FIFA 2010 the other side

Madness. That’s the only word to describe FIFA World Cup 2010 South Africa. Making the headlines have been the big strikers, players who in days will become larger than life personalities & coaches with their strategy. All of a sudden football fanatics have left hearing Pink Floyd or Metallica and drudging themselves downloading the Kaans football song. From T-shirts of once favorite footballer to wrist bands and bandanas. People debating their hearts out over football statistics. Its all happening here. When wise men proclaim of football being the religion I can evidentially understand why. Continue reading “FIFA 2010 the other side”

A Sparkle of World Cup charm

Now I’m no fan of football, but what with a certain sporting event coming up soon, I thought that this would be a fantastic time to have a look at how companies are using the World Cup event to their advantage to persuade customers to purchased their product/services. Continue reading “A Sparkle of World Cup charm”

Bic-cause they’re amazing!

The well-known ball-point pen manufacturer, Bic, is launching an innovative marketing campaign aimed to highlight the level of quality and value in it’s Crystal range. The 12-week campaign, developed by integrated marketing agency Space, hopes to engage customers with the product by challenging consumers to finish the ink in their Bic Crystal pen and return it (with the packaging and receipt) in order to win £10 cashback prize. Continue reading “Bic-cause they’re amazing!”

Marketing using Technology-The Sales and Marketing Productivity Systems

Over the past three decades, subtle changes have taken place in the theory and practice of marketing which has been reshaping companies. These changes have also been evident in marketing and management related information systems. The transaction based view and relationship based view of marketing is no more. Today, it is the era of information marketing or as popularly called database marketing. Continue reading “Marketing using Technology-The Sales and Marketing Productivity Systems”

The Digital Age Cannot Resolve Everything

Its funny how much inadvertently we tend to depend more and more on technology to run our lives. So much so, we fail to understand how much it has actually taken control of the way we do our everyday work. While technology has, with no doubt, made its impression on the progress of mankind, what has it taken away? Few years hence, will we become toys in the hands of intelligent technologies, as our fiction movies sometimes depict? Continue reading “The Digital Age Cannot Resolve Everything”

How to Curb Gray Markets

Gray markets are a perennial problem in some industries and even some of the biggest of companies are searching for a solution to this problem. While no fool-proof plan has been devised yet, below I have shared some ideas which may work in many cases, especially in the technology industry. Below I have mentioned some of the methods, followed by the expected results: Continue reading “How to Curb Gray Markets”

How the internet affects Porter’s generic strategy models

In the emerging global economy, e-commerce and e-business have increasingly become a necessary component of business strategy and a strong catalyst for economic development. Michael Porter (1980) has argued that a firm’s strengths ultimately fall into one of two headings: cost advantage and differentiation. By applying these strengths in either a broad or narrow scope, three generic strategies result: cost leadership, differentiation, and focus. These strategies are applied at the business unit level. They are called generic strategies because they are not firm or industry dependent. Continue reading “How the internet affects Porter’s generic strategy models”

Marketing Strategies: Selling Sand In The Desert

Have you ever heard the saying: “A bad salesman couldn’t sell water in the desert”?

Honestly, there is a lot of truth behind that statement. Personality plays a huge role in your effectiveness as a marketer. If others perceive you to be untrustworthy, incompetent or lacking confidence, they won’t want anything you have. Continue reading “Marketing Strategies: Selling Sand In The Desert”

Does the HP-Palm move make sense?

HP-Palm has become the hype that the mobile computing world could have done without. Is it really worth the hype? Will this $1.2 billion deal create waves in the already competitive market?
Hewlett Packard, the world leader in laptops (in terms of sales) has its own series of PDAs, less popularly known to the common man. The I-PAQ PDAs sold by HP does not rank among the top 10 PDA brands in terms of sales. With the focus shifting towards handheld computing devices, this may have been a desperate move by HP to claim its place in the competitive industry dominated by the likes of Blackberry, Apple, HTC, Nokia and O2. Continue reading “Does the HP-Palm move make sense?”

