Category Archives: Marketing General

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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Implications of Political Parties being run by Marketers

In 2011 I wrote a blog Political Parties should have Marketers run their Campaigns. Subsequently, I wrote two more blogs on this topic Why Political Parties should have Marketers run their Campaigns Part 2: The US election and Why Political Parties should have Marketers run their Campaigns Part 3: The British Colombia election.

Well little did I know that political parties are using marketing techniques in a very major way to run their campaigns, and I am not [...]

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The “American Dream” is more relevant in Canada than the USA

In the USA, the American Dream is the promise to have it all and enjoy it all. It’s been glorified and sentimentalized as a utopian goal not just by the media and Hollywood stars, but also by businesses and politicians.

In addition, real estate agents, car sales people and vendors of luxury items have used the American dream in their pitch for many years.

Today, the American Dream is more of a marketing concept, whereby marketers and politicians have convinced people [...]

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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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