One of the basics of all marketing and advertising training is a teaching of “Maslow’s needs pyramid”. Now, none of what I have said above gives companies a free license to do whatever they want, especially when it comes to my one, very absolute exception: Marketing to children and those who cannot be held accountable for their actions. With so much information available about companies and brands, it is truly the Age Of The Consumer and will be for a very long time.
You wouldn’t engage in marketing if you had nothing to sell, and your sales strategy would be much less informed and successful if not for your marketing efforts. Marketing theory is the science of marketing. A common mistake made by older, more established businesses is to assume that salespeople are skilled at marketing and that marketing people are skilled at making sales.
However, as an adult parent, I must assume some of the responsibility for buying products that are marketed to children. Without a sound strategy, companies struggle to keep up with their competition, they miss opportunities that would lead to better results, and they win fewer customers.
Other tactics that companies use to shape consumers needs and wants is to use celebrities or other famous people to sell their products. Marketers and salespeople work together to determine what consumers need and how to deliver it. Sales and marketing should motivate, inspire and feed one other.
Maslow’s Marketing Filter
Marketing to specific groups of consumers, or target marketing, is one of the most important concepts in marketing. It’s no accident that more recently established companies, tech giants, and organizations that employ a large number of millennials are killing it with their marketing efforts. Without this it is easy to become so consumed with one plan and one set of actions that other plans and required actions start to suffer.
Without it, no strategy will be realized, which is why it’s crazy that so many companies create a business plan and then file it away in a binder on a dusty shelf. Nike teamed up with Michael Jordan to create marketing giant. Finally, distributing a pre-recorded message makes it possible to contact hundreds and thousands of people with just a fraction of the time it would take to make personal calls.
Marketers now direct promotions at those of certain age groups, gender, race, marital status, gender preferences, and just about any other category you can place people in. In developing your own plan and budget, determine and recognize the effectiveness of all marketing tactics, not just their efficiency.
Marketing With A Telephone
Planning for the year ahead is never an easy task. Yes, many old-school salespeople (or go-getter small business entrepreneurs) are quite capable of drumming up business on their own, and may even have some tried-and-true marketing tactics up their sleeve – but few have the time, skill, or technological resources to effectively capitalize on the true potential of their market.
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