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Borrowed Culture of Marketing

A missionary acquaintance from Indonesia returns to the states every four to six years. In a recent visit he described how people from the country are being “Americanized” at extreme speeds. Instead of a normal cultural cycle of slow to moderate learning and unlearning, where errors and victories can be understood, the Indonesian culture has been introduced to hundreds of years of technology and social structure in less than 60 years. Children who use iPhones and video games as a norm are balanced by parents who don’t watch TV or use computers at all. That is to say, not only is there a proverbial firehose of culture hitting them, but more critically, it’s a culture that hasn’t earned its own history in a sense. Instead, the small country has injected the newly introduced ways into a people who didn’t do the hard work to get there. It is, plainly put, a borrowed culture. As a result, the “understanding” that accompanies time in a developing culture is lost. How to manage growth, economy, technology and other byproducts of culture acclimation tend to hit back harder than sometimes expected. Crime, for example, is one way the borrowed culture shows tension. Metropolitan areas such as Jakarta, and other locations like Aceh and Central Sulawesi are often cautionary destinations for westerners due to very high crime rates.

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Marketers should be called “key makers.”. They are always selling the keys to your business success. When looking at what each marketer sells as a whole group, of course, the “keys to success” number somewhere in the hundreds or even thousands. New angles and spins on classic marketing crop up every day. Add different solutions to that for the digital age, and you can see what I mean.

There is a lot to be confused by in advertising: releasing a new Google AdWords campaign with all the appropriate extensions, daily budget limits, network display opportunities and URL paths that can measure conversion; or retargeting Facebook ads with the correct marketing spends; or even capturing names through pop-ups on a website. Never mind simply tracking list serve opens and closes, clicked on links and the dynamic traffic flow or TSO. All of it adds to the difficulty of understanding the options available. Toss in SEO practices, such as domain management, keyword placement, linking structure, conical tagging and other “keys” to better traffic development, and the brew cooked up in any marketer’s cauldron is an intimidating one.

 

 

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