Contrarian point of view

Bad marketing journalism/analysts

always-consider-the-sourceWhen you read an article, online, about the latest trends in marketing and what you “must” do you need to consider the source.  Analysts, who have no experience, and journalists, who write from company press releases, are not reliable and credible sources of information and you should not be basing marketing decisions based on their recommendations. Continue reading »

The end of social media marketing

6a00e552737cff883301a3fd311baf970b-300wiAugie Ray says “The secret to social media success (and failure) is no longer secret. Companies need to stop talking and start listening. They need to stop broadcasting and start responding. They need to stop posting to people and instead encourage people to start talking with each other. They need to stop promoting new products in social media and instead use social to collaborate when developing new products. They need to stop publishing content they hope people will share and instead give people product experiences consumers actually want to share. They need to stop trying to be entertaining in social media and instead offer great customer care in the channel. They need to stop counting fans and tallying engagement and start creating advocates and measuring business value. And finally, brands need to stop positioning themselves as more caring, more transparent and more committed to the customer and instead be more caring, more transparent and more committed to the customer.” The end of social media marketing? Continue reading »

Marketers still don’t get the Web….

Blacklist-IP-and-website-lookupYou would have thought by now that most brands, and marketers, would have nailed down digital marketing, but spend a day on your iPad or iPhone and you will soon be annoyed by apps that don’t work and intrusive advertising that is annoying at best. Continue reading »

Social media marketing is not broken

hypeThe headline in the Wall Street Journal said it all “Brands Are Wasting Money on Facebook and Twitter, Forrester Says”.  “You don’t really have a social relationship with your customers,” analyst Nate Elliott wrote in a new report titled “Social relationship Strategies That Work.” Continue reading »

The age of brand authenticity?

screenshot_92In a world of ‘digital everything’, there is no privacy and nowhere to bury bad news. Data leaks everywhere, from the supposedly top-secret revelations of Edward Snowden to the private mobile phone accounts of celebrities. Digital cameras capture confidential conversations, brutal wars, dangerous working conditions and embarrassing political gaffes. This flood of data washes around the world at a furious pace: every second of the day sees 24,000 gigabytes of Internet traffic, 7,000 Tweets, 90,000 YouTube videos viewed, and 2.3 million emails sent.  This is an insight which global brands must understand: embrace the Age of Authenticity or risk being left behind.

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When it comes to social media, forget the stats

Common-Sense-social-mediaEveryday it seems there is a new post like “amazing social media statistics we have seen” which focus on the number of users on a social media site.  However, marketers need to loose their love of numbers and focus on what’s really important to consumers. Continue reading »

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