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Do You Really Need A Brand?

From time to time, someone will ask me whether they really need to worry about branding their company. It’s usually asked by the leader of a B2B enterprise that markets to a select few customers and where the sales relationships are one-to-one, very personal. If I’m basically selling to my golfing buddies, goes the reasoning, […]

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Communication – Making Your Brand Promise

Ask any couple that’s been in a successful, long-term relationship. How do you make it work? The answer always includes honest, open and frequent communication. That’s what it takes to make love work between two people. And that’s what it takes to make a market fall in love with a brand. If you want your […]

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A Brand of One

Personal branding has now become a cottage industry. Libraries of books have been written on the subject. Webinars given. Conferences convened. Executive coaches are springing up like wildflowers in spring. I’ve even participated in a few personal branding workshops, myself. I’ve counseled bankers, attorneys and accountants who all work for much larger brands. How do […]

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The Eight Benefits of Branding – Part 4, Super Employees

The National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM) recently conducted a survey that found the very top internal concern for middle market managers was attracting and retaining top talent. I’ve heard it again and again, “We can’t grow at a decent pace because we can’t find employees with the right skill sets”. I even heard […]

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Branding for the HR Department

Last week, I attended the 5th Annual Next Practices in Healthcare Forum, held at the Children’s Orthopaedic Institute in Los Angeles. Much of the audience was comprised of VPs of Human Resources who, these days, are facing an ever-growing avalanche of new products and services from which they must fashion benefits packages that will attract […]

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Best Branding Reads
Week of June 7, 2021

4 Ways B2B Marketers Can Successfully Combine Brand And Purpose
An interesting case study from LinkedIn

Branding’s Perfect 10 – Absolute Marketing
Some of the greatest home runs in branding history.

Why Brands Really Matter
Sometimes it’s worth reminding yourself why you drank the KoolAid in the first place.

How Purchase Decisions Are Made
Again, if you think people reason their way to a decision, you’re wrong.

Walk the Talk – How Brands Lead by Example
Two great examples here.

Building Brands For A Commitment-Free Economy
I’m 100 percent behind this idea. I’d subscribe to a transportation service where I take the bus most days but drive a Ferrari once a month.

Market Research for Success, Purpose, and Connection
At least once a day, I’m trying to convince a potential client of this. From now on I’ll just send this article.