Marketing and Communications Specialist

Marketing and communications or specialists or strategists, develop marketing and communication strategies and implementation plans and advise executives on the implications of their policies, programmes and practices.


They act as a link between any company and its stakeholders e.g. customers. A marketing and communications specialist deals with all promotional aspects of the company for which they work and liaise with media and communication agencies and companies to portray the correct image. They are responsible for adhering to budgets and enhancing and promoting the company’s image, products and services effectively.

They need to collaborate with clients and partners .to develop successful communication strategies and plans, follow industry and financial trends in assessing the impact of communication plans, and make sure that projects follow guidelines and are delivered on time and within budget.

Marketing and communications specialists manage and coordinate creative departments to develop creative ideas, tools and campaigns. They also assist with the development of presentations and company information for print and electronic media and the generation of new ways of ensuring that their stakeholders are aware of their brand and use their products and services.

They draft promotional content for employees in organisations, radio, newspapers, magazines websites etc and ensure that communication campaigns are in line with the company’s or their client’s brand.

Other tasks are to produce statistics write and present regular, supervise and assess the success of marketing and communication campaigns and report back on these to management regularly.

Marketing and communications specialists work from their own offices within marketing, advertising and communication agencies, companies and some run their own consultancies. They are involved in a great deal of management and teamwork, often in boardrooms but will also need to travel extensively, maintaining contact between clients and suppliers, e.g. media houses, advertising agencies and print companies.


Employment


  • advertising agencies

  • corporate companies

  • firms marketing consumer goods

  • manufacturing companies

  • government departments

  • specialist communication agencies

  • entrepreneurs or self-employed consultants, with the necessary experience, can operate on a freelance or contractual basis


Programmes

AAA School of Advertising, Boland TVET College, Boston City Campus and Business College, Coastal KZN TVET College, Eastcape Midlands TVET College, Monash South Africa, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, North-West University, Prestige Academy, Tshwane University of Technology, University of Johannesburg, University of Pretoria, University of South Africa, University of Stellenbosch, University of the Free State, Vaal University of Technology, Vega School of Brand Communications


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