Category Archives: Integrated Marketing Communications / Advertising

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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Who owns Social Media? Marketing? Communications? Other

In the past, it was quite easy for organizations to segment different types of outreach or communication into departments. Marketing and Communications in some organizations operated separately from one another; human resources, and technical support all normally operate in their own distinct branches. While overlap does occur from time to time, especially between communications and marketing, for the most part, actions and activities adhered to a set organizational structure.

But how do you classify social media? There is no question that [...]

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