Tag: marketing

Can’t Buy Me Like: Book Review

March 28th, 2013   •   3 comments   

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Do you know that most TV ad viewers avert their eyes the moment a company’s brand appears?

Or that 6 out of 7 “megaviral” branded videos – think Subservient Chicken and Old Spice Man – are jump-started with paid seedings?
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Why Marketers Need to Teach

March 21st, 2013   •   1 comment   

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Courtesy of Management Help

Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day.

Teach him to fish, and he’ll eat for a lifetime.
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The Kings and Queens of the Social Age

February 24th, 2013   •   1 comment   

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Image courtesy of Lesgo LEGO Movie

Who are the rulers in the digital and social media age?

By now, you’ve probably heard that content is king. In the age of omnipresent 24/7 media served through ubiquitous smart devices, it is the currency which wins hearts, minds and wallets.
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Enchantment: A Book Review

February 5th, 2013   •   no comments   

Keen to change the world? Want to transform your “caterpillars” into “butterflies”?

Well, former Apple chief evangelist Guy Kawasaki’s Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds and Actions may show you a trick or two.

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Is Social Media Marketing Full of BS?

January 23rd, 2013   •   13 comments   


Bob Hoffman (courtesy of The San Francisco Egotist

Well, Bob Hoffman (above) seems to think so.

Before I talk about Bob’s ideas, let me state that I love Mitch Joel’s Six Pixels of Separation podcasts.
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The Book of Business Awesome/ UnAwesome (Review)

January 13th, 2013   •   no comments   

Have you wondered what works (and doesn’t) in Facebook?

Or how you can undo an ill conceived tweet let loose in a fit of anger?

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9 Elements of Japanese Aesthetics

December 4th, 2012   •   4 comments   

9 Elements of Japanese Aesthetics

I love Japanese art and culture.

Almost everything about the country – from buildings to gardens, displays, products, advertisements, food, shops, train stations and people (especially people) – are enchanting.

While Japan does have its share of woes (don’t we all?), few countries around the world are able to balance age-old tradition with modernity in such a harmonious fashion. This is especially true in the field of aesthetics and design, where almost everything in Japan is well conceived. You could hardly find anything that is an eyesore there!

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Book Review: Small is the New Big

September 15th, 2011   •   no comments   

Are you feeling the entrepreneurial (or intrapreneurial) itch lately? If so, Small is the New Big may be the right up your alley.

With 184 “riffs, rants, and remarkable business ideas”, Small is the New Big by uber marketing blogger Seth Godin is a collection of management mantras for entrepreneurs. Written in his usual snappy style, the book isn’t organised into sequential chapters. Instead, entries are written in an alphabetical manner without following any particular logic.
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Cheap Advertising

August 2nd, 2011   •   1 comment   

Singapore is not just a “fried rice paradise”. It is also a “hard sell paradise”.

If you flip through the papers on any single day, approximately 80% of the advertisements scream “DISCOUNTS”, “SALE”, “FREE”, “PROMOTION” and other words aimed at tugging at your wallets. Because we’re such avid bargain hunters, anything priced at the normal rack rates or list price will fail to trigger any immediate (or impulsive) purchase decision.

As I was about to enter my car a few days ago, I spotted this bright colourful flyer on my window.

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The Pros and Cons of Lower Cheaper Discounts

December 14th, 2010   •   no comments   

One of the most common forms of ‘marketing’ is what I call the L.C.D.

It translates into 3 universally embraced words:

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