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As all marketers know, proving marketing’s value to the organization in monetary terms is necessary but also tricky. You only have to create a thoughtful and holistic plan based on your organizational and departmental objectives, determine KPIs (key performance indicators) that allow you to answer whether or not the objective has been met, and then measure results of individual initiatives as well as the marketing plan in total. Whew.

Although tempting to churn out one-off marketing projects, there are key reasons why creating an integrated marketing plan will set you up for more success in the long-run:

Consistency and Brand Cohesion

One of the primary perks of creating an integrated marketing plan is the ability to maintain consistency in messaging and brand identity across channels and tactics. This consistency helps with brand recognition, strengthens trust, and increases the likelihood of engagement and conversion. Executing one-off marketing projects can easily result in disjointed messaging, which can confuse customers and dilute brand impact.

Maximizing Reach

Creating integrated marketing plans allows you to use a combination of channels that complement one another. By having a cohesive presence on multiple channels such as an optimized website, social media, email marketing, content marketing, digital and print media, and events or trade shows, you can ensure you're getting your message in front of the right audience in multiple ways.

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Cost Efficiency

While executing one-off marketing projects is certainly less expensive in the short term, it is often MORE expensive in the long term. Creating and executing tactics as part of an integrated marketing plan allows for greater cost-efficiency for a few reasons:

  • By strategically coordinating projects, resources can be allocated more efficiently which can eliminate redundancies and therefor optimizing spending.

  • Coordinating your marketing efforts allows for economies of scale— essentially, investments made in one channel can positively impact others, creating synergies and amplifying result (this is sometimes referred to as the “halo-effect”) Also, when it comes to working with other production partners (i.e. media partners, print partners, etc), many provide cost advantages to organizations who hit a spending threshold.

Creating and Sustaining Long-term Relationships

Integrated marketing plans help create and sustain long-term relationships with leads and prospects, and ultimately customers. By consistently delivering a unified brand experience across channels, marketers can build trust, loyalty, and ideally advocacy over time. Target audiences who see a brand as reliable, consistent, and genuinely interested in their needs are more likely to convert.

By ensuring consistency and cohesion, maximizing reach and impact, enhancing cost efficiency, and creating and sustaining relationships, integrated marketing plans provide a strategic advantage over one-off marketing projects.

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