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5 massive challenges for marketers to address in 2023

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July 7, 2023 | 9 min read

We've been sharing the daily challenges of our core audience - marketers - for quite some time now

And it’s clear that these challenges are continually growing in today’s ever-evolving marketing landscape. As we delve into the second half of 2023, marketers find themselves at the forefront of a rapidly changing industry, where succeeding requires a deep understanding of the challenges that lie ahead.

In this article, we explore the complex world of marketing in 2023 and shed light on the key challenges that demand attention and strategic thinking.

Top 5 challenges marketers are facing in 2023

While there are many more than five challenges marketers face in 2023, these seem to be the most talked about as the cornerstones of a successful marketing strategy.

1. Adapting to evolving data regulations

In the dynamic world of marketing, a significant challenge for marketers in 2023 is keeping up with evolving data regulations and transitioning to GA4, the latest iteration of Google Analytics.

While switching to GA4 has likely brought lots of challenges, it is worth the pain as GA4 introduces a more streamlined approach to data collection and analysis by consolidating the user journey under one property and reducing reliance on tracking pixels. This shift requires marketers to embrace new strategies to ensure compliance while still delivering personalized experiences their audience expects.

The evolving landscape of data governance, exemplified by regulations like GDPR, continue to shape the way marketers collect and handle customer data. To navigate these challenges successfully, marketers must prioritize user privacy and adapt their data collection strategies accordingly.

Embracing zero-party data and first-party data becomes crucial as they provide valuable insights into customer preferences and intentions, enabling marketers to deliver more targeted and relevant campaigns. By leveraging these data sources, marketers can comply with regulations while still providing personalized experiences that resonate with their audience. GA4 also promises to be great tool to push marketers in this direction.

"In today's measurement landscape, businesses need to navigate new challenges to understand the complex, multi-platform journeys of their customers — all while prioritizing user privacy," says Russell Ketchum director, product management, Google Analytics.

2. Meeting rising customers expectations for omnichannel experiences

In 2023, marketers confront the marketing challenge of meeting escalating customer expectations for flawless, omnichannel experiences. Experiences on platforms like Netflix have set the bar for uninterrupted, seamless and consistent content consumption and user experience across devices, leading consumers to anticipate similar convenience elsewhere, and in other industries.

In other words, today's consumers demand seamless interactions across various channels and touchpoints, requiring brands to be technologically advanced enough to deliver consistent experiences throughout the customer journey.

To address this challenge, marketers must prioritize integration and cohesion. Adopting an integrated approach involves leveraging customer relationship management (CRM) systems, marketing automation, and data analytics.

These tools provide a comprehensive view of customer interactions, enabling personalized messaging and tailored experiences. Additionally, implementing omnichannel marketing strategies ensures consistent brand experiences at multiple touchpoints, resonating with the target audience.

By embracing technology and focusing on omnichannel marketing, marketers can successfully navigate the challenge of rising customer expectations, delivering seamless experiences that foster customer satisfaction and loyalty.

“Instead of one-way interruption, Web marketing is about delivering useful content at just the right moment that a buyer needs it,” says David Meerman Scott, marketing strategist and author of several books on marketing.

“You have to understand as a marketer that consumers are functioning in the age of efficiency,” says Mitch Joel, entrepreneur, writer and previous president of Twist Image.

3. Navigating the overwhelming pool of martech trends

While marketers need to leverage new technology, they also encounter the challenge of navigating an overwhelming pool of Martech trends and tools. The market is flooded with an abundance of new technologies, software, and platforms, including all the new generative AI tools, presenting marketers with an array of choices that can be paralyzing.

While marketers recognize the importance of leveraging technology to, as we mentioned previously, collect data and provide omnichannel consumer experiences, the sheer volume of options can be daunting. To address this challenge, marketers should adopt a strategic approach. They need to define their objectives, understand their target audience's specific needs, and conduct thorough research to identify the technologies that align with their goals and offer tangible benefits.

