The 152 Melbourne Cup Carnival promises to be even bigger and better than ever before. More than 100,000 people will go down to Flemington, rain, hail or shine, to watch a race that lasts only minutes.
Swiss took the first prize in the celebrated Birdcage stakes attracting international movie star Nicole Kidman to town for just 24 hours to make an appearance. Lavazza came in a close second, although I do think their birdcage is by far the most fun, with Roberto Cavalli. Love their very "in" fluro accent on the cage this year. Looks very in vogue and no doubt will be part of bringing out the best party in town yet again. They always have a cool DJ playing and a bit of a sing along at the end of the day which draws in the karoake loving celebrities around town.
For Lavazza I think they do an amazing job of standing out from the crowd. It first started with having Rod Stewart's ex as a guest, Rachel Hunter and each year it has gotten bigger and better. I have seen the Madden boys in their a few times, lots of local celebrities and sporting stars. John Valmorbida is the ultimate host and is always as charming as ever.
In the modern digital age, it's much simplier to be friends with your clients, particularly if you have hundreds of thousands of them at your fingertips.
They connect with you on social media; facebook, twitter, linkedin, pinterest, myspace - you name it, they are "friends" with you. Each day, I log onto my twitter account and I talk to people I know and some that I don't. The one's that I don't, are new friends. People I am getting to know via twitter. They have shared a common interest or have an opinion on something that I have written that interwines us together. Instantly, we feel like we "get" each other or perhaps that "we don't". Either way, we form a connection and depending on how we interact and communicate we will either become "friends" or fade away into the twittersphere.
From time to time, re-evaluating which social media networks work best for your company and re-defining your strategy according to changes in features and functionality, can either leverage your business to new heights or create havoc with your sales cycle.
As a firm believer that "you cannot be everything to everyone", it makes perfect sense to spend time looking at the various analytics relating to social media, the demographics of each platform and how it applies to your target audience, brand authenticity and collaborations with clients and partners.
When it comes to b2b marketing, the decision on what social media networks to use and invest in becomes significantly easier.
From one to another, they are completely different. Some have great skills in strategy, others in tactical development and execution of marketing plans. Some are great at communicating but not fully across social media or what role advertising plays in the digital age.
In the past year, I have travelled the world talking to marketers and each one has something different to offer. They all have honed their skills in one area or another.
I first started my involvement in the marketing industry 21 years ago at an advertising agency in Queensland. I remember watching the owner of the business operate and being completely fascinated by his skills and creativity. He had started his career as a window dresser for David Jones and way back in the early nineties was making more than a million dollars profit out of 5 man agency. Incredible.
It is a piece of art and each book has a story that it wishes to tell. Each book was put together by people who loved what is inside and wanted to share it with others. Each page is full of dialogue from authors all over the world, wanting to explore their inner most thoughts, passion, and view on something that they believe is meant not just for themselves but for others around them.
We each have a story to be told - don't we? As I sat in a coffee shop with my friend Huib today, we discussed some interesting life stories that people have shared with us in public forums. What we believed was a good story and some that we thought could be told in a different way, or perhaps should not be told at all.
"I don't have an interesting story," I said.
"No hard luck story, no abusive parents, no financial pain, no major illnesses, no ethnic prejudice - nothing that remotely makes me think that I have anything nearly as compelling as the people I speak to through my circle of friends, hear at conferences or read in books."
Am I less interesting because I have none of these things to share? Do I not have a story to tell that will keep you on the of your seats for at least one moment? Is it in my future, that my story will expand itself and my sheer luck or misfortune contaminate the clear water that has flowed smoothly down the stream?
They say "each of us has a book in us" at some stage in our lives. But really? Do we?
Maybe I am being too harsh on myself... something that I have been known to time and time again.
Perhaps my story is simple, yet true in its form. I grew up in a country town called Charters Towers in Queensland with just over 10,000 people and had little to do other than play make believe with my dolls on the sand dunes that inhabited the properties far western acreage.
What makes a girl move from a country town, with no real plan in mind? No desire to be anything other than what she is today. I never wanted to leave my country roots and I never had the dream to live in a big city or travel the world, yet i do all of these things and feel like it has always been in my blood.
Should someone have stopped me leaving this country town with so much character and perhaps encouraged me to do something meaningful in the area. Create jobs for people who have no real opportunity to be employed in anything as creative and exciting as myself.
These are all questions that may one day be explored. So, perhaps, there is a book in all of us after all.
Having derived from Australia, I always wonder how people feel when they land on Aussie soil.
In LA, I always feel that it is the same as anywhere else. In Atlanta, the same. New York, the same. But in Calgary, it was something else.
Like mechanics who never fix their cars, we as marketers, are the last to market ourselves. As the owner and founder of Marketing Eye, I am the only person who makes time to ensure that our brand is somewhat visible and I do this in the most time efficient way possible.
In case you haven’t seen it, the Korean music star pops some hilarious dance moves while wearing his trademark sunglasses, tuxedo and loafers and has enjoyed global fame since his video’s release.
Before it became all the rage, I watched the video just a couple of months ago when my friend recommended it for its catchiness and cool moves. I watched it and was amused, but that was about it. It was out of my mind after a couple of hours.
Then I heard a voice. It was familiar. Manly. Strong. Thoughtful. Original.
I looked up.
There has been one consistent marketing platform that has been more central to a marketing strategy in the past couple of years, than any other marketing activity bar social media.
Content MarketingIf you have been hearing this buzz word for some time, and haven't done anything about it, then you are in a minority. Unlike the phases of social media platforms and apps popping up into our strategies then quickly falling to the way-side, content marketing underpins all online marketing strategies, whether we like it or not.
"We have a client that is 100 per cent focused on using content to drive leads in the next 12 months and this trend is catching on with many other small businesses," said Julie Schoneveld, CEO, Marketing Eye.
"It's not difficult to out-perform your larger competitors through mileage out of content marketing that is useful, targeted and information rich."
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