If you’re reading this, you’re probably not a graphic designer. But you may know good design when you see it … or you may not. Good design isn’t blatantly noticeable. Good design conveys the information effectively, efficiently, and subtly. Good design is easy to look at. But why is it easy to look at? What makes a design ‘good’?
For many marketers, their conversations with I.T. are mostly limited to times when they have a problem or need something, and they’re hoping I.T. has a solution. That can lead to a largely transactional relationship, where the two are separate teams that only come together when they have no choice, and only for as long as necessary.
That can lead to a lack of understanding — on both sides — of the crucial role the other team plays with respect to the success of the business, and to growing mistrust. The Marketing team thinks I.T. is being too iron-fisted about security and standing in the way of them drumming up new business. At the same time, I.T. thinks Marketing has no appreciation for the risks associated with data exposure, and that it’s I.T.’s responsibility to be the guardians.
“Marketing is no longer about the stuff that you make, but about the stories you tell.” — Seth Godin, entrepreneur, best-selling author, and speaker
In today’s marketing world, it almost goes without saying that consumers don’t want to hear you beat your chest about how great you are. Especially for B2C marketers, your target audience has endless options for which brands to direct their money and time toward. If you’re going to not only get them to subscribe and open your emails but also buy, you need to connect with them in a meaningful way. You need to deliver content that matters to them. It’s not enough to tell them why you’re great. You need to tell them something great.
The evolution of marketing over the past 50 years brought it from being sales led to being tech led today, and technology will continue to drive this science as it catches up with customers’ interests. People are buying differently, they are smarter and more demanding with what they’re looking for.