The retail industry has always posed unique challenges for marketing executives, and the current environment is arguably the most challenging yet. Today’s Millennials and Gen Z shoppers, having grown up with mobile devices in hand at all times, demand and expect complete price transparency on all items, 24/7, and are less loyal than earlier generations …

Online shopping is becoming increasingly personal. According to an Accenture Study, 75% of online shoppers prefer to buy from retailers who recognize them, provide them with relevant product recommendations or remember them personally. This is especially true for e-commerce verticals that, in the brick-and-mortar world, require heavy in-store associate assistance for a purchase to occur, …

It all started so well. The contracts were signed and the champagne was flowing. But when once you saw yourselves as the next Unilever, capable of holding down those long-term agency relationships, now getting through the campaign you paid for will be an ask. Your agency has lost that spark from when you first met; …

Noisy, ugly, and dirty. Advertising has polluted cities, annoyed consumers and jeopardised its own existence. Beyond a mass-media cacophony, brand communications’ significant carbon footprint and runaway consumption are certainly contributing to what economists labelled as market failure. But contrary to Jerry Seinfeld’s 2014 infamous line at the Clio awards calling out the advertising sector to …

Corporations are building high-quality in-house design and advertising groups like never before. The In-House Agency Forum (IHAF), founded in 2005 to provide connections and community for in-house creative groups, now has over 250 member companies. Corporate in-house creative groups provide services internally and, in some cases, to external clients. Successfully nurturing talent inside giant corporations …

Creative agencies are always being asked by their clients to deliver creative ‘things’. But what gets produced is only half of the story. The other, and sometimes more important, part is how it is done. Creativity is not just the things we make; it’s the way we make them; the ‘doing’ that goes on behind the scenes. …

You’ve heard it all before. “The customer is best. The customer comes first. The customer is always right.” So how do you get your business in the customer-centric mindset? You need to establish a goal of providing a positive experience before, during, and after the sale in the hopes of earning repeat business and referrals. …

Shopper research is a cornerstone of robust research programs for brands that seek to engage customers with products in store, or for retailers vying to provide experiences that will keep customers happy and spending money in their stores. Shopper research is often performed in live or mock retail environments, where researchers can view shoppers’ behavior …

In September at Content Marketing World, Robert Rose and I will launch our (combined) sixth book called Killing Marketing. The core principle is that we’ve been misusing the marketing function for years. Marketing, in its truest form, was actually meant to be a profit center. While Robert and I were doing our research for the book, …

According to a recent study by Steelcase, workplace disengagement is a widespread problem around the world. In fact, one-third of employees across 17 major global economies are disengaged. There’s reason for business leaders to be worried about this: The study also found a strong positive correlation between employee engagement and company profits. Furthermore, there’s also …