The myth that consumers want a relationship with your brand

mythsocmediaOK, I have had enough of it.  The idea that consumers really want a relationship with 99% of brands is pure bull spread by social media experts who are waiting to pounce on companies that feel that social media is going to lead them to sales and profits.  Well, I don’t mean to throw salt on the wound, but that’s not going to happen anytime soon. Continue reading »

Stupid is as stupid does: never abandon your branded website for social media

One of the negative things about the Internet is that it gives every Bozo a voice (including me), but marketers have to be able to understand what is pure bullshit and what applies to their brand, company and target audience.  The lastest bit of stupidity comes from someone who wrote an article called “Four Reasons to Jettison the Traditional Website and Go Social”.  This “article” was so off base and full of bullshit that I had to take a blood pressure pill to ensure that I could read it without yelling out “no, no, no..you idiot !Continue reading »

P&G’s emphasis on digital falls flat

imagesUnless you have been on a remote island it was hard to miss the news that P&G intends to shed more than half of its brands.  According to P&G “some of our big brands are in industries that are not very attractive: they’re not growing or low margin or commodities. If it’s not a core brand – I don’t care whether it’s a $2 billion brand, it will be divested.”  So much for improving marketing with an emphasis on digital. Continue reading »

Why marketers need to learn all they can about their target audience(s)

40things002Yesterday I posted a story URL on LinkedIn called “Millennials are over Israel: A new generation, outraged over Gaza, rejects Washington’s reflexive support” to which one of my connections asked “why post a story like this on LinkedIn?”.  Another contact replied “anyone in business needs to understand the changing attitudes as they relate to all business concerns. We have a generation that does not have an emotional connection to the past and different way of investigating information in real time . This plus the use of social media tools shows how they are shaping public policy. These approaches can be applied to other areas, such as policy that affects business concerns, or how the interaction affects PR. This article merely showed an example that was political, but alerted us to the sees difference emerging, and thus is highly relevant.”  I could not agree more. Continue reading »

Households continue to find ways to pinch pennies to make ends meet

careful consumersAccording to Gallup: Americans’ careful spending habits characterize an economy still struggling to get on its feet and households continuing to find ways to pinch pennies to make ends meet.  The poll results underscore the tension between doing what is right for the larger economy — spending more — and doing what is right for one’s personal economy — spending responsibly and reducing expenses. Using coupons, price shopping, buying store brands or generics, and sticking to a budget are some of the ways Americans are trying to do more with less. A majority of consumers are using coupons when they shop, suggesting that coupon use, as well as other ways of obtaining price discounts, is firmly entrenched in the American consumer’s mindset. Continue reading »

The bottom line on social media ROI

bottom lineHow many articles do we have to read about social media marketing ROI before marketers realize that you can’t measure the ROI on every conversation?  The truth is that many marketers have to justify their budgets because company executives are used to cutting “expenses” to improve bottom line results and because too many agency people and “experts” have over sold social media as a golden path to increased sales.

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The worst kept secret in social media marketing

Shhhh !  It’s a secret that only a few of us know about.  What is it ?  It’s that most consumers do not want to be friends with a brand. That’s right. You see today there are very view iconic brands that people love to say “I’m a fan” and even though they purchase your product they will drop you like a bad habit if you don’t give them a reason to continue to purchase your brand beyond the product itself. Continue reading »

Top content? Discounts

contentkngContent, we all say that content is king, but do consumers really have the time to read all that content? Not according to a new survey from FleishmanHillard. The big takeaway here seems to be that coupons (76%) and promotions (59%) still rank highly in the hierarchy of information a company can provide.   Continue reading »