3 Steps of Business – Managers vs. Marketers
Posted June 10, 2010on:
Managers and Operations staff tend to believe that if you have a great product at the right price, people will show up, cash in hand. Marketers believe that if you have the right promotions, you can convince people to buy something at least once. I’m going to let my Marketing colors show here: If it were as simple as having a great product to get customers, Marketing wouldn’t exist. Since Marketing exists, there is probably something to the idea that you have to promote the product.
At this point, even a Marketer such as myself has to bow down to Operations. They’re the ones delivering the service, so they are the ones who get to take the lead here. This is also where many companies get in trouble. As @JeffrySummers said, “Management deals in what is, while marketing deals in what should be.” If you have been promised one thing by Marketing and get something else from Operations, you will likely not be happy about it.
This is where having that disconnect between Marketing and Operations is the most dangerous. If you wanted a round peg but got a square one, you would be a disgruntled customer. Disgruntled customers don’t tend to come back. That means the Marketers have to keep funneling 100% new customers through the doors, and there is nothing harder. Speaking as a Marketer with a background in encouraging customer loyalty, it is much, much easier to encourage a pleased customer to return than seek out an entirely new one.
Anyone who says that this is an Operations or Management responsibility is nuts. This is the responsibility of the entire company. Another way to look at it is that if the company wants to be profitable, then all of the component parts of the company should also have profitability as the goal. Marketing has to be sure that it is investing its money wisely, not just “spending” it. Operations needs to be sure that it is streamlining it’s processes so that there is only limited waste. So here, I’m going to say that neither Marketing nor Operations/Management is the leader. They both bow down to the Financial Department!