After 21 years at Farmers over two stints, former head of marketing Dean Cook has hung up his purple tool belt, swapping it out for a red one with a move to The Warehouse Group. We sit down with Cook to reflect on the past two decades and how far the marketing and advertising industry has come in terms of in-house agencies, the proliferation of media channels and data. Plus, we hear his thoughts on how local retailers can compete with Amazon.
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Farmers head of marketing Dean Cook has joined The Warehouse Group.
Overseas, interactive catalogues are well-established and many large brands such as Tesco and Morrisons in the UK are complementing—and usually reducing the cost of—their printed material by producing something akin to a regular digital magazine. Some local retailers have already dipped their toes in this water, but .99 and Farmers believe their new interactive catalogue is something unique in the New Zealand market.
With the help of .99, justONE and the marketing team led by last year’s marketer of the year finalist Dean Cook, Farmers has undergone a fairly remarkable business and brand transformation in the past few years. And now, in an effort to build on the success of the Farmers Beauty Card, which boasts over 700,000 members, it’s just launched the Farmers Club to extend the loyalty and rewards offering storewide.