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Functional Marketing Where Operations is Failing

By: Joan Macdougal - September 23, 2018


Functional marketing is the greatest challenge facing modern business.   Functional marketing is the enabling of technology to successfully market your business. Today there is a wealth of technology available to facilitate better marketing but few businesses are optimising its full potential. Marketing operations are struggling with the cost and the application of various technology […]

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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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Consultative Marketing

By: Joan Macdougal - May 14, 2018


The role of the Marketing or Advertising Agency is changing. Tomorrow’s Marketing Service providers will be Consultative Marketers.Many operators will tell you they’ve been providing Consultative Marketing Services for years but any buyer of marketing will tell you that’s simply not true.   Consultative Marketing is Not Consultative Selling…   I got my first sales […]

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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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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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