If you were in Washington for the big snowstorm of February 2010, or Snowmageddon, then you remember over 20 inches of snow that reduced the city to a frozen standstill. Streets were blocked with unplowed snow, electrical power was lost, supermarkets were laid bare, and schools were closed for days. Among those impacted by the storm were the 2 million members of the Federal government workforce. Most being commuters from adjoining jurisdictions in Maryland and Virginia, these employees found getting to and fr
Diplomacy (n.) the conduct by government officials of negotiations and other relations between nations.
By definition, the work of diplomacy has always been wrapped in the inherent ability to communicate. The impending national U.S. elections serve as the perfect example of the importance encased in a candidate’s capacity to relate – not only with fellow lawmakers and politicos, but also with the American public.
Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to attend the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, NC. During my week at the DNC, I interfaced, mixed and mingled with some of the most well-known movers and shakers of the political world.
This was my first on the ground experience at a political nominating convention. I learned very quickly about three critical rules of the road:
Wow, now that’s a LOT of Ps, but it could be the solution to a myriad of “problems.”
When Amazon launched its new version of Kindle Fire and I was impressed with CEO Jeff Bezos' candor - "We want to make money when people use our devices, not when they buy our devices," he said with refreshing honesty. The Kindle’s low price and thin profit margin is underwritten by the fact you cannot get Amazon’s launch icon off the main screen. With the device, Bezos is betting that you are more likely to buy something because Amazon’s storefront is integrated into your infotain
Diplomacy is not what it used to be. While official state visits and the exchange of ambassadors between friendly nations remain fundamental to foreign relations missions, a new wave of diplomacy – utilizing social media – occupies the diplomatic space, alongside traditional efforts.
We were fortunate enough to host Amy Drill from Coca-Cola at Qorvis headquarters on Wednesday night. Amy is an expert on how consumers interact with Coca-Cola’s brand and products.
Her presentation covered how Coca-Cola markets to different generations through mobile devices. It provided real-world examples of Coca-Cola’s strategy to target Teens, Millennials and Gen-X Moms.
I noticed a targeted advertisement of a prominent beverage brand a few weeks ago. I paid attention the first time I saw it – rather than the sixth – because of an error in the ad’s copy.
Q1 2012 Trends in Marketing Management
I spent the entire first quarter meeting with various MarComm executives to understand how their plans for 2012 had evolved since their September planning sessions. The bottom line that I took away is that marketing is getting serious again.