Why is Marketing Hard? 50 Reasons

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Marten van der Zee
Analyst, Netherlands

Why is Marketing Hard? 50 Reasons

Why is marketing for many firms such a challenge? Here are a few reasons I found:
1. Continuous change of marketing: marketing asks from businesses to change their products all the time, because customers demand changes all the time. New technologies become available. Rivals also renew their products.
2. Long versus short term focus: On one hand, the satisfaction of current users will be the success of the future. And in times of economic depression managers find it hard to keep their focus on the customers and on the long term. They are more interested in short term financial results. It's not easy for businesses to find a good balance between the short and long term.
3. Size / growth of organisations. For example, imagine a bookstore with an owner who does everything alone, including the contact with customers. His business is growing well and he hires a couple of employees to deal with supplier relations, financial accounting and other things. Not all of these functions have contact with customers and employees may have different goals besides those of the firm. What can easily happen is that employees forget what the business is really all about: selling books!
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