Building Marketing Intelligence
CMA Content Marketing Show
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Courses start this Fall:
CMA/Marketing Digital Day
We’re not just bringing speakers to you, we’re bringing you to them. Take a quick peek at just some of the people you will hear from and find out why content marketing isn’t a fad – the Blow Your Mind Content Marketing Show, a different kind of conference.
In my first post for CMA, I blogged about how loyalty programs are largely becoming a commodity due to their ubiquity and lack of creative differentiation. At a time when consumer demand and expectations are on the rise, program innovation just isn’t keeping up. And the reaction of consumers is a marketer’s worst nightmare … loss of interest.
It amazes me how often even companies selling web marketing services insist you contact them if you want a demo of their products. Even more of them won't even give you an idea of their pricing online.
Yes, I get that pricing may vary depending on the client and its needs (and, let's face it, their willingness to pay). But why waste everybody's time if your prospect has a budget of $1,000 and your entry-level solution costs $10,000?
We know that brands are most effective when all their elements – logo, packaging, advertising, retail presence, service experience – come together as a single unique personality. Yet, in today's world of marketing, our means of communicating have never been more fragmented. Thanks to social media, brand messages are literally delivered in bits and pieces: a Facebook comment, a 140-character tweet, a Pinterest image, a LinkedIn update.
Selecting which channels should be the focus of your marketing activity for any given campaign is no longer a simple matter. This whitepaper addresses the strategic questions that channel and marketing leaders should be asking themselves when reviewing and considering their mix of channel choices. Included in the paper is an audit of select channels’ strengths and weaknesses for customer service. Authored by D’Arcy McDonald, Vice-President, Direct Channels at TD Bank Group, with the support of CMA’s Contact Centre Council.
How many times have you started reading an email on your phone while commuting, and then continued it on your laptop when you got home? Or perhaps you saw a commercial for a new car and then used your tablet to search for the specs and see it in action? If these things sound familiar, that's because they're all part of the new norm in multi-screen behaviour.
Remember the days when marketing was about putting up a billboard, a few radio and print ads and then attributing all increased revenue that quarter to the number of impressions these elements brought in? No one asked, "What was your cost per acquisition? How many leads did you expect? What's the ROI of your social media budget spend?"
Dr. Robin Dunbar invented the Dunbar number. This is the maximum number of people you can maintain a social relationship with. This number is usually about 100-250 people.
According to Wikipedia "Dunbar's number states the number of people one knows and keeps social contact with, and it does not include the number of people known personally with a ceased social relationship, nor people just generally known with a lack of persistent social relationship".
I read with interest from The New York Times that many Asian-Americans, who have benefited from booms in finance and technology, are making a huge difference in philanthropy in the U.S. They are donating large sums to groups focused on their own communities or their home countries. They are also giving to prestigious universities, museums, concert halls and hospitals such as Yale University and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The institutions, in turn, are also increasingly wooing Asian-Americans, who are taking high-profile slots on their governing boards.