Thursday, 7 June 2018

Coca-Cola has launched its first alcoholic drink

Coca-Cola is the most iconic non-alcoholic beverages brand, which included refreshing cola, energy drink and tea, etc. It stayed away from alcoholic for 132 years, and it broken the tradition on 28 May. The company’s first alcoholic drink is Lemon Do, a lemon-flavoured Chu-Hi drink released in Kyushu Japan.

Chu-Hi is a local drink which contains 3% to 8% alcohol. Chu-Hi contains vodka or shochu with carbonated water that flavoured, such as lemon, grape, strawberry, kiwi and white peach. After visiting Japanese-style “izakaya” pubs, Coca Cola’s product developers found out the lemon-flavoured drinks are popular among the country. Lemon Do has three type of alcohol content, 3%, 5% and 7%, which target young female segment.

Japan is one of the most competitive beverage markets, where many companies such as Suntory, Kirin, Asahi. Also, Chu-Hi have increased in popularity in the local market. “Coca-Cola has always focused entirely on non-alcoholic beverages and this is a modest experiment for a specific slice of our market,” said Jorge Garduño, president of Coca-Cola’s Japan business. 

“We haven’t experimented in the low alcohol category before, but it’s an example of how we continue to explore opportunities outside our core areas.” Garduño said. However, customers outside Japan can’t have Lemon Do in coming future. Coca-Cola confirmed there are no plans to launch in other countries. “But I don’t think people around the world should expect to see this kind of thing from Coca-Cola. While many markets are becoming more like Japan, I think the culture here is still very unique and special, so many products that are born here will stay here.” So Lemon Do might be your new excuse to travel. 

Advertisement for Lemon Do (photo source: Lemon Do Twitter ) 

Original article: ‘Coca-Cola Has Released Its First Alcoholic Beverage and It’s Called Lemon-Do’, posted by Ad Week, 30 May, 2018

Coca-Cola launches first-ever alcoholic drink in Japan’, posted by Fox News, 29 May, 2018

Written by Peggy Lau 
Current student in the Master of Marketing program at the University of Sydney Business School.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

How brands are getting involved in the Royal Wedding

The Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has been the hot topic around the world. Even marketers are getting involved in the wedding of the year.  Marketing Matters have you covered. Here are some brands that have seized the royal wedding trend.


IKEA understands those single ladies’ are feeling heartbroken of the royal wedding. The brand posted a witty social media post with their Harry chair, “Don’t worry, Harry is still available”.  This simple post received over 10k reactions, 2.527 shares. IKEA’s spokesperson said the royal wedding has been a hot topic on everyone’s lips. It's an opportunity to mark the date and tell customers know that Harry (Chair) is still available in IKEA.

Source: IKEA

Moreover, IKEA had a post-wedding post to attract more netizens. A leftover wedding cake is in the Pruta plastic storage box with the caption “When you’re stuck with leftover cake from 600 wedding guests.”

Source: IKEA

Marks & Spencer

British retailer Marks & Spencer celebrates the royal wedding by renaming the brand to ‘Markle & Sparkle’ for three days. The brand characters, Percy & Penny Pig, had their wedding ceremony at the Windsor store on the day before the royal wedding as a kickoff.  M&S also changed the logo of the website and social media account; redecorated the store windows.

“As a quintessentially British brand we had to do something special to mark the royal wedding and what better way to welcome Meghan to the family than to ‘marry’ both our names together for the weekend," said Sharry Cramond, M&S marketing director for food & hospitality.

Source: Marks & Spencer

The official unveiling took place at the M&S' Windsor store. Source: Pretty 52

Original article: ‘3 brands that wittily rode the royal wedding wave this weekend ’, posted by Marketing Interactive, 21 May, 2018 

Marks & Spencer is renaming itself to celebrate the royal wedding’, posted by Marketing Interactive, 21 May, 2018 

Written by Peggy Lau
Current student in the Master of Marketing program at the University of Sydney Business School.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

The Sleep Revolution by Somnium Lab

University of Sydney Business School students make a revolution to pillow business with the solution to neck pain and optimise sleep. Somnium Lab with the title of champion of the 2017 Student Challenge at Innovation Week has launched a Kickstarter for MuTu Pillow.

A former Bachelor of Commerce and Liberal Studies student Tycho Hugh and biomedical engineering PhD candidate Suri Susilo founded Somnium Lab. Winning the 2017 student challenge was a shot in the arm for them, “It was also a great step in further validating our concept and business model, which helped to keep us hustling every day.”

