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  • Leaving a Market Behind?

    Leaving a Market Behind?

    Recently I had a stark reminder, in the most unlikely of places, that this is absolutely not the case.  For several hours, I spent sorting food at the local food bank. Instead of going through the front, where patrons were able to pick up their food, I went through the back, [More]

  • Transformational Thinking

    Transformational Thinking

    Remember what it felt like going back to school in September? You're completely energized, looking forward to a year when you do things, well, just that much better. If you are a  leader, you may often think of September - or your fiscal year - or the calendar year - [More]

  • Don’t tell me how to think: Trump, Trudeau, and the realpolitik of marketing today

    Don’t tell me how to think: Trump, Trudeau, and the realpolitik of marketing today

    Looking back, was there really a surprise that Donald Trump won the 2016 American election?  Or that Justin Trudeau won the Canadian one both in 2015 and 2019?  Or for that matter, that Brexit happened? These three results have much in common: Politicians and insiders who are perceived as privileged, and think that they [More]

  • A Different Market Research

    A Different Market Research

    You invest in events, send out emails, educate, and send invoices.  But how well do you really know your target audience?   Beyond the basic demographics, perhaps not as well as you might think.  Test yourself: how do you think they would answer the following questions? If asked to describe [More]

  • Viewpoint: The Rebranding Decision

    Viewpoint: The Rebranding Decision

    At what point might it make sense to rebrand? Not a question to be taken lightly, but it has been asked - or considered - by just about every CEO and every marketer at one point or another. In the spirit of putting some objective criteria behind any decision to change, [More]

  • Eight email marketing letters

    Eight email marketing letters

    Do you use email every day for marketing and outreach?  Not every email is the same - there are a number of different types, each with a different goal.  How many have you used?  Great marketers know that using the right stimulus at the right time will yield the desired results.  Using marketing emails [More]

  • Pricing strategy

    Pricing strategy

    If you are a service provider, how do you set your price? And if you are a buyer, how do you know whether the price that you are given is reasonable? Beyond the obvious, price itself is an indicator of a number of factors: value, credibility of the service provider, [More]

  • Viewpoint: Virtual and augmented reality

    Viewpoint: Virtual and augmented reality

    Imagine yourself to be Henry Ford, watching the first batch of Model T cars leaving the assembly line.  He might have been able to envision the impact of assembly lines on the economy, but not likely the societal impact of the interstate highway system, the international geopolitics of the oil and gas [More]

  • Trust Killers

    Trust Killers

    How much does your organization invest in marketing? Beyond thought leadership and inbound marketing strategies, there is advertising, promotional items, trade shows, CRM, marketing automation, the web and social media.  Any way you look at it, the investment is substantial. Yet despite this focus, and despite all of this strategy, why [More]

  • Ten Questions to Improve Data Quality

    Ten Questions to Improve Data Quality

    Marketing has progressed significantly from the days of direct mail addressed to "occupant". Or has it? I recently received a snail-mail letter from a major corporation, addressed to Rondo Greg - not Randall Craig. My wife recently received an email addressed to her work address, asking whether her company - a [More]

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