The Blake Project, the brand consultancy behind Branding Strategy Insider, delivers interactive brand education workshops and keynote speeches designed to align marketers on essential concepts in brand management and empower them to release the full potential of the brands they manage.
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The Ritz – Carlton brand was built on world-class customer service. Its motto, ‘We are Ladies and Gentlemen Serving Ladies and Gentlemen’ is brought to life each day and has powered one of the world’s top brands for meeting and exceeding customer expectations. The following statistics provide more inspiration to know, serve and cherish the customers that help build your brand.
1. It costs 6 times more to attract a new customer than it does to keep an old one – Understanding Customers by Ruby Newell-Legner
2. 89% of Consumers purchase from a competitor following a poor customer experience – Harris Interactive, 2011 Customer Experience Improvement study
3. Only about 4% of dissatisfied customers complain. 96% just go away. Harris Interactive, 2011 Customer Experience Improvement study
4. 50% of Consumers give a brand one week to respond to a service concern before they stop doing business with them. – Harris
5. Only 37% of Brand received “excellent” or “Good” customer experience scores this year – Harris
6. Only 1% of consumers say expectations for good customer experience are always met – Harris
7. US Businesses lose an estimated $83 Billion in sales annually due to poor customer experiences – Parature Customer Service Blog
8. Americans typically tell 24 people about negative customer service, they only tell about 15 people about positive experiences – 2012 American Express Global Customer Service Barometer
9. A 5% increase in customer retention increases profits up to 125% – Bain & CompanyRead More
The Un-Conference: 360° of Brand Strategy for a Changing World
May 16-17, 2013
Andaz Hotel, San Diego, California
Limited to 100 Participants
Dedicated solely to the art and science of brand strategy and management, this two-day workshop will be unlike anything else you’ve ever experienced!
For two full days in May 2013, a small, exclusive group of marketers will gather together with legendary marketer John Sculley and the Senior Partners of the Blake Project to create a one-of-a-kind learning and networking experience dedicated to all aspects of building successful brands for the 21st century.
Intensive and illuminating, this workshop will equip participants with the insight, tools and techniques required to release the full potential of their brands in a new era where consumers now drive and own the conversation about brands.
The Un-Conference: 360° of Brand Strategy for a Changing World
Over the past two decades, the specialized discipline of brand strategy and management has evolved significantly from an advertising function to a strategic business imperative for creating competitive advantage and greater financial value.
For nearly a decade, the Branding Strategy Insider blog has been recognized by brand marketers all over the world as their leading source of insight, inspiration and innovation, un-covering the ideas and techniques of the best thinkers and practitioners in the business who are driving innovation in all aspects of brand management for the 21st century.
As an extension of this highly-valued brand education resource, The Blake Project and Branding Strategy Insider have designed a brand education experience unlike any you have ever attended. It’s not the typical conference format of talking heads and distance between you and the experts. These two days are interactive working days where you will take a deep-dive immersion on the most important aspects of creating innovative brand-building strategies – all presented in a unique and competitive team environment.Read More
The reference to an “advertising message” makes me wince. The
word “message” seems to imply that the advertising is designed to convey
specific information or an argument. But not all advertising is intended to
persuade people by arguing the merits of a brand. And even when it does, I
think we overestimate the degree to which people actually comprehend what is
shown and said in advertising.
Particularly for dynamic media like TV, online video, radio and
cinema, people rarely assess the relevance of an ad at the time of viewing.
There are three reasons for this.
First, there is no pause for thought. If people have decided to
watch the ads, then new content is constantly displacing attention on the old.
Second, most people are not in the shopping window, i.e. the
subject matter is not immediately relevant to them.
And, third, even for those in the shopping window, the
information is understood as a claim, it is not yet a belief confirmed by
But this does not mean that most advertising is ineffective.
Provided the ideas conveyed by the ad come to mind when relevant, then it will
have an effect, i.e. when someone is thinking about buying the product in that
category. So in the vast majority of cases, the best we can hope of any
advertising is that the content is noticed at the time of viewing and the idea
and feelings evoked are linked to the brand in people’s memories.
This is why I have always preferred the old-fashioned term,
“advertising impression.” Although it is typically used as a media term to
imply an exposure or ad view, the word “impression” also implies that people
get the general idea. They understand the gist of what is being said, without
necessarily consciously considering what the ad is trying to convey at the time
of viewing. An impression is the mental image of a brand that sticks in
Branding Strategy Insider helps marketing oriented leaders and professionals like you build strong brands. To that end we're happy to answer your marketing questions. Today we hear from Kate, a business reporter for National Public Radio in Rochester, New York who writes…
"Kodak cameras and related products will be back in the marketplace this year, but they won't be made by Kodak. The photo pioneer stopped making digital cameras about a year ago. Now it is licensing its brand name to another camera maker. Please answer a few brand licensing questions for me."
1. What if any concern should Kodak have in licensing their brand?
As with all brand owners, Kodak should be aware that JK Imaging or any other licensee will have certain rights to the Kodak brand and through their licensing relationship, JK Imaging could adversely impact Kodak brand equity. This could result from the sale of poor quality products, the sale of the Kodak licensed products in an unauthorized channel or region, or from not ensuring the manufacturing facility used by JK Imaging complies with safe international working standards. To mitigate this risk, Kodak should have first vetted JK Imaging through a rigorous due diligence process to ensure JK Imaging can deliver against the Kodak brand promise in all products they manufacture. Second, Kodak should ensure they have a thorough approval and auditing process to affirm that all products sold in the marketplace meet their standards and that all facilities are compliant with government and trade guidelines. By picking a best in class brand licensee, Kodak will continue to reinforce their brand equities as they engage with consumers across all channels and regions where the brand is licensed.Read More
I often think about why there are so many really smart people in business, yet there seem to be so few really great marketers.
Here are seven actions I have seen define great marketers:
1. Seek Deep Customer Insight
I'm always searching for an insightful data-driven customer fact. At Pepsi, it was that consumers would consume as much beverage as we could get into the household inventory. This fact led to our development and marketing focus on the first 2-liter plastic beverage container. At Apple, the early days in the PC industry were mostly about empowering people with spreadsheets. Steve Jobs recognized the opportunity to empower people with a personal publishing system that was inexpensive and easy to use. This led to the creation of desktop publishing.Today, I'm very focused on an impressive fact that my business associates and I discovered in a survey we ran last summer: 24% of the US population has visited a walk-in urgent care clinic at least twice in the past 12 months. That's a big insight about the opportunities for disruptive retail health services.
2. Seek A Wide Range Of Expertise
The most disruptive breakout opportunity requires expertise in more than one domain. My focus currently is in the three converging domains of the complexity of health care reform + mobile and cloud technology enabling services + Big Brand consumer marketing. Most very successful big companies are focused on the domains that made them successful in the past and are under-skilled in the new domains needed for disruptive innovation. Steve Jobs had domain expertise in user experience computer design. He recruited me despite the fact that I had no previous computer background because I had domain expertise in something Steve wanted badly, Big Brand consumer marketing. The advantage of having a leadership team with multiple domains of expertise is that it really helps us as marketers to connect the dots and develop differentiated strategies from our competitors.
3. Make An Iron-Clad Commitment To The Customer
It’s always about the best possible customer experience. Great marketers are uncompromising about not saving money at the expense of their customers’ experience. Big brands are always built around strategies that focus on customer trust and loyalty. Some of the biggest mistakes are made when companies, for various reasons, chip away at their products, hoping their customers won't notice. Customers always find out, eventually, and they don't like it when they do.Read More