Catching the Slipped Commit

Imagine. End of the quarter is few weeks away. As head of marketing, in your Salesforce instance you run the latest campaign tagged opportunity report or look to your pre-defined dashboards for numbers due to close within the quarter. Outstanding Commit numbers look good; the leads that your team generated months earlier look to have hit the mark, they’ve been converted, moved along in the funnel and you’re in sync with sales. You’re going to hit your contribution numbers for the quarter.

5 Further Ways To Engage With Your Audience Using Biases of the Brain (Part II)

Here’s Part 2 of our exploration into the cognitive biases of the brain.  In our first article here, we had mentioned the example of how a waiter who gives gifts can receive higher tips.  Well, there’s a bias for that too … Read more

Harnessing disruption to drive customer-led marketing.

With the economy showing signs of contraction, businesses will soon be seeking efficiencies or looking to reduce or reallocate their budgets. This means that marketing departments have to transform themselves from having a lead-generation mentality (if they have got this far), to having a lead-through-revenue-management mentality. Read more

The dawn of marketing’s new golden age

Science, substance and stories. The advent of the Marketing Technology Officer and some rigorous questioning of where you stand in the value creation process make this article from McKinsey a highly commendable read . . . Read more

Connecting with millennials

According to ZenithOptimedia’s latest global consumer insight study: The Pursuit of Happiness, young people have a fundamentally different approach to achieving happiness which has profound implications for brand marketing. Read more

Say Goodbye to Facebook Organic Reach

In a series of recent updates to its News Feed content, Facebook announced last Friday that from the beginning of January 2015 it will be rolling out yet another change to its algorithm that will affect the type of content audiences see. Read more

THE NEXT ERA OF MARKETING: HEAR FROM SETH GODIN

In an effort to try and map out the future, Marketo and The Economist have teamed up to offer some insights and advice by talking with some of the best marketing minds out there. What follows is the first of these; this one with Seth Godin. Read more

5 ways to engage better using biases of the brain

When a waiter gives you a small token of appreciation like a mint along with your bill, the chances of you giving him a tip are significantly higher. That’s because your brain is hardwired to be biased towards reciprocity. Scientists call these quirks in our brain cognitive biases. But our brains are not designed like computers, where every rule in the world of zeros and ones are literally interpreted and executed to a tee. Instead, our brains have evolved to take shortcuts in order for us to conserve energy and increase our processing speeds. But these very mental shortcuts result in perceptual distortions, inaccurate judgments, and illogical conclusions. It’s basically what makes us – well, human. Read more