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MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK DIGEST #36

November 26, 2018

Monday Morning Quarterback Marketing Digest. Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving like we did. Here are a few post turkey day thoughts on marketing and research for the week.

BAD GOLF GAME – AT&T and other big television distributors are refunding customers who paid to watch a showdown between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. AT&T intended to use the pay-per-view event as a showcase of its new media capabilities since buying Time Warner. They shanked it. The online transmission didn’t work and many saw it for free. In fact, it’s unclear how many people paid to watch the match. Oh, if anyone cares, Mickelson won with a birdie on the 22nd hole, giving him the $9 million prize. Marketing Lesson: Make sure you can deliver what you promise, before you promise it!

HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT FACEBOOK LIVE? – Back in April 2016, Facebook launched a live video streaming service that lets anyone broadcast from their mobile devices straight to their Facebook News Feed. Since its launch, live video has exploded in popularity — particularly on Facebook Live, where according to Vimeo, 78% of online audiences are watching video on Facebook Live as of 2018. It’s no mystery why Facebook Live is popular: Videos enjoy a 300% engagement advantage to traditional videos shared on Facebook. Do you know how to use this tool? If not, we found a great guide that we can send you. Just let me now.

YOUR MARKETING FUTURE IS HERE – We have said often in this blog that you need to begin shifting your marketing to Millennials, even though Baby Boomers and Seniors still have the money. Millennials are now the largest demographic group and they are beginning to make a real impact. The 2018 midterm elections not only sent a record number of women to the House of Representatives – at least 102 in total, including 36 newly elected members, with a handful of races still to be called – but also significantly boosted the number of Millennials and Generation Xers in the lower chamber, according to a recent analysis. When the 116th Congress convenes in January, at least 26 House members will be Millennials (i.e., born between 1981 and 1996), up from only five at the start of the current Congress and six just before the Nov. 6 midterms. Marketing Lesson: No successful marketer is ignoring women or Millennials now.

THOSE DARN ALGORITHMS – They are all around us, utilizing massive stores of data and complex analytics to make decisions for us. They recommend books and movies for us to read and watch. They share news stories they think we might find relevant, estimate the likelihood that a tumor is cancerous and predict whether someone might be a criminal or a worthwhile credit risk. But despite the growing presence of algorithms, a Pew survey finds that the public is skeptical of these tools. At a broad level, 58% of Americans feel that computer programs will always reflect some level of human bias – although 40% think these programs can be designed in a way that is bias-free. And in various contexts, the public worries that these tools might violate privacy, fail to capture the nuance of complex situations, or simply put the people they are evaluating in an unfair situation.

IS GROWTH A GOOD GOAL? – Most businesses want to grow. We are working with a variety of companies setting goals for 2019. We have found that when you make growth the end-all-be-all, your bottom line, it can be at the expense of your customers. Some major companies have sacrificed long-term customer relationships for short-term gains. That’s why I enjoyed reading a HubSpot blog post that outlined their customer tenets. They believe their job is making customers more successful, building relationships by doing the right thing, and focusing on the long-term even when it’s not the easiest path. I totally agree. This week’s marketing goal: Develop your own customer tenets for 2019? Here’s HubSpot’s tenets, it is a good place to start.

1. Earn my attention, don’t steal it.
2. Treat me like a person, not a persona.
3. Solve for my success, not your systems.
4. Use my data, but don’t abuse it.
5. Ask for feedback, and act on it.
6. Own your screw-ups.
7. Help me help you, by helping myself.
8. I don’t mind paying, but I do mind being played.
9. Don’t block the exit.
10. Do the right thing, even when it’s hard.

Until next week, enjoy holiday shopping.

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MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK DIGEST #30

October 15, 2018

Monday Morning Quarterback Marketing Digest. Here are some marketing and research thoughts for the week. Email me (Mark@dennettgroup.com) if you need more info on any subject.

COOPERATIVE PROGRAMS AVAILABLE – This week we will be releasing our 2019 cooperative advertising programs. These programs use online mobile ads, native ads, video ads, and a unique print/social media effort. Cooperative ads are a great way to expand your share of a market for less money. If you would like a copy, let me know.