Additionally, collaboration and knowledge-sharing within the marketing community are essential. Engaging with peers, attending industry conferences, reading articles from The Drum like this one, and participating in relevant forums allow marketers to exchange insights and stay informed about emerging trends. By leveraging collective wisdom, marketers can make informed decisions and navigate the martech landscape effectively, enhancing their marketing efforts.

“Innovation needs to be part of your culture. Consumers are transforming faster than we are, and if we don’t catch up, we’re in trouble,” says Ian Schafer, co-founder/ CEO of Kindred and founder/ former CEO of Deep Focus.

4. Crafting original and meaningful content in the age of AI tools

Since Bill Gates famously proclaimed "Content is King" in 1996, marketers have recognized the power of compelling content in capturing the attention and interest of their target audience. However, in today's landscape, marketers face the daunting challenge of creating original, meaningful content that stands out amidst a deluge of information.

The advent of advanced AI tools, has streamlined the content creation process, making it faster and more accessible. As a result, more individuals have become “content creators”, leading to an influx of content on platforms like LinkedIn and an abundance of new blog posts. In this overcrowded space of content marketing, marketers must find ways to leverage AI tools while preserving the integrity and value of their content.

To tackle this challenge, marketers should emphasize the importance of providing unique perspectives, in-depth insights, and actionable takeaways. Instead of focusing solely on quantity, the emphasis should shift towards delivering quality and substance. Thorough research, thoughtful analysis, and the infusion of personal experiences and expertise can set content apart. In other words, in a world saturated with content, marketers must strive to go beyond surface-level information and deliver content that educates, inspires, and genuinely adds value to their audience's lives.

To continue winning the internet marketing game, your content has to be more that just brilliant, it has to give the people consuming that content the ability to become a better version of themselves,says Michelle Stinson Ross, co-founder and CEO of Feelalytics and co-host of #SearchTalkLive.

“The only way to win at content marketing is for the reader to say, ‘This was written specifically for me,'” says Jamie Turner, author, professor and TV news contributor.

5. Building brand authenticity and thrust in a complex marketing landscape

As you have seen previously, there are many challenges marketers face in 2023. From adapting to new data regulations and delivering seamless experiences to martech and content proliferation, marketers must navigate these challenges while ensuring their initiatives resonate with consumers and inspire trust in their brand. That’s an even harder challenge to address.

To address this multifaceted challenge, marketers need to prioritize transparency, consistency, and delivering on promises. By aligning brand values with marketing initiatives and consistently delivering high-quality experiences that meet customer expectations, marketers can establish credibility and foster loyalty. Personalized communication tailored to the specific needs of the audience, along with the use of social proof and customer testimonials, further enhances trust in the brand.

In summary, building brand authenticity and trust requires a strategic approach that emphasizes transparency, consistency, delivering on promises, personalized communication, and social proof. By integrating these elements into their marketing efforts, marketers can forge a genuine connection with their audience, inspire trust, and differentiate themselves in the competitive marketplace.

But, of course, it’s easier said than done.

Content builds relationships. Relationships are built on trust. Trust drives revenue,says Andrew Davis, bestselling author & keynote speaker.

“The brands that can connect with the client in a real way will win,” says Gary Vaynerchuk, serial entrepreneur, chairman of Vaynerx, CEO of Vaynermedia, CEO of Veefriends, & 5X NYT bestselling author.

So, what are the solutions to addressing these challenges marketers?

The challenges faced by marketers in today's ever-evolving landscape require ongoing effort, experimentation, and a flexible and innovative mindset. While this article has provided insights and recommendations, there is no instant fix for these complex issues. It is crucial for marketers to embrace trial and error, adapt their strategies, and seek innovative solutions.

The modern marketer is an experimenter, a lover of data, a content creator, a justifier of ROI,” says Kim Walsh, global VP, go-to-market partnerships at Hubspot.

At Playable, we recognize the difficulties marketers encounter and offer a gamification platform for marketers designed to address these challenges for marketing success. Our platform enables marketers to collect zero-party data, create engaging and game-changing content, and deliver seamless experiences across multiple channels. While we don't claim to have all the answers, we are dedicated to supporting our clients on their journey to navigate the marketing landscape and build meaningful connections with their audience that leads to trust and brand authenticity.

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