Marketing Consultant vs. Marketing Strategist

Marketing Consultant vs. Marketing Strategist (What’s the Difference?)


One of the big areas companies regularly need help with is in their marketing. And for those who are looking to trigger some growth via marketing, some outside help is often necessary. But when faced with the challenge of finding outside marketing help, a common stumbling block is the question of if you need a marketing consultant or a marketing strategist.

At first glance, the two may seem to be very much the same thing, but they definitely are not. And as you look to build out your internal marketing team or external marketing agency strategy, it’s important to understand the difference between the two so you can decide which is right for you.
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Break Stuff! (a.k.a. Why Perfection Paralysis and Fear Are Killing Your Business)


Fear and perfection, I’ve found, often go hand-in-hand. It’s a crippling mindset, this idea that everything you do needs to be perfect. And it too often kills good businesses and people from becoming great.

Perhaps it’s due to the fact that with modern communication and technology we can be so quickly judged or shamed. The right tweet from the right person can make your company … and the wrong tweet from the wrong person can kill it.

But that’s generally not the way things work. To be frank, most of the time no one cares all that much about what you or your business is doing. At least not enough that it’s going to make or break you.

What will make or break you though is the inability to take action.

Today your success lies more in your ability to move quickly. To risk making mistakes. To break things along the way (and fix them later).
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Always Use a Pencil When Writing Out Your Plans

Always Use Pencil (When Writing Out Your Plans)


Plans.

Life plans. Business plans. Wedding plans. Travel plans. Marketing plans.

Plans.

They never seem to work out, do they? And it’s not for lack of proper planning.

The reason our plans often don’t work out the way we planned them is as simple as this. Life happens.

And part of life is the unknown. It’s fluid and changing and you never really can know what will happen next. But still we try to force some level of control over it. Some part of us wants life to be predictable and known – and so we make plans.

What’s your marketing plan? Can you help me build a marketing plan?

Questions like this come up all the time in business – but I’m here to tell you something.

Stop relying on plans.
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A Strong Marketing Strategy Requires a Strong Foundation


One of the key tenets I espouse to anyone looking to improve their marketing effectiveness is that marketing should be looked at holistically.

Each part of what we do with our business, particularly in the ways we present our business or brand to the world, is part of marketing. And, whether those actions are online or offline, they all need to work together to build a a greater whole that none of them could accomplish on their own.

That’s a main part of what I do when I’m working with clients – look at their goals as a company and how all their channels and communication are working together to help elevate the brand. This includes looking deep into the data to understand how the channels intersect, where breakpoints are occurring and where things may be missing altogether.

But none of this does any good without a strong foundation.
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Coke CMO Defends TV as Cola Giant Rethinks Digital Approach | CMO Strategy – AdAge


My thoughts: It’s interesting to see someone as big as Coca Cola defending television as a stronger platform than digital – but it can also make a lot of sense if you think about it. We’ve been hearing a lot lately about how video is the future for digital … but video is exactly what TV has been all along. Getting your visual story out there in front of people is what TV is best at – and since Coke is such a broad audience brand, it’s not like they need to do microtargeting.

Maybe TV will see a resurgence in value as marketers learn to start using it as a brand storytelling medium again rather than just a place to shove an ad in the consumers’ face. Might it not be that the message and approach in advertising is more important than the medium?

Coca-Cola Co. global Chief Marketing Officer Marcos de Quinto on Friday defended TV advertising as providing the best bang for the buck while questioning the beverage giant’s past digital spending practices.

Source: Coke CMO Defends TV as Cola Giant Rethinks Digital Approach | CMO Strategy – AdAge

Without Purpose, Your “Content Marketing” Is Just a Noisy Distraction


I go to a LOT of marketing conferences. Most of them are at CMO / VP-level, and deal with some pretty cutting-edge concepts when it comes to brand strategy and adopting to the ever-changing world. This year, the biggest discussions are around Brand Experience – and for many, that means Content Marketing.

At its core, Content Marketing is simply creating content to drive business awareness and leads. Pretty simple, right?

Of course the answer is yes and no. Here’s the issue I’ve been seeing with Content Marketing: A lot of businesses are jumping onto the content marketing bandwagon and producing content, but without consideration of just what the point of it is.

When I was at the GDS CMO Summit in Mexico in October, you might have seen me tweet “Marketing 2016: Let Me Entertain You.” That’s a pretty good summation of what I’m seeing, and for the most part it’s what I see modern marketing turning into – a desperate, unfocused grab for attention through entertainment as a way to get customers through the door.

The problem is, a lot of companies aren’t thinking their strategy through on this. In their excitement and eagerness to stay current, they are forgetting the important question of WHY?.
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An Excellent Resource on How to Calculate Your Marketing Budget


Through my career I’ve worked with small businesses who are just tinkering with marketing all the way through multi-million dollar huge-name companies. Some of them have no actual budget in mind for their marketing. Others have set aside a subjective amount – basically what they think they can “afford.” And others work with a set marketing budget.

The problem I run into the most though when companies try to figure out how much they should allocate to marketing is that most of them really have no idea what is a good starting point.
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