Category Archives: Direct marketing

Fear inhibits growth

Last week I caught up with an old friend who leads a financial PR business in China. We fell to reminiscing about corporate life in multinationals, and it didn’t take long for the old discontent to resurface (he’s still harness, … Continue reading

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No Trust in the Workplace

Some years ago, I traveled to Dubai on business, and visited our local Ad Agency offices. Like many commercial concerns in the Gulf, it was run by Lebanese and staffed with expatriates. From Australian creatives to Filipino computer operators; I … Continue reading

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Jingle Bells

When you have been around the block a few times, as have I, you begin to see trends coming back. You see it in fashion. You see it in holiday destinations. And trends also return in advertising. Not because the … Continue reading

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Marketing islands

It’s rare find a Marketer criticising his profession, so I was intrigued when the Chief Marketing officer of HP had this to say last month: “Marketers risk forming a parallel universe and distancing themselves from the business.” Lucio was talking to … Continue reading

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Diversity can produce dividends.

Recently I was with a large group of staff discussing the positive aspects of their work culture. They were emphatic about one thing: ‘We are a very diverse group.’ Indeed, there were men and women, old and young, Asian and … Continue reading

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Private Equity

Last weekend I spent a long day in rural Yorkshire in the North of England. Tramping the fields, we had plenty of time to chat and I met a man in Private Equity. It’s an interesting profession. Investing in enterprises … Continue reading

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Retail success requires relationships

One of the greatest retail success stories in the world, that has prospered for over a century, is now facing down new retail giants. Very soon, online shopping portals Amazon, Alibaba and eBay will command 40% of global e-commerce. Like … Continue reading

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Not different enough

There’s a lot of loose talk about differentiation these days. Most of it happens in Marketing Departments, and not enough at the Boardroom table. Frankly, we need to get better at it if we hope to build our regional economy. … Continue reading

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The human voice

There’s nothing quite like the human voice, is there? As our primary means of communication, nothing can engage us quite like it. It can enrapture or enrage; inspire or oppress. The composer Richard Strauss noted that the human voice is … Continue reading

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