Poor customer support costs businesses $1.6 trillion in lost opportunities, according to an Accenture estimate. While most articles on customer support focus on companies that serve consumers directly, customer churn affects companies that serve other businesses too. Business people are also consumers. They develop expectations about customer service based on their experience as consumers, and …

You’ve probably noticed that ‘Buy one get one free’ and ‘2 for 1’ deals seem to be disappearing from high-street stores. Well, you’re not imagining it.  Market research firm IRI recently revealed there’s been a 25% decrease in the number of special offer products available in store. The average number of grocery lines on promotion …

Marketing organizations have long been seen as cost centers by the C-suite. Although marketers have made many strides to overcome this challenging internal position, many CEOs, investors and other key stakeholders who view the world in terms of return on investment (ROI) just can’t see marketing as an investment with positive returns, sometimes rendering marketing …

According to PwC’s “2016 Global Innovation 1000” report, between 2010 – 2015, total R&D investment by the world’s biggest-spending public companies grew by 35% and reached a record high of $680 billion in 2016. But against a backdrop of shortening product lifecycles, the need to get products to market more quickly, and demand for continuous …

Marketing is about so much more than turning a prospect into a sale: it is about getting inside the mind of the consumer, and turning an indifferent, disinterested person into a loyal, long-term customer who is passionate about your brand. Incentives are one of the most effective ways of doing this – but only when …

Business Dictionary details the Silo Mentality as a mindset present when certain departments or sectors do not wish to share information with others in the same company. This mentality will reduce the efficiency of the overall operation, reduce morale and could potentially contribute to the demise of a productive company culture. Let us consider the …

Content Marketing is here to stay.  There is a broad and compelling consensus that content is the key to unlocking thought leadership, brand leadership, market leadership, and effective demand generation programs. In most B2B marketing approaches, this means blogs, e-books, white papers, case studies and compelling email and demand generation programs built around these. However …

In the world of targeted marketing, we often tread the line between being personalised and being personal. On the one hand, using a consumer’s data can lead to marketing that is tailored to the individual, helping them to cut through the noise and get to the products or offers relevant to them. However, if that …

Technology. It’s all around us. Here to (supposedly) make our lives better, both personally and professionally. Sometimes it does, and sometimes, let’s face it, it’s just a bad case of ‘shiny new thing syndrome.’ As we’ve been preparing the Technology Issue of Brand Quarterly, I’ve spent a lot of time considering what technology means to …

Roger Federer is a hero in the world of tennis and is now unarguably the greatest Wimbledon champion of all time. He prevailed again this year with a characteristic and unparalleled mix of artistry, power, focus, and agility. While Federer’s achievements remain largely confined to the sports pages, there’s much to be learnt from him …