Marketers Utilize Only 58 Percent of Their Martech Stack’s Potential

Marketers Utilize Only 58 Percent of Their Martech Stack’s Potential

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Marketing leaders struggle to make progress in the utilization of their marketing technology stack capabilities, according to Gartner. In fact, the latest Gartner Marketing Technology Survey 2019 findings reveal that marketing leaders report utilizing only 58% of their martech stack’s potential.

This comes despite continued investments in new technology, with marketing leaders spending 26% of their marketing budgets on martech. Gartner defines a martech stack as a set of integrated technologies, techniques and information that enables marketing to create new products and services; enter new markets; efficiently and effectively target, acquire and retain customers; and improve the processes needed to engage in a dynamic conversation with people who are influencers and buyers.

“Marketing teams are leaving martech’s potential untapped, imperiling both their credibility and impact,” said Benjamin Bloom, senior director analyst in the Gartner for Marketers practice. “But the answer isn’t necessarily more technology. Translating marketing technology into business effectiveness is correlated with martech utilization. With looming economic uncertainty, marketing teams need to focus on becoming more agile, putting extra emphasis on training, talent and system integration.”

Gartner research shows that 29% of marketing leaders indicate that training and upskilling existing martech talent is a major impediment to their martech stack effectiveness. Meanwhile, 27% of marketing leaders report either integration between martech solutions or identifying and recruiting martech talent as being the largest impediment to effectiveness.

Martech teams increasingly take a “best-of-breed” approach to selecting new technologies. 57% of marketers prefer to build their stack through various solutions from different providers, versus 29% who prefer an “integrated suite” approach. Marketers in North America and U.K. who prefer a best-of-breed approach report utilizing more of their martech stack on average (60%) than those who prefer an integrated suite approach (53%). This suggests that marketers are getting better at minimizing waste from unused or abandoned martech, perhaps due to marketing’s closer collaboration with IT.

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