Ruth Mortimer

Editor of Marketing Week and content director for Centaur Marketing (Econsultancy, Marketing Week, Creative Review, Design Week, Celebrity Intelligence, Fashion Monitor, Year Ahead and Foresight News).

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Sochi – the gayest Olympics ever?

Ruth Mortimer

Every Olympics has a theme. London 2012 was about the host city’s huge and diverse population: the world in one city. Sochi 2014, however, has inadvertently found itself representing lack of diversity.

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Stop thinking like a marketer and let the value exchange guide you

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Millennials “expect brands to live in the same world they live in, speak the same language about the same issues they care about, be humorous, or strike an emotional chord,” according to the Harvard Business Review. And it’s not just millennials – consumers aged between 18 and 34 – who feel that way. There is an increasing demand from all consumers for a genuine ‘value exchange’ between themselves and brands.

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How you judge the hype cycle can make or break your brands

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When should marketers take advantage of the hype about a new technology? Move too early and you’re the proud owner of a warehouse full of internet-enabled shoes while consumers are worried about leather soles. Move too slow and you may end up selling  standard shoes when the rest of the world is using their footwear as a wireless hotspot.

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Knowing what you’re worth, getting what you’re worth starts right here

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What is a marketing director worth? In 2014, the answer is £86,165, a whopping 14.4 per cent rise from last year. Marketers may be anxious that they are undervalued by the board but this pay rise suggests otherwise. The good news holds true for the rest of the department too – the average marketing salary overall has climbed £2,500 to £45,021 in the past 12 months.

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This year was called ‘Empty 13’: no Olympics, no World Cup, no general elections, no… well, anything. It was hailed as a year to forget before it had even begun. But 2013 has not been empty. This was the year in which we discovered that spending £1 on advertising adds £6 to the economy and in which content marketing exploded, with claims that 20 per cent of every pound in marketing is spent on content.

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Mentor a digital start-up and boost your change management

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The opportunity for brands to engage with start-ups is significant. Yet I am still struck by how big a gulf there is between the growing start-up and the general marketing communities. I wrote in Marketing Week earlier in the year about the opportunities for large companies to engage with these smaller, innovative businesses yet – with a few exceptions – little progress seems to have been made.

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Reinvention, not cost cutting, should be the stimulus for reorganisation

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It takes an accomplished marketer to argue that a 12 per cent reduction in headcount in the marketing department is a positive step. So congratulations to Unilever’s global marketing chief Keith Weed, who presented his brand’s marketing vision for the future this week, promising to create such a streamlined, effective marketing machine that an estimated 840 people will no longer be necessary. 

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