ONLINE VIDEO ADS, WHAT WORK BEST? – We have been running cooperative online video campaigns for years. So, what online ads work best? A recent blog post by Hubspot reviewed an eMarketer Study that shared some insight into this question. The study asked internet users: Which ad format is most likely to lead you to purchase an item online? Nearly half (48.5%) indicated that they’re most likely to purchase after seeing a video ad, over all other ad formats: 19.7% banner ads, 9.1% text ads, and 22.7% something else.

While numbers look different for each business, 64% of consumers said they are more likely to buy a product online after watching a video. Why? Videos show users how a product or service is used. They also are great in showing how your product/service might fill a previously unmet need. They can also capture multiple moments in a visual way that’s more engaging and allows someone to imagine themselves in a similar situation. If you need help in using your TV spots online, we can help.

MORE DESTINATIONS SIGN UP FOR WEBSITE STUDY – Just another reminder, our 6th Annual Destination Website Research Study launches very soon. Compared to our last study, we have doubled the number of DMO’s participating this time. Why? Probably because people are spending more money on websites and they want to know why people come to a DMO website, what info those visitors value most, and whether online visitors will become real visitors. Contact me ASAP if you want to join the study.

DO YOU BUY MEDIA BASED ON YOUR HABITS? – Last week I was helping a client develop a 2019 marketing plan and I recommended TV spots on local news. “Gee, I never watch the local news,” was my client’s first reaction. One of the mistakes people make in media planning is thinking their media habits are their customers’ habits. That’s why surveying your 2018 customers MUST BE THE FIRST STEP IN PLANNING 2019. Whether you are designing your own survey or working with us, we can help you develop a survey that gets the most from your data. Early November or December are the ideal times to conduct these studies. So, back to the question, is local TV news a good media buy?

Although people are relying less on television for their news, a recent study reveals that 47% of adults ages 50 and older and 18% of young people still rely on local TV news. While local TV news has declined in viewers, it still garners the largest news audience of the three television sectors: local, network and cable.

WHERE CAN YOU FIND RESEARCH? – If you follow this blog, you know that I am a big believer in the PEW Research Center. I quote their studies often because the Center is strictly neutral and their experts provide analysis of trends using rigorous empirical research. One of their best services is their Fact Tank and their search feature. Contact me and I will send you links to these services.

Until next week, enjoy a beautiful Fall week.

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MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK DIGEST #28

October 1, 2018

Monday Morning Quarterback Marketing Digest. Happy October. Here’s some marketing and research thoughts for the week. Email me (Mark@dennettgroup.com) if you need more info on any subject.

NEW TRAVEL WEBSITE STUDY IS LAUNCHING – Our 5th Annual Destination Website Research Study ended yesterday. I want to thank all our research partners that participated and are now joining us for our next study that will launch this month. If you want to discover why people come to your website, what website info has the most value, and if online visitors will become real visitors (economic impact of your website), there is still time to join our 2018-2019 6th Annual Study. Contact me ASAP.

EVERYONE IS DOING IT – Dunkin’ Donuts just dropped “Donuts” from its name. Executives said they reached this decision after testing the shorter name, adding that the rebrand is aimed at honing the company’s focus on coffee amid increasing competition. Weight Watchers also announced a rebranding to “WW” as it shifts its focus away from dieting and more toward wellness. WW spent decades building its reputation as “the world’s leading provider of weight management services,” so their new focus on wellness has been met with some skepticism. Yes, rebrands can be traumatic for consumers. Are you thinking of a rebrand? Let us conduct some market research for you to make sure you get it right.

MOST OF US WORK – Only 11 million U.S. parents – or 18% – were not working outside the home in 2016. The stay-at-home share of U.S. parents was almost identical to what it was in 1989, but there has been a modest increase among fathers.

SOME OF US ARE MAKING MORE MONEY – Median household income climbed to $61,372 in 2017, according to the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey. This is 1.8% higher than the 2016 median, after adjusting for inflation. But not all age groups made gains. The Householders under age 25 saw their median household income fall by 5.8%. Householders aged 25 to 34 struggled to keep up, their income rising just 0.1%. Most of the gains were from older age groups. Happy to share all the details, email me.

