Chief Marketing Officers Need to Adapt or Risk becoming Extinct

In 2022, Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) will need to either expand their skill set and value they bring to their organization or run the risk of being eliminated. For the past several years, the CMO position in corporate America has been on the decline.

chief marketing officersBranding has changed. It is no longer about building a perception in your customer’s mind. In the age of smartphones and social media, customer experience is the new branding. Customers are defining the brand to the business and everyone else, and we can find out what a large percentage of them think about any brand within minutes by simply searching Google.

What CMO’s can do about it

According to Gartner, customer experience drives over two-thirds of customer loyalty, outperforming brand equity and price combined. In fact, a good customer experience makes a person five times more likely to recommend a company and more likely to purchase in the future. That’s some serious revenue at stake.

Many of these companies who have eliminated the CMO have replaced it with a Chief Experience Officer (CXO) or Chief Customer Officer (CCO). “If you’re a Chief Customer Officer, it means everything that touches the consumer is going to be your responsibility,” says Keith Johnston, Vice President and Research Director at Forrester Research, Inc.

It is not all bad news for marketers, as long as they are willing to broaden their expertise. The new CMO will thrive as they take on brand’s overall experience, which not only includes the customer experience (CX) but the employee experience (EX). On the other hand, some CMOs won’t be able to keep up and will get sidelined. They may end up reporting to a chief customer officer (like at Walmart) or seeing their position eliminated altogether (like at Bank of America).

*Related – Marketing Will Soon Report to Customer Experience

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About The Author

John DiJulius

John R. DiJulius is a best-selling author, consultant, keynote speaker and President of The DiJulius Group, the leading Customer experience consulting firm in the nation. He blogs on Customer experience trends and best practices.