Seeing Taiwan from abroad

I lived in lovely Taiwan for almost 30 years. Now, aged 50, I am retired from a career as an academic, diplomat and marketer and work as an educator and consultant for blockchain and smart tech solutions. For family reasons I have returned to my ancestral home in Europe. Expat privileges (and the unavoidable whiteContinue reading “Seeing Taiwan from abroad”

Social Media is Killing Us

No this is not an attention-grabbing headline. This is the result of what I have observed over the past 24 months. Social media is killing our social abilities, our social interaction, our human existence itself. Last week I dined at a fairly normal restaurant in the heart of Hong Kong, a city fighting at theContinue reading “Social Media is Killing Us”

The 7 Deadly Sins of Influencer Marketing

Influencer marketing is on the rise. People believe messages from experts in various fields from blockchain, IoT, to marketing and automation, especially if these experts are not directly affiliated with a particular brand. Follow the author on LinkedIn Influencer marketing is growing on all platforms, be it Twitter, LinkedIn, Medium, Reddit, Facebook, or even through individualContinue reading “The 7 Deadly Sins of Influencer Marketing”

Web Design: Time to Weed Out The Laggards

The world of websites seems to be split into two groups these days: those which understand what the mobile push means, and those who still use websites designed 15 years ago. With the latest changes in SEO and device adoption, the laggards will finally be weeded out. I am always surprised by how many companiesContinue reading “Web Design: Time to Weed Out The Laggards”

Word-of-Mouth Marketing: The Land that Strategy Forgot

Word of mouth is by any measure the best form of marketing. Recommendations from friends, colleagues, and even strangers lend credibility and are far more cost-effective than tedious advertising. This is increasingly true as younger generations or ‘digital natives’ are becoming increasingly impervious to advertising. In a digital world, word of mouth takes on aContinue reading “Word-of-Mouth Marketing: The Land that Strategy Forgot”

6 Fairy Tales About Digital Marketing

Thousands upon thousands of digital marketing agencies and talented individuals around the world are offering advice on digital marketing. Some offer genuine insight about the latest strategies, others are merely repeating stuff they found on the net. Some get paid by companies to promote specific products instead of offering real solutions for your problems. AlmostContinue reading “6 Fairy Tales About Digital Marketing”

SEO or SMM? What Drives More Traffic?

We all know that “once you build it they will come” is a myth. Too many websites are rotting away in cyberspace because companies don’t know how to drive traffic. Yet even among those in the know, there is an ongoing debate which is more important: optimizing your site for search engines (SEO) or yourContinue reading “SEO or SMM? What Drives More Traffic?”

Curiosity Marketing: The Ideal Solution for Digital Natives

We are drowning in a flood of information, on our desktops, our mobile devices, our televisions; from product videos to long-form written content, from Instagram images to LinkedIn posts. Every avenue of marketing has been deployed, from aggressive advertising, email, to inbound strategies, podcasts, and webinars. And yet, marketers continue to come up with newContinue reading “Curiosity Marketing: The Ideal Solution for Digital Natives”

Don’t Build Your House on Rented Land: 6 Basic Content Marketing Rules

I have discussed content marketing in depth on this blog. There is no better way to attract, convert, and retain customers. Advertising disrupts and annoys, and younger generations are completely impervious to it. Whether you like the term or not, it is the future and the only form of good marketing. Yet, again and again,Continue reading “Don’t Build Your House on Rented Land: 6 Basic Content Marketing Rules”

Why is Marketing Automation so Painful?

Disruptive innovation has been a buzzword ever since Clayton Christensen coined it way back in the mid-1990s. The latest disrupter was none other than Oracle and their customer management applications business sector, then by Salesforce. And currently, Salesforce faces the risk of being disrupted by another industry honcho, HubSpot. Interestingly, HubSpot is now on theContinue reading “Why is Marketing Automation so Painful?”

Why B2B Companies Need to Embrace Millennials

As a marketer, I work mostly with big B2B companies in the semiconductor, electronics, pharmaceutical, and machinery sector. These are conservative industries with little need for hype – on the contrary. Fluff pieces, unrealistic promises, and sensational advertising tactics harm these companies more than help them. So at first glance, we have very little toContinue reading “Why B2B Companies Need to Embrace Millennials”

There Is No Such Thing As “Going Viral”

Social media marketing has a holy grail, and it is called “going viral”. Unfortunately, “virality” is largely a myth. Nothing ever really goes “viral” by itself. Every now and then we come across content that “went viral”. It seems like millions of people discovered it, liked it, shared it, and we don’t know exactly how. It bestowsContinue reading “There Is No Such Thing As “Going Viral””

It is Time for B2B Enterprises to Embrace Global Influencers

We’ve all heard of influencers in the consumer brand space, real estate, restaurant or travel industry. Increasingly, however, B2B brands, e.g. in the industrial space, are relying on influencers too. For many traditional manufacturing companies, it is not easy to understand and manage this transition. Read also: The 7 Deadly Sins of Influencer Marketing Why useContinue reading “It is Time for B2B Enterprises to Embrace Global Influencers”

The Secret Sauce: Working Effectively With B2B Influencers

As traditional advertising loses is glamor and agencies convince their clients that influencers are the way forward, companies face countless pitfalls in their attempt to target audiences in meaningful ways. Influencers are a fickle bunch. You can never really know how valuable they are until you pay them; their reputation relies on word-of-mouth recommendations ratherContinue reading “The Secret Sauce: Working Effectively With B2B Influencers”

Old Style Marketing That Still Works on Social Media

Social media is all new and shiny, and every year there’s a new app waiting to reach the 100 million, the 500 million, the 1 billion user threshold. Marketers seem to have to learn new skills all the time, familiarize themselves with new formats, new concepts, new technologies. But there are a few tactics inContinue reading “Old Style Marketing That Still Works on Social Media”

Facebook Forever: What Marketers Need to Know in the Face of Constant Changes

It began in January 2018, and it hasn’t stopped. It will never stop. It will only get worse. Just like Google is making changes to its algorithms every day, affecting the efforts of SEO specialists, Facebook has started to tweak its algorithms and rules massively since the fake news crisis in 2017. The recent (summerContinue reading “Facebook Forever: What Marketers Need to Know in the Face of Constant Changes”

Employee Advocacy: The Key to Digital Marketing Success

One of the most overlooked tools in creating engagement and distributing your digital marketing content surely is employee advocacy. Yet even the marketing teams of very large corporations don’t make use of it. Have you ever wondered how a blog post by a 60’000 employee organization ends up having only 80 views? How is that even possible?Continue reading “Employee Advocacy: The Key to Digital Marketing Success”

Augmenting Digital Marketing Through Artificial Intelligence

Consumer Experience Changes Continuously Customer behavior and experience change over time and there is much organizations can do to use that change to their own advantage. The customer experience changes all the time. The challenge this presents for businesses is to place the customer at the center of their organizational chart. Customers do not care aboutContinue reading “Augmenting Digital Marketing Through Artificial Intelligence”

3 Outdated SEO Tactics You Should Stop Immediately

The battle between search engines and the SEO crowd is one of the most exciting events nerds can observe today because it is perhaps the first global fight between human and artificial intelligence. Here are the players in this epic battle: on the one side the search engines, which try to serve up the mostContinue reading “3 Outdated SEO Tactics You Should Stop Immediately”

Marketing for Boring Industries

We would all like to work for exciting companies. The latest VR headset, a luxury car, that awesome new food brand. Truth be told, most us work for companies that are neither sexy nor exciting. What do you do with boring industries in the age of digital media, visual platforms, and content marketing? Here areContinue reading “Marketing for Boring Industries”