Insights2020 study highlights role of Insights and Analytics in driving customer-centric business growth

02 Nov,2015

By A Correspondent


Seventy-four percent of companies that over-perform on revenue growth create customer experiences based on data driven insights, with only 30 percent of under-performing companies reporting the same, according to initial findings from Insights2020 – Driving Customer-Centric Growth, a global marketing leadership initiative. The study, led by Millward Brown Vermeer in partnership with The Advertising Research Foundation (ARF), ESOMAR, LinkedIn, Kantar and Korn Ferry, builds on the findings of Marketing2020 and is focused on aligning insights and analytics strategy, structure and capability to drive business growth.


Based on more than 325 in-depth interviews with senior marketing and insights leaders and 10,000+ interviews with practitioners across 60 markets, the Insights2020 initiative examines the drivers of customer-centricity and how being a customer-focused company impacts business performance. The research team analyzed over-performing and under-performing companies in terms of revenue growth to understand what over-performing organizations are doing differently to drive success.


“More than a set of activities, customer-centricity is a strategy to deliver business value against customer needs, guided by brand purpose,” said Frank van den Driest, Chief Commercial Officer, Millward Brown Vermeer and Insights2020 global program leader. “Building on the findings from Marketing2020, Insights2020 found that companies that out-perform their peers on revenue growth do so by over-performing on key drivers of customer-centricity. With a robust and global sample, we are able to quantify the financial opportunity for any business and guide organizations on their journeys to customer-centricity. The connection is clear and it is time to elevate insights and analytics to the boardroom.”


The research revealed a number of striking differences between over- and under-performing organizations, and all tie back to three key dimensions of customer-centric growth: Total Experience, Customer Obsession and Insights Engine:

:: 83 percent of revenue growth over-performers link everything the company does to its brand purpose, as opposed to only 31 percent among revenue growth under-performers.

:: 62 percent of over-performers leverage insights and analytics to drive consistency across all customer touch-points, only 26 percent of under-performers do.

:: In 78 percent of over-performing companies, customer-centricity is fully embraced by all functions whereas this is only true in 12 percent of the under-performing companies.

:: 66 percent of all over-performers are working to link their disparate data sources, compared with only 33 percent of under-performing companies doing so.

:: The Insights and Analytics function reports straight into the CEO in 33 percent of over-performer companies; this is true for only 13 percent of the under-performers.


Phase two of Insights2020, available in early 2016, will build on the key drivers of customer-centric growth and will explore the roadmap for helping brands reach customer-centricity.


Laurent Flores, President of ESOMAR added, “Our industry and clients’ businesses are in a period of significant transformation. These findings present an opportunity for the research industry to increase our impact and play a pivotal role in driving customer-centricity and business growth.”


Keith Weed, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Unilever, and chair of the Insights2020 advisory board said, “I am particularly excited about practical application opportunities highlighted by the initial findings. These findings offer every CMO and Insights and Analytics leader a clear list of focus areas and I look forward to building on our initial learning as we share and explore the findings with the industry.”


Harish Bhat, Member, Group Executive Council, Tata Sons says, “Our market is changing very rapidly, the role of marketing too has changed beyond all recognition. Most marketers are probably asking themselves, how ready are each of our organizations to drive growth in this new age of the connected consumer.  This is indeed the dawn of a new age of marketing, with limitless possibilities and equally daunting challenges. Insights 2020 has looked to understand the role of insights and analytics profession in this context, and you will agree with me that the insights and analytics profession is critical to each of our organizations, our CEO’s and CMO’s, as we take our business forward into the future. This is a study of how companies in India and other parts of the world can make best use of insights and analytics to drive customer centric growth.  Its findings are an important foundation on which marketers can build.”


Dinesh Kapoor, Chief Solutions Officer – South Asia, Millward Brown, said “Insights2020 underscores the point that in today’s fast-changing environment, being in constant touch with the customer is fundamental to continued business success. The only way to achieve that is to create a culture where customer-centricity is fully embraced by all functions, and all data sources are linked to get the sharpest insights that deliver the best customer experience across all touch points.”


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