Why necessary? Because there’s nary a conversation in the marketing-media landscape these days that doesn’t touch on the issue of co-opetition — the increasing tendency in decentralizing industries for competitors in one arena to become collaborators in another. Yet there doesn’t seem to be a good term for those that engage in co-opetition. “Co-opetitors” never did seem to cut it.
Enter Mr. Norman and his word: “clomplier.” The Chief Executive of Group M Interaction defines it on his blog thusly: “A company which in its various guises is a client (cl), competitor (omp), and supplier (lier) to another company.” For an example, I’d be remiss if I didn’t refer you to Rob’s site.
Mr. Norman describes himself as the only Brit capable of explaining the infield fly rule to his mother. I believe it.