Want to be a great marketer in 2020 and beyond? Well, here’s the top skills you’ll need.

So, here we are in July 2019. Wow! That means that in less than 6 months, this decade will be all over. How can that be? As I look back over the past 10 years in marketing, so much has changed. During this time, I’ve seen more fads and trends come and go than I … Continue reading Want to be a great marketer in 2020 and beyond? Well, here’s the top skills you’ll need.

You’re a modern-day entrepreneur. So, why would you need a marketing plan?

Marketing has changed a lot in recent times. As technology has forged ahead in leaps and bounds and campaigns have become more fluid and responsive with more elements becoming automated, it’s easy to get carried away to the point where a marketing plan can be seen as somewhat redundant. Sure, it’s an easy trap to … Continue reading You’re a modern-day entrepreneur. So, why would you need a marketing plan?

What is the point of marketing?

What is the point in a business investing their hard-earned dollars into marketing? Well… Marketing builds the road that sales will eventually drive on. Marketing is an investment – not an expense. Executives who complain about not seeing immediate marketing results are missing the point. If you don’t invest ahead of time in a highway, … Continue reading What is the point of marketing?

How to succeed by understanding why Employee Engagement Programs fail.

Let me paint a little picture for you. The senior executive team of a large operational business with a big blue-collar workforce (a construction company, industrial manufacturer, logistics company, etc) are having their weekly meeting and lamenting over the figures. They’re noting how sales are down, productivity is down, sick leave is up and there … Continue reading How to succeed by understanding why Employee Engagement Programs fail.

Is the ‘latest and greatest’ always the best for a small business?

It seems that just about every week we see a new digital marketing system or program being touted as the ‘must have’ for all businesses by some so called ‘expert’. As a small business operator with limited time and resources, it’s hard to know which way to turn. Well, by advice here is… Avoid getting … Continue reading Is the ‘latest and greatest’ always the best for a small business?

What should a Marketing Manager REALLY be doing?

What makes a good Marketing Manager? Well, that’s a question that can sure open up a can of worms, and you’ll get so many different answers to it depending on who you ask. Some will tell you that it’s all in the ability to drive sales. Some will say that it’s all about the brand … Continue reading What should a Marketing Manager REALLY be doing?

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.