Somnium Lab founders: Miles Tycho Hugh (left) and Suri Susilo (right). Image source: The University of Sydney

Hugh now works as a tutor in Business School’s marketing faculty. He emphasises that listening and understanding customers is the key values of their Kickstarter campaign.  “Seeing that people actually want the product, and seeing that what we're doing actually provides value to people's lives, I know it's all been completely worth it,” 

He started the business in University and has been thankful for the experience. “The University of Sydney Business School is filled with so many interesting, high calibre people who have given me so much inspiration, help, and support thus far,” said Mr Hugh. He also met another co-founder, Suri, through a friend he made in his Business Capstone tutorial.

About MuTu

As the world’s first pillow, MuTu can be customised 66 unique sleep positions through air suspension technology. Unlike other pillows, Mu Tu is free from filler that prevents the accumulation of dust or bacteria. The technology also allows MuTu to keep its shape overnight and absorbs pressure while sleeping that allows for a better sleep.

Image source: Somnium Lab

MuTu Pillow is available for per order on Kickstarter. 

** Original article, ‘STUDENTS KICKSTART SLEEPY BUSINESS’, posted by the University of Sydney, 3 Apr, 2018 **

Written by Peggy Lau
Current student in the Master of Marketing program at the University of Sydney Business School.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

In the Age of Digital Content is King

In the digital age, there’s a saying that goes, ‘Content is King.’ And you know what? It’s not wrong. Besides from social and and online ads, which have both grown by around 70% in the last year, content has also seen a increase in use of 62% and is predicted to only grow in the future.

So besides being a key aspect of digital marketing, having the skills to write content or a blog will definitely help you in your career.

The importance of blogging goes without saying. Am I right? Unfortunately for the Master of Marketing program, our very own Marketing Matters blog is now captainless! This means that from now on, the blog will be kept afloat by students and contributors. For marketing students, this provides the opportunity to learn practical skills in a professional context and allow them to publish their blogs, gain exposure and enhance their employability.

Source: Australian Marketing Institute

If you have no idea how to write or manage a blog, don’t panic! I’m here to guide you on the ins and outs of effective blog writing. Pretty much anyone can write a blog if they have the magic formula. So that’s precisely what I am going to give you.

The Right Tone

Blogging is a completely different style to academic writing. It’s likely that your audience is reading your post on public transport, during a coffee break, or while they are waiting for a friend to arrive at a bar or café. They probably don’t have a lot of time to read a lot, so try and feed them the information in bite-sized pieces. Keep it conversational and easy to read and think short sentences rather than long. Break the information up with headings and don’t forget to accompany the sections with relevant images.

TIP: Even though you may be an expert in your field, it’s always good to write in layman's terms – as though the reader has absolutely no background in the subject matter.

Generating Leads

First up, what are leads? Well in the University of Sydney’s Master of Marketing program, the Marketing Matters Blog serves to generate leads to a number of stakeholders: prospective students who are researching marketing courses; employers seeking to employ top level marketing graduates, industry professionals who may be interested in providing guest lectures or joining the teaching faculty, etc. The list goes on...

Without the blog, MoM really wouldn’t have a way to demonstrate how talented its students are, the quality of the program’s design, and the high standard of teaching at the University of Sydney Business School.

So how exactly do you generate leads? Well, depending on the type of blog, you might decide to use backlinks/hyperlinks or weave keywords into the metadata. Take Marketing Matters for instance, if the audience wants to learn more about the program, the information is easily available for them. They just have to click on the link, get taken back to the program page and then they are free to explore the course structure, fees, and application process.

Leads ‘lead’ to actions, which is pretty much what content is all about about. Being able to research, write and edit effectively will always be valued and once learned, students can take these skills and apply them to their their own roles.

Written by Alyce Brierley
Graduating student from the Master of Marketing program at the University of Sydney Business School.

Thursday, 3 May 2018

What the Cambridge Analytica scandal teaches marketers about data privacy

What do customers’ needs mean for marketers? Marketers rely on data to target users with ads. Does that mean your customers want targeted advertising rather than their privacy? The Cambridge Analytica scandal reveals that data leakage has become a marketing practice.

