Tag: leadership

Is your marketing under performing?

By: Joan Macdougal - April 11, 2019


Marketing has evolved in so many ways and for many in business, the evolution is almost inconceivable. Marketing performance, however, remains a challenge and the revolution in marketing has made management of the discipline even more of a challenge. For business executives, it’s hard to explain the disconnect. It seems we’ve never had better marketing […]

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Why in-housing doesn’t work for SME’s

By: Joan Macdougal -


Over the last twenty years, the marketing services landscape has changed. Let’s face it marketing has changed! Once advertising agencies were the creative vehicles for getting brand messages out across traditional media platforms. Today, the internet and the variety of digital communications channels has turned the marketing world on its head. For years, business has […]

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Brand Management Guide for SME’s

By: Joan Macdougal - February 28, 2019


Brand Management is an Absolute Must in all Business   Unlike a full-on crisis where business goes into managed image control, for most businesses, brand damage is the silent and slow process of losing customers. This is why brand management is essential! For many SME’s, brand damage will be more harmful to business than a […]

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CMSI – The framework for Modern Marketing

By: Joan Macdougal - January 17, 2019


Is your Marketing a Blessing or a Curse?   I propose that 21st-century marketing offers the greatest potential ever yet is the worst managed marketing in history. People have become so focused on technology and it’s capabilities they have forgotten why they’re undertaking marketing in the first place. That is until they have wasted a […]

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Driving Membership when Membership’s Your Business

By: Joan Macdougal - July 30, 2018


Driving Membership:   Macrison has been working with membership organisations for many years. The complexity in building membership organisations is finding the unique balance between the value of common services and making members feel those services are meeting their individual needs. We use an in-house analogy for this. “Make sure every boat rises with the […]

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Outsourcing Services – The Pros and Cons

By: Joan Macdougal - June 28, 2018


What Is Outsourcing Services?   Entrepreneur Asia Pacific defines outsourcing as follows:   “Outsourcing has become a major trend in human resources over the past decade. It’s the practice of sending certain job functions outside a company instead of handling them in-house. More and more companies, large and small, are turning to outsourcing services as […]

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Build a Foolproof Strategy

By: Joan Macdougal - May 11, 2018


A Strategy is a Blueprint for Competitive Advantage…   Strategic Execution is the Weapon…   The Execution of a Good Strategy Wins the War!   This mantra on strategy is so easy to write down. In truth though, there are very few businesses who actually do this well. There are three reasons why this problem […]

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Dear CEO and Board, first and foremost you are Marketers!

By: Joan MacDougal - September 15, 2017


Attention all CEO’s and Board Directors…   As a CEO and Board Director, you are responsible for the two greatest catastrophes in modern business. The reputation and the perceived failing of marketing as a serious business discipline The complete and universal misunderstanding of the difference between marketing and the subset component of marketing, communications. While […]

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Big Picture Marketing and Consequences

By: Joan MacDougal - August 8, 2017


Big Picture Marketing is More than Maximising Shareholder Wealth Big picture marketing is a myth. Every business person. Every marketer. By the way, the terms are interchangeable. Will tell you they are big picture marketers. Big picture thinkers. My premise is, if that were true, the world would be in a lot better shape than […]

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Do You Give Marketing A Bad Name?

By: Joan MacDougal - June 7, 2017


Marketing Done Badly is Bad for All Business. Nothing frustrates me more than to walk into a meeting with a prospective client, only to hear them ask “what’s the point?” To sit and listen to the board of an organisation question the value of marketing. All too often it stems from them having used agencies […]

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All too often Marketing is blamed when a business underperforms. Whilst absolutely true, the elements of the marketing mix that are causing the problems are usually misunderstood. It's usually the advertising or marketing communications that get the blame. Truth is, if your marketing comms isn't working, the problem will usually lie elsewhere in the marketing mix...

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