Visibility, reliability, ease …. not exactly the words that come to mind when you’re elbow deep in marketing campaigns, especially in the absence of a tool that can help lighten the load. Like cutting down on the crazy amount of admin. Like easing the burden of resourcing your marketing projects. Like finding a way out of the ever-increasing artwork changes.
Question: I’m a marketing manager in a medium sized organisation. Last year we increased our marketing output substantially and hired a team of designers and copywriters. Meanwhile, I’ve stepped into a marketing project management role. The problem is my resources are always stretched too thin. Projects usually take longer than they should because stakeholders ask for extra work on top of what has been briefed. If it’s not that, then the briefs I receive from the sales reps are always too BRIEF. As a result, my resources do a lot of extra leg work and their work keeps building up, which makes them really irritable. I also never really know what anyone is working day to day. What can I do to get a better handle on my projects and resources?
It’s one thing to sing the praises of MRM software and its multiple features, but how does it impact your bottom line? As previously outlined, today’s comprehensive MRM provides a one-stop shop to manage marketing resources and projects, from briefing all the way through to final production. Let’s take a look at how implementing MRM software can save you money and boost your profits.
The 2016 State of Agile Marketing Report found that the top challenge for 24.4% of marketers was “doing more with fewer people and smaller budgets”. Fast track to 2018 and the frustration lingers. In fact, the pressure for marketers to churn out more content with less hands on deck is even more pressing. The good news: marketers are beginning to see the light.
Marketing Resource Management (MRM) software was cast back into the spotlight recently with a Gartnerreport that resounded new MRM capabilities to meet the growing demands of marketers. And brands are coming to the party. According to SiriusDecisions’ 2017 Global CMO Study, 41 percent of CMOs expect to implement MRM software in the next couple of years.