Tag: marketing

The Age of Antiheroes

May 1, 2015 Content Marketing no comments

The Age of Antiheroes - Hayao Miyazaki
Hayao Miyazaki’s movies are full of anti-heroes (courtesy of The Playlist)

Have you watched a Hayao Miyazaki movie like “Spirited Away”, “Howl’s Moving Castle” or “Princess Mononoke”?

If you did, you would have noticed something.

Miyazaki’s protagonists are anything but strong and heroic. On the contrary, they are often plagued by uncertainties, weaknesses and worries. However, we still love them! (Or at least I do)


Why Businesses Must Act Like Media

March 1, 2015 Content Marketing, Social Influence no comments

Why Businesses Must Act Like Media
Do all businesses need a media arm like Red Bull? (courtesy of Red Bull Media House)

Paid. Earned. Owned.

In the social age, these are the three forms of media that every business should take note of. Collectively, these social channels allow you to inform, educate, persuade, and transact with your customers. They also form the foundations upon which content marketing is built upon.


Online Consumer Behaviours – Insights from a Psychologist

January 25, 2015 Content Marketing, Social Influence 2 comments

Online Consumer Behaviours - Insights from a Psychologist Nathalie Nahai the web psychologist (courtesy of Waggener Edstrom)

Do people behave differently online and offline? What makes us so addicted to Facebook, email and Twitter?

In an interesting podcast episode of Mitch Joel’s Six Pixels of Separation, web psychologist Nathalie Nahai, author of the book Webs of Influence, revealed how online platforms, mobile technologies and social networks converge to influence consumer behaviours.


9 Qualities of Great Gifts

December 24, 2014 Blog, Personal Branding no comments

Generosity and Giving
Courtesy of Victoria Brain Injury Society

One of marketing maven Seth Godin’s recent post on what generosity truly is struck a deep chord with me. As we are celebrating Christmas tomorrow, I thought it would be good to highlight some of his ideas, peppered with my own perspectives.

In Godin’s own words:

“Generosity is not merely giving a discount, or giving what you make away or creating a race to the bottom. It’s far more complex than that. ” 


Turning Silver into Gold: Book Review

September 10, 2014 Blog, Book Reviews no comments

What is the fastest growing yet often neglected consumer group? One that has contributed to a demographic bulge of about 77 million people in the US?

Yes, I’m talking about the Baby Boomers, i.e. those born from 1946 to 1964. Hitting their silver years over the next decade or so, Baby Boomers represent the largest age-related demographic group in the world today. In China alone, it is predicted that the 50+ marketplace will swell to a staggering 525.8 million people by 2025.


The Rise of the New East: Book Review

August 3, 2014 Book Reviews, Business and Management no comments


Ben Simpfendorfer of Silk Road Associates

Are China and India still the “factory” and “outsourced service provider” of the world? How big is the market for Muslim-friendly products and services? What are the promises and perils of trading in the East?

In a sweeping expose on the dynamic forces shaping the “New East”, Ben Simpfendorfer’s The Rise of the New East provides an in-depth view of how the economic resurgence of Asia and the Middle East are changing global markets. Spanning halfway round the globe – from Turkey to the United Arab Emirates to India, South East Asia and China – the book brings one on a fascinating tour of the complex business characteristics governing our neck of the woods.