When Do I Stop Marketing?

Marketing Mastication like incessant gum chewing

Is your marketing habitual mastication or deliberate observation?

 

Break the Marketing Mastication Habit

When do I stop marketing?” asks Ron, a friend of mine during a mastermind group I facilitate.

“What do you mean by that?” I reply.

“It seems easier to make decisions about new initiatives in your marketing, than to terminate existing ones.”

“Why do some people chew endlessly on a piece of gum?” I retort.

“Habit?” he ponders.

“Exactly.” I smile. “Sadly, there’s a lot of entrepreneurs and small business owners still paying for some obsolete directory listing, or how about that annual order of cheap tchotchke pens? Maybe they can’t say no to that ad in the local high school football program. None of the marketing ingredients appear to yield anything of significance. We do it out of habit like some incessantly gum-chewing adolescent, we continue to masticate on something that yields no value.” [Read more…]

Marketing: Traditional or Social Media?

Macro Marketing

Kool-Aid or Cappuccino?

New vs. Traditional Media?” Is that even the right question?

… And the Marketing Micro Trends

I’m not sure which changes quicker; trends in food, fashion or marketing?

Debates rage on the merits of natural versus genetically modified foods. Are we moving towards South American or Middle Eastern cuisine? We diffract between local, organic and artisan. Really? Does anyone care beyond food consultants, critics and connoisseurs?

Similarly, over-active, hyper-caffeinated marketing mystics are quick to proffer their latest philosophical pronouncement on what’s in, what’s out, what’s dead and what’s not. And the new hot thing … the marketing dish de jour. [Read more…]

Marketing versus Sales

How Does Marketing & Sales Fit Together?

marketing versus sales like the chef vs. waiter

“Why can’t sales and marketing just get along?”

Marketing & Sales – Two sides to the same coin?

Sales and marketing,” a familiar phrase uttered in business.

But shouldn’t marketing come first?” bemoans the marketing department.

Why can’t marketing and sales get along,” laments the CEO.

Marketing versus Sales. Sales versus Marketing. Sales versus Marketing. Marketing or Sales? Two different sides of the same coin. One without the other… ineffective. Let me illustrate. [Read more…]

Measure Your Marketing

Meager Measurement

Measuring your marketing

Measure your marketing, and you’ll manage your marketing immeasurably better.

Major Marketing Malfunction # 7

I don’t like to bake and make cakes. It gives me headaches.

Why? When I cook I want to be merry and make a mess. Baking requires meticulous measurement.

However, we all know someone who likes to bake a lot. My friend Monse, appears to toss together ingredients and abracadabra, a cake, cookies or pie appear. But it’s not magic, it’s science. Mixing ingredients together to create chemistry; edible chemistry. And precision measurement is crucial to baking. The balance between flour and fat, liquid and leaven is paramount.

My style of cooking is freeform, spontaneous and subjective. So spicing up sauces, soups and salads are subjectively allowed. How about a freeform stir-fry? Or a spontaneous spinach and squash salad? I cook by mixing appropriate proportions versus measuring with absolute precision.

But cooking is my passion, not my profession. As a marketing strategist; I’m the complete opposite. I view meager measurement as another major marketing malfunction. Measure your marketing, and you’ll manage your marketing immeasurably better. [Read more…]

Effective Strategic Marketing Action Plans

Absent An Action Plan

Recipes are for cooking and marketing

Without recipes, implementation is inconsistent, loses focus & lacks accountability

Major Marketing Malfunction #6

A goal without a plan is just a wish.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

Having performed numerous marketing assessments and marketing audits over the years, I often see good marketing intentions, (wishful goal-setting); deteriorate into a messy mixture of marketing initiatives with marketing ingredients impulsively amassed — in the absence of an action plan. Creating a strategic marketing action plan is akin to an Executive Chef’s key responsibility in creating recipes and menu planning that keeps guests returning for more.  [Read more…]

Select the Right Marketing Weapons, Instruments or Ingredients

Ineffective Integration

Select the Right Marketing Ingredients, Marketing Weapons, Marketing Instruments

Major Marketing Malfunction #5

Strategically Select Your Marketing Ingredients

Yesterday we discussed how marketing is not any one ingredient and that every touch point is a marketing opportunity. Since there are over 175 ingredients to choose from, the strategic selection of appropriate marketing weapons to maximize this marketing opportunity is critical. In evaluating clients’ marketing strategy, I frequently see that in the haste to “put something out there,” organizations undermine their marketing effectiveness by not being more discriminating and shrewd in their selection of marketing instruments.

Imagine walking into a kitchen, you survey the spice rack with its plethora of dissimilar seasonings, spices and herbs. The pantry is teeming with an array of ingredients of differing tastes, textures and aromas. The refrigerator and freezer contain yet more ingredients – dozens more. Each ingredient possesses distinct attributes. Some are sharp and tangy, some soft, sweet and seductive, some have more meat than others, and yes some are junk! [Read more…]

Marketing At Every Touch Point

An Apple - One ingredient doesn't

Marketing, like in cooking, isn’t any singular ingredient

Every Touch Point is a Marketing Opportunity

 “What do you think of Twitter?”

“Are traditional websites are thing of the past?”
“Should I be replacing my brochures and one-sheets with YouTube® videos?”

Three typical questions I hear when giving marketing speeches. But underlying these and many other similar questions is a mistaken singular focus on a specific marketing ingredient as if it’s going to be the panacea of one’s marketing. It would be like asking a chef,

“What do you think of pomegranates?”

Or, “Is goose liver passé?”

“Shall I get rid of the cauliflower and broccoli and replace them with broccoflower?”

Both sets of questions don’t make a whole lot of sense. Marketing, like cooking, isn’t any one thing you do. The power of marketing, as in cooking, is in the appropriate selection, combination and deployment of ingredients.

There are over 175 marketing ingredients in your “marketing pantry” – there’s plenty to select from! The key is strategically selecting the right ingredients for your particular business. Marketing ingredients are not just the obvious things like your business card, website or advertising, but everything in your business. Because everything you do, (and don’t do), sends a message: how you answer your phone, the quality of your service and the cleanliness of your facilities all send a message. [Read more…]

Mediocre Marketing Messages – A Major Marketing Malfunction

Mediocre Messaging

Mediocre Messaging is a Major Marketing Malfunction

Too many choices, too many options, it’s overwhelming …

Major Marketing Malfunction #4

Part 1 – The Issues

Your prospects, clients and referral sources are being bombarded with marketing messages almost every hour of every day. It’s worse than the cereal aisle in your grocery store. Too many choices, too many options, it’s overwhelming and more often than not, you end up sticking to your established preferences unless something irresistible cuts through the clutter.

  • In 1970, the average person was exposed to about 500 advertisements each day. In the early 1990s, it was 5,000.[1] Today it is estimated that people are exposed to close to 30,000 marketing messages a day.  [Read more…]
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