Why is it some marketers are afraid of the word “strategy?” I think it’s because they can’t muster up the brain power to wrap their arms around their entire strategic ecosystem. Or maybe it’s because they would rather not organize and operate their marketing within a planned structure. Either way, when you’re missing a strategy, your team and your brand are missing out on the secret sauce of success which is a thoughtful, planned approach designed to reach and connect with customers for the right reasons.
In our two-part series, we are unpacking the definition of what translation in marketing really means, and the value of doing it well. In Part 1 we reviewed the tactical aspects of being a marketer and how translation factors in your day-to-day workflow. Here in Part 2 we will delve into four new areas equally as important, yet different in function and impact. Let’s get started.
Have you ever wondered about the volume of change you have to endure because you’re in a marketing career? I mean, really… it’s akin to a fire hose attached to your mouth and you just can’t keep up. But wait, that’s not the tricky part. Because technology, consumer behavior, media, analytics and digital options shift frequently, that means as a marketing leader you must shift with them and understand how to translate the change-environment that is occurring and how it impacts your business.
So you’ve got a digital agency that’s headed in the right direction serving emerging industries and brands, but you realize your business needs more than just top-level young talent and award-winning client outcomes — What do you do?
Marketing leaders always look at their budgets it comes with the territory. Usually, the result of where your budget ends up by years-end is; you are over-budget, on-target or under-budget. However, crazy as it sounds, ending up in any of these three could also mean there were poor marketing decisions along the way. Determining your marketing spend is not as cut and dry as bean-counters think.
In today’s content-crazed, fragmented world of social media, video, apps, text and technology overload, as a marketer, it’s real easy to get off track with your marketing when new tools and methods are constantly being introduced what seems like every week. Research shows that consumers are connecting with varying digital channels more and more.
With today’s advanced metrics revealing more consumer behavior patterns than ever before, the term conversion has risen to the top of the discussion food chain in marketing circles. What it hasn’t done yet is provide a crystal clear definition as to why a conversion should be looked at differently based on where the customer touch point location in the funnel is.
Every customer has a problem they are looking to solve as a consumer. Sometimes it’s glaringly obvious, other times the problem needs to be pulled out of them because it’s not easy to see. Whichever it is, it will be easier to market to a prospective customer if you know the problem you are trying to solve.
Today’s business schools should really spend some time on touch points and personas or the next generation of marketers will overlook a very important component of their marketing strategy. This article is about the importance of the target audience (or persona) and the touch point. It also uncovers some key questions embedded in a touch point location which today’s digital and social marketers need to answer. Here we go.
When the brand is the problem, this is something that most marketers don’t have the right experience to face head on and I would venture to say don’t know how to tackle it with the right logic and resources. When the brand (or business) has a problem, it’s probably much more than figuring out how to turn around lackluster marketing efforts because of a bad quarter. At the heart of it, when a brand has problems, it could be a combination of many issues that are not easily identifiable, or worse, not easily fixed.