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Setting the standard: Why accreditation matters for marketing

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Imagine, one morning someone enters your office and tells you that they want 20% of your annual turnover because they have a ‘great idea’ to grow your business. They are unable to provide any evidence to support their claims, other than saying they have a ‘great idea’.

It goes without saying, but not many business owners or managers would contemplate making such a transaction.

Unfortunately, this is what marketing often looks like, with far too many decisions made on hunches or guesses, rather than a factual understanding of market needs, positioning and opportunities. As a consequence, marketing consulting and marketing services have a surprisingly low barrier of entry, with anyone able to claim they are a marketing consultant, expert, specialist or even ‘guru’.

Research into business exits often cites the lack of marketing insights as being one of the top ten causes of business failure. This is despite marketing spend often being between 10% and 20% of an annual budget.

The current approach provided by many who claim to provide ‘marketing’ is failing businesses and the wider community.

This is why accreditation matters for marketing, and is why we are so heavily involved with the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI). Accreditation has the potential to uplift the marketing profession and provide a benchmark for the delivery of marketing services.

No business would seek financial advice from someone that lacks appropriate accreditation, given the potential ramifications of bad advice. Yet we as professional marketers, have lost track of the amount of times we have been brought in to fix the mistakes made by pseudo-marketers. It is time to put an end to pseudo-marketers by recognising the definition of marketing (as defined by the Australian Marketing Institute):

Marketing creates value – for customers, shareholders and society as a whole. It does this by creating an alignment between what consumers value and what organisations offer. It offers techniques that help firms better understand the needs, preferences and perceptions of their customers (a prerequisite to adding value to them), and ways of using that understanding to focus the value-creating and communicating activities of the firm into areas where they will be most effective.

Marketing exists to build the capacity of your business so you can achieve your business goals. This is why one of the core marketing concepts is the marketing mix (commonly known as the customer experience):

A strategic marketing approach would have asked the right questions: focusing on all elements rather than just promotions

The marketing mix highlights the areas that marketing needs to consider to enable business growth

The marketing mix shows the impact of marketing across a business, yet pseudo-marketers, the self-proclaimed ‘experts’, ‘specialists’ or ‘gurus’ will often only focus on one or two elements. This leads to disparate tactics that will create inconsistent outcomes, ultimately resulting in reputation and operational risks.

The Certified Practising Marketer - as accredited by the Australian Marketing Institute

The Certified Practising Marketer – as accredited by the Australian Marketing Institute

The Certified Practising Marketer (CPM) designation is accredited by the Australian Marketing Institute and sets the standard for the marketing profession.

Certified Practising Marketer (CPM) accreditation assesses academic and professional experience to ensure that there is an understanding, as well as ability to apply marketing. Accreditation means a commitment to the Australian Marketing Institute’s Code of Conduct and the requirement of continuing professional development to ensure ongoing learning.

A Certified Practising Marketer (CPM) understands that marketing is more than disparate tactics. A Certified Practising Marketer (CPM) realises that marketing is the strategic alignment between business goals and marketing outcomes, resulting in a measurable and positive impact on business growth and innovation.

At Syneka Marketing we are proud of our ongoing involvement with the Australian Marketing Institute. Our founder, Alex Makin is the State Chair of the Australian Marketing Institute’s Victorian Advisory Committee and our leadership team maintains Certified Practising Marketer (CPM) accreditation.

Do not risk your business with pretenders that lack accreditation and industry recognition. Accreditation matters for marketing, just as it does for Accountants, Lawyers and Engineers.

The Launch of the 2016 Australian Marketing Institute Event Series

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The Australian Marketing Institute is the professional organisation representing the marketing profession. Tonight we officially launched our event series for 2016, highlighting key events that will strengthen the marketing profession.

Our professional development series, consisting of webinars, is being complemented with breakfast educational events, providing the ability to explore topics in further detail. Emerging Marketers, connecting new marketers with experienced professionals will be returning from May, providing the ability to share skills and knowledge within the profession.

Alex launching the 2016 event series for the Australian Marketing Institute

Alex launching the 2016 event series for the Australian Marketing Institute

Tonight’s launch coincided with a networking evening, showcasing partners of the Australian Marketing Institute, as well as the ability to engage new and current members. The aim is to continue a series of events throughout this year to foster connections between members, as we work towards strengthening the marketing profession.

The 2016 Awards for Marketing Excellence will be opening on the 7th of March with an expanded set of categories to further showcase the marketing profession.

A Strategic Approach to Measuring Marketing Performance

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What value does marketing deliver? This is the number one question any Chief Executive or Chief Financial Officer asks of marketing. Unfortunately, more often than not, the answer is not forthcoming.

This is why marketing is often the first department to be downsized during economic uncertainty, despite logic stating it should be one the of the last. Why is this? Ultimately, it is because marketing has failed to justify its own value.

This situation will not change while marketing follows an execution based approach, lurching between tactics; whether they be social media, content, events; or concepts, like the customer journey or customer experience, which have become so over utilised, they have been severed from any basis in marketing.

This situation is rife across all sizes of organisation; whether for-profit, not-for-profit or government, and yet the traditional approach is rinse and repeat, further eroding the credibility of marketing and its capacity to deliver value.

Since our formation in 2009 we have demonstrated the value that is created through a strategic approach, leading to recognition in the Australian Marketing Institute’s Awards for Marketing Excellence and our designation as Certified Practising Marketers.

