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Viral Marketing

The term ‘viral marketing’ describes any strategy that passes a marketing message from one person to another – and goes on to spread ‘like a virus’. In other words, the message must spread automatically as one person contacts another (like a virus). To be able to do this, the marketing message must be built into […]

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Let your customers do the Plogging

Advertising is so last century! Advertising doesn’t work any more. Instead, customers talk – like never before. It used to be the case that the advertiser was in control of the message. That was when the advertiser had more power than customers and could control the message. Nowadays, customers are in control. Customers have always […]

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Charting your Competitive Strategy

Analysing Competitors and Charting your Competitive Strategy The technique of ‘charting the competition’ is extremely effective in analysing competitors’ strengths and weaknesses in relation to your own business. Using clearly understandable charts, it dramatically illustrates the competitive landscape. Most importantly, however, it allows executives to develop competitive strategies which will beat the competition and from […]

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Marketing Warfare

Marketing Warfare – Focusing on Competitors as well as Customers Whilst conventional marketing theory states that businesses should be customer-focused, the concept of Marketing Warfare argues that businesses should be competitor-focused. Since the marketplace is dynamic, the actions and reactions of competitors must be taken into account, as well as the needs of customers, when […]

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Cheeky Guerrillas in Utrecht

The four friends formed a band at college but it didn’t work out, so they call themselves ‘Autobahn’ as a tribute to the band that never plays in the film The Big Lebowski. Instead they focus on what they excel at – using their best creative talents to design publications and websites that have something […]

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Guerrilla Marketing for Creative Enterprises

Creative businesses and organisations can often use ‘guerrilla marketing’ tactics effectively. Imagination and unconventional approaches are the hallmarks of both the guerrilla marketer and the creative entrepreneur – and the low budget approach of guerrilla marketing often suits creative businesses and cultural organisations. Guerrilla Marketing has been described as “unconventional ways of performing promotional activities […]

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The Magic of Marketing – book extract

“Marketing is not just a posh word for ‘selling’. It’s much more radical than that. Marketing in its widest and best sense is about aligning your whole business to the changing needs of your customers.” The above is an extract from ‘The Magic of Marketing’, chapter 4 from the book ‘T-Shirts and Suits: A Guide […]

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Strategic Marketing

Strategic Marketing is about aligning the whole business to the changing needs of carefully chosen customers. “Marketing is not only much broader than selling, it is not a specialised activity at all. It encompasses the entire business. It is the whole business seen from the point of view of its final result, that is, from […]

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What does ‘marketing’ mean?

Marketing is much more than a posh word for ‘selling’. It’s much more than that. It’s the whole business, looked at from the customers’ point of view. As David Packard famously said: “Marketing is too important to be left (just) to the marketing department’” What marketing ISN’T is some kind of ‘magic dust’ that can […]

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