Through the years, Denise Lee Yohn has had the privilege of working on some of the world’s greatest brands and studying many others. She shares her insights, observations, and ideas about brands, businesses, and the people who work on them in articles, newsletters, videos, presentations, and more.

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Stop Selling; Start Evangelizing

September 14, 2016


Topics: Business, Marketing, Sales

Keywords: brand evangelism, brand evangelist, Denise Lee Yohn on Forbes, Guy Kawasaki, sales leadership, sales strategy, Tiffani Bova

Marketing may be expanding its influence and involvement across the customer experience, but sales and salespeople can and should remain a critical element of most go-to-market strategies.  To ensure this, salespeople need to stop selling and start evangelizing.

How to Start Up Your Brand: Develop a Minimum Viable Brand

September 14, 2016


Topics: Brand Strategy, Business, Small Businss

Keywords: ChangeThis Manifesto, Denise Lee Yohn manifesto, minimum viable brand, minimum viable product, MVB, start-up brand strategy, start-up branding, strategic brand platform

Many startups get derailed because they don’t get their brand right. To avoid this fate, you need to develop a Minimum Viable Brand (MVB).

ZICO Coconut Water Founder Thinks Business Should Aspire Higher

August 24, 2016


Topics: Brand Delivery, Business, Culture, Leadership, Social Responsibility

Keywords: corporate social responsibility, Denise Lee Yohn on Forbes, High-Hanging Fruit, Mark Rampolla, purpose-driven book, purpose-driven companies, responsible leadership, ZICO Coconut Water, ZICO coconut water story

ZICO Coconut Water Founder Mark Rampolla’s book, High-Hanging Fruit: Build Something Great by Going Where No One Else Will, recounts how Rampolla reached for a higher purpose and built ZICO into a multi-million dollar business that was eventually acquired by Coke.

The Biggest Mistake Church Leaders Can Make

August 15, 2016

Phil Cooke Blog

Topics: Brand Strategy, Leadership

Keywords: church brand strategy, church leadership, church marketing strategy, Denise Lee Yohn on Phil Cooke, pastor mistake, Phil Cooke blog

I asked Denise if she could share one message with pastors and ministry leaders today, what would it be?  Here’s her answer.  It’s counter-intuitive for many, but from my experience, worth considering:

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Newsletters: Brand-as-Business Briefs:

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Speeches & Presentations:

A sample of prior speaking engagements.

Denise has been inspiring and teaching companies how to operationalize their brands to grow their businesses for over 25 years. From national conferences to CEO peer groups to corporate meetings, Denise helps her audiences transform their organizations and their brands.

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Brand Experience Briefs:

Brand Experience Briefs capture insights and analysis from Denise’s audits of new and interesting retail and restaurant concepts.

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Build a Breakthrough Brand:

Whether you’re building a brand from scratch or looking to strengthen your competitive advantage, the “How to Build a Breakthrough Brand” video series provides the tools and instruction you need.

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Book Previews:

Get a taste of Denise’s books, What Great Brands Do, and Extraordinary Experiences, from these videos.

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To Engage:

These tools and content provide a deeper dive into the brand-as-business management approach.

Brand-as-Business Assessment

Does your organization practice the brand-as-business management approach?

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Slideshows & Presentations:

Denise’s presentation decks and slideshows includes notes and quotes from conferences and books and other valuable insights.

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