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Archive for September, 2011

Author: Paul Ashby

Sin No. 1

And in many ways this is the biggest sin of them all!
The total lack of genuine accountability and effectiveness. More and more evidence is emerging that there is ample justification for questioning a major advertising pretension that it does, indeed, work at all!

The repetitious cry and certain belief that “creativity” is the answer to all marketing problems – it isn’t and frankly never really has been.

It’s a given that all human knowledge is provisional but it is also incremental, the sum of what we know to day is far greater than thirty years ago – with, possibly, the sole exception of marketing/advertising. Nothing new has been added to the armory of advertising…no debate is taking place as to where to go next! Perhaps that is because there is no place else to go!

However to day it is still an article of faith among advertising people that advertising will not change because ‘it works’!

Facing the painful truth is the first essential step in devising a sensible strategy for the perpetuation of advertising. And the painful truth is “Advertising no longer works”!

Sin No 2.

Is it because that, for financial reasons, you do not want to address the problem of clutter…because it is a huge and growing problem which contributes to the declining effectiveness of all advertising.
The poor old customer, or in advertising speak, Consumer, does not want to take delivery of even more messages, after all they do not appear to be taking much notice of the messages that exist already!
The advertising world has dehumanized and depersonalized the process of communication and very little evidence of consideration of the consumer exists.

Sin No.3

You just don’t listen, whenever some well meaning person dares to question the “Advertising Works” article of faith, down comes a torrent of abuse, and the fact is it can only be a torrent of abuse because you do not have a solid fact to support your spurious claims. Listen to your Clients:
As one large Client recently explained: ‘In to day’s marketing landscape, building a brand is about a whole lot more than advertising. An advertising agency alone cannot deliver everything we need – even though agencies may claim to deliver this, it’s a myth’.
Or even listen to people closer to home:
Derek Morris, Chairman and chief executive of ZenithOptimedia attended ‘Media 360 Conference’ in Wales. In a long letter in MediaWeek, he said, among other things, ‘But what are the lessons to bring home from South Wales? What should we actually do? And there, in the final session, reality caught up when the Client told us to ‘Change before you are dead’.

Sin No.4

If you don’t want to listen then for Heavens sake forget the glorious past.
Your current model of advertising was developed in the Sixties when product choice was much more limited and people were easier to stereotype into categories like income, sex and class. It was much easier for advertisers to target people and bombard them with sales messages.

Today’s marketplace is different and all the old certainties are gone. To be effective in your communications it is sound advice to start with the premise that you know nothing about the people that you believe your product is aimed at.

You all have become too parochial, too introspective, too convinced by your on hyperbole.

Sin No.5

Stop this insane rush onto Web 2.0 it is not a medium intended for mass advertising, and, as has been recently established, “Users became more or less desensitized to the Advertising”

That was recently said of advertising on social networking sites.

Clients are experiencing fast diminishing returns on their social networking ad investments.

Clients are expressing disillusionment.

Web marketers, ranging from Google at the apex of the ad triangle to the mass of small companies are showering social-networking sites with ad dollars without getting their hoped-for returns.

The question is not ‘Has the advertising model broken’? The question now is ‘What are we going to replace it with’?

The complacency of the IPA is overwhelming, they appear not to be doing anything to answer the increasingly strident complaints.

Complaints such as, clutter, and here the irony is that advertising agencies appear to think that placing more advertisements is the way to solve clutter!

Complaints such as lack of accountability, to day, and after fifty years of extensive advertising, there are no reliable figures available on audience measurements.

And most certainly there are no effective studies as to the effectiveness of advertising…on sales…. As a return on ROI…and much more.

To day it is more important that a close investigation as to the suitability of advertising on Web 2.0 be undertaken instead of rushing onto the Net and ignoring all the signs. These are that it is a highly unsuitable medium for advertising.

After all it is ‘The Wild West’ where anything goes!

Sin No.6

Your inability to move very rapidly into the post-advertising mindset is caused by you being unable to recognize Sins 1 through 5 above.

