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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.

DM Forum

DM Forum – October 2015

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We attended the October DM forum. The DM forum is a quarterly event series that brings together professional marketers.

This event contained speakers from LinkedIn and the Great Ocean Road.

The speaker from LinkedIn provided insights into new features and best practice around utilising a LinkedIn company page. As avid users of LinkedIn, Alex won a prize when discussing best practices for posting on LinkedIn.

The presentation on the Great Ocean Road focused on the creative communications strategy for the towns located along the Great Ocean Road. Of interest to us will be the impact of this strategy in achieving measurable results.

For information about the next DM forum please visit dmforum.com.au.

Uncovering Content; One angle at a time

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As the peak association for professional marketers, the Australian Marketing Institute provides ongoing opportunities for professional development. This evening we continued our exploration of content, discussing digital based campaigns and the latest learnings in emerging social media technologies. Tonight’s event featured three speakers who all aspects of a digital campaign, including development, education and the role of digital in influencing the decision making process.

While content might be the current emphasis in marketing, it is imperative that it is viewed as one component in a marketing approach. Successful campaigns depend on identifying the right target markets, articulating key messages and aligning the communication channels with this audience.

Australian Marketing Institute’s Beers with Peers

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Beers with Peers is the Australian Marketing Institute’s networking event series. Our inaugural networking session was held in conjunction with Emerging Marketers Victoria, bringing together both professional and emerging marketers.

There was the opportunity to network and build connections with other marketers. As a marketing agency, events such as Beers with Peers, enables us to foster relationships with collaboration partners.

Alex Makin speaking at Beers with Peers

Alex Makin speaking at Beers with Peers

Networking

Networking

Beers with Peers draws in a large crowd

Beers with Peers draws in a large crowd

Beers with Peers has established itself as a highlight in Victoria’s event calendar and provided a fantastic opportunity to introduce the Australian Marketing Institute’s Mentoring program. Natalia and I have been mentored emerging marketers through the program, providing an opportunity for graduates and entry-level marketers to connect with established marketing professionals.

Towards the end of the night

Towards the end of the night

The Australian Marketing profession needs to strengthen and foster collaboration. Events like Beers with Peers enables marketers to connect with each other and foster further discussions. Stay tuned for the continuation of Beers with Peers throughout 2015.

Recognising our Professional Expertise

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The Australian Marketing Institute is the professional association for marketers across Australia. Since its formation in 1933 the Australian Marketing Institute has been responsible for advancing the marketing profession.

Alex is a recognised Certified Practising Marketer (CPM) which is the accredited standard for the industry. The CPM recognises formal qualifications and experience to recognise professional marketers and the outcomes they provide.

In addition, Alex has now become an Associate Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute, reinforcing ongoing service to the marketing profession.

Professional expertise is one of our strengths at Syneka Marketing and our professional recognition reinforces this aspect.

AMI Event: Break Out of the Box with Cyriel Kortleven

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The Australian Marketing Institute as Australia’s peak marketing association holds regular events to provide new skills to the marketers and the profession. Last week, we held our first event for 2015, Big Data: Beyond the Buzzwords, where we explored how big data has led to better business decisions.

Big data itself, is a relatively simple concept, where disparate but interrelated data is combined to deliver new insights. At one stage, Big Data as a concept, was considered the forefront of innovation and it is important that marketers continue to explore new methods of delivering greater insight.

Today’s session explored innovation and the need for marketers to remain innovative. International speaker, Cyriel Kortleven led participants through a framework that they can use to remain connected to innovation and to always explore new possibilities. Cyriel worked interactively with attendees to help harness creativity and utilised the excellent facilities provided through the NAB Arena.

Feedback for both Break out of the Box and Big Data: beyond the buzzwords, was extremely positive and it is fantastic to see professional marketers engaging in Australia’s peak marketing association.