Customer journey mapping, people-based marketing, influence marketing, content marketing, etc., etc., etc. I am weary of the daily bombardment of digital gurus preaching about the future of marketing. Candidly, I think they are over processing and would benefit from the wisdom of Koji Nakada, a top winemaker.
I have posted in the past about one of my favorite TV shows, a series on Japanese TV titled The Professionals. A recent episode featured Koji Nakada, a Japanese winemaker in the Burgundy wine region of France. His wines are coveted around the world (22 countries) and served in acclaimed restaurants. Detailed below are some of the lessons I learned watching his special that I believe marketers would benefit from as they adapt to the continual transformation of marketing:
- Don’t always follow trends; do what you think is right (integrity).
- Experimentation, experimentation, experimentation.
- Expect the unexpected. Cope with it, learn from it, move forward.
- You cannot change the past, so just think forward.
- Be passionate about what you do. Give it your ultimate energy.
- Always think positive. Find joy in every day.
Thank you, Mr. Nakada. As I experience the transformation of marketing, you made me realize experience still matters in our technological driven world. There is no substitution for experience.
Marketers, trust your instincts!