Category Archives: Integrated Marketing Communications / Advertising

British Columbia Ministry of Health: Taking a Leadership Role in Social Marketing

In September 2014, I had the opportunity to work with the British Columbia Ministry of Health’s Population and Public Health Division to co-host social marketing sessions in Vancouver and Victoria to explore shared strategic approaches for social marketing and engagement across health promotion and disease/injury prevention partners in British Columbia.

The sessions included presentations from experts on social marketing and behaviour change, branding and the latest trends in marketing and engagement.  Participants also heard about the Healthy Families BC policy framework and the Ministry of Health’s mandate to support a […]

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Why the TOWS Matrix is important to Public Sector Marketers

As someone who teaches marketing I am always surprised that most of the participants at my courses and seminars are very familiar with a SWOT analysis (which stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats.) For those who are not familiar with the SWOT analysis – it helps organizations  identify strengths and weaknesses predominantly based on internal factors. Opportunities and threats usually arise from an external environment.

However, very rarely do I find participants who are familiar with SWOT employ  the SWOT/TOWS […]

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Importance of properly briefing your Marketing and Communications supplier

One of the biggest challenges for public sector and non-profit marketers is how to brief an advertising agency or a marketing and/or communications supplier. How well you brief determines what you get back. The communications or marketing supplier is only as good as the briefing they get from you the client.

Do all great marketing and communication campaigns come from great briefs? No. But the chances of getting good if not great work are increased significantly by a proper briefing into […]

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Has federal government communications and marketing become too politicised?

It seems that every day in the past year we hear about government scandals in Canada. It is happening at all levels of government.  Many citizens are starting to wonder what is going on. We have had F35 Fighter Jet Scandal, CFIA Scandal (tainted meat), Canadian Senate expenses scandal and the list goes on. I don’t plan to focus on the scandals themselves but look at it from a communications marketing perspective.

How do communications and marketing functions operate when every […]

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