Today, we are going to talk about the top marketing skills to master in 2020 and beyond. coming from cause you want to grow faster, both personally and professionally. All right. You know, people use the
phrase data is the new oil.
The way I look at it, data is very important and a lot of people don’t know how to do basic data analysis, right? So you kind of have to understand analytics first. Because you have to understand the story that the data is telling you, and then you can
take some action on it. So you do have to understand data analytics, and if you want to go deeper into the field, you
should understand data science. There is an online education company
called data camp, and they teach data science. And then also you can go to Coursera, you can go to edX. You can even go to YouTube if you want to learn about data science, and I’m sure there’s a ton
of free videos out there. I would say around the data and analytics portion. Avinash Kaushik, he has a blog called kaushik.net dot net.
I started learning marketing quite a while ago, and I still write on his blog. He’s got, he’s got a really good blog. I would recommend reading.
I need Lytics as well. This woman’s name is Annie and it’s Lytics. It’s like analytics, so any linux.com so those are two or three resources to check out. So that’s the first thing I think you have to understand that the story that’s being told, right?
A lot of companies, especially in Silicon Valley right now, they raised a bunch of money from venture capitalists, which is no problem, right?
As long as they have, you know, a solid business model. But the problem is they think a lot of companies, when I talked to them, Oh, we’re just going to figure out Google ads and Facebook ads and we’re going
to scale that way.
But everybody knows how to do that now, right? So how do you differentiate yourself? They know how to like run the ads,
but beyond that, you know there’s they’re skills that are lacking, right?
So I think, you know, to kind of make sure that you’re protected for
the long term, you have to understand how to do copywriting. So I recommend reading a book called breakthrough advertising,
and another one called the boron letters. Breakthrough advertising used to be like, I think I purchased a book for a couple of hundred dollars.
You can actually get the reprints now for $125 just Google breakthrough advertising book. Right? And I think it should be able to find it. Boron letters you can find on Amazon. It was written by Gary Hal pert, which is one of the all-time greatest copywriters. e had a son that he wrote the
letter to called bond Hal pert. And I think bond Hilbert actually
has a newsletter right now.so those are, you know, there’s,
there’s actually another email that’s called an email player. So check that one out too. When you learn the skill of copy writing and you’re learning how to talk to people, you’re learning how to get people to take action, right? you’re not writing long walls of texts. You’re basically learning how to copyright for Twitter. you’re learning how to copyright
for LinkedIn as well, right? Anybody that knows how to write
long-form copy those, those are still, those people are, are very
hard to find nowadays, but if you know how to write long-form copy,
you can really write copy and use types of words to persuade people, right? And that’s what you’re trying to do with your marketing. A lot of times are going to be using words when you’re sending emails to people, you’re going to be, you’re going to be writing ads. It could be writing a book. You have to understand like if you become really good at copy writing, I think you’re going to be levels above people, right?
Versus the people that you know just know how to run a Facebook and
Google ads. You’ve got to know-how to go beyond that, right? I also think it’s very important for 2020 for people to understand. That they need to pick one content channel that they’re good at and stick with it. So using the copy writing For example, I like writing. If I were to pick writing channels, I would pick maybe a Twitter and I would pick LinkedIn organic, right? And I would just write on there and whatever I write on there, I’m not, well, not all the time, but I tend to see a better performance there overtime. Now, I also like doing audio too. I don’t have a problem with doing video, but video requires the editing portion. That I don’t know how to do. It requires some design work as well, which I don’t know how to do.
Do you know?
That’s where you need to, you know, get outside help. But you do need to understand that content, having one kind of foundation content channel that you go after and then learning how to re purpose that, that’s going to be very important because of the one the thing that you’re going to have that’s defensible for the long term. Is your brand, right? So it doesn’t matter if you’re working for somebody, and it
doesn’t matter if you have your own company. You have to understand that your the brand is going to take you far. Like I’ve seen a lot of people
where they’ve worked for companies and because they blogged at the
same time and they built some kind of personal brand that they’re
able, they were pretty, it was pretty easy for them to find other,
other gigs, that were, you know, next level. Right. So I would, I would
take that into account. For me. I like writing. I like podcasts too.
So those are the channels I kind of go after, right?
So what are you good at? And if you’re good at video, understand that that video can be re purposed into audio files, can
be re purposed into stories, can purpose into social media posts,
and the list goes on and on and on. If, you’re going to purpose
content, you have to learn.Okay.Who’s going to do it? Right? Can you delegate this out to people? Even if you’re working for someone, you can delegate. You can find people on Workup. You can go to these other sources and figure out how to delegate this out to other people, right?
But you have to figure out what that re purposing framework looks like.
That workflow looks like because there are so many sources nowadays
disparate channels out there and it’s becoming more and more competitive. Ads are getting more competitive. SEO is getting more competitive. So how do you stand out?
You’ve got to think about how you can take the Channelize approach.
And if you’re going to do that, if you’re going to take the Omani
channel approach, who is going to help you do that work?
You know, the fifth piece here is basic SEO.
The entrepreneurs that I know that understand SEO, they are their next
level versus, you know, some of the other entrepreneurs, I don’t like.
There’s, the way I look at is the ones that understand, business
and SEO and the ones that understand kind of business and
acquisitions. Those are the ones that have a different, they have a different, they’re wired differently. And those are the ones that I
generally learned the most from. You know, when you understand SEO
and you understand the business, you probably understand all
these other elements, right? Because SEO is like a little puzzle.
And then the business is also a puzzle too. You’re, you’re, you’re creating culture, you’re hiring people, you’re firing people.if you don’t know how to maneuver to business for the long term, same the thing with like when you’re, when you’re doing acquisitions, you’re,
you’re doing all this maneuvering. You’re playing all these little
games, a game within a game, right? You know, when you understand basic SEO, I, you know, you, the sky’s the limit, right? Because you understand foundation ally how you can build websites and build traffic quickly, and then how you can collect email addresses. I need how you can parlay that into re targeting people making look alike audiences and, you know, having a, having a chat bot on your site too. And it just, you know, you have email popups to collecting emails. You’re just doing all these different little things that give you leverage for the long term. So I think to have that basic a foundation understanding of SEO. It’s going to take you a long way. When I look at it, single grain, our ad agency, the website, when I first came into it, 4,000 visits a month, now we’re about 250,000 visits a month. And because we were able to build out leverage, we have so many people hitting our website, there are people on our email list. We were able to get a seven-figure deal because we combined a tool with the traffic that we have collected. An email address. Put them into a sales ennoblement
the tool, but you can see the foundation piece was the SEO piece, right? So again, this comes back to copy writing. If you know to Copywriter well, then you can parlay that into, you know, you start out with SEO first. Once you start getting going, you start getting some revenue going. You hire other people to help you. You understand the framework that you want and you build and you build on your build. And before you know it, because you started with SEO, now you have a
legit legitimate business. And your business is getting bigger, bitter now. Now you can play the game of acquisitions down the road.
Right? So that’s how I see it. These are the five top skills, I
think, to master when it comes to marketing. A lot of these are
foundation, right? I think if you understand the unconditional pieces and you want to go deeper. You should have no problem doing so. Let me know what you think I missed in the comments below. What you think are the top skills to master in 2020 and also whatever the platform you’re coming from.