Tag: strategy

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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Why Loyalty Marketing Doesn’t Add Up

By: Joan MacDougal - August 30, 2017


Loyalty marketing isn’t always smart business!   I have to say, as a consumer, loyalty marketing does my head in. If I’m asked once, I’m asked a hundred times whether I’m in this or that loyalty program. Here’s why it annoys me. I’d have my card out wanting my points if it was a program […]

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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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Integrated Marketing A Competitive Advantage

By: Joan MacDougal - May 10, 2017


Integrated Marketing is a complex assembly line   Consider integrated marketing as a complex assembly line similar to an assembly line for building cars. When building a car there are many parts and a process that come together to build a quality vehicle. In marketing there are also many parts that go into producing a […]

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Glass-ceilings and Women in Business and Power

By: Joan MacDougal - November 17, 2016


Glass-ceilings seem to be the universal constraint to a Woman’s impact in business and in power.   I find this a fascinating concept. We have a metaphor for the perceived barrier to women being successful. A metaphor for why women are held back from positions of power. I’ve enjoyed a varied and successful business career but […]

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Marketing Strategy that Drives Business Success

By: Joan MacDougal - October 19, 2016


Successful Marketing Strategy must start with evaluating and interpreting the big picture!   Let’s start with some important principles of marketing strategy: a. “Marketing strategy is an organisation’s strategy that combines all of its marketing goals into one comprehensive plan. A good marketing strategy should be drawn from market research and focus on the right […]

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