Astonishingly, a sizable percentage of marketers and marketing-service leaders seem mired in the advertising mind-set.

The Cannes Lions Festival still celebrates ads-a position, one suspects, roughly equivalent to the Cannes Film Festival honoring silents. The One Show held two concurrent programmes this year-one for conventional ads, another for on line. (One wonders who in this mix felt like a second-class citizen).

In a transparent world, the power of an “ad campaign” to change minds is strictly limited, and getting more so every day. It’s way past time for the industry’s leaders to get naked and reinvent advertising…it they can!

Sin No.7
Your complete and utter lack of understanding of the word “communication” together with a lack of appreciation as to what can, and does, stifle effective communication.

All advertising is a form of learning whereby the advertiser is asking people to change their behavior after learning the benefits of the products or services on offer. However, we all tend to filter out information, which we do not want to hear. This clearly alters the effectiveness of conventional advertising in quite a dramatic way.

The final purchase decision is invariably a compromise and this leads to a certain amount of anxiety; the worry that perhaps the decision was not the best or the right one. In order to minimise this anxiety the purchaser seeks to reinforce their choice and begins to take more notice of their chosen product’s marketing communications.

Due to a lack of understanding of the communication process we have created a media society during the past 40 or 50 years, where the whole process has been de-humanized.

There is now an extraordinary reduction in interaction because conventional advertising and marketing have become a one-way practice whereby information is disseminated in a passive form.

So what are you going to do about this?

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/marketing-articles/the-seven-deadly-sins-of-advertising-333101.html

About the Author

Having invested over $10 million in independent research, Paul Ashby is ideally suited to present the case for the widespread use of interactive marketing communication. The research investment has proved conclusively that one exposure to an interactive ‘event’ is far more effective in all key measurements, than traditional advertising. Paul made this investment because his company, Effective. Accountable. Communication is predicated on being totally accountable to its Clients.
Discover more on http://interactivetelevisionorinteractivetv.blogspot.com

On this week’s segment our President/CEO speaks about the role of opt-in email marketing along side of Social Media. 


As a marketing coach, I’ve probably heard every excuse in the book why people can’t market their businesses. You wouldn’t believe some of the whoppers people tell when they’re trying to justify their failure to attract clients.

Now don’t get me wrong; it’s not that failing to attract clients makes one a bad person. Not at all. It’s just that when I hear the following excuses I feel compelled to call ’em as I see em: Baloney!

If you have the mistaken notion that any of these lame excuses are the reason that your business isn’t successful, get a clue. These are just EXCUSES for people who fail, not reasons not to succeed (a subtle, yet important, difference).

1. ‘I’m too honest to market.’ OK, this little gem is at the top of my list because it is both a lie AND an insult! I am a marketer by trade, and I am honest, so I know for a fact that marketing is not a dishonest process or practice, nor does it have to be dishonest to be effective. What’s dishonest is when you overstate your results, or if you truly don\’t believe that your product or service is worth what you charge, or if you deliberately intend to defraud people. In that case, the problem is with you, not marketing, so stop insulting the rest of us.

2. ‘I’m too modest to market myself.’ Listen up, princess, every word out of your mouth doesn’t have to be about YOU. Think about what your clients want, need and actually get, and that’ll keep the conversation going for as long as you need it to go. Hey, if you’re not comfortable saying great things about yourself, start saying great things about what your clients get out of working with you. Or better yet, let them say it for you in the form of testimonials. But don’t think that you have to be the subject of every fascinating conversation you have with prospects.

3. ‘I’m too shy to market myself.’ As a highly sensitive person myself, you’d think I\’d have more sympathy for this excuse, but I don’t. If you want to be successful, know right now that it may not always be comfortable, and you have to be willing to do what it takes to succeed, even if that means going outside your comfort zone. Shyness is a habit that can be overcome with practice, so join Toastmasters, or see a therapist if that’s what it is going to take, but get over yourself. I promise you will be glad you did.

