Barbara on November 25th, 2008

The tech outlook keeps sliding in the wrong direction — IDC revising forecasts downward, NPD forecasting lighter holiday spend on consumer electronics, etc. — and sooner or later that means cuts in marketing spend and marketing jobs.

In terms of marketing spend, adopting influencer relations should be a priority. Influencer identification and engagement can improve measurable results from marketing, despite budget reductions. Find more by contacting me ( or start by reading Nick’s and Duncan’s book, Influencer Marketing.

In terms of marketing jobs, there is no straightforward fix. Marketing jobs are always a target for cost reduction in the tech sector. It’s one of the grim realities of being a marketing professional in the tech sector.

If you’re out there on the hunt for a new position, get a quick sanity check from Seth Godin.

If you’re in the unfortunate position of cutting staff, check out Guy Kawasaki’s post at the American Express OPEN Forum, The Art of Laying People Off. It’s an excerpt from his new book, Reality Check. Readers are commenting on his advice at his blog.

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Barbara on November 24th, 2008

I’ve been away on personal business most of the month, and am catching up on what’s been going on in the world of influencer marketing. I’m pleased to see that Jeff Pulver has announced a new event, The Social Communications Summit or SocComm. He’s put out a call for speakers. If you’re aware of his ability to sway a market, you know you want to follow up early and pass the info along to colleagues.

Jeff is one of those people who comes to mind when I’m asked whether influence follows influencers from company to company, or remains affiliated with the influencer’s company. I think of influence as an aspect of a human relationship. Some of it can be transfered from one person to another at a company. That’s residual influence.

However, influence tends to remain intact as part of the relationship between two people.

Hat tip to Andy Abramson!

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