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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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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. […]

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Brands have evolved from mere symbols of product quality and identifiers to aid customers in purchase selections.  They are bundles of values and attributes that define the way companies behave and the value they deliver to customers.  In layman’s terms, a brand is what you do and how you do it.  This means brands represent […]

i-was-wrong

As a competitive Asian Type-A perfectionist, admitting I’m wrong can be painful.  But discovering I was wrong about some developments in the business world has actually led me to learn some valuable lessons.  I thought you might benefit from my new insights, so here are six calls I got wrong starting with McDonald’s All-Day Breakfast: […]

technology-enabled service

Marketing automation. Real-time analytics. Chat bots.  New technologies like these have created some tremendous capabilities in marketing, customer service, and the customer experience. But as I was reminded by several posts this past month, we must not become so enamored with technology-enabled service that we forget our first love must be our customers. We shouldn’t rely […]