marketing is losing its seat at the boardroom table

Back in the Noughties/2000’s, almost every big brand boardroom had a Marketing Director. That’s much less the case now, with marketing essentially becoming a ‘soft’ discipline. In 2015, only 35 of the US Fortune 1,000 companies had a marketing director on the executive board. In the FTSE100, the number was only slightly better. I could … Continue reading marketing is losing its seat at the boardroom table

a view on UKIP’s posters

There’s been a bit of a hoo-ha in the press today about UKIP’s new outdoor campaign, some executions of which, it’s been suggested, could be interpreted as racist. Rather than paid for by UKIP itself, the media and creative has been funded by Yorkshire entrepreneur and long-term Euro-sceptic Paul Sykes. But is the campaign racist? … Continue reading a view on UKIP’s posters

documentaries – is all publicity really good publicity?

I've always struggled to understand why business owners feel that their reputation will be somehow enhanced by becoming the focus of a fly-on-the-wall documentary. BBC2's Life in the Freezer Cabinet did nothing for Iceland's positioning and made CEO Malcolm Walker look like an idiot.  Which according to a mutual friend is a misrepresentation. the Chief … Continue reading documentaries – is all publicity really good publicity?

do you really need to research this?

There's been the odd occasion over the last few years when I've felt like I've been researching something in order to get that box ticked on the client's project plan, rather than to use fresh insight to move things forward. There's simply no point in spending money on research if the answer is staring you … Continue reading do you really need to research this?

what I’ve learnt from being the client for once

We've been doing a mini-refurb at home so for the last 8 weeks we've had a house full of tradesmen - plumbers, electricians, joiners and so on.  Which it turns out isn't terribly conducive to working half the week from home. But aside from that it's been a real eye-opener in terms of client expectations … Continue reading what I’ve learnt from being the client for once

unreasonable clients? – well, they *are* the customer

I came across this post from agency Sell!Sell! today, which basically says that agencies create unreasonable clients by consistently capitulating to unreasonable client demands. Which is all very well, but as an agency you have to be in a pretty strong position to consistently say No to clients - you need a cash flow that … Continue reading unreasonable clients? – well, they *are* the customer