So this is how it is?
December 13, 2012 7:37 AM Subscribe
Is it common not to get credit for what you do when you work in marketing?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (16 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
So I'm an intern at a digital marketing agency. I don't have a marketing background at all--hence the reason for this question; maybe this is how marketing works and I'm just ignorant of the field in general.
I'm responsible for blogging for different clients; once I wrote a post for a different blog for one of the staff writers when she had a lot on her plate. Last week, I saw that I accidentally forgot to publish it. It had just been saved as a draft. But I didn't own up to it because I'd recently made a similar mistake just a few weeks ago and by then it didn't seem to matter, since it was days after it was supposed to be posted and new content had been posted since--yes, I realize this was irresponsible of me--but I imagine the staff writer caught it and posted it, because then I saw one of my newer co-workers tweeting about the post a few days later, mentioning the staff writer because he knew she was the one responsible for that account. The staff writer re-tweeted new coworker's tweet. I know I messed up, but was my mistake so egregious that it justified not mentioning that I was the one who wrote it?
I was complaining about this to one of my family members, who said "This is why I couldn't do marketing. It involves a lot of stolen ideas." Is this especially the case with marketing? Or is this sort of situation pretty common across every field? I never realized until this job how important it was for me to have a sense of ownership over what I write. Sometimes, I'm glad just to post under the blogs' different account names, since what I end up writing under time pressure isn't what I would consider ideal. But at other times, like this one with the staff writer, it feels crappy not to get credit. I just wonder if this is big enough a deal-breaker for me to scrap the idea of going into marketing altogether.