The Activity
Marketing involves activity. That sounds obvious, but it is important to remember that marketing is not passive; It requires active participation on the part of the marketer. It may sound like this active participation means solely promoting your product or service, but it really means employing the entire marketing mix (product, price, place and promotion), plus some of the legwork that goes into implementing the mix, such as market research, financial planning, strategy, etc.

Set of Institutions
Even the best salesperson in the world knows that marketing is a group effort that involves a variety of individuals and groups, internal and external to his organization. From an overall perspective marketing involves many institutions/groups, such as market researchers, advertising agencies, sales support, research and development, financial forecasting, distributors, etc. A key to good marketing is being able to manage and coordinate all these institutions and groups.

Processes
Marketing has to be process driven. While flying by the seat of your pants may sound like fun to some people and may even work for the short term, eventually it will land you in trouble. Without processes in place, you will not be able to plan effectively, determine what is working or not working, figure out which efforts have a positive or negative effect on sales or even learn from your successes and mistakes. To do all this, you really need a mapped-out process that can be honed and replicated.

Creating
Marketing is an innovative field that attracts very creative people. Marketing ideas and strategies are limited only by your imagination, and we see this high level of creativity in action every day. I have always respected an artist who can make his audience feel a certain emotion or understand a certain idea or point of view. But I admire a marketer who can make his audience act even more. Understanding and feeling are just the first steps for a marketer, while mobilizing toward action is what really counts. This is true creative power in action.

Communicating
If a tree falls in the forest, but no one is around to hear it fall, does it make a sound? This philosophical question mirrors a problem marketers face; You may have the best product or service in the world, but if you don’t communicate the benefits and features of that product or service well to the right audience (and not necessarily only through advertising) how is the world going to find out about it? Communication is important to marketing your product or service, and this communication can come in many forms, from overt advertisements and promotions to more subtle activities such as the effectiveness of your supply/value chain and branding.

Delivering
Again this seems obvious, but marketing isn’t just selling a product or service. In essence it is delivering on the promise created by your marketing mix. It is your job to accurately describe that brand promise, and if you fail to deliver on that promise, you have failed as a marketer. At the very least you need to deliver what you promise, but a smart marketer over delivers to delight and wow his customers.

Exchanging Offerings That Have Value
You provide customers value in the form of features and benefits delivered by your products and services. In return you demand value, usually in the form of financial payment. Only an unethical marketer would expect to receive value for something of no value. And only an ineffective marketer would deliver value yet not receive appropriate value in exchange. One of the roles of a marketer is to determine the fair value of the product/service he is marketing. He must then go about exchanging that product/service for the appropriate value.

Customers, Clients, Partners, and Society at Large
Marketers must satisfy these constituents by marketing products and services so that they fulfill customer needs/wants and attain their clients’/partners’ goals. There is also an ethical question about the role of the marketer to “protect” society at large by refusing to misrepresent features/benefits or hide the negative aspects of a product or service. True marketers think of long-term, strategic goals, and trying to “make a quick buck” at the expense of others is not how you attain these objectives.

In conclusion, “marketing” seems to mean different things to different people, but in reality marketing is a complex and robust activity that encompasses many different skills, competencies and people. It is a very exciting and rewarding field that offers a marketer the chance to explore his own interests and develop strengths in areas he may have never considered.


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