4 SIMPLE Yet EFFECTIVE Ways to Improve Your Marketing Skills

October 29th, 2015

Sarah Brekelmans Toronto Marketing Recruiter
By Sarah Brekelmans, Toronto Marketing Recruiter

There is no room for complacency in marketing. The industry continues to change and evolve at a rapid pace, and marketing professionals need to stay on top of their game and develop new skills if they want to grow their career.

It’s not your grandparents’ marketing industry anymore. The role of a marketer – regardless if you are working in a more traditional print or advertising role, or as an internet marketer – has become more complex, forcing you to have a more diverse skillset.

Here are 4 great ways to improve your marketing skills:

1. Expand your horizons

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To be a successful marketer today, you need to know more than marketing. The more skills you have, the more marketable you will be – opening the door to more career opportunities.

Expand your horizons by adding some of these skills to your repertoire:

  • Search engine optimization
  • Social media marketing
  • Copywriting
  • Project management
  • Statistics and data analytics
  • Web design, HTML, and CSS
  • Psychology

 

These are only some of the many skills you can add to improve your knowledge base and make you a more valuable professional.

2. Stay on top of industry news

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Since marketing and other related technology-based industry continue to change at lightning speed, you need to stay up-to-date with industry news, innovations, and new strategies and techniques to produce the best results possible.

Here are some great marketing blogs to follow:

 

3. Learn as much as possible about your target customers

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The more you understand the consumer behaviour of the market you are targeting, the more effective results you will attain. You have to get into your customers’ heads, understand their thought processes, what they value, the problems they have and how you can help them solve their issues.

4. What skills should you learn?

So, what are the marketing skills you should prioritize? Andrea Fryrear of Business 2 Community provides a great list of vital education areas to focus on:

  • Technical Marketing Skills: Analytics, coding, graphic design skills, video production
  • Marketing Data: Data collection, data analysis, data visualization
  • Writing: Press releases, website copy, social media content, blog posts, whitepapers
  • Professional Skills: Communication, relationship building, networking
  • Time Management: Productivity apps and programs

 

Learn more about careers in marketing by reading these articles by our Toronto headhunters:

Top 4 OVERLOOKED Advantages of a Marketing Career

4 Incentives Marketers Value Just as Much as Money

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Sarah Brekelmans

Sarah is a Director, Client Services specialized in sourcing for roles across the marketing landscape, including digital design, digital marketing, public relations, and digital/social media. Her extensive industry experience, both in her beginnings as a PR and corporate communications professional and after finding her niche in recruiting, have made her one of Toronto’s go-to recruiters for all things marketing.