Center for Customer Insight & Marketing Solutions

skip main site navigation go to current site section navigation
Centers | Center for Customer Insight & Marketing Solutions

The CCIMS Report

Header Image
News from the Center for Customer Insight and Marketing Solutions                                         Fall 2015

Lamar JohnsonFrom the Executive Director

By Lamar Johnson, Executive Director, CCIMS

CCIMS has had a busy and productive year! This edition of The CCIMS Report details many of our accomplishments. Here are a few additional highlights to share with you:

  • The Marketing Fellows program continues to attract students to McCombs for the uniqueness of our experiential learning activities.
  • We conducted our “best ever” McCombs Marketing Conference in late October.
  • Our unique MBA “Labs” program has expanded to the Supply Chain discipline and we have commitment from a leading CPG company to participate in Marketing Labs in 2017.
  • We are increasing support of our strong undergraduate group by enabling case competitions and organization speakers.
  • Our Executive in Residence Rob Malcolm became the Chair of the American Marketing Association.
  • We secured a record number of classroom speakers in our core classes for both MBA and BBA students.


Marketing Conference 20152015 McCombs MBA Marketing Conference Brings Whole-Brained Insights to Students

By Natalie Quinn, MBA Class of 2016

On October 29-30, the Texas MBA program hosted its annual marketing conference at the McCombs School of Business. Sponsored by CCIMS in conjunction with the Graduate Marketing Network and the CCIMS Marketing Fellows student organizations, the event focused on uniting quantitative and qualitative skills to engage in “whole-brained marketing.”

Over the conference’s two days, attendees heard from marketing experts in the digital, CPG, financial services, technology, and academic fields. First-year students also had the opportunity to present their work on a case challenge that asked them to develop a plan for engaging millennial Walmart grocery consumers via the Pinterest platform. Read more.

View the event through the eyes of social media.


Reflections on Whole-Brained Marketing – Thoughts for Future Marketers

By Rob Malcolm, Executive in Residence, CCIMS

Rob MalcolmThis fall McCombs hosted our annual Marketing conference. The subject –“Whole-Brained Marketing: The Art and Science of Building Business” is very topical and currently being widely debated in both marketing academia and in the business world today. It is particularly relevant today as, due primarily to the digitalization of everything, businesses and marketers have more data coming at them than ever before. There has been a bit of a movement afoot to believe “big data,” and the analytics that underpins it, will finally bring the scientific precision and accountability to marketing that many have felt lacking.

Indeed, Marketing Analytics has rapidly become one of today’s “hot topics.” Businesses are trying to figure it out, asking many new questions. Which data do I need? How do I organize around it? How do I manage it? What systems and capabilities do I need to have? And, perhaps most importantly, how do I glean the most valuable knowledge that I can to apply to accelerating growth for my business? Academic institutions, including at McCombs, are asking many of the same questions – with the light shining both on what research is needed to advance our knowledge and also how to organize our curriculum and experiences to prepare our marketing students for a data rich world. Read more.


Students Experience the Power of Sports Marketing at COTA Racetrack During Formula One
By Rob Malcolm, Executive in Residence, CCIMS

                   COTA Group Photo

Business students recently got a whiff of fuel and tire rubber as they gained a look into the power of sports marketing.

On the morning of October 23, 16 students in Senior Lecturer Kapil Jain's Marketing Fellows practicum class spent two hours at Austin's Circuit of the Americas (COTA) racetrack during practice sessions for the Austin Formula One race.

The class, focused on sports marketing, featured a panel of experts representing race teams, a motor sports marketing agency, and two client case studies who led informative presentations and discussions about using motor sports to accelerate business growth. Red McCombs, an investor in COTA, stopped by the class to share his passion for marketing, which he called "the greatest tool in the world" for driving interest. Read more.   


Marketing FellowsYear in Review: CCIMS Program Updates

By Lori Van Orden, Program Coordinator, CCIMS

CCIMS has been bustling with activity this year.  We provided abundant opportunities for student/industry engagement and experiential learning.

The current class of Marketing Fellows were exposed to an array of topics and experiences. Students not only gleaned great insights from top executives but also received hands-on experience working “live” cases representing current business dilemmas in each class session. CCIMS is entering into the 5th year of the Marketing Labs program. The ultimate experiential learning opportunity, this one-year MBA program offers hands-on experience in marketing roles with participating CCIMS sponsor companies.
Read more.


New Marketing Faculty: Ward and BentleyNew Marketing Faculty

This fall the Marketing Department welcomed two new Assistant Professors. Adrian Ward and Taylor Bentley both bring a wealth of knowledge and are exceptional additions to the department. See their profiles, along with information on all new faculty at McCombs, in McCombs Today.



Mark Your Calendars: Upcoming CCIMS Events

April 7, 2016
Marketing Advisory Council Meeting & Networking Reception

CCIMS Executive sponsors are invited to participate in an afternoon McCombs Marketing Advisory Council meeting which will include updates and opportunity for input into current and new programs/initiatives. All CCIMS sponsors are welcome to attend an evening reception to network with marketing students and faculty. More details to come soon.

October 27 & 28, 2016
McCombs Marketing Conference and Challenge 2016

This premier annual event brings together top industry leaders, students, and faculty to recognize, examine, and stimulate innovation in the field of marketing.


                        AT&T Logo                Dell Logo                 Dr Pepper Snapple Logo               Frito-Lay Logo