This weekend my friends in Canada celebrate Canada Day. We in the U.S. are gearing up for our July 4th celebration. I hope it's a big one this year! 2020 was hampered by the pandemic. I plan on gathering friends around my pool to eat, drink and thank God for life, liberty and happiness.
2021 is moving on. In most areas of the world, business is returning. People are shopping. Life is returning to some semblance of normal.
If you will forgive my crawling onto my soapbox for a few minutes, I would like to share my deeply-held belief about what we as advertising salespeople do. Why our job is SO important. I once lost a very good young salesperson because his father-in-law "wanted him to get a real job." Well, what we do IS a real job. It's a vital job.
After doing training with broadcasters in Kazakhstan in the late 90'ies, I returned home with a new perspective on our "mission". The Soviet Bloc had only recently disintegrated and these broadcasters had private licenses for the first time. They were relatively "free" to broadcast what they wanted (although if it contained anything critical to the government thugs were likely to show up and smash equipment) now they had to earn revenue to support their stations. That's where I came in. I was supposed to teach them how to sell advertising. The problem was, the economic system was still evolving after 70 years of Soviet rule. Do you know there was no Russian word for "marketing"? Why did they need one? In a Communistic system, everything is decided by the government. And, having experienced the results of this, they didn't make wise decisions.
I came back to the U.S. and literally kissed the ground. And, I realized what a vital role we play. In a capitalistic system, someone has an idea for a product or service, builds it, advertises it, sells it, builds more product, advertises it, sells it, etc. The wheels of commerce turn: jobs are created. And the grease on the wheels of commerce is advertising! It's what we do! It's delivering a message from a business to a group of consumers through our vehicles: Radio, TV, newspaper, billboards, digital. How quickly businesses invite consumers back into their stores determines in large part how quickly our economy rebounds. Our clients need our help, guidance and expertise.
This 4th of July, as you celebrate with family and friends, say a prayer of thanks that you work in an industry that plays a vital part in the well-being and future of our great country and the world. That's worth setting off a few fireworks!