By Ryan Koonce
The evidence that CMOs are on the hook for the magic growth number is overwhelming, but the days of unrestrained lead growth are fading into the annals of SaaS history. Inefficient scaling of a SaaS business is a death knell, which is why investors treasure the magic number as one of the best indicators of current health and future value. But without an effective and efficient marketing engine, the odds of a SaaS business scaling up growth and creating value are slim. And adding more salespeople only feeds the fire.
According to Paul Albright of Captora (Venture Beat), “The reality is the marketing has become THE most efficient want to accelerate growth in our digital economy. The imperative is to connect the dots, so each marketing expense dollar is aligned and reported against revenue growth.” Hence, CMO budgets are being conditioned by investors with weighty expectations to scale recurring revenue. The seminal question for CMOs is: How much recurring revenue are we getting out of your marketing? CMOs must own the answer to this question.
How can you grow high-quality pipeline and bookings while improving the cost of acquiring new customers (CAC)? CMOs need to own the pathway to driving an impressive return on marketing and magic number. They own spending and outcomes for every marketing touch and channel across the full buyer’s journey from organic website clicks, social engagement and advertising click throughs to conference booth visits, nurture email downloads, on-demand demo views, and free trial requests.
While CMOs are on the hook for efficient revenue growth, the challenge is most are painfully handicapped by an archaic single-touch (or source) attribution approach. According to Chief Marketer’s Attribution Still a Huge Challenge for B2B Marketers report, “lengthy sales cycles, numerous touchpoints and too much data are among the biggest hurdles B2B marketers face when it comes to accurate attribution.” Regardless of how influential the other touches were in influencing the buyer, the first or last touch gets all the credit. How do you know which marketing touches and/or channels are really generating revenue and which ones need to go?
Single-touch attribution is inadequate for full-funnel, multi-touch insight. It does not tell you the impact of a given touch on revenue in relation to other touches nor does it give you the ROI granularity needed for optimization. This causes erroneous conclusions about what’s really working and what’s not. Further, single touch attribution involves multiple analytic tools and laborious effort, each one giving incomplete and biased insight. Single-touch attribution:
To solve this pervasive pain and give you and your organization the data you need to continuously optimize budgets and maximize revenue, you must change to an attribution approach that can deal with the rigors of modern B2B SaaS marketing.
To start your journey, you will need to invest in a multi-touch attribution platform that:
Multi-touch attribution doesn’t replace your CRM or MAP – it complements and enhances them. It enables both platforms to do what they do best: automate and scale lead and opportunity management activities. Multi-touch attribution also complements your advertising and other channels by integrating data flows and standardizing the attribution method, streamlining workflow and eliminating the chaos and inefficiency of extracting and normalizing data from multiple sources.
Concurrently, multi-touch attribution focuses solely on quantifying which marketing lead and opportunity activities (touches, campaigns, channels) are working (or not) to help marketers make better decisions across the entire (not just one touch or source) funnel. It also provides the data that fuels effective budgeting and optimization by helping marketers to know where to place their best bets to drive efficient revenue growth.
A multi-touch attribution cheat sheet for CMOs:
Marketing attribution has been re-thought for the modern, B2B SaaS marketing organization. Find out how you solve the pain of single touch / source attribution, giving you and your team the data to deliver more revenue with less spend:
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