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90% of Major Advertisers Believe Creative and Media Teams Should be Better Aligned Says Report

The survey explored the sentiments of major US advertisers regarding opportunities they see to boost return on ad spend.

A new survey of 100 major U.S. brands and multi-brand retailers with advertising budgets greater than $50 million entitled “Releasing the Power of Digital Creative,” found that while 89% of respondents felt that “creative scale, creative team acumen and creative-driven ad addressability” were their leading priorities for improved ad performance, only 10% felt that their creative and media teams were aligned to make it happen.

The survey, conducted by WBR Insights and published by creative management platform, explores the sentiments of major US advertisers regarding the opportunities they see to boost return on ad spend (ROAS) via investment in creative capabilities as well as the roadblocks that are currently standing in the way of creative effectiveness.

The survey results additionally found that a majority of respondents “struggle with aspects of agility during campaign execution” – with over three-quarters of respondents feeling that they have to build creative assets from scratch when personalizing campaigns to different audiences or regions.

For 64% of respondents, data and creative intelligence were perceived as an important future lever in campaign effectiveness. While the majority of survey respondents already use some form of technology platform to address creative management challenges, 97% of those who do not are actively looking for a technology solution that supports cross-team alignment, campaign automation, and creative intelligence that will help them capitalize on the creative opportunity.

“A greater focus on digital creative has the power to transform digital advertising, but as the industry moves away from reliance on cookies and other third-party data, marketers will need to find new ways to connect their big ideas with data-driven campaigns,” said Oli Marlow Thomas, Founder.

“This survey helps to identify the obstacles that major advertisers encounter as they scale their campaigns and identifies a role for automation and intelligence to overcome them.”

The survey was conducted in March 2022, via a phone-based survey of 100 leaders in brand, media, marketing, and creative roles at B2C brands.

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