I came across two news items that struck me today.
First up was a news item from BtoB Magazine titled, American Marketing Association Releases New Definition of Marketing.
Here it is:
"Marketing is the activity, set of institutions, and processes for creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have value for customers, clients, partners, and society at large."
“'One of the most important changes to American Marketing Association’s new definition for marketing is that marketing is presented as a broader activity,' said Nancy Costopulos, CMO of the American Marketing Association. 'Marketing is no longer a function — it is an educational process.'"
What was the old version?
"Marketing is an organizational function and a set of processes for creating, communicating, and delivering value to customers and for managing customer relationships in ways that benefit the organization and its stakeholders."
Semantics? Real value? Did anyone know/care that there was a definition for Marketing?
Next up, a news item from Marketing Charts titled, Positive Outlook For Marketing Spend, Better Accountability And Analytics.
“'It’s not just what they’re spending, it’s where dollars are going and how effectively they are being used,' noted Donovan Neale-May, the CMO Council’s executive director. 'There’s definitely more attention to the analytics side of the business and the use of more tangible and targeted forms of personal interaction, contextual communication and online demand generation.'"
In looking at the list of where the Marketing dollars are being allocated, here's the leaderboard:
1. Strategy and branding.
2. Events and trade shows.
4. Direct marketing (including telemarketing, mailings, email).
5. Sales support.
6. Online marketing (website, SEO, SEM, viral, podcasts/blogs, communities).
8. Market research.
10. Merchandising and promotions.
11. Public and analyst relations.
12. Customer data integration and analytics.
So, we know how to define it and where the growth is going to come from.
Good news for Marketing?