But digital CMOs can’t go it alone. Digital CMOs need to hire the right people to lead and execute. As my colleague Laura McLellan and Scott Brinker wrote in their July-August 2014 Harvard Business Review article “The Rise of the Chief Marketing Technologist,” Gartner finds that 81% of enterprises have a chief marketing officer in place today, up from 70% last year. Seventy-seven percent have a chief customer officer as the primary advocate for the customer and final arbiter on customer experience. Forty-eight percent of the time, this role reports into the CMO, which supports yet another finding: the CMO is on the rise in strategic importance.
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