The boys run off the field after the last out and after allowing four more runs. "Good effort, guys!" shout the coaches.
That's the way you manage boys. Six, seven, eight year olds. Effort is important. Instilling the team effort, good sportsmanship, putting forth your best effort.
But when it comes to marketing efforts, a 'good effort' is never enough. It is too easy today to measure, refine and improve. Too often, 'a good effort' is all that expected of marketing. And far too often, that is all marketing professionals expect of themselves.
No more 'visibility', no more 'mindshare', no more intangible measurements that only serve to give credence to management biases against marketing. Measure marketing performance with home-grown or commercially available marketing dashboard software. Then you can build the credibility that is required for marketing to get a seat in the boardroom and leave the 'keychain and brochure people' characterization long behind.