The marketing industry is a difficult yet rewarding industry if you’re able to push your way through the challenging requirements for your marketing strategy to become successful. It’s common for marketing professional to have experienced failure before they’ve been able to succeed in the industry. Even the biggest and most successful entrepreneurs have experienced failure before becoming successful.
I’ve seen my external accountant twice in 10 years – which says a lot about how accounting firms communicate with their customers.
While ‘post COVID’ is a little premature, the current sentiment in the market really lends itself to thinking about what a career in marketing looks like today.
In the past, there was almost a sure ride from marketing intern to marketing graduate, then depending on which direction you decided to head, a slow ride through from Marketing Executive to Marketing Manager. For the lucky few (those who worked the hardest), Chief Marketing Officer or as we like to call it, CMO.
When I started out in marketing, I worried that I wasn’t extraverted enough, wasn’t fashionable and preferred a good book over a cocktail party.
Since then, marketing has changed and the ‘nerdier’ marketers are fast becoming the rock stars due to results they derive for their clients, and the ‘fashionable’ lot are seen more as events specialists or publicists. Now, that’s a stereotype, of course, but the gist of it is that things have changed over the past three decades and what was once considered to be ‘cool’ is no longer the case.
It’s important to have a lead generation strategy more than ever to bring success to your business and capitalise fully on market opportunities. Does your business have an effective lead generation process?
For years, I kept my business strategy in my head. It was a reliable place to keep it, or at least I thought. My memory is fairly decent when it comes to things that matter and reaching my business goals – matters.
With our marketing plan, that was another story. Writing it down is what we do, and we know that it is the only way to achieve marketing goals, aligning the sales function with marketing tactics that derive results.
“Marketing’s job is never done. It is about perpetual motion. We must continue to innovate every day.”
It’s common knowledge that internships are an essential rite of passage for any professional looking to go somewhere in their career. Most students understand the value of getting into a good internship program and its benefit towards understanding where your interests lie and securing your dream role.
Twitter is often the forgotten social media platform and it’s the most important one. Twitter has 6,000 Tweets every second which reflects how active users are on Twitter and why your business should make an account today (if you don’t already have one).
With competition in the job market rising every day, the value of getting experience in the industry has never been more crucial to a marketer’s career. Learning from textbooks and reciting endless amounts of theory is all well and good, but working in a team and under pressure for real-life clients is a very different deal.