Strategic Marketing Vision

One of the best ways to enhance your strategic marketing vision is to focus on to seeing farther. These simple steps will help you hone your skill.

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Marketing is one of those tricky fields. It bridges the gap between strategy and execution. It’s equally at home either in the Boardroom as an outgrowth of strategy, as it is in the Human Resources Suite, as a compliment to internal culture, and of course, in the Business Development group as a business acquisition plan.

Strategic Marketing Vision Leads to Success

To be successful in marketing means that we have to have vision and foresight, where others may come up short. The best marketing professionals have strategic marketing vision, the ability to take an abstract concept and see it clearly enough that they can imagine a concrete product, fully manifest. The nebulous product idea has to become “real enough” to a marketing professional that we can imagine it in use, know who it will have appeal to, who will be the early adopters, and envision it fully implemented in everyday life.

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photo credit Zdenko Zivkovic

In short, we have to see it BEFORE anyone else can. But dreaming alone isn’t sufficient either. As marketing professionals, we have to also be individuals of action: establishing plans, publicity, and sales channels, all before it’s actually real. True marketing takes place in those moments of strategic marketing vision.

To really be able to see the strategic marketing vision is often a talent marketers are born with. But it is also a skill that can be honed to ever-greater degrees of refinement.

Enhance Your Strategic Marketing Vision

One of the best ways to enhance your strategic marketing vision is to focus on to seeing farther. To understand what’s happening in the world, helps you to understand what’s happening for your product. To do this, check out futuring sites and pay attention to their findings. (The World Future Society, for instance.) These sites will help you understand the larger context and to frame future trends.

But most of all, you have to contemplate, as Laurens Van der Post artfully describes it:

“The not-yet in the now, the taste of fruit that does not-yet exist,
hanging the blossom on the bough.”
~Laurens Van der Post

To enhance your strategic marketing vision, you have to pay close attention to that “not-yet in the now”. To take Mr. Van der Post’s analogy, we have to extrapolate from that moment when you first notice the cherry blossom on branch, and know that your marketable product, cherries, will appear in just a few short weeks. You have to be able to look at the blossoms and actually taste the cherries. You have to know that they will make an outstanding pie, and that the person(s) you need to be able to sell them to will want to create that pie. You have to understand that to reach the piemaker, you’re going to have to have a message that triggers memories of the most amazing pie they’ve ever had. That the piemaker will frequent fruit stands in the upcoming months, looking for fruit worthy of their pie. And that the piemaker will be plugged into the local Master Gardener’s group in an attempt to source the very best fruit. Finally, your strategic marketing vision will tell you that you will need to advertise in the Master Gardener’s summer issue with an ad promoting cherries for the most luscious pie ever made. That’s what the “not-yet in the now” means. It’s your strategic marketing vision painting the future.

No question, strategic marketing vision takes practice, but if you’re willing, and paying attention, you will be able to create a promotion plan, to buy media, and to create advertisements that will sell those cherries at a premium, when there is no more evidence of their arrival than flowers on a branch. So pay attention to those moments of the not-yet in the now and practice extrapolating your marketing plan, continually doing so will improve your strategic marketing vision.

Tisha Oehmen

Tisha Oehmen is a professional brand strategist and a leader in the branding field. She was recently named a member of the Global Guru’s Top 30 Brand Gurus. She is also the co-founder of Oregon-based Paradux Media Group and the best-selling author of the book, Finding Brand: The Brand Book Tutorial.

Possessing expertise in both front- and back-office operations, Tisha conceptualizes, develops, and implements initiatives to foster brand effectiveness like no other. With over 15 years of experience in branding and marketing, Tisha has successfully led large financial institutions and health care companies down the path of renaming their business.

Where Tisha really shines is in the work that isn’t done. Sometimes a name change for a business isn’t in their best interest and after meeting with Tisha, they are able to find the true value and equity that has always been in their brand. Tisha has a special knack of being able to communicate the value so that the CEO/Business owner can see its luster and then with a little polishing, make it shine company wide.

Tisha is best known for developing long lasting branding campaigns that speak to the heart of the business, the brand, and the community. True brand, no matter how big or small, has longevity. Creating branding campaigns that have longevity, that have a laser-like focus, is where Tisha thrives.

Tisha received her M.B.A. from the University of Oregon, from where she also earned a B.A. in Political Science. She enjoyed a distinguished academic career punctuated by enthusiastic and successful participation in competitive speaking events, and holds numerous awards for her skill in public speaking. Tisha is widely recognized for her ability to capture an audience’s attention with her straightforward and engaging speaking style.

When not working, she enjoys golfing, baking, reading, and hiking with her partner, Mike, and their two dogs, Chloe and Jackson. She’s also an active member of Rotary International, the Chamber of Commerce, and is a very proud supporter of the Oregon Ducks. Tisha lives in Eagle Point, Oregon.

Reader Interactions


  1. Joy says

    I can not agree more with your blog! Definitely marketing is the key to success. I am happy I have read your blog, made me think and provided me new ideas I can use. Thanks and keep it up!

  2. Emilia says

    Great Ideas. In making a marketing vision, you have to see to it that its realistic and attainable. I agree that it can be innate for talented marketers to see strategic marketing vision, but there are also those who can learn very well. 🙂

  3. Calra says

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  4. Veronica says

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