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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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– 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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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. […]

Looking for great CX quotes?  Quotes on storytelling?  Quotes on competition?  Quotes on grit?  The Qualtrics Insight Summit 2017 was full of soundbites from thought-leaders and celebrities including Clay Christensen, Angela Duckworth, Joe Pine, Omar Johnson (former CEO of BEATS by Dr. Dre), and Qualtrics’s very own CEO Ryan Smith.  Check out these great CX […]

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Every January, over 150,000 people make the pilgrimage to Las Vegas to attend International CES (previously known as the Consumer Electronics Show.)  Far from being an expo of electronic gadgets, it’s an exciting, inspiring, and (over)stimulating way to experience all things tech.  There is so much to see (new products on the show floor like […]

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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: […]

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Sales excellence depends on more than technology, data, and even great sales skills. People — sellers and buyers — must remain at the heart of every sales strategy.  Several writers made this point clear as they recapped their key learnings from Dreamforce 16, the recent installment of Salesforce’s annual conference (#DF16).  Here are a few […]

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 […]