Working in marketing requires professionals to have a diverse skill set. You need to know your marketing area of expertise but also have a strong business sense, strong technology skills and a detailed understanding of how business and technology affect and mesh with marketing.
With skill gaps in marketing and many other industries, becoming an issue for companies and marketing professionals, it’s important to understand the in-demand skills you need (the skills companies are seeking from marketing professionals) to help you progress your career.
Vital Marketing Skills and Knowledge Areas
According to research by Smart Insights, the following skills were deemed to be very important or extremely important by marketers based on the amount of time they spend doing these tasks in their current jobs. Here’s the top 10:
- Project management: 77% of respondents viewed this as very or extremely important
- Communications planning and strategy – 77%
- Customer and user experience – 76%
- Email marketing – 74%
- Data analysis and reporting – 72%
- Analyzing customer data and insights – 70%
- Optimizing campaigns – 69%
- Client management – 68%
- Social media – 67%
- Evaluating creative work – 66%
Other important skills that made the list include direct marketing, content marketing, copywriting, producing content, and database management.
The Skills Gap
Smart Insights also did some research into the current skills gap that exists among marketers. They compared the skills marketers have now and the skills they will require in the future. These skills are also desirable by recruiting companies. In terms of career progression rank, here are the top 10 skills marketers need to have:
- Communications and planning strategy
- Analyzing customer data and insights
- Data analysis and reporting
- Project management
- Optimizing campaigns
- Customer and user experience
- Client management
- Evaluating creative work
- Email marketing
- Content marketing
Marketers need to develop management and data skills to become more well-rounded candidates. While management can perform various marketing functions, the ability to manage, assess and analyze these functions will help them progress to more senior roles in marketing in the future.
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