Company Branding Should Convey your Message

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT, ALFIE? - Burt Bacharach

Michael Caine played a Cockney womanizer in the popular 1966 movie, Alfie. Burt Bacharach’s theme, by the same name, asked the rhetorical question that conveyed the message of the movie. Your company branding starts with a succinct message that communicates what it’s all about and how...

Retail Packaging Must Serve Many Masters

STAND UP, STAND OUT and STAND FOR SOMETHING

Your retail packaging must play by the established rules for labeling, dimensions, weight, units-per-pack, packs-per-box and so on. Your product must make it through the entire distribution system without getting crushed, marred, broken, misplaced, or misidentified. If your package can actually make it to the retail...

Sales Tips That Work!

THE BEST SALES PERSON IS “THE ASSISTANT BUYER”

Probably the best sales advice we ever got was to act like an “assistant buyer”. You can’t act like an assistant buyer unless you know your buyer's needs, history, budget, problems, and successes. You have to know what she is going to do with your product...

Worthy Cause Marketing Today

Worthy Cause Marketing is a mutually beneficial partnership between private companies and non-profit organizations. The private company aligns itself with an organization’s goals. The company helps the NPO raise funds, provides resources, and raises awareness of the organization. In return, the organization's membership has a social...

Worthy-Cause Marketing

IT CAN BE MORE EFFECTIVE THAN CONVENTIONAL ADVERTISING

There’s a secret Madison Avenue doesn’t want you to know: Worthy-cause marketing can beat conventional advertising for many products, because it gives buyers political and social reasons to buy your product and remain loyal to your brand - and it’s more cost effective. Worthy-cause marketing is...

Sales: The Life Blood of Every Brand

THE BEST BRAND IN THE WORLD STILL NEEDS TO BE SOLD

Today, there is a lot of focus on Brands and Branding as if that alone would make your business a success. You often hear, “That brand just took off!” or, “That brand has a giant following!” like it was some kind of popularity contest, based on...

Customer Retention Strategies

6 WAYS TO AVOID LOSING CUSTOMERS

Customer retention is all about how your company maintains its client base and how it creates a loyal following. Customer retention is a big function of customer satisfaction. Develop a few tactics aimed at creating loyal customers by discovering what they most want. Customer Retention Strategies...

Marketing Channels Do Two Things Well

MARKETING CHANNELS GET YOUR PRODUCT TO MARKET AND YOUR MESSAGE TO YOUR CUSTOMER

Marketing channels are the means of getting your product to market while also effectively communicating good reasons to buy it at every level of distribution. Marketing channels are often confused with advertising channels. Although advertising is required in one form or another, marketing channels deliver your...

Product Positioning Definition

HOW IS YOUR PRODUCT PERCEIVED?

An official product positioning definition is: a consumer’s view of a product or service compared to its competition. Here are some critical considerations to achieve product positioning beyond pricing, appearance, quality and endorsements: 1. Product perception Even though you have a great logo, name, and slogan,...

Branding Strategy

MORE THAN A LOGO

Many people like to reduce branding strategy to a clever logo. I take a broader view. A good brand strategy includes answers to these questions: Is the brand readily available to the buyer now? Does it offer value to the buyer for a specific use? Is...