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September 25, 2020

Navigating Complexity: 5 Scenario Planning Mistakes & How To Stop Them

Business Strategy, Ashton Bishop, Marketing Strategy, Decision Making, Creativity, Culture & Leadership, Scenario Planning, Alignment

Learn about the scenario planning mistakes and how you can prevent them from misfiring your strategy so you can navigate complexity efficiently.

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May 21, 2020

History’s Greatest Strategists: Che Guevara

Marketing Strategy, History's Greatest Strategists

The more specific we can be about our category, the better chance we have to be remembered and related to by our customers. Are you in the right category?

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May 12, 2020

History’s Greatest Strategists: Bill Gates

Marketing Strategy, History's Greatest Strategists

The more specific we can be about our category, the better chance we have to be remembered and related to by our customers. Are you in the right category?

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May 7, 2020

History’s Greatest Strategists: Sun Tzu

Marketing Strategy, History's Greatest Strategists

The more specific we can be about our category, the better chance we have to be remembered and related to by our customers. Are you in the right category?

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April 23, 2020

History’s Greatest Strategists: Arnold Schwarzenegger

Marketing Strategy, History's Greatest Strategists

The more specific we can be about our category, the better chance we have to be remembered and related to by our customers. Are you in the right category?

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April 17, 2020

History’s Greatest Strategists: Admiral Horatio Nelson

Marketing Strategy, History's Greatest Strategists

The more specific we can be about our category, the better chance we have to be remembered and related to by our customers. Are you in the right category?

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February 6, 2020

What You Need to Know about Brand Salience

Branding, Marketing Strategy

What is brand salience? And how does it impact how well your brand is seen by the world? 

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January 23, 2020

Ecommerce Trends in 2020 and Their Marketing Implications

Marketing Strategy, Digital

Last year saw tremendous growth in Australian ecommerce and is expected to maintain an upward trend in the next few years. Are retailers still on track with their online marketing strategy for 2020?

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January 10, 2020

Marketing Trends You Need to Know in 2020

Marketing Strategy, Digital

The year 2020 is an exciting year for the ever-changing landscape of marketing. As we enter into a new decade, we share four important trends marketers need to keep their eyes on.

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January 7, 2020

Top 10 Articles C-Suites Read in the Step Change Blog [2019 Edition]

Business Strategy, Step Change, Branding, Marketing Strategy, Culture & Leadership, Fintech, Marketing Automation

The new year is here! And as we venture forward with fresh business insights and useful strategy, here are the top 10 articles most popular with C-suites in 2019 that you may have missed. 

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December 26, 2019

Addressing the Synergy Problem in Procurement Teams and Marketing Agencies

Business Strategy, Marketing Strategy

Many companies today are opting for procurement to manage their marketing spend. But marketers and agencies have always been at odds when it comes to procurement. Understanding the role that procurement plays and how it impacts marketing is crucial to not only save on costs but to pave the way for better alignment in achieving the brand’s vision.

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December 19, 2019

How to Accelerate Your Marketing for Business Growth in 2020

Marketing Strategy, Digital

Today’s marketing strategies are constantly evolving. As we close out the last few weeks of the year, it’s important to reflect on what current marketing strategies continue to deliver the best results so you can plan for 2020 ahead with the right precision. 

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November 21, 2019

Data-Driven Creativity

Marketing Strategy, Creativity

Brands are overwhelming people with so much content when what they actually need are authentic connections. But running on creativity without data just misses the mark. To build authentic and lasting connections with your customers, you need to use data-driven creativity. 

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November 8, 2019

Customer-Centric Digital Transformation: Making Customers the Centre of Your Digital World

Step Change, Marketing Strategy

As you strive to become a more customer-centric organisation, putting the customer at the centre of your digital transformation is the key to success. But how do you get started? 

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October 4, 2019

Strategies and Tactics to Build Your Ecommerce Brand Online in 2019

Marketing Strategy, Digital

To stand out in a competitive ecommerce market, your brand has to be visible and distinct. It’s not enough to just create products: you need to build an iconic brand that your customers trust. 

