​Report: What do marketers look for in the right vendor?

Report reveals what modern marketers look for when choosing potential vendors

Choosing the right vendor can make or break a marketing strategy, so it’s no wonder marketers are more scrupulous than ever before.

New global research released by Hotwire and Vanson Bourne surveyed 1000 global business decision makers including around 100 from Australia, to find out which information sources prove to be effective in helping to investigate potential vendors.

The study, The Changing Face of Influence, found almost half of marketing respondents look for vendor customer stories and case studies, direct customer references either via phone or visit as well as vendor thought leader opinion pieces before making their decision. Other factors considered included external peer opinions and independent consultant opinions.

Hotwire Australia managing director, Alexis Wilson, said despite the information overload many decision makers are experiencing, it’s clear marketers are still looking for the proof in the pudding – customer references.

“The IT industry is relying heavily on their colleagues and industry analysts to point them in the right direction,” she said. “Interestingly, thought leadership pieces are proving to be highly influential in both fields, which supports the efforts many organisations are putting behind content marketing, blogging, and CEO profiling.”

When assessing the effectiveness of different information sources, the report also revealed some key differences between IT and marketing decision makers. Marketers got most value from thought leader/opinion pieces (52 per cent), customer case studies (46 per cent), direct customer references (35 per cent) and business press opinion pieces (35 per cent).

IT decision makers sought external peer opinions (50 per cent), internal peer opinions (48 per cent), analyst research (46 per cent) and independent consultant opinions (44 per cent) were most valuable.

“The survey demonstrates there are clear gaps between the information marketers and IT leaders are looking for, and the information that is actually helping them make decisions,” Wilson added. “Marketers are clearly impacted by industry experts who can think through and implement forward-thinking concepts, while IT leaders are highly influenced by their peers’ actions. Arguably, to ensure our businesses are thinking innovatively, we should be combining these to form strategic decisions.”

Follow CMO on Twitter: @CMOAustralia, take part in the CMO conversation on LinkedIn: CMO ANZ, join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CMOAustralia, or check us out on Google+: google.com/+CmoAu

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments

Blog Posts

The changing nature of brand power

Once upon a time, life was easy: You developed products, placed them in a well-located retail shop, wrapped them under an attractive brand and hired the best creative in town to promote them. Many business and brands were successfully built on this approach, even if it wasn’t always that easy.

Jean-Luc Ambrosi

Author, marketer

Putting the ‘human element’ back in marketing

During the recent CMO Momentum conference, Paul Mitchell shared how marketing leaders can create cultures that deliver

Paul Mitchell

Managing director, The Human Enterprise

The rise and rise of voice search

In 1982, an AT&T employee by the name of Plotzke predicted the rise of voice: “In fact, it has been predicted that, by 1990, well over half the communications dollars spent by businesses will be for products and services that include voice technologies.

Michael Jenkins

Founder and director, Shout agency

Bullshit

John Winkler

Kmart turnaround chief to exit Wesfarmers, Target

Read more

End your financial worriesAre you a business man or woman? And you are in need of an urgent loan as to start up your own business? Or do ...

lance

Kmart turnaround chief to exit Wesfarmers, Target

Read more

https://uploads.disquscdn.c... [magic school bus] KID: where are we going today MS. FRIZZLE: the zoo KID: but last week we went to SPACE ...

Germain3161

Sephora Asia details its journey to data-driven decision making

Read more

DP Apparel bietet große Auswahl Audi Rennbekleidung in Deutschland zu den besten Angeboten. Das Geschäft bietet auch qualitativ hochwerti...

DP apparel

Audi Australia gets a new CMO

Read more

this is a really great news

Vincent Mouton

Mobile-first banking startup showcases fresh brand identity

Read more

Latest Podcast

More podcasts

Sign in