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.
The brand attributes that make your brand successful on the outside are the ones you clearly define, embrace, communicate and reinforce over and over again on the inside.
Is your company always looking for new ideas? Or, are you waiting for someone else to think of them for you? If you are working in digital marketing every day like me, coming up with new ideas, is critical. Ask your team to have an “always on” alert system for creative, innovative ideas. Some employees may fully embrace this concept and some will not do anything. However, this exercise keeps your marketing department sharp and always thinking of ways to keep the brand on the leading edge. It also keeps your department thinking, cultivating, percolating and looking for new and different ways to reach your business goals.
Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to peek inside the mind of a digital marketer? Imagine catching a glimpse of how they process through day-to-day challenges.
I think if you were to take a peek inside the mind of a digital marketing professional, you just my find a fragmented mess, almost like a highway with lots of on-ramps, off-ramps and throughways. Hang in there; it’s actually a lot more intriguing. You’ll see.
As a marketing professional, you probably don’t have time to spend looking for tools to use on your smartphone. Well… don’t worry; we’ve done it for you. Here are 5 easy to use apps that will help you while you’re up to your eyeballs trying to get your work done.