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The dangers of death‐wish marketing

Kevin J. Clancy (Chairman of Yankelovich Clancy Shulman, Inc. He is also a professor of marketing at Boston University.)

Planning Review

ISSN: 0094-064X

Article publication date: 1 May 1992



Marketing practices are generally unhealthy. Reports of marketing success are wildly and widely exaggerated. Indeed, marketing efforts and practices rarely succeed if one defines success as demonstrating a reasonable return on investment. For example, 16,000 new package goods were introduced into American supermarkets and pharmacies last year, and 80 percent failed. Research suggests similar failure rates for new movies; financial products and services; and consumer durables, including automobiles, appliances and consumer electronics. One CEO of a major company admitted last year: “We would have made more money if we had taken everything we spent creating and introducing new products in the last ten years and put it into certificates of deposit.”


Clancy, K.J. (1992), "The dangers of death‐wish marketing", Planning Review, Vol. 20 No. 5, pp. 53-55.




Copyright © 1992, MCB UP Limited

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