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A Marketers Guide to Building Effective Marcom Strategies in Bleak Times

A Marketers Guide to Building Effective Marcom Strategies in Bleak Times

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Published by Chad Nelson
Successful marketing strategies are a tricky business even in the best of times. Now more than ever, it is essential that your marketing plan is structured to take on an economic environment that challenges even the savviest of marketers. If your marketing efforts are going to succeed today you need to be sure your strategy is based upon a solid understanding of your brand, your budget, your marketplace, and your objectives.

This white paper will guide marketers through some fundamental steps to creating a marcom strategy that can take on the current market challenges. This white paper will explore:

- The essential elements of a solid brand

- The importance of truly understanding who you are

- The necessity of defined tactics and a long-term vision

- Key steps to plotting your strategy
Successful marketing strategies are a tricky business even in the best of times. Now more than ever, it is essential that your marketing plan is structured to take on an economic environment that challenges even the savviest of marketers. If your marketing efforts are going to succeed today you need to be sure your strategy is based upon a solid understanding of your brand, your budget, your marketplace, and your objectives.

This white paper will guide marketers through some fundamental steps to creating a marcom strategy that can take on the current market challenges. This white paper will explore:

- The essential elements of a solid brand

- The importance of truly understanding who you are

- The necessity of defined tactics and a long-term vision

- Key steps to plotting your strategy

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Published by: Chad Nelson on Jun 22, 2009
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We’re not surprising anyone by saying that times are toughright now. Money is frozen. Decision making is on-hold. Flat isthe new growth pattern. Often, when the economy gets rough,businesses cut back on marketing as a quick way to free upcash. As marketing budgets disappear, it is more importantthan ever to make every dollar spent make sense.
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In his february ’09 article, The Right Formula For Grabbing Market Share, Eric Hauser of EuroRSCG Impact puts forth a new business formula: “C=O
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.” In simple terms, it signals that chaosequals opportunity to the second power. If Hauser’s formula is accurate, opportunity may belurking just outside your door, but you need to be sure your marketing plan is poised to takeadvantage of it. As you move forward, keep in mind that strategy must outweigh reaction.When sales shrink, it is tempting to jump at any opportunity that appears, but that is not aviable long-term solution. Now more than ever, you must take an honest and objective view ofyour brand, your marketing objectives and, ultimately, your overall marketing plan.
 
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It may sound obvious, but in order to effectively plot yourmarcom strategy you have to be clear about who you are andwhat you are trying to communicate, especially in an economicdownturn. In this economy, people simply won’t nalize abuying decision unless the value proposition is strikingly clear.The purpose of marketing is to dene your differentiation andvalue in undeniable terms. Branding-strategy advisor MarcRudov warns in his branding blog, The White Noise Doctor,that if people don’t understand your brand within 15 minutes,you don’t have a brand. According to Rudov, customers onlyunderstand your brand if they:1. Identify with it.2. Know instantly how to describe your company totheir friends.3. Never confuse your company with its competitors.The only amendment we would add to Rudov’s assessmentis that you do have a brand whether you structure it or not.The internet has certainly made all the world a stage. Yourcustomers will form an opinion of your organization based uponwhatever you are presenting—this is your brand. The key is tosculpt it into a powerful brand that meets all Rudov’s criteria.An intimate understanding of the core of your brand is oneof the most valuable assets you can possess, and it is oftenoverlooked. Without the insight of an honest brand analysis,your marketing communications are at risk of being irrelevant,unfocused and, thus, ineffective. A fully eshed out brandanalysis can be a large task that requires an honest andobjective approach, but it is worth the effort. The key is todevelop detailed brand denitions upon which you can build asolid, sustainable and impactful brand.
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