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The Marketing Blind Spot is Still a Problem

We’ve written often of the “blind spot” — that portion of the digital marketing pipeline missing from attribution. It can mean the difference between investing in a channel that converts and ignoring a channel that’s difficult to track.

On the one hand, marketers have made vast improvements in their attribution abilities. In one Google survey, 76% of marketers have the capability to use marketing attribution. Chalk it up to a wider adoption of analytics tools or a deeper understanding of standardizing and integrating data. Either way, better attribution is leading to more revenue. According to a report from MIT Sloan Management Review, when Sprint correlated its customer data across digital, call centers, and retail transactions, they were able to increase in-store sales by 32% just by optimizing paid search.

On the other hand, a hard truth remains: the blind spot still exists. In a separate survey from Google, only 17% of advertisers said they are looking at the performance of all their digital channels together. That leaves a long way to go for multi-touch attribution.

The Biggest Blind Spot is Offline

It doesn’t stop at digital marketing, though. The path to purchase doesn’t just exist online. Phone calls are an important touchpoint between consumers and businesses in many industries, from automotive repair to home services. According to a BIA/Kelsey report, roughly $4 trillion dollars in U.S. consumer spending starts with an online engagement but ends in an offline conversion. Specifically, phone calls are estimated to influence $1 trillion of that spending.

While click-to-call ad formats and call tracking technology can help attribute calls back to their source, marketers are still left wondering what happened on the call: did it result in a sale? An in-store visit? Maybe the caller completed their purchase online – who knows?

Calls at Any Point in the Path to Purchase

For example, in a typical campaign we run here at Marchex, there are several different opportunities for a lead to call our business.

In the search ad:

On the landing page:

In the PDF asset:

On our website homepage:

And then there are the retargeting ads, follow up emails, and social media presence.

All of these examples offer a moment when the potential customer might decide to pick up the phone and move their interaction with our brand offline.

Curing the Blind Spot

Thankfully, this lack of visibility is avoidable. Call analytics software provides clarity into where calls originated from online, who is calling, and what happened on the call, connecting offline customer interactions all the way through the funnel to revenue.

As for omnichannel attribution, Marchex brings touchpoints together. By integrating call data directly into data management platforms, CRMs, and analytics suites, Marchex enables keyword-level attribution for every conversion, whether an online purchase or an offline interaction. Finally, bring the blind spot back into view by using speech analytics to uncover which callers were showing high intent or didn’t convert, in order to retarget them and continue the conversation.

To learn steps you can take to gain omnichannel attribution, download our e-book: The Offline Blind Spot and the Modern Marketer