A blogger’s voice at the Australian Media & Broadcasting Congress
13Aug09

The 4th annual Australasian Media and Broadcasting Congress will be held in Sydney from 31 August to 3 September 2009 and I am honoured to have been invited to present on two panels at this years event in what promises to be some vigorous and topical discussions.

Looking at the program I realised that I am the only marketing blogger to be presenting at the event, so I’d like to think I can be a strong representative of the Australian marketing blogger community.

Therefore, I’d like your input. What would you like to see addressed or mentioned in the panels I am involved with? What issues do you feel need covering? What questions would you like to see asked?

Please leave your thoughts & suggestions in the comments section of this post.

Here are the two panels I will be involved in…

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Are you still marketing like its 1999?
10Aug09

Did you realise that the Internet is now the most consumed media in Australia?

According to the 2009 Nielsen Annual Internet and Technology Report the average Australian spends 16.1 hours per week online. This is compared to TV at 12.0 hours per week, Radio at 8.8 hours, Video at 5.4 hours, Online radio at 4.6 hours, PC video at 4.6 hours, mobile at 3.7 hours, newspaper at 2.8 hours and magazines at 2 hours.

Hold on….Australians spend more time online than consuming TV & Newspaper combined? More time online than Radio, Newspaper and Magazines combined?

So the big question for business is: are your marketing resources being allocated to the right media?

Why does the average business automatically resort to TV / Radio/ Press when devising a marketing campaign?

Of course there are issues of target markets, cost-effectiveness and clutter with all media decisions, but I am alarmed by the number of businesses still marketing like it was 1999.

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Mums like to click and chat
4Aug09

From Adnews magazine 31 July 2009

Nearly 80% of surveyed young Australian mums-to-be use the internet to research a purchase, according to a study conducted by Kidspot.

The online research surveyed 2982 Australian woman who were either mothers or or pregnant in March 2009.

In other findings from the survey, 65% of respondents have re-considered grocery brands purchased since becoming a mum.

The largest brand transience was in laundry soap and spot removers, with 55% either changing brands or intending to do so in this category after becoming pregnant of having children.

Informing 89% of young mothers’ purchase decision, word-of-mouth is the most dominant influence, with online second at 53% way ahead of TV (34%) and magazines (29%).

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It’s the package not the platform
3Aug09

This post originally appeared at Marketing Magazine in July 2009:

The digitisation of media has led to a power shift in the producer/publisher relationship.

Marshall McLuhan famously pointed out in 1964 that the medium is the message, and 45 years later it’s possible to say that the message is the medium, or that it’s the package not the platform.

Prior to the easy digitisation of media it was the publishers, television and radio networks, and record companies who were in control. They owned the medium and decided what to publish, how much to charge and how much to pay the producers of their content. The media definitely called the shots.

Today we have a situation where the costs of publication are much lower and the lines are blurring between various media – now it’s all about the package rather than the platform.

Musicians can record their music in home studios and release it independently, bypassing record companies and maximising their profits from sales. A wine retailer, like Gary Vaynerchuk, can start a video blog site and use his exuberant personality to build a considerable national, and international audience. A budding writer, like Tim Ferriss of the 4-Hour Work Week, can start a blog, build an audience, transfer that to a book launch, public speaking tours, media appearances and international fame.

Comedy duo Hamish and Andy are prime examples of a package that traverses media platforms. The TODAY Network Drive time team can be seen and heard on radio, online, on various television shows from Rove to Spicks and Specks to Thank God You’re Here. They’re a multi-media package.

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Its the Package not the Platform
17Jul09

Over at Marketing Magazine I have a new piece titled Its the package not the platform which discusses how the digitisation of media has led to a power shift in the producer/publisher relationship.

I believe that today we have a situation where the costs of publication are much lower and the lines are blurring between various media – now it’s all about the package rather than the platform.

You can read the article here. Please feel free to add your thoughts to the discussion in the comments section.

Advertising shift permanent
28Jun09

I’ve been reading Neil Shoebridge in BRW for  years and admire the fact that he always tells it like it is. In the current issue of BRW he is doing just that. His piece, “Advertising shift permanent” will be bad news for traditional media owners who think that things will bounce back post-recession.

Shoebridge notes that executives in FTA television and newspaper, who have suffered most from the advertising downturn,  believe that the good times will return soon and that the worst is over.

But speaking to marketers and media agency executives, Shoebridge reveals that the drop in ad spending is part of a much greater shift, rather than the economic cycle.

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Television viewers & advertisers losing due to clutter
19Jun09

Television in Australia is suffering from too much clutter

Television in Australia is suffering from too much clutter - originally uploaded by arnisto

Is television advertising under threat in Australia?

Earlier this week Robert Morgan, executive chairman of the Clemenger advertising group, wrote an excellent piece for The Australian. He argued that TV in Australia is suffering due to advertising clutter.

Morgan observed that in the early days of TV advertising

Each show had three breaks of one minute each plus an opening and closing billboard, and between programs there would be one 20-second commercial and one 10-second — roughly half of the bombardment we get today. The thought of a competitor being within half an hour of your commercial was absolutely out of the question.”

Today its much, much worse. TV is extremely cluttered and its competing with a plethora of entertainment options.

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Is Twitter The CNN Of The New Media Generation?
17Jun09

Source: briansolis.com

This past weekend the Twitterverse spoke-out in exasperation and opposition against traditional media networks (CNN specifically) and the absence of instantaneous coverage of the Iranian election and the resulting fallout. “We the people” wanted real-time information regarding the violent protests that erupted on the streets of Iran and the stories probing potential foul play in the results. We took to Twitter to express discontent and to also uncover the real story as it was unfolding live through citizen journalism. Read more

What will agencies do when everyone can bypass advertising?
14Apr09

This post originally appeared on MarketingMag.com.au in January 2009

The dawning of the digital age has created much hand-wringing among traditional media providers and the advertisers who feed them. A plethora of new options has seen rapid erosion of the once mighty traditional media power base.

The press is under grave threat as consumers can quickly and freely access specialist news content online at any time. ‘The death of press’ was perhaps viewed as a hysterical prediction by digital enthusiasts only 12 months ago, but is now actually looking like reality given the financial failure of many print media groups in the US recently.

Radio and television are also facing serious challenges as new generations of consumers decide to seek entertainment elsewhere, at their leisure

But probably the biggest threat to the traditional media and the advertising industry which supports it, is the fact that modern consumers are bypassing the ads altogether thanks to digital technology.

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Web technology changing face of television
31Mar09

Web technology continues to encroach on traditional media at a rapid pace. While many US newspapers give way to online, television is also being transformed by new technology.

Here are some examples coming out of the US:

TiVo, the ad-skipping, time shifting digital television recording device, is now delivering web video to televisions. Rather than download and watch longer format video on small screens, TiVo allows video to be viewed easily through your television.

TiVo have begun working with YouTube, Amazon, Netflix and over 50 other sources to deliver web video to television. So far TiVo have had over 30 million downloads by 60% of their broadband-connected customers.

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