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B2B CMOs: Your Marketing Ops Leader Is A Four-Leaf Clover

Barbie Mattie October 4, 2022
As prolonged economic unpredictability introduces the potential for short-termism, CMOs should look to their marketing ops leader for guidance.
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High-Growth B2B Businesses Invest In Brand When Facing Economic Uncertainty

Karen Tran October 3, 2022
Whichever side of the recession debate you’re on, what’s clear is that there is economic uncertainty. On the heels of the “great resignation,” where people were leaving jobs in search of better pay, more flexibility, and increased job satisfaction, we’re now seeing hiring freezes at some companies. This doesn’t mean that every company will cut […]

Turn 2023 Predictions Into Bold Action

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How A Strong Collaboration Between CMO And CIO Accelerates Businesses’ Success

Christina Schmitt September 29, 2022
Technology is not the exclusive core expertise of IT anymore. For many years, technology has had a place in the B2B marketing strategy and represents a big part of marketing’s responsibility. In addition to implementing and running the relevant marketing technology, marketing requires the knowledge to use it effectively to drive the revenue engine, create […]
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The 12 Tales Of Leadership

Phil Brunkard September 29, 2022
Leadership in essence is about persuasion — winning people’s hearts and minds. Leaders must connect with empathy and emotion to lead, influence, and inspire. Stories connect with us emotionally. And our emotions drive our decisions subconsciously. We do this before we apply logic and intellectual reasoning to justify the decision we already made subconsciously. Leadership […]
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Can B2B CMOs Save The Planet, Too?

Karen Tran September 26, 2022
Companies' pledges to become more sustainable are encouraging — if they translate into action. Marketing leaders must work to ensure that messaging aligns with action and purpose.
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How Should Financial Services Respond To The Cost-Of-Living Crisis?

Aurelie L'Hostis September 20, 2022
Banks should address the current, intense cost-of-living pressures as they did the pandemic — with empathy, flexibility, and creativity.
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Oh, How I Love Thee — Brand Preference Measurement Goes Deeper Than Awareness

Karen Tran September 12, 2022
Before launching programs to improve brand health, you need to understand the sentiments and associations of your brand in the market and where your brand stands in terms of preference.

Tackle 2023 With Bold Action & Clear Focus

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When Should Brands Take A Stand?

What It Means September 8, 2022
Consumers, employees, and shareholders increasingly expect companies to speak out on social and political issues. When should they, and how should they make the decision? On this week’s What It Means, Vice President, Research Director Mike Proulx and Vice President, Principal Analyst Dipanjan Chatterjee explain how brands can navigate these scenarios.
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What Happens To Trust In Times of Economic Volatility?

Ian Bruce August 25, 2022
In times of extraordinary political and social instability, consumers turn to brands they trust. Get a data-driven look at why that is and how to make the most of it.
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B2C Marketing Executives: Focus Your 2023 Marketing Plans On High-Value, Customer-First Strategies

Tina Moffett August 25, 2022
Read a few of our key takeaways on where to invest, where to cut, and where to experiment to create a smart B2C marketing budget in 2023.
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Right Insights, Right Time: What Is DataComs, And Why Should You Care?

Kim Herrington July 19, 2022
This week, Forrester published Data Communications Will Make Or Break Your Data Literacy Efforts. In this first research report on this topic, clients will discover how closing gaps in communication can ignite insights-driven decision-making. This content will resonate most with people leaders or change agents who are struggling to transport insights-related messages from the top […]
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Media Is The Flywheel For Integration And Growth

Jay Pattisall July 13, 2022
Are Integrated Agency Relationships The Way Of The Future? Many indicators point to “yes.” CMOs Want Integration Intrigued by the potential lift from integrated marketing solutions, CMOs are changing the nature of their agency relationships to be more connected and improve marketing impact. Our research shows that nearly two in five CMOs will restructure their […]

See Why 2023 Fortune Favors The Bold And Focused

Explore our 2023 Predictions to see where strategies are shifting – and where opportunities for bold moves exist.

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The EU Strikes Again As A Global Leader In Mindful Media: Updated “Code Of Practice On Disinformation”

Kelsey Chickering June 28, 2022
The EU announced an updated Code of Practice on Disinformation, aimed at combating the online spread of disinformation via regulatory measures, including “demonetizing the dissemination of disinformation.” Forrester’s research shows that the monetization of disinformation is a vicious cycle in which the ad supply chain infrastructure supports and funds — often inadvertently — the spread […]
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B2B Companies Take Action — To A Point — In Response To The War In Ukraine

Ian Bruce June 2, 2022
A recent survey of B2B organizations shed light on what they have been willing to do in response to the war and what has driven those decisions.
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What Kind Of B2B Marketing Sandwich Will You Make?

Barbie Mattie April 20, 2022
While definitions vary, the modern, Western-world concept of a sandwich is two slices of bread with filling in between. When analyzing a survey question from Forrester’s Marketing Survey, 2022 (during lunch), it became apparent that high-growth (>20% increase in annual revenue) companies and companies with flat-to-declining annual revenue both will use the same proverbial slices […]
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You’re Probably Greenwashing, But You Don’t Know It

Thomas Husson April 20, 2022
Alongside the COP26 Conference, many businesses communicated their green pledge and how much they are acting to protect the environment. Expect more of this to happen this week, with Earth Day falling on Friday, April 22 — and get ready to see many brands accused of greenwashing. Greenwashing — when a business is perceived to […]
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How B2B Firms Are Redefining Purpose

What It Means April 14, 2022
Following the lead of their B2C counterparts, B2B firms are embracing brand values and a broader notion of purpose. What’s at stake, and where do companies’ intentions fall short? On this week’s episode, Vice Presidents Nancy Maluso and Jennifer Ross weigh in and give a preview of their keynote session at Forrester’s B2B Summit North America.

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Integrate Sustainability Into Your Value Proposition

Jan Sythoff April 12, 2022
Environmental considerations are increasingly important for organizations when deciding on IT and technology-related investments. Many IT and technology solutions can have a positive environmental impact, which bears underscoring to stakeholders — most notably, to customers.
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Ethical Marketing Is Never An Easy Business Decision: Join Me At CX APAC 2022

Xiaofeng Wang April 6, 2022
Implementing a successful ethical marketing strategy requires careful balancing of customer value and business value. Join me at CX APAC to learn how.
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Consumers Crave Authenticity, And CMOs Can Deliver

Anjali Lai April 5, 2022
As the age of misinformation and slew of dubious corporate claims threaten consumers’ trust in brands, consumers are desperate for authenticity. While conventional wisdom suggests that authenticity means “being yourself,” that quickly breaks down when CMOs translate the sentiment into action. In our new report, The Algorithm Of Authenticity, we synthesize consumer data, industry case […]
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