Unfortunately, the word strategy has been hijacked by execution led agencies, who have tarnished the term for their own needs. This is despite the fact that the only strategy you will receive for example from a social media agency is social media. This does not provide a marketing strategy that integrates each element of marketing communications and the remaining marketing mix.

In 2016 we want to be able to stop saying we told you so, by preventing the litany of costly marketing mistakes that never should have occurred in the first place.

This is why we developed the Syneka Marketing Performance Methodology , which delivers an accountable and measurable marketing approach that is aligned with business goals. The Syneka Marketing Performance Methodology delivers continuous improvement within the marketing function and brings it back to its core definition of delivering value; the same way other business areas have been expected to strengthen outcomes and returns.

The Syneka Marketing Performance Methodology

The Syneka Marketing Performance Methodology commences with a Marketing Audit, which reviews existing activities through stakeholder consultation and internal analysis. The Marketing Audit defines the metrics required to measure marketing outcomes and establishes the foundations to deliver marketing performance.

The Marketing Forecast considers the external environment, identifying competitive pressures, customer demographics and market potential to achieve campaign or marketing goals. The result are outcomes that are optimised to deliver returns, supported through implementation schedules that identify metrics, outcomes and areas of responsibility.

The Marketing Audit and Marketing Forecast are designed to deliver results within the existing resource requirements. The Marketing Plan, the third component of the Syneka Marketing Performance Methodology , is designed to align business goals with marketing outcomes. The Marketing Plan considers both the short-term opportunities and the positioning that is required to achieve results into the future. The Marketing Plan defines the metrics that are required to measure marketing outcomes over the life of a business plan.

Marketing Execution is the last element of the Syneka Marketing Performance Methodology . This is because tactics and execution need to be guided through a strategic approach and not the other way around.

In the financial world the auditor never undertakes the day-to-day bookkeeping function due to the obvious conflict of interest. Marketing needs a separation between strategy and execution to ensure the delivery of accurate and measurable outcomes.

Our delivery of the Syneka Marketing Performance Methodology is undertaken through consulting services and training to build the capacity of marketing teams. Download our free guide of Syneka Marketing Performance Methodology to discover how we are re-defining marketing.

Welcome to 2016 – The year we want to stop saying ‘we told you so’

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Welcome to 2016! February is almost here and we have said hello to one of our busiest and most productive starts to the year.

Each year we set a narrative that guides the ongoing direction of Syneka Marketing. Our narrative is designed to be ambitious as we strive to re-define marketing into a measurable and accountable profession.

It is unfortunate that far too many businesses and not-for-profit organisations are fixated on tactics, rather than undertaking a strategic approach to marketing. In these situations, people become so fixated on a shiny bauble (the tactic that makes someone look busy but fails to have any depth) that they invariably run off, commit their budgets, only to run back to us when outcomes were not achieved.

A tactics led approach benefits no one. The client fails to gain traction and while execution based agencies may secure a sale, they often struggle to retain clients because the marketing mix was inconsistent and metrics were poorly defined.

This is why we want 2016 to be the year that we stop saying ‘we told you so’.

A strategic led approach leads to measurable marketing outcomes that deliver value to clients and the agencies that work with them. Our Syneka Marketing Performance Methodology , through the process of Audits, Forecasts and Strategic Marketing Plans, ensures a systematic, consistent, measurable and independent approach that delivers value and builds business capacity.

We continue to maintain our professional accreditation, with our leadership team being Certified Practising Marketers (CPMs) and being recognised through the Australian Marketing Institute’s Awards for Marketing Excellence.

We are working with execution based agencies to embed our strategic approach, ensuring that their tactics can be measured across marketing channels and throughout the decision making process. We are continuing our focus on education, with workshops and conference presentations to discuss the role of marketing, based on its core definition of delivering value and building business capacity.

We look forward to continuing this journey with you throughout the months ahead. Welcome to 2016 and may you achieve your business goals throughout this year.

Russel Howcroft on the Power of TV

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This morning the Australian Marketing Institute held an exclusive session held an exclusive session at the Channel Ten studios, featuring Russel Howcroft who discussed the role of ‘traditional media’ in a digital world.

The role of marketing is to use the right tools across the marketing mix to achieve business outcomes. The traditional forms of communications, through TV, radio and print, remain just as valid today, even with the introduction of digital tools. Multiple communication tools are often required to create action, so there is a need to identify how best to reach and motivate your target markets.

At Network Ten

At Network Ten

No mainstream digital disrupter, such as Twitter, Facebook or Google, has been able to achieve its market presence without the use of traditional media. Rather than seeing digital as distinct to traditional, marketers need to view these tools as the means to achieve business goals.

The 2015 Australian Marketing Institute Awards for Marketing Excellence

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The Awards for Marketing Excellence is the premier event for the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI), highlighting the role of marketing in fostering growth and capacity.  We were finalists in both 2013 and 2014, and this year I was invited to serve on the Judging Panel.

The Awards were officiated by Channel Ten’s Russel Howcroft and it was fantastic to see the strong interest from AMI partners in supporting the event. The Awards provide an opportunity to showcase not only the entrants, but the value that is created through effective marketing.

There is a need to re-define marketing so it returns to its core intent of being a strategic function that builds business capacity. The National Awards support this conversation by demonstrating the impact that is created through a holistic and measurable approach to marketing.

Entrants in the Awards for Marketing Excellence, will be further recognised at our AMI end of year function on the 9th of December.