Basic marketing practice generally means identifying a segment of people with common characteristics and then trying to work out what few triggers will attract as many of them as possible. Continue reading “The myth of the millennial market”
The researchers at professional services firm EY reveal four fifths (82%) of us believe a brand’s values must include a clear purpose. This purpose is critical in deciding whether or not we will buy from them.
The difficulty with this conclusion, and many like it, is that what people mean by purpose can be misunderstood, and such analysis can be overly simplistic and too easily miss a point. Continue reading “Do brands really need a “social purpose” to do good?”
The campaign is to make it easier for businesses to behave with compassion when things go wrong, and thus for victims to have better recoveries. Continue reading “Sorry needn’t be the hardest word to say”
Businesses are operating in a more hostile public environment than at any time in the last 40 years.
The collapse of trust in formal institutions. The re-birth of socialism. Popular support to nationalise many industries. These are all taking their toll, often making business appear at odds with society. Continue reading “New agency: making the case for business”
Too often PR measurement is little more than an end of term report, assessing whether the agency or in-house team did broadly what it said it would. Continue reading “Are communications people’s heads wired differently?”
The communications industry has long struggled to prove the value of its work. In part, the answer must be to do more self-evidently valuable work, but making the case beyond that has often been haphazard. Continue reading “In defence of advertising value equivalents (AVEs)”
The PR and communication industry is struggling to remain relevant while other marketing disciplines are running rings around it. Continue reading “How communications might remain relevant”
The communications industry should temper its view of where it fits in the world. Too often PRs rush into a crisis with missionary zeal. If only the communications had been better all the drama could have been avoided, they say. Continue reading “A little humility (or realism), please.”
Too often, thought leadership is quite the opposite. It is not thoughtful and it does not lead anything. Continue reading “Thought leadership or lazy thinking?”
This month sees the return of AMEC’s Measurement Month so I thought it was an apt time to ask a few broad brush questions to the guys at The Measurement Practice about the measurement of public relations.
Too often the idea of measuring effectiveness sends shivers down the spines of PR and comms people. Everyone knows it is vital to commit to evaluation, but often it is complex, potentially expensive and can be just plain difficult. Continue reading “Good evaluation means better work”