I am not sure about you, but for me, the year literally flew by. While trying to clear a mountain of paperwork before the year ends, I also started to contemplate for 2018. For fellow marketers, what are strategies and tactics that are worth keeping, and what should they do moving into 2018? Let me offer a few humble observations from the past few years of in-house and client-related work, and also trends I observed that would find a long trajectory.
When I walk through many of the city malls here, it is common to see white boarded walls in what used to be vibrant retail shops. There seems more and more white walled up spaces than there are active retail shops these days, and it is worrying. It reminds me of many years ago when I was in Melbourne, and there are streets of vacant shops, and plenty of “for lease” signs everywhere. We are now facing that here.
The media is not a pretty place. Whether we read, hear or see something in the media, invariably some gloom and doom news await us, ranging from wars, natural disasters, sanctions, and general shaky or volatile business climates.
Remember the award-winning TV series “Mad Men”? The golden romantic days of big media, big budgets, and big advertisers? That world has changed, drastically.