In the “old” days, it was easy to be a marketer.

There were a limited number of channels – print, TV, and radio – and marketing was a broadcast medium. Marketers talked and consumers listened. There was no back and forth.

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Today, the marketing landscape is humungous. There’s content marketing, social media, SEO, video, Facebook advertising, retargeting and the list goes on.

And just when you get a handle on the hottest tool, service or channel, something new comes along. In many respects, it feels like an endless game of whack-a-mole. You can’t rest on your laurels or not continually look to upgrade your skills.

Today’s marketers need to be multi-tooled players.

In a recent blog post, Craig Morantz outlined nine things that every marketer needs to do. It’s everything from reading a financial statement and doing ethnographic research to advanced segmentation and sketch design.

Do marketers need to be that well-rounded? Do they have to know everything? Isn’t it enough to be good at one thing?

As a marketing consultant, it’s a constant battle between having focused or broad skills. On one hand, I’m good at a few things: creating messaging and strategic plans. I like this work and have enjoyed many successful engagements.

But do I have to be good at other things? Can I thrive as a marketer without being a Facebook advertising rock-star or knowing how to leverage retargeting?

As much being a multi-tool player sounds good, I’m not sure it’s necessary or viable. While there are people who are good at everything, marketing is becoming a game of specialists. Marketing thrives when campaigns are executed by people who are good at a particular channel or skills. Success happens when teams feature best-of-breed talent.

So here’s the question: how multi-faceted does a marketer need to be?

Does a marketer need multiple skills or simply have a good understanding of how everything works together.

To best honest, I think the answer lies somewhere in the middle. While it’s good to be particularly good at one thing, having knowledge of other things makes you a better marketer. You don’t to be an expert but you should know what’s happening.


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