Making Money from Good Marketing

All too often, companies find themselves trapped: Their products have become too mature, and their manufacturing costs have become too high, even after several cost reduction programs.

Unfortunately, most of these companies are unaware that they already have a core resource willing and ready to reestablish their growth engine and revitalize their market presence—their work of marketing. Sadly, marketing is typically the first resource to go when cost reduction programs become the only foreseeable action.

The Value of Good Marketing

How can good marketing increase growth and profitability?

Enable a price premium by creating and communicating preference to and distinction among targeted segments

Identify and initiate new revenue with your existing products from new and/or adjacent markets

Generate portfolio growth by leading your business in the discovery, development, and delivery of new products rapidly and at the right time

Take advantage of your value-adding support activities by learning the value for these activities, defining new value propositions, and getting paid for their delivery

Define productivity improvements by limiting resource allocation only to those activities that add value

Change the game through discovery of new business models, allowing you to reconfigure value-adding chain relationships and redesign your value propositions to attack these new opportunities

Why are we not aware of these unfilled opportunities?

Make Money from Good Marketing 01Many companies don’t have a marketing function; and those that do either define marketing as their communications group (often called outbound marketing) or have marketing processes that seem to maintain status quo (which explains why marketing is seen as a cost). Companies that don’t have a marketing function might see the potential for contribution as the responsibility of others—others for whom marketing is not central to their job description and who, thus, don’t have a clear understanding of the market environment.

Why is Marketing the Right Organization?

The primary work of marketing is to bring an understanding of the market environment to steer the development, design, communication, and delivery of the entire business offering to the market. Marketing does this by engaging several work streams:

Transforming an understanding of the market into a winning marketing strategy

Segmenting and targeting markets to tailor and focus the value propositions and get paid (price) according to differentiated value

Establishing the most powerful brand positioning for each targeted segment and assuring the right message and supporting communications are clear and on target

Developing the right routes to market and assuring the channels are supported for maximum impact

Guiding the sales people in establishing sales plans consistent with the marketing strategy and providing the sales tools they need to be successful

Testing and monitoring for rapid adjustments and continuing to sense the market to anticipate changes and trends

Capturing Market Profits

To capture marketing profits, corporate and business leaders should

  • Internalize good marketing business practices that
    • Incorporate the work of marketing into all relevant business practices, especially making understanding of the market a core work process and the foundation for all market facing work
    • Ensure that the marketing strategy, especially what must happen to realize profits from marketing work
    • Establish a process that translates marketing strategy into actions and creates accountability for leading performance
  • Build organizational capacity and capacity to the work of marketing
  • Establish and lead processes for innovation, marketing, and customer management
  • Address human capital, information capital and create a climate for change
  • Create a market driven organization, utilizing customer and market learnings to drive decision making, and optimize value adding chain relationships
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