Do you market? Some business owners see marketing as something to be sidestepped as bourgeois or unflattering: “I don’t want to give the appearance of looking for customers.” Even as they protest, they make clear what amounts to a marketing strategy. How do we come to that conclusion? Marketing is a broad term describing our efforts to make our prospective customers aware of our services or products, and help convince them that we are an unparalleled choice for those services or products. It’s not a prescription for strategy or tactics, which are very specific to each business. For those who want to refrain from the optics associated with crass commercialism, as in our opening example, they may choose to focus on community projects, conferences, open houses, awards, and scholarships, rather than broadcast and billboard advertising. Anything that you use to develop business or sell your wares can be called marketing. Given that description, is it easier to answer the question, do you market? No? Perhaps you get all your business from word of mouth and have a constant stream of assignments and purchase orders from one mega-customer, certainly you aren’t marketing, are you? The truth is, if you’re in business, you’re marketing. The moment you have an interaction with a customer, you’re marketing with the very tenor and quality of your communication. The way you greet each other is marketing. Your business name is marketing. It’s all part of your brand, which is the bedrock foundation of marketing. Knowing that it’s all marketing will empower you to ensure that your marketing (perhaps previously unintentional) is in alignment with your business objectives.