A NO GROWTH MARKET – Adults who say they use the internet, social media, own a smartphone or tablet are nearly identical to the shares who said so in 2016. Why? Parts of the population (people under 50) have reached near-saturation levels of adoption.

FACEBOOK UPDATE – Last week the company revealed that hackers had managed to gain access to nearly 50 million accounts. This attack looks to be its largest-ever security breach. Speaking of Facebook, our friends over at Raving Consulting (Reno) had some excellent tips in their newsletter (thanks Justin Shank) on using Facebook advertising. Contact me and I will be happy to share.

ENTHUSIASTIC VOTERS COMING – A survey by Pew Research Center finds voter enthusiasm is at its highest level for a midterm in more than two decades. A record share of registered voters – 72% – say the issue of which party controls Congress will be a factor. A majority (60%) view the midterm vote also as a vote on Trump – more saying their vote will be “against” Trump (37%) than “for” him (23%).

Ok, see you all next week. Enjoy the Fall weather – nice in Oregon.

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MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK DIGEST #27

September 24, 2018

Monday Morning Quarterback Marketing Digest. Here’s some marketing and research thoughts for the week. Email me (Mark@dennettgroup.com) if you need more info on any subject.

TWO QUICK REMINDERS – Do you need end-of-the-year research or a facilitator for a planning meeting? Contact us and let’s get you on the calendar. Also, our 6th Annual Destination Website Research Study will begin next month. The cost is just $125 per month for a one-year study.

AS ANYTHING CHANGED IN 27 YEARS? – Stay tuned this week for “she said, he said” 2018 version when we find out at Kavanaugh hearing if anything has changed since Anita Hill’s sexual harassment allegations against nominee Clarence Thomas in 1991. Interestingly, our view of women in leadership has definitely changed. According to a current Pew Research Center survey, today the majority of Americans say they would like to see more women in top leadership positions – not only in politics, but also in the corporate world. But Republicans and Democrats have widely different views on this subject.

Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents are more than twice as likely as Republicans and Republican-leaning independents to say there are too few women in office (79% vs. 33%). While 64% of Democrats say gender discrimination is a major reason woman are underrepresented in these positions, only 30% of Republicans agree. Will party differences in their view of women in power make any difference when it comes to sexual harassment? We will see.

THE WORLD OF FACEBOOK HAS CHANGED –Take note if you use Facebook (FB) for marketing. People’s relationship with FB is changing. Just over half of FB (54%) users say they have adjusted their privacy settings in the past 12 months, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. Around 42% say they have taken a break from checking the platform for a period of several weeks or more, while around a quarter 26% say they have deleted the Facebook app from their cellphone. All told, some 74% of FB users say they have taken at least one of these three actions in the past year. These changes could have a long-term impact on using FB as a marketing tool.

NIKE GAMBLES – Nike’s “Just do it” campaign is three decades old. So, how do you breathe life into a slogan that is not relevant to a new generation of consumers (most were not even born when the campaign was launched in 1988)? Just add controversy. It was a risky marketing step. It started off with a ton of angry and upset people (mostly baby-boomers and older). But it spoke to a new generation that is far more tolerant. The result? According to a Thomson Reuters Research Study, Nike’s decision to feature Colin Kaepernick paid off handsomely. The company got a load of free publicity, its online sales saw a big boost after the campaign launched, and its stock hit a record high last week. Nike’s online sales in the 10 days following the campaign’s launch saw a 61% rise in the amount of sold-out merchandise, compared to 10 days before the launch. Researchers also noted that, immediately following the launch, Nike managed to cut the number of items it was discounting on its e-commerce site by almost a third, and still do well. The marketing lesson here: if you have an old brand that is relevant only to people over 40, drastic action may be required.

LOYALTY PROGRAMS ARE CHANGING – I was involved in launching the first frequent flyer program, 38 years ago! So, like Nike, how do you keep a loyalty program going for four decades? You need to change-up the rewards. Retailers, who used to just offer discounts, are finally changing their approach according to The Wall Street Journal. Many retail loyalty clubs are shifting to experiences. Recently J. Crew members were treated to breakfast when the store opened an hour early to give them first dibs on sales items. Nike’s Manhattan flagship store, which will open in 2019, is set to have a members-only floor with exclusive products and services. Macy’s platinum cardholders get VIP access to the Thanksgiving Day Parade, cooking classes and Broadway show previews. Lesson here: you must keep your loyalty programs relevant. Is it time to look at your program? By the way, if you don’t have a loyalty program, we help set one up for you.

