There are three ways to look at marketing investments. The first is to view them as a necessary evil, with the statement “we have no choice but to invest in marketing”. The second way is to consider marketing as a pillar for brand awareness and branding, as a life insurance policy to keep a company attractive for customers and prospects. The third way is to use marketing as an investment that pays off, that yields concrete results and in this way rolls out the red carpet for sales and business development. I wrote this article for those people who share that last vision.