This article was originally published on the Q4intelligence Crushing Mediocrity blog.
Based on conversations we have every day, we know the concept and execution of a successful marketing strategy is one of the greatest challenges benefits agencies struggle with. While agencies have survived without such a strategy and plan in the past, those days are over.
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Sadly, not only do we hear of the marketing challenges every single day, we also hear the excuses as to why agencies can’t, or more accurately won’t, embrace marketing.
The problem with the excuse-making is that marketing is a critical part of the sales process, and without effective marketing, it becomes extremely difficult to create productive sales opportunities. If buyers aren’t interested in what they see from you in your marketing activities, what reason do they have to be interested in a conversation with your sales team? Let alone in becoming a client of yours? Use your marketing efforts to connect with your audience over things that matter to them.
Now more than ever, "no marketing" = "no sales opportunities." And safe = second place.
- Take a stand
- People don't want lukewarm statements
- Challenge us
- Make us think
- Embolden us
- Inspire us
- Make us uncomfortable
- Engage us
- Don't talk at us -- give us something to talk about
- Give us a reason to want to talk to you
You don’t have to take on marketing on your own, but you do need to take it on.