The article by Gibbert et al. (2005) [Gibbert M, Golfetto F, Zerbini F. What do we mean by 'marketing' resources and competencies? A comment on Hooley, Greenley, Cadogan and Fahy (2005). Journal of Business Research; 2005] criticises our treatment of marketing resources and argues that greater attention should be paid to the notion of competencies as marketable outputs. We respond by revisiting the conceptual domain of the marketing resources construct and also by examining whether marketing competencies represent a new category of marketing resource. © 2005 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.