You Ask, I Answer: Advice for a Starting Marketer

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You Ask, I Answer_ Advice for a Starting Marketer
Chris Strub asked, “What is the best advice for a marketer just starting out in 2018?”

Build the three Ps that we so often talk about at Trust Insights:

  • People: your personal network of people smarter and better than you as well as your peers
  • Process: your golden cookbook of strategies, tactics, and methods of execution that work well
  • Platform: your focus of study, your deep investment in yourself that you want to be known for

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Today, Chris Strub submits a video question by us guy answer. What’s up, Chris Penn. My name is Chris job and I’m reaching out to you and everybody else on that list today to ask for your best piece of advice for a young aspiring Digital Marketer in 2000 and a team. All right, Chris. Great question. What should a person starting out in marketing focus on or do in order to be successful.

You have to invest in in the three P’s we call them three piece here a Trust Insights. That’s people process and platform and so let’s dig into each one of these.

The people are you are folks that you need to invest in to grow your network. So this is the networking portion and there’s three types of people you need to invest in their seniors peers in juniors, seniors are your mentors your the people you look up to.

Experts you follow and things like that and you need to build those connections. Now it’s obviously it would be extremely difficult to build a meaningful connection with somebody who is, you know, at the top of their field. It can happen. And if it does happen by all means take advantage of it. But, you know, probably your first mentor is not going to be Avinash Kaushik your first mentors, but not going to be Neil de gras Tyson right but you look for people who are a little further along than you look for people who are publishing good stuff and connect with them. The second group of people are your peers. These are the people who are getting started out the same time as you and these are folks in the workforce. These folks when you are in school, particularly for college and graduate students. This is the literal cohort that you graduate with keep in touch with those connections for anybody who you actually enjoy spending time with keep in touch with those folks, because you don’t know where those folks are going to land in 510 1520

years from now.

And then the third of the.

juniors and these are the folks who come after you. And again, this has nothing to do with chronological age that has to do with experience. So if you’re at a company, anybody who starts, you know, at the company. The day after you is technically your junior and you know even if you’re 2223 years old.

If you’ve been other company for a year you have more institutional knowledge and the person walking in the door, you know,

the next day or the next month. The next year. And as time goes by,

you have an obligation to pass along what you’ve learned help to share to train and to grow the expertise of those who are junior to you because again

enlightened self interest you don’t know where those people are going to land, you may work with somebody and and

you know change companies and things like that and you could end up reporting to that person of it’s entirely possible so investing your seniors up.

And your juniors those the people. Second is process, you need to build your own book of best practices.

I like to call it a golden cookbook, and I have one minus a couple hundred slides long. It’s a PowerPoint of things that

I’ve learned or I’ve created over the years frameworks ideas charts,

all these things that are concepts together. So there’s some very familiar Business School ones you know SWAT and Porter’s five forces and all the stuff you expects to be in there and then stuff I’ve created on my own like people process platform, the intersections of those things like that

you need to golden cookbook because it helps you document what you’re learning as you’re learning it it’s like you know your notebook your textbook for you for your life, in your career.

Later on in your career once it’s been filled out a little bit, it becomes a proof of your experience if your knowledge.

of what you’ve learned in the beginning, you’re going to have a lot of stuff from other people in there. So you’ll believe you know charts from Accenture frameworks from Deloitte

I concepts and and and visualizations from McKinsey and all the big consulting shops and big publishing companies and things like that. That’s okay. That’s okay to have that and then there because you want those reminders also of hey this is what I’ve learned a long way. But that golden cookbook will become essential, especially if you ever find yourself in a position of having to demonstrate your expertise, like in sales or sales enablement role. It’s going to be one of the best things you can put together to disable Hughes everything I can do and people have like that’s a lot of stuff you clearly have done this for a while.

The third is platform.

If you want to succeed and digital marketing. If you want to have a functioning career of any kind, you need to invest in yourself, you need to invest in your personal platform. By that I mean


Really good at something being the best at something investing the time and the effort to develop an expertise that a second to none.

You may not necessarily become the best, but you’ll be in the top 1% you want to be known for something so pick something and get really good at it and especially if you’re young you got time. All right. You’ve got decades. So if you take a year every year for five years to test out something I’m like, Well, what do I want to really be good at. Let’s try machine like wow, that sucks

too good for a year and if you invest and training yourself in and for a year and at the end of that year, you still ate it then you know switch it up but pick something and become the best at it because we are now in a world where mediocre is unnecessary. We don’t need to settle for good enough. We don’t need to sell the four okay

thanks to the internet, thanks to the.

digitization and democratization of access to people and technology businesses can afford to say I want the best only because they can get a distributed workforce. They can outsource overseas. So you have to invest in your platform. What is your thing. What do you want to be known for when somebody mentions your name.

What is the thing that goes along with it

and be ready to pivot

15 years ago or 10 years ago. Yeah, almost 15 years ago. Wow.

I was one of the first podcast has podcasting was something that I was known for I created a conference with my friend Chris Brogan called pod camp, way back in the day. And that was the thing for a few years

and then then the world changed and so I pivoted and became the sort of the Google Analytics person that was my thing. It’s still is my thing because Google Analytics is still a thing

and then.

About four or five years ago and pivoted again and start at when I started noticing machine learning was good to become a thing. So, machine learning within marketing and that’s going to be a thing until it’s not so be be ready to pivot, but there’s a thread that kind of runs through them all, which is using technology and applying it to marketing’s marketing technology

that’s my thing that I invest in myself and when I say invest in yourself. I don’t mean spend money. I mean, you know, you’re investing in yourself when you’re spending an hour a day outside of work on your own time

training yourself. There are a million and a half YouTube videos on just about every topic, there’s free ebooks, you know, there’s an companies are desperate to attract attention giving away everything and and that’s okay.

But there’s so much training so much opportunity. Google has free courses HubSpot has free courses at Twitter has free courses. Everybody’s got free courses that you can take.

You have to invest the time. That’s where people fall down and they expect somebody else to do it for them were handed to them doesn’t work like that. You have to invest the time in yourself. And if you do, you will see incredible career growth because

99% of everyone else are not investing the time they take the minimum amount of training required by their employer. They stopped learning wants to get out of school

and they just kind of muddle along them and kind of learn stuff as they pick it up in their career know if you want to be the best you invest in yourself you train as though you were going to be the best.

And again, you’re going to surpass 99% of people who are not willing to make that investment so great question. Chris invest in yourself. People process platform and that’s what you need to do to be successful. Digital Marketer this year and for every of your career going forward. Thanks for watching. Please subscribe to the newsletter and to the YouTube channel. I’ll talk to you soon.

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