A Day In The Life Of A Marketing Manager/ CMO


A short short time ago, there was a Marketing Manager called Si Emo. He was bright, young, happy-go-lucky; prancing about the office cheerfully. He went about his work with a song on his lips and a smile in his eyes. marketing manager-happy-www.ifiweremarketing.com

One fine day came the dark clouds. The Boss (she obviously wears Prada) told him to create a marketing campaign to get the brand top of mind recall in customers and prospects. She wanted a campaign that would outshine the competition. The task of an innovative marketing campaign that outshone competition cast a long shadow on marketing manager Si Emo’s sunshine.

Gone were the days of prancing. Now were the days of sleepless nights, creative blocks and acidity. marketing manager-exhausted-www.ifiweremarketing.com

When he hit a creative block, he briefed all his agencies (ad, media and digital). marketing manager-agency briefing-www.ifiweremarketing.com It was a single line brief- written in Bold, 100 pts, Underlined, Red in color- Need Clutter Breaking, Innovative Marketing Ideas That Fit The Budget And Timelines. 

The sale of Gelusil soared over the next one week. After a lot of briefing, debriefing, brainstorming, hand holding, arguing, explaining, insisting, cajoling, pacifying….

The day of THE PRESENTATION arrived.

7 a.m. Si EMo wakes up, brushes his teeth and starts getting ready with a heavy heart marketing manager-sitting-www.ifiweremarketing.com

8 a.m. Leaves for work, thinking of the marketing campaign presentation to ‘The Boss Who Wears Prada’ later in the day…

9 am Reaches office, lost in thoughts…..

9.10 am Checks the emails from previous night. Smiles, seeing the agency’s email sitting prettily in the inbox marketing manager-laptop-www.ifiweremarketing.com

9.20 am Gets a mini heart attack seeing the campaign ideas given by the agency in the presentation marketing manager-angry-www.ifiweremarketing.com

9.21 am Though the agency had worked very hard, the ideas were not what he was looking for, some of them already being done by competition and some not practical from budget/timelines point of view.

9.21.50 am Downs two antacids

9.22 am Takes a deep calming breath and logs onto the internet marketing manager-laptop-www.ifiweremarketing.com

9.32 am Prances around office shouting ‘Eureka! Eureka!’  marketing manager-prancing-www.ifiweremarketing.com marketing manager-happy again-www.ifiweremarketing.com

11 am Enters the lair of The Boss Who Wears Prada with the presentation marketing manager-presentation-www.ifiweremarketing.com

12 am The Boss Who Wears Prada says the campaign is mind blowing, clever, innovative, unusual, sticky and fun (Ok…she doesnt use so many adjectives but her 2 mm long smile said all that)

12.01 am Dark clouds disappear leaving the sky clear again and returning the sunshine of Si Emo marketing manager-sunshine-www.ifiweremarketing.com

Question……What happened between 9.22 am and 9.32 am when Si Emo logged into the internet to get such a turnaround?  marketing manager-suspense-www.ifiweremarketing.com

Answer in the next post! Check back in a couple of days……….

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