Does a Rise in Chief Technique Officers’ Position Give Hope for Chief Content material Officers?

Deloitte found fascinating new insights into companies’ approaches to steady innovation and alter in its just lately launched 2023 Chief Technique Officer Survey.

In case your rapid response is, “Hmmmm … Can we actually have a chief technique officer?” or “The place can we get a kind of,” you’re not alone. Regardless of the title’s acquainted sound, the perform is comparatively new – although rising in recognition – at even the largest corporations.

Of the 117 respondents to the CSO survey, 74% say technique has a proper perform with a devoted staff and chief in 2023.

CMI’s chief technique advisor Robert Rose shares his ideas on this week’s CMI Information video. Watch it under, or maintain studying for the highlights:


Technique turns into core to enterprise operations

“What’s fascinating is the perform of technique as a core operational component within the enterprise and the way that’s shortly evolving,” Robert says.

He factors to a number of key findings within the Deloitte survey that relate to content material advertising practitioners. First, as famous earlier, 74% of surveyed companies now name technique a formalized perform. That’s virtually 20% greater than the 2021 survey takers.

Technique now sits as a formalized perform in 74% of companies surveyed by @Deloitte by way of @Robert_Rose @CMIContent. Click on To Tweet

Plus, technique as a centralized perform serving the enterprise dropped astronomically (61% in 2021 vs. 50% in 2023). However technique grew exponentially as a federated perform serving each the enterprise and enterprise models inside it (27% in 2021 vs. 42% in 2023).

Additionally price noting is Deloitte’s alternative to make use of “intersection” because the phrase for CSOs in 2023. As a substitute of technique working because the esoteric assume tank issuing instructions to different features within the enterprise ecosystem, technique is half of the ecosystem.

“It’s not the chief technique officer’s job to be good at growing and implementing technique. It’s the CSO’s job to make the enterprise good at growing and implementing technique,” Robert explains.

CSO shares comparable aim with CCO

That pondering ought to sound acquainted to CMI readers, as Robert’s been evangelizing that operationalization of content material technique for some time. “Companies have extra success by creating federated fashions the place an enterprise staff offers and permits a standardized manner of working so every purposeful enterprise unit’s content material will be made higher, innovated, and optimized,” he says.

Consider the oversight position on this federated mannequin as a chief content material officer or chief content material strategist. The little-used title has objectives just like a CSO. Robert explains, “The content material staff’s job is not only to be good at creating content material. The content material staff’s job is to allow all the enterprise to be good at content material.”

The #content material staff’s job is to allow all the enterprise to be good at content material, says @Robert_Rose by way of @CMIContent. Click on To Tweet

Having a much bigger affect

The Deloitte analysis additionally finds that top-quartile organizations undertake an ecosystem mindset greater than their lower-performing counterparts – 81% of this group observe an lively position within the enterprise ecosystem, not simply their firm’s ecosystem.

As well as, all respondents (high, common, and under common) charge altering/bettering their firm’s development trajectory as an necessary subject – greater than some other subject.

That, after all, aligns effectively with what Robert sees in content material and advertising technique.

As Deloitte concludes within the examine: “CSOs have an influential seat on the desk in the present day, however to carry onto that place, they have to repeatedly evolve their position – adapting on the identical tempo as, or a step forward of, the quickly altering world by which they function.”

Robert’s recommendation for content material entrepreneurs? Exchange CSOs with content material and advertising leaders, and the identical holds true. “In the present day’s content material is really not solely a quickly altering technique however one the place practitioners want to remain a step forward of the enterprise,” he says. “Companies that don’t deal with their content material with that stage of strategic perform miss out.”

Companies that don’t deal with #content material as a strategic perform miss out, says @Robert_Rose by way of @CMIContent. Click on To Tweet

What do you assume? Can content material elevate to a chief technique officer? Do corporations want a chief content material officer? We love the time period, however it has but to catch on in most companies. What do you assume? Tell us within the feedback.

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