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In my interview with Google, they flunk CPG marketers, “You get a 3 out of 10″. If you look at where the dollars are still spent, the shift isn’t happening as dramatically as it should. Mentality: I’ll leave it to the next guy to jump off the cliff.

My interview with Google revealed searches on Google.com related to recipes are up 38% in 2011 over 2010. And it’s a huge number. It’s 7.8 billion recipe-related searches on Google.com.

So, is this the end of branding? What should marketers and retailers do if shoppers are forever transformed into system beaters? Here are 6 tips for brands to build loyalty in this new marketing environment.

the tablet is the first device that can actually travel with the shopper through the complete path to purchase. Retailers should consider leasing them for free to their frequent shoppers and club members to lock in their loyalty. The lifetime value of a shopper would more than pay for this.

How do we reach the “readier” to purchase consumer to increase ad effectiveness? Digital activities that are self-directed, e.g. search or visiting a brand’s website guarantee recency because the consumer controls the timing of the message not the marketer.

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