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Why Great Marketing Needs Art and Science

Why Great Marketing Needs Art and Science

August 3, 2023
4 min read

Is great marketing an art or a science? In other words: What matters more? Is it the art of creativity and content, or the science of data? My answer has always been the same: You can’t choose just one. Marketing is art and science. And while this is a fun conversation that’s been happening in the marketing industry forever, it’s also important when it comes to deciding how to build your strategy.

The key to success is in finding the right balance between art and science in marketing, and figuring out how they can complement one another in your strategy.

In this article, we’ll dive into how that works. We’ll define both the art and the science of marketing, plus ways you can achieve a happy balance that delivers big results.

Quick Takeaways:

  • The art of marketing lies in creative content creation, critical for engaging potential customers.
  • The science of marketing lives in modern technologies, like AI-powered and automated software.
  • While artistic marketing engages audiences, scientific marketing drives measurable results.
  • Great marketing requires both the artistic and scientific aspects of the process.
  • Highly collaborative marketing teams are better able to find the right balance of art and science in marketing to drive real results.

The Art of Marketing

Marketers are creatives. That’s no secret. Most of us were drawn to the world of marketing because we wanted to create cool, compelling content. It was the allure of creating narratives, designing visuals, and shaping brand stories that really captured a brand’s personality to win over new customers.

This core creative component of marketing is still alive and well—and as important as ever. The reason is threefold:

Content is King

First, content is unquestionably the most important part of every marketing strategy. Customers do their own brand research now, using search engines and social media to help. Their first impressions and interactions with brands, then, are really with their content. In fact, customers now interact with up to 13 content assets throughout their purchase journey. On average, 8 of them are brand-created.

On average, customers interact with 13 pieces of content during their purchase journey.

Image Source: KoMarketing

That means you need to be churning out a lot of content to capture attention, keep current audiences entertained, and build a strong digital brand presence. You need creative minds behind the process who can continually come up with fresh ideas.

It’s Crowded Out There

The art of marketing is so important because it’s also what enables creative differentiation. While there are many scientific ways to ensure your content is visible and gets to the right audience (and we’ll cover those shortly), without an artistic foundation supporting it, the science behind things like audience targeting and SEO won’t matter much at all.

In other words: Even if your content is highly visible, if it’s boring, people will skip over it.

Think about it—we’ve all been there. We search for a topic and click the first or second article, which has a headline that looks to be an exact match. When we get to the article, we realize it’s a snooze or that it’s totally low-quality. In just seconds, we click back to search and move on to another article.

The science of marketing might get your content placed effectively, but it’s the art of marketing that gets customers engaged and builds their connection to your brand. And in a digital marketing world where every search yields pages and pages of results, you need artistic creativity for your content to be able to break through the noise.

The Science of Marketing

The art of marketing is what makes content unique and engaging, but it’s the science of marketing that helps it drive business value. After all, the ultimate goal of marketing isn’t creative expression—it’s winning new business and driving growth. That’s where science comes in and why it’s so important for marketers today.

We’re living in a time when scientific approaches can be incorporated into marketing strategies more than ever before with data analytics and technology tools. Let’s talk about some of the most important specifics.

Marketing Data Analytics

Marketing data analytics empowers marketers to understand their audience better, identify trends, and measure campaign effectiveness. It isn’t just about crunching numbers—it’s about extracting actionable insights from those numbers.

In a landscape where targeted and personalized marketing is becoming the status quo, understanding important insights about your audiences’ preferences, behaviors, and pain points is essential. Marketers that do this well earn significantly better results.

Plus, data-driven marketing allows teams to better understand and analyze their strategies and output, driving process efficiencies and overall better performance.

Graphic showing three main benefits of data-driven marketing: reaching customers more effectively, improving performance, and increasing efficiencies

Image Source: Semrush

Technology Tools

The science behind modern technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and automation aren’t just helping to elevate campaigns. Today, they’re becoming competitive essentials to succeed.

Tools like CRM systems, email marketing software, SEO research tools, and analytics platforms enable marketers to create more effective campaigns and scale their efforts without sacrificing quality.

These technologies are tools are arguably playing the biggest role in the continual modernization and evolution of marketing. Without them, marketing teams couldn’t operate at the speed and scope they’re able to today to keep up with changing trends, customer preferences, and competitive demands.

Process and Strategy Optimization

Data and technology are only as valuable as the action that comes from them. The science of marketing also includes the iterative process of taking data-informed action to drive continual improvement.

This involves things like A/B testing to determine which messaging or design elements resonate more, using conversion rate optimization to refine landing pages, collecting customer feedback to help refine strategies, or tweaking advertising budgets based on performance metrics.

Continuous improvement, driven by real-world data, ensures that marketing strategies always remain agile and aligned with current internal goals and external impact factors.

Marketing is Art and Science: Finding the Right Balance

Marketing is art and science. Neither is more important than the other, and both are necessary to have a great marketing strategy that wins in today’s business world. But it’s not enough just to try to incorporate both aspects into your strategy separately. They need to work harmoniously to yield the best results.

So how does that happen?

It requires a fully collaborative marketing team—one that understands the total process (read: the art and science) behind your marketing strategy and the roles of other people who play a part.

For example: To develop the smartest campaigns and make the best decisions, your creative and content teams should understand how the data analytics people will measure their effectiveness. Your data team should understand the creative process and how to deliver the most helpful insights.

As this understanding is built, the people on your marketing team can work together more organically to execute end-to-end marketing strategies that deliver results.

How Marketing Insider Group Can Help

At Marketing Insider Group, we create content tailored to each client’s unique audience and designed to drive traffic and leads. We balance the art of creative content with the science of making it drive real results for your business. To learn more about the process and how to get started, schedule a 15-minute call with me today.

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Michael Brenner is an international keynote speaker, author of "Mean People Suck" and "The Content Formula", and Founder of Marketing Insider Group. Recognized as a Top Content Marketing expert and Digital Marketing Leader, Michael leverages his experience from roles in sales and marketing for global brands like SAP and Nielsen, as well as his leadership in leading teams and driving growth for thriving startups. Today, Michael delivers empowering keynotes on marketing and leadership, and facilitates actionable workshops on content marketing strategy. Connect with Michael today.

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