October 14th, 2014
Marketers have a longstanding reputation as maybe not the most straightforward folks you’ve ever met. Like salespeople, marketers have been known to shade the truth just a touch. They know how to give any story just the right “spin.” You might be forgiven for taking what marketers say with a grain of salt. And the younger you are, the more likely it is that you pay almost no attention to marketing at all. At least not what you perceive as marketing. Continue Reading »
September 16th, 2014
When I was a teen, back in the 80’s – yes, I’m old – there was this bakery just off my local high street.
It was a family-owned bakery, and had a mix of fancies, pastries, bread and sweets (candy, in North America). While the goods being sold were a great mix, and kept the bakery successful, it was what the owner did to keep it that way that interested me (and probably instilled the first concept of marketing to my subconscious). Continue Reading »
August 26th, 2014
The latest feature added to Twitter’s Vine service should give marketers a new opportunity to repurpose existing video content in a fresh way. Continue Reading »
August 6th, 2014
I was watching the excellent ESPN documentary Fab Five recently and it reminded me about true disruption. Five freshman players at Michigan, led by Coach Steve Fischer, truly changed the nature of college basketball in ways that can still be seen today. The team broke new ground in playing five freshmen players, bringing a new style of play and even altering the interaction of sports and fashion. Disruption of the college basketball game caused all teams to fundamentally approach the game in a different way. Talented freshmen for instance, have a disruptive impact on the overall success of teams that can bee seen in Kentucky’s perennial success and that six of the top 10 players in the 2014 draft were freshmen (more if you count International players). Continue Reading »
July 15th, 2014
Few marketers doubt the importance of a strong brand for a firm’s success. But a lot of marketers think about their brands in fewer dimensions than they ought to. Everyone realizes that logo and color schemes are important. But what we need to be talking about as marketers involves so much more than this. Continue Reading »
June 24th, 2014
I don’t know about you, but I find digital marketing stats fascinating. They give a bird’s eye view on what’s happening in the digital arena, which can often prove enlightening offering inspiration to try new strategies in your own marketing. Continue Reading »
November 19th, 2013
I have written about this before, but I have to say, that I really like the Google Ripples feature of Google Plus. It shows you exactly how, when, and where a post on Google Plus went viral, and exactly who did the sharing to make it do so. Not only can you see when the post went viral, but you can actually see who shared the post and who did the resharing of the post. You can see exactly who the influencer is and, ideally get them to post. They’re exactly the ones who you want to connect with.
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