Years ago, as a sales manager, I was asked to develop a brochure for my company. Aside from the fact that a sales manager should never be assigned to the task of creating an effective marketing piece, there were a number of key problems with the development of this brochure. The process I went through to develop this brochure is critical to the understanding of the problems with trying to ‘fake’ your way through the marketing process.
As I was asked to create this brochure, I went through a number of iterations of what I wanted it to say but just couldn’t come up with anything that made sense. I had a background in graphic design, so this should have been easy. Shoot, I had just come from a job as the Color Systems Specialist for the Western United States for Canon USA… I knew how to do this. But, alas, I couldn’t get it done for the life of me.
On the fourth or fifth iteration I took to the president he finally gave me the content that he wanted in the document. It included a number of philosophies that our company didn’t exhibit and services that we really didn’t offer.
My response was simple, “But we don’t do any of that.”