4. ‘I’m too creative to market myself.’ This excuse is really lame! Marketing is a very creative process, and since you have literally thousands of options when structuring your marketing plans, creativity is an asset, not a liability. Unless you’re one of those I-am-a-self-indulgent-whiner-who-refuses-to-accept-any-responsibility-for-my-actions-and-masks-that-character-flaw-with-claims-of-misunderstood-or-excessive-creativity kinds of people, in which case I say, grow up, and while you’re at it, think up a more creative excuse.

5. ‘I don’t have enough time to market my business.’ OK, this excuse sounds good at first, but in reality it doesn’t wash. Either you are already marketing but not acknowledging your marketing activities as such, or your business is so busy that you don’t need to market at all, which makes this excuse unnecessary. So if you haven’t got all the business you want but you don’t have time to market, you need to reevaluate how you’re spending your time, and make some tough decisions about when you are going to do what you need to do to get those clients.

6. ‘I don’t have enough money to market my business.’ Again, you get points for trying, but this is still just an excuse, because good marketing isn’t about money, it’s about relationships. You can start very modestly with your marketing plans, and spend nothing but your time. And let me tell you, if you can\’t get some traction spending 40 hours a week trying to build your business relationships, maybe you should rethink your decision to be an entrepreneur.

7. ‘I have no personal network to market to.’ Oh please, you’ve got to have a better excuse than this! If you truly have no family, no friends, no colleagues, no acquaintances or no former co-workers, then start meeting some. I don’t care if you’ve been on a desert island for the past 20 years, you can always meet people through networking meetings, trade associations, classes, social clubs, or at the gym! Just pick up the phone and call the people you want to know, get out there and mingle, and your personal network will grow quickly.

8. ‘My product or service is too hard to explain to people.’ Fine. Quit explaining what you do, and start talking about what your customers GET from working with you. Do you help your customers get thinner, smarter, married, fitter, their first home, or what? Seriously, nobody cares about what you do, really; people care about what they get. Get it?

9. ‘My product or service is so good that it should sell itself.’ Sure, that’s probably true if your product is a talking monkey, or your clients are all telepaths, but other than that, it’s going to take a little effort on your part, bucko, so start creating some momentum in the marketplace and you’ll find that your product needs less and less of your efforts to sell, until one day it almost seems like it DOES sell itself!

10. ‘My niche is too narrow and I can’t find my customers.’ Hogwash. What this usually means is that you haven’t yet defined your customer, because you can’t find what you haven’t identified (and don’t give me that you’ll-know-them-when-you-see-them line). Start with a matrix of situation and need to identify that client. For example, let’s say you’re a financial planner, and you think your clients are ‘people who want to get their financial affairs in order.’ Think instead about who needs to get their financial affairs in order, and you’ll probably come up with something like ‘married couples with children who have $X in assets and need to protect those assets with planning.’ And you can certainly find those people, can’t you?

So we’ve blasted all these lousy excuses, but we haven’t yet addressed the biggest excuse of all: fear. Most of the time I’ve found that the more excuses my clients offer for not moving forward with their businesses, the more fearful they are.

Hey, I understand, and I’ve been there myself. But what it comes down to is this: Are you more afraid of succeeding (or failing) than you are of going back to work for that idiot boss you always end up working for? If the answer is that you’re more afraid of facing the personal responsibility of entrepreneurship than of any garbage your boss could throw at you, then good-bye entrepreneur, and hello wage-slave.

But if you think that the worst possible scenario is working for some moron again, and that you’ll happily work like a dog if that’s what it takes just so you don’t have to slink back into that stinking office with your tail between your legs, good for you. It’s time to forget about excuses, and start figuring out how to make this whole self-employed thing work for you.

The first thing to understand is that fear is OK. Yes, we’ve all been fearful (and yes, I include myself in that ‘we’ statement). It can be scary picking up the phone. It can be scary going to a sales meeting.

