New Report: Why Analytics Investments Have Yet to Pay Off

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zsby Angela Guess

ZS Associates has published a new report entitled, “Broken links: Why analytics investments have yet to pay off.” The report is free to download here. According to ZS Associates, “Sales and marketing analytics is integral to the ability of companies to thrive in today’s markets. In an Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) survey of 448 senior U.S. executives conducted for this study, 70% of respondents say sales and marketing analytics is already ‘very’ or ‘extremely important’ to their own business’s competitive advantage. In just two years, 89% of respondents expect this to be the case. The impact of these efforts, though, remains modest. Only 12% of respondents say those involved in their businesses’ general analytics efforts can stay abreast of emerging industry innovations. More telling, just 2% believe transformations in capabilities at their companies have had a ‘broad, positive impact.’ It is clear that this remains a work in progress.”

The summary continues, “This EIU study, ‘Broken links: Why analytics investments have yet to pay off,’ sponsored by ZS, draws on the survey findings, interviews with senior corporate executives and desk research to explore the current state of sales and marketing analytics. Its key findings include the following: Many companies are putting significant resources into sales and marketing analytics, but their analytics capability for the most part is immature. Eighty-six percent of survey respondents say their company has recently put in place—or plans to implement—improvements to sales and marketing analytics; 52% report their organizations are spending heavily on such technology or are undertaking targeted investments to make key functional improvements.”

Read the full report here.

Photo credit: ZS Associates

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