Marketing Makes a Difference
Byline: By SION BARRY Western Mail
Here are the finalists who will contest the Excellence in Marketing Award at next week's Western Mail Business Awards for Wales. The finalists in the category, sponsored by the Welsh Development Agency, are Cardiff-based brewery SA Brain & Co, Bangor-based specialist power chair and scooter manufacturer Prestige Mobility, and River Wye protection charity theWye and Usk Foundation.
Marketing director for the agency Gareth John said, 'The WDA is pleased to sponsor the Excellence in Marketing Award again this year. The Western Mail Business Awards for Wales in general make a valuable contribution to the creation of a business culture in Wales, which recognises and rewards outstanding performance.
'They set a benchmark against which all businesses in Wales can measure themselves.
'The Excellence in Marketing Award in particular has an important role to play.
'In the past, some enterprises in Wales have failed to give due priority to the disciplines of marketing - which is an increasingly vital component of business survival and success.
'The truly impressive standard of entries for this year's award demonstrated that and more and more Welsh businesses now strive to excel in their customer focus.'
In all, 12 categories will be contested in the Western Mail Business Awards for Wales, in association with Elwa, which will be staged at Cardiff International Arena next Friday.: Prestige Mobility:Company Name: Prestige Mobility Ltd (provider of electrically powered mobility scooters and power chairs. Location: Bangor Turnover/profits: pounds 6.9m turnover. Profit before tax pounds 150,000 (2003-04 provisional). Number of staff employed in marketing: 6 What percentage do marketing personnel make up of total workforce?
Less than 1%
What percentage of turnover/budget do you spend on marketing?
Do you have a marketing director?
No, a marketing manager
Which marketing platforms do you use?
Advertising (off the page, inserts, coupons, national press).
Direct mail and public relations.
Do you believe Welsh companies and organisations invest enough in marketing?
What impact does marketing have on your bottom line?
Prestige Mobility operates in a very competitive market. In order to sustain its growth it is necessary to constantly invest in the company's marketing activity.
As a direct sales organisation we seek to 'speak' directly to our potential customers.
Obtaining and developing these leads is a costly business. The strength of our marketing department lies in attempting to gain the most cost effective use of the services we out-source and those we have. …