Tag Archives: Pete Jakob

Gen Y – is Youth Wasted on the Young?

I was recently reading some research from Hays Recruitment on some research they conducted with 1000 GenY individuals on their attitudes to work, what they are looking for in their boss, technology expectations etc.
It’s a good read with the main headlines being:
  • They want a career that allows them to do interesting work
  • Money is important, but so too is flexibility and bonus potential
  • When looking at a potential employer the opportunity to develop is the most crucial factor
  • They value a coaching style of leadership
  • They expect email to be the dominant style of communications for the foreseeable future
I’d recommend reading the full report because there are some interesting nuggets in here.

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Remind me – What does marketing actually do?

I love it when you stumble across something you created a few years ago and, upon re-reading, decide that it still holds up.

A few years ago I was part of a small workshop at IBM that was challenged with the question of “What is our strategic vision for demand generation?”. Grand terminology that can be translated to “What the **** do you do?”. The sentence we came up with was a little dry, but I think it captures pretty well what marketing’s role is around demand generation (clearly marketing has other responsibilities beyond DG, but this was the focus here).

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Well I guess you COULD automate your marketing….

… But would you really want to?

This was the question I tried to address in a 45 minute webinar for BrightTalk yesterday as part of their Campaign Automation online summit. The proposition was pretty straightforward: before you start to Automate your marketing, you better be pretty clear about what the purpose of your marketing actually is. There’s no escape from this – no tool is going to do the thinking  for you (at least, not until IBM’s Watson computer joins the marketing team), or make your content interesting and engaging.

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9 Attributes of a Successful Marketing Leader

What are the attributes of a good marketing leader today? I’ve been giving this a little thought recently – marketing is being asked to contribute more than ever before to the business (a great opportunity), is having to deal with an unprecedented amount of change driven by a number of factors, and strategic choices are having to be made on what to change first and what to ignore. 

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Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood – Agency & Client Alignment

Clients and Agencies are different animals (excuse the pun)!. In a sense it’s a little like Sales and Marketing – they are not used to walking in each others shoes. This general misunderstanding of what clients expect (or hope for) when they meet an agency results in significant opportunities to create additional revenue being left on the table

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ROI – Not Fit to be King!

The marketing profession has become increasingly obsessed with measurement. Nowhere is this more obvious than in many of the discussions we have around Return on Investment (ROI) calculations, which are as frequently used to support poor and lazy decision making as they are for good. 

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The ROI of Brand Advertising – the warm up before the big match

I was delighted today to read a release from my ex-employer that they have just signed a 5 year deal with the Rugby Football Union (RFU) to be their official Analytics Partner. Among other things, this extends the types of data-rich viewer experience that has been pioneered on the Wimbledon.com website with IBM Slamtracker to the Rugby Fan (via IBM TryTracker). More

7 Work Survival Tips for 2013

“I’m terrible at todo lists. I write things down in a notebook but nothing ever happens with my notes…”
“When I’m juggling lots of things at work I  sleep badly…”
“I have hundreds of emails in my inbox. I’ve no real idea of what lies in there, but if it’s important they’ll come back…”
“I have my best ideas in the most inconvenient places, at the most inconvenient times…”
“I spend too much energy thinking about today’s challenge and have little energy left to think about the things that really matter to me…”
“When work is really busy I forget to pick up the milk…”

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Lessons from the (Marketing) Garden: Make a Plan!

Over the Christmas break, in between the sprouts and mince pies, I started to think about my vegetable plot at the bottom of my garden. Those who know me well will know that I’m a keen gardener – I say keen rather than good, since I garden with more enthusiasm than competence!

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