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    Iggy Pintado, the Chairman and a speaker at the marcus evans CMO Summit 2011, considers strategies for ensuring online marketing success.

    Interview with: Iggy Pintado, Director of Marketing, Sustainability & Innovation, UXC Connect


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    Having a winning product, an impressive company website or thousands of fans on Facebook are not enough for long-term success, according to Iggy Pintado, Director of Marketing, Sustainability & Innovation, UXC Connect. The Chairman and a speaker at the upcoming marcus evans CMO Summit 2011 in Queensland, Australia, 26 - 28 September, Pintado shares the four Ps of online networking and discusses marketing and brand loyalty.

    What is the best way of conveying a marketing or product message across in a world where consumers are bombarded with products?

    Iggy Pintado: It is not only the content that is important, but the “context”. You have to make sure you deliver the message in an appropriate way, when the target market is ready to receive the message and to consider the product. That is the most effective way of communicating with people. You need to be there when they are ready to buy and be present wherever they are, so that they can find you easily. Having a website is no longer enough. You need to have a presence where they choose to be. In the online world, that is on social media platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Marketers can take advantage of social media by making absolutely sure that they are there for the audience.

    Is it more than just about having a presence on social media and thousands of fans?

    Iggy Pintado: Of course. You cannot just create a social network because everyone else is doing so. Here is where the four Ps of online networking comes in: purpose, profile, participation and persistence. You must have a purpose and decide what you want out of a social media presence – fans, connections or a community of customers – to be able to measure returns. Take time to ensure your profile is compelling. If you know your target market, you will know what interests them.

    Participation is critical in online networks; you cannot just post or broadcast, but need to interact, observe, listen and converse. This is different to how marketing used to work in the past; it is now a two-way interaction. The fourth P, persistence, is as time dependent as building a brand or launching a product. You need to build your presence, community, followers and fans, and once they get used to interacting with you, that is when it will begin to pay off. Many companies have generated great returns from their social media presence.

    What strategies for creating brand loyalty would you recommend?

    Iggy Pintado: I recommend another acronym for creating brand loyalty: PLAN. This stands for personalise, listen, activate and nurture. You do not want just another follower, so you have to personalise the customer experience, address them by their right name and understand where they are coming from. The days of generic mail with “Dear Sir/Madam” are over. If you are personal with people, they will be personal back, which will generate brand loyalty.

    Listening is a critical part of the social media conversation. When people are ready to buy or ask questions, you must be listening and be ready to respond. Thirdly, when you have a product launch or a campaign to run, get your fans involved. The strength of the community is when you actually ask them to participate. Lastly, nurture, staying in touch on a regular basis. Like any relationship, this takes time. You have to personalise, listen, activate and nurture in order to have a long-term relationship with people.

    What is your outlook for the future?

    Iggy Pintado: Video is going to be an incredibly powerful medium for getting a marketing message across sharper, quicker and more effectively. Mobile marketing and location based marketing will also become increasingly important. If you know where people are at a given point in time, you can serve them with more specialised offers.

    The one constant in this world is that things are changing all the time. With technologies constantly evolving and different ways of using information, marketers need to make sure they keep their finger on the pulse of what is going on with the target market.


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    About the CMO Summit 2011

    This unique forum will take place at the Sheraton Mirage Resort and Spa, Queensland, Australia, 26 – 28 September 2011. Offering much more than any conference, exhibition or trade show, this exclusive meeting will bring together esteemed industry thought leaders and solution providers to a highly focused and interactive networking event. The Summit includes presentations on social brands, engaging consumers, brand differentiation and management.

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