The function of ‘Marketing’ is very misunderstood. Many think it is Sales. Others think it’s advertising or branding. Some even think that marketing is waste of time, money and resources.
Well it is 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. Sales would have nothing to sell if not for Operations. However, if not for the navigation system, the airplane would fly aimlessly around all over the place ‘hoping’ to arrive somewhere (land a client).
And… what is the most important aspect of marketing? The true function of Marketing is not any ‘one thing’ that I can point out. The real value of Marketing is in charting the direction for the business. That means, Marketing is responsible for:
As you can see, 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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