All Things Digital: 2014 Budget Plans for B2B Marketers

In a recent post by Ashtyn Douglas, B2B marketing advertising writer at Media, Inc., a marketing budget revelation proved to be leaning towards the digital trends.

CMOs are enthusiastically devising viable marketing strategies while ideas are free-flowing throughout psyched marketing departments,” Douglas says. “While some are devoting more money globally to their full range of marketing tactics, others are seeing marginal increases and are forced to carefully shift around existing budgets.”

A survey dubbed Advertising Age’s 2014 BtoB’s Outlook:  Marketing Priorities and Planning  sheds light on the increase in overall marketing budgets. Of the 364 B2B marketers surveyed,

  • 52.5% plan to increase their overall B2B marketing budget in 2014 and,
  • 36.4% of respondents plan to see an increase in budget greater than 10%

Here’s the rest of Douglas’ insights from the survey:

Ramping Up ROI with Digital Marketing

When asked which media form they plan to increase their marketing spend on, four out of five respondents indicated  they’ll be allocating a larger slice of the pie to digital marketing– a 13% increase from last year’s survey (Tweet This Stat!). With more traditional marketing tactics like print, TV, direct mail, and radio flatlining in spend, the majority of B2B marketers are seeing success and a succulent ROI on digital media outlets. Of these investigated leading B2B marketers,

  • 61%  are projecting to spend over 25% of their total marketing budgets on digital platforms
  • 10% claim to spend 75-100% of their total marketing budgets on digital platforms

Mobile and Content Strategies are the Leading Ladies

Digging down even further, the survey found that not only are marketing budgets cleaving away from traditional advertising methods, the digital landscape itself is also in flux. When asked where majority of their online marketing budgets will be spent, Ad Age found an obvious emphasis on content marketing. 75% of B2B marketers are increasing their content efforts this year with a 12% increase in using social media as a major content delivery platform.

Responsive design and mobile advertising remains a huge priority for B2B companies. With 65% of C-level executives completely comfortable with making a business purchase on a mobile device, optimizing your web site, lead forms, and crafted content to be mobile-friendly should be a major initiative for you this year.

Striking Gold with Video

White papers, eBooks, infographics, and case studies will remain effective forms of content,  but the major boost in spend this year will be in in the production of webinars, videos, and webcasts. As video is quickly turning heads, make sure you fully optimize this asset before dumping your entire budget into this one medium. More than 50% of videos receive less than 1,000 views, so make sure you’re aligning video ideas with your current marketing strategies.

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