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Archive for the ‘Marketing Research’ Category

Who Needs a Physical Location? You May Be Surprised!

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Some of my favorite authors/social economists do a great job of cautioning us to beware of “conventionally held wisdom”–Dan Ariely and Steven Levitt are two that immediately come to mind. It’s so easy to get swept up by conventional wisdom and then, unfortunately, to act based on that wisdom–whether it reflects reality or not. (more…)

Marketing Research: It’s All About Answering Questions

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Can you think of the last time you were engaged in a marketing research project? If you’re like most business people, when you hear that question you’re probably thinking about some long-range, very intensive, data-gathering exercise that involved a lot of time, a lot of money and a lot of data analysis. And, yes, that is research. But we’re guessing that you are engaged in research far more frequently than you realize. Importantly, your research efforts don’t have to be full-blown initiatives that involve extensive quantitative research and analysis. Sometimes, yes–but, often, no. The trick is determining when you need to gather more information. And that comes down to two important steps: (more…)

Marketing Strategies: Facebook Campaigns

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

I came across two photos the other day with some ordinary people doing some extraordinary marketing campaigns, and generating phenomenal results via Facebook. (more…)

Introduction to FourSquare

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

In the generation of the iPhone, Apple users are always looking for new, interesting, and most importantly, free apps to explore. Joining the popular Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram is Foursquare, a check-in app and website that makes the most of where you go. FourSquare, like many social media options is “fun,” but it’s also a practical option for businesses hoping to connect with various audiences. (more…)

Are You Listening to — and Learning From — Your Web and Social Media Analytics?

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

I spent my first 10 years in the field of direct marketing which, at that time, was very measurable compared to other forms of advertising. Today, online marketing allows marketers to gather even better and more immediate results on how they’re doing. Surprisingly, though, (at least to me) there are still a number of organizations–large and small–that are not using analytics to evaluate how they are doing in terms of connecting with, engaging and influencing their target audiences. And, in some cases, they are not acting on the information they attain. (more…)

Markets Can’t Really Tell Us How They’re Influenced

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

I’m a proponent of marketing research and the use of data to drive business decisions at every level and in every aspect of organizational performance. I recognize, though, that sometimes the predictive value of research can be questionable and that it can be most useful to evaluate actual behaviors to support future decisions.

Advertising efforts are a good example of this. (more…)

Influencing Target Audiences – Work From the Inside Out

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

There are four ways that people learn about our products and services:

1. Through their own experiences with us.
2. From their friends, family and colleagues – word of mouth.
3. Through the media – news reports, articles, etc.
4. Directly from us through our own advertising, web sites, social media, etc.

I always list these four sources of information in this order, because (more…)

Creating a Competitive Positioning Matrix

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Every business has competitors and needs to successfully position itself against those competitors to succeed in the marketplace. Creating a competitive analysis matrix can be a good way to help you identify areas of opportunity for your business and its products and services.

A very basic matrix can be produced simply by identifying your key competitors and the attributes that you feel represent competitive factors. Let’s say you’re thinking of (more…)

Common Marketing Research Mistakes

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

I was interviewed recently by a major business publication about common marketing research mistakes that businesses make. As someone who has been involved in marketing research – conducting research, contracting with vendors to conduct research, writing about and teaching market research courses – I was able to share a number of examples of things I’ve seen (and sometimes that I’ve done myself!). (more…)