This post is triggered by seeing this headline in the excellent Utalkmarketing daily bulletin
Brand managers are frustrated by admin
This is a common issue that we hear about. How often do you hear the statement "I have had so many phone calls, emails, admin work or meetings today that I have not had time to get any work done". But is this right? Is it such a bad thing to be talking with and communicating with colleagues.. Our marketing team effectiveness work suggests that spending time on this is a good thing for brand managers who aspire to be successful and effective.
The mission of a marketing team must be to champion the customer throughout the business. Clearly this does require time spent on generating insight, creating new product ideas and great marketing campaigns. However our own work on effective marketing teams and how to increase the customer orientation of the business suggests that time spent on internal communication and getting the organisation aligned with your aims is extremely valuable.
The most successful customer orientated businesses have marketing teams that are well regarded by the rest of the business. We discovered through our own research and reviewing studies by leading academics that these marketing teams were characterised and distinguished by three things:
- Spending time communicating with all functions in the business
- Talking in a language that the business understands (not marketing speak)
- Using robust tools for measurement and tracking what is going on
If you want to read more about how marketing teams can help businesses stay customer orientated. Please read our marketing influence report which you can download here.