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News & Views

A collection of interviews and articles from Graham Plant or related to Pearl and the services we provide. 

As a leader what matters most? What you say, or what you do?

While I am a leadership and business coach, I am also (and unabashedly) a football tragic and died-in-the-wool supporter of the Collingwood Football Club. So, when the recent documentary Collingwood: From the Inside Out aired on ABC providing a behind scenes look into the club and a few key players, I was captivated.

 

The documentary provided some fabulous insights into what it takes to play sport at the elite level, and also how culture drives success.

 

But there was a poignant moment in the documentary that really stood out for me. A moment that I felt exemplified what great leadership really means to people.

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As a leader what matters most?

BY GRAHAM PLANT, PULSE, LINKEDIN, 6 SEP 2019

The convergence of adtech and martech dominates current discussions on the topic, but a sound understanding of the difference between the two will help marketers better approach new data projects from start to finish. Graham Plant offers a little clarity on the subject.

Since the terms became part of the marketing world vernacular, there have been many attempts to explain adtech; why it is so awesome? How it will own all our marketing spend? More recently, is it the same as martech?

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Adtech, martech, madtech – what’s the difference? Are they different?

BY GRAHAM PLANT, MARKETING MAGAZINE, 14 JUN 2019

Being a leader in business today requires an absolute commitment to continuous learning. And one of the best ways to keep learning and on top of industry trends is dumping tv time and picking up a book or your Kindle.
 

In no particular order here is my list of 20 must read books for managers from my library or kindle that I find myself referencing again and again. Many of them play pivotal parts in my coaching program and strategic planning guides and I thank the authors every time I pick up their book.

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20 books every business leader should read

BY GRAHAM PLANT, PULSE, LINKEDIN, 21 AUG 2018

Graham Plant explains Data as a Service (DaaS), and explores new options for commercialising your organisation’s data.

Have you heard about DaaS? You may have heard of its cousin Software as a Service (SaaS) or brothers Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). And, of course, there is big data as a Service (BDaaS) – riding the wave of big data hype.

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“Doable but not easy” – DaaS and commercialising your organisation’s data

BY GRAHAM PLANT, MARKETING MAGAZINE, 8 NOV 2017

Graham Plant discusses native advertising, a tactic for which analysis of efficacy is only just now becoming possible.  Heard the buzz about native advertising? Not sure if it’s bollocks? And have been told that it is brilliant? But haven’t yet invested in native advertising while you wait for proof that you will see an increase in your advertising ROI? While native advertising is not new, it’s an area that we get asked about a lot at Effective Measure, so it seemed appropriate to explore what makes native advertising work and what makes it fail – and, yes, it isn’t foolproof.

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​Native advertising: buzz, bollocks or brilliance?

BY GRAHAM PLANT, MARKETING MAGAZINE, 27 NOV 2015

We speak to Graham to find out more about Effective Measure, how it has evolved globally to where it is today and what are the growth opportunities here in South Africa. 

We also look what insights other regions generate from Effective Measure and what the South African market can learn from these regions, what the markets compared to South Africa are doing and the growth opportunities for the African continent.

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Global insights from Effective Measure CEO

INTERVIEW - BIZ TAKEOUTS, 27 AUG 2015

We asked two veteran direct marketers for their thoughts on the latest news from Australia Post that will see a two-tiered pricing model, with increases for both.  It still needs to get past the ACCC, but the changes announced by Government and Australia Post this week would see regular letters take longer and cost more ($1), while priority letters would take the same time as regular letters currently do and cost more still (possibly starting at $1.50). The changes would come into effect around September 2015.

What follows are comments from Australia Post, the Minister for Communications, and two veteran direct marketers Marketing asked for comment.

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Weigh in: What do the Australia Post pricing changes mean for direct marketers?

