marketing

How To Balance Push and Pull Marketing

For decades, marketers plied their craft according to a simple formula: Advertising creates awareness which in turn produces sales. This was not, as many would argue, a mistaken belief. Virtually all of the great brands of the 20th century were built using that model and many still prosper with it today.

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Eight Most Common Marketing Mistakes That You Should Avoid Making

Everyone is an expert in marketing these days. And with social media, everyone is an ad critic. Not entirely a bad thing, but as marketers you need to know how to filter the noise. People need to understand the difference between STRATEGIC MARKETING, MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS and CHANNEL MARKETING

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The Big Marketing Shift

Marketing used to be pretty simple. You developed a compelling message, used mass media to broadcast that message to large audiences and grew market share. Mostly, you aimed for the meaty part of the curve, where the law of averages conspired in your favour.

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How To Combine Marketing Tech With Marketing Guts

Great marketers have great guts. Leo Burnett didn’t need a legion of focus groups to come up with the Marlboro Man. Steve Jobs, arguably the greatest marketing mind ever, famously eschewed market research because he didn’t think customers knew what they wanted until he showed it to them.

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The Transformation of Marketing

Descriptions of how marketing is changing usually refer to new digital capabilities and media channels. But a more foundational transformation is also taking place - one that is elevating marketing into a critical, core company capability and shifting the scope of what marketing entails.

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5 Things Marketers Should Know But Usually Don’t

Marketing is often confused with promotion, but it’s more than that. As Peter Drucker put it, “the aim of marketing is to know and understand the customer so well the product or service fits him and sells itself.” In truth, marketing is about insights more than anything else.

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McKinsey on Marketing

A McKinsey Quarterly blog post on The Changing Face of Marketing contains the following:

“Change is the dominant fact of life in every business today. And the ability to master and exploit change has become one of the most sought-after management skills. This is particularly true in marketing, where the very tempo of change is constantly quickening.”

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What Real Time Marketing Should Really Be

Back in 2009, I wrote a piece about failing to communicate and how an abundance of information creates a scarcity of information. I wrote back then:

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Why CIOs Are Smarter Than CMOs

If I wanted to know how well-managed and successful your company was, I would only need the (honest) answers to three questions:

1) How tolerant of IT risk is your company?
2) How committed is the executive team to using IT as a strategic enabler/differentiator?
3) How well-aligned and coordinated is IT with other business functions?

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What (Some, if Not Most) CMOs Don’t See

Two things to start:

  1. I have no qualms with CMOs and their responsibilities – it is a critical job in most organizations and hard to do as any other one.
  2. I was not going to caveat the title and say ALL CMOs, but am trying to avoid being singled out as ignorant (yeah, new thing for me – I know)
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