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 …

You’re a grocery store owner, and you have four customers in the checkout line. That’s the good news. The bad news is that they won’t go away. Thought The first customer walks in with a purpose and heads straight for the pasta aisle. She just got off work and she’s got a flight to catch …

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 …

, something that could have saved myself and others a great deal of time earlier in our careers. Which, as we’ll see, is ironic because many businesses regard ethnography itself as time-consuming and costly. The Wrong Research Methodology To appreciate the role of ethnography in creating brand experience, it’s important to first consider how research …

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 …

Consumer perception of brands has evolved greatly since we have entered into the digital age. Traditionally, there was a simple formula for how brands could project an image through the combination of three basic things: have a great product, toss in some good values, and present it all through a compelling advertising campaign. Fast forward …

The phrase “big data” most commonly might be associated with the tech side of marketing – analytics broken into charts and spreadsheets. But marketing executives should consider another aspect of digital marketing when putting analytics insights to use: the creative side. The trick is marrying digital and creative into one seamless marketing campaign. Collecting and …

Marketing modernization is allowing brands to connect with customers with more agility and scale than ever before. But to what end? With all this power and capability – from machine learning and data-driven decision-making, to personalized content experiences – marketers have had to rethink their engagement approach. They can no longer blast message after message into the …

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 …

You only need to rewind about 15 years or so to remember a time when marketers were limited to communicating with their audiences across just three channels: Television, newspapers, and mail. This meant that marketers could communicate the same message across all three platforms with minimal detrimental impact, but the explosion of new channels and …