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Brand Management

The Fundamentals Of Breakthrough Brand Strategy

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The Fundamentals Of Breakthrough Brand Strategy

The day he walked into the San Francisco 49ers headquarters in 1979, Bill Walsh sported pressed khaki pants, neatly combed white hair and a professorial disposition. The only items missing from his ensemble were an elbow-patch jacket and a bent billiard pipe. He certainly didn’t look like a football coach. He didn’t act like one, either. He didn’t yell. He didn’t scream. He didn’t give rah-rah speeches.

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Brand Management

4 Timely Rules For Hotel Brand Strategy

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4 Timely Rules For Hotel Brand Strategy

Hotels have experienced significant losses due to coronavirus. But, there are signs of recovery. A report on the travel industry generated by McKinsey & Co., the global consultancy, covers airlines, hotels, vacation rentals, tours and activities, online travel agencies (OTAs), car rentals, and ridesharing and cruises. According to this reportthere are “… signs of latent demand for travel: Customers are interested and willing to travel again when they are allowed to do so, even before a vaccine is available at scale.”

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Business Strategy

Five Steps For Growth Into Adjacent Markets

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Five Steps To Growth Into Adjacent Markets

Growing into adjacent markets is a powerful approach for tapping new revenues, rejuvenating businesses, and creating defenses against competitive upstarts. From Netflix’s entry into streaming and then content production, to Fujifilm’s transformation from Kodak rival into a $20 billion medical imaging powerhouse, to Ingersoll-Rand’s growth from air compressor maker to power tool manufacturer, the playbook for attacking adjacent markets has powered business successes in both high-growth and mature industries. However, it is also fraught with pitfalls. How to avoid them and follow the path of the winners?

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Brand Leadership

The Perils Of Not Articulating A Clear Vision

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The Perils Of Not Articulating A Clear Vision

It just took three years before Ford’s CEO Jim Hackett retired. In May 2017, Ford hired him to be CEO. Mr. Hackett had been CEO of Steelcase, the office furniture company. While at Steelcase, he joined Ford’s Board of Directors and oversaw Ford’s Smart Mobility unit. When Ford was starting to slide, Bill Ford, executive chairman and family scion, picked Mr. Hackett to take over as CEO from Mark Fields.

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Customer Experience

Customer Experience Strategy In Times Of Crisis

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Customer Experience Strategy In Times Of Crisis

If the customer experience for your company hasn’t changed in the past year, you are unusual. In industry after industry, from consumer goods to B2B technology, the distancing, fear, and economic turbulence caused by the coronavirus are affecting the sales process, customer selection criteria, the way products and services are consumed, and even what customer service means. Designing experiences for the coronavirus world is a fundamentally different proposition than what people responsible for CX were doing just 13 months ago.

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