A marketer’s job is a challenging one, for many different reasons.

You are tasked with being both creative and critical, expressive but organised, ground-breaking, and regimented. Your days are full and chaotic, and you are often pulled in many different directions. Your time is precious and knowing what is most worthy of it can be overwhelming.

However, sometimes, the simple things can be the most effective and there are several basic habits you can insert into your working day to guarantee your continued success as a marketer.

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1. A love for learning.

Make time in your busy schedule to educate yourself. This might sound obvious, but it is so easy to get side-tracked and lose sight of the market around you. You should be keeping up to date on changing technologies that affect you, customer behaviour, trends, and your target audience. In fact, understanding your audience will make your job so much easier.

What marketing channels do they prefer, what challenges do they face, what problem can you solve for them? Rather than feeling overcome by the myriad of data available to you, make it work for you. Download research pieces, pour over studies, subscribe to newsletters, attend marketing conferences, and read new statistics. Make it your business to learn.

2. Knowing your competitors.

To quote the old saying ‘Knowledge is power!’. You mightn’t necessarily want to mirror their behaviour but assessing their activity on a regular basis can give you a certain awareness, force you to innovate, and act as a way of re-enforcing your own plans. You should be informed on who your competitors are, what they are doing, and what makes them different from you. Evaluate what you are bringing to the market that they aren’t, and vice versa. What are they doing well and what can you learn from their mistakes?

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3. Defining clear objectives.

Despite a busy workload and many distractions, you must always keep your sights on what you are working towards. What do you want to achieve and in what timeframe? Do you want to drive traffic to your website, or would you prefer to get more people through the door? Do you want to increase engagement on your social media channels or generate more sales leads? Set targets and assemble a marketing strategy based on these goals.

So, there you have it, 3 simple habits that make a marketer successful!