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Growth tops the list of CEO business priorities in 2018 and 2019, according to a survey of CEOs and senior executives by Gartner. The results indicated that “simple incremental growth has become more difficult to achieve. CEOs are tackling a number of initiatives to find ways to redevelop the business to sustain growth. 

Focus your Marketing Strategy on Accelerating Organic Growth

Marketing Needs to be an Active Participant in Developing the Growth Strategy

Marketers Need to Focus on Sustained Growth

As marketers, we talk a lot about big data, demand generation, content marketing, and engagement. But as an integral part of the business, we need to talk about how we can facilitate business growth and serve as value generators for our companies. If you’re not asking this question every day, you’re missing the mark,  “How does, and how can, Marketing strategically help my company grow?”

Three Areas to Help Implement a Marketing Strategy to Support Growth

To help you recommend and implement a Marketing strategy to support business growth, consider these three areas:

  1. Growth is a result of more than just selling. Think beyond the pipeline and tackle innovation. Take the initiative to own the idea generation phase for new products and services. Regularly gather customer input to help frame market requirements. Explore how to be innovative when it comes to addressing customer experience and apply innovation to both marketing strategy and tactical development.
  2. Growth decisions require understanding which customers, markets, and products to pursue and which ones to abandon. This includes knowledge of customer preferences, buying criteria, and the buying process. Implementing growth strategies requires creating compelling messaging and content that resonates with customers and prospects. These decisions outputs require good data. So, lead the charge on leveraging analytics to capture the actionable insights needed to make informed choices.
  3. Growth strategies typically revolve around one or more of these customer-focused approaches and each comes with data and metrics requirements:
  • Identifying profitable growth opportunities for your core businesses. To create the strategy, the CMO needs to measure and benchmark the current rate of revenue growth, market share, and customer experience for each of the core businesses. Marketing should know who are, and who are not, core customers, the firm’s competitive differentiators, and where attractive growth opportunities exist.
  • Creating high impact, compelling value propositions for existing customers. This includes including creating sub-segments, understanding buying patterns, revenue and profit contribution, and conducting A/B value proposition testing. Once again you can see the importance of data and analytics in this
  • Entering adjacent markets that have strong, strategic links to your core business. This strategy becomes especially important when you’ve reached maximum share/growth in your core business. Typically the easiest route to adjacent markets is with proven products and/or This strategy requires new market data, the potential customers segments and their buying process, and the analytics to help you score and determine the best segments and markets to pursue.

Companies use a number of overall financial metrics to measure growth. As part of the growth engine, the Marketing function has the opportunity to impact real revenue growth (revenue after overall increases or decreases in the profit index) and sustainable revenue growth (how much additional revenue growth your company can handle).

Therefore, the fourth area to address is the KPIs, metrics, and dashboards that reflect Marketing’s contribution to growth outcomes. The CMO in particular needs to think beyond the Marketing measures and metrics typically associated with the pipeline such as Marketing generated “leads” or other output oriented metrics such as campaign response rates, search engine rankings, and webinar/event participants. CMOs focused on growth embrace more outcome oriented metrics around Marketing’s contribution to the rate, cost, and number of acquired customers, the rate of growth of specific customers, and share of wallet, advocacy and referral growth among customers.

The bottom line: Having a clear growth strategy and strong execution are essential to achieving profitable growth. Marketing can be a major contributor to both strategy and its execution by driving innovation and leveraging actionable insights derived from data and analytics. Contact us for help with the research, strategy, and plan development. 

 

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