Category Archives: Consumer Goods

The INTERNET OF THINGS (IoT) Fuels Marketing

August 12, 2015

Twice as many “things” vs. people connected to the Internet today. 9 billion connected devices by 2018. The Internet of Things (or IoT) refers to the notion of extending the communication revolution to objects – a new reality where objects are interconnected and tech-enabled. When objects connect to the Internet, they become smart and can… Read More »

The NEXT-GEN Business (ANALYTICS) Analyst

August 3, 2015

in·dis·pen·sa·ble ˌindəˈspensəb(ə)l/ adjective 1. absolutely necessary, essential, or requisite 2. incapable of being disregarded or neglected noun 3. a person or thing that is indispensable. Indispensable. A descriptor for the “ultimate” business analytics analyst. Once achieving the status of “indispensable,” many career doors open (and remain open) as one contributes to the hottest growth area… Read More »

CONTENT Marketing Fuels Engagement

July 22, 2015

Great stories, told by great story tellers, via “creative” story-telling mediums, are differentiating marketers and their respective brands. As has been well-documented in just about every major marketing publication, content marketing is a top priority for marketers in 2015 (and will be again in 2016). Marketers recognize that the ability to tell a great story,… Read More »

BRIDGING The Consumer Products CMO-CIO Divide

July 9, 2015

collaborate col·lab·o·rate (Verb) >> Work jointly on an activity, esp. to produce or create something >> Cooperate traitorously with an enemy IT in Consumer Packaged Goods organizations has historically been viewed as a “necessary” investment vs. “strategic” investment and for those CPG organizations looking to leapfrog their competition – to be their customer’s (aka retailer’s)… Read More »

The Consumer Products SEAMLESS Consumer Experience

June 23, 2015

When a consumer isn’t happy with the product she just bought, where does she go to complain or ask for help? She might go back to the store, or call the manufacturer or the retailer, and she might go to the manufacturer’s web site. But more than likely, she’ll hop on Facebook or Twitter to… Read More »

Bringing SHIP-FROM-STORE To Life

June 1, 2015

Retailers today are investing in new and different ways to deliver on the promise of right product, right time, right channel, for the right customer. Top retail delivery priorities include Ship-From-Store, In-Store Pickup, and In-Store Associate Ordering – and each is evolving at a different pace within the retail industry. Last month, I hosted the… Read More »


May 21, 2015

Consumer goods marketers employ a cadre of contractors, agencies and consulting firms. That’s not going to change rapidly in the next 1-2 years, but what will change is the role these parties play with the Consumer Goods manufacturer. Something must change. According to a recent Deloitte survey of 4,047 respondents encompassing 28 product categories and… Read More »


May 8, 2015

The television advertising spot remains a mainstay in the CPG industry’s never-ending quest to differentiate and increase sales. Meanwhile, all things digital have swept over the industry landscape. In parallel to mass media, agencies acting on behalf of brand marketers execute all manner of digital marketing campaigns, but without an eye for capturing, integrating and measuring these… Read More »


April 23, 2015

It’s not surprising that Procter & Gamble pioneered the discipline of Brand Management, but what you may not know is the reason. In the 1930s, as P&G entered single categories with multiple products it became apparent that for each to succeed a new model was needed to focus resources on supporting individual brands; absent this… Read More »

Bringing the DATA-DRIVEN BUSINESS To Life (Part 1)

April 7, 2015

Exploiting data for competitive advantage effectively is what differentiates leaders and followers in any industry. This is especially apparent in the world of Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) and Retail. The leaders are going big – are investing in challenging their own internal business processes to find new ways of going to market across new channels, are… Read More »