GetResponse and Demand Metric Study Reveals Biggest Pain Points in the Marketing Funnel

Funnel Friction Benchmark Study Identifies Which Marketing Channels and Tactics Are Most Effective at Each Stage in the Marketing and Sales Cycle

Boston, Mass. – July 31, 2019GetResponse , the global innovator in digital and email marketing, in partnership with global research firm Demand Metric, today announced the results of the “2019 Funnel Friction Benchmark Study.” The study, conducted from June – July 2019, analyzes the current state of the marketing funnel. The survey results reveal how much friction is in today’s marketing funnel, where it most commonly appears, and the degree to which marketing automation reduces or eliminates this friction.

The study is based on an analysis of 284 survey respondents, the majority of whom are professional marketers at B2B and B2C companies and agencies. The survey identified and measured the marketing tactics that are most and least effective for moving prospects through the funnel. These tactics include content marketing, email marketing, events, paid, earned and owned media, search, social media, and video marketing.

“Today’s marketers are smart, digitally savvy and have an unlimited number of ideas and tools to execute campaigns. Yet they often struggle with moving opportunities through the funnel. By taking a closer look at the issues causing the most friction in the funnel, and enabling marketers to significantly reduce them, companies can realize stronger ROI and customer retention,” said Courtenay Worcester, director of marketing, GetResponse.

Below are key findings from the study.

  • Fewer than 30 percent of marketers have a precise understanding of the ROI on their marketing funnel.
  • The top of the marketing funnel was rated as the best performing and the middle section was found to be the least performing.
  • When marketing tactics are automated, performance almost doubles with the biggest performance gains coming in the middle of the funnel. However, less than 20 percent of marketers reported full automation for any part of their marketing funnel.
  • Integrating marketing tactics within the funnel has a powerful impact on campaign performance. The top and middle sections of the funnel saw a 3X improvement and the bottom of the funnel saw a 2X improvement.
  • With the exception of two channels, email and referral marketing, the use of marketing tactics decreases as the customer moves from the top to the bottom of the funnel. Email marketing saw the most consistent and heaviest use throughout the funnel followed by referral marketing, which includes customer testimonials and case studies, peer review sites and word-of-mouth.

“Marketers have long known that the middle section of the funnel presents the most challenges. What they didn’t always know was how to reduce that friction and convert more leads. The GetResponse/Demand Metric study proves the power of automation in digital marketing and its ability to drive at least a 3X improvement in the murky middle of the funnel,” said John Follett, co-founder, Demand Metric.

The GetResponse/Demand Metric 2019 Funnel Friction Benchmark Study is available here:

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