MARKETING MAGAZINE, 4 MARCH 2015

With the now ubiquitous nature of social media, the ever-increasing range of marketing media options and the rapid changes in the way people consume information, marketing has become increasingly complex. Marketers are struggling to assemble an increasingly fragmented view of the customer in an environment of dwindling response rates, stricter contact regulations, restrictive ‘do not contact’ lists and stiffer competition.

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At the speed of marketing: making the right decisions in real time

BY GRAHAM PLANT, MARKETING MAGAZINE, 17 SEP 2012

Every new channel is meant to kill its predecessor but this rarely occurs. 

 

Digital evangelists are spruiking everywhere that print is dead. With each new media development, “experts” have proclaimed the demise of another. Radio was going to kill off print. TV was not only going to render print impotent and replace radio and cinemas. Movies were to be the end of theatre. But history is a fantastic teacher. Despite all the predictions, the majority of mediums still exist and have continued to evolve. So why is it that this time round, an industry that stems back centuries appears resigned to its demise?

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Don’t write off print media just yet

BY GRAHAM PLANT, PROPRINT MAGAZINE, 29 FEB 2012 

It is fair to say that the past few years have been a bit like living in a washing machine. We’ve seen phenomenal developments in technology, particularly in the digital space; We’ve watched the US dollar dive faster than an Italian footballer in the penalty box at the World Cup; and social networking has replaced porn as the number one activity for people on the web. Yeah, I know, crazy, huh? 

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In marketing, the only certainty is uncertainty

BY GRAHAM PLANT, MARKETING MAGAZINE, 29 SEP 2011 

In my last article [published in March 2011 Marketing], I recounted the age-old question raised by John Wanamaker – considered by some the father of the department store and modern day advertising – who said, “Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don’t know which half.”

 

To address this question, we are increasingly seeing businesses create attribution models to better quantify the effectiveness of each customer touch point to achieve a sale or a response. Surprisingly, there are many more businesses that, while desperate to understand how to increase their marketing ROI, have not explored the benefits of marketing attribution.

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Have you worked out which half of your advertising spend is being wasted?

BY GRAHAM PLANT, MARKETING MAGAZINE,  JUL 2011 

The 2008 MOSAIC analysis showed the emergence of three consumer groups --- Freemales, Spuds and Salary Miners. Today on BTalk Australia Phil Dobbie asks Graham Plant, Managing Director of Pacific Micromarketing, to explain what these groups are and how demographic tools like MOSAIC compare with psychographic based techniques for segmenting customers.

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Freemales, Spuds and Salary Miners 

INTERVIEW - BTALK AUSTRALIA, 28 JAN 2009 

The world of advertising and the role of marketers has gone through an amazing amount of change in the past 10 years. Around four years ago digital media advertising was about half of traditional media advertising. By next year, the roles will be reversed with traditional advertising media spend being around half the value of digital media spend. And by traditional media I’m mainly referring to television, radio, print, mail and out of home media.

Now that’s a massive shift. But is it a good shift? 

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In Advertising, success has many fathers …

BY GRAHAM PLANT, PULSE, LINKEDIN, 8 AUG 2019

Leadership fascinates me. I am unabashedly a student of leadership and love researching successful leaders to understand them, and learn from them. 

History abounds with remarkable stories of leadership that we can reference for inspiration and guidance. And what great teachers we have to call on to show us what great leadership means, and what it can achieve.

I also love working with leaders, and that is what got me into executive coaching. Being able to work with leaders and help them on their journey is an amazing privilege.  

With so many good leaders from our history to guide us, how is it in Australia today that we seem bereft of great leaders?

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Australia, Where have all the leaders gone?

BY GRAHAM PLANT, PULSE, LINKEDIN, 22 AUG 2018

Businesses and government have been winging it when it comes to data use. Graham Plant on trust and what it should mean to marketers.

As marketers we rely on data. Now more than ever. So why is it that so many businesses pay scant regard to the security, compliant use and governance of their customer data?  To understand if data security is important to your customers you don’t need to look any further than the hoo-ha happening around My Health Record.

