When it comes to executing digital marketing initiatives successfully, you need both sides of the brain: creative and technology expertise. Whether your company is redesigning a website, launching a mobile app, or optimizing its search or email marketing strategy, creative teams can’t do the job without help from IT — and vice versa.
But partnering to bring these projects to life is no easy feat. And some businesses are struggling more than others, according to research from The Creative Group and Robert Half Technology. When creative and IT leaders were asked to rate their team’s and company’s ability to effectively carry out digital projects, it wasn’t all A’s.
Overall, the research shows most respondents think highly of their department’s and organization’s capabilities. On a scale of one (failing) to five (excellent), both creative and technology leaders gave above-average ratings, ranging from 3.92 to 4.14. The research also revealed who’s leading the pack and who’s lagging in the digital realm. Check out the infographic below for the full survey results and additional insight into the state of companies’ digital marketing strategies.
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While collaboration is important to digital marketing success, having the right creative and tech talent on your team is even more important. Separate reports from Robert Half Technology (Staffing Digital Projects: Aligning the Right Resources for Success) and The Creative Group (Step Up Your Digital Game: Lessons From In-House Creative Teams) show that the top technical skills lacking on creative and IT teams are content creation and content marketing, data science and data analysis, and web and user experience design. The reports also tell us that these aren’t the easiest skill sets to find.
Want to work your way to an A+ digital marketing strategy?
Consider adding these six key creative and IT players to your team:
1. Digital strategist — This person identifies digital marketing strategies for meeting a company’s or client’s goals. They define target audiences, analyze data to measure effectiveness of campaigns and determine the appropriate digital media channels and strategies to connect and engage with customers.
2. Marketing analytics manager — A marketing analytics manager provides data-driven insights to various stakeholders, leveraging data from marketing automation, CRM software and other business intelligence tools. They work with other departments, like IT, to help companies improve processes and meet business goals.
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3. Mobile applications developer — Collaborating with designers, front-end developers and product stakeholders, this professional delivers technical solutions for mobile application projects. They are also responsible for migrating and adapting existing web applications to a mobile platform.
4. Project manager — This individual provides strategic leadership and planning for program and portfolio management, as well as coordinates and oversees the activities of employees. They identify, prioritize, authorize, manage and control projects to achieve strategic business objectives.
5. UX designer — By understanding users’ underlying emotional and functional needs, a UX designer determines the architecture and wireframes to help a user navigate a product or website. They work with design and technology teams to create an enjoyable experience that also supports business objectives.
6. Web developer — Responsible for integrating websites with back-end systems, web developers work with marketing and design teams to develop, test and execute functionality and design improvements for a company’s website.