Marketing accountability and marketing automation: evidence from Portugal

Susana C. Silva, Leonardo Corbo, Božidar Vlačić, Mariana Fernandes
2021 EuroMed Journal of Business  
PurposeThe present study seeks to outline the role of marketing automation (MA) in measuring the return on marketing activities and the challenges associated with reaching accountability in marketing.Design/methodology/approachTo investigate the objective of the study, the authors adopted a qualitative approach, conducting an exploratory study among ten key informants located in Portugal.FindingsBased on the results of the qualitative analysis, a conceptual framework is proposed, which includes
more » ... both strategic- and operational-level factors with the goal of creating a value-based agenda. In this agenda, executives such as the Chief Marketing Officer emerge as value creators, fostering business scalability, and further arguments are provided to justify budget allocation to MA activities.Originality/valueThrough careful research of the elements that characterize the phenomenon under study, the present paper ultimately contributes to a better understanding of MA and accountability within the current business paradigm.
doi:10.1108/emjb-11-2020-0117 fatcat:zl4jjbs4tbcf3axzir2ls333ii