HOW TO TALK TO CREATIVES – THE OVERVIEW

“Tell me short and tell me true or else my dear to h*&l with you.” Worldwide Creative Director Agency account personnel often take the role of translators for clients responding to creative work. I was often troubled whenever they attempted to come between me and the creatives. I was never into playing the telephone game as […]

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THE COACHING COMMITMENT

“Commitment—the capacity to act and follow-through on a result worth creating—is key to all success.  Commitment means choosing.  It means taking action to support your choices…People don’t quit or fail because they lack ideas or talent.  They fail or quit because they lack a tried-and-true structure—a framework—that energizes and organizes their choices and actions.”   -Kenneth […]

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HOW TO HANDLE A COMPETITIVE ACCOUNT

An account has been identified as “competitive.” What this means is that they do not carry, use or prescribe your brand. They, instead, carry, use or prescribe one of your competitor’s brands. Hence the label “competitive” account. What do you do? Any marketer and sales person worth her/his salt knows that what you do is […]

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MASTERCARD – USE OF THE LOGO

A friend and marketing colleague asked me what I thought about the new MasterCard logo. Like me, he’s a big fan of MasterCard given their success in pro-sitioning the brand to propel significant growth over the past 20-years. Quite frankly, I think I might have been enjoying the holiday festivities far too much because I […]

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THE TWENTY WORST THINGS A CLIENT CAN SAY TO ITS AGENCY

I recently sat down to have a beer and a burger with two friends. One is a top-notch marketer and President of a FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) division. The other a very savvy, former division GM of an ad agency. Both are marketing professors at the Northwestern Medill School of Journalism. We got to […]

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RESOLUTIONS FOR MARKETERS

res-o-lu-tion(noun) – decision that reflects a determination to accomplish something important to you   Happy New Year! We’re back with an article we’ve rereleased over the last few years to kick-off the New Year!! We hope you enjoyed a wonderful holiday season and are looking forward to a terrific 2019. When it comes to the […]

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KNOWING YOUR (HIDDEN) COMPETITORS

Every marketer believes s/he knows who the competition is. But many tend to only recognize the most visible competitors. Hidden from our focus are other important competitors that can undermine your brand’s growth potential or, worse yet, steal market share and growth from it.   The Usual Suspects Who’s your competition? Let’s start with the […]

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WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR YOUR BRAND TODAY?

Bob Townsend, one of my former bosses at Johnson & Johnson, whom I admire greatly and learned much, would boldly barge into my office every morning, ignoring my closed door (as I would attempt to shut-out distractions to think and plan my day), in sartorial splendor with a custom fitted double-breasted suit, starched white monogramed […]

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ADOPT “INCREMENTALITY”

Athletes strive to perform better than ever before. It’s a function of their competitive nature, dream to create a legacy, desire to remain on the team roster, and extend their athletic careers. They know to beat their competition and/or realize their full potential they must push through their physical and mental boundaries to reach new […]

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THE TRUE PURPOSE OF ADVERTISING

Advertising – Any messaging, regardless of medium or vehicle, intended to change or reinforce target-customer perceptions to drive sales. Richard Czerniawski     Super Bowl LIII is scheduled to be held on February 3, 2019, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. That’s 66-days from the date of this publication of Marketing Matters. My Chicago Bears […]

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