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Update Your Marketing Knowledge With an Online MBA

Believe it or not, you interact with the world of marketing on a daily basis. The ability to execute an effective marketing strategy is a valuable skill in today's job market. Regardless of field, understanding the basics of marketing can help you understand a company's big picture in any job, and it can set you apart from others in your field.

Current best practices in marketing will teach you how to listen better, alert you to trends in your field and give you an edge over your competition. In an online Master of Business Administration, a course in marketing basics is part of the curriculum. This course will help you hone skills in a variety of areas within the marketing realm.

You Will Gain Awareness in Your Field

Listening and engagement enable professionals to come up with solutions to problems in their field and understand current trends. It is easy to become bogged down with the day to day and miss the larger picture. Many times, solutions to issues we may be facing at work live in that bigger picture. Honing your marketing skills will expand your awareness, which could lead you in the direction of a solution to an issue you might be having.

You Will Understand Your Audience

No matter what field you work in, you have an audience. Be it customers, staff or peers, it is important to be able to communicate effectively with your intended audience. Basic marketing skills can help you understand and work with your audience.

When you can put yourself in the shoes of the people you want to reach, you will better understand why they behave the way they do, and how they communicate. This will give you a better sense of how to reach them on a professional level. This can help you solve workplace problems, effectively convey your needs, or understand why someone might act the way they do.

Digital Marketing Is Always Evolving

Thanks to the digital age, the business world is changing rapidly, and keeping up with the changes is no small task. Understanding how digital marketing has evolved can strengthen your position in leadership roles.

Keep in mind that you'll also need to market yourself in the changing digital landscape. Social media and online forums provide avenues for you to meet professionals in your industry. Keeping your marketing skills current will make it easier to connect with your peers and create useful relationships.

Marketing Skills Make for Effective Communication

Whether you are a marketer or not, you have to communicate with your peers and your customers on a regular basis. Having basic marketing skills can make you a better communicator, which could in turn, make your job easier.

Tact in communication is an essential marketing skill -- one that benefits professionals in all fields. Honing your communications skills through the lens of marketing can help you determine how to answer an email, prepare you to think on your feet in face-to-face interactions, and help you sort out your thoughts in a constructive way.

Personal Branding Can Set You Apart

The ability to market yourself is as important as marketing in any business sense. Building and maintaining a personal brand can set you apart as a seasoned professional and thought leader in your field.

A personal brand, according to Fast Company, is a way to establish a "unique personal and professional history that immediately stands out." Learning the basics of marketing can help you develop and refine your personal brand.

Learn more about the Boise State online MBA program.


Sources:

Ladders: Know Your Audience

Fast Company: Why Personal Branding Is Essential to Career Success

The Muse: 5 Reasons You Need Marketing Skills (Even if You're Not a Marketer)


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