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  • So, marketing is simple - right?  All you need to think about is advertising, social media, websites, PR etc etc. This is a new world - Think again and face up to the reality that marketing is much more complex and expansive than you ever imagined. And if you think you can deal with it on your own, then take a look at the infographic below.  Prepare to be overwhelmed.  And this is just the [...]

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    Forget about laptops, iPods, iPads, desktops - technology is advancing more rapidly than we ever imagined  So when will we reach the point of not really needing our brains?  As long as you have technology at your fingertips, maybe that day will arrive in the not too distant future :-). if you have a smartphone you really only need to know one thing: how do I work it?  Don't stress your brain[...]

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    Technology and marketing are closing ranks and becoming more and more interdependent.  But that isn't where it stops.  The key component of this marriage of convenience and necessity is strategy - it is the glue that binds them together. Digital tools can become difference makers Whether we like it or not, the digital world, with software technology at the centre, is driving our new reality. [...]

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    How many times have you seen or experienced (first hand) the following scenario: A company announces a new strategy with much fanfare and excitement and one year later, despite all the “work” that goes into it, it seems to be failing miserably. The most critical question to ask is: was the new strategy implemented fully, with the new attitude and approach that was recommended, or was the [...]

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    Recently I have been reading, with interest, numerous articles about why strategy is dead. While these articles are indeed well thought out, I get the sense that the perspective being put forward is based on the fact that strategic thinking is static, and that the natural evolutionary process of change is not a part of that strategic perspective. And I am not just talking about refreshing ones [...]

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    So, I read with a wry smile on my face about the new Canadian Ant-Spam Legislation (CASL) and how many people hate it with a passion.  Don't get me wrong, I too am not a fan of CASL, however businesses have two options in dealing with it: Bitch, moan, complain, write letters, lie down and die etc etc - and this may even create a change in the legislation if the feedback becomes strong enough, [...]

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    Everything you see and hear points to online marketing as the saviour of your business growth and promotional efforts.  It's all we hear about, day in and day out.  Twitter. Facebook. Instagram. LinkedIn.  And so on....  Even email has gone out of "fashion" as we all lean towards the latest and greatest new media solution that technology has to offer. So why isn't every business booming if [...]

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    Marketing Charts has recently provided a report on the post-click engagement rankings of the 5 most popular search engines. It provides some interesting insight, particularly with regard to the poor performance of Google, despite its popularity.  It is clear that more engaged people searching the Internet do so via search engines other than Google, and their engagement factor is dramatically [...]

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    According to Jason Calacanis "It's starting to seem like Google wins at everything...." This morning I was catching up on my reading/podcast listening (yep, that's how I continue to keep myself up-to-date) and an interview with Jason really struck a chord.  Instead of worrying that Putin and his escapades in and around Ukraine might become the spark for World War 3, I started wondering how Larry[...]

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    As a marketer, you’re better served by employing company outsiders to review your brands and preferably people without an in-depth knowledge of your markets.  Outsiders are more likely to be objective and come up with revealing insights and inner truths. If this seems counter-intuitive, consider this: When you’ve lived in a city for a long time, you stop noticing things.  Familiarity dulls [...]

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