2015 Digital Marketing Budgets: Top Priorities, Metrics, and Challenges


by Ayaz Nanji

Some 84% of global marketers plan to increase or maintain their digital marketing spend in 2015, according to a recent report from Salesforce Marketing Cloud.

More than one-third (38%) of marketers plan to shift spend from traditional advertising to digital advertising in 2015, with more B2C marketers (42%) planning to move spend to digital than B2B marketers (34%).

The top 5 digital areas marketers plan to allocate more budget on are social media advertising (70% plan to increase spend), social media marketing (70%), social media engagement (67%), location-based mobile tracking (67%), and mobile applications (66%).

Below, additional key findings from the report, which was based on data from a survey conducted in October and November 2014 of 5,053 marketers from around the world (56% B2C-focused; 44%, B2B).

Channels and Strategies

  • Corporate websites, social media, and SEO/SEM are the most used digital channels/strategies by the marketers surveyed.
  • Email marketing, social media advertising, and social media listening are rated as the most effective channels/strategies.


  • 32% of marketers say revenue growth is a top metric used to gauge marketing success.
  • 30% say customer satisfaction is one of their top metrics.


Some 27% of marketers surveyed rank new business development, generating quality leads, and remaining current with marketing trends among their top 3 most pressing business challenges.