Market Space vs. Market Place

Marketers are endlessly inventive when it comes to creating jargon and sub-specialties. I was particularly impressed recently to find that “market space” is no longer synonymous with “market place.”  According to Wikipedia, “marketspace” is now defined as “an information and communications-based electronic exchange environment.” Can “marketspace” consultants and “marketspace” specialists be far behind? We are…

Will Mechanization Replace Marketers?

This question keeps coming up:  in blogs, in tweets, in LinkedIn discussions, in so-called academic papers. I guess the answer depends on what you think marketing is. If you define marketing as a series of tasks, if you think marketing is merely the accretion of likes, connects, and follows, if you believe marketing is a…

The Weight of the Organizational Pyramid

We all know how organization charts work.  At the top is the CEO.  Below him are the C Suite officers, usually the COO, the CFO, the CIO, the CMO or VP-Marketing (or, sometimes, the VP-Sales and Marketing).  Beneath them are their staffs.  And so it goes until we get to the lowest levels in the…

The Devolution of Marketing

It is impossible today not to have noticed the increasing number of specialties and sub-specialties that all claim to be the key to successful marketing. Some days it seems that it is a marketer’s primary responsibility to create a new twist or term on what marketing is.  In fact, the easiest way to be seen…

Accidental Exceptionalism

It is a basic human need to fit in.  People are social animals, and no one enjoys being excluded from the pack. Yet, simultaneously, we all secretly like to think that we are special, that something about us is unique – and uniquely valuable. How people balance these primal needs defines who they are. And…

Everything Old is New Again: How Social Media Has Changed Marketing

In the past few years, the business world seems to have been increasingly inundated with new marketing specialties.  Now we have content marketing, engagement marketing, influencer marketing, customer-centric marketing, in-bound demand marketing, and on and on.  The list is seemingly endless.  In fact, just recently I was made aware that there are those in the…

Avoiding Marketing Malpractice

As marketers, our profession – and our professional obligation – is to help our companies and our clients attain increased market share and higher earnings.  We do this in a number of ways, some aiming for short-term results, some with a longer-term payback.  Some of our efforts show tangible results, some are harder to measure…

CEOs: Beware the Bell-Shaped Trough

CEOs:  Beware the Bell-Shaped Trough  We all know about the bell-shaped curve.  It is the iconic visual that shows how human (and most other kinds) of variability almost always falls into a predictable overall pattern. Most people, institutions, characteristics, etc. fall into the large hump that makes up the body of the bell.  But, inevitably,…

Implementing is the Hard Part

Implementing is the Hard Part It’s obvious.  Creating “strategy” is sexy.  It requires thought, knowledge, sensitivity to the marketplace, and creativity. MBA courses stress strategy.  Discussions abound on strategy.  We worry about social media strategies, mobile marketing strategies, strategies for enhancing “customer engagement” or the “customer experience,” advertising strategies, SEO strategies, inbound marketing strategies, sales…

CMO to CEO?

I recently started a LinkedIn discussion on whether a Chief Marketing Officer should be a leader first and a marketer second.  I was quite surprised by the diversity of opinion on the question; and I was even more surprised by the number of people who thought leadership was more important because the next logical step…