The advertising industry has reached a critical and dangerous point in its development – agencies destroy themselves by doing increased work for declining fees. So what are the logical consequences of the failure to act? Growing workloads and declining fees have created a “recipe for disaster.” For the first time, Michael Farmer offers a solution to avoid this seemingly inevitable disaster. This book offers the world’s first effective definition of “the real agency problem.” Once the problem is understood, the author offers corrective solutions.
Now in its third edition, Madison Avenue Manslaughter has been updated to include industry developments from 2017-2018, plus new material and chapters. This book is a call to action for the 21st century breed of “mad men,” which outlines the industry problems and encourages agencies and their clients to take management actions to keep this disaster at bay. These actions form the basis of a strategic response by agency CEOs as well as corporate chief marketing officers.
New third edition – how to create a sustainable, innovative advertising company for today.
Updated and revised due to latest drastic changes in ‘ad land’.
This is a controversial book whose subject matter is of intense current interest, and the interest is growing.
New and exclusive foreword by Sir Martin Sorrell following his forced exit of WPP.
Intelligently written and full of original cases and interviews – winner of several business book awards.
FORMAT: 216 x 138mm
Number of pages: 224
Prior to founding Farmer & Company in 1992, Michael Farmer was a strategy consultant with The Boston Consulting Group and a Director of Bain & Company. He headed Bain’s Munich, Paris and London offices during Bain’s decade of European expansion in the 1980s.
Madison Avenue Manslaughter outlines – in unrelenting, painstaking detail – the decline of the advertising industry and the tone-deaf agency executives who are leading their own businesses to the chopping block. It’s about the reality that exists behind the well-groomed facade of Madison Avenue.
It may take some readers a day or two to muster the courage to open it. But the industry-shaking insights in Madison AvenueManslaughtermake it required reading for everyone who works in advertising – marketers and agencies alike.
Madison Avenue Manslaughteris an unforgettable look into the Mad Men’s declining world. The book offers key insights into how senior agency executives can restore their agencies to health and deliver improved results over time.
We live in times of great change. Or so we are told. Headlines blast messages about clashes between tribes, civilisations, political factions, East and West. We are told that unless we abstain from eating meat, flying or enjoying other modern amenities, the planet is doomed. We live in times of trouble. Of crossroads. Of signs of decline. We live in special times. In turn, future thinking is often reduced to people having opinions about other people’s opinions.
As opposed to manifesto, in manifesto many small ideas are created to inspire one person, your- self. By sharing the vision of the future, we can avoid telling stories and instead strive to surround ourselves with as many strange, conflicting ideas that we can in order to immerse ourselves in future possibilities and possible futures. Incorporating recognisable examples, Minifesto will illustrate how the world changes when a single individual does something new.
The impact of the weather is often taken for granted and sometimes completely ignored. Weather in all forms is a maker and breaker of both business and personal fortunes, especially when it reaches extremes. The weather we experience crucially dictates almost every aspect of our lives. It directs what we do and when we do it, from what we eat and drink, to the clothes we wear, and it even governs our health and behaviour.
In this entertaining and informative book, global expert meteorologist and weather authority, Jim N R Dale, shares his experiences and advises how you and your business could truly become weather savvy. Weather impact is an all-consuming phenomenon, and, with the rise of climate change, there is no better time to tune into one of the most important aspects of our lives. Certainly, a book for a rainy day!
The realm of the “personal” is now increasingly touched by technology – especially the Internet. For example, sleep is now something we do in between checking our smartphones. Our relationship to food and eating has changed too. Home delivery, restaurant search, table bookings – these have all been elevated to a high level skill-set which is part-entertainment, part-electronic processing. And travel is now a finger-clicking exercise with precision timing.
This readjustment of our daily routine has had one significant effect: it has taught individuals a range of skills that would normally be in the domain of businesses. Ordinary people now behave as businesses do by using buying strategies to get costs down. We now have expectations of quality and delivery. In fact, we have become so business-like as individuals that marketers need to get rid of the processes of “Business-to-Consumer” communication, and begin to adopt the rules of “Business-to-Business” when talking to consumers. Such change of our lives is an explosion of the new – new thinking, new business, new relationships, new selling, new buying, new leisure, new humans.
