So, You Think You Can Market? FAQs


We have had a great response so far to this competition, and I am excited to see what you clever folks will be pulling together! Even Matt Moore chimed in with some consumer insight, despite a hatred of competitions! In the meantime, I have also received some questions which you may all want to know the answers to (with thanks to CK for doing all our homework).

Q1) Does this have to be a strategy leveraging social media?

A1) No, there is no need to use social media

Q2) does it offer gift wrapping service for x-mas? And does that gift wrap say "bargain" on it (you know, like Macy’s does with their logos). I ask becuz girls don’t want their boys to be bargain-hunting so much for once-a-year holiday. But boys like to save money ;-).

A2) The Bargain Queen only points the way to where bargains can be had. It is not a shop, so there is no additional Bargain Queen branding involved. The gift wrapping will come down to the offer available in-store — either in Sydney, Tokyo, Florida or New York (unless it is available online).

Q3) Does this site have a guide whereas the guy can say "my woman likes little black dresses" and then the guide emails them 3 ideas?

A3) Not at present, but this could be a suggested execution. Remember, The Bargain Queen team have some great technical and design skills — so if you have suggestions for the site experience, please do include them. In fact, they’re offering a manual version of this this week as a test.

Q4) must ask why a male demo and not targeting more females? Is it becuz they already have a good sized female audience? Or just becuz it bodes well for males? Just curious cuz I’m a curious marketer ;-).

A4) There is already a very strong female demographic, yes. And the strongest and most consistent audience is amongst US-based women — hence the shift in focus away from Australian-based bargains.

Q5) Does the site have competitive shipping fees for all over the world? Or do some countries pay more than others due to where the goods are based?

A5) Most of The Bargain Queen’s readers and customers are based in the USA, which has astonishingly good domestic delivery service and rates. But for buyers outside the USA, BQ’s expert bargain hunters find items that you can buy online and pay for shipping from the USA – and still pay less than the retail price in your local department store!

Competition: So, You Think You Can Market?


We all think that we are capable of coming up with a ground-breaking idea. We all think that we could, if given the chance, deliver a brilliant social media campaign that creates buzz, drives sales and makes our clients deliriously happy.

But do your clients bite?

Do your ideas fall on deaf ears?

This competition could be the opportunity you have been waiting for!

So, you think you can market?

The Bargain Queen is a leading fashion blog that has a unique challenge — they have their female readership all stitched up, but how are they going to reach a MALE audience in time for Christmas?

The brief

Get men interested in buying fashion gifts for their other half this Xmas. They hate department stores. They wouldn’t be caught dead in a boutique. They would rather wrestle a crocodile than accompany their lady on a shopping-trip. But somehow, they have to find her something she’ll like. Something she won’t sigh and send back. Something classy. Something that’s good value, but isn’t cheap. Something, in short, that will guarantee some peace and goodwill to all on Christmas morn.

You have a low budget. Around $500.

But you have access to some top notch design and technical resources on The Bargain Queen team to compensate. They can handle online/technical deployment of your astonishing viral marvel, and they can design any necessary creative dinkuses you may require.

All you need to add is "the spark" that will bring the campaign to life!


We need your response to the brief by October 31, 2007. Email it to me at bqcomp [at]

Who is the judge?

This is where it gets interesting. Not only do you have to come up with a knockout idea, your ideas will publicly go head-to-head with the best in the business. We will randomly draw your name from a hat and allow the marketing community to VOTE for their favourites.

This will happen across a number of times in round-robin style. Only the entry with the most votes will pass through to the next round. We will continue until there are only TWO entries left. And then final voting will commence!

What’s in it for you?

First up, this is the chance to showcase your style. With some of the best marketing minds looking on, it is a great chance to demonstrate your worth. You will also get a bucketload of profile and buzz from the blogosphere.

Finally, since The Bargain Queen is a site that’s going places, you get the very bankable cred of being able to say "I knew her before she was famous — in fact, I made her famous"!

And, just ‘cos it’s Christmas, the winner is up for a funky new iPod Touch.

So, what do you do next?

Check out to get the look and feel of the site. That should tell you everything you need to know about who we’re trying to reach and what we have to offer them. Sketch out your idea in no more than the equivalent of one page. Remember this is a competition, so your entry will be up for public consumption. Feel free to put any questions you might have in the comments below.

And get your idea to us no later than October 31. 2007!

Voting starts November 1!