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Here’s an idea! Marketing is simple. You start with a buyer (market), create a product they want (and maybe even need) which you then put in front of them (at the lowest possible cost to you) with a reason why they should buy it now (offer). I reckon, if we really want to see our city and region develop (and reduce unemployment), it’s time we marketed Townsville (product) to the best buyer available to us right now. What we need to do to help solve our city’s inertia is attract more people to move to Townsville to enjoy what we have, and bring their money/savings/ income to spend here. Let’s look at our product... As I write this our weather for every day this week is 15 to 27 degrees and fine. Paradise? Tick. We have plenty of affordable houses for sale in all suburbs and there’s land available to build new homes on. So no housing affordability problem here. Tick. And who should we be marketing Townsville and our region to? Who will appreciate our weather, our Strand, Magnetic Island, universities, hospital facilities, coffee shops, restaurants, professional services, shopping centres, sporting teams and social clubs? Who will want to buy a new or used car, buy some plants for the garden, invite friends and relatives to come and visit, buy birthday presents, use our International Airport, take a bus tour to Charters Towers, go to the hairdresser, buy a new mobile phone or get some new tyres? Who is our buyer? Southern baby-boomer retirees. This group are looking for where they can invest and live comfortably after they sell their family home. Townsville should be on the top of their list. Maybe, while we wait for some large manufacturer to arrive, we put Townsville in front of this baby-boomer market (at the lowest possible cost) with the offer that they can have a better and healthier lifestyle here and still have plenty left over after they sell their home. Who wants to join us? Have a great month and please enjoy your DUO.

Scott Morrison Publisher

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Duo Magazine August 2017  

Every month, DUO captures the unique spirit of our region and grabs the attention of our community.

Duo Magazine August 2017  

Every month, DUO captures the unique spirit of our region and grabs the attention of our community.