The growing “switching” economy

PS_0770W_ELEMENT_SURPRISE_tFive years ago, 78 percent of consumers used at least one online channel when prospecting. Today, 88 percent do—and four in 10 want even more digital interactions than what companies are providing. Two-thirds said the number of companies or brands they consider for purchase has increased significantly compared with 10 years ago.  Digital has become more important to consumers across the board. Some consumers have completely “gone digital”—they prefer to interact with their providers via online channels at every opportunity and are loathe to be forced into conversations with humans.

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Stop telling marketers what “they should do”

Dont-tell-me-what-to-doPost Summary: OK, I understand that we all have opinions on marketing bit nobody should write a BLOG post that says “marketers must do this or that they have to be on social media”.  That’s bull probably coming from people who love to pontificate and don’t work for a consumer products company.  You can’t tell people that they should do this or use this tactic unless you have a resume of successful brand marketing marketing.  Leave the cute drawings of a man in a pit helmet and don’t use a picture of yourself on your BLOG because it’s not about you. Continue reading »

Millennials want brands to engage with them on social media

imagesMillennials want brands to engage with them on social media and to be part of their product development team; 62% of Millennials say that if a brand engages with them on social networks, they are more likely to become a loyal customer; 43% say that Facebook is the social network that most influences their spending habits, followed by Instagram (22%) and Pinterest (12%). Brands should start, if they have not already, reaching out to Millennial consumers to assist them with development of future product or service; 42% of Millennials said they are interested in helping companies develop future products and services.

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Planning 2015 Annual Marketing Budgets

imagesThe beginning of a new year has many businesses evaluating and re-evaluating their annual marketing budgets. With the overwhelming speed that technology continues to advance, the growth of social networking and growing popularity of mobile devices, these are two vitally important considerations in our spending. Continue reading »

How advertisers ruined TV

old-television1Mobile devices make up an increasing share of TV and video viewing with 72 percent of consumers using mobile devices at least weekly for video viewing. Even late adopters are becoming advanced video users with as many as 41 percent of 65–69 year olds studied stream on-demand/time shifted TV and video content on more than weekly basis. Continue reading »

Recession has changed consumer behavior forever

grocerystorecartandwatermelonThe “Great Recession” officially ended in 2009, but budgeting is still on the menu for consumers even though they have a sunnier outlook on the economy and their personal finances.  Results from Information Resources, Inc.’s (IRI) Q2 2013 MarketPulse™ survey indicate that consumers have settled into the “new normal” of conservative purchase behaviors and attitudes, so consumer packaged goods (CPG) marketers must keep their finger on the economic pulse and find innovative ways to entice consumers to loosen their purse strings. Continue reading »

The disconnect between engagement and sales

Brand-DisconnectDan had been a social media marketing manager for a little over 6 months.  He knew the platforms and how to engage consumers so when a recent post, about a new product, went viral he was very excited to inform management.  The excitement was short lived. While Dan was promoting his team’s efforts on social media a senior VP was quick to point out that their brand was still losing market share to competitors.  Thus the disconnect… Continue reading »

Your marketing sucks

172a0f5f40cfbf8172a21ca36eebThree quarters of marketing strategies and ad campaigns under-performed during 2014 as new research claims they failed to deliver the positive business results – increased sales, greater market share, sales prospects or conversions – that management had expected. This is news? Continue reading »