Joel Peterson of Stanford on Organizational Culture

While embarking on an entrepreneurship plan, often leaders are at a loss to make their dreams a reality.  To simultaneously think about market structure, short term tactics, long term strategy, financing model, marketing etc takes the attention away. But what often one misses is how one interacts with others on the team. So an entrepreneur often sets a culture without knowing it. So what can a entrepreneur do to positively create this culture for the long term benefit of the company in these formative days, and what should he be careful not to do to negatively impact the culture? Check out what this Stanford Lecturer has to say on this aspect. Continue reading “Joel Peterson of Stanford on Organizational Culture”

Oasis, what is the message?

Monday morning and I happen to be starting today’s post on negative, sorry! But after seeing the latest Oasis add I realised that even some of the more popular products and companies can indeed get their marketing wrong. Mistakes really don’t discriminate against anyone!

Oasis is a fruity soft drink product that was bought by the Coca-Cola Company in 1990. The company set out to design their ad campaigns to target adults, focusing on the idea that Oasis is an alternative to drinking water. But in reality has the brand got it’s message right? Continue reading “Oasis, what is the message?”

Questions To Ask When Choosing A Primary Business

If you are familiar with online marketing, you are well aware that there are hundreds of different network marketing companies out there with representatives who claim to have the best compensation plan, full-proof training and a way to make you money fast.

Unfortunately, several companies and marketers don’t follow through on these promises. Too often I’ve heard stories of new marketers who don’t receive adequate training, don’t have a support group or mentor to help guide them and haven’t made a single commission after weeks and months since starting their business. Continue reading “Questions To Ask When Choosing A Primary Business”

Corruption is Business:Part 2

This is a sequel to the article with the same name and is meant to provide some of the possible counter-arguments to the arguments provided in the previous article. Thus this article is meant to prove why the practices like black-marketing of movie tickets and forced donations demanded by some schools are corrupt practices. Continue reading “Corruption is Business:Part 2”

Specsavers Seeing Perfectly Clearly!

Now I’m sure everyone has heard of Specsavers… This business that was setup over 25 years ag0 (1984) by founders Doug and Mary Perkins. It was only in the early 1980s the business was able to begin advertising their products. This was due to the UK Government deregulating professionals, including opticians, allowing them to advertise their products and services. Continue reading “Specsavers Seeing Perfectly Clearly!”

Laughter really does seem to be the best medicine!

Over the past few weeks I have paid close attention to current TV campaigns, focusing on how they communicate with their audience. Now in simple terms, marketing aims to communicate with a target market, to inform and hopefully turn a prospect customer into a loyal advocate of the brand. With this in mind, what I find interesting is that the method many companies are is using to raise the profile of their brands. Humour. Continue reading “Laughter really does seem to be the best medicine!”

Have You Considered Affiliate Marketing?

Long story short, affiliate marketing is a way to make money by recommending a product or service to someone else. Think of it as a sales commission opportunity. While some businesses and companies charge a fee for affiliate membership, there are countless others that let you sign up for free. Before you jump the gun and become an affiliate for any and every affiliate program you see, take a few moments and consider the following:

Continue reading “Have You Considered Affiliate Marketing?”

She’s the new kid on the creative block!!

Hi Everyone,

This is my first blog on Business Fundas so let me introduce myself!
My name is Emma Carter and I am currently a student at university studying Marketing, Advertising & Public Relations in England. My strong passion for marketing means that I live and breathe creative ideas and design… so I plan to post regular updates about the marketing world, in a fresh and interesting way. In June I will be starting my nerw job at Unilever as Marketing Assistant for the wonderful Radox brand… so you will get fresh updates on Radox very soon!! Continue reading “She’s the new kid on the creative block!!”

