As we approach the end of 2016 (yes, time flies!), I thought it would be fun and interesting to do a survey on the Great Brand of the Year.  I want to hear which brand you think deserves the top honor.  And if you vote, you’ll get entered to win an autographed copy of my […]

Last week, I attended Dreamforce 16, the annual conference by Salesforce.  I had been told it was one of the most inspirational conferences ever, so despite not being a Salesforce customer, not being in a sales or customer management role, and not really being into software/technology/data, I really wanted to check it out. Thanks to the folks at […]

Small Business Basics

This month’s content roundup is geared toward small business owners.  I don’t write a lot about small business since, to date, I’ve worked mostly with larger companies, but I just had to write this post because I recently read that 52% of small-business owners don’t have a website (source:  Yodle).  I could barely believe that […]

brand positioning

My blog series on “How to Scale-Up Your Brand” continues today with instructions on how to plot your brand positioning.  A clear competitive brand positioning is essential to brand-building because it defines who you are selling to, what your business scope is, and how you create unique value for your customers.  In this post, you’ll […]

Apple has removed the word “store” from the names of its retail locations.  This suggests Apple may be thinking about itself less as a product company and more as an experience brand.  This video analyzes the significance of this change and gives you a look at the retail customer experience at the new Apple Union Square in […]


– the book:  The Five Hour Workday: Live Differently, Unlock Productivity, and Find Happiness – the brain:  Stephan Aarstol, the CEO and founder of Tower Paddle Boards.  You might have seen Stephan on Shark Tank a few years ago.  Although his pitch was considered a major screw-up by many (thanks to a computer glitch), he ended […]