IDC FutureScape: Worldwide CMO 2018 Predictions – IDC

Prediction 1: By 2021, Privacy Will Have Been Redefined from “the Selective Sharing of Data” to “the Value of Data” and Digital Marketplaces Will Have Emerged That Enable Consumers to Provide Data in Return for VIP Services, with up to 10% of Consumers in Developed Countries Participating

Prediction 2: By 2021, at Least 15% of Businesses’ Standard Customer Experience Decisions Will Be Handled by Algorithms as Companies Shift from Person-to-Person (P2P) to Machine-to-Person (M2P) Engagement and Transactions

Prediction 3: By 2020, 20% of Marketers Will Share Customer Experience Budgets, Processes, Metrics, and Compensation with All Other Customer-Facing Functions in the Enterprise Including Sales, Finance, Fulfillment, Customer Service, and Contact Center

Prediction 4: By 2019, 80% of B2B Marketers Will Have at Least One Account-Based Marketing Campaign in the Field

Prediction 5: By 2019, Available Inventory in Marketing Databases Will Shrink by 40%

Prediction 6: By 2021, 70% of Digital Advertising and Marketing Will Be Augmented or Automated Using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Prediction 7: By the End of 2021, 75% of Large B2B Events Will Personalize Participant Experiences Using Human-to-Machine Technologies; Augmented Reality, Sensors, and the Use of Biometric Data Will Propel Events into Brand Differentiating Powerhouses

Prediction 8: By 2021, 25% of B2B Companies Will Reshape Their Marketing Organizations into Nonhierarchical Structures, Aided by Collaborative Technologies; New Forms, Such as Circles, Squads, and Tribes, Will Help Companies Break out of Silos and Provide Better Customer Experiences

Prediction 9: By 2020, 60% of B2B CMOs Will Be Held Accountable for at Least One Customer-Oriented Metric as Companies Accept Customer Centricity as Core to the Marketing Mission; Metrics for Loyalty, Advocacy, and Quality Take Their Place Alongside Revenue-Related Metrics

Prediction 10: By 2020, 50% of B2B Companies Will See a Reduction in Sales, General, and Administrative (SG&A) Costs of up to 15% as More Cost-Effective Automated and Algorithmic Marketing Eclipses the High Cost of Selling