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Is Your Marketing Head in the Sand?

Is Your Marketing Head in the Sand?

It seems most marketers, at times like this, are retrenching and burying themselves ‘in what they know’. Or they're being asked to. Managers are afraid to tee up new social marketing ideas to senior execs, since "6 programs just got cut". The CFO is asking to cut any marketing that can not be proven to be accretive to current ROI figures. That’s all understandable, but now is not the time to bury your head in the sand, for your career or for your business. Three reasons why: Assume...
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Top 10 Decker Marketing Posts from 2008

Top 10 Decker Marketing Posts from 2008

After looking at the top posts for 'my other blog' at Bazaarblog, I'm doing the same here and looked back at the top (most popular) posts from 2008 on my Decker Marketing blog: Three Reasons Why Contribution > Community 6 Best Practices for Agencies Geoffrey Moore "Provocative Selling" Presentation 8 Tips for Selling Social Marketing to CFOs How to LIVE RICH 81 One-Liner Marketing Ideas 193 Creative Marketing Ideas The 5 Stars of a "Rockstar" Employee 9 Guerrilla...
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8 Tips for Selling Social Marketing to CFOs

8 Tips for Selling Social Marketing to CFOs

Marketers are usually challenged to justify word of mouth social media marketing programs to the finance department. With economic challenges ahead, your job doesn’t get easier. As someone who’s focuses on both creative and measurement, and as Interim CFO at Bazaarvoice, I started thinking more about the question of what marketers need to sell CFOs on the social marketing opportunity. Ultimately everything comes down to the bottom line – drive revenue, margin or costs down – but every marketing...
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Three Reasons Why Contribution > Community

Three Reasons Why Contribution > Community

I hear the word "community" from many marketing managers these days. I hear it so often it would seem every business should strive to have a community. As if community is becoming a common business objective or goal. While the concept of community — and assumed relationship to WOM and customer loyalty — is attractive, the realized business impact of community is a far reach for most companies. I launched a community of baby boomers back in '97. Chat and forums made Thirdage.com...
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The Ryder Cup of Word of Mouth

The Ryder Cup of Word of Mouth

Sean Moffitt at Agent Wildfire, author of blog Buzz Canuck, just published a list of top 23 U.S. Word of Mouth bloggers. As described by Sean… "…these broad-minded bloggers and company heads have distinguished themselves by trying to understand how ideas spread, online and offline, through a range of different strategies and tactics. In my opinion, they are much closer to the purpose and benefits of web 2.0, co-creation, social networks and other web, cultural and social phenomenon." I...
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9 Guerrilla Marketing Answers

9 Guerrilla Marketing Answers

A few weeks ago I was on an Austin Technology Council panel for the topic of Guerilla Marketing (YouTube Videos here). I’ve always loved Guerrilla marketing, and wrote a book on Guerrilla and Word of Mouth Marketing in 1997 with foreword from Jay Conrad Levinson, the "father" of Guerilla Marketing. I also have this unpublished book of 193 Clever marketing ideas … I’m not going to do anything with it, so I posted it to Scribd for people to read for free. I  made a few notes...
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Learn Word of Mouth Marketing — WOMM-U, May 8-9

Learn Word of Mouth Marketing — WOMM-U, May 8-9

This year the Word of Mouth Marketing Association is doing something completely different (disclosure: I’m on the board). It will be WOMM-U (Word of Mouth Marketing University), the first training-based conference full of case studies, operational cookbooks, and practical advice to make Word of Mouth Marketing work in your organization. The tracks will include topics on Managing a blog program Activating WOM in Social Networks Building a Sustained WOM Program Measurement: The ROI of Fans Selling...
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Prioritizing Marketers’ Top Priorities

Prioritizing Marketers’ Top Priorities

This morning I got a research brief from Mediapost summarizing the findings from the Marketing Effectiveness Networking Group (MENG) and Anderson Aanlytics study. This study surveyed marketing executives to identify key trends and strategies of effective marketing. The subject line of the email said: "Marketing Execs Say Basics Are Most Important in 2008". By "basics" I thought they meant strategies such as becoming measurement-oriented, shifting ad portfolio, investing in email...
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