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Fundamentals of Marking for Engineers

Marketing, like most vocations, is wrapped in buzzwords and mythology. It’s portrayed as a highly technical, almost religion, that mere mortals can’t understand; only creative types with years of training, practice, and spreadsheets can master.

There is some truth to that, as there is with every skill, but if you really boil marketing down to its core, you’ll find planning, understanding, and communicating. Outsiders often don’t see that due to all of the mystique surrounding the job, and insiders often lose sight of it in the daily grind of budgets, reports, and metrics.


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