Marketing Tech

The Two Questions to Ask About Any Marketing-Technology Initiative

By Jonathan Copulsky

Every day, marketing executives confront a multitude of tough challenges to ensure that their organizations stay ahead of the competition and their campaigns break through the clutter. These challenges range from targeting the right audiences, to personalizing messaging, to leveraging new digital technologies, to effectively managing complex multi-channel marketing campaigns.

We’ve seen a significant increase in the adoption of marketing technologies to tackle such challenges. Hundreds of vendors offer diverse applications such as campaign management, marketing resource management, marketing analytics and content marketing.

Some organizations have deployed these technologies elegantly, allowing them to dramatically improve marketing effectiveness while creating compelling customer experiences based on deep insights and robust personalization capabilities. Others have struggled to realize the value of their marketing technology investments and have fallen behind.

More than likely, you find yourself pondering the question of how to proceed. What are the right applications, the right technologies, the right vendors and the right expectations? How do you ensure that you get value from investments in marketing technologies? How do you get started?

Before you launch headlong into a major marketing technology project, start with two seemingly simple questions.

First, ask how the new marketing technology will affect the experience that you deliver to your customers.

  • Will it make it your organization easier to do business with?
  • Will it flex along with your customers?
  • Will it help you become better at anticipating and predicting customer needs and expectations?
  • Will it allow you to support highly responsive and personalized customer journeys?


Second, ask how the new marketing technology will affect the way that your organization operates.

  • Will it help you standardize your processes in line with best practices?
  • Will it automate your repetitive and manually intensive processes?
  • Will it enable you to become more agile?
  • Will it allow you to scale your marketing organization more quickly and at a lower cost than you might otherwise be able to do?


When implemented effectively, marketing technologies can play a role in helping organizations create highly responsive, personalized customer experiences as well as agile and scalable processes, However, your success in making this transformation happen is likely to increase if you start by demanding answers to very two seemingly simple questions.


Jonathan Copulsky has worked at the intersection of brand, marketing, publishing and technology for over thirty years as a senior marketing executive and management consultant. Jonathan is currently a Senior Principal with Deloitte Consulting and serves as Global Insights Leader for Deloitte. At Kellogg, Jonathan teaches Mastering Marketing Technologies: A Managerial Perspective. Jonathan also teaches Customer Value Innovation in Medill's graduate program in Integrated Marketing Communications.

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