Content Creators: Would Mark Twain have written 4000 words a day during the Spanish Flu of 1918?

The Coronavirus has challenged everyone globally. However, all content creators can get inspired by some popular nuggets from Mark Twain.

Is your business Instagram ready? Lessons for “foot traffic” marketers on main street

Go to any event and observe dressed up folks taking selfies. Or folks asking someone else to take a picture for them. Also observe how younger people are examining the background- i.e. the photo frame. The purpose of those photos is not to take a print and make an album. But to post on instagram!Continue reading “Is your business Instagram ready? Lessons for “foot traffic” marketers on main street”

Forever 21 : What is your strength – that customers value?

It is sad to see that Forever 21 filed for bankruptcy. Their backstory is fascinating and the 5 minute video backstory of Korean immigrants achieving the “American Dream” by Business Insider is worth watching. 
Unlike the typical sad “decline of US malls”  story and rise of “online retail” the Forever 21 story has important lessons for all businesses. It is also an eerie reminder of the the New Coke fiasco,  To recap, Coca Cola did not realize in the eighties that customers did not drink Coke for taste but  it was all about being American – a much deeper meaning.

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”

Trump Effect: Five reasons why CEO’s will become more involved in Marketing and Supply Chain

The Trump (@realDonaldTrump) effect in Marketing and Supply Chain is that CEO’s worldwide will take more interest in the operational decisions in marketing and supply chain. While Chief Marketing Officers (CMO’s) being rainmakers have more visibility in organizations, the supply chain folks tend to be sidelined. The CSO (Chief Supply Officer/Head of Procurement/Purchasing) typically reportsContinue reading “Trump Effect: Five reasons why CEO’s will become more involved in Marketing and Supply Chain”

Why web advertising for e-Commerce is different from Brand Building

It’s useful to think about paid web advertising (eg.Google AdWords, Facebook advertising) as Brand Building vs. e-Commerce: Brand Building: Brand building is more at the upper end of the sales funnel. The purpose of the advertising is to build awareness and inform the potential customer in the target market. A great way to understand howContinue reading “Why web advertising for e-Commerce is different from Brand Building”

3 questions to ask and decide how much to spend on Google AdWords

Our readers ask How much do I spend on Google AdWords? An earlier post provided the strategy answer and this post presents three questions to ask for coming to a better decision. Here are the questions to ask: What were your inquiries before AdWords? Before AdWords you were getting inquiries. These inquiries could be fromContinue reading “3 questions to ask and decide how much to spend on Google AdWords”

Why its safe to put out most of your market research as web content

Businesses large and small seem scared of putting out their market research on their websites. Common concerns we have heard are: Our competitors will know how we think about the market Our market insights  are our “secret” – sauce- why share the recipe And the one we like best: Speech is silvery but silence isContinue reading “Why its safe to put out most of your market research as web content”

Comparing the first date with the sales funnel stages

Talking to  businesses who sell complex expensive technological systems, we find an  amazing expectation: That the customer will search online – see your ad, click, land on your contact page and “voila” you get a phone call or email. Resulting in a $250,000 order off course. This is like saying that every first date fromContinue reading “Comparing the first date with the sales funnel stages”

Why are people suspicious of innovation in organizations?

Introducing innovation in organizations is hard: your employees seem so suspicious of the innovation. CEO’s know that their organizations must innovate to stay relevant and succeed. Other functional heads (CxO’s) also understand the innovation imperative. And this applies to the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) ,Chief Supply Officer (CSO) or the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) etc.Continue reading “Why are people suspicious of innovation in organizations?”