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2018 Digital Marketing Plans: Budget and Tactic Trends

by Ayaz Nanji  |  
December 22, 2017
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Most firms (93%) expect to increase their spend on digital marketing in 2018, according to recent research from Ascend2.

The report was based on data from a survey conducted in December 2017 among 217 marketing influencers (43% work for B2B firms, 35% for B2C firms, and 22% for hybrid firms).

Some 52% of respondents said they expect their digital marketing budget to increase marginally in the year ahead, and 41% expect their digital marketing budget to increase significantly.

Only 7% of respondents expect to decrease their digital marketing spend in 2018.


Respondents say the most effective digital marketing tactics in 2018 will be social media marketing (18% say so) and content marketing (17%).

Respondents say the most difficult digital marketing tactics to execute are data management and marketing technology (18% cite each).


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Ayaz Nanji is an independent digital strategist and a co-founder of ICW Content, a marketing agency specializing in content creation for brands and businesses. He is also a research writer for MarketingProfs. He has worked for Google/YouTube, the Travel Channel, AOL, and the New York Times.

LinkedIn: Ayaz Nanji

Twitter: @ayaznanji

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