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In Today’s Must-Reads:
👩💻 How To Stop Poor Meetings
🆕 How To Keep Pushing Your Career Forward In Uncertain Times
🗣 Amazon TV Shopping Powered By Voice
🤔 Was Princess Diana Was The First Fashion Influencer
➕ Deeper Dives Into Cameo’s move into B2B & The Future 4️⃣
The Must-Read Stories Of The Week
Optimise your meetings! 👩💻 - Link
Why poor meetings are killing your business and setting up your team to fail
— A list of essential Leadership articles - Link
— HBR with some guidance on the next phase of leadership - Link
Worried about your career? Here’s how to take back some control and be proactive 👌- Link
Feel like you need more structure for your days and weeks? Here are a couple of frameworks to help you ✍️ - Link
Whether you are a pen and pad, note app user, or spreadsheet kinda person these frameworks will help
Amazon’s play to finally make TV shoppable 📺 - Link
Alexa is miles ahead of with voice and voice to purchase (think I’ve just coined VOP ¯\_(ツ)_/¯) seems to the next leap for Amazon
RIP TO THE CMO V2? Forrester is predicting a tough time for CMOs in coming months 🚨- Link
A year ago I keynoted a Marketing Conference with RIP To The CMO explaining why the CMO has to evolve (or find themselves and the role removed) and the steps to take, interesting to see publications now reporting similar
It’s Time to Replace Ambition with Adaptation 💯 - Link
This is a great way to think about everything that has been thrown at us this year
The dropship and scarcity of success peanut butter D2C explosion 💥 - Link
An interesting look at how a couple went from low sales to $500k with drop marketing & leveraging the undervalued TikTok influencer (interesting points made with TikTok vs Instagram influencer)
I have covered TikTok a number of times over the years of Must Reads, most recently TikTok is selling huge amounts of toys 🧸 - Link
This might sound obvious based on the actual user base (most active users are under 13) but it is important to know consumer good sellers and DTC brands will flood towards TikTok over other platforms
— How TikTok is helping cosmetic brands become relevant and approachable to younger audiences - Link
The zoom-fatigue (zoombies as I call it) is real, as is bad news across social media, why the mute button should be your unsung best friend 🤐 - Link
Worried about tech and your privacy? Here’s a good breakdown and how to think like Edward Snowden 🕵️♂️ - Link
All the talk about anti-trust can be confusing, here is a great breakdown on Google antitrust - Link
Especially when Google might have to separate their browser Chrome. Just remember this famous CEO quote “Competition is only a click away.” - Larry Page
WhatsApp is starting to find it’s small to medium sized business feet and now charging to chat and buy product in chat with merchants 💭 - Video Link
Facebook is finally leaning in to how Europeans & South American’s use WhatsApp, it’s used for bookings, buying items & ecommerce, now it’s charged…
🎅As October is now officially a ‘Christmas Shopping Month’ a follow up bonus: A few weeks back I shared the must-have Christmas item, the advent calendars, here are the top 20 🎄 - Link
Deeper Dive ➕Cameo & Celebrity Endorsement ➕
Cameo’s B2B Play 💰 - Link AKA Quick Hire Without The Marketing Fire
I have shared Cameo quite a lot on Must Reads. It’s a smart service created to serve us a slice of fandom or nostalgia with a quick video message from a celebrity of our choice.
Having used the service it’s quick, easy, and entertaining and unless you pay $2.5K for Catlin Jenner (yes for a 20-second video) it’s basically a present that’s decent value for money.
Something I have questioned about writing about for a while, is Cameo’s move to B2B and offering a service where your brand can hire say a C-to-Z-list celebrity to promote your business a smart one. I understand it from Cameo’s business perspective, why not charge more for something that cheats their system.
However, is this service killing what’s so great about advertising and marketing, the build, and creation of brand and campaigns? Especially when most celebrities see this service as a quick payday and 1 of 40 to record in 24 hours?
I understand the one-man band, the small accounts firms, and coffee shops leveraging stars calling out their offering but would a large brand win from this?
Are we removing the important scarcity element, wouldn’t the secret recipe, secret sauce, or unique product be a better way of peaking consumers interested in your product or brand for the long term loyalty?
Would hiring Snoop Dogg to take part in yet another promotion (and not promoting on his channels), just be another disposable act? Snoop alone has numerous high profile endorsements and advertising deals, does this confuse the audience? Most likely.
➕ The Future 4️⃣➕
In 2021 and Beyond Predictions I recommended 4 areas of huge growth, Food & Local Delivery, Gaming, Audio and Browser Extensions, lets dive into three.
Food Delivery: Ghost and dark stores are something that should be skyrocketing, this of course includes dark kitchens for food delivery. I came across this article and thought it would be a good peek behind Uber’s co-founders huge new venture - Link
If I was advising a fair-sized brand and they needed to gain or improve local reach and distribution I would recommend looking at local retail space and look to turn units or shops into dark stores or hubs for creation and delivery.
Audio: An incredible long read on the opportunity of audio from (ex-Head of Strategy at Amazon Prime & investor) Matthew Ball - Link
This matches my recommendation on why audio has to be a brand pillar in 2021, grab a coffee (or do as I did and listen via Pocket) and enjoy this priceless resource.
Gaming: I am half way writing an essay about the fight for the canonoical screen and inputs (channels) & Playstation annouced their streaming channels including a new remote (image below), including Netflix, YouTube, Spotify & Disney+ - the question I have, how much did being a button cost these players. Friend of Must Reads Lewis and I had an eerily timed tweet exchange on why isn’t food delivery a button or a voice activated prompt….
Quote Of The Week:
“Our potential is one thing. What we do with it is quite another.” ― Angela Duckworth
Thanks for reading, enjoy your weekend and I’ll see you next week.
And cheers to those who have brought me a latte or two recently ⤵️
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I am on a mission to fix the broken world of work with Focus (my culture, strategy consultancy). I have spent two decades in Marketing and Growth leadership, from before Google dominated search and Facebook controlled ‘Social’ & I was on the leadership team at JustGiving & currently I am an interim CMO and company advisor.
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