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Creative Times: Getting ideas from unusual places

A great place to get ideas is from business sectors outside the creative industries. Why not buy a few magazines you’ve never read before? Or go to a networking meeting of professionals from an industry you’ve never engaged with. Creative people should get out more! Read article > Creative Times is now online! Link: www.creativetimes.co.uk

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The Art and Science of Advertising

The best advertising agencies know that the ‘creative’ elements of advertising are just the tip of the iceberg – or the ‘icing on the cake’. Less visible, but equally important, is the market research and clear understanding of customers’ want and needs. Advertising legend David Ogilvy emphasised the importance of researching how customers think in […]

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Don’t Co-operate

In contrast to the business strategies of collaboraton or Co-opetition, there is another strategy to consider: ‘Don’t Co-operate’. This is one of the characteristics of the success of Apple Inc., according to Wired Magazine in an article called ‘How Apple Got Everything Right By Doing Everything Wrong’. The article shows how Apple breaks several of […]

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The Message and Medium must be in harmony

The message must be right for the medium – and vice versa. The message and the medium must be in harmony. The “3 Ms of Marketing” are the Market, the Message and the Medium (in that order!). In other words, firstly be clear about the Market you are targeting, secondly decide the precise message for […]

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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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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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