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5 Ways Brands Can Stay Competitive In A Recession

Economic volatility and uncertainty have become the order of the day. Some forecasters are using the “R” word (recession). Business is always difficult. In good times firms scramble to add capacity and meet demand while fending off the competition that is inevitably attracted to a robust and growing market. In bad times firms struggle to control costs and to encourage often reluctant customers to buy, while retaining enough personnel and resources to respond quickly when...

Is Your Brand Meaningfully Different?

As marketing professionals, we’d like to share a quick lesson in one of the fundamentals of marketing having to do with relevance, what we call being “meaningfully different.” Marketers know it’s not enough to be merely relevant to be worthy of a customer’s admiration and loyalty. Something must be relevantly different to attain this status.

Why Growth And Turnaround Plans Are Very Different

Peloton’s new CEO, Barry McCarthy, recently reported to analysts on his turnaround plan. He stated that a turnaround plan is hard work. He said that in turnaround situations there are always a lot of surprises. He said the turnaround would take a lot of time. If he was looking for support, he did not receive any kudos. Analysts and investors were not impressed. Maybe this is because most of what Mr. McCarthy said were not elements...

Brand Leadership Has A Courage Requirement

Many times, brand-businesses have insights about the future but do not find the courage to act on these insights. Lack of courage occurs for a number of reasons. Costs, fear of failure, complacency, the comfort of manufacturing what the business knows how to make rather than what solves customers’ problems, a chief of manufacturing who says, “Not on my line” or a siloed organization: all tend to collapse courage and get in the way of...

Why Community Branding Efforts Fail

As I traveled the U.S. giving talks to economic development professionals on how their community brand could uniquely deliver the American Dream, I had the opportunity to listen to stories of many failed community branding efforts. I found the stories unfortunate because for the most part the failures were avoidable. The typical root cause of the failures tended to be one of three things.

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