FUTURE OF MARKETING
Media as Word-of-Mouth to the Max
has long been recognized that Word-of-Mouth Marketing (WOMM) is the most effective
form of advertising. AND it's free. The phenomenal growth of Social Media has
created a bold new universe for the ever growing marketing industry: Engineering
forms of marketing account for many billions spent each year as companies carefully
nurture their brands, maintain valued customers and attract new leads for their
products and services. Very recently, with the huge success of Twitter, Google+,
YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook, marketing departments around the world can no
longer ignore the necessity to exploit these fertile fields for their own puposes.
to the fastest growing employment opportunity that nobody is supposed to know
about -- manipulating social media to optimize word-of-mouth advertising.
more than 20 years I've worked as a graphic designer in Marketing Departments
for companies such as Rockwell, Broadcom and Black & Decker. Since "marketing"
is a term that is both praised and hated by all who hear it, these departments
generally go by different names, like "Communications" and "Creative
Services." The fact is, without MarCom,
small businesses and multinational corporations could not exist. Getting the word
out about what you do is essential for survival in a fiercely competitive world.
been an artist in the business for quite awhile, I'm intimately aware that advertising
is created by tradition-bound executives, supervisors, managers, art directors
and copywriters. These are folks who don't easily embrace change, and yet marketing
is currently undergoing a tremendous revolution as messaging must now be targeted
not only to the usual "middle class" customers, but also to the super
wealthy and the newly poor segments of the society. This requires a delicate balancing
act that is radically transforming conventional MarCom departments.
understand the psychology of advertising as it has previously existed, I suggest
that you check out the excellent free online marketing course at MIT
OCW offered by the Sloan School of Management. You can access it here:
Marketing, Spring 2002
Take a break from this article and
study up on that course for a month or so, then come back. I'll wait...
welcome back. Have you finished the marketing course? Good. Now you need to forget
all that. Everything has changed.
On October 31, 2011, the 7
billionth human being was born on earth
Half of the world's population
(3.5 billion) is under 30
96% of these under-30 folks are avid users
of social networking systems
There are currently nearly 1 billion users
In the year 2010...
Facebook made $1.86 billion in ad revenue
YouTube made $450 million
LinkedIn made $243
$42 million, and surpassed $200 million in 2011
awesome moneymaking power of social networking is increasing by leaps and bounds.
Consequently, we have entered an uncharted realm of ethically ambiguous gray area
Companies are devoting millions in research & development to create positive
feedback for their offerings via social media and the blogosphere. This is creating
an innovative category of employment that must use tech-adept virtual shills working
for various companies to conduct non-stop data mining, constantly monitoring the
net for feedback and creating fake posts on blogs and social network sites to
boost their image and to promote their products/services.
not supposed to know about such things, but I'm sure you've already been exposed
to it many times. Maybe you'll come across an unrealistically glowing review of
a company on Yelp.com, and
you think, "Oh, I guess her son must work for them." More often than
not, these bogus testimonials are surreptitiously produced by company employees,
and sometimes even by clever prospective-customer lead-generating chatbots.
you get in on the groundfloor of this rapidly growing industry, you will secure
a lucrative income by becoming a highly prized social media operative and consultant.
Just go to Monster.com
and search for "social media manager" in your area. Or, for numerous
daily online opportunities, simply search "social media" here: ScriptLance
welcome. Good luck.