SAS, the leader in business intelligence, today announced new software to help solve the age-old problem of calculating marketingâs contribution to an organisationâs bottom line. Designed to help boost the performance of marketing organisations as well as quantify marketingâs results, SAS for Marketing Performance Management demystifies marketingâs impact on an organisationâs overall success.
Gartner, in its findings on marketing performance management, predicts that by 2008, more than 60 percent of Global 1000 companies will deploy analytics outside of database marketing that improve visibility and accountability of marketing operations and programs (0.8 probability). 
Seamlessly integrated with SASâ award winning suite of customer intelligence solutions, SAS for Marketing Performance Management creates alignment between marketing strategies and activities, links marketing performance to the companyâs financial performance, and helps ensure accountability of the marketing team. The solution provides:
â¢ Analytically driven insights
â¢ Role-based marketing scorecards
â¢ An integrated view across marketing
âNow more than ever, chief marketing officers must justify their place at the board room table,â said Jim Davis, Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President at SAS. âTo do this, they need to quantify the marketing organisationâs contribution to the success of the company. This has traditionally been a nebulous proposition. Now, by measuring and analysing key marketing performance indicators, SAS helps ensure that marketing activities are aligned with company strategy and demonstrate how marketing contributes to the bottom line.â
Agility through analytically driven insight
Through integrated advanced analytics, SAS for Marketing Performance Management provides both an historical view and a forward look at trends. SAS supplies the intelligence to understand deep-rooted, causal relationships between metrics and the marketing activities that drive them. Applying these correlations and forecasts across key marketing metrics and strategic objectives provides marketers with the necessary insights to direct resources to areas more likely to yield higher returns.
Role-based marketing scorecards
SAS for Marketing Performance Management supports the different needs of the entire marketing department, from the chief marketing officer to brand managers. SAS provides a set of standard marketing key performance indicators (KPIs) that are a compilation of marketing best practices SAS has experienced over the past 30 years. These marketing KPIs are divided into four categories: marketing programs, customer, business/financial and marketing process. SAS is the only solution provider that delivers metrics in all four areas, enabling alignment and accountability across the entire marketing department.
Integrated View Across Marketing
SAS for Marketing Performance Management provides a complete view of all marketing activities with capabilities to optimise the marketing mix and spending levels in support of business objectives. Organisations can make timely adjustments to programs, perform what-if analysis for more effective forecasting, and deliver performance feedback. Companies that deploy the measurement and analysis capabilities of marketing performance management will significantly improve return on marketing investments (ROMI).