Category: Marketing

That Marketing Thing – It’s now or never!

Speak Louder With Your Actions Whatever your business sector, the current pandemic slowdown is affecting you profoundly. It might be good for your company or it might be devastating but one thing is certain; you are feeling massive change underfoot and you know you must adapt. I’m seeing some small businesses focus their energy on… Read More »

Furnish Two Primary Marketing Assets!

Furnish Facts and Photos! If you want your campaigns and promotions to succeed, furnish the two things every marketing team or agency needs to do a bang-up job. Facts and Photos. That includes video. Of course, money can make the second thing happen but the facts (differentiated customer benefits) in most cases are contained in… Read More »

Keep marketing simple!

For marketing communications, keep complexity and sophistication in storage. The more thinking and engineering that go into technology, products and services, the better they will perform (or be perceived to perform). But when it comes to marketing, sophistication and complexity muddy up your messages. If you have an important message to convey, keep it simple,… Read More »

Business Growth in 2019: Who’s with me?

I’m reading all this leading-edge news on LinkedIn, the WSJ, Bloomberg, CNBC, Forbes, you name it. All the experts seem strangely gleeful as they talk down the economy, stating with certitude that we’re headed full steam into a downturn. They don’t know exactly when but they’re almost sure it will be 2019. Don’t follow the leaders… Read More »

Stop Riding The Marketing Cycle!

A sales and marketing phenomenon I call the “marketing cycle” is similar to general economic cycles as dictated by the law of expansion (growth) and retraction (recession). In economics, business activity ebbs and flows, not always in a predictable way as the global economy is endlessly dynamic. The only thing predictable is that the cycles will repeat… Read More »

CEOs and Consumers Decide Differently

B2B and B2C Marketing target the same emotions but different motives. Does your company sell mostly to individual consumers? If so, your customer targeting can get complicated and may require a high degree of personalization. Consumers’ tastes and preferences in features/benefits run in multitudinous different directions and with choices at their fingertips, you need to… Read More »

Incremental Marketing over Capitalized Marketing

I can understand the value in publicity that an appearance on the TV show Shark Tank gives to small businesses vying for capital to expand. Even if the company makes no deal, they come away with brand impressions in the millions. Those who score a business deal, however, just took on a demanding new “boss”… Read More »

Executive commitment is marketing gold!

Just a decent photo and two or three bullet points… I’m begging you! Is this too much to ask a man or woman with some authority and resources? For some business owners and executives, it may seem like a nagging request. Why should they take time away from their important work to jot down notes… Read More »

Advertising and Marketing: The Real Deal or Fake News?

Still tasting the raunchiness of some phony baloney served up to me as legitimate business fare, I felt motivated to tackle a controversial yet in-your-face-everyday topic, and an important one in business: attempted consumer manipulation. You can even call it fake news. Now well past the Industrial Age, we’re neck deep into the Information Age which… Read More »

Congruence of Branding and Experience is Sales Power!

“Do this and you will succeed.” That’s the general implication behind just about every performance coach’s or personal trainer’s program. Following the suggestions in this post may be as close as I can come in a marketing blog to saying: Do this and you will succeed! Consistency is a term very often used by marketers… Read More »