Habits of a Good Marketing Manager

How CMOs with capacity to adapt to change thrive while traditional ones fail.

Thursday, December 2, 2010


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Why some CMOs are better than others in adapting to the digital age?

The summary of many discussions with some of the most successful marketing executives indicated that in order to achieve success against change and uncertainty in the digital revolution, the main thing is to be willing to part with obsolete practices. That does not mean to abandon the fundamentals of marketing. On the contrary, it should retain the best concepts, the time to fight the bad habits of complacency, conformity, the paralysis in the analysis, “hands off” management and closed circles of knowledge.

Instead, you must consider the following good habits:

1 - Experience
There is nothing worse than to become complacent and believe that what works today will work tomorrow. Flexible approaches must be adopted to experiment with organizational structure, emerging media and new technologies. This will prepare for the unexpected and stay ahead of the competition.

2 - Challenging the status quo
The traditional marketers do not stir the waters. The new must break the mold to become change agents, creating new brand experiences, encouraging innovative thinking and the use of new technologies.

3 - Act continuously
Do not miss opportunities by not daring to make decisions quickly. Agility is important in implementing technology-driven markets.

4 - Involve everyone at work
Traditional marketers live in a vertical world in command and control of organizations. Personal involvement is now required to adapt to new media and marketing innovations, as well as empower their teams to have a personal interest in shaping the brand.



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