It's estimated that more than 1 trillion dollars are spent each year on marketing, and that 15 to 30 percent of those dollars are wasted. That’s right,  wasted. Understandably, marketing leaders are under increasing pressure to prove the value of their marketing investments. When two of three marketing executives struggle to do so, how can you demonstrate the value of your marketing efforts through more meaningful marketing metrics?

For some firms, serving a niche market in the past offered a competitive advantage. But now, this has become a strategic necessity for all businesses to lure new customers and entice existing customers to come back for more. The question becomes, how should businesses know which segment of the market to focus?

On February 10, the AMA Academy will present a two part event that will teach attendees real-world techniques for identifying the right segment for their product or service.

At just 25, Kathleen Perley founded Decode Digital, a digital marketing agency dedicated to continual evolution within the industry. Three years later, the 28-year-old Houstonian heads the agency of 15 employees, and it’s already earned 15 Crystal Awards from the American Marketing Association of Houston.

With projected annual revenues of $3 million, it’s safe to say that Perley and Decode Digital are here to stay.

In her free time, Perley promotes the advancement of young women in the corporate world through partnering with a number of organizations including her alma mater, Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart in Houston. She’s also actively participated with the Houston chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Mutton Bustin’ Committee of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

The AMA Houston’s 30th Annual Crystal Awards honors the best in the field of marketing. With 100 marketing categories, you have an opportunity to showcase to the world how your work delivers results and join an elite group of top marketers from the past 30 years. Consider a Crystal Award an Oscar in the world of marketing.

Technology is always changing, and new features, tools, and toys show up all of the time. However, many times we forget about some of the basics that really produce better results. I find it hard to believe that in 2015 many non-profit websites are lacking the 5 things presented here, but many do. For that reason, we present the 5 website Must-Haves in 2015!

When it comes to enriching customer data for CRM initiatives or conducting new customer acquisition campaigns using a channel like e-mail, U.S. marketers have the benefit of working in the most prolific, efficient data market in the world.

The U.S. has more than 200 times more data available per capita than any other market. CMOs and senior marketers in the U.S. can count on the ideal combination of market dynamics:

-Low hurdles related to data privacy and data compliance

-A vast array of data providers offering specific, comprehensive, granular data options

-Relatively inexpensive and consistent pricing across the board

-The ability to obtain and deploy the data quickly, and with very few executional problems.

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