Many business people are openly dismissive of “branding” as meaningless fluff. I agree. Twenty-odd years of brand consulting has convinced me that they're right. The word "branding" itself has no more substance than a dust bunny and about as much impact on the bottom line. That’s why if brand management means anything to your company, take this advice: Ditch the word “branding.”
What are the opportunities and challenges facing brands who wish to market themselves internationally? This was the focus of "Amerikadagen." I was thrilled to share the stage with some of the sharpest thinkers in international marketing and brand development and thought I'd share a few of their insights with you.
International brand positioning tips from the Amerikadagen forum on marketing small and medium enterprises abroad. I was honored by the invitation to speak at Amerikadagen, an event that addressed the opportunities and challenges facing small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that wish to market themselves abroad.
Few things will help your brand build an engaging online audience faster than a strong position. Your brand’s position is an early gatekeeper in the prospect’s journey to purchase and onto brand advocacy.
Frank Oppenheimer was right, “The best way to learn is to teach”. In this post I hope to share what three years of teaching master's students has taught me.
It was 17 years ago this month that McKinsey & Company published a strategy paper called “A revolution in interaction”. It was a look forward at the likely economic impact of the internet and the mechanisms that would drive it. In 1997 few of us had any idea about the changes that were about to transform marketing or how quickly the business models that defined our industry would become obsolete.
Are your social media or content marketing efforts under performing? Before you spend any more time tweaking your content strategy and online tactics, ask yourself honestly: How engaging is my brand? Content doesn't engage an audience, brand identity does. And that is the first place you should look if you're not getting traction online.
Wanting to do something with all your heart is great. It can bestow extraordinary focus, drive and fortitude. That’s always been the case. But in recent years this sentiment is increasingly being confused with business strategy. The word used to fuel this fallacy is “passion”.
Beyoncé’s latest album release shows us how audience power is changing the rules of marketing and creating new possibilities for brands - if you are able to see it
As marketers continue to increase their own online publishing endeavors they should take care not to dismiss traditional media but rather embrace it as a role model for their own online marketing success.
If you have ever lived with a two-year old, then you probably know that a) anything can be turned into a game and b) it’s often the most powerful tactic you have to motivate new behaviors. What you may not have considered is that our predilection for games doesn’t really go away when we get older. Thus, the rise in recent years of “Gamification”.
While there isn't a tech CEO I've met who would refute this simple truth, very few are able to embrace it, no less practice it. Why is that?
The Apple co-founder went on to attribute Apple's success to a conscious decision to be a "market-led" company as opposed to a tech-led company. This seemed to be in Steve Job's DNA.
Before you even think about online networking for your brand, I suggest the following exercise. First, take your shoes off. Close the blinds and dim the lights in your office. Sit on the floor cross-legged. Place your hands on your knees palms up if you are alone, join hands in a circle if your colleagues are with you. Close your eyes and recite the social media mantra: