Marketing’s Acupressure Problem

Peanut-Buttered Marketing has little hope for success. Marketing that stems from the “meridian” philosophy of early Chinese medicine is the only real way to go. In Acupuncture and Acupressure, certain nodal points in the body are located as “meridians” that when stimulated have far-reaching effects throughout the body. Marketers need to know the acupressure points in their ecosystem if they hope to ever show the results they claim they can. Spreading marketing evenly, while understandable, is by and large a failing proposition.

Consider the following problem: Let’s say you are CMO of a company that wants to get Developers to write applications for your new Mobile operating system. You want to incite action and participation from Developers by getting them to change their perceptions of your company and your competitors. Where would you spend the bulk of your marketing efforts? Well, clearly, you’d spend resources in Silicon Valley, the well-known “headwaters” of perception in the world of technology and home to Apple Corporation, maker of the iPhone and incumbent perception-leader in its space. It would be foolish to spend equal amounts in the Valley and in, say, Los Angeles though the latter is a bigger market.

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Romi Mahajan is President of KKM Group, an Advisory company focused solely on Strategy and Marketing in the Technology, Media, Agency, and Luxury Goods sectors.