Ok, see you all next week.

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MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK DIGEST #24

August 27, 2018

Monday Morning Quarterback Marketing Digest. Here are some marketing and research thoughts for this week. Email me (Mark@dennettgroup.com) if you need more info on any subject.

FOCUS ON FAILURE, NOT SUCCESS – David Baekholm of HomeAway, Expedia Group’s vacation rental company, offered some great insights into improving a website in a recent Think with Google newsletter. David pointed out that instead of trying to define success, which means different things to different people, focus on failure. What don’t people like about your website experience? David points out that they don’t want irrelevant landing pages, slow loading speeds, annoying ads, or a cumbersome checkout process. Our six-year Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs) website study reveals even more insights into what people don’t want. If you would like to join our next study and have your website confidentially studied to discover better ways to make digital visitors, real visitors, contact us. We will be launching our next study in October and the cost is only $150 per month.

PUT THE SMARTPHONE DOWN – Because we run social media campaigns for various clients (happy to help you too), we constantly review user research about smartphones since it is the primary access point to social media today. According to a recent study, 54% of U.S. teens say they spend too much time on their cellphones, and two-thirds of parents express concern over their teen’s screen time. But parents face their own challenges: 36% say they themselves spend too much time on their cellphone. And 51% of teens say they often or sometimes find their parent or caregiver to be distracted by their own cellphone when they are trying to have a conversation with them.

LEAVE THE KIDS AT HOME – Viking River Cruises have formally repositioned itself as an adults-only line. It is no longer accepting guests under the age of 18. The U by Uniworld river cruise brand is also grown-ups only, and the yet-to-launch Virgin Voyages cruise line will also be adults-only. Why is this news important? Because it shows the importance of knowing the demographics of your customer. That is why customer research is a must today. Contact us if you need help in developing your own study.

ARE MOST AMERICANS TRYING TO LOSE WEIGHT? Almost. Because most Americans are overweight, and many are trying to do something about it. You could almost call it a national obsession. In the past 12 months, nearly half (49%) of adults aged 20 or older tried to lose weight, according to a National Center for Health Statistics report. The attempt to shed pounds is embraced by 52% of 40-to-49-year-olds, 50% of 20-to-39-year-olds, and 43% of those aged 60-plus. And 56% of women are trying to lose weight, as are 42% of men. This obsession with weight is one reason you don’t see many “plus size” people in ads. People want to think we don’t have a weight problem. Want to discover other things you should be concerned with in creating ads? Contact us and we will share some of our current ad research. 

REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS AGREE ON ONE THING – They can’t agree on basic facts of issues, according to a new Pew Research Center survey, conducted July 30-Aug. 12 among 4,581 adults. Tough to do marketing in a world where no one agrees on what is a fact. Republicans and Republican-leaning independents (81%) say Republican and Democratic voters disagree on basic facts of issues. Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents (76%) say the same. Just 18% of Republicans and 23% of Democrats say that voters of the two parties can agree on basic facts even if they disagree over policies and plans. Sad, we have come to the point that facts are not facts.

Until next week, have a great day.

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MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK DIGEST #19

July 23, 2018

Monday Morning Quarterback Marketing Digest. Here are some marketing and research thoughts for this week. Email me (Mark@dennettgroup.com) if you need more info on any subject.

FALL COOPERATIVE PROGRAMS – Just another reminder that we are now recruiting for our Fall cooperative marketing programs. For the firms that have joined us, thank you. If you are interested in saving up to 90% on your media expense by sharing these costs with like-minded businesses, contact me. I will send you a fact sheet.