Mark Zuckerberg appears before the committees of the US Congress (Image source: The Guardian)

Professor Mark Ritson reminds us that customers’ needs are not what marketers think. According to YouGov research, 55% of British viewers hate personalised advertising, but don’t worry, this doesn’t mean marketers cannot use customer data. YouGov's research categorises the British adult population into two segments: ‘Customers who believe that ads helped them decide what to buy’ and ‘Customers who accept targeted ads to some extent’.  ‘Personalised Pioneers’ is the one segment which likes to engage with targeted ads, meaning that we can target this group of customers.

Image source: Marketing Week

Privacy is about respecting customers. We should explain to consumers in detail instead of hiding the terms and conditions. Here is a great reminder from Steve Jobs eight years ago. At the D8 Conference in 2010, he stated, “Privacy means people know what they are signing up for… I believe people are smart and some people want to share more data than other people do. Ask them. Ask them every time. Make them tell you to stop asking them if they get tired of you asking them. Let them know exactly what you are going to do with their data. That’s what we believe".

Current Apple Chief Executive, Tim Cook, also emphasises that marketing does not need a personalised data mountain for the future. Indeed, we should change the focus on improving customer satisfaction in innovative product design rather than targeting customers.

The Cambridge Analytica scandal alerts marketers to focus on customers’ real needs. It’s a time for us to review the marketing practice and reinstate our relationship with data privacy.

Original article: 'Mark Ritson: This is a critical point in marketers' relationship with data privacy', posted by Marketing Week - April 3, 2018.

Peggy Lau
Current student in the Master of Marketing program at the University of Sydney Business School.

Thursday, 26 April 2018

The Five Step Blog Formula

Masters of Marketing students have now been charged with the running of the Marketing Matters blog. It’s a daunting task for many, but it doesn’t have to be so scary! Writing a blog is easier than you think.

Simply follow these five steps as outlined in this magic formula and you will be on your way to being a seasoned blogger in no time!

Step 1: Know your audience
Before you start to write, have a thorough understanding of who your target audience is. What do they want to know about? What will resonate with them? 

Step 2: Choose a topic and working title
Before you even write anything, you need to pick a topic for your blog post. The topic can be pretty general to start with. For example, my topic for this post was very original. I called it ‘Blogging’. Since then I’ve had a number of working titles that I’ve changed from, ‘How to Write a Blog Post’, followed by ‘MoM’s Guide to Writing a Blog Post’. I will probably change it five more times before the end of the article. You just have to feel it as you go.

Step 3: Write a captivating introduction
The most important thing is to grab the reader's attention. The first few sentences are paramount because if you lose the reader in the first few sentences, they will stop reading. Writing captivating introductions is quite simple. Telling a story or a joke works really well, be empathetic, or grip the reader with an interesting fact or statistic. Then describe the purpose of the post and explain how it will address your reader’s problem and help them improve their work/lives.

Step 4: Organise the content
The main thing you want to avoid is information overload. That’s why it’s necessary to organise the information so readers are not intimidated by the length of the content. This can take multiple forms -- sections, lists, tips, whatever's most appropriate for the type of blog post.

Step 5: Stop procrastinating and start writing
For novice bloggers, probably the hardest step is actually writing the blog post. You may feel inclined to spend hours researching but to be honest, you need to set yourself a limit and just write.

Write about what you already know, and if need be, do additional research to gather more information to support what you have already written. Like examples, images, and data to back-up your points, providing proper attribution when incorporating external sources - for images too! You don’t want to accidentally plagiarise, do you?

All this being said, it’s important to remember that everyone has their own style and there is no right or wrong way to do it. Just don’t forget what the goal of the blog is and of course, the most important thing - your audience!

Alyce Brierley
Graduating student from the Master of Marketing program at the University of Sydney Business School.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

5 Infallible Steps to Self-motivation


Believe me when I say that procrastination is your worst enemy. Students in the Master of Marketing program find out pretty soon that with the intensity of the program, there’s simply no time to waste if you want to balance study, health, family, social life and work.

To be classified as a procrastinator, one must master the art of systematically postponing urgent or less pleasurable matters for activities which provide immediate satisfaction. Sound familiar? Well it doesn’t have to be this way.

If like me, you are in remission after years of battling with procrastination, you will understand perfectly the constant struggle to stay on task. Keep reading and find out five infallible steps to self motivation and kick that procrastination habit for good.

Step 1: Know your weakness

It may surprise you to learn that we’re programmed to procrastinate. A psychological study performed by Walter Mischel showed direct links between anxiety, perfectionism, impulsiveness and self doubt in relation to procrastination.

