Evolution of Marketing Roles in the New Era

Wow has the world of marketing changed with the introduction of social media, marketing automation and other digital capabilities.  Not only is the way we “do” marketing different but the organizational structure and roles are different.  Just a decade ago, mid-sized and larger companies organized their marketing department along the lines of advertising, PR, partner marketing and product marketing.  Now we see Internet marketing, inbound marketing, social media marketing, content marketing and marketing automation functions.  Is PR dead, by the way? (see related article titled “PR is Dead – Or Is It?”).

(March 2018 Update)  I wrote a fairly comprehensive article titled “A.I. Will Revolutionize the Marketing Function” that takes the above topics and projects them forward into a really exciting world for marketing professionals.

For early stage startups there’s still probably just one person responsible for marketing, so they wear all of the hats. At least I hope you have a marketing employee starting pretty early in your evolution.  I wrote a prior  article on that subject titled “Why Isn’t a Marketing Professional One of Your First 10 Employees? ”  But in any case, as you grow you’ll want to think about how to evolve the marketing function.

Rather than reinvent the wheel, I really liked this article from HubSpot, which did a nice job of explaining the new roles in marketing for the current era.  It will be interesting to see how long it is before even this list is obsolete.  See the HubSpot article here.

Wait, there’s much more!!!

If you enjoyed this article, you’ll love what I cover in my video library called Founders Academy, which includes all of the key concepts and insights to help you dramatically increase your odds of success using topic-specific streaming video modules.  Click Here to Learn More

“Founders Academy is a must!  Gordon unlocked new value in concepts I thought I was already familiar with.” (startup founder)

Email Campaign Graphic - 1

Author: Gordon Daugherty

Over the past 15 years Gordon has seen more than 1,500 startup pitches, given personal advice to more than 500 entrepreneurs and been involved with raising over $45M in growth and venture capital. Throughout his 28 year career in high tech, Gordon has two IPO’s and a $200M acquisition exit under his belt. Now, through his advisory practice called Shockwave Innovations and as Managing Director for Austin’s Capital Factory startup accelerator, Gordon’s focus is purely on educating, advising and investing in tech startups.

One thought on “Evolution of Marketing Roles in the New Era”

What do you think?