But at the end of the day, isn’t your product or service of value to someone? Aren’t people glad (or going to be glad) that you’ve solved a problem for them? So stop worrying and fearing the marketing process, and remember this: Marketing is really nothing more than the process of developing relationships, and you, my friend, can do that in your sleep.

Veronika (Ronnie) Noize, the Marketing Coach, is a successful Vancouver, WA-based entrepreneur, author, speaker, and Certified Professional Coach.  Through coaching, classes and workshops, Ronnie helps small businesses attract more clients. For free marketing resources including articles and valuable marketing tools, visit her web site at http://www.sohomarketingguru.com

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/marketing-tips-articles/top-10-excuses-why-marketing-is-not-for-you-847776.html

     Today, advertising norms and trends have changed a lot. Modern advertisers have various media options of promoting his brand amongst customers. Television Advertising, Radio Advertising, Print Advertising, Outdoor Advertising practices are still adopted by brand owners to advertise their products. However, two advertising mediums have emerged as in-demand modes of positioning a brand with an individualistic impact on any customer’s mind. The two means of advertising are mobile phones and internet devices. Of late, mobile advertising and internet advertising practices have been widely adopted by brand owners to promote their brands amongst prospects/buyers. Assuring targeted impact on customers’ mind, mobile advertising or internet advertising practices have become quite popular amongst modern brand owners.

     The changing lifestyle of modern customers is perhaps one of the reasons that encourage modern advertisers/brand owners to enormously use these two advertising channels. Due to time restraint, maximum numbers of modern customers look for personalized means of accessing brand information. Mobile advertising and internet advertising practices let these customers carry the brand message right in the pockets or palms or in their computer devices. Mobile phones and internet devices are personalized possessions of any individual. Therefore communicating the brand message through mobile or internet media is synonymous to conveying the ad message through the most personalized channels of any individual. An escalated growth is further expected in mobile and internet advertising domain.

     Many brand owners are going to adopt these two advertising channels on a large scale in the near future. Suiting the contemporary marketing tactics, internet advertising and mobile advertising are rightfully accredited as two most modern means of advertising (also poised to become the two future means of brand communication). For emerging brand owners, internet and mobile advertising media are two surest means of launching any promotion campaign of their brands. Making the brand message portable and accessible from any location, internet and mobile media have infact created an extravaganza in modern advertising.Mobile Advertising and Internet Advertising campaigns are two fast growing modes of brand promotion widely implemented by modern brand owners and advertisers. Advertising through mobile and internet media provides easy and immediate impact on customers.  Also considered as two most relevant advertising means that match the lifestyle of modern customers, the importance of mobile and internet advertising practices keeps increasing day by day. Maximum numbers of brands have created their online presence and are advertising through the various internet advertising means. Likewise, most of the brand owners are readily spending for various mobile advertising campaigns.

     A look-out for richer advertising channels amongst brand owners resulted in the discovery of internet and mobile media as two customized means of advertising.  However, the main advantage of advertising through internet and mobile media is providing the brand message to customers in a discreet manner without seeking or calling for special attention. Unlike television ads or radio ads, mobile or internet ads provide the brand message in a discreet manner through personalized channels of an individual. Customers can go through the brand message anytime at their own will (without any force exerted by anyone).  If the brand message is interesting one can consider of buying the brand or share its information amongst friends and acquaintances, if found irrelevant, one can simply avoid it.From an advertiser’s point of view, one has complete control over any mobile or internet campaign. As per the brand owner’s choice, the campaign can be started or stopped anytime. One can also measure the reach or impact created by the ongoing campaign. This provides any advertiser a choice to continue or discontinue the campaign. If customers are providing a good response to the overall campaign, the advertiser can continue his campaign, if otherwise, he can simply discontinue it. This measurability of the entire advertising campaign is one of the main reasons that have encouraged brand owners to adopt internet and mobile advertising media.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/branding-articles/advertising-extravaganza-through-mobile-internet-media-5017680.html