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Will data kill your business? A wake-up call for marketers

BY GRAHAM PLANT, MARKETING MAGAZINE, 23 JUL 2018

Graham Plant writes that while business would be pretty boring without first movers, the advantage gained is rarely as clear-cut as it seems.  When the theme of this issue of Marketing was mentioned, there was an obvious choice for me in regards to the topic I would write on: market leaders and first mover advantages… or disadvantages.

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A start-up view of first mover (dis)advantage

BY GRAHAM PLANT, MARKETING MAGAZINE, 13 APR 2016

Graham Plant investigates to what extent the values that define people actually influence their shopping behaviour.  Values – as marketers they sit at the core of everything we do, although sometimes we don’t recognise how important they are in defining our success.

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How our customers’ values define them and their choices

BY GRAHAM PLANT, MARKETING MAGAZINE, 1 OCT 2015

Brand custodians need to rethink the responsiveness of the brand implement-test cycle, writes Graham Plant.  When the theme of this issue of the new-format Marketing (which, by the way guys, looks awesome) was presented to me, it raised a number of thoughts and ideas – but one stood out more than the others.

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Listen to learn: designing brand identity

BY GRAHAM PLANT, MARKETING MAGAZINE, 11 MAY 2015

Don’t learn the hard way, learn from Graham Plant – he’s been involved in the selection of marketing automation platforms for a variety of organisations, including most recently at Effective Measure where he joined as CEO. His key piece of advice: figure out what your business needs before talking to any vendors.

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​The independent, vendor-free guide to choosing a marketing automation platform

BY GRAHAM PLANT, MARKETING MAGAZINE, 19 FEB 2015

The bestselling author is one of the world’s most well-known marketers. He loves new media, has more than 50,000 Twitter followers – and is supremely confident that print still works.  They call him the “celebrity CMO”. As the former chief marketing officer of Kodak, Jeffrey Hayzlett is a giant of the business world. Before he held the key role at Kodak - during its glory days in graphic arts - Hayzlett also worked for a number of print companies. He is now a consultant and bestselling author, and renowned as an expert in different marketing channels. Now often referenced for his expertise in social media (he has more than 50,000 Twitter followers), Hayzlett remains true to his first love – print. In a ProPrint exclusive, he speaks to former head of PMP Digital Graham Plant, who is now director of Pearl Business Solutions, specialists in maximising marketing effectiveness.

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‘Printing is as strong as ever’

BY GRAHAM PLANT, PROPRINT MAGAZINE, 17 MAY 2012 

First, a confession: I am a hoarder! I hate to throw anything out. In my archives are articles, magazines, journals and products that I have kept on the basis that they would be useful references. I have football records from the 1970s, Harvard Business Review  publications from the 80s and industry publications that span across three decades. And no, they have never been referenced again. Until now!

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The future of direct marketing, as seen from 1994

BY GRAHAM PLANT, MARKETING MAGAZINE, 4 NOV 2011 

After attending ADMA Forum this week, I reflect back on some of the other ADMA Forums I’ve attended in years gone by. This year the hot topic is multi-channel marketing and understanding how to get the channel mix right so marketers can maximise return on investment. 

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Multi-channel marketing – are we taking the wrong approach?

BY GRAHAM PLANT, ADMA BLOG, 19 AUG 2011 

Around the turn of the 19th century John Wanamaker, considered by some as the father of the department store and modern day advertising, is quoted as saying, “Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don't know which half.”

This quote has been referenced by businesses the world over with a wry acceptance of how true this statement remains today.

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So how much of your marketing spend is really wasted?

BY GRAHAM PLANT, MARKETING MAGAZINE,  MAR 2011 

“Mosaic 2008 offers us new levels of insight into where Australians live and work, how much they earn and spend, what their family situation is and what they do with their spare time,” said Graham Plant, from research firm Pacific Micromarketing.

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One happy SPUD

INTERVIEW - SUNSHINE COAST DAILY, 13 MAR 2008