KickStart Alliance offers new coaching service for Campaign Managers February 20, 2014Posted by Mike Gospe in Integrated Marketing.
Tags: campaign managers, coaching, Integrated Marketing, kickstart alliance, marketing plans, marketing workshops, mike gospe, strategic marketing, training, workshops
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How well are your campaign managers performing?
The best campaign managers are not only experts in marketing, they are skilled in organizational politics and team performance. We’ve have just introduced a new service for marketing campaign manager teams and individuals. Working in both team settings and in one-on-ones, we’ll help you build and reinforce new skills that will take your marketing organization to the next level of success. The service is customized for any marketing organization ranging from 1 “jack of all trades” marketing leader to a team of 50 or more marketing mavericks. Components include:
- Conducting an assessment of your marketing organization, including all aspects of people, processes, and your current plans
- One-on-one coaching
- Team workshops to learn how to apply a variety of marketing best practices (including personas, positioning statements, The Message Box, “marketing blueprints”, and campaign maps)
- Review and analysis of your current plans
- Organizational planning & design
- Review roles & responsibilities
- Problem-solving work sessions
- Recommendations for improving internal communications
- Facilitation of “sales & marketing” summits
- And more.
You pick the components must important and relevant to your business. We will help you tune your marketing engine to achieve even higher levels of performance.
The role of the campaign manager explained May 2, 2012Posted by Mike Gospe in Just for Campaign Managers.
Tags: campaign managers, Integrated Marketing
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The Role of the Campaign Manager — a new mini-guidebook for marketers
Nothing can hinder the success of an integrated marketing campaign (and your ability to claim the high ground) faster than an unseasoned campaign manager. So, what exactly is the role of the campaign manager and what is the profile of the most effective campaign managers? This guidebook answers these questions and provides helpful tips that can accelerate the campaign development process, navigate internal politics, and produce better results. (more…)
The confusion surrounding the word “campaign” July 20, 2010Posted by Mike Gospe in Integrated Marketing, Just for Campaign Managers, Lead Gen, Marketing Operations.
Tags: campaign managers, Integrated Marketing, lead funnel, marketing strategy, strategy
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I often ask marketers to tell me about the integrated marketing campaigns they are running. Here are a few common responses:
- We’ve been running a Google Adwords campaign for the past 2 years.
- We’ve got a new PR campaign kicking off next week.
- Our print advertising campaign has been reduced to 3 insertions due to budge cuts.
These answers highlight a common misunderstanding of the word “campaign.” Is the “campaign” a singular tactic? Or, is it something more? Are there lots of campaigns, or only a few? When it comes to integrated marketing, there are strategic as well as tactical connotations concerning this key word. When the context of the word “campaign” is misunderstood, it can lead to some heartburn.
The strategic “Campaign”
If I were to use a military analogy, the general would direct his troops in a Campaign (with a big “C”). “Troops!” he’d say, “I want you to take that hill. Figure out how we can do it.” In this context, the strategic implication is regarding a central objective — a major initiative; a big deal with a lot at stake. To achieve the objective a variety of tools and actions need to be coordinated and executed. All of the activities and actions ultimately add up to accomplishing this central objective. Overlaying our marketing framework to this analogy, our integrated marketing “Campaigns” are driven by key sales and marketing objectives, such as capturing market share, squashing a competitor, establishing a foothold in a new market. The marketing activities and offers are then coordinated and timed so they reflect a common/consistent set of messaging that engages prospects in the desired dialog as they move through our sales process.
The tactical “campaign”
Unfortunately, to complicate matters, marketing automation tools like Eloqua and Marketo use a more tactical definition for the word “campaign” (small “c”). So does Salesforce.com. In fact, Google Adwords can be mapped as a “campaign” into these, and other tools. This is unfortunate because it may suggest to some that isolated, random tactics can be effective without understanding their role in the larger marcom mix (i.e. the strategic “Campaign”). When marketers fall into the trap of silo’d thinking, we lose sight of the larger Campaign. Tools like Eloqua and Salesforce.com are incredibly important to our marketing efforts — but they are tools to help us execute the tactics, not for driving strategy.
To avoid unnecessary confusion, here are a few tips:
- Create a marketing glossary, defining key words like Campaigns, Programs, Activities, and Offers.
- In practical terms, the use of the word “campaign” (small “c”) will continue to be used in Eloqua, Salesforce.com, etc. We can’t change that. So, when speaking with executive management regarding the big picture, use the word “Campaign” in the strategic sense. Don’t confuse it by including the word “campaign” as a tactical element. (In other words, if you tell your CEO you’re running a Google Adwords “campaign”, you’ll likely confuse her. She thought the “Campaign” as about squashing competitor X.)
- The reverse is true when communicating to the rank and file. In the context of Eloqua or Salesforce.com, it is appropriate to use the “campaign” (small “c”) word in a tactical sense. However, make sure to acknowledge how each “campaign” adds up to reach the “Campaign” (big “C”) objective.
It can be a bit tricky, but it’s nothing marketers can’t handle. After all, we’re messaging experts.
Characteristics of Effective Campaign Managers September 21, 2009Posted by Mike Gospe in Integrated Marketing, Just for Campaign Managers, Marketing Operations.
Tags: brand managers, campaign managers, Integrated Marketing, integrated marketing team, marcom mix, marketing best practices, marketing blueprints, Marketing Campaigns, Marketing Operations, marketing programs
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“I’m looking to hire a campaign manager to oversee our integrated marketing programs. What are the characteristics of the best campaign managers?”
I get asked this question a lot. Earlier in my career, I worked as a campaign manager at HP, Sun, and Ariba , so I’ve seen the good, bad, and the ugly. I’ll be up front with you and say that I’ve made my share of mistakes along the way. That experience opened my eyes to the marraige of marketing expertise with an appreciation for internal politics.
The biggest challenge campaign managers have is that they have a purview over an integrated marketing campaign (aka the “big picture”) but no direct authority over the team players who will execute the campaign. They walk a tightrope between meeting the campaign goals while aligning and carefully guiding a team of folks who have other masters. With that in mind, the most effective campaign managers have these traits in common:
- A recognized, well-rounded marketing leader familiar with the target market
- Proven leadership experience in “managing by objective” Attentive to detail, but smart enough not to micro-manage
- Diplomatic and politically savvy
- A good facilitator, seasoned in active listening techniques
- Excellent written and oral communicator (with the team, to upper management, and in front of the steering committee)
- Knows when and how to provide constructive feedback in real time during team meetings; knows when and how to provide direct feedback in one-on-one settings
- Is prepared to make hard decisions and trade-offs for the greater good of the campaign
- Most of all, doesn’t let their ego get in the way of sound recommendations
There’s art and science in this role. The science comes from understanding sound marketing best practices. More important than understanding the specific products being sold, the best campaign managers bring an awareness and appreciation for the customer and their business problems and opportunities. While they usually won’t know all the answers, their expertise comes in knowing the right questions to ask the team in order to define, architect, and execute the best, most effective integrated marketing campaigns. That’s the art.
Looking for more information on integrated marketing campaigns? Please see Chapter 7 in Marketing Campaign Development.