Marketing Vs Design Vs Copywriting
Who do you engage and what do they do?

To a small business, marketing can mean anything.

Unfortunately Small business owners don’t always have a true understanding of what it means. They lump all the skills together and don’t know where to start. They always have a contact, a jack of all trades, even someone’s friend who is studying at university and does a bit of Photoshop on the side and may not necessarily have a qualification or even industry experience.

Different industries require different solutions.

As a business owner you might only know one aspect of marketing such as a website or newsletters, but a marketing consultant will be able to expand your thinking to consider other great marketing channels such public relations campaigns or integrating your newsletter with your social media, or even creating a video to go viral.

The best campaigns are when the Strategy (Marketing) the look and feel (Design) and the written word (Copywriting) ALL work together to give one big strong message. But where to start?
Well here’s a quick guide for when to engage The Marketer, The Designer and The Copywriter.

The Marketer

They decide what market a product or service will be sold to, and how it will be positioned amongst competitors to help it stand out from the crowd, and what offers and incentives to use to help overcome buyers inertia.  They also help you budget so can plan communications effectively – things like copywriting, designing, printing etc.
A marketer also chooses the message to send to a market. Whether to say “We’re the lowest cost car rental service in town” or “We sell the only Lamborghini’s in Melbourne CMD” is a marketing decision. The first message will appeal to members of the market who care about price. The second message will appeal to customers who care about … Lamborghini’s. Once you’re clear on the message then you engage a copywriter.

Most projects start with the Marketer,
then the Copywriter, then the Designer.

The Copywriter

A copywriter writes the text that will appear on a web site, brochure or advertisement. The copy must accurately represent what makes a product or service unique that speak directly to the target market, and also persuade the reader to take action. In the brochure (below) we ask the reader to take up a free business health check, and the writer uses case studies, short sentences, bullet points to make it easily digestible for the reader and absorb information.
The text must also be clear and well written and easy to digest using bulleted sentences, case studies, etc. That’s a writing skill. A website's “about us” page may require a marketing perspective, while a product sales landing page might require a sales perspective. Don’t assume the same person can write both kinds of copy. Also, don’t assume that a good salesperson or marketer can write good copy. They’re separate skills.

The Designer

Let’s just say you know your target market, you know what your brand promise is, and you’re clear that a brochure is what you want. Then a designer can help you bring this to life. They will know how to bring your brand to life and make you stand out amongst your competition.

A designer will create something that reflects your brand essence and the market you are promoting to. They’ll explore fonts, images and diagrams that truly reflect who your customers are. It’s really a functional project that reinforces your brand message. It’s not just about making things look pretty – it’s about bringing your brand to life and speaking directly to your customers from a visual perspective.

In this example, BMR provide business coaching services for the trade industry and have approached the Furnishing Industry Association of Australia (FIAA) with the hope of forming a mutually beneficial partnership. In this case BMR provide free business health checks to members of the FIAA with the aim of signing business owners onto a 12-month business coaching contract. It’s a great concept that has mutual benefits. The FIAA retains their members because the specialised coaching provided by BMR has a 100% success rate if followed through to completion. Plus BMR is commercially satisfied as well.

Getting the brief right

Getting a brief from a marketing person means you get the brief correct straight away.  They know what the designer and the copywriter wants and it saves a heck of lot of time and money. Often people do not understand the core message they want or need to portray. A marketer would solve this problem and come up with the best way to communicate your message. So save yourself some time, money and headaches and go through a marketer first to get some guidance for any creative projects.
Your designer and copywriter will love you.


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