25 Feb, 2024

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: Contradictions or Progress?

Before International Women’s History Month ends, I wanted to acknowledge the many uplifting posts about women in the workplace, but also point out some conflicting, and quite confusing, findings from articles and studies published or reposted this month. I couldn’t help but notice several contradictions about women’s evolving roles, so I attempted to look beyond the headlines […]

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Nick Bayer of Saxbys®, a Certified B Corp with a Mission to “Make Life Better,” is also Shaping Future Business Leaders…

Nick Bayer, Founder and CEO of Saxbys®, a certified B Corp with a mission to “Make Life Better,” has always been in the business of bringing people together. When he created Saxbys in 2005, he never considered it to be just a chain of coffee cafes, but rather a social impact company fueled by great […]

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BMC’s Martyn Etherington Discusses “Lean Marketing” and the Role of a “Growth CMO”

Martyn Etherington is the Chief Marketing Officer of BMC Software, a Texas-based IT services/consulting and enterprise application software company with annual revenues of $2.2 billion.  He is a strong believer in the importance of acting as a “Growth CMO,” and often attributes success to adopting a sense of “fearlessness” in that role.   Additionally, he views marketing […]

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Brands Marketing a Difference in the Lives of Women…

To commemorate International Women’s Day on March 8, and as part of The Internationalist’s Marketing Makes a World of Difference™ initiative, we are sharing case studies from around the world to highlight how brands have made a difference in a range of issues affecting women.  The theme for International Women’s Day 2023 is: DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality. […]

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How Marketing Shifts of the Past Two Decades are Shaping the Future

 At the end of January, The Internationalist, the company I founded at the beginning of the 21st century to connect the people and ideas in international marketing, celebrated 20 years. While that’s a milestone for any independent venture, it also caused me to look at how marketing has evolved over the last two decades and perhaps where it might […]

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Media Market Update: 2023 Outlook

By Manuel Reyes, Founder of Cortex MediaConcerns about economic uncertainty continue to be front and center as many brands remain unsure about what to expect and how best to prepare for the year ahead. It’s yet to be seen if the U.S. will suffer a significant recession in terms of a widespread and prolonged downturn. Given the Fed’s […]

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Tim Love Shares How We All May Learn to Discover Truth in an Overwhelming Social Media World

Tim Love is the former Vice Chairman of Omnicom Group, and a man who has devoted a lifetime to loving advertising, marketing, and thinking differently.   When he saw storm clouds on the horizon of his chosen profession. he responded by questioning those with the greatest vision. The result is a new book entitled, Discovering Truth: How […]

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Purpose and Profits– Does the Balance Shift with Economic Uncertainty?

IN A MARKETING WORLD where expressing brand purpose is now de riguer, The Internationalist asked its global audience if it is possible to balance purpose and profits amid economic uncertainty. In many ways, the survey answers were surprising. While respondents clearly had a strong understanding of the fundamentals of purpose-driven marketing, they were increasingly skeptical of not only “purpose washing,” […]

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What’s on the Minds of Marketers 2023?

Marketers Shift Priorities to the Immediate and the Practical

TODAY’S MARKETERS face a long list of urgent priorities. However, this year, the order of those priorities is changing. And while the word of the moment at Davos was arguably “resilience” or more specifically “a CEO’s preparedness to build resilience and navigate the impending turbulence to create economic growth,” 83% of CMOs cite ECONOMIC CONSIDERATIONS as their leading current concern— particularly relating to new messaging and adjusted budgets. Whether or not we use the “r” word— that’s recession rather than resilience— marketers, as well as investors, understand that the global layoffs of thousands at social media platforms and AdTech firms are largely due to drops in advertising revenue (along with earlier over-hiring).

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Pete Blackshaw, an “Urgent Optimist,” Sees the Convergence of Green and Gaming 

Pete Blackshaw operates at the heady nexus of marketing innovation, digital transformation, and entrepreneurial thinking. Throughout his career, Pete has been a marketer at Procter & Gamble and Nestle, an entrepreneur, a digital guru, an author, a data analyst, and a community service leader.  Much of his success is tied to how he often manages to […]

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