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How to market to your CFO


The entrance to the British Library’s latest exhibition on writing is marked by three artefacts: an Egyptian figurine, a label for an Egyptian mummy, and a Mesopotamian clay object. All dates from 2000 years ago or more. And together the items articulate the three reasons why humans developed writing: communicating, […]

The B2B Marketing Magpie


In La Gazza Ladra, an 1817 opera by Gioachino Rossini, servant Ninetta is taken to the scaffold for the theft of silver-ware, a theft really perpetrated by a magpie attracted to something shiny and new. There’s a magpie gene in marketers too. And while the scaffold is perhaps a bit […]

What’s in a name?


I sometimes find myself helping businesses that use an abundance of naming conventions for their companies, products, and services. Where the target market for all these names is the same, using a large number of names in your marketing simply confuses your customers. Simplification rules. Always. It’s always worth thinking […]

Marketing Outside of the Box


Those who have experienced my handwriting will be delighted to hear that I have started to learn to draw. And that’s been a revelation. I’ve learned that I haven’t been drawing what I’ve been looking at. I’m not seeing what is really there. Let me explain. From an early age, […]