16 Apr, 2024

”Woke Up Call”:  Universities Need a Brand Reboot.

Many of America’s most renowned colleges and universities have been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. In the wake of turmoil over colleges’ responses to the latest social and geo-political uproar, a much deeper fissure has been laid bare that has the potential to break the brands that elite schools count on to […]

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Has CMO become an impossible job? Five industry leaders share their view.

The World Federation of Advertisers (WFA) asked five industry leaders to offer their reading on whether the CMO has become an impossible job. Is the trend toward new marketing titles and segmented roles a cyclical fad or an indication of a deeper problem? Recently, there has been another round of well-documented cases of companies reorganizing […]

8 mins read

Cookie Deprecation: Are We Really Facing the Final Farewell?

Current market consensus is that cookies will likely go away… eventually. Despite four years of discussion about the “imminent death” of these third-party identifiers, news of their demise has been greatly exaggerated and will occur gradually, probably extending well into 2025. However, there may be a chance that their end might not consist of complete […]

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Transcending the CEO-CMO Understanding Gap

There’s little doubt that the CEO-CMO relationship is business critical.  The last few months have seen several authoritative studies that consider CEOs’ understanding of marketing, as well as their perceptions of CMO performance. While there are obvious differences in the research, when the studies are looked at together, several interesting trends emerge that paint a more […]

6 mins read

WHY LATIN AMERICA IS OUT OF LOVE WITH THE LEFT

John Price of Americas Market Intelligence (AMI) focuses on the issues that affect investment in Latin America. If marketing is one of the main drivers of earnings, growth, and valuation, these considerations matter to how companies and brands choose to expand or contract in the region—whether it be decisions to operate in specific markets or […]

4 mins read

Agency Searches and Reviews: What Type of Consultant is Right for You?

A very smart and knowledgeable industry leader recently told us that he thought a pitch consultant and a search consultant were one and the same.  As a result of that comment and queries from several marketing and procurement clients about different types of internal and external consultants to help manage the complexities and intricacies of […]

9 mins read

Sports marketing regrets from a former CMO — (and thoughts on effective use of your 2024 sports marketing budget)

I stand before you with serious sports-marketing regrets. I’m a three-time B2B CMO who made marketing investments in basketball, soccer and golf during the last five years of my marketing career and evaluated a slew of others (F1 and NFL among them). I should clarify: I invested in men’s basketball, soccer and golf. Given what I do […]

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ANA Masters Highlights How Legacy Brands Have Embraced Reinvention to Grow New Markets

“Acknowledge and recognize unprecedent disruption. Yesterday’s practices will not work today. What got you here will not get you there. Rethink everything– consumer insights, ads, experience, not just methodology, but everything! Even ask, ‘What is loyalty?’ Everything must be reinvented.”  … Raja Rajamannar, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer- Mastercard October marks the annual ANA Masters of Marketing— a significant week in the […]

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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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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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