Why Am I In Marketing?

Why Am I In Marketing?

May 4, 2010
2 min read

As I traveled the course of my career, often times in unexpected directions, I have found myself asking the question of why I do what I do. Since most of us have found ourselves in a position or a company that is not exactly on the path we imagined when we were younger, it makes sense to ponder what exactly has delivered us to the place we stand.

So here I will describe why I am in Marketing. To introduce myself. And also explain my view on the role of the B2B Marketer.For me I have always known a few things with great confidence:

  • I have a very curious mind
  • I feel the basic need to contribute as much as I can to a common goal
  • I believe that meeting a customer need is the only true founding principle of an enterprise
  • There is a strong amount of effort and some basic levels of intelligence required to follow the evolution of customer needs and thus stay relevant

And so the answer to the question of why I am doing what I am doing is likely that I have followed opportunities to best exploit the above personality traits, skills and needs.

Having started my career and spent 9 years in a B2B company serving some of the world’s top brands in the consumer space, I have often rejected the B2B label because too often, B2B marketers forget to focus on consumers. We think our product is way too cool, our sales force is way too sharp, or our brochures so compelling that what prospect wouldn’t just lay down for us. And the truth is far from it.

Yes, in B2B, the decision process is far longer, the decision-maker is typically more than one person and all of them feel much greater risk (jobs, reputation, etc) than when buying a pack of gum. But these are still people. I am not suggesting it is harder: trying to appeal to the emotions of a teenager to buy the latest line of fashions is hard. But B2B Marketing is complex with a need to appeal to both emotion and intellect.

I am a B2B marketer because I think our job can be made simpler if we simply focus on the customer. As a B2B Marketer, I feel strongly that we (simply) help companies do 2 things:

  • Get Customers
  • Keep Customers

Sometimes we do this in a more creative way and sometimes we do this in a very scientific way. But that is all we do! And the only way to do it is through listening first.

I plan to share these inside tips and more with you here on So now that you know why I am here and why I am writing this blog, here are the B2B Marketing Insider tips for my 1st blog entry:

  1. Stop worrying about your boss
  2. Stop trying to create the “coolest” campaign to impress your peers
  3. Never forget that happy employees are the only ones who create happy customers
  4. Be curious: use every tool you have to listen to customer wants, needs, trends
  5. Present those insights to every function of your business

In upcoming posts, I will explore these tips and more and will aspire to deliver insights learned from my challenges and experience in B2B Marketing. I’ll focus on topics like Social Media, Customer Satisfaction & Loyalty, Inbound Marketing, Content Marketing, Sales Alignment, Online Demand Generation and more of the coming evolutions in business and marketing. I hope you’ll join me.

10 thoughts on “Why Am I In Marketing?

  1. Barb

    Congrats on the new blog! I completely agree with your 5 insider tips. I feel curiosity is often lost in some organizations. The customer has the power, and we need to listen to and explore what they really want.Thanks again Michael, I will be looking forward to future posts!

  2. Michael Brenner

    Thanks Barb. You are my first comment. I hope you keep coming back to find valuable content. Feel free to offer any suggestions on what you’d like to see.

  3. Carol Jerrehian

    Hi Michael ~ GREAT blog! I wholeheartedly agree with your insights, especially pertaining to focus on the customer. Thank you for sharing your learnings and perspective. I look forward to your next post. Carol

  4. Michael Brenner

    Carol, thanks for your commnts! I hope you keep coming back 😉

  5. Megan

    You may remember me as @SuperInternMeg on Twitter. As a graduating marketing student and aspiring marketing professional, I am always very interested in learning more and more about marketing and business as a whole. I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts!

  6. Michael Brenner

    Hey Megan, thanks for the positive comments. I am open to sitting down in person any time.

  7. Doug Kessler

    Wow. You need to re-publish this Michael.
    It’s brilliant.

  8. Michael Brenner

    Thanks Doug. I think I will do.

  9. Hunter Boyle

    I agree with Doug. This concept would be an awesome idea for a keynote, too.

    Cheers — Hunter

  10. Michael Brenner

    Nice idea! 😉 Thanks Hunter!

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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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