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It’s a provocative and fundamental question, one that is often neglected while we place our focus and attention on technology, social, content or whatever the latest marketing trend is.   It is easy to confuse a brand with marketing.  The 5, 6 or however many “P’s”...

Local Area Marketing Manager was for decades the “Traffic Cop” of marketing careers; you either started there or got sent there because you couldn’t handle proper marketing. Well, guess what? The language and tenets of local area marketing are remarkably similar to those recently espoused by...

In last week's post, ‘How to get some agency love back’,  we highlighted the importance of honesty in regards to removing the systemic deception and underhand money-making practices pervading the agency landscape.  Having a frank, open and respectful dialogue between client and agency will go...

You could be forgiven for thinking the marketer-agency relationship was broken beyond repair. In the last few years we have lived through a world where ex-CEOs of large media groups admit to widespread ‘stealing’ of their client’s money via publisher kick-backs, where creative agencies continue...

Since starting Sonder a year ago, a business that focuses solely on the Owned Media space, we’ve seen the bulldog-licking-a-lemon expression a few times. It is usually in response to us suggesting that a marketer could put another brand’s advertising on their brand’s owned media...

When we go to a wedding, the races or a nightclub we get dressed up. We want to look our best. For our self esteem, for the respect of others, and for the photographs. In fact, it’s largely for the photographs. It’s because we care...

Certainty.  We all crave it and, in some cases, demand it from our colleagues, partners and suppliers.  But of course, there is no such thing as certainty.  As William Goldman said of the entertainment industry in 1983, “nobody knows anything”.  Which is perhaps more true...

What we measure is what counts.  A universally acknowledged truth is that people adapt their behaviour based on how they perceive they will be measured/compared/judged.  For those of us in the marketing and communication fields, what we measure has largely defined the industry we now...

Here at Sonder, we were excited by recent news that Mountain Dew in the States was reclaiming their digital audience and creating the first ever brand-owned multichannel network (or MCN as they are known). An MCN is an aggregation business which consolidates thousands of digital videos...

For decades it was all about new inventions. "What will they think of next?" people used to cry. We were amazed, intrigued and expectant with the wave of new inventions presented to us. The rocket ship, the personal computer, the mobile phone and the electric...