There is a form of creativity so powerful that it only takes one look and one listen for millions of consumers to remember it, like it, buy it, and tell others about it. These are so-called Super Signs - the brands that are embedded in human culture and hidden deep in our subconscious.
This book takes a fresh approach to branding, and explores how to turn brands into Super Signs in today's competitive and ever-changing world. Super Signs are the most effective and powerful means of influencing a consumer's actions. From a branding point of view, Super Signs are the ultimate level that your brand can reach -- a level where the brand triggers an instinctive reaction in thought and action from the consumer.
Author: Sam Hua & Nan Hua
What makes a great salesperson? What beliefs, attitudes and behaviours are linked to being a top performer? What impact does culture, industry and sales context have? And does a formal sales methodology or process make a difference?
This book is for any sales professional, or indeed anyone involved in the sales process of their company, who wants to learn the secrets of successful selling. Based on interviews and analysis (qualitative and quantitative) of 300 of the world’s leading salespeople, across a mix of industries, cultures and context, the authors present the most rigorous evaluation of how salespeople behave and how they are driven. In doing so, they reveal the secret code behind consistent and high-level success in sales.
Authors: Ian Mills, Mark Ridley, Ben Laker & Tim Chapman
Consumer loyalty in the twenty-first century values trust, transparency, communication and authenticity. Holistic Branding explores the art of making a strong emotional connection from your organization and culture in order to drive your business forward. Direct in its approach, the book argues that everything from hiring employees to your consumer message must be in line with the company's brand.
Broken down into four easily accessible and digestible parts, Holistic Branding is an essential book for leaders and business people interested in creating a dynamic and authentic brand that stands apart from its competitors in our highly competitive consumer age.
Author: Jodi Oridioni
What if you could get people to listen to you in every situation? And in addition, get them to want to listen? Would that make life easier? Rhetoric is not the art of speaking - it is the art of getting others to listen. This book does not deal with the history of rhetoric - nor is it a book that teaches you how to 'talk nicely' - as many people might think when they hear the word 'rhetoric'. This book will teach you to speak effectively and increase the motivation of your listeners. Teaching you how to be professional and personal, without being private. Elaine shares her own experiences, and suggests with humour and warmth how to tackle difficult situations. Selling 60,000 copies in Sweden, this revised edition boasts completely new examples and rhetorical tricks.
Virtually everyone sells in some capacity today, and we can become better at selling by becoming smarter at it. In today s highly competitive marketplace, creating an advantage through sales is imperative. Distilled into this single, handy-sized volume are twenty tips, advice and techniques to help anyone to improve their sales capability. It provides insights and tools to develop a more considered, smarter approach to overcoming any sales-related problem and situation. Each piece of advice is accompanied by graphic aids to aid understanding.
The internet is shrinking the world; local brick and mortar businesses are finding more competition than ever before, primarily from ‘out of towners’ who conduct their business online. Consumers are thrilled with this change and empowered with information; no longer requiring a salesperson to start the buying process. So how does a local business compete in a world that has gone digital?
The Business of Getting Business will educate and lead business owners to a different way of generating and converting business opportunities using digital marketing concepts and processes. It provides need-to-know information about digital marketing in easy-to-understand terms, so any business owner will walk away with a true understanding of what they need to do online to make their business succeed. Furthermore, it provides an implementation guide that runs through the specific technologies and the steps required to be productive with a digital marketing solution to build a better future.
InCitations offers a series of memorable quotes, aphorisms and expressions (that is, citations) and by delving into their history and meaning(s) you will find ways of applying – or just pondering on – them that incite insight and add to a sense of smartness. The range of inspiring quotes, aphorisms and words provided aim to illuminate, trigger debate, conversation and reflection that will enliven and enrich your writing and thinking.
From the arts to sciences, advertising to psychology, this book encompasses it all. You will encounter writers, lyricists, firebrands, psychoanalysts and complexity theorists, The New Yorker cartoons, Spartan mothers and tractor boys, as well as learn the difference between jumbo jets and mayonnaise, and the significance of the number 45.
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