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September 30, 2019

You’re Invited: Predatory Marketing Masterclass

Step Change, Marketing Strategy

Learn predatory marketing from one of Australia’s leading predatory and strategic marketers, Ashton Bishop.

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September 27, 2019

How to Rebrand Your Business without Losing Customers

Branding, Marketing Strategy

At some point, a business may need to rebrand to stay competitive in the market. But how do you ensure a smooth transition and not lose any customers in the process? 

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September 24, 2019

What Makes a Good Business Strategy?

Business Strategy, Marketing Strategy

There’s a need for strategy because time, dollars, and focus are scarce and limited resources. A strong business strategy is the application of these resources for maximum leverage.

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September 12, 2019

What Is User-Owned Social Media?

Marketing Strategy, Digital

With reports around privacy issues, censorship, and loss of data on social media higher than ever before, alternative user-owned social networks are gaining popularity. But how does this impact brands and their social media strategy?

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September 6, 2019

How to Increase Conversion through Subconscious Marketing

Marketing Strategy

With over 90% of a prospect’s buying decisions influenced by their subconscious mind, many leading companies are targeting the subconscious in their marketing campaigns. But how does this work, and does it really make a difference? 

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September 3, 2019

What is Exponential Marketing?

Step Change, Marketing Strategy

The rules of the marketing game most of us grew up playing have changed. Marketing in this day and age takes more than just the right message. It takes knowing where your customers are and showing up with an exceptional value.

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August 29, 2019

Marketing Innovative Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG)

Marketing Strategy, FMCG

In the race towards brand growth and relevance, leading FMCG businesses rely heavily on innovation. Those who rest on their laurels are finding themselves at the back of the pack. In this article, you will learn that with great innovation comes great marketing.

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August 23, 2019

What Makes a Unique Value Proposition?

Branding, Marketing Strategy, Challenger Brands

Value is in the eye of the beholder. In a world teeming with new product offerings, a critical question we need to ask today is: in a sea of undifferentiated offerings, how do we make our product or service stand out so people will buy from us?

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July 23, 2019

Customer Journey Mapping: How to Design a Better User Experience

Marketing Strategy, Digital

To take the next step in transforming the customer experience and growing your business, having a clear visual of the customer journey is crucial.

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July 11, 2019

What Is Challenger Brand Marketing?

Marketing Strategy, Challenger Brands

Are you a challenger brand looking for the right marketing strategy that can help you stand out from market leaders in your industry?  We take a look at challenger brand marketing and how adopting a challenger mindset in your category can set you up to win. 

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June 26, 2019

7 Digital Marketing Strategies for Retail

Marketing Strategy, Digital, Retail

In the age of new retail, are your digital marketing strategies still relevant? The line between multiple devices and channels are blurring. To win customers, retail brands need to be able to follow and understand the customer journey throughout multiple touchpoints.

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June 21, 2019

An Ecommerce Marketer’s Guide to Behavioural Email Marketing

Marketing Strategy, Digital, Ecommerce

You can quite easily take all of that ‘big data’ collected on your ecommerce website and use it to fuel your email marketing campaigns. By implementing a number of simple triggers, you can create an automated sales-converting machine. Yes, we’re still talking about email.

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June 18, 2019

Local Marketing Strategy: Improving Brand Awareness through Location

Marketing Strategy, Digital

Local area marketing is a big boost for local brands mainly because Google uses a searcher’s location to promote relevant local businesses.

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June 13, 2019

7 Digital Marketing Strategies for Healthcare

Marketing Strategy, Digital, Healthcare

Digital transformation has accelerated the game for healthcare. Patients now have more options and methods to monitor their health online or seek care. For healthcare brands, the clear path to success today is in establishing a solid online presence and effectively implementing mobile-first digital marketing strategies that get you front and centre to patients who are online.

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June 10, 2019

4 Effective Ways to Convert Leads to Customers in Financial Services

Finance, Marketing Strategy, Digital, Marketing Technology, Customer Centricity

In the financial services industry, converting leads to customers is vital. But with the speed of change in the marketing and technology space and in the wake of the Banking Royal Commission, marketing leaders in the finance industry are overwhelmed by the challenge of managing a genuine experience with their target customers, thus improving lead conversion.

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