Beware the Graphic Designer who disguises themselves as a Marketing Consultant
Last post, we discussed the brandless marketing consultant, a fake marketer whose disguise is as obvious as a fake moustache from a discount store.
Today, our fake is a little more discreet and a little harder to spot. They are also becoming quite the commonplace.
Who am I talking about? The graphic designer who disguises himself or herself as a marketing consultant.
But don’t Graphic Designers have marketing skills?
The main difference between graphic designers and marketers is that designer’s focus on w to get your message across visually and marketer’s focus on how your message fit in with your overall business strategy.
Graphic designers play a vital role in the marketing mix, but on a creative level, not a business strategy level.
It is a marketer who uses their knowledge to establish what sort of message should be sent to consumers, who that consumer is, and how to get the message to them. Graphic designers come in to take that brief and turn it into a visual, be that a logo, a website, or an advertisement.
The marketing consultant then works out how best to ensure your target market will see this work. Without the marketer, the graphic designers work may not reach the public’s eye, and what’s the point of that?
How to spot a fake graphic designer/marketer
A really good graphic designer will understand their role in the process and will ask to speak to your marketing consultant.
They will see their role as a creative one and will admit that they are there to help you establish visuals.
A good marketing consultant will have qualifications and experience in marketing, not graphic design. They will discuss marketing strategies with you in a business way and may even suggest you hire a graphic designer to help with the branding process.
As a general rule, it is vital that you look for professionals who know their role in your business and don’t try to do more than they are able.
Beware the Marketing Consultant who has never heard of Twitter
Social media is a force to be reckoned with and at this point, it is undoubtable that social media plays a huge role in marketing and is only set to continue to grow.
Why does social media matter to marketers?
Social media is the ultimate word of mouth platform. When someone likes your page on Facebook or follows you on Twitter, they are interested in who you are and what you have to say, and are announcing that publicly.
So, why would any marketer ignore such a good platform?
Unfortunately there are still some marketing dinosaurs out there who believe that social media is just a phase or even a time waster. They are technophobic and avoid social media because they don’t understand it, then use excuses to cover up their lack of knowledge.
At the end of the day, social media is free and doesn’t take up much of your time (when managed well) so there is absolutely no reason that it shouldn’t be included in your marketing plan.
What’s more, social media is unique in marketing terms because it allows your business to receive qualitative information directly from your consumers for free. You can establish social relationships with your target market and find out exactly what they want.
This is hugely beneficial, especially to new businesses, and any marketer who can’t see that or denies it because they don’t understand the technology will put your business success at risk.
How do we find out their view on social media?
Most marketing consultants will have their own website, Facebook, Twitter, blog, and even LinkedIn profile and will be incredibly comfortable with each technology.
If it’s clear they don’t use these platforms, they will not understand how best to engage with them in terms of business promotion.
Jo Macdermott is the Chief Marketing Consultant at Next Marketing, the marketing agency Melbourne residents turn to when seeking a professional marketing solution. Her team can help you devise a marketing strategy, implement a social media plan, and her highly talented graphic designers work alongside her marketing pros to build a solid marketing plan that will help you attract more customers, expand your business, and build momentum for many months to come. You can download your copy of ‘Beware the Fake Marketer’ today by clicking here .