Questions about artificial intelligence, automation, neuroscience, and technology enhancements dominate the conversations in boardrooms and team meetings across the world. How do we incorporate Alexa? What’s our Siri strategy? Is there a way to use Google Home in our business? Analog, personal touches are being forgotten when they are actually more effective today than at …

Everybody loves a good story. And while we may say that we want brands to focus on value and features, those commercials which are most memorable – and which reinforce the brand the most – are those which tell a story as opposed to merely providing a list of features and value propositions. Those stories …

Brand awareness has given way to goal accomplishment over the past 20 years. We’ve learned as consumers to find ways to complete objectives and lean less on brand names as signals of quality. When we search, we search for the job to be done and not necessarily a brand name. As of today, Alexa is …

Social media marketers often say that content is king. While content is seen as the driving force behind social media efforts and KPIs of social are often linked to how well content performs, we need to take a step further in understanding the behaviour of a brand’s social media community. People are the driving force …

Texas rivers had barely begun to rise when almost 800 WalMart trucks loaded with emergency supplies hit the highway. Brewing giants Anheuser-Busch and Miller-Coors suspended regular operations in key facilities to begin canning fresh water instead. Home Depot mobilized its standing army of Team Depot volunteers to deliver materials and manpower for recovery efforts. These …

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 …

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 …

I’m fascinated by younger generations and just how different they are from generations prior. You should be too. Generations Y and Z (Millennials and Centennials) represent a dramatic “C” change where a new genre of “Connected” consumerism is forcing business as usual to cater to an always-on, accidentally narcissistic, empowered, informed, demanding, and counterintuitive generation. …

While it is too early to say exactly what Brexit truly means for the British economy, retailers are already beginning to worry about the rising costs of importing and exporting and preparing for tighter margins. In these times of uncertainty, the value of consumer loyalty cannot be overstated. For one, loyal customers provide brands with …

When I started my career in marketing in the FMCG industry, I had a manager that advised me to focus my marketing efforts on my brand loyalists. In his words “You should try to make our loyal consumers even heavier users of the brand, as probably 20% of our them can represent 80% of our …