The coronavirus pandemic and the “social distancing” actions taken to control it have resulted in the cancellation of hundreds of trade shows and business-related conferences. One of the COVID-19 casualties was the MarTech West conference that was scheduled for April 15-17 in San Jose, California.
As I am writing this article in late March, the full economic fallout from COVID-19 is not yet known and, in fact, will remain unknown for a while. However, two things are clear. The economic repercussions of COVID-19 will be huge and marketing spending is about to be put under the microscope in ways that we haven’t seen since the “great recession” of 2008-2009.
Several recent developments suggest that sustainable procurement is about to become a more significant priority for business and procurement leaders. In August of last year, for example, the Business Roundtable – a non-profit association whose members are the CEOs of major U.S.
Recently, two publications addressed the growing importance of online marketplaces in the B2B corporate procurement landscape. Both publications examined the potential benefits of B2B online marketplaces while also acknowledging that these platforms still have significant limitations, particularly when it comes to supporting the procurement of complex needs like marketing, legal and other professional services.
For years, many advocates of print-based marketing channels and tactics have argued that the physical and tactile nature of tangible marketing materials make them more appealing and persuasive than purely digital forms of communications. Until recently, however, these arguments have been based mostly on instinct or intuition rather than on hard scientific evidence.