The Agile Approach In Digital Marketing

In today’s fast-paced, multichannel digital world, marketers no longer have the luxury to spend months crafting large projects; they must innovate and produce on the fly and respond immediately to market disruptions. Marketing programs that take months to build and budget for can be rendered irrelevant before they even launch, doomed by a sudden shift in market conditions or a new competitor with an innovative business model.

Today’s connected customer is ‘always on’. You don’t have a small window in their day to try to reach them anymore, as they’re switching from screen to screen, device to device, and with such limited spans for attention, you have to be able to keep up. To be a customer-centric business today means that you as a marketer need to be able to think, and act, in real-time. In other words, you have to be agile.

Agile Marketing is an approach to marketing that takes its inspiration from Agile Software Development, and that values:

Responding to change over following a plan
Rapid iterations over Big-Bang campaigns
Testing and data over opinions and conventions
Numerous small experiments over a few large bets
Individuals and interactions over target markets
Collaboration over silos and hierarchy

Agile Marketers follow a process designed to increase alignment with the business goals of the organization, to improve communication – both within and outside the marketing team, and to increase the speed of marketing. The process is iterative, allowing for short marketing experiments and frequent feedback. It shortens planning cycles to days or weeks from months and years, promoting a more responsive approach to marketing.

Techmantu’s Agile Approach to Marketing

At Techmantu, we adopt an iterative approach in our client engagements. It involves using small teams to execute digital marketing tasks in a rapid manner, with daily quick-reviews and weekly detailed reviews. The launch of every major stage of the project is preceded by a formal, deep-dive strategy session involving all important stakeholders, during which time task-lists are developed and roles are assigned.

Agile Marketing at techmantu

Are you using some incarnation of agile marketing in your organization? If so, we’d love to hear your perspective and experience.

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About chigateri

Muru Chigateri – a new technology aficionado – is the founder of Techmantu. He has over 12 years of experience in a variety of strategic leadership roles with leading enterprise software firms.

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