Jim Ellis of Stanford Business School talks about B-plans

Jim Ellis talks about the elements of a successful business plan as well as common mistakes related to its development and use. He clarifies how one should look at a business plan, and what it can actually help to accomplish. Check out this inspirational video to know more on how you should plan your business. Continue reading “Jim Ellis of Stanford Business School talks about B-plans”

Walter Kiechel of Harvard on Business Strategy

Walter Kiechel, from Harvard Business School, talks about the impact that business consultants and academicians can have on your bottom line. A must watch video for all entrepreneurs, management practitioners and business enthusiasts. Continue reading “Walter Kiechel of Harvard on Business Strategy”

You CAN Judge A Facebooker By Their Profile Picture

You’ve heard the saying “You can’t judge a book by it’s cover”, but the truth is you really CAN. If I see a book with the title “Ravenous Love Affair” with a picture of a Fabio lookalike feeding strawberries to a desperate housewife, I know that’s not the book for me. I have no interest in romance novels so I don’t even need to pick it up. Although I might be pleasantly surprised by the superb writing and nail biting story line, I will never know because I wont touch it. Continue reading “You CAN Judge A Facebooker By Their Profile Picture”

Time Management – Randy Pausch

Randy Pausch talks about time management, a crucial success factor. Listen to this inspiring lecture by the Carnegie Mellon professor, on how you can do so much more with your time. This is one hell of an inspirational video for early budding professionals across disciplines. Continue reading “Time Management – Randy Pausch”

How do stock markets work

Stock markets, in spite of all technical analysis and number crunching, are driven by what the masses think about a stock, or how they value the same. The way these valuations take place based on incomplete information, is often hilarious. This cartoon depicts how stock markets often are driven by wrong or misinterpreted information that gets magnified as it spreads through social networks. Continue reading “How do stock markets work”

Facebook Friend Request DOs and DON’Ts

DO: Write A Personal Message To Your New Potential Friend

Tell them why you are choosing to friend them. Is it because you are in a common Facebook group? Did you go to grade school together? Did you read something interesting on their blog and decide to make a connection? Why do you want to be friends? For some, it’s pretty awkward to get a friend request from someone you’ve never seen before. A personal message will put your friend’s mind at ease. Continue reading “Facebook Friend Request DOs and DON’Ts”

10 Success Mantras for Viral Marketing using Social Media

By definition, social media marketing describes the use of social networks, online communities, blogs, wikis or any other online collaborative media for marketing. In recent times, this has been used extensively to market content (blog) and products, even those with B2B utility. Continue reading “10 Success Mantras for Viral Marketing using Social Media”

Google launches Google Prank Suite

Many of us may not be knowing it yet. Google has launched the perfect product for the huge fan base following the technology giant. Ever heard of Google romance?  No its not about all the stuff most of the Orkut users try to do or even the desperate GTalk users who try their hand in cyber-world. This must have swayed technology enthusiasts on how Google decides to step into the pre-matrimony game. Continue reading “Google launches Google Prank Suite”

The 7 Ps of services marketing

Services are very different from products. So the marketing concepts need to be revisited while marketing a service. Services can range from financial services provided by the banks, technology services provided by the IT company, food and ambiance as a service provided by restaurants or even a blog where an author provides a service (information presentation, interesting reading etc) to his audience. Services marketing are dominated by the 7 Ps of marketing namely Product, Price,  Place, Promotion, People, Process and Physical evidence. The 7 P framework is one of the most popular framework for deciding a marketing strategy, right from strategy formulation to actual implementation. Continue reading “The 7 Ps of services marketing”

How to manage a Lean Supply Chain

Today the buzz word in supply chain management is a lean supply chain. Question is, although lean supply chain offers many benefits, it has its own set of management challenges. Lean supply chain management is not only for the manufacturing companies but for any setups which need to streamline processes by eliminating non-value added activities. Continue reading “How to manage a Lean Supply Chain”