CMI’s first Executive Forum: Research and results
In May of this year, CMI held its first Executive Forum. For this event, we brought 40 senior-level marketers from large brands together to address the present and future state of enterprise content marketing. During a series of exercises, presentations, and candid discussions, participants shared the challenges they face, discussed potential roadblocks to success, and predicted the victories they see on the horizon — both large and small.
We’ve compiled an executive summary from the proceedings of this Forum — The State of Enterprise Content Marketing: 2014, which we are proud to be able to share with the whole CMI audience. Over the coming weeks this will be followed by two additional reports, based on the qualitative research we conducted with a broader group of content marketing professionals prior to the Executive Forum.
You might notice that our report asks more questions than it answers. Its goal (as was the case for the Forum itself) is not to provide pat answers to complex issues but, rather, to report on the insights and challenges that participants shared and to help us at CMI frame our larger goals for the issues we want to cover.
Neither the Executive Forum Report nor our ensuing research would have been possible without the generous contributions of the 2014 Executive Forum members (who are credited in the Report). However, their presence at the event — and their inclusion in this report — is not a tacit endorsement of any of the ideas presented.
Ultimately, the discussions that took place at the forum will serve as our “stake in the ground” moving forward. And as we work toward re-engineering marketing processes more broadly, we will consider it a waypoint for our ongoing journey.