Marketing is no longer a cost center, and instead is on the other side of the ledger where they belong.
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“I feel nobody in the company takes me seriously.”
As an entrepreneur managing marketers, I’ve heard that sentence in one way or the other many times over the years.
Why were many marketers not taking seriously?
Because marketing used to be very fuzzy: an art hard to justify the efficiency of, a practice everybody, especially many non-marketers, seemed to have “better ideas” on and which expertise level wasn’t trivial to measure.
So I couldn’t agree more with the idea of holding marketing teams to a quota. That’s actually something we’ve been doing for a while here at Scoop.it where our marketing team has targets on SQL (Sales Qualified Leads) generation.
Is it time to hold marketing to a quota?
Because while some areas of marketing – e.g. digital ads, SEM, PCC,…. – have been data-driven for a long time, a lot of the new marketing activities, including social media and content, have been seen as harder to measure. For good reasons: the lack of an understanding of how social and content generated leads and the lack of tools.
Being on a quota: an opportunity for marketers
This might be terrifying to marketers but it’s perhaps the best opportunity ever to get a much louder voice and a seat at the table: as Erik Charles puts it, this is about changing from being a cost center which spendings are not always easy to justify to being a revenue generator which investments are an absolute necessity.
Are you ready to take up the challenge?
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