The first step to kicking the habit for good is to identify this weakness and make a conscious effort to see things through to the end. Easier said than done though right? Think of it this way. You wouldn’t go about curing a disease without first getting a diagnosis. 16 Personalities have come up with a free comprehensive personality test to help you learn to understand yourself, others and how to harness your true potential.

Step 2: Set goals

'What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.’ - Henry David Thoreau

Now that you feel all enlightened and ready to take on the world, it’s time to set some goals. Realistic goals, mind you. Start small and write ‘To-Do’ lists each day and take pleasure in ticking off each task as you finish them. The feeling is so addictive, soon your lists will become more ambitious and you will gain the confidence to set some well defined goals.

The best sorts of goals are those you can work towards. According to Locke's goal-setting theory goals should be clearly defined, challenging but not overly difficult, attainable and relevant, have regular feedback and respect task complexity.

Step 3: Self evaluate

Never underestimate the value of self evaluation. It may seem like a waste of time but it is an immensely powerful tool for your personal growth. Take a closer look at your achievements and identify what made them a success. Know your strengths and weaknesses and understand how you can build upon them. Try to get feedback as often as possible and don’t lose confidence if you don’t succeed. For every time something goes wrong, there is always a valuable lesson to be learned.

Step 4: Inspire and be inspired

‘Success isn’t just about what you accomplish in life, it’s about what you inspire others to do.’ - Terry Wildemann

The best way to build confidence within yourself is to help inspire others. Collaborating with others and sharing your own brilliant ideas and experiences will give you the confidence to believe you can succeed.

The world needs more leaders to inspire others to be greater than themselves.  So take what you will from this. The truth is that inspiring other leads to purposefulness and self assurance.

Step 5: Reward yourself

It’s simple really. Just as we are programmed to procrastinate, our brains are also wired to seek rewards. Studies show that one specific neurotransmitter that plays a role in motivation is dopamine. Dopamine impacts the body’s motivation, memory, behaviour and cognition, attention, sleep, mood, learning, and pleasurable reward centres.

You can’t fight science. Whether your reward is tangible or intangible, something small like a cigarette or something big like a holiday. Reward yourself.

So there you have it. Five infallible steps to self motivation. But what it all boils down to is having the confidence to truly believe in yourself. You have all of the tools to achieve your goals and become successful. You are confident, capable and ambitious. The only thing left to do is start now.

Written by:
Alyce Brierley
Graduating student from the Master of Marketing program at the University of Sydney Business School.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

10 Key Insights from the 2018 Senior Marketer Monitor Report

In March, Colmar Brunton, in collaboration with the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI), presented their findings from their annual study of Australia's senior marketing professionals. Since 2009, this study has provided insights into the minds of marketers; enabling a deeper understanding of the sentiments, priorities, challenges and channels used today.

The University of Sydney does its best to equiMaster of Marketing students with the skills to thrive in their careers, but with the ever-changing face of marketing, it’s important to keep up to date with trends, especially when it comes to starting off in a career.

Keep reading to find out the key insights from the report and learn how the Australian marketing industry is shaping up for 2018.

1. Marketing in Australia at a glance.

2. Total budget expectations are expected to increase.

The main budget drivers were said to be linked to challenges with leadership, tightening of purse strings, and a shift to a more technical focus means that marketing is seen as an optional spend, whereas relationship building is more of a priority.

3. Getting the message across to the right audience at the right time is a bit of a challenge for commercial marketers.

4. Commercial marketers don't really know what to do with big data and many are ill-equipped to manage high priority challenges like innovation, measuring effectiveness and integrated campaign measurement.

5. For government organisations and not-for-profits, marketers feel ill-equipped to manage trends, strategies, measure integrated campaigns, acquire new customers, calculate ROI and be innovative.

6. Commercial priorities are to increase sales and customer acquisition, whereas for the government and not-for-profits, the top focus is centred around building a community and enhancing the customer experience.

7. Internal marketing and product development are not so important, right now.

8. The transition to the digital era, a focus on brand and market changes are major change drivers.

9. Communication channels like social, online and content are dominating the market sphere.

10. The digital age has put customers at the centre of a less traditional approach to marketing.

Click here to read the full version of the 2018 Australian Senior Marketer Monitor Report conducted by Colmar Brunton and the AMI.

Alyce Brierley
Graduating student from the Master of Marketing program at the University of Sydney Business School.