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A manifesto for your marketing strategy today: 10 recommendations

This is curated content from the best of the best blogs around IMHO, indispersed with a few of my own.

Summary. This article highlights the 10 marketing strategy success factors, with a focus on digital marketing and the use of the RACE framework. Inbound marketing is emphasized as a crucial factor to attract and engage customers. The other factors include measurement and optimization, customer-centered marketing, global and local adaptation, agility, human communication, and having a marketing strategy. By implementing these factors, marketers can create high-impact campaigns, build relationships with customers, and stay ahead of the competition.

What’s needed to build a strong marketing strategy?

Creating a winning marketing strategy that takes advantage of the key marketing opportunities available today is challenging because of the pace of change and continuous hype.

Smart Insights offers marketing leaders and business owners practical, strategic advice designed to help them achieve their goals. Our free blog format has a weakness in that although the posts are engaging, it’s difficult to see the big picture of how they relate. That’s why we offer annual and monthly memberships, for marketers looking to get ahead.

To help get you on track with planning, managing and optimizing your marketing strategy, we’ve picked out our top recommendations, so you can start driving results through marketing.

Our 10 marketing strategy success factors

Dan Bosomworth and I ¬†went “back to basics” to work through what is needed for marketing strategy success. We’ve set out this in this manifesto. This is what drives us, what we advise, what we think gives companies a marketing edge. We’d like to know your views – which of our 10 points do you agree most or least with?

1. Digital marketing is marketing

Your marketing can still be successful without digital, after all, you could argue Apple do this. But if you’re not Apple and don’t have huge brand budgets you’re missing opportunities to engage your customers.

Our guess is that your customers and prospective customers are online making decisions about whatever you want to sell to or promote. Often it’s the first place they will go.

That’s why, now more than ever, investing in an integrated digital marketing strategy is critical for success for your business. Our consultation calls help marketers and managers identify their challenges and opportunities in the digital landscape, using our acclaimed RACE Framework which tracks marketing activities integrated across plan-reach-act-convert-engage.

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2. Measurement and optimization are your foundation

Thanks to web analytics and a fantastic range of marketing monitoring tools, it’s never been easier to make marketing decisions based on a fact-base. Yet it seems that many don’t take full advantage of the insights available. We hope to help. Test, Learn, Refine is our mantra.

3. Joined-up, customer-centered marketing is essential

There are so many tactics and techniques, that it’s harder than ever to see the wood for the trees. Worse still, many channels become siloed do that we’re marketing around tactics and products rather than customers and integrated campaigns to engage them. We recommend joining up marketing to create high-impact campaigns that have a purpose with the audience front and center and the channels supporting the campaign goals.

4. Think global, act local

Although we are in the age of the global marketplace, we thankfully retain our cultural differences internationally. Adapting marketing for different cultural norms is often neglected. Remembering that we’re all human and that a customer’s motivation to consider what you’re promoting can also span culture offers huge opportunities to marketers who think about the customer need before the brand sell.

5. Keep communications human

Understanding customer characteristics, needs and behaviour and then offering relevant value to different groups of customers has always been at the heart of marketing. We love the opportunities digital media give through customer feedback tools to gain insights and then act on them through delivering more relevant communications, products and services – that’s why we’re called Smart Insights.

6. Be agile

To get ahead and stay ahead you need to move faster than the other guys. This means following the trends and the latest stats on how new digital platforms are being adopted by consumers and businesses and adaptive strategies to respond. It also means having the core people, process and tools to manage fast-changing marketing challenges efficiently.

Our data-driven RACE Framework is powered by the latest opportunities to reach high-value customers in the digital landscape. Thousands of marketers around the world are using our popular Framework to plan, manage, and optimize your business. Book your free consultation call to find out how.

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7. Inbound marketing trumps outbound marketing

Customers have control, marketing does not work like it used to, the way many of us first experienced it. Customers search, discuss and share what they’re looking for and what they think. Companies who tap into inbound marketing are better able to reach and influence prospects. The inbound effect is where people come to you because they’ve heard the value you offer not just through interruptive outbound messages which will always have their place.

8. Engagement is the real challenge

So much advice on online marketing focuses on the channels and conversion optimization used to acquire customers. There’s relatively little discussion on building relationships with customers. For us, email marketing and CRM are still very relevant even in the age of social media, and practicing Social CRM is an exciting way to get closer to customers while creating the inbound marketing effect through inspiring, useful content that is easy to re-share.

9. Markets are conversations

We loved this way back in 1999 when we read it in the The Cluetrain Manifesto. Since then it has become ever more true with the rise in social media. So, “Be Human”.

10. You need a marketing strategy

You can market without a strategy, but likely will miss out on your full potential – see our 10 reasons for a digital marketing strategy. Problem is, there are so many exciting digital channels and options to test, that without focus, you’re wasting precious resources.

Check out our 18 most important digital marketing techniques to make sure you’re not missing any opportunities.

Transform your marketing strategy in 2022

So these are then 10 guidelines we try to practice through our marketing advice. But, although we’re big fans of best practice to help provide guidance and structure, following trusted formulas shouldn’t be the only approach.

To stand out and differentiate from the crowd it’s thinking out-of-the-box is also important. That’s why we continue to publish and update marketing resources to support our members. Find out more.




In today’s ever-changing digital landscape, having a strong marketing strategy is vital to stay ahead of the competition. By focusing on factors such as inbound marketing, measurement and optimization, agility, global adaptation, and customer-centered marketing, marketers can create impactful campaigns that engage customers and drive results.

Remember, it’s not just about following best practices, but also thinking outside the box and staying innovative. So, keep learning, keep experimenting, and keep transforming your marketing strategy to meet the needs of your audience and business goals. Together, let’s take on the exciting challenges and opportunities of the digital world!

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