creating separate plans for different channels, and departments working in silos.

Our research with the TFM&A suggests progress as Marketers are move towards strategic integrated digital planning 'though only 1/4 of companies were satisfied with their level of integration across digital and traditional communications and 7% are full integrated and optimised.'

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The chart certainly shows there is challenge which many businesses are trying to meet.

The most detrimental factor to 'integrated planning' is the lack of planning, as many companies have separate traditional marketing and digital marketing teams whom work independently when it comes to planning their marketing.

27% of businesses lacked integrated planning and teams were still structured in silos amongst 24% of our respondents.

It's not rocket science that it's important to develop processes and skills to improve this type of structure, and have top-down support to make this happen though it doesn't happen over night and can be a cultural change.TFMASmartinsightsDigitalMarketingreportdigitalmarketingchannels

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