There are many challenges that marketers face today: a fiercely competitive marketplace, the pressure of producing memorable content for multiple media channels, and the day-to-day management and execution of marketing projects. If we shine a light on managing creative projects, a common issue that marketers face is deadline delays, a symptom indicative of other issues bubbling away below the surface.
Something is multiplying at a rate of knots and it’s not the number of hours that marketers are being freed up each work day. Not only are marketers feeling the pressure to perform across multiple platforms, now they’re managing their creative projects with more than one marketing tool.
According to Winterberry Group’s research report , 55.1% of marketers are using five to ten different marketing tools to manage data and advertising campaigns, with 27.3% juggling up to 20 tools. Aside from marketing automation tools, these figures include marketing project management tools such as time tracking, collaboration, file management, resource management, online proofing tools and asset storage.
According to the Asia Pacific Content Marketing Report 2016 by HubSpot and Survey Monkey, 63% of businesses stepped up content creation in 2016. Still, 56% of marketers surveyed revealed that creating quality marketing content was one of their top challenges.
In one way or another, the quality of marketing output has always been reliant on how effectively you manage your creative approval workflow. When marketing projects are running smoothly, quality and expediency go hand in hand. When they become riddled with problems, it’s no surprise you see a decline in the quality of output.
The internet – no training required?
Think about it for a moment, you use the interne
t every day to do some amazing things. You check your email (probably too often), search for and locate almost anything, book flights and holidays to anywhere in the world, buy and sell any product you need, watch and listen to literally anything you want. But how did you get to this point?How much training were you required to take before you were let loose on the web? The answer is almost certainly none. And yet look at what you can achieve with no training. The power at your fingertips is staggering. So why is it that this feeling of empowerment is often missing when using agency project management software supposedly designed to help you to be more productive?