Marketing training programs are essential to businesses given that marketing is the heart and soul of any organisation.

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In addition to this, taking into consideration that we are living in tough economic times where there is a constant battle going on for the products and services of the organisation in question to get noticed by the end user customer.

With budgets being cut in all areas of businesses, executives realise that the amount of attention and focus that is put on marketing training programs has a direct bearing on product sales and revenue generation. Whilst executing the marketing training programs that I provide and working with company leaders and personnel directly we can see various trends within most organisations.

One trend is the danger of continuing to do what has always been done, this is where credit has to be given to managers who continue to make monies available for staff at all levels within the organisation to attend marketing seminars and workshops. Of course, it is important to make sure that the appropriate marketing training provider is chosen to be able to provide relevant perspective and challenging questions and comments to the attendees.

Indeed, it is the diversity of thought and perspective gained from paying attention not only to the industry in which we work but by also looking at works in other industries and applying specific principles to our organisation. This is where a skilled marketing trainer with a varied background, education and experience can be worth their weight in gold to any organisation and contribute to generating extra revenues and acquiring new customers and holding onto existing ones.

If your organisation is stalling or suffering from doing the same things over and over again, could it be that paying attention to existing marketing strategies and well as …

  • Developing Marketing Channels
  • Ideal Client Profiles
  • Understanding the Contribution Margins with Distributors
  • Developing New Marketing Categories …

… help towards the overall development of the business ?

Always interested in knowing what you think – make a comment or hit the contact tab above.

-Stephen C Campbell

 

 

marketing strategy consulting

We as business people all know that we are living in a real world economic downturn which has lead to many corporations having to downsize their workforce in order to stay afloat. Some agree and many disagree with the various mergers and acquisitions that are taking place as

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companies look to get into new market and to improve their offerings to the marketplace. With all of the variable that take place with running a business most agree that it is the Sales and Marketing function that is probably the most important part of the operation of the business unit in question. There are an abundance of examples that we can see in the business world where – the best product has not dominated the market place or; where the product and/or service that everyone acknowledges is not the market leader rises to command maximum market share.

In getting an organisation to deliver excellence when it comes to getting their message out to the world at large we are seeing an increasing trend where where marketing strategy consulting [the service I provide] is being employed more and more. Part of the benefit of using external consultants is that they do not have the baggage or history and political connection with the organisation they are working with. And as a consequence are able to look at the data objectively, develop the right strategy and put in the relevant execution steps.

Is the organisation that you are working in stuck ? or stagnant ? are your management team doing the same thing this year that was being done last year ? Is is time for some external marketing strategy consulting to get your business unit kick started ? Whatever the case, you are encourage to approach your markets as if you are going into it anew – by that I mean considering the questions :-

  • Are we targetting the right customers
  • Are we using the correct communication channels
  • Are we using the most appropriate marketing channels to deliver the product/service
  • Do we know what our end user clients think about us [have we asked]
  • Is the internet being fully utilised as a marketing channel ?

These are some of the key questions that get buried, and lost in the day to day activities or any organisation and why using an external business strategy consultant may well be the thing that you should be strongly considering employing in your business.

Let me know if you have any comments.

-Stephen C Campbell

I worked with Lisa Porter of  http://www.Armonioso.co.uk/ developing the complete messaging …

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… and Business MarketingStrategy development – we covered development of appropriate Marketing Channels, Segmentaiton of the Market from both a Demographic and Psychographics perspective as well as working on which Category of the Marketing Lisa’s business would be operating in.

Some months after working on the business, I coached Lisa form a Self Development perspective as often, this is the part that is underdeveloped in many of us.

 

Types Of Start Up Businesses II

It can be easy to jump into the service aspect of your new business and allow some of the paperwork and legal decisions to fall by the wayside. After all, you are in business to take care of your customers and market your product and service in the most appropriate marketing niche http://www.winningintheniche.com/.  Ultimately legal processes are vital to your success. Take the time to get them done but ensure you take care of your market segmentation activities. If you don’t it could have serious repercussions as you fail to market to your ideal end user customer.

Unfortunately paying significant attention to niche marketing and market segmentation is something which many small businesses are not appropriately schooled in. I highly recommend you go take a look at http://www.winningintheniche.com/ pay close attention to the expert information given by Stephen Pierce and Patric Chan and watch your small home business go from strength to strength.

Stephen C Campbell

This is the final post on this topic on this critical topic of Diversity with the workplace.

The results of fully incorporating Diversity into the fabric of the organization’s decision making process by the management team (ably assisted by the Human Resources department) will result in products and services which are more targeted to the desired end user customers and delivered to those customers via appropriate marketing channels.

It is therefore the responsibility of the management team to keep the diverse target end user customer base in mind (where appropriate) and doing so ensure that the teams in place to develop and deliver the company’s products and services and best placed to do so. i.e. those teams should ideally have the balance of product development and marketing strategy skills coupled with an understanding of the end user customers of which they are selling to.

For various products and services the input into the product development process may well be seen to benefit greatly with the input of those within the organization who are most closely aligned to the target market customers. Getting these individuals involved in the appropriate decisions making junctures may well provide cherished career development opportunities as well as providing management with valuable interaction with those within the organization from the various dimensions of Diversity.

As always, feel free to post your comments or drop me an email.

Stephen C Campbell

It is indeed beneficial to all involved to view Diversity in this unemotional fashion i.e. having the best people in the best positions to make the best decisions for the company. This is indeed one of the many challenges facing management today when faced with developing, marketing and delivering products and services to a diverse target end user customer base.

Much of the questions that arise in say developing skincare products to dark skinned women when the majority of skincare products are developed for Caucasian skin may we be more readily answered by individuals who have faced the specific issues all their lives. Skincare is just one of the many examples that could be cited – food is another one wish springs readily to mind where the benefit of the point of view of individuals from specific backgrounds and cultures may well enhance the strategy development process.

The results of fully incorporating Diversity into the fabric of the organization’s decision making process by the management team (ably assisted by the Human Resources department) will result in products and services which are more targeted to the desired end user customers and delivered to those customers via appropriate marketing channels.

Will be finishing this off in the next place.

Stephen C Campbell

At the beginning of every business consultation I more than often spend some time talking about why companies exist. i.e. to provide products and services via specific marketing channels to end users. The challenge is to identify the relevant channels to market which relate to the target end user customer, other major factors such as compelling value propositions, branding and category marketing all have a bearing on the final strategy decisions.

The companies which define their target customers the best and deliver their products and services to them via the most appropriate marketing channels are the companies which end up having the most success.

Today’s companies with its diverse workforce find themselves in potentially advantageous positions that is, if they harness the marketing capability advantages of the the workforce. Individuals from a particular dimension of Diversity with the relevant marketing expertise may well find themselves in the best placed position to interpret research data, conduct focus groups and talk to end user customer who are like themselves. The challenge is for the organizations is to allow the talent which exists within the various segments of the workforce to bubble up to the surface through recognition and appropriate promotions to be in the positions where they can make relevant decisions as to devising and executing company strategies and tactics.

More on this later.

Stephen C Campbell