#brand planning, Poliakov’s pyramid of engagement

The Centre For Common Sense In Marketing

Poliakov’s Pyramid Of Engagement, as conceptualised The Centre For Common Sense In Marketing (or something close as is possible nsfw) is viewed as:

And I quote:

Advertising and marketing is filled with lots and lots of very smart, talented people, people who have good instincts and common sense.

So why is it then that the bullshit-talkers and the purveyors of nonsense are in the ascendancy? The answer is simple. The bull5hitters have the charts. You know the scenario. You’re in a meeting, you know full-well that something is going to work/isn’t going to work/is true/isn’t true, but someone will turn up with a deck of charts to prove themselves right and you wrong.

And there you have it.

The people with charts always win. The end. Even if it flies in the face of what is clearly common fucking sense. This is because everyone is 5h1t scared of getting it wrong, or rather 5h1t scared of being blamed for getting it wrong. So everyone hangs onto anything that looks like it proves something. Then they can blame that later if it all goes t1ts-up.

Over here in smug Sell! Towers we created our own little bubble, where common sense rules, and PowerPoint is outlawed. However, we know that this isn’t the case for everybody. So in an attempt to help redress the balance, we are fighting fire with fire.

We are creating a body of charts to illustrate common sense. We’re sorry it has come to this. But here we are. Here. Anyway, now the smart people of advertising and marketing can fight the bullshitters and nonsense-talkers with their own charts.

A chart-off, if you will.

Published under the banner of The Centre For Common F|_|ck1ng Sense In Marketing, or CoFSim for short (a stupid, nonsense-y name to confuse the bullshitters).

So here we present the first. Poliakov’s Pyramid Of Engagement.

A simple, yet convincing-looking chart to prove what our common-sense tells us. That people are more likely to spend time engaging with something that they’re very interested in.

Ergo, if you are marketing a product that isn’t in the top interest zone, you better have a rip-snorting, son-of-a-b1tch of an idea (or a big prize) if you want anyone to interact any further than a cursory glance.

So now you can turn up at that meeting to discuss the lame user-generated-content campaign idea for the new scouring-pad client, armed with suitably complicated-looking ammunition to back-up your argument that everyone is taking crazy-pills if they think anyone is going to take-part.

I’ll desist from adding to this.


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