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The worst viral TV ad ever? Coke's pimped vending machine leaves a bad taste...

The 'viral' video can be an incredibly powerful tool for promoting the USP of a product, or it can simply be used to make us feel more positively about a brand. But sometimes (more often than most would like to admit) they simply fall flat. So, why is it that this campaign from Coca-Cola left me with a bad taste in my mouth.

The worst viral TV ad ever? Coke’s pimped vending machine leaves a bad taste...

The 'viral' video can be an incredibly powerful tool for promoting the USP of a product, or it can simply be used to make us feel more positively about a brand. But sometimes (more often than most would like to admit) they simply fall flat. So, why is it that this campaign from Coca-Cola left me with a bad taste in my mouth.

Email marketing: ring a bell, get a food pellet

Email marketing can be tough. Your strategy and execution doesn't have to be that bad for it to shut down communication with customers. Here's how...

Our first social media 'experiment' for online marketing month. Do you want to be...

The 'zing' factor that social media brings to any marketing campaign is the potential it provides for exponential growth. If one person likes the offer and is compelled to invite their friends to also register for the offer, and if their friends, in turn, feel compelled to register and invite their friends to register for the offer, then you suddenly have on your hands a campaign with significant reach, far beyond anything that traditional media can provide.

Our first social media ‘experiment’ for online marketing month. Do you want to be...

The 'zing' factor that social media brings to any marketing campaign is the potential it provides for exponential growth. If one person likes the offer and is compelled to invite their friends to also register for the offer, and if their friends, in turn, feel compelled to register and invite their friends to register for the offer, then you suddenly have on your hands a campaign with significant reach, far beyond anything that traditional media can provide.

Kyle Sandilands – King of Publicity or complete clown?

In 2007, I was asked to play devil's advocate during the final judging round of the Queensland leg of Business Icon and grill a number of young entrepreneurs about their recently devised plans to launch a fictional product (created for the competition).

How To Rapidly Grow Your Blog Traffic

Here's an useful video for anyone looking to grow their blog traffic. It's produced by Australian entrepreneur and blogger Yaro Starak, of entrepreneurs-journey.com.

How to get customers… without alienating them first

It's now been over nine years since the dotcom boom, when the bulk of today's preferred 'new economy' revenue models were first proffered as...

6 email marketing mistakes and how to avoid them

While everybody seems to be talking about internet marketing, web 2.0/3.0, social media, Twitter, etc., many people seem to have forgotten about one of...

How to grow a business in tough economic times

During World War II when times were tough and money was tight, most businesses around the world were forced to make immediate cost-cuts. The first...

Tame the email beast – get control, get opened, get actioned

If you’re not careful, half your day can vanish down your inbox’s throat. A survey of almost 600 professionals showed two thirds of them spent...

Marketing: what’s the buzz all about?

It's a concept that has taken on many names in recent times, including buzz marketing, viral marketing, word-of-mouth, word-of-mouse and stealth marketing. Whatever you call it, the concept is simple: using customers to create a conversation about a product or service.

Marketing: what's the buzz all about?

It's a concept that has taken on many names in recent times, including buzz marketing, viral marketing, word-of-mouth, word-of-mouse and stealth marketing. Whatever you call it, the concept is simple: using customers to create a conversation about a product or service.

Marketing: directly target your marketing efforts

Direct marketing is a form of advertising that requires a direct response from the consumer. This includes mail, catalogues, advertising, telemarketing, direct selling and email initiatives that are delivered directly to the individual.

Marketing: The write stuff

With emails filling our inboxes every day, why not try the traditional business letter to attract the attention of your reader? One of the most...

Legal: Spam – not in a can

The Spam Act became law on 12 December 2003 with a proviso that its penalty provisions would come into effect 120 days later -...

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