Nearly two-thirds of marketing leaders rated innovation as “very critical” to their company’s success, a 15% decline from 2015, according to the fourth annual “CMO Innovation Trends” study. Participants--103 senior marketers across myriad industries--cited three causes: the excessive time spent on day-to-day operations and firefighting, lack of internal alignment, and funding shortages.
What can CMOs do to reverse this trend? EnergizeGrowth founder and adviser Lisa Nirell recommends a temporary step away from data-driven conversations and a return to persuasion and storytelling fundamentals. Her latest report also offers a variety of low-cost options to fuel innovation experiments.
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