Github acquisition by Microsoft: Managing in the Knowledge Age

Enter big, bad, old world, clunky Microsoft who acquires Github last year and the Internet exploded with jokes. Both Bill Gates and Steve Balmer were tough industrial age managers and Satya Nadella realized that the world had changed- see “How Microsoft got its groove back.”Command and Control” and top down strategy days are over in the knowledge age.

“Dating Sunday” and Customer Relationship Management

The tectonic shift in marketing occurred  in the late 1980’s and 1990’s particularly with the publication of Dwyer, Schurr and Oh (1987) that spelt out the parallel between the long term human marriage and business relationships. It was earlier in Europe that scholars of the European Industrial Marketing and Purchasing Group figured out that B2B relationships are long term that B2B marketers who really sold anything already used.Similarly in B2C marketers had been using customer  relationships data for a hundred years in direct ma

The Furniture Brand Fiasco – resolve to Google your brand reviews in 2019

2019 has rolled in and  understanding the digital assault on Brands is timely.Brand owners don’t seem to Google their own brands. How could many brands with 1.5 star reviews still be in the market? Our guess is that managements don’t seem to checking. If they checked, they’d find solutions to this brand fiasco.

Unlocking Innovation: What does our Customer Success Tomorrow look like?

Google on the other hand depends on searcher feedback to make the search engine better and better. If people think that an answer is good that answer is pushed up in SEO and Google becomes better next time that query pops up.In the process, when more customers view a page or video it signals that it is answering the query the customer had typed. The customer really does not have to share a page on Facebook for the page to become better ranked. Views of a page against a search query is good enough to rank the page higher. This is the reason that we watch YouTube videos that have higher page views and traditional media talks about how many views a video or TED talk has.It ‘s hard to build a product like Google that automatically becomes better every time someone uses it. If you think about it, legendary brands like  Coca Cola do not have an automatic machine based system of becoming better. However digital businesses like Amazon and Netflix rapidly use big data to improve their recommendation engines.Sometimes you do feel that the suggestions are right and not simply up-sell tactics.

You can’t lie to Google but try to look great on Social Media: Search vs. Display Ads

Social Media has galvanized us to share our best face with the world. Go to any event (e.g. weddings) and you will find everyone taking pictures on their cell phones. This despite the professional photographers trying to do their best and stay relevant in the age of the smart phone. You have a public personaContinue reading “You can’t lie to Google but try to look great on Social Media: Search vs. Display Ads”

Market Segmentation and Targeting: Why Trump did not go to California in 2016

Market segmentation and targeting is probably the hardest concept in marketing. Strangely once understood even the savviest marketers seem to flip-flop in their marketing execution. For those dear readers who followed the 2016 US Presidential election the map below (Source : Philip Bump, Washington Post,Donald Trump spent more time in the states that handed himContinue reading “Market Segmentation and Targeting: Why Trump did not go to California in 2016”

Do you donate to charity to get a tax break? – of Donors,Charities and Governments

  The recent US Tax changes, increasing the standard deduction has caused alarm in the non-profit community. Some experts  believe that donations will decline from $ 309 Billion  in 2016 by upto $20 Billion.  This as  people will stop donating since cannot itemize their taxes from 2018. Thus, during year end 2017  there was aContinue reading “Do you donate to charity to get a tax break? – of Donors,Charities and Governments”

Blockchain will make supply chains stronger but challenge brands

Blockchain technology will start shaking up supply chains and brands. But first, what is blockchain? Here's our take: Blockchain is a distributed accounting ledger . A mechanism to share how much was paid and received by whom, where each transaction is verified on a peer-to-peer basis. Sort of like verified reviews on Amazon. The personContinue reading “Blockchain will make supply chains stronger but challenge brands”

“Getting found on Google” – how does Google think?

At a recent seminar for our local Chamber of Commerce we presented a “lunch and learn” session. The purpose was to help the audience (thanks attendees!) understand the “secret” of being “found on Google.” A great starting point is to understand how Google “thinks.”

Educating the customer is a central task for marketers

The days of information asymmetry are over. Information is no longer power. And Google and other search engines are just getting started. The notion of the used car salesman trying to sell a “lemon” is a relic of the pre-internet era. Today, the entire history of a used car is available to consumers through servicesContinue reading “Educating the customer is a central task for marketers”