What a multi-tasking marketing manager does in their day
I’d be lying if I said that I was a CEO, business leader or guru. Quite simply, I am not. I am just a marketing manager passionate about the many marketing projects that I get to spend my day on.
For readers who haven’t heard from me in a while (lucky you!), I thought I would give you an insight into Mellissah Smith 2020.
I asked for a friend to pose a few questions which I answered:
I wish my average day started meditating and doing yoga followed by hot water and lemon, but that is sadly not the case. You see, I wake up at 4am each morning, catch up on day in either the US or Australia, depending on where I am at. Once I have gone through all my emails and updates, which usually takes between one and two hours, I have a steaming hot shower. I realize once again that a cold shower would probably be better for me in so many ways but a hot shower feels so damn good! I put makeup on, take my vitamins (Vitamin C, Iron Tablets, B12, Multivitamins and Fish Oil), then I get dressed. Depending on what is on during the day really reflects how much effort I put in here. If I am just seeing my team, I dress down, put my hair in a pony tail and rush out the door. This process takes 10 minutes maximum. If on the other hand I am wanting to impress it can take anything from 30 minutes to one hour. Hair is so annoying!!!
Coffee is less an addiction than it is a habit. I really like visiting my local coffee shops at 6.30am. I know everyone personally and there is usually quite a gathering. There is a real village feel. In Atlanta, I head over to Starbucks for a totally different experience. The coffee isn’t great but as a marketer I always appreciate the branding and details in the Starbucks experience. There is a reason why it is the third most visited place for many Americans.
The first hour in the office isn’t checking emails, but sitting down and going over the urgent things on the agenda or anything that needs to signed with my two internal Accountants. Depending on how well I sleep the night before, really dictates how long this meeting goes. If I don’t sleep well, I tend to want to spend an hour or so by myself working away writing on my computer.
During the day I drink at least three cups of green tea and a kombucha. I was first introduced to kombucha in Charters Towers and have been in love with it ever since. It makes me feel alive. I would like to drink more water but I find it boring. Thanks to Goop I at least attempt to drink one to two litres per day. I’m a marketer and packaging is everything.
The most challenging thing about my job is the amount of questions I get asked every day from so many devices and out of the mouths of the people on my team. It doesn’t stop and is quite exhausting if I am going to be honest. It is my least favorite part of my job.
When I started Robotic Marketer, I had no idea how big it would become. It has taken on a world of its own. I am both excited and scared about what is to come, but I am sure I will take it in my stride, because I can’t very well back out now.
The single thing I am most proud of is the fact that for thirteen years I was a Mom to Pippa Smith, my maltese schnauzer pooch. To me she was everything I could have dreamed of and more. She was smart, fast thinking, kind, cheeky, bossy, sophisticated and always knew what to do when needed. I miss her dearly.
I learn from people every day. I see people that are afraid of success or moving forward. Others that sabotage their careers over and over again. How kind people go that extra mile and why religion is a positive in anyone’s life even though I am not terribly religious. Mental house is a biggie and affects so many people. In the workplace, it can be disruptive and working out how to navigate that is a challenge. I’ve seen poisonous people in the workforce more than once and to watch them is fascinating. They tend to follow the same rule book and maybe one day I would like to do an official study on this topic. But mostly, I see good people who do their job. Ambition isn’t as big in marketing as most would expect. I would say that only 5% of the employees we have ever employed were ambitious. That in itself is very interesting because I think most people think that marketers are ambitious.
Learning from people smarter than you is something I believe in wholeheartedly. If you look at my entire career, I have always surrounded myself with people smarter, more successful and definitely more talented than myself. There is so much to learn in life and work that the minute you cut yourself off from being open to learning, is the minute you become irrelevant.
What my friends say is most endearing about me is my honesty and loyalty. I’m not the most fun person, or the coolest. I have zero interest in fashion and have never had ‘missing out syndrome’. But I do care about telling the truth and not just a version of the truth. Facts are important. I also believe in sticking by people through thick and thin, through good times and bad and through the many changes they may experience in their journey in life. People change but ultimately who they are always shines back through. Sometimes people need to explore and other times circumstances and loss causes pain which shows outwardly.
My goal is to give more in so many ways. I don’t want to be remembered for my business achievements or for that matter to be acknowledged for anything in particular. But to sleep well at night, giving and being kind ensures that you are constantly feeling good even when the world throws you curve balls.
Marketing to me is a big passion and I love the change we are embarking on right now. Everyone is forced to change otherwise they will be left behind or not exist. I wasn’t always a person who embraced change but I do know that it is much easier to go with it than fight against it.