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A NEW DECADE OF FITNESS CLUB MARKETING

By |January 14th, 2020|Categories: Creative, Strategy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The campaign cycle for fitness clubs follows the New Year’s Resolution cycle, so right now we have new marketing from some of the biggest brands. We use TV commercials and video as examples here because they are the fastest way to communicate marketing and creative [...]

JEFF BEZOS, THE REDUX

By |November 14th, 2019|Categories: Business Start-up, People, Strategy, Technology|Tags: , , , |

Almost two years ago, here, we posted CONTEXT IS EVERYTHING. Ironically, it has become the most popular post in Marketing Wilderness' 10-year history. Ironic because the main point of that post was that context is accidentally or intentionally left out of so much on the [...]

ONLY IN THE BEER BUSINESS

By |August 21st, 2019|Categories: Creative, News, Strategy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Three fairly recent developments in the frothy beer business lead to the title of this post: The craft brand that isn’t really a beer. The no name brand that isn’t really a no name. Big Beer advertising that appears to be cannabis-infused. The craft brand [...]

CANNABIS’ INCONVENIENT TRUTH

By |August 16th, 2019|Categories: News, Research, Strategy|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Oct 18, 2019, will mark one-year since cannabis was made legal for recreational use in Canada. How’s the industry going? Surprisingly, given the hype leading up to Legalisation 1.0, not that great. In our opinion, that result flows from an inconvenient truth. How it's going [...]

INTERNET TRENDS 2019

By |July 18th, 2019|Categories: Digital, Media, News, Research, Technology|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

verbosity alert About a month ago, Mary Meeker, aka The Queen of the Internet, delivered the annual report that Silicon Valley loves the most: the Internet Trends report [1]. It’s also reported in the marketing media. This year’s report is a 333-page slide deck that [...]

CANADIANS—THE WORLD’S BIGGEST BULLSHITTERS?

By |May 9th, 2019|Categories: News, Research|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Last week, The Economist reported some interesting research in an article titled, "Who are the biggest bullshitters?". The ‘who’ refers to nationality. I made my logical guess, then read on. Imagine my surprise to see that Canadians topped the list of the world's biggest bullshitters! [...]

THE INSCRUTABLE HUAWEI BRAND

By |April 10th, 2019|Categories: Creative, News, Strategy, World|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Warning: We’re going to stray into geopolitics here. You can't talk about the Huawei brand in any depth without doing so. Branding by MarketingHuawei entered Canada selling low-end mobile devices to mobile service carriers. Starting in 2014, mid and high-end devices arrived, marketed to [...]

THE IN-HOUSE BIAS

By |March 6th, 2019|Categories: Digital, News, Research|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

The Canadian Marketing Association (CMA) and Ipsos collaborate on a long-running survey titled, The Canadian Digital Marketing Pulse. 2018 results were released last September [1]. It’s an annual assessment of the digital marketing landscape from both an agency and marketer perspective. One component of this [...]

JUST HOW BIG IS THE CANNABIS MARKET?

By |February 6th, 2019|Categories: News, Research, World|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Estimating this is akin to predicting anything about the current POTUS. Too many degrees of freedom, as the statisticians say. Too many moving parts, as the rest of us say. We recently looked at the cannabis market in the Canadian context (see: THE CANNABIS CRAZE). [...]

MARKETING’S FAKE NEWS

By |January 5th, 2019|Categories: Digital, Media, News, Social Media, Technology|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

“Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don't know which half.” John Wanamaker, 1838-1922 This is a quote generally attributed to John Wanamaker, an American department store magnate, US Postmaster General, religious leader and politician, born in 1838. Yes, [...]

SWIPE LEFT ON BAD PRESS

By |December 11th, 2018|Categories: Media, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Every once in a while, someone in the marketing world makes a public statement that seems so wrong, yet no one seems to care. Or maybe everyone else thinks it’s perfectly fine. Case in point: Bob Pease, President of America’s (Craft) Brewers Association, did an [...]

RITSON ON VAYNERCHUK

By |November 20th, 2018|Categories: Media, People, Research|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

We repost from Mark Ritson’s blog more than any other [1]. That’s because he’s usually on the right side of marketing issues (in our opinion) and he’s entertaining to read. On the downside, he’s very, very long to read. Ritson takes on Gary Vaynerchuk the [...]

MARKETING, 5000 YEARS OUT

By |November 14th, 2018|Categories: Social Media, Technology, World|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Throughout its surprisingly long history, the literary genre of science fiction has had a curious way of often coming true. Particularly prolific in the genre, at least in terms of sci-fi that Hollywood could commercialise, was Philip K Dick. In the 1950’s and 1960’s, he [...]

DESIGN FOR THE PEOPLE

By |October 5th, 2018|Categories: Design|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This idea has been written, read and said before, but when you experience it yourself, it’s so much more powerful: Great architecture inspires people. The benefits of this inspiration are unquantifiable but real. My favourite case-in-point: the RC Harris Water Treatment Plant on the eastern [...]

THE CANNABIS CRAZE

By |September 28th, 2018|Categories: Business Start-up, News, Strategy|Tags: , , , , , , |

After many months of scratching our heads on why legalising cannabis in Canada seems to be such a big deal, we decided to research the answer to that question ourselves. Here’s what we came up with. The legal Canadian beverage alcohol industry took hundreds of [...]

PORSCHE’S PASTA STRATEGY

By |September 19th, 2018|Categories: Digital, News, Technology|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Last November, we reported on Porsche’s first ‘alternative ownership’ initiative, Porsche Passport [1]. In summary, we believed the subscription service didn’t make sense for the Porsche brand. Seven months later, Porsche announced Porsche Drive, essentially a valet-enabled short-term rental service, in several European countries and [...]

END OF DAYS FOR THE SPORTS CAR

By |August 14th, 2018|Categories: Research, Technology|Tags: , , , , , |

Fully-automated driving will kill the sports car as we know it. Beyond the structural elements (two seats, light construction, aerodynamic styling), the point of the sports car is that the driver interacts directly with the vehicle and the road it’s on. When the driver is [...]

AI BRINGS LIFE TO CREATIVE

By |June 27th, 2018|Categories: Creative, News, People, Technology, World|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Other than the creative itself, Cannes has always been a difficult spectacle to watch. I’m sure it’s more fun to actually go as a contestant. But something caught our eye in this year's Cannes coverage. The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity introduced the ‘Creative [...]

AUNTIE E’S BIG BREAK

By |June 1st, 2018|Categories: People, Technology|Tags: , , , |

off-topic alert It’s been a long time since I wrote about my Auntie E. If you need or want to know who she is, please read WEEKEND WITH AUNTIE E. We left off with Auntie suffering from ‘the vapours’, clearly confused about the cultural and marketing [...]

DINOSAUR OR COCKROACH?

By |May 22nd, 2018|Categories: News, Strategy, Technology|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

The Economist recently weighed in on the state of the advertising industry. More specifically, the multinational advertising giant part of the industry. Curiously, Sir Martin Sorrell is quoted in overly-optimistic tones, and two weeks later, he quickly and quietly disappeared. All Economist articles are very [...]