June 25, 2015
Thank God For Marketing Experts
Here at the Ketel One Conference Center of The Ad Contrarian Worldwide Headquarters, we have finally realized that there are two kinds of marketing and advertising people in the world.
There are Experts, and there are Schmucks Like Us (SLUs).
The Experts are much more important than SLUs because Experts are not only smarter than us, they're smarter than the facts.
You see, we SLUs see a fact and we assume it means something. But the Experts see a fact and they know it means exactly the opposite.
Here's an example.
Nielsen just released its Total Audience Report for the first quarter of 2015. It shows that 96% of video viewing in the US is done on a television and 4% is done on a PC.
But not to Experts. Experts and their Expert friends don't need to read reports. They go to conferences and write books and articles and they explain to each other -- and lecture to us -- that TV is dead. They're smarter than the facts.
Here's another example:
I think it's time that Schmucks Like Us stop reading reports and relying on facts. Not if we ever expect to become experts.
(And don't forget, there's a lot more for Schmucks Like Us here.)