Do you recall EVERYTHING you learned at Uni?

Do you remember EVERYTHING you learned at Uni? Many graduates in business, who I have talked with, admit they don’t remember everything they were taught at Uni. Some confessed cramming just days before an exam, scraping by with a “Pass” and forgetting much of what they learned within months, or weeks, if not days, afterwards.Continue reading “Do you recall EVERYTHING you learned at Uni?”

How do you KNOW what your customers want?

“Customers” are NOT identical. A “market” is only a corral of market segments. Until business leaders fully accept that fact, businesses will not do as well as they could, probably flounder at some stage, and ultimately fail as their competitors (who DO “get it”) out-manoeuvre them. The Most POWERFUL tool in a business strategist’s arsenalContinue reading “How do you KNOW what your customers want?”

The Easiest Way for Businesses to Make Billions

Why Do Businesses Stray from the Proven Path to Making Billions? I recall the adage, “Not advertising is like kissing someone in the dark… YOU know what you’re doing, but nobody else does.” Market research tells you: If there are any kissable people in the dark, How to find them, What sort of kiss theyContinue reading “The Easiest Way for Businesses to Make Billions”

The Two Most Common Threats to Big Corporates – Suffered by Woolworths

The two most common threats to big corporates can be ORGANISATIONAL and/or ENVIRONMENTAL.   As I’ve often said, “Companies don’t fail. Businesses don’t fail. Products don’t fail. Brands don’t fail… It is Leadership and Management that causes these to fail.”   In Woolworths case, their internal issues are their sheer refusal to believe that anyoneContinue reading “The Two Most Common Threats to Big Corporates – Suffered by Woolworths”

The True Path to Make Profitable Sales Soar

The Objective of the following is to empower business leaders to achieve breakthrough, profitable sale growth: Here goes… Understand What “Marketing” is The first thing a CEO MUST do is recognize the definition of the word, “Marketing”… Believing that “Marketing” is simply the “1 ‘P’”, Marketing Communications, or “P=Promotions” … maintaining a perception that “MarketingContinue reading “The True Path to Make Profitable Sales Soar”

10 Symptoms that show you have Imbalance in your Hierarchies of Marketing

Marketing isn’t right Not satisfactory? Marketing be doing more? Find out how to optimise your marketing here!

Have we abandoned the core root of all business success? (Or Just forgotten the truth?)

Too many marketing strategists believe their own BS! Pricing Strategy, Communications strategy, Online Strategy, branding strategy etc. isn’t genius… it is obvious, common sense that evolves out of the fact that perfect knowledge leads to perfect decisions. I’ve had an extraordinary number of commercial successes in my career, record-breaking ones… NOT because I am oneContinue reading “Have we abandoned the core root of all business success? (Or Just forgotten the truth?)”

Where have all the Good Marketers Gone?

The academic study of Marketing was initially undertaken to make business decision-making easy… and it worked! Marketing decisions that religiously, if not fanatically, followed the technical revelations of academic marketing teachings, have worked, and worked, and worked. In my career, every single marketing plan based upon the teachings of my studies, and implemented accordingly, hasContinue reading “Where have all the Good Marketers Gone?”

BRAND IMMORTALITY – Part 2

What is the Marketing Concept? What is the basis of all marketing management? Is it not meet the customers’ needs with available resources? Is pushing an imperfect satisfaction of needs, via advertising, personal selling, tricky copy and negative options, give-aways and incentives, going to imbed success in a brand? Is a badly thought-out product orContinue reading “BRAND IMMORTALITY – Part 2”

Is Brand Immortality Possible?

There are no specific strategic models for FMCG brands to manage lifecycle because any generalisation would be fictitious nonsense. The secret for ALL marketers is market segmentation. Until decision makers recognise that there is no singular ‘market’, but a unique combination of segments that make up an individual market, we are unimpowered. “Markets’ are asContinue reading “Is Brand Immortality Possible?”