Alain Thys

Futurelab Brussels Is Open for Business

Today is a happy day. With the setup of Futurelab Brussels, we will finally become active in the Belgian market. Even though we’ve been based here for years, we’ve only had a handful of Belgian customers and never really engaged in any prospecting.

Continue Reading

Can Marketing Save the World?

Last weekend I had an interesting experience.  On Friday and in part Saturday I participated in the International Marketing Congress in Ghent.  On Monday, I was at TEDxBrussels, which by now has become the biggest TEDx in the world.  The two events couldn’t have been more different.

Continue Reading

How Relevant Are You? Really?

It’s official, marketing is irrelevant.  At least, it looks that way when you look at the topic of this year’s International Marketing Congress.  After all, if all was in good order, would a thousand marketers gather to discuss the ways they can increase the relevance of their profession?

Continue Reading

Five Ways to Sense-check Your 2011 Marketing Budget

From our experience in optimizing about €5 billion in media funds around the world, we know that between 2 and 40% of any marketing budget delivers absolutely no value to the business.  If you’d take a (kind) mean of 10%, this would mean that – globally – annually about $50 billion goes down the drain.  Not counting the parts which deliver “little value” and the opportunity cost of lost commercial impact.

Continue Reading

Introducing the #ChangeMarketing Lab

If you read this blog on a regular basis, you are probably receptive to the idea that marketing needs to “reboot” itself. Whether driven by the initiative of a visionary and focused CMO, or the – not so gentle - intervention of the executive board, the profession needs to challenge some of its most deeply rooted orthodoxies. The alternative is simply too costly.

Continue Reading

10 Thoughts for Your 2011 Marketing Budget

The coming marketing decade will be about common sense.  Most of the tools we need to develop relevant, engaging and reputable brands exist.  It’s just a matter of using them.  So rather than tell you about the next new thing to use, I encourage you to double-check whether your 2011 marketing plan takes into account the following items.

Continue Reading

Six Areas Where B2B Marketers Should Up Their Game

In many B2B companies, marketing is still regarded as a secondary, non-essential part of the business.  Whether this opinion is justified, depends on the situation.  But these days, it is an expensive opinion to hold.

Continue Reading

Why Marketing Needs to Change: A CEO’s Perspective

In the coming months C-suites from around the world will be presented with the marketing budget proposals for 2011.  Once again, many will approve them without real conviction.

After all, when it comes to marketing, many financially focused CEOs find themselves in a quandary.  On the one hand they know that the people who work in the marketing department are smart, creative, well-intentioned and hard-working.  On the other, they have difficulty figuring out what these people do all day.  Whether their beautiful initiatives actually make a difference.

Continue Reading

@Futurelab Goes Flipboard (beta)

If you’re a Flipboard user like me, you probably appreciate the ability of this remarkable iPad application to turn Twitter and Facebook feeds into a quite readable magazine. But you may also have wondered how you can tweak it to become even more relevant. 

After all, subscribing to a list of Tweeters with an interest in vintage clothing, does get you updates on that rare outfit by Chanel, yet also about the fact that a Tweeter’s dog has done doodoo on the carpet.

Continue Reading

#ChangeMarketing: Shift Perspectives #2 Is Out

Changing  the face of marketing is something that takes vision and persistence.  With the publication of Shift Perspectives #2, Bogdan Meica & Stefan Moghina are proving once again to have both.

This time focusing on the topic of innovation, our two Romanian friends have brought together the likes of Seth Godin, Mitch Joel, Gerald Nanninga and many of the people you find on this blog in one publication that is sure to make you think.

Continue Reading
Subscribe to RSS - Alain Thys