It’s been the case for many years and remains quite common today. Businesses that place non-marketers into head of marketing positions, simply because they don’t consider marketing in itself to be a specific and valued skill set. Often, these people have been shifted from another area of the business where they may have been a … Continue reading The Marketing Manager: Learning why not just anybody should be one.
There are times when I feel I could almost write a book on the number of misconceptions that exist in marketing. Even the word itself seems to have more variations in meaning than just about anything else. One of the more common misconceptions I’ve come across over the years is the belief that a marketing … Continue reading How (and why) a Marketing Plan differs from a Marketing Strategy.
We live in this digital age where everything moves at a thousand miles an hour and quick responsiveness is crucial. However, it can become very easy to get so caught up in likes/shares/hits, delivering the next campaign etc, to the point that we start to forget about the bigger picture. This can be dangerous for … Continue reading The Marketing Plan: Why you need one and how to develop a good one.
Ever since I posted the article ”Support Marketing: What it is and why every business should be implementing it right now.” last week, I’ve been watching with great interest the ways in which a lot of brands have started to adapt to a support marketing approach. I’ve looked at the different ways in which they’ve … Continue reading Support Marketing: Who did it well this week?
As much I hate to be the bearer of bad news to any proactive and well organised marketer out there, but all those 2020 strategies that you meticulously prepared prior to the COVID-19 outbreak can now go straight in the bin. To be frank, they're just not going to cut it right now. There is … Continue reading Support Marketing: What it is and why every business should be implementing it right now.
It seems that the words ‘strategy’ and ‘strategic’ have been getting a bad rap lately. There are probably a number of reasons for this. I personally think that for a while there they were getting over-used to the point where it seemed like every ‘self-promoted expert’ was describing themselves or what they do as ‘strategic’ … Continue reading How to get started on a kick-arse marketing strategy.
Content marketing has really taken off in the past few years, and rightly so. While some brands are achieving amazing success by implementing an effective content strategy, there are plenty of others out there that are struggling. Quite often, one of the biggest roadblocks to content marketing success is the inability to create really engaging … Continue reading 5 steps to creating more engaging content.
In this world of ever-expanding multimedia options that we live in, there is still very much a place for strong, cut-through and well worded copy. Good copy uses the power of language to create a real connection with an audience, and when it happens it can be a truly beautiful thing. However, a lot of … Continue reading How to write copy that really cuts through. The 4 skillsets needed.
Everywhere we look, we see brands. Some good, some bad, some weak, and some powerful. While strategic branding was once more the domain of big business, now businesses of all shapes and sizes are benefiting from focusing on their brand. With the marketplace becoming more and more competitive, businesses that want to stand out need … Continue reading A unique and interesting brand is what gets you noticed. So… Start building one.
For anyone that’s followed my posts over the past few years, it will come as no surprise that I love marketing, and that driving change around attitudes towards marketing being a vital strategic function of a business has long been a passion of mine. This all began in the early days of my marketing career … Continue reading How a simple strategy is still the backbone of successfully marketing any business.