How to be a successful marketer… but you may not like it.

You may have heard the term ‘Ivory Tower’ thrown around in business, and unfortunately more often than not it is used to describe a corporate marketing department. It’s a term that represents a great divide between the corporate and the operational areas of the business. It is particularly prevalent in more industrial type businesses or … Continue reading How to be a successful marketer… but you may not like it.

Stop avoiding developing that strategy. Keep it simple and do it today.

I’ve found that the words ‘strategy’ and ‘strategic’ have had a bad rap over the past few years There are probably a number of reasons for this. I personally think that it was getting over used at one point there where everyone was describing themselves or what they do as ‘strategic’ without even knowing what … Continue reading Stop avoiding developing that strategy. Keep it simple and do it today.

Anyone can be a Marketing Manager, can’t they?

Throughout my career, I’ve seen so many businesses place non-marketers into head of marketing positions, for the main reason being that they don’t consider marketing to be a specific skill set. Often, these people have been shifted from another area of the business where they may have been a good salesperson, a good operations manager, … Continue reading Anyone can be a Marketing Manager, can’t they?

What is the point of a marketing plan?

Over the years, I’ve heard so many different terms and phrases that attempt to describe and sum up what marketing is and does, and it's fair to say that they've ranged from the inspiring to the down right ridiculous. However, one that I particularly like is that the aim of marketing is to know and … Continue reading What is the point of a marketing plan?

Marketing a small business doesn’t need to be expensive… if you’re smart.

For big businesses with big marketing budgets, a few hundred or even a few thousand dollars may well seem like a drop in the ocean. This means that if an activity doesn’t achieve the desired ROI, as disappointing as it may be, it’s not going to have a massive impact on the business. However, for … Continue reading Marketing a small business doesn’t need to be expensive… if you’re smart.

The simple strategy. What a beautiful thing!

It seems that the words ‘strategy’ and ‘strategic’ have had a bad wrap over the past few years There are probably a number of reasons for this. I personally think that it was getting over used at one point there where everyone was describing themselves or what they do as ‘strategic’ without even knowing what … Continue reading The simple strategy. What a beautiful thing!

So, you’re marketing without a strategy? Oh, you enjoy throwing money away?

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 So, you’re marketing without a strategy? Oh, you enjoy throwing money away?