WHEN IS A POLL, NOT A POLL? – Political Blogger Peter Sage is reporting that someone is running a political poll in Southern Oregon right now. They are asking you who you plan to vote for. Once you tell them, they ask you questions designed to discover issues that would push you away or pull you toward a specific candidate. This is called a push-pull poll and it is not a real poll. Legitimate polls are quantitative; they want to learn what percentage of a specific population (universe) think a certain way, without leading them. Push-pull polls are politically motivated qualitative research (think focus groups) designed to help shape mostly negative ad messaging. I hate push-pull polls because they make professional, scientific polling much more difficult by creating a more skeptical public. We don’t (and never will) do push-pull polls. Offering an alternative to push-pull research is one reason we continue to recruit people to our Jackson County online panel (www.DCGresearch.com). This new research tool will allow local firms to do professional polling at an affordable price.

DO YOU KNOW YOUR CUSTOMER? – We currently conduct Facebook campaigns for a variety of travel and tourism clients. Marco Mottola of Trigger Digital had some outstanding tips on using Facebook in Forbes Magazine. One I specifically liked, which we also use, is matching your current customer data to potential new customers on Facebook. You take your customer database, upload it to Facebook and build out a Look-A-Like audience from that. Of course, this requires that you know your customer. Want to learn how to do this? Just email me.

FACEBOOK IS NOT FOR TEENS – Speaking of Facebook, as it has become mainstream, it is now less popular with teens. Not surprising. I mean once your parents and grandparents use it, what respectable teen wants to be on it? So, where do you find teens today online? According to current research: YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat are the most popular online platforms among teens. Fully 95% of teens have access to a smartphone, and 45% say they are online ‘almost constantly’… scary.

ARE WE BECOMING MORE ANGRY WITH CONGRESS? – In early 2016, Facebook introduced alternatives to the traditional “like” reaction. PEW did an analysis recently of congressional outreach on Facebook since then. Between late February 2016 and Trump’s election day, just 2% of all reactions to congressional posts used the “angry” option. By the end of 2017, 9% of all reactions to posts by Democrats and 13% of reactions to posts by Republicans were angry.

Until next week, enjoy summer and have a great day.

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MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK DIGEST #17

July 9, 2018

Monday Morning Quarterback Marketing Digest. Here are some marketing and research thoughts for this week. Email me (Mark@dennettgroup.com) if you need more info on any subject.

THE CHALLENGE OF BRAND CHANGING – To remain relevant, your brand needs to be occasionally updated, but there are dangers in changing key elements of your brand. Miss America is dealing with this right now. Miss America started as a swimsuit competition in 1921. It was a tourism promotion to get more people to Atlantic City. Back in the 20s, it was considered modern and liberating for women to pose in bathing suits. Times have changed. So, the Board and Chair Gretchen Carlson eliminated the bathing suit competition. Many volunteers, which run the nearly 100-year-old institution’s state and local competitions, and former Miss Americas vocally oppose this change. The Miss America Organization made a critical error. What was it? They needed to use an inverted pyramid decision-making process. Contact me and I will share this strategy with you. It is critical if you are thinking of making a brand update.

DO YOU USE INSTAGRAM BUSINESS STORIES? – One of the new tools with Instagram are story ads. If you are interested in learning how to create stories, which we are testing with a few clients, let me know. Also, remember, we are now providing digital content development for a variety of clients. Contact us for pricing.

THE DISAPPEARING LANDLINE – If you are considering phone survey research, you are facing some major challenges. First, you need to make sure you are calling more cell phones than landlines. Back in 2010, 68% of the population had landlines, now (2017) only 44% have them. This may be higher than you expected, since virtually everyone also has a cell phone. Of course, there are research challenges calling cell phones since they are portable (so are landlines). That is why researchers are using more online panels, like the one we are creating for Jackson County (www.DCGresearch.com). Are you planning a study? Contact me and I will share some of the tips for data collection in today’s world.

MAKING A DESTINATION WEBSITE A STRONGER MARKETING TOOL – As I mentioned last week, we are now recruiting partners for our 6th Annual Destination Website Research Study. It is super affordable and it provides answers to:

• Who is visiting (demographics) your website?
• Why do they visit your website and where do they discover your site?
• Will web visitors become real visitors to your city (economic impact)?
• What elements on your website are most important for encouraging visits to your area?

Contact me for a fact sheet on the new study. Ok, see you next week with some more thoughts.