Marketing modernization is allowing brands to connect with customers with more agility and scale than ever before. But to what end? With all this power and capability – from machine learning and data-driven decision-making, to personalized content experiences – marketers have had to rethink their engagement approach. They can no longer blast message after message into the …

Research shows that consumers are willing to pay a ‘simplicity premium’ for products and services, like cars, cell phones, and travel and fitness offerings that make life easier while delivering premium performance. Yet, the majority of products, services, and messages consumers get from business, health and financial services, and the government tend to have the opposite effect – …

Launching a new brand; rebranding to turn around a failing one; consolidating for a concerted market push; merging multiple entities together. What do these all have in common? Their end goals are all about success and growth. With this in mind, it should be obvious you need to focus on more than just building (or …

Consistency is key to every successful marketing strategy. Branding is based on developing a specific voice for a company’s external communications, and that voice needs to be consistent across all the marketing channels. Before buying your product, customers will want to understand your company and see what kind of value you provide. If you keep …

Is the foundation of your brand strong enough to support a lasting success? Are you authentically delivering on your brand promise? Or are you suffering from what research calls the current “crisis of trust” in business? If you answered “yes” to that last question, it’s time to do some digging down to your brand’s base …

Most sectors these days are in a continual state of flux as they seek to reinvent and reposition themselves to become more relevant. There is one sector, in particular, that is frequently seen adjusting its position and rebranding in a bid to reach beyond its conventional boundaries. This is the third sector, which often makes …

Creative agencies are always being asked by their clients to deliver creative ‘things’. But what gets produced is only half of the story. The other, and sometimes more important, part is how it is done. Creativity is not just the things we make; it’s the way we make them; the ‘doing’ that goes on behind the scenes. …

I’m fascinated by younger generations and just how different they are from generations prior. You should be too. Generations Y and Z (Millennials and Centennials) represent a dramatic “C” change where a new genre of “Connected” consumerism is forcing business as usual to cater to an always-on, accidentally narcissistic, empowered, informed, demanding, and counterintuitive generation. …

You’ve heard it all before. “The customer is best. The customer comes first. The customer is always right.” So how do you get your business in the customer-centric mindset? You need to establish a goal of providing a positive experience before, during, and after the sale in the hopes of earning repeat business and referrals. …

Everyone’s talking about the endless possibilities for innovation at the intersection of luxury and technology. We tend to forget that, caught up in the race for everything to be faster, better, and more seamless, simple experiences are usually the best. Sometimes, our five senses are quite enough. Not that the luxury industry hasn’t noticed. This …