he intersection of strategy, marketing, and technology, commonly known as MarTech, is penetrating the architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) industries.
As of April 2019, there were more than 7,000 MarTech tools on the market (7,040 to be exact), up from just 1,000 five years ago, according to ChiefMartec. This flood of tools and apps for marketing and business development professionals is impacting firms in multiple ways, from difficulty in selecting the right technologies, to challenges in keeping up with changes, to issues with using the tools effectively.
AEC firms of all sizes are investing in MarTech with goals to improve their marketing strategy and drive more sales, but recent research from The Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) Foundation shows AEC firms aren’t yet applying these solutions to their fullest potential.
The new six-page report, “Powering Up Technology: A Spotlight on Martech,” looks at how MarTech tools help AEC brands, allow for deeper understanding and engagement, and support communication with clients and their target audiences.
On the flip side, the data shows how AEC firms aren’t yet applying these solutions—such as social platforms, client relationship management (CRM), and content management systems (CMS)—to their fullest potential. The findings and analysis are based on a survey of 500 SMPS members conducted by the SMPS Foundation in conjunction with the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Eighty percent of respondents believe the current MarTech strategy at their firm is average or unsuccessful, expressing the belief that there is significant room for growth in this area.
“AEC companies are beginning to harness these powerful systems and advanced platforms to execute and analyze modern marketing campaigns,” said Michael Geary, CAE, Chief Executive Officer, Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) and the SMPS Foundation. “While marketers recognize the importance of this technology, their organizations struggle with how to implement these technologies and associated MarTech initiatives.”
SMPS will use the findings of this report to craft learning opportunities for the AEC industries, and the SMPS Foundation will conduct a follow-up survey in 2020 to measure progress.
The report addresses a variety of topics, including:
- Awareness of MarTech tools
- Barriers to MarTech usage
- Drivers behind MarTech adoption
- Delivery of MarTech metrics and reporting
- Integration of MarTech-specific marketing roles and consultants