The goal of ‘Marketing’ is very misunderstood. Many think it’s sales, while others think that marketing is advertising or branding. Some even think that marketing is waste of time, money and resources.
Well it’s none of the above – although there is a small component of advertising and branding.
Let me put it this way, if the company, organization or business was an airplane, then operations would be the plane itself (systems, processes, HR, finance, engineering, manufacturing, …), sales would be the pilot, and marketing would be the navigation system.
Nothing happens without a sale, and sales would have nothing to sell if not for operations. However, if they didn’t have a navigation system, the airplane would fly aimlessly around ‘hoping’ to arrive somewhere (i.e., land a client).
What then is the goal of marketing? And… what is the most important function of marketing? The true function of marketing is not any ‘one thing’ that I can point out. The real value of marketing is in it charting the direction for the business. That means, marketing is responsible for:
As you can see, the goal of marketing is WAY more than advertising, sales or branding. It is the guiding GPS that helps the business find and land more business.
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