Marketing Manager Job Descriptions, Average Salary, Interview Questions

What Does a Marketing Manager Do?

Marketing managers are the nucleus of any marketing department. They coordinate the efforts of production, creative, and their own marketing teams to execute campaigns that build brand awareness, advertise a product, drive sales, and more. Marketing managers serve as vital touch points between clients and the executive team, making sure everyone’s goals are met during a project’s lifespan.

Marketing managers bring their own creative ideas and strategy to the table, as well. They draw on their knowledge of traditional and digital channels to meaningfully collaborate with professionals across disciplines. A great marketing manager uses their excellent communication and leadership skills to bring the best out of their teams.

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National Average Salary

Marketing manager salaries vary by experience, industry, organization size, and geography. To explore salary ranges by local market, please visit our sister site zengig.com.

The average U.S. salary for a Marketing Manager is:

$85,260

Marketing Manager Job Descriptions

Example 1

Our Marketing Manager will be responsible for the overall execution of all marketing; including, but not limited to, social media strategy, digital marketing, public relations, advertising, partnerships, and catalog production.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage Graphic Design team to develop all marketing and sales collateral
  • Develop B2B and B2C channel strategies and maximize overall brand strategy
  • Manage the development and day-to-day activities of brand management, product management, digital marketing, marketing creative, marketing communications, and marketing content management
  • Plan and oversee the execution of social media, go-to-market process from product launch, POP collateral, photography, website presence, digital and print creative to press releases, product reviews, and placement
  • Work with the design team to develop advertising, statement stuffers, collateral, and sales support material
  • Organize and distribute e-mail marketing campaigns to accounts and consumers
  • Work with the Sales Manager to help drive sales and grow brand awareness
  • Prepare and plan annual sales meetings
  • Prepare and plan all aspects for the trade show planning including booth design, marketing materials, hotel, dining, and airline reservations
  • Other tasks as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing or related field
  • Minimum 5-7 years marketing and promotion experience
  • Experience working within NetSuite is a plus
  • Exceptional written communication skills via e-mail and use of proper syntax a must
  • Must possess demonstrated problem solving ability, creativity, and initiative
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Attention to detail is a must

Example 2

Position summary

The Marketing Manager is responsible for helping create a high-level strategy and detail-oriented marketing plan each season for all programming at ABC Company. This role will manage and train ABC Company’s street team, help oversee the marketing budget, do research to develop new campaigns, perform consumer analyses, research consumer trends, and measure the efficacy of marketing campaigns to provide recommendations on how to readjust the strategy as necessary.

Primary duties and responsibilities

Project Management

  • Responsible for managing the logistics, timelines, and project assignments (as needed) within the marketing team for various projects within the organization
  • Responsible for managing merchandise inventory
  • Assist with marketing accounting projects such as fee submissions and invoice management
  • Responsible for organizing and managing press events for opening nights and other opportunities
  • Responsible for supporting the Marketing Director with vendor coordination (ie. photographers, videographers, make-up artists, etc.)
  • Project Manager for hard and digital copies of all marketing materials

Market Research

  • Conduct research and analysis on community and patron behavior
  • Developing, executing, monitoring and analyzing surveys for various programs/events
  • Monitor industry (theater and marketing) trends/algorithm shifts, as well as share updates with the marketing team

Data Management

  • Responsible for maintaining an active dashboard of marketing program performance data
  • Working with the Marketing Director and Communications Manager, you’ll provide recommendations based on data and marketing research to help enhance the marketing efforts of the organization

Community Engagement

  • Responsible for developing, executing, and managing ABC Company’s street team during the season
  • Working with the Marketing Director, researching potential partnerships with other organizations and businesses for various projects

Essential knowledge and qualifications

  • Proven success and significant work experience as a marketing coordinator or similar role in a theatre/performing arts organization (required)
  • Solid working knowledge of traditional and digital marketing tools
  • Experience with multiple research methods and use of data analytics software like Nielsen Scarborough PrimeLingo
  • Experience with SEO/SEM campaigns
  • Familiarity with necessary CRM and content management system software
  • Experience in Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word), Google Suites, and ConstantContact
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Analytical mind and ability to think critically
  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills
  • A get-things-done attitude with an ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet tight deadlines

Example 3

The ideal candidate will be responsible for creating and executing our marketing strategy. You will lead our marketing campaigns, evaluate our marketing performance metrics, and collaborate with internal teams. You will have a strong marketing background with excellent communication skills and attention to detail.

