How to put the customer at the center of your strategy #SASEC14

Leading your organization to faster, better decisions requires skill, agility, resourcefulness and above all -  analytics. In marketing, that combination allows the CMO to put the customer squarely in the center of strategy, and align operational execution around the customer focal-point. It's no coincidence that leading organizations, such as the world's biggest retailer, […]

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3 ways to retain top talent

Considering the large investment every organization makes in people, the impact of hiring and retaining talent can’t be overstated. With the pace of change facing most marketing organizations, what I see specifically is the need to find and retain people that are innovative, agile and anything but complacent. A tall order? […]

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10 tips to avoid talking at your audience

How do you feel when someone is talking at you? It's not quite the same as someone talking to you, is it? When someone talks to you, they might be using your language or even matching your rhythm. By contrast, someone talking at you seems like they're more interested in what they want to say and less on what you want to […]

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Why big data and small data both matter to marketers

I don’t want to have a relationship with a marketing department. I don’t want to be your friend. I don’t want to engage in conversation with you. I feel no loyalty towards you. When I say I like you I’m not entirely sincere. And yet I chose to share an enormous amount of my life with […]

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The illusion of healthy marketing

As a somewhat healthy and active guy, I pay attention to — and sometimes shake my head at — product packaging that boasts “40 percent less fat” or “all natural ingredients.” When you look at the fine print, it tells a more complete story. Yes, there might be a percentage […]

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Six ways better speaking makes better marketing

Hi everyone! I'm excited to be a new contributer to this blog - I've taken the road less traveled when it comes to marketing. My goal out of college was to see the world which landed me in the travel industry. I later became a Certified Meeting Planner and Events Project Manager, […]

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The marketer scientist balances art and science

We're pleased to have Scott Brinker, a thought leader and entrepreneur at the intersection of marketing and technology, as the newest contributor to our sister blog from our friends Down Under called "Left of the Date Line." In his first post for that blog, he explores the idea that everyone in marketing […]

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Five big themes for marketing at DMA 2012

Standing in my own crosshairs as my own target market means that almost all work that I do can be a learning opportunity, and going to DMA2012 was certainly a biggie. What I saw and experienced at the show reaffirmed the idea that it’s never been more exciting to be […]

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Marketing big data analytics: an industry about to take off?

The Centre for Economic and Business Research is a respected economic consultancy.  Earlier this year we asked them to look at the value of analytics to the UK today, and forecast the likely growth of analytics over the next five years.  Their full findings can be downloaded here. But why […]

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Banking segmentation and the Super Bowl

As a new contributor to SAS’ Customer Analytics blog, let me introduce myself. I’m a SAS field marketer focused on integrated campaigns, digital strategy and the marketing investment for Financial Services in the US. As a marketer, I always take an interest in the Super Bowl commercials.  The $3.5M spent […]

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