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Yes to “No”

We marketers are easily distracted by the next shiny thing. If the thing is truly innovative, and truly shiny, it will be there tomorrow or next week or next month. Take care of the here and now. Continue reading

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Videri Quam Esse: P&G and Digital Advertising

P&G cut between $100 and $140 million in digital advertising last quarter and sales went up. I don’t mean they were flat or that margins went up through a short-sided strategy of cutting marketing investment. This wasn’t just advertising that sort … Continue reading

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“Digital” is Just Accelerated Direct Marketing

Says the great Drayton Bird in his email this morning: “On-line marketing is just accelerated direct marketing.” He’s right. It’s therefore more important than ever that your marketers are properly trained: it’s harder to keep the rubber on the road … Continue reading

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Native Advertising: New Name, Same Old Trickery

We used to call this stuff “advertorials.” It was easily identifiable, except to the most gullible reader, and was usually purchased by the most gullible advertiser. The digital crew call it “native advertising” but it’s the same thing. Two questions: If … Continue reading

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Why Would They…

Shift spending time on a hobby and pay attention to your messages instead? Stop spending money on the competitive product and buy yours instead? Reduce buying in one category and buy more from you? We all work with fixed amounts … Continue reading

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The First Step In Targeting: Product. Huh?

As a proper marketer, before you begin segmentation and targeting to create your strategy, look first to the first P of marketing. Your product. Why? If your product doesn’t work, the most brilliant targeting strategy can’t work. You’ll have no monthly recurring … Continue reading

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Your Customers Are Not Consumers

Kudos to Unilever’s CMO Keith Weed for starting to banish the word “consumer” from the marketing vocabulary. Molds, fungi, and bacteria are consumers. People buy your products and services. In a talk at Cannes today, he discussed Unilever’s marketing transition from … Continue reading

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