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How do some speakers manage to captivate their audiences?  You know the kind of speakers I’m talking about.  People hang onto every word they say, believe every idea they introduce, and walk away from their talks convinced they must do what they were taught.  Some speakers give presentations with punch.  How? Reverend Dr. Tim Keller […]

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Success today comes from not only knowing who your customers are, but also why they buy.  It’s not enough to know your customers’ demographics (e.g., adults aged18-54) and category behaviors (what they currently buy, what products/brands they use).  Even knowing your customers’  economic value (e.g., customers who spend $500+ in our category, companies that have […]

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I recently was asked to speak to the executive team of a $200 billion organization about increasing the company’s competitiveness.  It was an extraordinary opportunity and I seized it by sharing my insights on how to build a brand of distinction — one that isn’t merely different, but one that stands apart and above the rest. […]

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– the book:  BRAND A-Z, the latest book from Marty Neumeier, is a dictionary of 1,000 current terms in brand strategy, design, marketing, advertising, innovation, and management.  It’s a much-needed update from the original edition published in 2004. […]

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In today’s cluttered, uber-competitive, over-retailed, choice-overload world, your brand must have an clear, meaningful reason for being.  You need to play an invaluable, irreplaceable role in people’s lives.  Hope you enjoy is a collection of my resources on brand purpose and purposeful leadership. What Is the Purpose of Business? Denise explains that, at its core, a […]

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If three makes a trend, then lately I’ve noted a new trend in strategic thinking.  It involves the discipline to ask different questions to get different results — and not just different results — better, clearer, more sustainable results.  I came across the idea to ask different questions to get different results from three different […]

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– the book:  The Service Culture Handbook:  A Step-By-Step Guide To Getting Your Employees Obsessed with Customer Service, a practical guide on an important topic – the brains:  Jeff Toister, customer service author, consultant, and trainer.  I met Jeff when we were both launching our first books — his was Service Failure: The Real Reasons […]

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Brand differentiation is more important now than ever before.  You can’t just be better than your competitors — you must be different.  Here are five of my resources, all in one handy spot, to help you understand the new challenges and requirements to differentiate and how to achieve greater brand differentiation. […]