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International Marketing Mistakes

Here are some classic examples of international marketing mistakes, arising from advertisers’ failure to see the product from the customers’ point of view. The Vauxhall Nova car flopped in Spain. In Spanish, “no va” means “does not go”. General Foods’ cake mixes didn’t sell well in Japan. In Japan only 4% of houses are big […]

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Customers are ‘ploggers’

Customers are powerful. We can’t control customers and we can’t control what they say. All we can do is guide them to some extent. We can provide them with the stories they will tell. It’s interesting to look at the progress of this thing called ‘marketing’. Around 50 years ago, marketing communications was all about […]

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Marketing Strategy is ‘Invisible’

One of the reasons that strategic marketing is overlooked is because it’s not obvious; it’s not ‘in our faces’. Strategy is practically invisible to outsiders, because it is the thinking behind the scenes within businesses that we never get to see. Marketing strategy is invisible. What we do see, as consumers and observers of businesses, […]

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Ansoff’s Matrix for Creative Business Development

Strategies for creative business development and growth using Ansoff’s Matrix (or Ansoff Matrix). When advising creative and digital businesses about strategic marketing and growth, this tool is useful to consider different options. In a Masterclass I gave on creative business development in Ukraine, there was a question about developing new products for new markets, which […]

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Devise a REAL Business Strategy

Most so-called “business strategies” are in reality just audacious goals and ambitious growth targets, bundled with a ‘vision of the future’, then packaged as a ‘business strategy’. Sadly, this is true for many design, media and technology companies. A REAL business strategy is different. A real business strategy is a clever solution to a particular […]

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