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Select a Marketing Management Suite

A best-fit solution balances needs, cost, and capability.

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Contributors

  • Sara Camden, Digital Change Agent, Equifax
  • Caren Carrasco, Lifecycle Marketing and Automation, Benjamin David Group
  • 10 Anonymous Contributors

Your Challenge

  • Time, money, and effort are wasted on channels and campaigns that are not resonating with your customer base.
  • Email marketing, social marketing, and/or lead management alone are often not enough to meet more sophisticated marketing needs.
  • Many organizations struggle with taking a systematic approach to selection that pairs functional requirements with specific marketing workflows, and as a result they choose a marketing management suite (MMS) that is not well aligned to their needs, wasting resources and causing end-user frustration.
  • For IT managers or marketing professionals, the task to incorporate MMS technology into the organization requires not only receiving the buy-in for the MMS investment but also determining the vendor and solution that best fit the organization’s particular marketing management needs.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • An MMS enables complex campaigns across many channels, product lines, customer segments, and marketing groups throughout the enterprise.
  • Selecting an MMS has become increasingly difficult because the number of players in the marketplace has ballooned. Moreover, picking the wrong marketing solution has a direct impact on revenue.
  • Determine whether the investment in an MMS is worthwhile or the funds are better allocated elsewhere. For organizations with a large audience or varied product offerings, an MMS enables complex campaigns across many channels, product lines, customer segments, and marketing groups throughout the enterprise.

Impact and Result

  • Maximize your success and credibility with a proposal that emphasizes the areas relevant to your situation.
  • Perform more effective customer targeting and campaign management. Having an MMS equips marketers with the tools they need to make informed decisions around campaign execution, resulting in better targeting, acquisition, and customer retention. This means more revenue.
  • Maximize marketing impact with analytics-based decision making. Understanding users’/customers’ behaviors and preferences will allow you to run effective marketing initiatives.

Research & Tools

Start here – read the Executive Brief

Read our concise Executive Brief to find out how to approach selecting an MMS, review Info-Tech’s methodology, and understand the four ways we can support you in completing this project.

1. Launch the MMS project and collect requirements

Assess the organization’s fit for MMS technology and structure the MMS selection project.

2. Shortlist marketing management suites

Produce a vendor shortlist for your MMS.

Guided Implementations

This guided implementation is an eight call advisory process.

Guided Implementation #1 - Launch the MMS project and collect requirements

Call #1 - Understand CXM strategy and identify your fit for MMS technology.
Call #2 - Identify staffing needs.
Call #3 - Plan requirements gathering steps.

Guided Implementation #2 - Shortlist marketing management suites

Call #1 - Discuss use-case fit assessment results.
Call #2 - Discuss vendor landscape.

Guided Implementation #3 - Select vendor and communicate decision to stakeholders

Call #1 - Create a procurement strategy.
Call #2 - Discuss executive presentation.
Call #3 - Conduct a proposal review.

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Module 1: Launch the MMS Project and Collect Requirements

The Purpose

Determine a “right-size” approach to marketing enablement applications.

Key Benefits Achieved

Confirmation of the goals, objectives, and direction of the organization is marketing application strategy.

Activities

Outputs

1.1

Assess the value and identify the organization’s fit for MMS technology.

1.2

Understand the art of the possible.

1.3

Understand CXM strategy and identify your fit for MMS technology.

1.4

Build procurement team and project customer experience management (CXM) strategy.

  • Project team list.
1.5

Identify your MMS requirements.

  • Preliminary requirements list.

Module 2: Shortlist Marketing Management Suites

The Purpose

Enumerate relevant marketing management suites and point solutions.

Key Benefits Achieved

List of marketing enablement applications based on requirements articulated in the preliminary requirements list strategy.

Activities

Outputs

2.1

Identify relevant use cases.

2.2

Discuss the vendor landscape.

  • Vendor shortlist.

Module 3: Select Vendor and Communicate Decision to Stakeholders

The Purpose

Develop a rationale for selecting a specific MMS vendor.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • MMS Vendor decision.
  • A template to communicate the decision to executives.

Activities

Outputs

3.1

Create a procurement strategy.

3.2

Discuss the executive presentation.

  • Executive/stakeholder PowerPoint presentation.
3.3

Plan the procurement process.

  • Selection of an MMS.