Responsibilities

  • Define and execute the marketing and communication activities according to our marketing plan
  • Coordinate all marketing activities to generate leads
  • Collaborate with other teams to promote offerings
  • Inform clients and prospects of products and services through creative marketing strategies
  • Track performance of all marketing campaigns

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • 3+ years experience in marketing
  • Ability to multitask
  • Strong verbal, written, and organizational skills

How to Hire a Marketing Manager

When hiring a marketing manager, first consider the following:

  • Recruiting: Do you have the knowledge, tools, and resources to attract and screen candidates?
  • Complexity: Do you need a senior professional, or will mid or junior-level skills and experience suffice?
  • Duration: Is this a one-time project or an ongoing need?
  • Management: Do you have the time and expertise to direct the work effectively?
  • Urgency: How soon does the work need to be completed?
  • Headcount: Do you have the budget and approval for an internal employee, or should you consider alternate options?

Answering these questions will help determine the best course of action for your current hiring need. Fortunately, great options exist for every scenario. These are our recommendations:

1. Use 4 Corner Resources (or another professional recruiting firm)

The heavy lifting is done for you when working with a top-tier staffing company like 4 Corner Resources. We source, screen, recruit, and deliver only the most qualified candidate(s), saving you significant time and effort throughout the hiring process while you remain focused on your core business. Understanding your needs and ensuring the right candidate for the position is the key to our success.

This is the best route to take when:

  • You need to fill the position quickly
  • You want access to a vast talent pool of high-quality, prescreened candidates
  • Your position is suited for temporary hiring services, contract staffing, or contract-to-hire recruiting, and you intend to direct the work activity.
  • You are hiring an employee as a direct placement but aren’t able to recruit effectively or efficiently with your internal staff. 
  • You aren’t familiar with current salary rates, market trends, and available skill sets
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2. Advertise your opening on a top job board

Your best option may be to advertise your opening on a proven job board. There are many widely used job sites out there that draw visits from qualified candidates. If you have someone internally who can dedicate the time and energy to sort through applications and screen individuals effectively, this can be a great choice. 

We recommend using a job board when:

  • Your internal recruiting team has the knowledge and experience to assess candidate qualifications
  • You are hiring a direct employee and have time to manage the entire recruiting effort 
  • You have a process for receiving, screening, and tracking all resumes and applications
  • You are prepared to respond to all applicants

There are many career sites out there. Here are the two we recommend for a marketing coordinator opening:

CareerBuilder

CareerBuilder has been a trusted source for hiring since 1995. Reach 80+ million unique, diverse U.S. job seekers annually by posting your jobs through their talent acquisition channels. Through CareerBuilder, you can engage candidates and drive them into your sourcing pipeline. We recommend using CareerBuilder for hiring when you have the internal resources and processes to review, screen, and reply to all applicants.

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LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a social network for job seekers, professionals, and businesses. With this popular job site, you can enhance your brand and advertise your open position to a wide audience of motivated, qualified candidates. Job postings on LinkedIn are also extremely streamlined and user-friendly, making it even easier for candidates to apply. Additionally, applicants can use their LinkedIn profile instead of a resume to expedite the process. 

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3. Leverage your internal resources

You can utilize your own website, social media, and employees to assist in your search for top candidates. 

A company website posting should be the first step in notifying prospective candidates that you are hiring. Social media can also be a powerful tool for spreading the word about your new opening. As far as exposure is concerned, this option can be as good as some job boards when you have a large enough following across various platforms, like LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and Twitter.

Current employees are every organization’s greatest asset. Encourage your internal team to promote job openings to their network by offering cash and other incentives.

We recommend these options when:

  • Your brand has great name recognition
  • You can consistently monitor and respond to candidate activity through your website and social media accounts
  • You have a process in place to quickly and broadly communicate job openings and requirements
  • You have an effective employee referral program in place

If you aren’t sure which path is best, schedule a discovery call today with our seasoned recruiting professionals. The 4 Corner team is on standby to help you find the best option for your unique hiring need.

Sample Interview Questions

  • What is your understanding of our target audience?
  • What do you think sets our brand apart from competitors?
  • How do you become an expert on the products or services you are marketing?
  • What channels do you use to reach potential customers?
  • Tell me about a product that you successfully marketed. What was your strategy and who was your audience?
  • Describe a time when you worked with a team to create a campaign on a tight budget. What did you have to prioritize?
  • How would you measure the impact of a marketing campaign?
  • Describe a time when a marketing campaign you were involved with failed. What did you do?
  • What’s a new marketing tactic that you’ve tried recently? What did you learn?
  • Are you familiar with SEO best practices?
  • What marketing and productivity tools do you use and why?
  • How do you motivate people?
  • Have you ever run into a conflict of interest on a marketing campaign and how did you handle it?

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