But a recent study, carried out by Marketing Management Analytics, Financial Executive and Ed See, makes me think that more senior marketing executives should double-check the shine on their resume and perhaps consider a few more networking lunches in the near future.
A very brief summary of that report found in Ad Age frightens me and brings to mind a few courses of action that you can take today, if you find yourself in a similar situation.
I was doing some SEO work this morning (and SEO will be the subject of a longer article in the near future) and happened to find a few articles where I was interviewed on topics ranging from membership to deploying analytic platforms using SAS software to education and internships.
Here’s a quick look at a few articles that might be of interest.
How important is membership to a non-profit organization? The Chronicle of Philanthropy did an article in 2005 about non-profit membership numbers and how the organizations count their supporters. It’s an interesting look on the philosophies that non-profits use. My takeaway and experience is that you should ask questions about an organizations membership and support numbers, especially if those are important to you.
I was really proud of the work I did with our CIO at WWF to upgrade our analytics capabilities using SAS. This article from the SAS user magazine has a few terrific examples of what Greg Smith and I were able to accomplish by moving aggressively to upgrade the organization’s analytic capabilities and improving our access to marketing data.
While I approach marketing from an analytic, direct response point of view, I also track brand marketing efforts to see if the principles of DR can be applied. KFC ran a promotion in late 2007 to encourage lunchtime visits to their stores by office workers. I gave it high marks for creativity, but was worried about the execution.
Finally, with college graduation approaching, I found this article at Utica College’s website where I was interviewed and offered thoughts on the importance of internships for college students.
For the first time in a long time I took a few minutes to run through the Valpak co-op mailing I received last week.
After a few minutes of looking at the offers, I came up with a short list of things to consider if you’re using Valpak (or other co-ops) as a marketing channel. The short list is powered by my own past experience and might stimulate you to think of some other ideas.
Before I get started, here’s a rundown of what I found inside. There was a total of 43 inserts inside the envelope (which featured, bizarrely, a promotion for the television program CSI: NY on the OE and which distracted me from the 1:50,000 possibility that there might be a check for $100 inside). I sorted the inserts into three categories:
National advertisers (19, 44% of the total). These included Netflix, DirecTV, Verizon, Omaha Steaks and others. Of those, 4 (27%) of the inserts did not use the standard 8 1/4″ x 3 1/2″ format and instead paid additional for a heavier and/or different stock insert.
Regional/franchise (8, 19% of the total). Included here were ads for the local Gold’s Gym, Kaiser Permanente and Molly Maids. Of these, only 1 (12%) of the inserts deviated from the standard insert.
Local advertisers (15, 35% of the total). These ranged from local dentists to home improvement providers to Anthony’s, a restaurant down the street–which included some coupons that might finally get me to take the family there!. Only 1 insert (7%) strayed from the Valpak standard format.
Valpak ran one house insert, promoting an offer of $350 to target 10,000 homes for new advertisers, a CPM of $35.
We can immediately see some ideas, just from this basic sort.
A client recently asked me “who can tell me if my website is working well for me?” My immediate response was “your customers and your browsers.” This, of course, triggered a conversation of how it was possible to talk to tens of thousands of (usually) anonymous visitors, collect their insights and then translate that to marketing improvements.
Prior to a large amount of advertising moving to the web, with the associated tracking and analytical capabilities, my response didn’t make a lot of sense. Unless you were the sole proprietor of a local general store or had massive resources to undertake a large amount of expensive primary research, it was really hard to figure out what exactly about your marketing was working for your customers and prospects.