Marketing truth from an expert trade journalist.
A former newspaper editor and director of marketing in the high-tech industry, I am now a professional keynote marketing speaker as well as the writer of The Promotion Fix column for The Drum.
I use my prior careers in journalism and marketing to show businesses, conferences, and universities the true present and future of the marketing industry as a neutral observer with nothing to sell.
Born and raised in the United States, I am now based out of Tel Aviv.
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- Your marketing could be better by ignoring the buzzword-driven hype and understanding the traditional practices that have always helped companies to sell more stuff?
- Your marketing could be better by knowing which “trends” are real and which are advocated by people who are selling something?
- Your marketing could be better by discarding the biggest myths in the industry because they are not based on any real evidence?
The ROI of Hiring Me to Speak
- Companies — your company will learn how to improve its marketing
- Conferences — your attendees will learn how to become better marketers
- Educational Institutions — your students will see how to prepare for their careers
If you hire agency people to speak, they will promote their services. If you hire in-house people, they will promote their products. As an independent columnist and speaker, I have nothing to sell.
What I Discuss
- The Future Trends in Marketing
- Blockchain could bring transparency to ad tech
- GDPR, online ad fraud, and the death of data-based marketing surveillance will bring a return of creativity (transcript and video)
- Direct response spend has moved online, but television is still the most used medium for advertising and is more effective than digital
- There will be no separation between traditional and digital marketing. Marketing will become integrated by being channel-neutral
- How the marketing industry got to the point of believing vapid gurus and software companies selling something
- The Biggest Myths in Marketing
- TV and radio are dead. People want to have relationships with brands. The medium does not matter. Ad tech cuts out expensive middlemen. Only short-term results matter. Advertising “waste” is a bad thing. The brand does not matter. See columns on these topics here and here
- “Millennials” and other demographic segments are useful in marketing
- The Pros, Cons, and Best Practices in Influencer Marketing
- My extensive research on this topic
- “Good analysis of influencer marketing from Samuel Scott in The Drum. Marketers need to step back and consider what’s really important — less emphasis on quantity (followers, clicks, and likes) and more appreciation of quality may be the way forward.” — Unilever CMO Keith Weed
- The Dark Side of the High-Tech Startup World
- The industry uses bad marketing practices to fulfill short-term metrics that lead to long-term losses. Companies are full of sweatshops that commit age discrimination, violate labor law, and force founders and workers to practically kill themselves to satisfy investors. Startups are not customer-centric and see no value in non-digital channels. Open offices save money at the beginning but lost money over the long term. VC funding often makes investors rich at the expense of founders and employees. See this column on these topics
- The startup world is now avoiding VCs and looking for alternatives
Examples of Presentations and Talks
- The Common Myths in Ad Tech (transcript and video from Russia)
- The Biggest Lies That Marketers Tell Themselves (transcript from Ireland and video from Finland)
- TV is Not Dying — It’s Lies, Damn Lies, and Bad Media Statistics (transcript and video from Macau, China)
- The Day After Tomorrow: When GDPR and Ad Blockers Stop Martech and Adtech (transcript and video from England and Turkey)
The Biggest Lies That the Ad Tech World Tells Itself — (dubbed in Russian)
The Biggest Myths in Marketing
I have keynoted private events for customers such as three Facebook brand summits in Mexico, Argentina, and Colombia in 2017.
My most recent panel moderation was at ad tech company Marfeel’s office in Barcelona. I interviewed representatives of Forrester Research, Marfeel, the Rubicon Project, and Den of Geek. Here is the edited transcript.
- Marketing 101 — an introduction into marketing and communications that covers customer-facing research, product-market fit, segmentation, pricing, positioning, messaging, promotional tactics, media mixes, and measurement
- Marketing communications — how to create the most effective marcom campaigns and incorporate them into your overall marketing strategy
- Media relations and publicity — how to create a media relations plan from research to publication and reporter targeting to pitching stories to measuring the right metrics
- SEO — how to get found in organic search results for relevant queries that relate to you, your product, the solutions that you provide, and the questions that you can answer as well as how to ensure stable, long-term growth without risk of Google penalties and what website technical issues to address
- Podcast: How This Little-Known EU Regulation Could Kill Most of Your Digital Marketing in May 2018
- Podcast: Is Everything the Tech World Says About Marketing Wrong?
Where I Have Spoken
My Future Schedule
If your company or organization would like an appearance while I am in your area, contact me ASAP at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can make the necessary arrangements!
December 2018 to February 2019
Available for appearances through the holidays and winter season.
February 25 — St. Albans, England — The CMO Network
March 1-2 — Lisbon, Portugal — The European Summit
March 20-22 — Prague, Czech Republic — Marketing Festival
March 25-26 — Moscow, Russia — Synergy Digital Forum
May 6 — Huntington Beach, California — Apartment Internet Marketing Conference
May 8 — Stockholm, Sweden — Industry Forum, Banking and Insurance
June 11 — Zwolle, the Netherlands — Industry Forum, Retail
June 12 — London, England — ProcureCon
September 4 — Stockholm, Sweden — 600 Minutes
September 25 — Bussum, the Netherlands — 600 Minutes, Customer Experience
October 2 — Stockholm, Sweden — Digital Business Strategy
October 8 — Stockholm, Sweden — Industry Forum, Retail
October 23 — Helsinki, Finland — Future Customer Experience
November 6 — Copenhagen, Denmark — Industry Forum, Retail
November 20 — Stockholm, Sweden — 600 Minutes, Executive Marketing
November 27 — Copenhagen, Denmark — Business AI & Robotics
December 5 — Oslo, Norway — 600 Minutes, Customer Experience
December 11 — Frankfurt, Germany — 600 Minutes, CMO
How Can I Help You?
- E-mail: email@example.com
- UK phone: +44 20 8144 5815 (event organizers only)
- US phone: +1 617 505 4378 (event organizers only)
- Skype: sjscott80