Marketers on every level have internalized the bottom-line message. Marketers in our survey report that the customer data they are most concerned with for planning programs are value and profitability, and that increasing organizational discipline is important for the purposes of improving market and revenue growth. But when we put aside the grand vision of marketing and dug down into the details, the disconnects were somewhat startling.
The most troubling finding from our study is that marketers appear surprisingly detached from their customers. Marketers report an overwhelming reliance on their CRM systems as a primary source of customer data, with very little insight gained through customer service, distribution channels, customer organizations or communities, or even online customer networks.